If you don’t get a good organic mattress and a good night’s rest, you may end up sleeping through this scenery.
Organic mattresses are expensive.
In fact, so expensive that a few years ago, we decided that it was probably worth the risk of inhaling toxic fumes every night than to spend the money to buy a mattress that would likely max out our credit cards and leave us stressed about money for a year or so.
When we moved to Berkeley, I still didn’t want to spend over $3,000 on a mattress, but Mike Adams (NaturalNews.com) had told me that it was possible to build your own natural, organic latex mattress.
After he told me this, I was on a mission.
I searched just about everywhere, made dozens of calls, and asked everyone I knew if it was possible and where I could get more information.
What I found was that while it is possible to make a do it yourself organic mattress, you still have to buy some of the materials through distributors – not directly from the factory (which I was initially hoping.)
Anyway, I made a complete video about how to make your own natural latex mattress on yesterday’s show, but I also wanted to write out, step by step, how it was possible to order your own latex, mattress cover and pad to save at least about $1000.
In total, we spent about $1,400 for our Queen organic, latex mattress, with an organic cotton mattress cover and organic mattress pad and it’s worth every dollar.
(Particularly since we found a synthetic – it says natural but it’s 15% synthetic – latex Queen at IKEA for $900 without the organic mattress pad. So for maybe $400 more, you’re totally organic and 100% natural.)
If you wanted to use non-organic materials it would be even cheaper. (Though I’d caution against using non-organic cotton unless you want to support GMO.)
So how can you build your own natural latex mattress yourself?
Let me give you a step by step, blow by blow account here…
Step #1: Decide on a budget for your latex mattress.
Deciding on a budget will determine a bunch of things for you right off the bat…
When you have a set budget, you’ll know if you can afford a Queen or a King, organic mattress covers or non-organic, and if you will have extra thickness (over 6″) or regular size (about 6″.)
A good budget for an do it yourself organic natural latex Queen with all organic coverings is about $1,400.
For a King, you can probably add about $400-600.
For a Full, you can subtract about $400 or so.
In all, you’re likely to spend no more than $2000 if you do it yourself and no less than $1000 if you keep it all organic.
You may be able to spend less if you don’t go all organic, but then that kind of defeats the purpose of getting a natural latex mattress.
Step #2: Go to a store and try some latex mattresses out.
Some people really like the way organic latex mattresses feel, others don’t.
So maybe even before you budget, you might want to go to an organic mattress store and try out some of the different types of mattresses before you start to make your own.
Once you have been on a few, you’ll notice that latex mattresses have a totally different feel than spring mattresses. All my life I’ve slept on a spring mattress until we got this new mattress. I can’t believe what I was missing now that I’ve slept on a latex mattress.
So, again, spend some time at the store – ask the owner if you can spend the night (just kidding) – and decide if you believe you can sleep on a latex mattress or not for the next 10-15 years (this is how long they last!)
My guess is you absolutely can…
Step #3: Decide on a firmness that works for you.
While you’re at the store, be sure to ask about the firmness of the mattresses you’re trying out.
This will be essential when we’re going to order your own latex pads.
Here is a general rule of thumb for the different types of firmness:
If you’re heavy, you’ll need a firm latex mattress.
If you’re light, you’ll need a medium to firm mattress.
One of the challenges that Annmarie and I have is that I’m heavy and she’s light.
We decided that it would be best to get a firm mattress, because if we got one that was too soft, we couldn’t harden it up. At least with a firm mattress, we could add a pillow top if it was too hard for her.
Mattresses that are too soft, in general, tend to be hard on the back and neck, so I’d lean toward as firm as possible.
Step #4: Decide if you want a cotton or wool mattress pad.
There are three pieces you need to make your own organic natural latex mattress.
- The latex pad.
- The organic cotton mattress cover.
- The cotton or wool mattress pad.
I’ll address the latex pad in the next step, but deciding on wool or cotton for the mattress cover and pad is an important step.
Of course, if you’re strictly vegan, you’d choose the cotton. (You can move on to the next step.)
If you’re wondering what the difference is between cotton and wool, there are two – price and how often you need to wash it.
For the organic cotton mattress pad, you’ll spend about $50 more and have to wash it more frequently than the organic wool.
So it’s up to you to decide which one you want, just know if you do decide on the cotton, you do have to wash it more often because it will build up stains and possibly microbes over time.
Step #5: Contact Nirvana Safe Haven for organic natural latex pads.
When I originally was searching for how to make your own organic latex mattress, I thought it would be possible to find a factory that would deliver the latex mattress pad to my specifications directly to our apartment.
After searching for this type of factory and making phone calls for over 10 hours, I realized that I’d have to go through a distributor to get the type of latex that I wanted.
The latex factories do not really want to deal with one-off retail customers – they’re most interested in working with the mattress companies that assemble the mattresses on site and then sell their product retail and fully assembled.
So while I was getting discouraged, I was lucky enough to stumble upon Daliya Robson’s site – Nirvana Safe Haven.
What Daliya does is buy organic latex direct from the factory and then sells them at a small markup (her fee for the work!) to her customers.
I got on the phone with her and found that she was extremely knowledgeable and willing to help us save money and get a great mattress.
She’s in Walnut Creek, CA, so we decided to drive out to meet her and try out a mattress that she had at her home (please contact her first by email or phone before you head on out to see her, she works from home.)
While I was searching, I found that some mattress companies advertise 9″ thick mattresses and asked Daliya if that made a big difference. She told me it did – but only in the thickness of your wallet.
So, with her help, we decided on a firm 6″ organic latex pad and she ordered it for us on the spot. Her pricing includes delivery so it’s actually a really good deal. The box is at least 80-100 pounds.
It took two UPS (unhappy) guys to bring it up the two flights of stairs to our apartment here. They thought it might have been a body that was being delivered to us.
I assured them we’re not into that type of work.
Here’s where you can contact Daliya: http://www.nontoxic.com/latexmattress/makeyourownmattress.html
Be sure to mention that you heard about her from Kevin and Ann!
(Please note: We have no formal arrangement with her about referrals or anything like that. We briefly discussed it, but I told her I wanted to share what she does first and then decide if it makes sense for her – since she has very fair prices with little markup at all.)
Step #6: Get a mattress cover and pad.
If you want, you can get your mattress pad and cover from Daliya at Nirvana Safe Haven or you can shop around. It’s entirely up to you.
We chose to get them from Daliya because we were there and it was easy. I didn’t shop around much before to check pricing, but after meeting Daliya, I knew that she wasn’t in this business to fleece any one. (Yes, that is a bad wool joke.)
Step #7: Find some friends to help when the materials come.
Putting together a natural latex mattress, is actually tremendously easy.
All it requires is putting the latex pad into the mattress cover and then zipping it up.
The only challenge you’ll have when you’re putting it together is finding a few friends to help.
The reason why you want to have helpers is because the latex can tear easily if it’s pulled the wrong way. Since the latex pad is heavy, if you try to pull it to adjust positioning, there’s a high risk you’ll take a chunk out of your new mattress before you even get to sleep on it.
So get a few friends or family members to help once you get all the pieces together.
Step #8: Watch how to put it together here:
Instead of giving you step-by-step instructions on assembly, here’s how we put together ours:
Step #9: Have the most amazing sleep of your life!
Until you experience it, you may not appreciate it as much as we do now.
Sleeping on a non-toxic natural latex mattress is an experience that only you can judge for yourself.
The first night, I slept like a baby and when I woke up I told Annmarie that I was never leaving bed because it was so amazingly comfortable.
It’s that good.
Some Organic Latex Mattress Concerns and Considerations:
1. We chose to sleep on the floor.
Instead of getting a box spring, or even making something that will bring the bed up any higher, we’ve chosen – for now – to lay our mattress on the floor.
The main reason for doing this is because I’m waiting for some creative inspiration that will allow me to get something that is super-cheap and raises the bed up just enough so the covers don’t rest on the floor.
I have a few ideas for this, but am in no rush to get anything that I feel is pretty unnecessary. There’s really no need to have a higher bed.
2. What if you have a latex allergy?
When we went to visit Daliya at her home, Annmarie mentioned that I sometimes react to latex (latex allergy) and if that would be a problem.
Daliya suggested that we see if I react to the natural latex while we were sitting and talking about what size and firmness we wanted, so she gave me a piece of latex that is about the size of my hand.
She told me to hold it and squeeze it and see what happens. I wanted to be super-sure, so I rubbed it on my face and arms as well.
In the past, my reaction to latex has always been hives, but in this case after 30 minutes of playing with this piece, I had no reaction (nor did I have any in the 2 hours after we left.)
If you’re allergic to latex and have a risk of anaphylactic shock, obviously, you’d want to stay away from the stuff. For me it seems that the chemical, unnatural latex is what is causes my hives, not the actual latex.
Just a theory though… please be cautious if you decide to experiment.
Anyway, this is how we made our own natural, organic latex mattress. I’m sure if you choose to do it, you’ll find there is more than one way to do it. You may even find a way to do it cheaper than I did.
The bottom line is that it’s easy, anyone can do it and – if you do – you’ll save at least $1000 than if you decided to buy the pre-made models.
On top of that, you may just get the best sleep you’ve ever had.
Not a bad deal.
I want to know your thoughts: Do you think you’d be able to make your own natural latex mattress?