Thank you, Susie, for your mention on your blog. If I ever need a gluten-free, dairy-free, ancient grains baked good in the Twin Cities, I’m coming to you! Your knowledge of how to work with such foods and skills of presentation are through the roof.
Here is a snippet from her post:
“One thing I have noticed are videos and blogs that share information on how to make your own mattress. Very cool. I am all about doing things yourself and being self reliant. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have the skills to do it. I am sad to admit that I never learned how to use a sewing machine. Buttons and hand sewn hems I can do. Zippers and ticking are out of my reach. Fortunately I am surrounded by extremely crafty women, one of whom founded her own DIY Natural Bedding company. It’s pure genius. There are two showrooms where customers can see the materials, you order online, and everything comes directly to your home where you put the pieces together. You can opt to do some of the sewing yourself and save some cash, or you can get it all sewn and ready to go. For our kiddos we are opting for expandable ticking which will allow us to increase the amount of latex and wool as they increase in weight.”
Read the full article at her website: Yoga Pants and Bonbons.
So after using each of the pillows, it seems that I hugely prefer the millet hull pillow and my spouse prefers the woolly bolas pillow.
Turns out the wool batting pillow is the only one neither of us preferred. Possibly because we stuffed it fully with all the batting we got. It was too firm. I will experiment with it further, by gradually removing some of the batting to see if it can get more comfortable.
The descriptions you have on your site are dead on. I love the millet hull because I can literally punch it and adjust the thickness as I roll around. What is awesome is that it holds its shape until the next punch.
My spouse loves the woolly bolas because it is very soft and cuddly even when fully stuffed with the quantity you provided. – G.R.
Initially I had a hard time putting the first slab in but after sleeping on that while waiting for the other to arrive, the knit ticking stretched out enough and then it was easy to add in the second slab. I love it. Interestingly enough, I was initially sleeping on just the hard 3″ and did fine with it, however with the top firm layer, it’s much more luxurious. I truly love it!!! – S.K., Washington
We recently purchased a mattress topper for our bed 3 months ago. We asked for a custom blend of kapok fibers, woolly bolas & shredded natural latex for the fill and a twill ticking zippered case. We are so happy with this product. It took about 2 hours to create our new topper – all the fibers were so clean & packaged well. It is the perfect blend of comfort and goes really well with our firm natural latex mattress. My husband even loves it too. The company was so easy & professional to work with. Very, very happy with everything. We will definitely shop here again in the future. Thank you, E Peters
Not one to review items usually, but, it all started with my search for a quality travel sized pillow. Ended up purchasing the inner case, outer case and some shredded latex. The quality of the cases was such that I purchased a full sized case set and placed my favorite fill in it. The new cases made a great pillow even better. In addition, I will not be leaving home without my shredded latex travel pillow. After playing with the size of the pieces and adjusting the amount of fill until I was happy, it turned out to be an extremely comfortable pillow. If you like hugging a pillow when you sleep, shredded latex is the way to go. Your company supplied a quality, made with care, product that I am happy to own and purchase again.
I can’t talk enough about how amazing DIY Natural Bedding is!!! I worked with the owner, Deborah. She personalized this experience in a very wonderful way. DIY Natural Bedding has the most amazing customer service and they work with you personally to get everything just perfect. My bed is now 100% healthy and natural. I feel so amazing sleeping in my new bed (all 100% natural latex Dunlop / Talalay mattress and pillows). DIY Natural Bedding (Deborah – Owner) did absolutely everything perfectly to make my experience not only stress-free but customized, personalized and memorable for life. I will be using her company when I want to have custom, preshrunk 100% cotton duvet covers made in the future. The organic shredded latex pillows are also absolutely the best I have ever slept on (and I have tried so many pillows it isn’t even funny). I have thoracic and cervical spondylitic myelopathy from a parachuting accident while in the Army, a car accident with extreme whiplash and a crushed sternum from the seat belt, and an almost fatal cliff-diving accident. I have tried every cervical pillow, chiropractic pillow and memory foam pillow (even with magnets) and these custom pillows from DIY Natural Bedding are absolutely the best in the world for your neck. I love the custom body pillows also. Any size pillow you want they will make and provide you with natural substances to fill them with. Amazing!!! I absolutely had the best experience with DIY Natural Bedding and the owner, Deborah. This company was so incredibly interested in my every request, my every need and my every concern. They asked me all of the right and pertinent questions to get me the exact products so that I would be happy with and proud of my bed for decades to come. Thank you so very much, Deborah. You are the best!!! Jeffrey (Iowa)
Love the product. Had a custom mattress cover made that is washable with a cover on top to be removed and washed when necessary. Great product. Washes well. Holds up well. Great sewing for zipper and edges. 🙂 Very happy with the product. – L.
We finally got everything in the mail and put everything together for our beds. Everyone in the house loves them! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I will definitely recommend you and your business to others. It has been a wonderful experience and we have a great product to last us for many years. I couldn’t be more happy! I was brand new to this style of mattress when I started a few months ago and was reluctant to if I would even like it after seeing it all put together, but I am so happy that I pushed through to the end. I appreciate all your help! – M.R.
I’m really glad that I found your website. I’ve been needing to get a new mattress for a quite a while and am excited to make one myself with all natural materials. In addition to your wool batting, I’ve also made zippered pillow inserts filled with buckwheat hulls that will be in the middle layer of the mattress. I think it’s going to be a great combination. The more I read about conventional mattresses, the more sense it makes to use a natural mattress. – L.G.
We got the quilted pillow case in the mail yesterday. It’s perfect. Love it! The quality is once again top notch but even better than the outer case… I love the softer feel with our millet hulls. Thank you for all your help!!! Our littlest is still sleeping without a pillow but I definitely know where we will be getting it once he wants one 🙂 Thanks again! – T.P.
So I just wanted to tell you that I’m SO HAPPY that we decided to buy the latex for our bed too!! We stole the kids’ beds last night (they came yesterday) to test it out and I haven’t slept this good in a long time!! I’m super excited to get ours now! LOL. Now I just have to find somewhere to store all them during the day… I have no idea what we’ll do, but it’ll be so worth it! (We are a family of 5 and live in 800sf, and so we sleep on a foldout couch, and the kids had mats on the floor that can be folded up, and all of it gets put away during the day). – M. P.
My husband and I are super impressed with the quality of the products from DIY Natural Bedding and the amazing customer service. This definitely will be our only source for our pillows and bedding here on out. 🙂 – T. P.
I want to express my gratitude for the latex slabs and ticking! The mattress is even better than anticipated. My partner and I slept really well last night! I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon your website. Thank you for fair pricing, quality nontoxic products, and excellent customer service. I will be recommending your business to my friends and family.
I wanted to thank you for the fantastic crib mattress and puddle pad – we’re very impressed with the quality, information, and friendly service.
I love my wool comforter! I used to get such crazy dreams when I slept under my standard polyester comforter, but now, I sleep much more peacefully. I still dream, but none of the twisted ones that make you wonder what is in your head.
For myself, I bought a regular weight and a lightweight comforter; in retrospect, I would buy two lightweight ones to tie together for the winter inside the same duvet cover so I don’t have to pack one up for a season, like the DIY tab in the comforter suggests.
I run cold and find the lightweight one to be perfect for 70 degree air conditioning in the summer and the regular weight one works for me for most of the winter months. I do keep the comforter inside a duvet cover to make keeping them clean easy. I find that my linen duvet cover adds a bit of warmth to the comforter, probably similar to another lightweight blanket or a few sheets.
The organic sateen fabric really adds a classy, finished touch too. I tried to get by on the cheap and use some leftover non organic cotton fabric for my first comforter and while it works, the sateen DIY offers that is on my second comforter is smooth and has a slight shine to it, a nice presentation.
I made my kids flannel duvet covers for their wool comforters and they love the cozy, soft feel. They can’t keep layers of blankets on them in the winter and these comforters are perfect to keep them warm.
I’m very happy with these five wool comforters! Thanks DIY Natural Bedding for a great product that ensures my warmth and sweet sleep as well as supports consciously raised sheep, organic farming and small businesses. Win all around.
My husband and I were in desperate need of a new bed. I heard of DIY Natural Bedding from my sister who lives in Indiana. We do not however live in Indiana and could not go try out the mattresses our selves. We felt worried about buying online without actually trying the product out! Deborah gave us all the information we needed to go to a local store and try out similar mattresses. She was very knowledgable and gave us peace of mind during that process. We told her which 3 layers we preferred and ordered them right away! They were delivered promptly as stated in our ordering process. It was super easy to put them together and zip up the cover. We didn’t want to get out of bed that night or the next morning! We highly recommend going through DIY Natural Bedding!
I have ordered from you twice and I have to tell you, the pillows are amazing. I’ve never seen such quality before. My husband and I have searched for years to find the right pillows. We ordered your millet hull kits and then picked up some double pocket pillow cases and custom made a millet hull and memory foam pillow that cured my insomnia! I’ve had horrible neck pain since my surgery and this has completely eliminated neck pain at night. On top of that, I use the millet filled pillow from the kit for my knees. Thanks to you I can finally sleep on my back. No other knee pillow was ever comfortable enough with my peripheral neuropathy. Thank you x 100000!
I wanted to let you know that we received the wool topper and my wife and I refused to get out of bed yesterday! Thanks so much! We actually slept till noon. Then she took a nap (I couldn’t because of parenting obligations) and then we were both back in it by 9 PM!
I have been looking for my perfect pillow for at least 14 years. Seriously! I am not adverse to spending a pretty penny on a good pillow either. In the end, I’m never happy with ones I buy and they aren’t worth it. Enter DIY Natural Bedding. I bought a Kapok King size pillow over a year ago and I love it! I feel so old (38) to have just found my perfect pillow, but at least I finally found it, and at least I have many, many more years to enjoy it.
Also, I took my son for a showing at DIY Natural Bedding’s show room and allowed him to pick out his own mattress. He was 9 years old and went through the whole process, tried all the various choices (and there are a lot). He took his decision very seriously. He ended up choosing a 6 inch medium piece of latex and that’s all. He has been so happy with it. As a mother it feels amazing to be able to give my children a comfortable and safe nights sleep. Knowing he isn’t inhaling toxins all night long, makes this mama rest better too. I will definitely purchase more items in the very near future!
I ordered 3 medium firm latex cushions (5″ thickness as seat back) and 3 firm ones (6″ thickness as seats) for our new sofa frame. Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights. They turned out to be very comfortable. Their cut is also exact to my specifications, so that they fit perfectly on the frame. Thank you, Deborah! Attached is a photo of the cushions under some old sheets. I am still waiting for the cushion cases to be made by Deborah’s seamstress. Will upload another photo when all is done.
Our sofa cushion cases arrived and I am so thrilled. They look wonderful! I had been a little worried about the gussets, but they turn out to be just fine. Deborah and team really went extra miles to make sure that we are completely satisfied with their products. As I said in an earlier review, these cases are for the latex cushions that I ordered from Deborah. The seat backs are 3 medium firm, 5″ thick cushions. The seats are 3 firm ones in 6″ thickness. Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights. They are very comfortable and were cut precisely to my specifications. Deborah and team, I appreciate your dedication to your work. You have won my respect! Considering the fact that all these shopping experiences are on-line, it is amazing how much trust you have earned from me. It is as if you were just a neighborhood store that we can always turn to and rely upon. Thank you so much again!
Our bed is fit for a king, thanks to Deborah and her team!
We ordered a medium firm latex slab with wool and cover from Deborah. The mattress has made our bed very comfortable again. For those who are interested to know, the latex sits between a 3″ thick cotton mattress and a 5-6″ wool topper, which after 3 years of compression had become hard (see the first photo).
Before I ordered, I was most concerned how to get the firmness right. I called Deborah, told her our body weights and heights and the problem of our bed, she correctly suggested the medium firmness. But when the slab arrived, because I was too used to our hard bed, I panicked and reordered a firm slab, using Deborah’s “buy and try” program. It took some time for the replacement to arrive, by then I had already got used to the medium slab and realized my mistake. The firm slab proved to be too firm indeed. When I zipped up the mattress cover at last, I had one more amazement to tell: the cover looks very simple, but I would not try to make it myself because Deborah’s seamstress has made it fit to perfection. The cover is not one bit smaller or bigger than the latex, so that it feels completely smooth (See the second photo).
During the whole process, I have learned not only to trust Deborah’s professional experience and judgment but also to highly respect the quality of her work and the reliability of her service. When I became really hesitant and frustrated, she was consistently patient and nice. I know on-line shopping for a mattress sounds hard, but my experience has taught me that it really depends upon whom you are dealing with. Now I know our body takes time to tell which firmness is right, I begin to doubt going to the store in person to try mattresses is an easier way. Overall I am quite happy with this shopping experience at Deborah’s site.
The millet hull pillow is quite comfortable. I haven’t adjusted the fill yet, because I wanted to see how it breaks in over a couple weeks. I might take a little out so I can create more of a “valley,” but for now it’s working and I’m quite happy with it.
On my journey to do a DIY all natural bed I came across DIY Natural Bedding. I called up to ask some questions, and I was delighted that I found someone on the other end of the phone who cared about and could understand what I needed. The kindness and intelligence of the customer service is outstanding (as others have said: it’s true they do research your needs and questions if they don’t have immediate answers!).
The quality of what I ordered is off the charts. The prices are cheaper than just about anyone’s anywhere else. The shipping was done in a timely manner; everything was properly packed to protect against the elements and bugs, which is more than I can say for a lot of other all natural bedding companies.
Thanks to DIY I have a fantastic 1/2 queen day bed made up of two 100% natural 1/2 queen dunlop latex toppers — one 3″ soft and one 3″ extra soft — with an organic 100% cotton encasement and luxurious 1/2 queen organic wool puddle pad (yes, it’s luxurious). They also made the ticking and wool puddle pad for my night bed.
I also want to make dust mites covers because someone in the house has a terrible allergy. Thanks to DIY’s help and perhaps above all patience as well as a good bit of inspiration, I am on my way to making them myself using the ticking pattern they sell and their zippers (I found the cloth elsewhere. But they even helped me in the search to find the proper cloth). I am making it myself for less half the price of any dust mite cover on the internet of the same quality (it’s very hard to find and quite expensive to buy a dust mite mattress encasement that opens like a book).
I am very happy with my purchase as well as experience working with them.
Customized DIY bedding…great idea! I purchased a pillow kit from DIY last month and knew immediately it was not the right choice for me (too firm). I was aware of the refund policy in advance of purchasing so I wrote this off as a losing gamble. Just for the heck of it, I wrote an email to the company to provide feedback on my experience. To my surprise, I heard back from Deborah with an offer to see if she could help. She suggested that one of their other filling materials might be a better fit for me. What was great about this was there was no discussion about company policy or cost calculations, she just said, “I’m going to send you something else, I want you to try” Love the old school approach – great customer service! Deborah was right. The new filling is much better for me and I am very happy with this company and this product.
As a new mom learning about all the terrible toxins in mattresses, I searched everywhere for a non-toxic alternative. It seemed impossible to find a mattress that wasn’t outrageously expensive and didn’t have some sort of flame retardants or springs that attract EMF’s. When I stumbled across DIYbedding.com, I was amazed!! Building our own custom mattress was so perfect for my husband and I because we like to have a lot of room when we sleep and we were co-sleeping with our 6 month old. Deborah was so helpful while we made our decision about size, thickness, and material. We were able to order a custom bed that is bigger than a king! We absolutely LOVE it! The latex is so supportive, we only needed the 6 inch height! We HIGHLY recommend DIY Bedding to ALL of our friends who are health conscious! We couldn’t be happier with our purchase!
We are thrilled with the GOLS organic latex foam that you provided for our sofa reupholstering. It is the most comfortable sofa in the world and hands down the best place ever to take a nap. It was significantly less expensive for us to have our Baker sofa upholstered with your organic latex and organic cotton batting than to purchase a new latex sofa. It’s very hard to find a supplier of GOLS upholstery foam. We are so glad to have found you and know where we will go for our next bed and future upholstery projects.
I just wanted to say how much we love our latex bed and pillows! We wanted a comfortable, chemical free bed and that’s exactly what we got. Not only that, but we were able to put together a bed and have a removable topper that we can use in our 5th wheel so we can take our comfort on the road! I can’t wait to replace our kids’ beds, and we will definitely be replacing them with latex beds and pillows from DIY Natural Bedding!!
I’m happy to say we LOOOOOOOOOOVE our new mattress :D. The last piece of latex made it just perfect, it’s not as soft as our tempur-pedic type but it’s way nicer in my opinion and the most important thing is that when my baby crawls over from his co-sleeper he can snuggle next to me without sinking unsafely into the mattress or breathing the nasty fumes!!!
Funny story, we found the mattress noticeably softer without the wool puddle pad so we took it off and are going to use it as a rug underlayment for his rug, since we needed a non-toxic wool one anyway!!!
I’m sure I’ll be back 😀 I have some projects in mind that need some stuffing and now that I’ve found you I’m so happy I have a natural solution for all of them! – C.E. Peoria, IL
I want to thank you and let you know that I’m very very happy with the wool pillow kit I ordered. I couldn’t be happier. I like the batting and the option to take out or add more as I need. The two cases are also so nice. – T. G.
We got the bed together and my son is enjoying his new bed!! The hardest part about how much my son likes his bed is getting him up in the morning 🙂 Just wait until he gets a wool comforter next winter…..it will be worse. He’ll just want to stay in bed.
I am so happy that we found your website back when we got our bed. We are all enjoying a healthy night’s sleep. – S. T.
We LOVE the mattress. It is beyond comfortable. I honestly have never had a better mattress or been more comfortable in bed. I’m sold for life on this company. Plus it was fun to build. Love love love. Thank you!! – S. J.