• Sherri HIner

Tuft & Needle DIY

People keep asking me questions about the mattress world which I am happy to answer. So we did some research in home much it would cost you to build this one yourself. For those that want there mattress firm, it will stay firm for a while. Then it will get softer and softer over time. *Note because this mattress (the one you are making) would not be vacuumed sealed and smashed it will last a little longer and stay a little more consistent.

The Tuft & Needle mattress is a simple construction of two foam layers used to create a general feel. When I first take a look at the layers of the mattress I notice that the feel of the mattress is going to be heavily influenced by the comfort layer, which is made of poly foam as well as the cover.

DIY projects are more popular than they have ever been, as people look for ways to stretch a dollar, find a new hobby, or take greater ownership of the things in and around their lives. With this trend, people aren’t only taking on more of the typical at-home projects; they are also expanding their efforts into areas formerly reserved for trade workers or craftsmen.

Cover – $40 to $60 The cover is a stretchy Polyester/ cotton substitute blend. It is thin by design, which allows air to flow through the mattress to help with temperature regulation. This thin design allows you to have full movement of the foam for comfort. I would use a zippered cover, and they are not that hard to find. You could also us a full encasement mattress protector if you want to save money.

Comfort Layer – The comfort layer on the mattress is made of 3 inches of soft poly foam with a 2.9 lb density. The foam in this layer responds pretty quickly to pressure, providing good bounce to the mattress, and ensuring you won’t feel stuck while lying down. These foams retail from $14 to $16 an inch.

A can of foam adhesive $20. Will do the trick to adhering the two pieces of foam together. When bonding pieces of foam together, the adhesive used makes all the difference. With the different chemical formulations that make up foam, some glues aren’t able to form a strong bond, and in a worst case scenario, the wrong adhesive can cause a physical reaction that results in a breakdown of the material. Fortunately, there is glue for foam designed specifically for use with all different varieties, and they are readily available from many retailers.

Base – Immediately below the comfort layer is the base, consisting of 7 inches of poly foam with a density of 1.8 lbs. This is the foundational support of the mattress, lending durability and shape to the structure. $16 an inch.

Most expensive Cover $60

Adhesive $20

Foam $160-$200 (if you want to go fancy)

Fire barrier if you choose to use it. $7

The idea of gluing something as soft and flexible as foam may sound strange, but in actuality, it has been a standard industry practice for decades. The best news for do-it-yourselfers is that it’s a very simple process that can be done at home.

Armed with a few tips to keep in mind when it comes time to glue, you can put together a top-notch end-product. Adhesives for foam are specially made to function in products used for comfort and support without changing their qualities. Sold as aerosol spray, this application method assures even distribution across large surfaces. These glues are also very strong while remaining flexible. This prevents the forming of an uncomfortable hard seam in a cushion. Instead, the foam is allowed to flex and compress without tearing. While a significant part of DIY is using on-hand materials, spray adhesives are the right tool for the job and perform in ways white glue or brush-on paste can’t.

After the clue is dry, put on your cover a zip it shut, and sign your name on it, because you just made a mattress.

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