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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 06 Mar 2021 08:30 #1

Hi all I wonder if you can help weigh in on SleepEZ layers. We are building a 9" king mattress with dunlop toppers and using their wool/cotton cover.

We have been happy on an old dunlop latex mattress from Room and Board, no idea what's inside but it is fairly firm. My son has a Sleep on Latex Firm that we have both tried out to give us a starting reference point, it is:
2" Med (30)
6" Firm (44)

I'm 5'6" 120 lbs, side sleeper. My son's Firm SOL feels too firm to me, primarily in the shoulders which dont sink in at all. I dont want to sink in too much, I like a firm support, but given my light weight SleepEz recommended that even a soft will feel supportive to me. I am planning to do this configuration:
3" Soft (19-20)
3" Med (30-32)
3" Firm (38-40)

My husband is 6'1", 230 lbs, primarily side sleeper. He is not picky but does agree the SOL Firm feels pretty firm. So for him they suggest:
3" Med (30-32)
3" Med (30-32)
3" Firm (38-40)
Im really worried this will be too "saggy" feeling given his weight. Should we consider F/F/M instead? I suppose I could always trade him my Firm layer for one of his Medium, but would that leave me on too soft a base?

Also, all the above is premised on SOL and SleepEZ latex ILD being fairly comparable, is this the case? We'd like to stay away from Talay since we have no experience with it and really enjoy the springy feeling of Dunlop. thanks in advance for any input!

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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 07 Mar 2021 15:33 #2

Hey Leah,

Welcome to the Mattress Underground :) ! Thanks for your question.

Hi all I wonder if you can help weigh in on SleepEZ layers. We are building a 9" king mattress with dunlop toppers and using their wool/cotton cover.


Congrats on your new DIY journey :) ! Thanks for considering expert trusted member Sleep EZ for your DIY needs, they are deeply experienced with latex and in this category and will be happy to help you throughout the construction process.

We have been happy on an old dunlop latex mattress from Room and Board, no idea what's inside but it is fairly firm. My son has a Sleep on Latex Firm that we have both tried out to give us a starting reference point, it is:
2" Med (30)
6" Firm (44)


That's great news that you can make an "apples-to-apples" dunlop latex comparison (so to speak) at home! Thanks too for your support of TMU trusted member Sleep On Latex for your son's mattress purchase and hope that he is enjoying his SOL/ Firm.

I'm 5'6" 120 lbs, side sleeper. My son's Firm SOL feels too firm to me, primarily in the shoulders which dont sink in at all. I dont want to sink in too much, I like a firm support, but given my light weight SleepEz recommended that even a soft will feel supportive to me. I am planning to do this configuration:
3" Soft (19-20)
3" Med (30-32)
3" Firm (38-40)


Indeed; your son's SOL configuration is quite firm for your lighter BMI build. Sleep EZ's suggested S/M/F arrangement seems ideal for your side sleeping preference and just enough shoulder sink, it will be interesting to hear how you find it to feel.

My husband is 6'1", 230 lbs, primarily side sleeper. He is not picky but does agree the SOL Firm feels pretty firm. So for him they suggest:
3" Med (30-32)
3" Med (30-32)
3" Firm (38-40)
Im really worried this will be too "saggy" feeling given his weight. Should we consider F/F/M instead? I suppose I could always trade him my Firm layer for one of his Medium, but would that leave me on too soft a base?


That is difficult to speculate on Leah, as only he can "feel" what he feels in terms of comfort and support of a mattress. Dunlop latex is a highly durable material and as long as the mattress is supported on the correct foundation, there should be no "sag" due to his weight. This setup seems fine for his higher BMI/ side sleeping profile; again, I would defer to Sleep EZ's expertise here.

Also, all the above is premised on SOL and SleepEZ latex ILD being fairly comparable, is this the case? We'd like to stay away from Talay since we have no experience with it and really enjoy the springy feeling of Dunlop. thanks in advance for any input!


You should find the latex ILDs to be comparable between the two manufacturers; however, it is possible that there could be slight differences in the "feel" of the latex between the two and again, that would be an individual experience unique to you. Talalay latex has a more "bouncy" and lively feel than Dunlop latex, and if you already have a preference for Dunlop, it is best to stick with what you have experience with and what you both like. Looking forward to your updates and hearing how things go ;) .

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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 07 Mar 2021 20:41 #3

Thank you Sensei for your detailed response. I think we are going to go with SleepEZ's recommendations as you suggested. I will report back!

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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 10 Mar 2021 07:59 #4

Hey Leah,

Thanks for your update :) !

Thank you Sensei for your detailed response. I think we are going to go with SleepEZ's recommendations as you suggested. I will report back!


Excellent choice, Leah! Thanks for your support of expert trusted member Sleep EZ and looking forward to your reporting following a 30 day sleep adjustment period. Good luck with your new DIY mattress and wishing you a better night's sleep ;) .

Thanks,
Sensei
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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 26 Mar 2021 06:56 #5

I'd like to update on our experience after sleeping on our new mattress for a while. My review is simple, we love it! S/M/F is perfect for me, as a light weight side sleeper, it has just a little bit of give but still feels firm and supportive. I was worried it would be squishy or that I would sink in, but that is not the case at all. My heavier husband side sleeper loves his M/M/F.

One question I do have is about the structure of the mattress. We have 6 3" twin XL size layers in a SleepEZ cover. The setup is great but it ends up being a bit wider than the standard 76" King size. Our bed frame is exactly 76" between the rails and the mattress is a tight squeeze to get in. It's about 4" depth to the slats and then the whole top portion of the mattress kind of "muffin tops" out over the sides of the rails. It's not an issue for comfort or aesthetics since it's hidden by the duvet. We dont really sit on the edge of the bed except to get in out out but I still worry it could degrade the foam over time. The only fix I can think of would be to cut all 6 layers down a tiny bit, but what a hassle! Has anyone else experienced this?

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SleepEZ Dunlop layer decision for side sleepers 31 Mar 2021 08:42 #6

Hey leahobrien1,

Welcome back to TMU :) !

I'd like to update on our experience after sleeping on our new mattress for a while. My review is simple, we love it! S/M/F is perfect for me, as a light weight side sleeper, it has just a little bit of give but still feels firm and supportive. I was worried it would be squishy or that I would sink in, but that is not the case at all. My heavier husband side sleeper loves his M/M/F.


Thanks for your updates and for your support of expert trusted member Sleep EZ ! Happy to hear that you both are loving your Sleep EZ DIY and are enjoying your split setup.

One question I do have is about the structure of the mattress. We have 6 3" twin XL size layers in a SleepEZ cover. The setup is great but it ends up being a bit wider than the standard 76" King size. Our bed frame is exactly 76" between the rails and the mattress is a tight squeeze to get in. It's about 4" depth to the slats and then the whole top portion of the mattress kind of "muffin tops" out over the sides of the rails. It's not an issue for comfort or aesthetics since it's hidden by the duvet. We dont really sit on the edge of the bed except to get in out out but I still worry it could degrade the foam over time. The only fix I can think of would be to cut all 6 layers down a tiny bit, but what a hassle! Has anyone else experienced this?


What you describe is not unusual nor is it a long-term concern. You may try unzipping the cover periodically and readjusting the layers' position inside the cover. There may be some small variances in each layer's size that could make a layer not an exact 76", but that is acceptable as long as its within a +/- number set by the individual manufacturer. If you have other questions, you may want to upload a pic to the general forum for review or better yet, to Sleep EZ's forum . Please do not attempt to trim any of the latex layers as doing so without specialized equipment could damage them and will impact any warranty claims in the future. Feel free to check in periodically and let us know how your DIY continues to perform over time ;) .

Thanks,
Sensei
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