DIY a Wool Mattress

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DIY your wool mattress

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  1. Dear All,

    Wonderful website. I do need your help though. I was wondering how comfortable a wool mattress would be with the tufting design. I realize that the mattress must undergo this process to keep the wool from moving. I’d also like to know how much wool flakes and wool battling I need for a 6 inch (expandable) twin mattress.

    1. The tighter you pull the tufts, the larger the valleys you create. I recommend a medium tightness, not so loose that they do nothing and not so tight that you have large indentations. Also, keep your tufts close together, a 6″ allowance would be reasonable. If you space them 12″ apart like we do for our wool toppers, you will find the consistency of the surface to be not so tolerable.
      A wool topper does a marvelous job of smoothing out any lumps or tufts. It brings a remarkable comfort to the firmness of the wool mattress.
      To calculate the needed amount of wool flake, visit our Pillow Fill Calculator, select Cubed Rectangle and enter in your dimensions. A Twin is 38″x 75″. Select the fill wool flake there for calculations.
      Wool Batting is optional, and the weight is entirely up to you, but it does smooth out the flake a little. If your budget allows making a wool topper, I would choose that over putting batting in the mattress, if not, then one layer or so is a nice touch.

  2. If you have fibromyalgia and/or are super sensitive like myself , these kinds of beds are so uncomfortable. I have an organic very well made organic futon, but all the hills and valleys i can feel as lumpiness and dips and hard spots that are difficult to remedy even with several toppers and filling in spots with pillow filling. It will leave you dreaming of a nice old fashioned firm spring mattress.

    1. Conventional wool and cotton mattresses are compressed, often with a baler to make sure that the sleeper cannot create valleys. They are then very tightly tufted to keep that compression. Making your own wool mattress allows you to control the tightness of the tufts to avoid those large hills and valleys. Also, while the wool is processed minimally to keep the valleys away, it is not compressed for you. More info on how to tuft your own mattress is available here.

  3. I have sciatica and have been in pain for a long time…I have bought a couple of expensive mattresses in the store and cannot sleep on them…no 100 day warranty though. What do I need
    for a good sleep with no pain in the morning?
    thank you,

    1. I’m sorry for your pain. Personally, I would start with a chiropractor and definitely reduced inflammation, often diet is a good start.

      Are you near either of our showrooms? You are welcome to come by to see in person if any of the combinations of latex and wool would be comfortable.

      1. I did go to therapy and for the first time the pain was it is off and on due to my sleeping conditions…I was told I needed a med firm bed that aligns the spine…can a wool mattress do that on the right foundation , will a latex mattress do that? It is all about alignment. Thank you for your answer….

        1. Firm beds do help support the spine. Latex is very good at absorbing pressure points since it compresses only in the spot of pressure instead of allowing the entire surface to lean toward the sleeper. Latex comes in 5 firmnesses and is easy to combine to get both a soft comfort layer and one or more firm supporting layers. For general info about latex firmnesses, read The Banana Test. It sounds like you might need some help figuring out what firmnesses are right for you. Feel free to call us at 763-445-9676.

        2. Look at Esther Gohkale’s “stretchlying” technique. You can find videos on youtube. Or look at her book “8 steps to end back pain.” Her contention is that correct form is more important than the mattress. I’ve found this to be true with my own back pain.

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