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Building a DIY mattress in Canada
I am wondering if there is a supplier in Canada from whom I can order 3 or 6 inch layers of natural dunlop latex and custom build my own mattress...I plan to use my existing memory foam bed outer cover which zips off and is the perfect size to take out the memory foam contents and replace with latex..
I would keep in mind that your mattress will contain both memory foam in the upper layers and polyfoam in the deeper layers and you may need to check and make sure that any of the layers in your mattress that you plan to re-use are still in good condition. There is also some good information about "mattress surgery" in post #2 here and the posts it links to that may be helpful as well.
If you are planning to remove and replace all the foam layers in your mattress and only re-use the cover and you are attracted to the idea of designing and building your own DIY mattress out of separate components that are purchased from one or several different sources 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 comfort, firmness, and PPP as a reference point or blueprint and try and "match" every layer and component in your reference mattress as closely as possible or alternatively use a "bottom up" approach (see post #2 here ).
Some of the better online options I'm aware of that ship mattresses and/or foam layers and components (memory foam, polyfoam, and latex) across Canada are also listed in post #21 here and I also added a few additional options to the list today as well.
I don't keep a record of the individual mattresses or components or their specs that the retailers and manufacturers in the hundreds of forum lists throughout the forum carry on their floor or have available online (it would be a bigger job than anyone could keep up with in a constantly changing market) but checking their websites and especially making some preliminary phone calls to the retailers/manufacturers that are on the lists that you are considering is always a good idea before you decide on which retailers or manufacturers you wish to deal with or visit anyway. This will tell you which of them carry mattresses or components that would meet your specific criteria, are fully transparent about the materials and components and/or the mattresses that they sell, and that carry the type of mattresses or components that you are interested in that are also in the budget range you are comfortable with. Once you have checked their websites and/or talked with the ones that interest you then you will be in a much better position to decide on the ones (if any) that you are most interested in considering or visiting based on the results of your preliminary research and conversations.
I'm looking forward to finding out what you end up deciding to do ... and of course to any other comments or questions you may have along the way and to any feedback you have the chance to share after you have had the chance to sleep on your DIY mattress as well..
I've also switched your posts and my replies to a new topic with a different and more descriptive title because your "project" isn't specific to buying a mattress in Toronto.
Cost was the only reason to delay. I did end up using the zipper encasement from the Zedbed. I began the search again from scratch. I hoped to find something in Canada as $1USD is presently $1.36 Cdn...ouch...so I considered the 85% blended Mausand mattress from Ikea. My son actually ended up buying a Queen for his newly purchased townhouse. The King size was on sale for 1199 Cdn in early Sept. It is rated as medium firm and I wanted something with support but a bit softer. Also, it is only 7 inches thick so I was concerned about support with my weight.
I looked at 2 mattress stores that sold all natural 10inch latex mattress for no less than 3k Cdn.
I decided upon using my existing encasement/cover and 9 inches of mattress to be comprised of 3 x3 inch layers.
I looked very closely at "Naturelle" aka Latex Green aka whatever located only 1.5 hrs from me as they sell the layers individually or an 9-10 inch complete mattress for $2500-3000 Cdn.
The reviews on here were vague as were any details about the company. The layers could only be purchased online . I was close to getting a 6 inch core and a 3 inch comfort layer but I was hesitant due to the lack of very meaningful info or reviews. Finally, when I was about to check out my order I got a message that I would have to call in to do a credit card order!! what? no way! That ended that sketchiness.
During my research I discovered SleeponLatex. It was USD princing and shipping was a cost of course but the online reviews and reputation on this site were consistently good.
In addition I received the 5% code from this site.
I settled upon 2 x3 inch medium ILD layers and one 3 inch soft layer for comfort, knowing that even 1 firm support layer would likely be a waste of $$.
My total cost including shipping to Canada for these 3x3 inch King layers was under $1000USD or about $1300 Cdn (plus Cdn taxes)
After 3 weeks I can attest that this was a great choice. The mattress is softer than the IKEA and the 2 mattresses I tested in other stores . Both my wife and I liked it instantly. The support below it is perfect. No pressure points on my hips or shoulders and no sore back in the morning.
Thanks to this site !
Thanks for sharing your experience, I'm happy to see that customers are taking the time to research and put together some quality mattresses without breaking the bank!
Just to let you and potential customers know, we also started selling components for the do it yourself mattress customers. We could have offered you a similar 9" stack made of organic dunlop latex for about $200 more than what you got for the natural dunlop of Sleep on latex.
Congratulation on your DIY mattress