Hello All. I’ve been around the site, looking for a fix for a too-firm latex bed. Still looking :S . My problem is not enough shoulder cushioning, but maybe not enough hip support. If you can’t tell from that last sentence, I’m a hip-heavy side-sleeper. Initially, I thought I just needed to add a plush topper, but now I’m wondering if a zoned core plus zoned topper would be better, considering my build and comfort issues.
If it helps, I’m 5’4", 120 lbs, some lumbar disc issues. I’ve got a 9’ mattress which is 36-28-28, bottom to top.
Does anyone here have experience with zoned latex? Does it really support the hips/back while cushioning the shoulders? From what I’ve seen, it’s only a 4-5 ILD difference between zones: Is that enough to feel it while lying on the mattress?
It seems that our mattress encasement (cotton and wool) makes the edges firmer and leaves the middle of the bed somewhat softer, which might allow the hips to sink in more than is desired. So the options I’ve come up with are:
1.) Get a 6" mattress encasement for the 36-28 bottom layers and put the top 3" layer of latex into its own very stretchy knit cover.
2.) Replace the bottom 6" with a zoned core. Put the top layer (28 ILD) into a very stretchy knit cover.
3.) Take a 6" zoned core and top it with a 3" softer zoned layer, thus completely rebuilding my side of our king bed. This is obviously the most expensive option and I’d like to avoid it, if there’s an equally effective, less costly option.
Any and all replies welcome. I’m very open to solutions I might not have considered, as well. We’ve had the bed almost a year and I’ve become quite tired of not getting a good night’s sleep!
Thanks to anyone with advice!