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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 18 Feb 2014 11:21 #1

Like everyone else, I have lurked on here for the last 2 years, reading everything I could about latex mattresses. I finally pulled the trigger and assembled my "dream mattress" this past weekend. After a few days of restful sleep - I think I've got it right enough to share with the group.

Split Queen Mattress

About us. Male, 60, 250 lb, side and back sleeper, sore back. Female, 55, 230ish, stomach sleeper, sore knees. We're not big in to natural -vs- synthetic or dunlop -vs- talalay. We just wanted comfort, value, and quality.

Here is what I bought...

Walmart SpaSensations Queen Bed Frame - $84.53
Savvy Rest Coir Queen Bed Rug - $114.00
Spindle 2 x 3" Firm Dunlop Synthetic Queen Toppers - $399.98
Spindle 2 x 3" Medium Dunlop Synthetic Queen Toppers - $399.98
Ebay 12" Bamboo/Wool zippered mattress cover - $210.49

I cut the Latex in half using a B&D electric knife ($10) from Walmart.com - like butter...

I marked each piece of foam on all sides with a sharpie - firmness and arrow for orientation (up).

Set the bed frame up, put the coir bed rug over the wire frame, placed the mattress enclosure down, layered (from bottom to top) firm, firm, med, med for both sides. Can adjust later if necessary.

Put on the sheets and hit the bed.

Ahhhhh. Perfection.

Total Cost - including the 2x4s for clamping the latex for cutting = $1,244.61.

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 18 Feb 2014 13:10 #2

Hi Rams71,

Thanks for sharing the results of your research and efforts ... and way to go on your successful DIY design!

It sounds like you based your layer choices on a proven design and it worked very well for you.

Most important ... congratulations on your new mattress :)

Phoenix
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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 21 Feb 2014 07:39 #3

Rams71,

I am looking to purchase the ebay bamboo/wool mattress cover as well. How is the quality and do you like it? How thick is the top quilting and how does it affect the latex?

I am also considering a "Spindle" 3" Medium synthetic dunlop topper.

Thanks

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 21 Feb 2014 08:03 #4

Diane37,

I purchased: "MADE IN USA BAMBOO - WOOL QUILTED COVER TACK&JUMP PATTERN for 12" THICK MATTRESS
ALL AROUND SEPARATING TOP ZIPPER with Non Skid Bottom" from Ebay seller "memoryfoamlatex"

My wife and I are very satisfied with the cover.

The tack and jump quilting pattern is similar to other high end mattresses that I tried in stores. I would say that the wool pad is 3/4" but compressed due to the the quilting process. It slightly muffles the latex but not to the point of removing the latex feel.

The workmanship is very good but the zipper is not as robust as I might have wanted. Not to say that it isn't a fine zipper, I guess I was just expecting something hardier like a sleeping bag zipper. That being said, it works fine and how often will I be opening and closing the mattress... (Hopefully, never ;-} ?)

I also am pleased with Spindle. I have purchased latex toppers over the years and they always had an odor that could take weeks to dissapate. The Spindle products were very clean smelling - I had to bury my nose to get the latex odor. Also, they did not ship the mattress pads compressed. They were just sort of folded into the box. Very nice.

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 21 Feb 2014 08:38 #5

Hi Rams71,

Could you do me a favor and look at the label on the cover and let us know what materials the tag lists (or attach a picture of the label).

I'm asking because there has been some question about the contents of their covers and whether they are accurately described.

Phoenix
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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 21 Feb 2014 11:26 #6

Rams71,

Thanks so much for your cover review.

It sounds like you have experience with latex... how does the Spindle zoned synthetic dunlop feel to you? Is it very different than talalay and how would you describe the feel of the medium? It is 27 - 33 ilds I believe, but it is supposed to feel softer than those numbers.

I would also like to know what is listed on your mattress cover label if you don't mind.

Thanks,

Diane

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 22 Feb 2014 12:14 #7

Same questions as Diane . I am looking at using the spindle zoned toppers but am unsure on how they compare to unzoned talalay

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 22 Feb 2014 12:33 #8

The holes are the largest at the shoulders, smallest at the top and middle (hips), and medium between the hips and shoulders. This pattern is symmetric about the middle for a total of seven zones.

I think this is a desirable feature. I think two firm layers of mountain top (Spindle) with a 2" talalay topper (~24 ild) would be ideal for me.

goldfreaz

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 22 Feb 2014 13:13 #9

The firm spindle with 2" talalay is the exact configuration I am looking at also. I am trying to figure out how different it is though from the pure latex bliss pamper as that is the closest latex comparison I have available to test .

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DIY latex mattress, I finally did it 22 Feb 2014 15:31 #10

Hi jared3227,

The differences between one latex mattress design or type of material and another can be very subjective and different people would describe them in many different ways. While a conversation with the manufacturer (in this case Spindle) would be very useful and they would probably be more familiar with the specific differences between the latex that they use and other types of latex they are familiar with (and Neal has the knowledge and experience to give you a good comparison based on his own and many other people's experiences and feedback) ... in the end the only way to know with certainty how they would compare or feel for you would be based on your own personal experience.

Phoenix
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