I currently have the Plank mattress from Brooklyn Bedding, and it started off great and was exactly what was looking for in terms of firmness/support. I sleep on the ultra firm side and it felt great. After sleeping on it for a few weeks now however it has softened in the middle where I sleep and I can tell that i’m beginning to sink in a bit, which is causing some back discomfort. I’m 6’0" 220lb (29 BMI) and am a combo back and side sleeper.
After reaching out to brooklyn bedding, this is what they said the layers are (if anyone else knows for certain i’d appreciate correct info):
- .75-inch High-density 1.5lb Quilting foam 50ILD
- 7-inch Ultra high-density 1.8lb support foam 36ILD
- 2-inch Titanflex 3.5lb Cooling Foam 30ILD
- 1.5-inch high-density 1.5lb quilting foam 36ILD
I sleep on the “ultra firm” side with 0.75" of foam directly on top of the base support foam, and the support foam underneath has started to already soften in the middle where I sleep and isn’t as firm as it was initially. This isn’t entirely surprising based on the foam density ratings of 1.5lb and 1.8lb. The thing I think that works about this setup for me is the comfort layer is just under 1" thick, and this sits right on top of ultra dense base foam. The thicker and softer the comfort layer, I sink in too far causing my spine to get out of alignment and be uncomfortable, and most mattresses have comfort layers over 3" thick, which in combination with them being not firm enough for me, is why i haven’t had much luck.
As it has softened a bit, I added a 0.5" 50ILD 2.8lb Lux HQ foam from Foam by mail on top and this has definitely helped but not enough. Considering the low cost I also just ordered a 1" thick and 2" thick of this same foam 50ILD 2.8lb Lux HQ foam to try out on top of the mattress as well to see how that works.
Ideally I could find another ultra firm mattress like this with thin, firm comfort layers but just higher density/more durable materials that will last longer. Any suggestions? I purchased a 2" 44 ILD Firm Dunlop topper from SOL and it isn’t quite firm/supportive enough so I believe I need a material other than latex as that is about the firmest latex i’ve seen and isn’t quite right for my needs.
I see that they make a Titan Firm mattress, but the comfort layers appear to be thicker (1" soft memory foam, 2" of medium titanflex foam, also too soft). I also see Original Mattress Factory makes an Orthopedic Extra Firm and an Orthopedic Ultra Firm mattress that might be a good option I’ll need to go look at. Only hesitance with OMF is they don’t offer a return policy. However if it is extremely firm (even if too firm), as long as it’s durable and won’t meaningfully soften then i can always add a topper on top to provide some extra pressure relief (even high density firm foam that’s 1" or so) and if this cheap foam wears out after a few years no big deal it’s only $50 to replace.
Another option is always full DIY, but if I went that route are people able to buy their own zip mattress cover/sleeve to encase all the various layers in?