Once upon a time, our ancestors rested their heads each night on a bed of hay, straw or feathers upon a rope lattice. About three hundred years ago, along side the industrial revolution, a revolution occurred in the way we sleep. It was the introduction of the coil spring. First came the box spring and then the innerspring mattress. The cushioning surrounded the spring system and allowed the user to flip the bed to lengthen its life. Now that’s progress. The bedding industry has changed in many ways throughout the years and as in many of the other industries, things are becoming disposable. Reducing cost and increasing profitability has driven a shift in the way mattresses are being built. As a result, all of the national manufacturers have gone to one-sided mattresses that can’t be turned over. By building only one side of an innerspring mattress you get less than half the life out of the mattress, but if you flip and rotate a two-sided mattress regularly you can get over 10 years out of the mattress set. At The Mattress Factory in Fanwood, NJ - for over thirty years we have stayed with the traditional way of building mattresses so they can be turned over or flipped. I would love to save the money in manufacturing costs such as raw material and labor, but I would never build something that I do not believe in. After all, it’s only progress if it’s an improvement. So be wary as you shop. Be sure to ask this question.... "Can I flip my mattress?"