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Need to decide on ticking before placing order 31 Jan 2012 17:25 #1

Hello,

I believe I'm going to order the 8" special from sleepEZ, which is 6" of dunlop (can be split) and 2" of NR talalay. The choice I have is to get their case with cotton and wool for $1595 or a rayon blend stretch case for $1145.

I definitely DO want a layer of cotton / wool on my mattress, but I am considering getting a thick mattress pad or protector like this: ( natura pad ) or this ( natura topper )

Am I correct in thinking that if I want to put a pad or topper on it, mostly to protect the mattress (easier to replace a pad than the ticking) that I should get the thinnest ticking available? Or is the cotton and wool ticking from sleepEZ actually money better spent? I know you've said the quality of the ticking is extremely important.

Thanks!

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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 31 Jan 2012 22:48 #2

Hi samssf,

As far as I know the 8" special only comes with the unquilted cover ... which is very nice by the way. There's a picture of it in post #76 here (although this shows it as much darker than it is and it's off white).

Some of the tradeoffs connected with a quilted or unquilted cover are in this article and post #16 here .

Like you I also like the idea of a wool mattress pad because I like the idea of sleeping on wool but I also know that over time it will compress and that it affects the mattress more. I bought a Naturaprotect Deluxe (on sale at Costco if I remember right) and now about a year and a half later the wool is much thinner and compressed under the hips especially although it was fairly thin to begin with compared to most of the other Natura mattress protectors (to affect the mattress less) so it's not a huge issue. In hindsight I'd probably have chosen the St Dormeir which is also very high quality and thin and stretchy but doesn't have the waterproof membrane so it's only "water resistant" but more breathable.

Wool in a mattress pad is a little different than in the quilting in feel and doesn't have to be used for fire protection (it's not as integral a part of the mattress and stretches in from the sides more) but it has the option of replacing it if it thins out or compresses.

Overall it's all about tradeoffs but either way the ticking at Sleepez is good quality.

Phoenix
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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 01 Feb 2012 04:46 #3

Thanks again for the info, Phoenix! I checked out the resources and am still undecided on whether to get the quilted cover or stretch cover, but will probably choose one and go from there since it seems like either choice should be fine.

I'm sure you've mentioned elsewhere, but which mattress do you have, and what kind of case / quilting do you have?

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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 01 Feb 2012 20:16 #4

Hi samssf,

I designed my own mattress and had it built by a local manufacturer in Dallas who is one of the members of this site but is not exactly local to me (I'm in the pacific northwest :)). It's out of the "range" of what would be normal for most people and there was really no chance to make adjustments to it after purchase because it's not a DIY with layers that can be exchanged or a zip cover and the cost of shipping a whole mattress across the country and back would have been prohibitive ... so I needed to be pretty confident that I would "get it right".

The mattress was built with my DH in mind who is 5"7" and @ 130 lbs and "curvy". I on the other hand am 6''5" and 195 and more tall and slim but fairly evenly proportioned. Both of us are side sleepers. In our rather extensive testing we discovered that similar constructions were good for both of us because of our weight distribution in spite of the difference in our height and weight. Both of us like being "in" the mattress more but didn't want memory foam.

The mattress itself is a two sided construction with a middle core of 4" of Talalay latex with an ILD @ 28. Both sides of this have a 3" layer of @ 22 ILD. The ticking and quilting is a Belgian damask which is quilted with a layer of .4" quiltable latex and a down substitute fiber (apparently from Italy) on both sides. The fire retardant is an inherent viscose fiber.

This is a mattress that for most people would be too soft but our extensive testing individually and together showed that we both tended to sink into softer layers more evenly (good alignment) and could get away with it.

Some pictures (with some rather poor bedroom lighting) are here .

Phoenix
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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 02 Feb 2012 02:02 #5

Wow that sounds pretty sweet... looks like a nice mattress!

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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 25 Jan 2013 09:22 #6

Phoenix,


so your mattress is just 10" of latex? it looks a little thicker.

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Re: Need to decide on ticking before placing order 25 Jan 2013 19:10 #7

Hi bwomp,

Yes ... it has 10" of latex and then the quilting which includes a thin layer of quiltable latex as well as the down alternative fiber which adds to the thickness of the mattress.

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Need to decide on ticking before placing order 11 Apr 2013 14:59 #8

Hello Phoenix,

Curious, what is a "two sided construction" and what's the purpose of placing a softer layer at the bottom?

If this is to allow flipping of the mattress to get even wear, then the mattress I've been looking at at foam sweet foam may work.

Example: I can get the 4 - 3" layers with Soft/Med/Firm/Extra Firm....I could use the soft layer at the top if we prefer the soft and place the med layer at the bottom beneath the firm & extra firm layers. Or I could use the med layer at the top if we prefer the med and place the soft layer at the bottom beneath the firm & extra firm layers. Thoughts?

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Need to decide on ticking before placing order 11 Apr 2013 15:18 #9

Also, does The Mattress Factory that you purchased your mattress from build custom mattresses? I don't see that option or the option to purchase online.

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Need to decide on ticking before placing order 11 Apr 2013 18:27 #10

Hi Mick04u,

Yes ... they build custom mattresses ... but not online and usually only locally although you can talk to them on the phone and like most manufacturers they can ship the mattress to you using truck freight.

Unfortunately though ... they no longer offer Talalay latex as an option in their mattress since Latex International changed its distribution system and it no longer was available to them locally.

Phoenix
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