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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:

  • 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.


how to make a DIY mattress

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!

How To Test A Mattress

How To Test A Mattress? 4 Best Ways To Know

Suppose you’re unsure how to test a mattress, whether at the store or when browsing online; we have four practices to share! Remember that our beds are investments and we shouldn’t buy one without careful consideration. All of us deserve to get the most of our money, including the best sleep every night.

Are you curious about what to expect in this article? By the end of the reading, you’ll be familiar with what you should get and how you can test the bed according to your needs and wants. So without further ado, let us find you the best mattress!


How To Test A Mattress To Find The Best One


Know your needs and wants

Before you go to the store or browse through the internet for a bed, you have to be aware of your needs and wants. Let us start first with how you’ll know your needs in a mattress. For example, what is your sleeping position


Habits and body type

Those who sleep on their side should use a different mattress type than back sleepers and stomach sleepers. You also want to get the proper mattress for your body type to ensure that you stay well-supported throughout the night. Heavier individuals will sink quickly if they use a thinner mattress ideal for lighter people. 

Another question to ask yourself is if you have specific health conditions that must be addressed. Perhaps you need to sleep on a pressure-relieving material like memory foam. You might also be limited in mobility, so you’ll need a lower mattress to help you get in and out of bed easier. 


Size needed

Now that you know your physical health requirements, you need to consider your possible limitations in mattress sizes. For one, do you plan on sharing the bed with a spouse or family members? It should be spacious enough to be comfortable for everyone.

You also want to check the room size and if you plan on bringing the mattress for travel. Smaller rooms are better with a twin-size or full-size bed, and their dimensions are also comfortable enough to fit in the vehicle for travel. But if you have space and you won’t bring the mattress on camping and other trips, you’ll feel comfortable on a queen or even a king-size mattress. 


Personal preference

Finally, know your personal preferences in terms of comfort. This characteristic is different for every individual, so a mattress that feels comfortable to a particular user might not work for you. Some features to note are the bed’s firmness, thickness, and breathability. 



Once you have created a list of mattresses you might want to buy, you can compare them to find a clear winner. Find their common ground and how they differ, including the advantages of specific models over others. The manufacturer or retailer might also be offering something you’d like, including a better price or accessories included. 

If you are in the shop and don’t know what to ask the expert, you can start with the return policy, warranty, and sleep trial. These are all important when buying a mattress to ensure that you’ll get the most out of your purchase. You can also search for this information if you’re shopping online. 


Get physical

Since you can’t test the mattress physically if you’re shopping online, you can try to find reviews regarding these experiences. For example, a back sleeper can lie on the bed and check if there is no considerable gap between his lower back and the mattress, which means good support and lower risk of back pain. If you sleep on your side, you’ll check your spinal alignment as any curves can cause pressure over time. 

You can test the mattress as a stomach sleeper by checking for sagging when you lie in this position. You also want your shoulders not to be cramped. Remember that you must avoid very cushioned mattresses if you sleep on your stomach. 


Try snoozing

The final test you can do to the bed happens after you purchased it, and it is the sleep trial. Most brands offer returns if you’re not satisfied with your experience. Note if you feel well-rested and don’t develop muscle pain. 


What Are The Signs Of A Bad Mattress?

We all know that you must not buy the mattress if it has noticeable dents or lumps on the surface. There might also be damages on the mattress cover, or there is a pungent smell even though it looks clean. But more than a deformed structure or stinky odor, even the most expensive bed will become bad if you got the wrong one and it failed in the tests we discussed. 

If the retailer doesn’t offer reasonable return and warranty, it might also be a sign that they’re not confident with their product quality. More so, be on the lookout for their honesty regarding the mattress. If it happens to be used or has materials used, the bed should have the appropriate label to let the buyers know. 



Are you buying a new bed? In this article, we’ve taught you how to test a mattress to find the best one in the market. You have to know your needs and wants, compare, try it physically, and follow the sleep trial accordingly. 

Once the model passed these tests, you’ve hit the jackpot! If you want to know more tips, please let us know below. 


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