First of all, I love this site. It’s been the most helpful part of my mattress buying journey. Having said that though, I’m going the DIY route. Seems like a no brainer. I’ll give a bit of info about myself so that you know where I’m coming from. I am a 180 lbs, 5’10 fairly muscular man with nasty lower back pain issues. I wrecked my back in the gym 8 years ago and it’s never been the same. I am hybrid back and side sleeper but mostly sleep on the side on my shoulder with my legs sprawled out. Sometimes I wake up with the worst back pain, to the point where I will randomly throw out my back after getting out of bed. I sleep on a cheapo bed. I really think a new bed will help a lot. I will be putting together a 12 inch 3 layer latex bed with a memory foam topper. I prefer an extremely responsive bed that supports well. I am not a fan of being stuck in quick sand, which is why I will be looking into getting a plush and responsive open-celled memory foam as the top layer.
Currently my configuration will look like as follows from core bottom layer to comfort top layer (all layers will be 3 inches):
Firm or firm Dunlop
Medium or soft talalay
3-4 lbs memory foam
Here are some questions I’ve got:
Where to buy the latex? I have been to the sites of several trusted members and their dunlop and talalay latex prices vary wildly. Even when they claim 100% all natural with the standard certifications mentioned on this site. The prices still vary quite a bit! Is there anything else I should be keeping in mind? Or just pick a site with the lowest prices with the certifications and run with it?
Mattress encasements - this seems to be a pretty big source of bummer for me. There seems to be a really limited selection of mattress encasements that sell direct to consumer. Arizona premium mattress seems to have custom made ones that have the standard feel of a mattress but I’m not interested in those. I would like a stretch cotton zip around cover. During my mattress selection journey, I went to test out tempurpedic beds and I had fallen in love. However, what I realized I was in love with this their insanely soft mattress encasements. After doing some research I have found that you can actually order some “replacement” tempurpedic mattress covers directly from them. Has anyone tried anything like this? Do you see any downsides? Feels like it would be a really cool way to complete my bed: https://www.tempurpedic.com/bedding/mattress-replacement-cover/v/3163/
Regarding the actual densities of the support layers in conjunction with the 3 inch memory foam I will be using. Would you guys recommend the bottom layer stay firm? I’ve heard people say that you’re better off using 2x medium 3inch latex layers on the bottom and then using a soft layer of talalay latex above them. However, knowing that I’ll be using a somewhat soft 3 inch layer of memory foam on top, would you suggest the top talalay latex layer be medium as well?
Last question regarding selection of the memory foam topper. I have narrowed it down to these two selections. I actually was set on the brooklyn bedding one until I tried the amazon one at a friends house. It’s pretty nice, but wondering if anyone here had any experience with the brooklyn bedding. I really do want to find a fast responding high quality memory foam to tie it all together.
4-lb. Memory Foam Topper - Mattress Topper
Sorry for the extreme verbosity of this post. Thank you so much for your help!!!