Expandable Knit Ticking

expandable GOTS organic cotton knit ticking feature
  • GOTS organic cotton
  • Room to grow
  • Flexible
  • Thick Fabric
  • Prewashed
  • Washable

This case enables you to start small and plan to grow. Say, you purchased enough fill to fill 3″ of ticking, but you know that later when the budget allows or when the child grows heavier, you’ll want to deepen the mattress. Or say you are revamping your mattress little by little and want to buy a topper now with plans for adding more latex later. This case can grow with you.

Designed with a double zipper to reveal 3″ (or your choice of depth) more of fabric folded into the sidewall when you’re ready to insert another slab of latex. That way you do not have to buy a second piece of ticking for that second or third or fourth slab. Perfect for a child or a topper turned into a mattress. To explain further, imagine you bought one slab of latex for a topper on your guest bed because your mother-in-law was coming into town and the bed really needed something to spruce it up. But you bought the topper knowing that your child was soon going to be inheriting the guest bed as his mattress was falling apart. However, not having the immediate need to buy the two slabs of latex which would be comfortable for your 15 year old, you bought an expandable ticking that could fit both one slab just as nicely as two slabs. When the time came to buy that second slab, you didn’t need to buy a second piece of ticking to wrap the slab in. Instead you merely unzipped the second zipper on the ticking to reveal 3” more of fabric that was folded around the four sidewalls of the mattress.

The case opens, as do all of ours, like a book with a three-sided zipper, one long side remains unzipped. This ticking is preshrunk and is machine washable.

It is a smooth and thick fabric, ideal for letting your pressure points sink into the natural latex or wool underneath it. It also will protect your fill from dust and lint while containing it smoothly. Its slight stretch is due to the form of the fabric itself, the weaving of the threads, no elastic.

Our natural latex slabs fit inside very comfortably, whether they are in a bed mattress or a futon mattress. Latex’s flexible, bouncy nature fits this fabric perfectly. If you want a wool mattress, use our Twill Ticking and if you want a wool topper, use the sateen provided in our topper kit or have us make it for you.

NOTE: This ticking is excellent as a dust cover and a flexible barrier between you and the latex.  If you want to keep your latex fresh for its full lifespan, add multiple layers of wool batting inside the case or choose the Quilted Ticking as its thickness will protect the latex from elements that cause to degrade.

Made with our GOTS organic double knit cotton fabric, flexible and natural: 100% organic, 100% cotton.

To sew your own expandable ticking, see its pattern here or its pattern kit here.

Custom sizes and depths readily available, contact us.

Pressure Points

Natural Latex

Some have called natural latex buoyant, some call it Santa’s belly, some just call it foam. No matter your name for it, natural latex will not feel like an innerspring mattress. It doesn’t transfer motion the same way, so you will not be woken by the whole bed jostling while your partner turns over. It doesn’t squeak either, so you can sneak out of that bed after putting your child to sleep. Also, because of the nature of the foam, latex is renowned for absorbing pressure points.

Pressure points are the points of your body that will receive the most pressure when your weight presses on them. When lying down on your side, these include your ankles, your hips, your shoulders and your head. On your back, the biggest pressure points are your heels, your butt, your shoulder blades and your head. Because side sleepers create the largest pressure points, they often prefer the soft and medium densities of latex. Back sleepers and stomach sleepers create less pressure points and usually prefer the medium or firm densities of latex.

Pressure mapping is a technique to identify how well a mattress is absorbing your pressure points. Using hundreds of sensors to test the pressure between your body and the mattress, it will produce an image with colored circles to identify how much pressure your body is receiving. A quick Google search for “pressure mapping latex” will bring up quite a few images showing how latex is able to relieve pressure from these supporting spots on our bodies. While this machine is a great invention, it does have its limitations, such as what happens when you roll over and what about pressure points created by injuries. Use it as a tool, but let your body be your judge.

Customers tell me stories of years of aches disappearing, back pains gone, new sleeping positions now enabled, being able to roll over without having to lift off the bed. Some even note that the small dips in the body, such as the small of the back and waist actually being supported by the latex, now that every part of their body can sink in. Why does latex and absorb our pressure points? One mattress guru calls it progressive compression. When latex compresses, the latex doesn’t just move to the side like water in a water bed or take up empty air space like springs do, the latex compacts underneath you. This puts a very supportive layer of latex underneath your pressure points while at the same time, allowing you to sink in. Elasticity combined with density produces a very durable and comfortable foam.

Wool

Not only does natural latex absorb pressure points, but wool does as well. It has a unique ability to remain soft even after its compression. Unlike cotton, it will never turn hard.  Due to the composition of the wool fiber, its spiral shape lets the fibers stretch instead of just bending like a cotton fiber does. This stretching is what lets you sink in beyond its presumably flat surface. While wool may provide a firm sleeping surface, it also allows space for even side sleepers’s pressure points to be accomodated.

Of Interest

LATEX
WOOL
ORGANIC COTTON
UPHOLSTERY TIPS

General Information

Tools and Supplies

Calculators

FAQ

If your question isn’t answered here or in the product guide section, feel free to give us a call.

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Q. Do you have a coupon code?
Q. What is the average turn around on an order?
Q. What is your shipping policy?
Q. Are any other payments accepted besides credit card?
Q. What is the lifespan of your parts?
Q. What is your warranty?
Q. What of these products do you make yourself?
Q. Some of your organic certificates are expired. Am I really getting an organic product?
Q. Your articles on wool suggest wool is a great fiber.  Why don’t you make your ticking out of wool fabric?
Q. When you say Chemical-Free bedding parts, what does that mean?
Q. Do you have any wholesale rates? Could you make our company a product for resale?

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Q. Do you have a coupon code?
A. We don’t run sales. If we did we would have to raise our daily prices. However, I’ll tell you, you might want to sign up for an account on the checkout page because when I send out emails, which is rare, there is always a code, though, I’ll warn you, it may not be obvious. (Read to the end of the email.)

Q. What is the average turn around on an order?
A. 1-4 weeks, depending on what you order. Pillow Kits and loose fills generally ship out within a week or ordering date. Natural Latex slabs and sewed pieces like ticking ship around the two week mark. Custom work takes 3-4 weeks to ship.  Please keep in mind, while we often keep these timetables, these estimates are just generalities. If your product has not arrived by the hopeful date, it is still coming and has not been forgotten.

Q. What is your shipping policy?
A.

  • All of our items process for up to two weeks and then ship out. To see the specific time frame, look at the bottom of your receipt or the Shipping tab in each item or in the cart.
  • Flat rate, shared shipping is available to continental US customers.  Canadian customers or elsewhere will need to contact us with an address to get a shipping estimate.
  • Shared shipping means that some of the shipping costs we will share with you as you probably don’t want to pay $70 shipping per piece of natural latex coming your way.
  • Items may ship from different locations, depending on whether they are coming from my stock (pillows & some latex) or my sewing room (ticking) or directly from my suppliers (natural latex).  This means that multiple items may arrive at your house at different times and with individual tracking numbers.  An email will be sent your way with a tracking number as soon the shipment is processed.

Q. Are any other payments accepted besides credit card?
A. Yes, indeed.  On the checkout page is an option for paying by check as well as credit card. At our showroom we also will accept cash. Last but not least, we will barter. If you have something that is worth more than paper money to us, we’ll swap. Primarily we are looking for business services (such as packaging or printing) or advertising services.

Q. What is the lifespan of your parts?
A. To read in depth about any of our parts, visit the Of Interest. However, in brief here are the stats:

  • Natural Latex – 20-30 years
  • Wool – forever, until the moths eat it. It may want to be relofted every 8 years or so.
  • Shredded Natural Latex – 15 years. It will slowly harden, but won’t crumble much.
  • Millet Hulls – Quite a while. The best grades of hulls are shipped overseas, so while there are some that never break down, I think it would be safe to say 5 years or more.
  • Kapok Fiber – After 1 year of use, the fibers in a pillow will turn into smallish balls, a little larger than wooly bolas.  This is why we include more fill in the pillow kits than you will initially need. Otherwise, they have no limit to their lifespan.

Q. What is your warranty?
A. To read it in depth, visit our Warranty link at the bottom of the page.  In brief:

  • Natural Latex – 15 years
  • Sewing Work – 5 years

Q. What of these products do you make yourself?
A. Specifically, we sew all our fabric goods including, knit ticking, expandable ticking, and pillow liners and cases and any custom jobs you send our way, with the exception of the quilted ticking since there is no mill willing to turn our small quantities of farm wool into the garnetted batts we need for a continuous roll of quilt fabric.

Q. Some of your organic certificates are expired. Am I really getting an organic product?
A. In our shop, organic is certified organic. We are terribly honest and do not declare something organic if it is not. Whether fabric or latex, the certification certifies that the product and the warehouse are certified at the time that we bought the product. Certifications are required to be renewed for every new product run and fairly often we haven’t sold out of our current product before the certificate expires. The product remains as organic as it was when we bought it even if its manufacturer’s certificate has moved on to the next batch and we haven’t posted the new certificate because we haven’t restocked the product. While we will keep updating the certificates, do note that our product is certified even our supply room is waiting for new stock.

Q. Your articles on wool suggest wool is a great fiber.  Why don’t you make your ticking out of wool fabric?
A. Wool is an excellent and very versatile fiber.  If you know of a source for 90″ wool fabric who is willing to talk about where their wool comes from, let us know and we’ll get sewing.

Q. When you say Chemical-Free bedding parts, what does that mean?
A. “Chemical-Free” means three things:

  1. No chemicals have been used in the growing or processing of the materials (i.e. wool, cotton).
  2. Every chemical we can choose to leave out of the processing of our products we do. Natural latex does require chemicals to create the foam; however in the end, natural latex is 96% rubber and most of the chemicals are burned up.
  3. In the emission tests performed by OekoTex (on the latex and cotton) nothing of worthy consideration shows up.

Q. Do you have any wholesale rates? Could you make our company a product for resale?
A. Yes, most definitely.

  1. You will see some bulk prices already in some of the products, such as shredded latex and wool flake.  If you want more competitive pricing for your business, send us an email with your company information/website and we will send you pricing.
  2. We are happy to take part in your product with you. We can consult, design, sew, assemble and ship.  We have a creative team who is very at good figuring dimensions and who knows how to save you a dime or two by participating with you on projects.

About

We are a bedding parts supplier. We are here to enable you to make your own chemical free, natural bedding, be it pillows, mattresses, blankets, comforters, etc.

Natural latex from Sri Lanka, wool from local farms and GOTS organic ticking could make your mattress. Kapok fiber, shredded natural latex, or millet hulls could fill your pillows.

We specialize in custom work, in natural products and in educating ourselves and you about our products.

We have all the firmnesses of natural latex available for you to rearrange to find the perfect comfort in our showroom of a living room, as well as samples of all our offerings. It is often helpful to lay on one to determine what firmness and comfort level right for you before you purchase the foam or the pillow fills. We work out of our residence in Lafayette, IN and also have a showroom in St. Paul, MN. We welcome you to drop in.

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OUR STORY:

We needed to buy mattresses. Two of them. As this event doesn’t come around very often, we thought: “Let’s do it right. Let’s get the very best mattress we can.”

For us, very best meant no chemical flame retardants and no synthetic fabrics. These mattresses were for our two girls, 2 & 4 at the time. They were going to be stuck with these mattresses for a while so we wanted to get them ones that weren’t going to combine comfort with slowly decomposing their organs.  A little internet research soon deflated my excitement over the purchase. An organic twin mattress was $1400. Even the cheapest one we could find, an all wool 4″ futon mattress, was $400. We didn’t have that kind of money, especially not with a third child on the way. I was stumped. Further internet research led me down the same trails.

And then I asked myself, could we make a mattress? That is what we do, after all; we like to make things, from scratch, especially in the kitchen.  Picking ingredients deliberately can make a great tasting dish and bring out subtle flavor, so also, deliberately sourcing bedding materials could make a comfortable and chemical free mattress. “If it can be bought, I can make it,” I’ve always said. Perhaps we could make a mattress.

First we had to find our supplies. At the time in 2010, I found only one online post of anyone else making their own mattress, so I felt I was breaking new ground. What to use?

Cotton is natural, but to get cotton batting, while inexpensive in individual sheets, would end up being expensive if we purchased enough to fill a mattress. It would be heavy and it would compress quickly, lending itself uncomfortable. Plus we would have to shake it out weekly to get rid of dust mites. Phew, that’s too may things against cotton batting.

Wool was an accessible batting. Surely we could use sheets of wool which was loftier than cotton. But how much? Who knew. And how high would it be? Wool does compress over time, so how high would it end up being?

Enter natural latex. Made from the rubber tree, it boasts of being buoyant and luxurious enough to be sold as mattress toppers. The real seller for us was that we could pick the height and have a better guess at the height of the mattress, while still using natural products not treated with chemicals.

So, with two cotton futon covers that we purchased, we bought 2 batts of wool comforter batting and 1.5″ of natural latex for each mattress. It was still a lot of money for us to come up with, $212 for each mattress, but it was not $1400 or even $400 each. We wrapped the latex with the two batts of wool and zippered it in the cases. The mattress were quite lofty, though with that much wool, they did compress over a year from 4″ to 3″. When the girls were older (4 & 6), we opened their mattresses and added in an extra 1.5″ of latex to support their growing sizes.

While the cases were completely washable (and very shrinkable), to save ourselves the hassle of taking them off, we bought a couple of wool blankets at the thrift store. After the blankets were felted in the washing machine a few times, they thickened up quite nicely, to almost 1″ thick. Now we have puddle pads.

And there you have it. You can make a mattress yourself, a puddle pad, a wool blanket. If you can sew, you can make your own ticking and quilts and pillow cases and, well check out the Community tab for ideas. And if you don’t want to, let us make them for you.

All Natural Bedding

All Natural Bedding

All Natural Bedding

To keep you healthy and toxin free and to give you choice in your bedding, our mattress parts and pillows fills are completely natural. No chemicals whatsoever. Not only the cleanest bedding you’ve seen, but also the highest quality parts.

All our products are plant based, except for wool, of course, which from sheep.  For detailed information on any of these parts, see our Of Interest section.

Natural Latex – from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree grown in Sri Lanka
Millet Hulls – from organically grown millet in CO
Kapok Fiber – from Ceiba trees in India
Cotton – from organic farms in India
Wool – from local farms around MN

The Very First Combinations

The First Combinations

These are the first three mattresses we made. The top two are with a cotton futon cover we found online (not available anymore), 2 batts of wool and 1.5″ of natural latex.  These are our daughters’ mattresses.  The bottom one contains 1 batt of wool, 6″ natural latex and GOTS organic twill fabric. This combination now sits in our showroom.