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How To Make a DIY Mattress for Your Kids

 

DIY kids mattress

Considering the rising concern about the toxic chemicals present in conventional mattresses, it is quite understandable why an increased number of people are looking for ways to make their own natural and healthy mattresses, especially for their children. Allergy rates among young children are increasing each decade, so it is not surprising that responsible parents have decided to take matters into their own hands by making mattresses for their kids.

Scientific tests have shown that the flame-retardants used in furniture and mattresses lead to myriad health issues such as thyroid disruption and brain problems. Even though buying 100% organic mattresses is a good alternative, the price of an organic mattress can reach upwards of $5000. Such prices far exceed the budget of the average person.

There are also other people who just prefer customizing everything in their homes according to their style. If you are in the market for a new mattress, choosing one from the store can be overwhelming. Deciding on which kids mattress brand is best for you or which type can be a difficult choice to make. Making your own kids mattress is a great way to acquire a mattress that caters to your specific needs, doesn’t stretch your budget and suits your style. It helps you to determine exactly what goes into your mattress and helps you customize your sleeping experience.

Making your own mattress might seem like a complex undertaking, however, it is quite easy and very much possible. Before commencing the task, you’ll first have to determine the fillings for your mattress. There is no real difference between assembling a mattress for your children or a basic one for an average sized adult.

Mattress Fillings

There are numerous ways to go about filling your mattress. You might choose to use specific materials or a combination of various materials. Memory foam, latex foam, and polyurethane foam are the most common types of foams used in mattresses. Polyurethane is the cheapest and has the lowest quality of the three. It has a very low density and is very easily compressed. If you are to use it, it is recommended that you use it as the base foam in combination with the other types of foam.

Memory foam is also referred to as viscoelastic polyurethane foam. It is denser and more costly than the regular polyurethane discussed above. This type of foam usually conforms to the body shape when heat and pressure are applied to it. You might choose to use the memory foam as a topper or fill the mattress with memory foam.

Latex foam is another preferred foam for DIY mattresses. It is important to ensure that the foam you purchase is made from natural latex. Synthetic latex made from petrochemicals may also be used to make latex foam. Latex foams are usually denser and more firm than the memory foams, hence, for additional comfort, you might choose to add wool or cotton toppers.

Mattress Cover

If you are skilled at sewing, then you might consider buying organic cotton fabric and measuring and sewing equipment in order to make the mattress cover yourself. When measuring and cutting the fabric, it is recommended that always you leave a 1″ allowance. Extra 3-4 inches of fabric might be required in case tufting is needed.

If you can’t sew, then you need to make measurements of the mattress fillings in order to determine the size of the mattress case to order.

Mattress Assembly

To assemble the mattress, you’ll require to have the bottom part of the cover laid out completely flat before placing the materials. You’ll obviously have to place the base first, for example, the latex foam and then arrange the other materials chosen. The final step is covering the filling and zipping the cover.