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DIY Build Check 18 Sep 2022 14:30 #1

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Hello-
I've really appreciated the wealth of knowledge in this sub and have learned a lot. Ready to order components and wanted to run this build by you and see if you think we've got a good start.
My husband and I are both 5'5", he's 212 lb and I'm 176 lb. Both of us are 90% side/modified side with one leg out and 10% back sleepers. He likes the feel of a softer bed than I do but still needs the support. We've gone through multiple mattresses in our 8 year marriage and have yet to find the sweet spot for both of us. Currently we have an innerspring that we both hate (it sleeps hot and I wound up waking up with numb arms) so 4 years ago we put a 3" Dunlop topper from Sleep On Latex on it and have both been pretty happy on it until the mattress itself has started to develop dips in it.

We have a king-size bed. Plan is this:

Base layer: king 3" firm Dunlop (if it turns out we hate this might try coils - not sure which ones would be best)
2nd: the 3" medium Dunlop that we already have (we checked it out on the floor and is in great shape)
3rd: Twin XL 2" mediums so we can switch out individual sides if needed. Will buy from different sources since most have a one item exchange in 12 months. Not sure if we should do Dunlop or Talalay (have never slept on Talalay topper but LOVE my Talalay pillow)
Top: 2" Talalay topper

Will use fitted sheets and a mattress pad until we fine-tune to our liking, then we're planning on ordering a quilted wool encasement from Sleep Like a Bear or Latex Mattress Factory. Don't want to do a stretch cover because we want at least a little fire retardancy from the wool. I've heard good things about SLAB quality but if anyone has used the one from LMF, would appreciate feedback!

Do you think this is a go for us? Thanks in advance!

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DIY Build Check 20 Sep 2022 13:00 #2

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Hi shindagrl.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum. :)

Base layer: king 3" firm Dunlop (if it turns out we hate this might try coils - not sure which ones would be best)
2nd: the 3" medium Dunlop that we already have (we checked it out on the floor and is in great shape)
3rd: Twin XL 2" mediums so we can switch out individual sides if needed. Will buy from different sources since most have a one item exchange in 12 months. Not sure if we should do Dunlop or Talalay (have never slept on Talalay topper but LOVE my Talalay pillow)
Top: 2" Talalay topper


Coils tend to be firmer overall and provide the traditional bounce of an innerspring. They also allow for a better airflow under the mattress if overheating is a factor. As for Dunlop vs Talalay, it's truly personal preference. Dunlop is often compared to pound cake (dense) where Talalay is compared to angel food cake (light and airy).

I'd say it's a good start. You may find you don't need the 3rd medium dunlop layer and that 4" is enough - of course, you won't know until you try. That's where you'll get your usable/functional data points :) But for a start, I'd say it's solid.

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