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diy 06 May 2016 21:32 #1

I have read the dyi links here but still have questions.
I was considering buying a 6 inch med-firm core, I already have a 3 inch soft topper to put on top.
I then thought maybe it would be better to buy two more toppers in 3 inch, one firm, one med and then add my topper. This would give me 9 inches. I guess I am wondering if replacing the core with 3 inch pieces will have any major drawbacks?
I tend to like a soft mattress, my husband medium(but he's really not picky lol)
I could easily buy the core instead. All would be sleeponlatex.
Any suggestions?

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diy 06 May 2016 22:26 #2

Hi pennies,

I was considering buying a 6 inch med-firm core, I already have a 3 inch soft topper to put on top.
I then thought maybe it would be better to buy two more toppers in 3 inch, one firm, one med and then add my topper. This would give me 9 inches. I guess I am wondering if replacing the core with 3 inch pieces will have any major drawbacks?


There is more about the pros and cons of a single 6" core vs two separate 3" layers in post #2 here .

I tend to like a soft mattress, my husband medium(but he's really not picky lol)
I could easily buy the core instead. All would be sleeponlatex.
Any suggestions?


If you are purchasing all your components from a single supplier then when you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their layering combinations and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific combinations and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

Other than that ... there isn't much I can add to my suggestions about building a DIY mattress that I linked in my earlier reply here .

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diy 08 May 2016 10:11 #3

The idea of DIY beds is new to me. But I wonder if it isn't the second layer that is most important? I don't know but maybe keep the 3 inch topper and pick two twin second layers to accommodate the different needs?

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diy 08 May 2016 11:15 #4

Hi Jimmie,

The idea of DIY beds is new to me. But I wonder if it isn't the second layer that is most important? I don't know but maybe keep the 3 inch topper and pick two twin second layers to accommodate the different needs?


All the layers and components of a mattress (including the cover and any quilting materials) will affect the feel and performance of every other layer both above and below it and the mattress "as a whole" to different degrees. The only way to know for certain whether any specific layering combination will be a good "match" for you in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP will be based on your own careful testing or your own personal experience when you sleep on it.

If you are attracted to the idea of designing and building your own DIY mattress out of separate components and a separate cover then the first place I would start is by reading option 3 in post #15 her e and the posts it links to (and option #1 and #2 as well) so that you have more realistic expectations and that you are comfortable with the learning curve, uncertainty, trial and error, or in some cases the higher costs that may be involved in the DIY process. While it can certainly be a rewarding project ... the best approach to a DIY mattress is a "spirit of adventure" where what you learn and the satisfaction that comes from the process itself is more important than any cost savings you may realize (which may or may not happen).

There is also more about primary or "deep" support and secondary or "surface" support and their relationship to firmness and pressure relief and the "roles" of different layers in a mattress in post #2 here and in post #4 here that may also be helpful in clarifying the difference between "support" and "pressure relief" and "feel" that may be useful as well.

For those who decide to take on the challenge then I would either use the specs (if they are available) of a mattress that you have tested and confirmed is a good match for you in terms of PPP as a reference point or blueprint and try and "match" every layer and component in your reference mattress as closely as possible or use a "bottom up" approach (see post #2 here ).

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diy 09 May 2016 16:52 #5

This site has helped so much, thank you very much.
I have decided to go with the 6 inch core which says it is 34IDL. I do not have a lot to compare this to but am hoping it will make a supportive core under my 3 inch soft topper....fingers crossed :silly:
I would go with the extra firm but am very worried it will be really really firm.

Also does anyone know the code to use with sleeponlatex for discount?

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diy 09 May 2016 17:00 #6

Just for fun....My hubby had to cut apart our old mattress today for easy disposable in trailer so I was able to see what was inside :sick:
I wont gross you all out but it was not pretty! and the latex they advertised being inside when I bought for "proper support and natural bla bla" was the thinnest little slice you could imagine!
it was between 1/4-1/2 hahaha

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diy 09 May 2016 17:34 #7

Hi pennies,

Also does anyone know the code to use with sleeponlatex for discount?


They don't have a discount code. You just need to let them know you're a member of the site.

I wont gross you all out but it was not pretty! and the latex they advertised being inside when I bought for "proper support and natural bla bla" was the thinnest little slice you could imagine!
it was between 1/4-1/2 hahaha


As sad as it is ... it not particularly unusual where a description that says latex is more "label copy" than anything else.

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diy 15 May 2016 08:51 #8

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Not to hijack your thread, but I just purchased two 6" TwinXL cores from sleeponlatex (one medium-firm and one firm). The quality seems very good, though I'm not sure they labeled the boxes correctly--the one labeled firm actually seems softer than the one labeled med-firm, so we're assuming they just put them in the wrong boxes. Also, one core had labels on the end indicating which way to orient it, and the other one had nothing on it. Otherwise, everything's good. Right now we're sleeping on just those to see how they feel.

I'm definitely going to want to add another layer to soften my side up, but I'm unsure whether I should go with 3" of medium (which is only slightly less dense than the med-firm core) or 3" of soft. Or perhaps 2" of soft and 2" of medium? Or 1" of soft and 2" of medium? Price is somewhat of an issue, but comfort is more important.

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diy 15 May 2016 09:23 #9

Hi mainertodd,

I hid the code you posted because I'm not sure that SleeponLatex wants to make it publicly available and they may want to retain the flexibility to change it. If they confirm to me that they are OK having it on the forum then I'll list it on the membership list and remove the confidential tags in your post. Until then they will provide the current code to the members here when they contact them.

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diy 15 May 2016 09:41 #10

Hi mainertodd,

I hid the code you posted because I'm not sure that SleeponLatex wants to make it publicly available and they may want to retain the flexibility to change it. If they confirm to me that they are OK having it on the forum then I'll list it on the membership list and remove the confidential tags in your post. Until then they will provide the current code to the members here when they contact them.

Phoenix


Thanks! Good point--I hadn't thought of that.

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