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I'm assembling my own memory foam mattress, still need some help 12 Jun 2013 12:58 #1

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Here it is from top to bottom:


2" Aerus 4LB Memory Foam Topper
2" Sensus 5LB Memory Foam Topper
4" LUX-HQ Queen Foam Mattress (which is apparently 2.8lb/ft)

1) I wish I could find a base somewhere else because I've heard wildly mixed reviews about FoambyMail. Not to mention they have at LEAST 5 different websites with different names.

2) My other option for the support layer (which is also cheaper) is to buy 2" of 4LB and 5LB foam from BROOKLYN BEDDING.

3) Last thing I need is a mattress cover. I'd like a nice one under $80.

4) Is an 8" bed enough, or should I add an inch or 2 to the base foam? This will increase the price by 50-75 dollars.


Phoenix, thanks for everything you do here. This forum is basically a Q&A with you. We all appreciate it.

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I'm assembling my own memory foam mattress, still need some help 12 Jun 2013 14:53 #2

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Hi sneezealiday,

1) I wish I could find a base somewhere else because I've heard wildly mixed reviews about FoambyMail. Not to mention they have at LEAST 5 different websites with different names.


As you can see in post #2 here and post #2 here ... I personally wouldn't deal with FBM for any material where the accuracy of the specs or description was important.

2) My other option for the support layer (which is also cheaper) is to buy 2" of 4LB and 5LB foam from BROOKLYN BEDDING.


Memory foam is not suitable for use as a support layer. Memory foam comfort layers need a firmer support layer underneath them which is not viscoelastic.

3) Last thing I need is a mattress cover. I'd like a nice one under $80.


$80 will buy you a cheap one ... not a nice one (or at least not great quality). Good quality mattress covers can be much more costly than this. You can see some sources for mattress covers in post #4 here .

4) Is an 8" bed enough, or should I add an inch or 2 to the base foam? This will increase the price by 50-75 dollars.


The thickness of a mattress really has little relevance by itself (some people would do very well with a 6" mattress in some designs for example). If the mattress provides you with the PPP you need in all your sleeping positions (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and Personal preferences) then it's "thick enough" for you.

Support layers that are thinner will tend to be firmer and less "adaptive" to different weights and sleeping positions than thicker support layers using the same material in the same IFD. They have less "range" or "room" to go from initial compression (when they are softest) to fully compressed (when they are firmest).

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I'm assembling my own memory foam mattress, still need some help 13 Jun 2013 05:45 #3

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Sorry, I meant "my other option for the comfort layer was memory foam from BB instead of sensus/aerus"

I need a base support layer since FBM stinks. What do you recommend ?

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I'm assembling my own memory foam mattress, still need some help 13 Jun 2013 11:58 #4

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Hi sneezeallday,

I need a base support layer since FBM stinks. What do you recommend ?


There are some online sources for polyfoam in a wide range or quality and firmness levels listed in post #4 here .

There may also be some foam shops that are local to you that sell polyfoam that could be a good option as well.

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