This will be my 5th new mattress in less than a year and I’d like your insight. Of course I just discovered your website recently else I might not be $ 1,800 in the hole. After reading through your whole website, I’ve decided to make my own mattress. The plan is a king size four layer, zoned latex. The layers will be:
Top: 2" Blended Talalay 22-24 ILD
2nd: 2" Dunlop 30-32 ILD
3rd: 2" Blended Talalay 22-24 ILD
4th: 3" Dunlop 38-40 ILD
Foundation: European Slatted with adjustable firmness.
The plan is to try this and if it doesn’t work:
- Adjust firmness with slats
- Re-arrange layers
- Cut 2 middle layers and zone them (which is what I think I need but don’t want to cut anything unless all else fails) e.g. Dunlop under hips on 2nd layer.
- Repeat if necessary
Now to a little background. My wife can sleep on anything, so she’s not part of the equation. I’m 6’3", 200#, 51" around the shoulders, 36" waist, 41" hips, 31" from top of head to belly button. I measure 4.5" from shoulder to armpit. I sleep best on my right side in a fetal position with arms shoulder height or less but sometimes end up on my back if uncomfortable. I enjoy a soft bed but my back requires firm. Pillows are not part of the problem.
My saga began with a Sleep Number Bed. I was okay on it until I started going to the Chiropractor (the bed may have been part of the cause.) He told me that it was the worst bed for my back & swore by Tempurpedic. After a few months of visits, I finally acquiesced and took the plunge. I asked him which model to buy & he said just don’t get the thin one for teens. So I figured it didn’t matter since they were all supposed to provide good support so I got the softest, the Cloud Luxe. What an eye opening! I couldn’t sleep for two weeks. The smell finally went away and I started to wear a t-shirt to insulate me from the heat so finally was able to sleep on it but for only 3-4 hours then I’d wake up with such a sore back I couldn’t fall back to sleep. When I slept it was deep, good sleep but not enough.
I traded that in after 23 days (the store required a minimum of 21) and for $175 could get something equal or greater in price which pretty much only left the Allura. Of course, nobody wants to spend that much for a mattress, especially me, but at that point, I would have paid more for a decent night’s sleep. Well, after two weeks of getting used to the mattress, (same smell, heat, etc.) I couldn’t sleep on my side, only my back which is isn’t long or deep. I couldn’t get comfortable because it was so firm but I could jump out of bed in the morning without a sore muscle in my body.
It was against the store’s written policy, but they let me trade in and down after 39 days so I went for the medium Cloud Supreme for another $175 fee to get the best of both worlds. Instead, I got the worst of both for it wasn’t comfortable enough & my back hurt. I tried pillows under my side, an old 2" feather topper and flipping it over but nothing worked. After 5 months of that torture, I called an old friend to see what kind of mattress they had for I had slept on it 10 years ago and that was the last night I’d remembered sleeping through. They said they just bought a new mattress and that they no longer make the old one but their new one was just as good. So I went to a different store where you can get your money back within 100 days and bought that mattress; a Simmons Beautyrest 800 pocketed coil plush and a 1.5" foam topper like my friend recommended. If this worked I’d try selling the Supreme, if not, I’d get my money back & suffer on the Supreme. Well, after sleeping on pillows, 2" feather topper + the foam pad, cardboard, and roll pillow under mattress I finally have managed to sleep a little, not much but at least not too sore. (Right now I have the foam & feather toppers with the roll pillow under the mattress under my hips.) I managed to sell the Supreme for a nice loss. This is where your website came in.
Now that I know a little, I am quite sure I need a soft bed for my shoulders and firmer under my hips. I laid across two scales and my hips weigh 130# while my shoulders weigh 70# so I’m guessing I need 35% more firmness in the hip area. My chiropractor says I’m the only one he knows who doesn’t like the Tempurpedic but after reading reviews, I know better. If I could splice the Luxe to the Allura, it would be perfect except for the heat. I tried lying on the tranquilitymattress 2" Talalay over 6" Dunlop which seemed okay but needed more comfort layer. I also tried their all Talalay mattresses but my hips seemed to sink too much. I sent in my measurements to customsleepdesign but I don’t hold out much hope of a reasonable price. I think Latex is the way to go but am not sure if my design is feasible. So, Phoenix, what do you think? My 100 days are slipping past so I need to get this ordered.