How To Make A DIY Mattress? 3 Easy Steps To Try!

Do you want to have a bed on your own? Try these three easy steps on how to make a DIY mattress!

Here is a quick rundown:

how to make a DIY mattress
  • Starting the first layer,
  • Making the second layer, and
  • Finishing the last layer

This method does not require professional expertise or any industrial equipment! It just needs your determination to do it!

So, hold your horses and be ready for what’s to come! Enjoy reading and scroll down.


Steps To Make Mattress

If you have not found your perfect mattress in the furniture store and you want to take things individually, this is perfect for you.

I am giving you only three easy-to-follow steps on how to make a DIY mattress.

You need to gather these materials:

  • Working table or flat ground,
  • Vacuum cleaner or broom,
  • Tape measure,
  • Rubber cement,
  • Polyurethane foam for the first layer (6 inches thick),
  • High Density or firm memory foam for the second layer (2-3 inches thick),
  • Memory foam/Gel foam/Natural Latex Foam for the third layer (2 inches thick), and
  • Mattress or slipcover

It will help if you note all the foam listed above must be the same in size according to your choice.


Step #1. Starting the first layer

You should start this layer with an affordable polyurethane foam about 6 inches thick.

This one is the foundation or the base of your mattress needing to be firm. After this step, you will gradually build softer layers on top of this.

I recommend you use a dense 33 ILD polyurethane foam. You can find it at your nearest furniture stores.

You can also let them cut according to your size.


Step #2. Making the second layer

This layer is typically called the transition layer. You must use a firmer memory foam or high-density latex about 2-3 inches thick.

In attaching the second layer to the foundation, flip it over upside down.

Then, paint a considerable amount of rubber cement along its perimeter.

You should apply an inch thick of cement around 2-3 inches from the edge of the foam.

Carefully reverse the second layer, and lay it down in place starting at one edge while aligning to the first layer.

The foundation and the second layer must not be pressed firmly and should be adjusted carefully.

It would be best if you made sure that the edges are stacked nearly and not overlapping.


Step #3. Finishing the top layer

The final and top layer is called the comfort layer. It needs to have a softer foam like ones made from memory, gel, or natural latex.

With the last layer available, spread the rubber cement on its perimeter and align it accordingly to the second layer.

Make sure to make it dry and not overlapping with the other older layers.

You can also add another layer.

However, the mattress can collect more heat. It will be a problem for some warm sleepers.

If the foam has already settled, cover the whole mattress with a slipcover. You can find a guide on buying covers here.

Great! If your mattress has been finished with a decent fabric cover, it is ready for your use!


What Is Inside A Mattress?

Do you want to know what is inside a mattress?

There are many kinds of materials that are used in perfecting your bed.


Polyurethane foam

It is typically referred to as an “egg crate” topper on your mattress. It adds softness and support, having a mediocre quality.

However, the comfort it provides concerns the environment.

This foam is made with a petroleum base, the same you can find in plastics.

Most importantly, this material is highly flammable to be used.

So, make sure your bed must be away from a source of shock or flame if possible.


Memory foam

This foam is made similarly to the polyurethane one.

It contains some ingredients that help it to move slower, absorbing more pressure.

Luckily, this foam is more durable and denser compared to the first one.

It would help if you were careful in choosing these kinds of foam.

Since the mattress can contain some hazardous chemicals, together with adhesives and fire-barriers.


Natural latex

This foam is derived from natural rubber trees.

It is then mixed with ammonia and antioxidants prolonging its life.


Synthetic latex

A laboratory-made foam with petroleum-based ingredients is less hazardous than polyurethane foam.


Blend latex

This material works to relieve your body’s pressure points.

It retains heat like other denser foams.



This foam is proven durable and breathable which widely used in homes.

Most importantly, it is a natural dust-mite repellant.



This material is made from sheep. It retains air between its fibers resulting in its insulating effect.


Finishing Things Up!

Great! Now you know how to make a DIY mattress following these three easy steps.

You need to make the first layer, top it with the second, and finish it with the final one.

Also, you need to gather all materials before you perform the methods.

There are also many materials that a mattress can be made out of, just to let you know.

If you find this guide helpful, don’t hesitate to share it with your friends who want to make their bed!