How to raise the mattress

Updated February 21, 2017

You may want to raise a mattress for a variety of reasons. If your raise all four corners, you can use the space under the bed for extra storage. According to, if you only raise the “head” of the bed by six inches, recent research shows significant health benefits. If you raise the mattress at the head of your bed it may help relieve conditions such as acid reflux and heartburn. Several methods are efficient to raise a mattress, and each is simple and straightforward.

Select a bed with an adjustable frame, which are available at most large furniture stores.

Set the head of the bed at a 10-degree angle to lift the head of the bed by about six inches.

Raise or lower the bed slightly up or down depending on personal preference.

Lift your headboard one corner at a time. If you have a partner, the two of you can do this job together.

Place a six-inch riser under each of the headboard's legs.

Lower the headboard onto the risers, making sure the legs are placed into the riser's cups.

Select a foam wedge designed to aid with back problems.

Place the foam wedge underneath your mattress so that it is resting against the head of your bed.

Adjust the wedge until the bed has been raised six inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Risers
  • Foam wedge
  • Adjustable frame
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