Bed Frames: Latex and Wool Mattresses

NOTE: Wool toppers are not discussed here, only depths thick enough and solid enough to be a mattress.

Q. Can you use a power base (or adjustable bed frame) with the latex? Will it harm the latex?

A. Yes, you can use a power base with latex. Latex is a very flexible foam, so it will not mind constant bending. However, it is worth noting, that when one is sitting up, one puts a lot more pressure and use on the surface then one does when lying down. That top layer of latex will wear out sooner than the other layers. Of course, that is the nice thing about a layered latex mattress. When one piece wears out, you can simply replace the one piece instead of the entire mattress.

Q. We may be interested in possibly putting the mattress on the floor for a Montessori bed.

A. If you do, especially if your house is not climate controlled, make sure to air out your latex or wool mattress frequently, maybe only seasonally if you have air conditioning. If you can’t flip the entire mattress over to let any accumulated body moisture evaporate, flip half of it up for a day and the other half of it down the next day. While latex and wool are both natural antimicrobial and I have never had any customers with any issues, common sense says that heat and bacteria mingled for long enough in the right conditions could lead to mold.

Q. I am hesitant to use my box spring as I know they are generally treated with flame retardants but I don’t want to loose the height it provides. Do you have another suggestion?

A. The most common supporting systems are slats as they let the latex be a little more flexible than a flat surface like a board or the floor. Some make their own slats of 1” x 4”s, stable them to a ribbon and tie them down to the top and bottom of their metal frame or nail them to their wood frame. Slats are usually spaced 3″-5″ apart, much farther and the latex will sag through them.

A foundation is a strip of slats on top of usually an 8” wooden frame. Sometimes the foundation will come covered in fabric which you may want to check for flame retardants. Your current box spring may be slats instead of springs which can be reused keeping in mind the slat distance and the need for letting the latex breathe occasionally. I have had customers upcycle pallets as ready made foundations. The foundation is where you will get your height.

2 thoughts on “Bed Frames: Latex and Wool Mattresses

  1. Hi, I am looking for a non toxic mattress for myself. Sometimes I have guests stay at my home. They are a couple and would sleep on this bed also. The heaviest person that might sleep on this is 6’1″ and weighs around 180 pounds. I am 5’2″ and weigh around 130 pounds. I can make my own bed. Most companies have covers made out of wool and cotton. I believe you have cotton covers. I saw that you also make the toppers. What do you suggest that I get? Maybe two firm or medium layers of latex with a topper on the top? I like the mixture of the cotton and the wool. Please advise.

    1. Your suggested combination sounds comfortable and the depth is also one common choice for the weights and heights you listed. It sounds like to read The Banana Test. Firm will feel firm to most Americans and medium will feel more typical. A wool topper will also be a medium sort of feel, not squishy, but still soft. We have both cotton covers called Knit Ticking, Expandable Ticking and Twill Ticking and a combo wool and cotton cover called Quilted Ticking. Follow their links to read more about them. Let me know if you have any more specific questions at customerservice@diynaturalbedding.com.

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