Help me build my first DIY Mattress!

I need some help building my first mattress. I have narrowed it down to two high-level options and will need to refine this based upon expert input. Per Phoenix’s post #2 in this thread, I am aware it’s subjective, trial and error and I should build my bed based off something that exists in the market. I am planning on heading to a casper and big box store soon. I am not opposed to buying a kit, pre-made or other options.

What I am hoping for is some validation in my hypothesis while I actively test.

A)Hybrid - latex on coils

  • 6" Leggett and Platt Caliber Edge
  • 3" Dunlop Firm Talay (38ILD
  • 2" Talalay Soft Latex (19ILD)

B)All Latex

  • 3" Sleep on Latex Firm (46ILD)
  • 3" Sleep on Latex medium (34ILD)
  • 3" Latex Factory Medium (28ILD)
  • 2" Latex Factory soft (19ILD)

For both options, I am looking at expanding ticking so i can add layers if needed.

5’7" 165lb - me
5"4" 130lb - wife

Sleep Style
20% Side - 80% Back
Wife will occasionally rest on her stomach, or we’ll be on our side from tossing and turning.

My spouse sleeps hot
I am considering latex over coils to help with airflow. Will a 6" coil base greatly help with cooling and airflow vs a full latex core?

Lower Back/Hip Pain
My current mattress is giving me lower back, hip pain from what feels like pelvic tilt. My butt sits lower than my shoulders and sits lower than my lower back.

Any input, ideas, suggestions would be recommended. Thank you!

Anyone have anything insightful to say? Anything at this point would be helpful - even a hello or something.

Hi AndyC79.

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :slight_smile:

Thank you for providing your stats and your details in such a well-organized post. It seems that you are well ahead as you have made good progress on your DIY adventure.

Good to see that you did plenty of initial research and that you are putting some safe fails in place for both options you are considering by “looking at expanding ticking so i can add layers if needed.” Keep in mind that the final veto will come ultimately from your body’s interaction with the new sleeping system.

At your BMI a (11") thick mattress is enough to meet all your needs in terms of support/comfort. Both your options have very good chances of working well for you. It is good to see that accounted for extreme differences in sleeping profile (stomach/side sleeping). You’ve been wise to choose a comfort layer that is a little thinner than your “deepest” sleeping position would normally require (typically side sleeping) and then choose a support layer underneath that helps you to sink in a little extra when you need it. A middle layer or “transition layer” can be especially useful for those who sleep in multiple positions and it can help you to sink in enough to help with pressure relief and also help keep you from sinking down too far and causing back issues. This said see my Note* a little lower on the page.

For your wife’s stomach sleeping position you may wish to review the guidelines in this Sleep Positions Article so that she avoids hyperextension in a swayback position that can cause back issues.

[QUOTE] My spouse sleeps hot I am considering latex over coils to help with airflow. Will a 6" coil base greatly help with cooling and airflow vs a full latex core?

While the upper layers of a mattress are the most significant part of temperature and moisture regulation as it relates to the sleeper, the airflow and ventilation will occur from all sides of the mattress including the deeper support components. A hybrid latex mattress that is using a pocket coil core which is one of the most breathable types of cores… followed by latex which is also the most breathable and “temperature neutral” of all the different types of foam materials. Latex allows for more airflow than any other foam and when changing positions on the mattress the air will be moved in and out like within an accordion. As the coils are at least 5" down into the mattress and much further away from your skin, they will have a lesser impact on temperature regulation than the comfort/transition layers.

There are many variables involved in the sleeping temperature including the type of mattress protector and the sheets and bedding that you use (which in many cases can have just as significant an effect on temperature as the type of foam in a mattress) and on where you are in the “oven to iceberg” range and because there is no standardized testing for temperature regulation with different combinations of materials … there is more about the many variables that can affect the sleeping temperature of a mattress or sleeping system in post #2 here.

In very general terms … the layers and components of a sleeping system that are closer to your skin will have a bigger effect on airflow and temperature regulation than layers and components that are further away from your skin and softer mattresses will tend to be more “insulating” and for some people can sleep warmer than firmer versions of the same material.

[QUOTE] Sleep Style 20% Side - 80% Back
Wife will occasionally rest on her stomach, or we’ll be on our side from tossing and turning.
My current mattress is giving me lower back, hip pain from what feels like pelvic tilt. My butt sits lower than my shoulders and sits lower than my lower back. [/QUOTE]

Judging by the percentage of side sleeping (20%) and the “tossing and turning” you experience it may be that you switch to your side only temporarily when the body feels discomfort due to the pains you are experiencing. It would be useful if you could remember your sleep position history when your mattress was not sagging. Were you sleeping on your sides as well? If yes, what percentage.

Note* As your current mattress gives you Lower Back/Hip Pain due to misalignment your body is probably trying to compensate and makes you “toss and turn” onto your sides to give you a relatively good night’s sleep. As you get a more supportive mattress that keeps your spine in neutral alignment for the course of the night, you may find that you’ll sleep less and less on your side which is another variable that you may wish to take into account.

As you are both combination sleepers and your wife is a partial stomach sleeper (which needs the firmest comfort option ) you may wish to consider a side to side split construction for your mattress.

I hope that information helps you out. I think you’re already on the right track and have a general idea of the types of components you need to look for in your new mattress based on your comments. I’ll look forward to learning about your progress and of course any other questions you might have.


Thanks for taking the time to write a thorough reply. Glad to hear i’m on the right path.

Out of curiosity, is there anything you would change, alter or add? I am used to sleeping on mattresses taller than 11" , in the 12.“-13” range so naturally I am considering thicker or additional layers of latex.

Hi AndyC79.

You are welcome! :slight_smile:

Your current DIY has a good probability of matching both you and your wife’s support/comfort needs. If I were you and could afford a little extra cost, I would do a side-by-side split with your wife’s side being a bit firmer. Aa she is a lighter individual and sleeps prone she needs a more supportive sleeping surface to avoid Hyperextension. Also, because she sleeps hot, a firmer side will prevent her from sinking in too much and trap the heat in a deeper cradle. A zippered cover is almost essential for a DIY in case exchanging layers or rearranging is necessary.

At your BMI you wouldn’t need more than 11" thickness, provided that you dial in as close as possible on the support/comfort levels needed for bor you and your wife. Even though I can’t tell for sure what would be appropriate layer firmness, with your sleep and pain history in mind, I’d suggest that you opt for a comfort level slightly on the firmer side. I’d keep in mind that you can always fine-tune a firmer mattress to get a softer feel with a thin topper, but it is almost impossible to fix a softer mattress to get the correct support needed for keeping a neutral spinal alignment.

That said there is nothing wrong with having a thicker mattress if this is high on your list of “must-haves”.

If you desire to increase your DIY’s height, I’d keep in mind that Thickness and Softness work together. This means that you may need to adjust the firmness levels of comfort and/or transition layers of your DIY… Because thicker layers (or mattresses) can have a greater range of compression and are more “adaptable” … it’s also possible to use firmer top layers in a thicker mattress and still have good pressure relief because of the greater range of compression of the thicker mattress which can create a mattress with a firmer “surface feel” but that still provides good pressure relief and adapts well to the body contours.

One other benefit of a thicker mattress that has multiple layers that can be rearranged or exchanged is that there are more layering combinations possible for changing and fine-tuning the performance and feel of the mattress but in many cases, this wouldn’t be necessary and in some cases can lead to a level of complexity that can make predicting how the layers interact more difficult (see post #2 here )

The overall thickness of a mattress (that is either “needed” or “preferred”) would depend on the combinations of the layers and components necessary to achieve the design goal of the mattress to provide the PPP (Pressure relief, Posture and alignment, and Personal preferences) that can best match each person and their unique body type, sleeping positions, and preferences.

I hope this adds more food for thought and helps your DIY research in search of a good night’s sleep.

First I’d like to say how helpful this website has been. No nonsense information and extremely helpful.

My husband and I have been sleeping on a soft side waterbed with a 4" foam topper for 30 years. It has started to leak and difficult to repair. Though we’re sad to give it up, we feel it’s time to try a more conventional mattress. I had a latex mattress as a teenager (before the factory burned down) and would love to return to that. Given all the options for firmness and feel, we need some guidance. I am a 5’8" 160 lbs side sleeper, and my husband is a 6’ 165 lb back sleeper. I have arthritis in my hips so soft is preferable, but I don’t want something too soft that will make his back hurt. The waterbed served us very well, and we’d like to try to achieve a similar feel. Any suggestions you could make would be welcome.

HI julejlm.

Welcome to The Mattress Underground Forum! :slight_smile: and thank you for your kind comments.

You were very fortunate to get 30 years of use from your waterbed. As you can probably imagine there have been many changes in the industry since you purchased it and unfortunately most of them haven’t been for the better ( see post #3 here ) so you’d need to proceed with some caution.

Liking a latex bed as a teenager is a good starting point but I’d take into account that as we age our bodies can change needs and perhaps, in your case, preferences. During the 30 years, you used your water/memory foam mattress your body got “hard-wired” into a certain feel and may have some trouble readjusting to a new sleep environment no matter how performant latex, as your material of choice is. Have you already tried a latex mattress? If not, I’d recommend you do so. Trying a few latex mattress configurations would also give you a good indication of your comfort/support needs and preferences. I’d recommend you keep good notes of your experiences as the feel of a latex mattress cannot be translated not the feel of a memory foam waterbed as there are too many variables involved

It’s important when you are testing for pressure relief or alignment to make sure you lie on a mattress for long enough that your mind and muscles are fully relaxed. A mattress can feel very different when you are fully relaxed than it does when you are tense. For most people, this means spending at least 15 minutes on a mattress that you are seriously considering and focus on the relaxed feeling that you have when you are going to sleep.
The second key is to focus specifically on testing for alignment and its symptoms rather than comfort in all your sleeping positions.

Generally, two different types of mattresses are not easy to compare (if at all) in this case Latex vs waterbed feel is different and so are the intrinsic qualities of each of the components used in the bed’s componentry. There is little value in trying to approximate the performance you got used to in your old mattress. This is certainly possible if the manufacturer has enough experience and knowledge designs and builds a mattress that is reasonably close to the softness and support of another mattress that is known to them and this is confirmed with their own personal testing (and preferably the testing of a larger group of people like their customers as well) but you have many other options available to ensure suitability that I’d be tempted to suggest that you make a “clean break” with your old mattress and start anew looking for what you really prefer and need in a mattress that would last you for 10 years or so.

Post #10 here has a step by step process that can dramatically increase your odds of finding your “ideal” mattress that has better quality and value than anything you are likely to find with a major brand or typical mass-market outlet

I agree that Latex is a very good choice of material as it has both the ability to form a pressure relieving cradle more than other more commonly used materials, be supportive at the same time as it is the most resilient of all the foam materials (although springs are more resilient than latex and some types of latex are more resilient than others). Resilience is related to the ability of a material to store and return energy)

The first suggestion I would have is to start with the tutorial post here which has all the basic information, steps, and guidelines you will need to make the best possible choices … and know how and why to avoid the worst ones which would include the major brands such as Serta or any mattress where you aren’t able to find out the quality of the materials inside it.

In the current market, it’s a good idea to avoid the major brands because they use lower quality and less durable materials in their mattresses than many of their smaller competitors although I would also avoid any mattress regardless of the name of the manufacturer where you aren’t able to find out the quality and durability of the materials inside it to make sure there aren’t any lower quality materials or “weak links” in the mattress (see the Mattress Durability guidelines here ).

You may have already read this, but choosing the “best possible” mattress for any particular person really comes down to FIRST finding a few knowledgeable and transparent retailers and/or manufacturers (either locally or online) that sell the types of mattresses that you are most interested in (latex) that are in a budget range you are comfortable with and that you have confirmed will provide you with the all the information you need about the materials and components inside the mattresses they sell so you will be able to make informed choices and meaningful comparisons between mattresses and then …

  1. Careful testing (hopefully using the testing guidelines in the tutorial ) to make sure that a mattress is a good match for you in terms of “comfort”, firmness, and PPP … and/or that you are comfortable with the options you have available to return, exchange, or “fine-tune” the mattress and any costs involved if you can’t test a mattress in person or aren’t confident that your mattress is a suitable choice.

  2. Checking to make sure that there are no lower quality materials or weak links in a mattress you are considering relative to your weight/BMI range that could compromise the durability and useful life of the mattress.

  3. Comparing your finalists for “value” based on #1 and #2 and all the other parts of your personal value equation that are most important to you.

If you test out any particular items locally, I’ll be interested in learning of your reaction and any questions you may have about them, or other more specific questions that you might have.


Note* I will be changing your post and my reply to it to a different thread as there may be more visitors interested in transitioning from waterbeds to other types of mattresses.

Phoenix, wondering if you had thoughts or commentary on “zoned” latex support layers. Essentially a mattress comprised of a base, a support layer that is divided into 6-zones with differing ILD, all topped with a single layer of comfort latex. Each zone is tailored to body region and respective of sleeper. See attached diagram from Obasan for the layout.

In this situation, I would adjust the firmness/softness by area and also use a slightly firmer area for my wifes side.

I am wondering:

  • In this structure, is there a greater benefit or feel than a traditional split?

  • How does one keep the foam blocks becoming out of place due to more discrete pieces?

  • In the case of Obasan, do they truly have only 3 layers?

Thanks for your response. We were able to try out some latex configurations at DIY Natural Bedding in Minneapolis. Amy was very helpful, and I think the visit was fruitful. Quite different from the waterbed, but I think you’re right that we need to break from it. Because of our differing sleep positions we’re considering a split layer either in the top or middle of the mattress. Love that we’re able to do this. After years of sloshing and feeling every move we each made, our new mattress will almost make it feel like I’m sleeping alone!

Sorry for the multiple comments. I’ve narrrowed it down to these three options. Wondering if anyone has any opinions.

Option A:
8" Quantum Edge Elite
2" Med Talalay, maybe dunlop is better?
2" Soft Talalay

Option B:
6" Caliber Edge
3" Med Talay
3" Soft Talay

Option C:
6" Quantum Edge Bolsa
3" Med Dunlop
3" Soft Talalay

any ideas appreciated! thanks.

Hey AndyC79,

Thanks for your question. Hope you don’t mind if I cut in on yours and Phoenix’s chat :slight_smile: .

[quote]Sorry for the multiple comments. I’ve narrrowed it down to these three options. Wondering if anyone has any opinions.

Option A:
8" Quantum Edge Elite
2" Med Talalay, maybe dunlop is better?
2" Soft Talalay

Option B:
6" Caliber Edge
3" Med Talay
3" Soft Talay

Option C:
6" Quantum Edge Bolsa
3" Med Dunlop
3" Soft Talalay

any ideas appreciated! thanks.[/quote]

Congrats on your new DIY mattress project :slight_smile: ! From reading through your previous conversations with Phoenix, I see that you received thorough counsel regarding your first draft ideas, and that initial thoughts are a 12- 13" mattress of a split firmness configuration, perhaps on the firmer side. I would be curious to learn more about your current mattress, as you mention that it is giving you lower back and hip pain: what kind is it and how old is it? I’m guessing that your DIY build will be a king size? It would be helpful to know what mattress environment that you’re coming from to better understand what would provide optimal comfort and support for both you and your wife.

The one noticeable difference between each of these is the second layer and what material is used. Dunlop latex has a more dense, firmer feel than Talalay, and if you’re looking for a more supportive feel, that could be the way to go. You mentioned in your initial post that you would be making showroom visits for mattress testing; did you get to try any latex models for a point of reference for its unique feel? If you did get to sample mattresses, did your experience change the direction you were considering? Looking forward to your reply and thanks.


Not at all and thanks for the reply Sensei.

Beautyrest Recharge Bainbridge Pillowtop Firm Queen, approximately 7 years old

Yes to king size.

I have not had the chance, due to time, to go to showrooms but i have a 3" Medium latex topper from SOL currently.

I am currently in the progress of building it out. Here’s what I have so far from bottom to top.

  • 1/2 Polyfoam
  • 6" QE Elite Coils
  • 3" Sleep on Latex Medium (ILD 34 - Dunlop?)

Sleeper info for reference

  • [li]5"6"
  • 165lb
  • 20% side, 80% back
  • [li]5"4"
  • 130lb
  • Sleeps hot
  • 20% side, 20% stomach, 60% back

My initial observations - the medium (ILD 34) is not supportive enough. I am thinking I should go firmer for the support latex. I am quite confused about the ILD ratings of Sleep on Latex vs Latex Factory, etc. The ILD’s of Sleep on Latex are much higher. Also, i am uncertain if SOL sells dunlop or talalay. @Sensei, what ILD dunlop layer would you suggest for me and what size - 2" vs 3"?

I am also considering a 1/2" Polyfoam piece between my coils and 3" firm slab of latex as a transition layer. @Sensei - do you think this is necessary?

For my comfort layers, I want to have a medium plush feel - I like a mix between sleeping on my bed vs in my bed. I was thinking 2" of soft talalay ILD 19 followed by 1" of memory foam.

Any input is appreciated!

Hey AndyC70,

Thanks for your updates :slight_smile: !

Your Beautyrest Recharge Bainbridge Pillowtop Firm/ Queen is a 13.5" gel memory foam innerspring mattress, designed with a firm comfort feel. Thanks for sharing that detail, as well as both of your personal stats, these help with understanding a bit of your sleep situation details.

I strongly recommend that if you have access to COVID-safe showrooms and are comfortable doing so to make the time for mattress testing and comparisons when you can. As it has been several days since your post, you may have some updates on that front.

Good work on the support base of your build, Andy :slight_smile: ! The 1/2" polyfoam base layer will serve to stabilize the 6" QEE pocket coil unit, you’ll want to follow Phoenix’s suggestion and use anHD polyfoam with a minimum 1.5- 1.8 lbs. per cu. ft. density for higher durability. Are you going with QEE Bolsa coils or QEE Combi-zone coils?

The setup as described above (coils + polyfoam= base) is your support system; in this construction, the 3" dunlop latex/ 34 ILD becomes a transition layer instead; is this what you mean when referring to it as “support latex”? In other words, support comes from coil unit below, and any added materials become part of the comfort feel of the mattress. 34 ILD is generally a fairly firm feel for dunlop latex, so not sure whether the coil unit isn’t supportive enough or that you prefer a firmer feeling latex.

ILDs will vary somewhat among manufacturers and is generally expressed in an accepted range within the mattress industry, this Phoenix graphic depicts commonly used ranges:

FYI, SOL uses Dunlop/ Natural latex in their mattresses and toppers. A 2" dunlop layer should work well for you both, in perhaps a medium-soft ILD range, depending on your response to the questions above on the support build.

The 1/2" polyfoam layer over the coils isn’t necessary and wouldn’t serve the same purpose as the 1/2" layer beneath the coils. Unless you prefer a 3" layer that is firmer than your 34 ILD dunlop layer over the coils, an additional 3" firm layer isn’t needed, only the one 3" layer of the correct firmness would be fine.

A 2" 19 ILD Talalay layer could be too soft for your preferences, Andy. The addition of a 1" memory foam layer over it may “deaden” the Talalay’s plush feel somewhat. If you want more of a “sleeping on” the bed feel, the Talalay layer should be the topmost layer to get the full benefit of it’s naturally conforming, pressure-relieving qualities. But again, the type materials used and how they are layered are part of your personal preferences. Use of the highest quality materials will ensure the most durable, long-lasting mattress possible.

Any updates on your DIY? Looking forward to hearing more about your progress and good luck :wink: .


Can you link me to reputable showrooms and retailers in the Chicagoland area?

[quote]Are you going with QEE Bolsa coils or QEE Combi-zone coils?[/quote] I went with 6" QEE Bolsa Coils. To quell any buyers regret, do you think this was the right move? I keep thinking I should have gotten 8" QEE Combi-zone. And thanks for your suggestion on 1.5-1.8lb poly foam.

I suppose I’ve been erroneously using the words “support” and “comfort” layers and also disregarded a “transition” layer. I thought Coils + 3" Firm Dunlop is considered “support” while softer Talalay (or equivalent) on top is considered “support”.

Since 6" coils + 3" 34ILD Natural Dunlop is a little too soft for me, do you recommend 6" coils + 3" 38-42ILD firm? SOL sells a 46 ILD as firm but this seems very firm so I might look elsewhere. My other observation I forgot to mention, the bed is very springy - I understand that’s from the coils but should I look to increase the foam thickness under the mattress to help reduce bounce?

Thanks Sensei!

Hey Andy,

Thanks for your reply and my sincere apologies for the delayed response; the forum has been quite lively as of late :silly: .

You may consider checking in with expert trusted member My Green Mattress/ Quality Sleep Shop located in La Grange Highlands, IL. Their showroom is located a short distance away, and owner Tim Masters is an expert in the natural mattress materials category.

You both are well within average BMI ranges (Sleeper 1 is slightly higher), so your 6" QEE Bolsa Coil choice should serve you well. As you know, it is a single-zone pocket coil support core of a medium firmness, designed for normal and lower BMI folks and suited for all sleeping positions. Some prefer the lower profile the 6" pocket coil unit has over an 8" height. With a QEE Combi-zone pocket coil unit, there are three zones, with the center zone using firmest coils in the lumbar area, and firmer coils in the areas above and below the center of the mattress. QEE Combi-zone pocket coils are preferred by back sleepers, stomach sleepers, higher BMI individuals, and those seeking an overall firmer-feeling mattress. If you want a firmer feeling support system, the Combi-zone coil unit would be a better direction.

No worries on the wordsmithing particulars, Andy. For this discussion, if you prefer to consider the coils + 3" firm Dunlop layer as a single support system, that works. The main thing is that you are happy with your comfort and support materials, and that they perform their jobs well for you both.

If the 34 ILD Dunlop layer is only a “little too soft”, stepping up to a 38-42 ILD could be a better choice of firmness. A firmer Dunlop layer over the coils may help settle some of the “springy” feeling you describe, as the layering above the springs will make a significant in the feel performance of the mattress and in the amount of motion transfer of the mattress as well. Keep in mind that pocket coils have more independent movement which gives them their greater “shape conforming” ability and motion separation properties.

AsDunlop latexis a denser material, it has a firmer, less lively feel when paired with pocket coils. You may find that a higher ILD may offset some of the springiness but probably not by much. Increasing the base foam underneath the coil array would not reduce the coils’ responsive feel in any way, but only serves to provide stability to the coil unit. Sidebar question for you: what type encasement are you using for your DIY? Again, my apologies for the delayed response and looking forward to your updates :wink: .

Thanks for the reply Sensei and no worries!

I will check out My Green Mattress in La Grange. Thank you much for the recommendation.

I am happy with my 6" QEE and your input on 8" Combi-zone and BMI’s is helpful. I feel good knowing I have a good coil setup.

I currently have:

1/2 Poly foam
6" QEE
3" 46 ILD (25%) / 100 ILD (40%) Firm Latex - Sleep on Latex
3" 34 ILD (25%) / 76 ILD (40%) Medium Latex - Sleep on Latex

I am returning the medium but have it on the bed for now. I am not comfortable at all on this setup. The bed feels oddly too firm and too mushy with the 3" medium. It’s a weird feeling. My legs feel like they have pinched nerves or potentially too much pressure on them.

My current SOL 3" 46 ILD Firm seems too firm based on feel and advice. Sleep EZ sells Firm 38-40 and Extra Firm is 43-44. Which one do you recommend if Sleep on Latex’s 46 ILD Firm is too potentially to firm for me? Do you have another brand Dunlop Latex you would recommend?

Very torn on this. I am looking for ticking/encasement that has a wool topper for heat distribution and softness but isn’t a full double sided wool encasement as I won’t be flipping my mattress over. Any thoughts or recommendations?

As far as comfort layers go, I am also torn. I think I should go with a 2" Soft Talay + Wool encasement as stated above.

Thanks for all your help!

Wanted to keep this post up to date…

I am returning SOL’s FIRM Dunlop Slab rated at 46ILD. It is way too firm. Likewise returning the MEDIUM Dunlop Firm because it’s too soft. SOL provides great customer service and I recommend them to anyone looking for their specific ranges of ILD.

Now I am considering:
6" QEE
2" Xtra Firm SleepEZ All Natural Dunlop - 44ILD
2" Firm SleepEZ All Natural Dunlop - 37-40 ILD

  • Comfort Layer TBD


6" QEE
3" Firm SleepEZ All Natural Dunlop - 37-40 ILD
2" Medium SleepEZ 30-32 ILD

  • Other layers TBD

Namely confused around 3" vs 2" of support foam. I want to be able to configure so 2" slabs gives me a lot of flexibility but not sure of the downsides vs 3" + 2". Any advice is helpful.

Hey Andy,

Thanks for your update and for sharing your DIY process :slight_smile: .

Sometimes it takes a bit of dialing in to achieve optimal comfort and support with a DIY project, Andy. Good to know that you had a smooth customer service experience with your SOL return, and that you’re moving forward with a new configuration.

I highly recommend discussing your choices with trusted member Sleep EZ directly as their team is deeply experienced in the latex DIY category and can discuss personalized comfort and support questions based on your preferences. You may pose questions directly to Sleep EZ’s “Ask an Expert” forum here. They can advise you regarding ticking/ covers too, if you’re still looking for recommendations on those.

The choice of 3" vs. 2" of foam comes down to durability. If you go with 3" of a quality foam, the extra inch adds more material that would take longer for any eventual wear to impact the mattress. Also, an additional 1" (depending on with layer is involved) adds either additional comfort or support to the mattress’s feel.

Hope this helps and let us know how your layering experiments work out… :wink: