Insulator Pads

I’m having difficulty, finding a suitable insulator pad to place over the top of a coil system for purchase.

What natural and/or safe (i.e… OEKO-TEX certified, no polyfoams) materials are available to use, as an insulator pad, and where can I purchase them?

How do insulator pads affect the feel of the mattress?

Is an insulator pad necessary or adviseable over the pocketed coil, bed-in-a-box coil systems, like the Leggett and Platt,quantum edge series?

Would the insulator pad need to be affixed to the coil system, or can it simply be layered atop the coils?

Hi empusa.

Most common insulator pads are made from non-woven material such as densified or bonded cotton, wool fibers, hemp, polyester or resinated textile clippings or coconut coir, or flexible mesh material. Coir insulator pads are natural and durable alternatives and some of the manufacturers I’ve talked with, believe it is the best material to use as an insulator over innersprings to prevent the foam layers from sagging into the springs (although it’s not used for this as much because it is more costly than some of the synthetic alternatives). Ken from Arizona Premium mattress has taken many beds apart when they are replaced and he told me that that coir is the only insulator material that he’s seen that didn’t develop impressions from the springs after many years of use. This said you’d still need to check on the product certifications the company may have.

My Green Mattress one of our trusted members of this site uses an organic Coconut coir pad which is made from organic coconut fibers that are bound together using organic latex. They use it in the Emily Crib mattress which provides firm but comfortable support and is resilient and hypoallergenic. I am not sure if they sell it as a separate layer but it is worth reaching out to them.

Mattresses that use pocket coils with a higher coil count that are surrounded by a fabric don’t generally need an insulator pad (although some may still have one) Insulator pads would be most commonly used with innersprings that use helical coils to connect the coils together. to prevent the comfort/transition materials from pocketing into the coils.

The insulator pads contribute to weight balancing, evening out the feel over lower spring counts, minimizing the feel of the coils, and preventing comfort/transition materials from compacting into the innerspring unit

[quote]Would the insulator pad need to be affixed to the coil system, or can it simply be layered atop the
coils? [/quote]

Depending on the feel or effect you are after for your mattress …an insulator pad could work well on Leggett and Platt coils and do not need to be fixed to the coil system - laying it across the top is perfectly acceptable. However, using an insulator will change the overall feel of the mattress, stiffening it and subtracting from the conforming qualities of the pocket coil.


Thank you!