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Height of bed including mattress? 27 Mar 2016 08:35 #1

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I am looking to replace my king-size conventional mattress with a latex mattress. Currently, the mattress/box springs combination is 19 inches in height and the total height from the floor is 27 inches. I find this really too high (I am 5'5" and shrinking) and have difficulty even climbing up into bed. I am in my late 60s and wonder whether getting into bed will get worse as I get older.

I have narrowed my mattress choices to SleepEZ or FloBeds. Both offer a low-profile foundation that is 5-1/2 inches tall. That makes the distance from the floor to the top of the foundation 13-1/2 inches high. I am undecided what height mattress to buy. SleepEZ offers 9 and 10-inch heights (as well as a 13-inch that I know will not work); FloBeds has mattresses of 9 and 12 inches. So, essentially, I have a choice of a 22-1/2 inch high bed, 23-1/2 inch bed, or a 25-1/2 bed.

The difference between the 9 and 10 inch mattresses is a top layer in the 9-inch that is 2 inches thick (and "convoluted" in the case of FloBeds) and a 3-inch high top layer in the 10-inch. Should this make any appreciable difference in feel? I sleep on my side and have pressure points in both shoulders that bother me in my current mattress. I am thinking of a soft-medium-firm configuration for my side of the bed (and medium-medium-firm for my husband's side in SleepEZ).

Would it make much of a difference if the top layer was Dunlop latex rather than pure Talalay? I can save money with the SleepEZ natural mattress in Dunlop instead of opting for organic Talalay for the top layers. Any thoughts?

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Martha

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Height of bed including mattress? 27 Mar 2016 09:18 #2

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Hi Marthasyard,

I have narrowed my mattress choices to SleepEZ or FloBeds. Both offer a low-profile foundation that is 5-1/2 inches tall. That makes the distance from the floor to the top of the foundation 13-1/2 inches high. I am undecided what height mattress to buy. SleepEZ offers 9 and 10-inch heights (as well as a 13-inch that I know will not work); FloBeds has mattresses of 9 and 12 inches. So, essentially, I have a choice of a 22-1/2 inch high bed, 23-1/2 inch bed, or a 25-1/2 bed.


It sounds like you have an 8" bedframe and using a bedframe with a lower height would also lower the height of your sleeping surface. You could also purchase a bunkie board (that are usually about 2" thick) to lower the height of your sleeping system even further if necessary. For example Flobeds has their slat conversion kit here that has a lower profile.

The difference between the 9 and 10 inch mattresses is a top layer in the 9-inch that is 2 inches thick (and "convoluted" in the case of FloBeds) and a 3-inch high top layer in the 10-inch. Should this make any appreciable difference in feel? I sleep on my side and have pressure points in both shoulders that bother me in my current mattress. I am thinking of a soft-medium-firm configuration for my side of the bed (and medium-medium-firm for my husband's side in SleepEZ).


Every layer and component in a mattress (including the cover and quilting) will affect the feel and performance of every other layer and component both above and below it and the mattress "as a whole" so any differences in the design of two mattresses you are comparing such as the type or blend of latex, layer thicknesses, or layer firmnesses will have an effect on how they compare to each other in terms of "comfort", firmness, and PPP (Posture and alignment, Pressure relief, and your own Personal preferences).

When you can't test a mattress in person then the most reliable source of guidance is always a more detailed phone conversation with a knowledgeable and experienced retailer or manufacturer that has your best interests at heart and who can help "talk you through" the specifics of their mattresses and the properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (fast or slow response, resilience, firmness, motion transfer etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them, any local testing you have done or mattresses you have slept on and liked or other mattresses you are considering that they are familiar with, and the "averages" of other customers that are similar to you. They will know more about "matching" their specific mattress designs and firmness levels to different body types, sleeping positions, and preferences (or to other mattresses that they are familiar with) than anyone else.

Would it make much of a difference if the top layer was Dunlop latex rather than pure Talalay? I can save money with the SleepEZ natural mattress in Dunlop instead of opting for organic Talalay for the top layers. Any thoughts?


Yes ... changing the type or blend of latex will make some difference in how a mattress feels. The choice between Dunlop and Talalay is more of a preference and budget choice than a better/worse choice. There is more about some of the general differences between Dunlop and Talalay in post #7 here but the best way to know which type of latex you tend to prefer will be based on your own careful testing or personal experience. There is also more about the different types and blends of latex in post #6 here .

You are certainly looking at some good quality/value choices :)

Phoenix
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