As for fire hazards, wool is almost flame retardant. Perhaps it is obsolete. If you want a fuller translation, you would need to use google as advised, but I’ve just gone over them for my own interest. If you needed to wash it, then there would be these covers over each layer and you could wash each layer separately. These can be from organic wool, or non-organic depending on where I decide to send the wool to have it processed. Interesting! As a child I slept on a straw tick at my grandparents farm. I’m still suffering with the current mattress and considering my options. First of all, I LOVE the way you think. The bed which ia a giant piece of latex which is layered with a thinner piece of latex turns into a giant slope for me due to the size disparity between me and my husband who is super tall. I knew for a long time that buckwheat hulls were fire resistant but I did not they could actually pass the Governments strict flame testing! Bedbugs need no explanation. The gist of the French articles. Knowing how “pokey” straw is, I’m dubious! At last, it’s time to build your mattress. It’s the most detailed set of instructions I’ve found anywhere. It seems there are 3 or 4 such business still remaining in the country, but it’s by no means a mainstream option here. And if you don’t like the stitch…well, you’ll be done with the blanket in no time! It’s spendy, though I’m not sure it’s that much more than buying everything to do ourselves. It might be less pokey than straight-up straw. I love how they add extra wool in the “sleeping zones”. Once the wool is in the hot water, cold water should not be used as the change in the temperature will compress the wool and will make it impossible to pick. Thanks for sharing your idea. The following is my good turn for the day. Pingback: Shoemaking Advice? I recall making beds out of hay in the summer when I was a child. Well, I finally got over my mental block and made new mattresses for the new beds. About 1-2″ thick. It also helps extend the lifespan of your mattress, by keeping out bacteria, moisture, and dirt. Here in the U.S. there are retailers who sell wool stuffed mattresses. The rope bed is where we get expression: “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.” “Tight” refers to the tightening of the rope when they are loose, sagging and very uncomfortable. Over time it comes to so much savings. As an aside, I’ve been drooling over camping hammocks for ages. diyfascination.com is your first and best source for all of the information you’re looking for. They are specialty retailers who sell non-allergic, toxin-free alternative bedding. I always assumed that she was using straw, but perhaps she was using wool from their sheep? Or, if you ever figure out a way to get a French wool mattress here!! Thank you very much for this summary. or maybe a wool and cotton mix? Make a Doll Blanket: Cut 1 front and 1 back for the doll bedding {using the same measurements you have from the mattress} We used minky on one side and flannel on the other….oh yeah, super cozy. We bought a king size organic wool futon from Cotton Cloud Futon 7 years ago and now we are looking to make bunk beds. They are happy to see it put to use and ask that I weave them a throw blanket or give them some of the yarn that I have processed. In the sunny states of USA, the same method might even be effective for cotton based products, and would help in keeping away bugs. My mother in law remembers transferring feathers from a worn out mattress to a new one as a kid growing up on a farm. Or perhaps it is only done/made in more enlightened countries. Step 2: Choose Your DIY Mattress Type. I was doing research earlier in the year on how to make Waldorf dolls, and they are traditionaly stuffed with wool, because apparently as the child plays with it the wool absorbs and retains the child’s body heat. All this information is bubbling in the stew pot I call a brain. This sounds like it could be a new emerging craft. I love this mattress and won’t sleep on anything else. I’m from Argentina and I still have wool mattresses at home. I’m going to edit the post to add this as a helpful resource– or nay, a solution! Not sure how you could easily shred it though. The coils can weaken over time and cause the mattress above to sag. Not only are store bought mattresses wasteful but they are over priced and short lived. Thank you for posting on the topic of making your own mattress. That is a ton of wool though. It is the trickiest step in making a bed, but is also the part which will make your bed look neatest. I read about some old domestic technology or product that makes a lot of sense. 4. I have fibromyalgia, so if the Mayan hammock works for me, it’ll work for anyone. Probably because he has no fat padding. My grandmother would spend the summer carding the wool for the quilts. When we were shopping around I was told that the reason we don’t have thick all-wool mattresses in the states is because they have to meet some sort of over-the-top federally determined fire code, and wool doesn’t meet this criteria (at least not without tons of lovely flame retardant chemicals). Lynne, what is your company name and website? Thanks for the tip. I bought it from Shepherd’s Dream — I think the facilities are in northern California though they have something in Ashland too. Check out our Best Twin Mattress for Daybed review. If so, there’s a French video that you could find with a search for French wool mattress repair. company and are planning a handmade futon to go over a traditional tatami mat. Finally, we bought an organic, all-cotton futon. If in the meanwhile, any of you have any ideas or recommendations or cultural insights, I’d love to hear them! Mattresses are just one of those things that hit the pocket book every so often. A quilt filed with wool sounds more useful and effective to me then these modern ones filled with synthetic batting. It was easy to wash and easy to make. Building a traditional “sommier” (boxspring) is no big deal really. My Queen set I had made was the Rembrandt (very firm, I am a stomach sleeper, and I have a 3 inch latex topper on it)Anyway, the mattress weighs 150lbs and it about 13 inch in height. When her stuffing goes flat, the mattress guys will take the mattress away in the morning, take to their shop, unstuff it, fluff it, and get it back to her the same evening. Wool has a natural ability to absorb your sweat and heat and you stay relatively cool at night. Twin XL mattresses, queen sized mattresses, and king sized mattresses are all 80” long because most adults are shorter than 6’6”. Also natural bug-repellants were used mixed in the cotton like eucalyptus/strong versions of mint/lavender and can be tried out. They might be a good resource for folks needing a mattress tune up locally. Finally, we bought an organic, all-cotton futon. It was a very interesting experience. 1. They are wonderfull to sleep on. Fold the sheet and blanket about 18 in (46 cm) from the top of the bed, then add your pillows at the top. Yeah, that will work out well. , Cheers! Mattresses are very large items and I can see why this re-fluffing has become a dying art. I would love to email with anyone who wants to learn more about making their own hull mattress. Pingback: Homemade Mattress | Family - Popular Question & Answer. 3) Here is a webpage, in French, showing the mattress making process. We’re blushing. P.S. It gets off to a great start by recommending you use glue, rather than stitching, to construct your mattress tick . To do this, you will need a flat surface. The picture in Secrets of Paris looks like the seam around the sides was sewn last, perhaps with a special sewing machine. at some point will go for two single beds next to each other and we’ll each have what we want, and I may just make myself another futon only stuffed with wool this time. It is a … It was comfy enough for a tired boy. It gets off to a great start by recommending you use glue, rather than stitching, to construct your mattress tick . Portland, OR 97232 Line up the top edge of the flat sheet with the top edge of the mattress. The fabric was a strong damask fabric like a denim but souple. Food for thought! i remember the mattress was stuffed with something hairy which i thought at the time was horsehair. Are we all fed up with buying mattress, being charged outrages amounts for them, just to ‘need’ to replace them after +/- 8 years? Turns out she got the idea from Dimitri. Yes. Try them out and see if you don’t love how thick and luxurious the blankets turn out. My mattress is beyond help and I’m looking for something else. To make a mattress, pick out a fill ... spun and woven all by small businesses in the US or you can buy the blanket fabric by the yard and make your own custom sized blanket. I came to the same conclusion after doing extensive research. The euro mattresses look like proper mattresses: thick, with squared off sides that will hold a sheet well. I’m not saying you’d pee in the hammock here. By the time you buy both components for a queen bed you’ll be paying more than $2,000 (Twice as much as the Parisian bed–and I don’t think of Paris as Bargain Central). We then went for an overpriced organic latex mattress (similar to the gentleman above whose wife has the layered one with the zipper. If the care label is attached, the washing instructions make it pretty obvious. I am currently experimenting with making my own wool pillow. Good luck and if anyone has advice on adding a zipper to a mattress cover, or thoughts on splitting a latex mattress, let me know! I came across this thread because my husband and I decided to replace our queen with a king and shortly after developed some health issues. Once you had the carding machine it would make it easy(er) to refresh the mattress periodically. Root Simple is a gathering place for everyone. Crafters from the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors are turning plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Thank you, Julia, for all the helpful knowledge! Sorry I’m answering this late, but for other people asking the same question, if you click Lynn’s name next to her comment (above the date) it will take you to her website. Thus, it can only be sold as a “mattress topper”. It’s thicker than quilt batting, so it looks like it might work. But, it would have to be a platform since I cannot get off the floor until I have some surgery. My mattress feel like new every time I get into bed. Looks as though it was just finger carded? However, the cotton variety preferred for mattresses, was derived from the seeded pods of a particular large tree, called “shimul”. You could also do some research into Japanese futons (completely different than American “futons” or as I call them “blankets over bad springs”) They’re stuffed with cotton or wool, and can be very comfy. … One thing I would like to say add is that all mattresses should be fire safe, even the ones we make ourselves! I have an article from the 90s about a british woman who made wool mattesses and am planning on using her method. If you can knit a scarf, you can make a blanket. Where is my forever mattress??? Read that review. If you let go of the wool mattress idea, you might consider letting go of the whole mattress idea all together, as I have. Twin XL mattresses, queen sized mattresses, and king sized mattresses are all 80” long because most adults are shorter than 6’6”. A traditional electric blanket or mattress pad simply plugs into the wall and delivers ~120 volts (US) into the wires within the blanket. Just about anything can work as a mattress for a little baby as long as there are no gaps for the baby to fall into along the edges. The beauty of the material is that it swells up in string sun, because of the trapped air within the fibres. I’m going to make 2 ottomans first to practice layering and hand stitching!! Another good custom manufacturer is http://www.whitelotus.net For that reason I can’t find a ‘cardatore’ anymore. I can’t reply to all the comments because I’m super busy this weekend, but I appreciate them all. You just have to get good at telling the difference between wool felt and poly felt. horrid. Then it will be ready to be picked with my wool picker swing and layered in the mattress. Well, I have lived in Italy for 30 years and wool mattresses have been part of my life. I remember sleeping very well on those mattresses. We purchased cotton batting from this (Portland!) I live in Florida and cannot take it anymore on these foam mattresses. For instance, the average full-sized mattress is about 54″x75″. Then I would bring the top cover back and start hand-stitching one side at a time pressing firmly on the wool. When I lived in Japan I saw tatami mat makers using a hand-held sewing machine to sew the edges of a two-inch dense pack of straw. Yes they do need maintenance, not only for refilling but for cleaning and avoiding micro-organisms. One could just drape the hammock with canvas in order to achieve the look of living in a ship. Please post updates if you decide to do this. For someone that would do it first time, I would suggest to make wool mattress pad first. Sew the two flat sheets together on three sides, inside out, using a 1-inch seam. And that would happen to me. Finally, we bought an organic, all-cotton futon. I can’t wait for summer. I would stitch it only around the cover, no more stitching needed to hold the wool in place because there is lots of wool and there is no room for it to shift. As someone who has been trying to make her own shoes with middling success, I can appreciate your “I should try to make this” mentality. one complaint about these bed from people who currently use them is that the mattress sags in the middle of a full size bed but they say you correct that by fluffing more straw into the center of the mattress. To hold in great quantities of pressurized wool which is under external stress from heavy human bodies. Gloria! Here in Europe, many people are turning to organic mattresses, either stuffed with wool or compressed cotton (which is actually going back in time to the first mattresses after straw filled sacks! Sew around all sides, leaving a 3″ opening for turning Snip corners and turn right sides out wide-toothed comb to fluff up the matted wool. http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/35-features/874-annemor-sundbo-stitches-in-time, http://www.knittersbookshelf.com/favorite-authors/annemor-sundbø, http://www.notechmagazine.com/2012/02/pedal-powered-wool-carding-machine.html, http://openyoureyesbedding.com/pages/flame-testing-101, http://www.nearseanaturals.com/browse.php?category=42, A Homemade [wool] Mattress? I would love to see a market open up for this kind of wool rather than see it disposed of. If I were seriously going to try making my own, I think I’d try making toppers and stack them, sort of like Japanese Shikifutons except denser/firmer. He thought that he could replicate the process and make a futon mattress, but that effort ‘fell flat’. I have a good source for raw, uncleaned wool…a friend has 2,000#!! I also got hemp canvas fabric (12 oz), and made out of it two mattresses for each side to cover king size bed. Sheets, Pillowcases and Blankets. Or if you wanted to use a mix of materials, you could have a two-layer tick. Rather than placing your sleeping bag on the hard ground, bedrolls make use of an air or foam mattress and additional blankets to create a plush and comfortable bed. Ha! I could probably handle making a topper and it would be a lot lighter/easier to move them around. I use a local mill, as well as process some of the wool by hand, and the local mill is equipped to create wool batts. Otherwise you have a bag of compacted wool very quickly. 5) Here’s an article from the Seattle Times about mattresses in landfills and the problem of recycling conventional mattresses. Long long ago (30+ years), I bought a kit to make a futon. It was common in eighteenth century America and was part of the upholsterer’s trade. Very helpful! You can read my meanderings below, and you can go through the many, many comments, where there’s lots of buried gold, but for the time-pressed who are ready and raring to make themselves a mattress, I’d just go to this PDF of a 1965 USAID booklet on how to make a cotton stuffed mattress: http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNAAW960.pdf. There’s an image of a piece of that fabric here>>>> http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WqWDpHUshwY/Tp5swDHmKXI/AAAAAAAAAF0/bMAbJuRmASQ/s1600/retocado+050.jpg. Don’t worry, the smell should disappear as the solution dries. A look at the Layla blanket on the queen size Layla mattress. Thank you for this link. The different methods on this section discuss pros and cons of further carding/turning into wool sheets. Do the math to figure out how much you need to trim from each of the four corners of your flat sheet. Could even make several very basic quilts with wool batting and then lay them one on top of another, so there are many covers. Straw would be pokey, but putting it in a heavy tick would solve that problem. They’re affordable, made with local fibers that we card/process and since wool is a natural flame retardant, we do not treat the mattresses with chemicals. Be sure to find a fitted sheet that can accommodate the depth of your mattress (our fitted sheets are a generous 16" deep). Thanks! But a blanket … Glad to hear I’m not the only one with outlandish ideas of making my own. I prefer to be in denial about the cost of wool during the fantasy stage of my obsession. Renae mentioned she was thinking about making her own mattress. Fred and Carrie are parked across the street in a cable van, right now, taking notes.). Apparently Hampshire is the only wool that has this “handle” characteristic and would make the best choice for the mattress. I am also fed up with the waste of the mattress business. Pull it all apart and stuff!!!! Thanks for the translation! From several months of research, Suffolk is 1 of 2 breeds of sheep which is preferred for mattresses. Replacing a worn-out box spring could be a cost-effective way to improve a mattress… The interior layer would just have to keep the stuffing from mixing much; it could be tulle or similar. Some herbs/essential oils deep insects at bay too. I have knitted with wool that hasn’t been washed, whilst it is very good for moisturising the hands while you knit, I don’t recommend its strong smell for sleeping! Most of the cost is labor, and only 1-2 kg of extra wool. While a little loud, the thermal qualities made it a successful quilt. Make hospital corners. And the larger point of my comment, other than sharing that cool story- is I wonder if you could use shredded recycled wool? The only thing I would hesitate about using a very expensive mattress would be the fear of getting bed bugs and wasting all that dough. http://www.shepherdsdream.com/c-6-wool-mattresses.aspx It seems a shame to sell your loved sheep’s wool for a song! Step 2 Pretreat all mildew stains. In other words, I can’t make him sleep on my mistakes. Which items and materials you’ll use to make your DIY mattress depend on the type of mattress you’re interested in building. Janet, or anyone else, I am trying to find an online seller of flame retardant free mattress ticking…does not exist here in Tasmania. I was thinking the same thing, Trish. good luck with your project and keep us updated. Good luck! I’ve made new tops and bottoms for them both over the years. The bedding is then rolled up and secured by a rope or strap of leather, which makes it easy to carry while hiking or making your way to the next night’s camping grounds. How much do you think I need for a firm mattress? I can appreciate you wanting something natural that’s truly customizable. Hello! I think you’re right — we want better alternatives. I do not know anything about them other than what is on their site, but am happy to see a company still operating mostly the old fashioned way…Portland in the1890s, haha. Eventually want to save up for a wool/cotton futon- found this company that on paper seems to fit the bill. Wonderful! Before you turn the mattress casing right side out, pull each corner to a point and pin. The how-to article is very clear the wool is layered, not stuffed, so you really need to sew the casing around the stack somehow. So every double bed has on top of it 2 twin size mattresses, which inevitably drift apart in the night…. Google Translate and pictures go a long way: http://marie.nature.over-blog.fr/article-des-matelas-sains-63392164.html, http://www.laine-et-compagnie.fr/fabrication-du-dos-du-mouton-au-produit-fini.php. But some people like more of a firm feel, so if you’re one of them, then it could be ideal for you. I will getting my wool for free from a friend. my husband built us a platform bed but still i refused to purchase a mattress. Turns out the Italians and the French as well as the Greeks are keeping this old bedcraft alive. This is a lot of work, but once it is done, it will last a lifetime. And no one is going to come to your house to fluff your wool. My daughter sleeps under one of them, and the other is the quilt that lives on the back of the couch for cuddling up. Contact me [email protected]. That is amazing! She has three huge pillows of wool. . When my daughter was four, we made do for months with a couple of blow-up camping pads topped with wool blankets. Please keep us posted. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks. Adulthood sucks, let's color. Interesting. I’ve pulled these how-to links out of them for convenience: http://marie.nature.over-blog.fr/article-des-matelas-sains-63392164.html For starters, can you tell us how you layer the wool and what options might be available if we want to re-comb our wool down the road? It was clean, local, ecological. Pingback: A Mattress that Lasts a Lifetime. Also, the book How to be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman has a fascinating section on Tudor-period beds, and some practical advice for using and maintaining straw and feather beds. The second article states that the wool is washed 3 times in hot water 60 degrees with bicarbonate of soda and then soap flakes (which would remove the lanolin) a rinse in water until it runs clear before drying. I’ve made new tops and bottoms for them both over the years. Sorry, but I haven’t started the mattress project yet. We need a new one, but I’ve been dreading buying a new one. Thanks, Amy! I have had a couple of quilts with wool batting since I was a little girl. It’s a ridiculously comfortable setup once you get used to how firm it is, but yes, on the pricey side. Cos i too, want to make my own mattress! MATTRESS. I have had a couple of quilts with wool batting since I was a little girl. Very cool! Cotton Cloud Natural Beds & Furniture I believe the traditional mattress made in France may be still made by city mattress in Texas. I know there isn’t too many that know the answers to my questions but I have to start somewhere. It’s 45 years old and doing well. I toured a Colonial museum once and the bed was strung with a grid of rope, with a straw tick on top. I suspect there would be a lot in france..but I dont speak french. I have great memories of my French grand-mother and my aunt making mattresses using only cloth, wool, and a big needle. And if you’re worried (at least that’s how I’m reading your husband worry) about your sex life, take it from me, not everything has to be done on a mattress. But more frustrating than the money is the fact that the beds just don’t look as good as the French and Italian mattresses I’ve seen (see the links above). Please fel free to ask if you need help with the french in the website you linked! Sprinkle baking soda over the dry stain and use an old toothbrush or dry cloth to work it into the mattress’s fabric. of course, by that time I’ll be 70 something . This summer I will head to the wool growers coop which the national headquarters is just outside of my city. My boyfriend and I have been sleeping on the floor for our backs (we’re only 30 – computers are killing us all), and the no-sew wool mattress I made is so warm I can’t believe it. Many people who raise Suffolk sheep just throw the wool away or burn it as there is not a great market for the wool. Renae said she’d looked around for an American version of this, but could find nothing to suit her, so was considering buying 150 lbs of wool and doing it herself. The dryer sheet reduces static cling and electricity, while the wire hanger discharges built up static before you get into bed. | Wonder Incubator, http://www.thefutonshop.com/Organic-Wool-Mattress-Soft/p/655/5696, Seeking The Perfect Nontoxic Mattress – Our Experience | The Mystery, Checking in on Kelly’s projects | Root Simple, Seeking A Clean, Green, Totally Nontoxic Mattress – Our Experience | The Loveable Frog, A Homemade Nontoxic Crib Mattress, Part 1: R&D, A Homemade Nontoxic Crib Mattress, Part 1: R&D | Odysshe. I came across this article while doing some research for our store and hopefully without sounding like an ad, thought I’d mention that we handcraft all cotton and/or wool mattresses in Portland, OR similar to the French ones referenced. Make as many loops as your mattress is long. In India, cotton based mattresses were the tradition. Just spray enough of it to make the spot damp. Of interest to people thinking about making a mattress of their own or in search of alternative mattresses is The Ultimate Earth Bed. Completely apropos – when I was an undergraduate in college, I had a friend who made his own comforter out of quilting two second-hand topsheets with shredded plastic grocery sacks as the batting. Place your blanket on top so the bottom and sides of it are aligned with the sheet. You want to trim away a square piece of fabric from each corner, to bring the size of your flat sheet down as closely as possible to the size of your mattress. Since I was introduced to the hammock, I’ve never looked back. Cotton may be cheaper?! Dimitri is from Greece, and he told her that in Greece, mattresses are made by local craftsmen, and are stuffed with 100% wool. I’ve made a pillow that I use exclusively and refilled it several times until I was satisfied with the thickness. Thus, I don’t recommend hand-me-down mattresses for your baby.) regulation and just the “sleep experience” — apparently it’s more restful to be on natural materials. Another good place to buy a custom mattress is: The coils can weaken over time and cause the mattress above to sag. Ha! I’m in duluth? In the morning I will wash it in the washer at the wool settings with biodegradable washing soap in cold water and live the wool on the wood table to dry for 1-2 days. But maybe a stack of wool comforters would be easier to sleep ON. When my daughter was four, we made do for months with a couple of blow-up camping pads topped with wool blankets. Here are instructions from 1966 from USAID publication on making a cotton mattress–it stresses to lay the cotton; don’t overlap and don’t stuff or it gets lumpy…which I think is what the Welsh woman found out with the wool in your point #2 above. Wools in recent years have caused allergies for some individuals. When I take it to sell it I will get less than $1 a pound. 3) Here is a webpage, in French, showing the mattress making process. So, i haven’t read all of the above, BUT i am glad i found you here! The company told me I could ship my topper to them, they do pretty much as the stuffers in your post do — they’ll take it apart, unstuff, fluff, add more where needed, then put it together again. I love seeing all the wool laid out and finding out that it all compressed to about 2″. (You don't even need to add or reduce stitches!). Then I would place the next layer in between piles to make sure there is even coverage. Kind of like a heavy duty hammock only stiffer. Jennifer, you could try marketing your wool on Etsy. I will be looking for Hampshire wool for my next mattress project. All I had to do was patch a hole. As a fellow Angelina, let me know if you ever endeavor to have your own operation. It measures roughly 60 inches x 80 inches x 4 inches thick. Made on the ground where I picked the hay and no bother with bugs.