How Often Should You Replace Your Bedding?


The average person spends a third of their life sleeping, so it’s no wonder that our bedding can have a big impact on our mood, productivity levels, and overall health. While washing your linens regularly is important, it’s also essential to replace your bedding every so often – probably more frequently than you think. 

Particularly for those who suffer from allergies and sensitivities, or sleep with a pet in the bed, replacing every part of your bedding, from your mattress to your sheets, duvet, and pillows is a must. Here’s how often you should change each layer and some tips to keep in mind that will help your bedding last longer.

Bedding Sheets


On average, you should aim to replace your sheets every 2-3 years. While washing your bed sheets once a week is recommended, this frequency of washing takes its toll on the fabric. Old sheets will eventually start to thin and may even develop holes. Of course, if this happens before two years or your sheets have stains or spots, you’ll need to replace them sooner. To extend the life of your sheets, we recommend using a few sets on rotation. Keep in mind that the higher the thread count, the longer they will last as the weave is denser.



There are two types of people in the world: those who use a comforter and those who use a duvet. If you’re a fan of comforters, you’re in luck. Comforters last longer than duvets and only need to be replaced every 15-25 years. Duvets, on the other hand, should be replaced every 2-5 years because they function like a top sheet and therefore, receive more wear and tear than a comforter. A sign that it’s time to replace your duvet is when the filling starts to clump together.



Pillows need to be replaced every 1 to 2 years, which is much more often than most people think. As they are right next to your head, they absorb skincare and haircare products in addition to skin cells, dust mites, and sweat. Even though you can and should wash your pillows, it’s important to replace them often as they can cause allergic reactions or skin irritations if used for too long. In addition, your pillow will eventually lose its shape, which can be bad for your neck and back. Keep an eye out for signs that your pillow is no longer supportive, such as flatness or lumpiness. If you wake up with a sore neck or headache, it is likely time for a new pillow.

Blue Bedroom


On average, you should be replacing your mattress every 6-8 years. However, if you notice any issues like sagging, loud springs, or other signs of wear and tear, you may need to replace your mattress even sooner. Without a comfortable and supportive mattress, you’ll likely struggle to get a good night’s sleep, so be sure to change yours out when it gets old!

Bedroom Pillows

Mattress Protector

Yes, even your mattress protector needs to be replaced. It’s something that we often forget about, but just like your sheets, you should be switching it out very regularly. It’s recommended that you wash your mattress every two months and that you replace it entirely every one to two years. This is particularly important if you have allergies or sweat a lot at night.

A Restful Night’s Sleep Starts with GDC

We all know how important our sleep is, but we forget that bedding plays a huge role in this. Keeping your bed fresh, fluffy, and clean creates a more inviting sleep environment that will help you fall asleep faster and feel more rested when you wake. It’s worth it to invest in high-quality bedding that will last longer and be more comfortable because ultimately, a good night’s sleep is priceless. Find all of your bedding needs, from premium mattresses to soft cotton linens at our Charleston home stores.

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