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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 03 Aug 2022 07:42 #21

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I hear you. The importance of the "hands-on" and experiential factor (as opposed to just the theoretical) in all this is becoming much clearer to me!

Samples would be excellent. I'll shoot you all an email.

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 04 Aug 2022 10:05 #22

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So, on the third day my husband started having mid back painand numb hands. I took off the cover and put everything on the foundation without the cover. I then had him get on the mattress and really looked at what was going on. The 3" layer of firm talalay seemed to stop the coils from engaging at all--they did not compress. I removed the 3" layer of talalay and added a 1" layer of dunlop as the transition layer. I then added a 3" medium (28 IDL) and a 3" soft (15 IDL), then zipped everything up in the bamboo/wool cover and added a Cozy Earth bamboo mattress pad (really thin more for coolng and protection). This has created the MOST amazing mattress we've ever slept on. It is soft and cushy, but very supportive. I think by using a thinner transition layer we are getting the full benefit of the Quantum Edge Elite coils. Our BMIs seem high, he is 5'10"/190 lbs and I am 5'4"/160, however we are both devoted gym people so we are a smaller size with lots of muscle mass, with broader shoulders. I think this was why the 3" soft over 3" firm was not giving us the countouring we need to keep from aggrevating our shoulder and hip pressure points. Thank you again for all your help. I wanted to give you additional feedback in case you have customers who are more muscular like we are.

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 04 Aug 2022 15:29 #23

Michtx, I have a couple of questions, if you don't mind?

What firmness is the 1" dunlop that you switched out?
Adding up your layers, is your final mattress height 15"?
Finally, can you tell me where you got your bamboo/wool cover?

Thank you!

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 04 Aug 2022 15:51 #24

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-The 1" is a firm dunlop from Sleep on Latex, I'm not sure what their IDL rating is for firm. I did have a 3" firm talalay (IDL 36)

-Yes, the final mattress height is 15 inches. I was worried about having such a tall mattress, but I purchased a low-profile foundation (5") from Arizona Premium Mattress as well. My total height from the floor to the top of the mattress is approx. 27-28" which is a good height for us to be able to sit on the side of the bed to put on shoes, etc. (7" metal bed frame, 5" foundation, 15" mattress).

-The cover is a 15" Bamboo/Wool cover from Arizona Premium mattress. I really love this cover! It is so soft and cool that I want to sleep on just the cover:-) I put the cozy earth mattress pad on it simply to protect the mattress. Luckily it has the same cool feel as the mattress cover, but you do lose just a tiny bit of the plushness from the mattress pad when you have a the cover on it.

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 05 Aug 2022 06:47 #25

That looks like a good set-up. I'm looking at doing something similar but can't decide between the height of the layers. I was also thinking of using HD foam instead of the Dunlop, but I wonder if the Dunlop would work better. I need the support for my hips and back, but have quite a bit of shoulder pain.

I currently have a bed with a headboard, sides and footboard that has it's own slates. I want to just take the current slates out and put the mattress inside the bed frame, but wasn't sure how to get the height I needed with just a foundation and mattress. A metal frame makes complete sense!

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 05 Aug 2022 14:35 #26

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DIY advice:add latex support layer? 11 Aug 2022 08:16 #27

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So, on the third day my husband started having mid back painand numb hands. I took off the cover and put everything on the foundation without the cover. I then had him get on the mattress and really looked at what was going on. The 3" layer of firm talalay seemed to stop the coils from engaging at all--they did not compress. I removed the 3" layer of talalay and added a 1" layer of dunlop as the transition layer. I then added a 3" medium (28 IDL) and a 3" soft (15 IDL), then zipped everything up in the bamboo/wool cover and added a Cozy Earth bamboo mattress pad (really thin more for coolng and protection). This has created the MOST amazing mattress we've ever slept on. It is soft and cushy, but very supportive. I think by using a thinner transition layer we are getting the full benefit of the Quantum Edge Elite coils. Our BMIs seem high, he is 5'10"/190 lbs and I am 5'4"/160, however we are both devoted gym people so we are a smaller size with lots of muscle mass, with broader shoulders. I think this was why the 3" soft over 3" firm was not giving us the countouring we need to keep from aggrevating our shoulder and hip pressure points. Thank you again for all your help. I wanted to give you additional feedback in case you have customers who are more muscular like we are.


Glad you figured it out. This is the hard part of doing a DIY mattress (ie understanding why it's not performing and knowing what to do to correct it). The key is as you found opening up the mattress and really looking at what's working and what isn't and then making those adjustments you need (in your case it was clearly a contouring problem since you both have more curvy body shapes).

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