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Innerspring DIY component question 25 May 2018 16:54 #1

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For some reason i can't seem to start a new topic, so ill post a quick question here.

Im doing DIY mattress building with my extra firm spring core. I cut the quilt layer off at the top to get to the springs and just stacked latex on top. My issue is that the "interfacing" or "utility" fabric (not sure what to call it) just above the springs is ripped open and id like to replace it.

Do you know what kind of fabric that is? and where i might find any like it?

I found this on joann fabrics:

www.joann.com/shield-liner-fabric-41.5in-x-12-yds/14812184.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrI6a5_2h2wIV07jACh36_AHGEAQYAyABEgLcFPD_BwE

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Innerspring DIY component question 28 May 2018 17:47 #2

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Hi Mike77,

Thank you for posting your question on The Mattress Underground. The fabric that is ripped on your current mattress does have a purpose. It is there to prevent "Cupping".

My issue is that the "interfacing" or "utility" fabric (not sure what to call it) just above the springs is ripped open and id like to replace it.


What that means is it keeps the layers above the spring from getting into each coil. We have used extruded plastic netting, cotton rag pad and non-woven fabric like you found at Joann's in our products. In your case, you are stacking layers of latex above the spring for your comfort layers.

I cut the quilt layer off at the top to get to the springs and just stacked latex on top.


The product you identified from Joann's would work well for what you want to do.

Shield, a moisture & allergen barrier fabric, is a PUL fabric that creates moisture and allergen barrier for improved health and comfort. Sew a layer to the top or inside of your project to create a shield against moisture, grease, pollen's, dust mites and dander.


However, you can also use a thinner product that would accomplish the same thing. As long as you cover the springs and attach the barrier to the edge of the coils (we use hog rings, but you could use a large needle and dental floss or fishing line to sew it to the edge coils) it should work.

I wish you much success in building your mattress!
If you have additional questions, please let me know.

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Innerspring DIY component question 15 Jun 2018 10:53 #3

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I seem to be having further issues.

So i went with a fabric i got from my local Joanns fabric. It was a piece of underlining for upholstery (liner underneath chair), and it seems a bit tough on me. Its about all they had. Nothing softer. The lining that ripped was lots softer.

Its basically polypropylene fabric (non woven i think) made for mattresses. Now im pretty sure this is a problem anyways, as even w/ the old fabric i was getting shoulder and hip pain, but i think this tougher fabric has somewhat made it worse (as the fabric creates small fabric hammocks for my butt and back, although firm ones).

Do you know of any type of fabric i could use that would be softer than furniture underlining? A thin piece of something? And/or who sells it? I would love to find the polypropylene mattress liner fabric but it only seems like china makes it.

Also, is is basically true that the lining above the coils is really needed to help distribute the weight of my body? I mean aside from the "anti cupping" action.

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Innerspring DIY component question 15 Jun 2018 11:44 #4

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Hi Mike77,

Using a stiff fabric could indeed impact your interaction with the innerspring unit.

Its basically polypropylene fabric (non woven i think) made for mattresses. Now im pretty sure this is a problem anyways, as even w/ the old fabric i was getting shoulder and hip pain, but i think this tougher fabric has somewhat made it worse (as the fabric creates small fabric hammocks for my butt and back, although firm ones).


I would think if you have the right combination of comfort layers over the spring and this fabric, you shouldn't be impacted by the heavy fabric creating hammocks while you sleep, unless you have pulled it too tight over the spring. Do you have an old sheet you could try as a barrier? It needs to lay over the spring, and as I mentioned before attach to the coils, but do not pull it so tight that it keeps you off the spring. Then add your comfort layers and see what happens.

I hope this works, and you find comfort for your shoulders and hips.

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