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Flobeds firmness level 06 Sep 2014 12:19 #1

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So after weeks of research, the wife and I have decided on a latex bed from Flobeds. We couldn't find many latex mattress options to try out near us to really gauge firmness. The flobed calculator seemed about accurate for our preference and weight. Would it be typical to go a little softer and have the option to swap out some lower layers for top layer firmness? Or would it be better to just return the layers to the store. I'm having a little trouble gauging what we would like, sight unseen.

A second question I have is when picking two different firmness layers for each side, what is the middle transition like? Sometimes my wife and I will sleep close to each other and not be on each other's sides, but both on one side or halfway in the middle.

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Flobeds firmness level 06 Sep 2014 16:06 #2

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Hi Liquidtheguy,

We couldn't find many latex mattress options to try out near us to really gauge firmness.


If you let me know your city or zip code I'd be happy to let you know about any latex options I'm aware of that may be near you but it's unlikely that you would find a mattress with the same design as one of the Flobeds mattresses and even small differences between mattresses can make a surprising difference in how they feel and compare so local testing on different latex mattresses would only be a very generic guideline and tell you about the "feel" of latex in general but it wouldn't provide specific information that would tell you what any of the Flobed options would feel like for you.

The flobed calculator seemed about accurate for our preference and weight. Would it be typical to go a little softer and have the option to swap out some lower layers for top layer firmness? Or would it be better to just return the layers to the store. I'm having a little trouble gauging what we would like, sight unseen.


When you can't test a mattress in person (or a mattress that has a design that is basically the same) then the best approach to decide on which of the options they have available would have the best chance of success for you would be based on a more detailed conversation with the manufacturer who can help "talk you through" their options and who will know more about "matching" their mattresses to different body types and sleeping positions based on "averages" than anyone else (see mattress firmness/comfort levels in post #2 here ).

I certainly wouldn't go by an automated firmness selector or by your own knowledge alone unless you have enough experience on different latex combinations that you are completely confident that you could choose the layering that was best for you without any additional guidance (which would be rare for a consumer that had never tested a particular online mattress).

A second question I have is when picking two different firmness layers for each side, what is the middle transition like?


What a middle transition layer would feel like for any particular person would depend on their body type, their sleeping positions, and their individual sensitivities along with the specifics of all the other layers and components that are above and below it in a specific mattress because every layer in a mattress will affect how all the other layers feel and respond. This can't be answered specifically (it would be like trying to describe how something tastes to someone that has no comparable frame of reference) except to say that transition layers affect both pressure relief and support and firmer transition layers would provide a little bit firmer sleeping surface and a little less pressure relief than softer transition layers and they would also have firmer "primary support" than softer transition layers. There is more about primary support, secondary support, and their relationship to pressure relief in post #4 here but in general I would avoid trying to design your own mattress based on specs or get into these types of design specifics or technical information because without a specific frame of reference based on your experience with other similar mattresses you have tried and are very familiar with they will generally lead to information overwhelm and "paralysis by analysis".

I would talk with the experts (Flobeds) that already know what it would otherwise take you a great deal of time and experience to learn.

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Flobeds firmness level 08 Sep 2014 07:50 #3

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My Zip is 19018 (Philadelphia suburb), but I figure you are right about the "feel" being different between designs.

By "middle transition" I meant actually the middle of the bed, as if I rolled over to my wifes side. For instance, if she had a soft top layer and I had a firm one, would I "feel" a big difference if I was sleeping diagonally with my upper body on my wifes side, and lower body on my side. Other beds with different comfort levels on each side that we have tried, we could feel a hard divider line straight down the middle of the bed.

I will talk to the flobeds guys, it seems the best direction I should go. Thank You!

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Flobeds firmness level 08 Sep 2014 11:22 #4

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Hi Liquidtheguy,

My Zip is 19018 (Philadelphia suburb)


The better options and possibilities I'm aware of in the Philadelphia area are listed in post #4 here and there are several where you would be able to test different types of latex and latex mattresses.

By "middle transition" I meant actually the middle of the bed, as if I rolled over to my wifes side. For instance, if she had a soft top layer and I had a firm one, would I "feel" a big difference if I was sleeping diagonally with my upper body on my wifes side, and lower body on my side. Other beds with different comfort levels on each side that we have tried, we could feel a hard divider line straight down the middle of the bed.


OK ... I understand what you meant now :)

There isn't a firm section or divider line in the center (you may be thinking about some airbeds that have this) but there would be a transition in the middle between any different firmness levels on each side (which of course is the reason for having different firmness levels in the first place). The "feel" of the transition would be reduced by the soft layer on top and the quilted cover which would make it more gradual and less obvious but the bigger the difference between each side the more likely you would be to notice it if you slept in the middle of the mattress. There is more about the pros and cons of split layers (mostly pros) in post #2 here .

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Flobeds firmness level 08 Sep 2014 11:24 #5

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Awesome thanks!

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