How to make your own mattress

Shopping for a new bed can be overwhelming. It’s hard to separate the marketing claims from the facts. And the prices aren’t that easy to swallow either. Articles on how many toxic chemicals are present in average mattress aren’t helping you make your choice either. So, what’s your alternative? How will you find a bed that meets your needs, is within your budget, and suits your style too? The answer to that is DIY. Yes, you read it right. We’re talking about making your own mattress. And before you read any further, let’s clarify one thing. We’re not talking about how to make your own foam or other mattress components. Let’s not go crazy, yeah? We’re talking about getting the mattress components from different vendors and assembling it yourself.

So, how does one do that? Apparently, it’s easier than you’d think. The first thing you have to do is figure out what you want your mattress to be made of. Do you want latex foam or memory foam? Do you want to use polyurethane foam as the base foam? Or do you want something more natural such as wool batting, buckwheat hulls, millet hulls, and kapok? The point here is, you’ll need to do a fair amount of research on what “ingredients” you want your bed to have. You can go all natural or organic, or just a hybrid of various types of materials such as pocketed coil springs, latex foam, and memory foam. Whatever floats your boat. To check out your options for mattress fillings, you can visit these sites: DIY Natural Bedding, Open Your Eyes Bedding, Foam Order, and DIY Mattress Components.

Once you have the filling sorted out, you’ll need to find a mattress case. Now, some people have the skills to sew their own. Good for them! For those of you (including me) who aren’t as skilled, you can buy the mattress cover (called ticking) from some of the stores mentioned above as well as regular mattress stores and some online stores such as Amazon and eBay.

After you’ve gathered all your materials, the next step is to assemble your bed. Open your mattress case/cover and lay it down flat on the floor or on top of the bed frame. Whichever area you choose, just make sure you have enough space to lay out the bottom part of the cover entirely flat.

Once you have the cover laid out, place your filling on top. You’ll need to put the base first, whether it’s polyurethane, latex, memory foam, wool batting, etc. Once all the layers have been arranged properly, get the top part of the mattress case and cover your chosen materials. Then, just zip it closed and viola! You’ve made your own mattress!

If you’re not sure about the DIY mattress route, here are a few other reasons why you should. You get that feeling of accomplishment when you make something using your own two hands. You also feel safe that you know exactly what you’re lying on at night and breathing in as you sleep. No toxic chemicals for you! And the best part? If parts of your bed starts to break down, you can easily replace just that particular component. No need to get rid of an entire mattress. How’s that for a perfect bed?

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