We are a bedding parts supplier. We are here to enable you to make your own chemical free, natural bedding, be it pillows, mattresses, blankets, comforters, etc.

Natural latex from Sri Lanka, wool from local farms and GOTS organic ticking could make your mattress. Kapok fiber, shredded natural latex, or millet hulls could fill your pillows.

We specialize in custom work, in natural products and in educating ourselves and you about our products.

We have all the firmnesses of natural latex available for you to rearrange to find the perfect comfort in our showroom of a living room, as well as samples of all our offerings. It is often helpful to lay on one to determine what firmness and comfort level right for you before you purchase the foam or the pillow fills. We work out of our residence in Lafayette, IN and also have a showroom in St. Paul, MN. We welcome you to drop in.

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We needed to buy mattresses. Two of them. As this event doesn’t come around very often, we thought: “Let’s do it right. Let’s get the very best mattress we can.”

For us, very best meant no chemical flame retardants and no synthetic fabrics. These mattresses were for our two girls, 2 & 4 at the time. They were going to be stuck with these mattresses for a while so we wanted to get them ones that weren’t going to combine comfort with slowly decomposing their organs.  A little internet research soon deflated my excitement over the purchase. An organic twin mattress was $1400. Even the cheapest one we could find, an all wool 4″ futon mattress, was $400. We didn’t have that kind of money, especially not with a third child on the way. I was stumped. Further internet research led me down the same trails.

And then I asked myself, could we make a mattress? That is what we do, after all; we like to make things, from scratch, especially in the kitchen.  Picking ingredients deliberately can make a great tasting dish and bring out subtle flavor, so also, deliberately sourcing bedding materials could make a comfortable and chemical free mattress. “If it can be bought, I can make it,” I’ve always said. Perhaps we could make a mattress.

First we had to find our supplies. At the time in 2010, I found only one online post of anyone else making their own mattress, so I felt I was breaking new ground. What to use?

Cotton is natural, but to get cotton batting, while inexpensive in individual sheets, would end up being expensive if we purchased enough to fill a mattress. It would be heavy and it would compress quickly, lending itself uncomfortable. Plus we would have to shake it out weekly to get rid of dust mites. Phew, that’s too may things against cotton batting.

Wool was an accessible batting. Surely we could use sheets of wool which was loftier than cotton. But how much? Who knew. And how high would it be? Wool does compress over time, so how high would it end up being?

Enter natural latex. Made from the rubber tree, it boasts of being buoyant and luxurious enough to be sold as mattress toppers. The real seller for us was that we could pick the height and have a better guess at the height of the mattress, while still using natural products not treated with chemicals.

So, with two cotton futon covers that we purchased, we bought 2 batts of wool comforter batting and 1.5″ of natural latex for each mattress. It was still a lot of money for us to come up with, $212 for each mattress, but it was not $1400 or even $400 each. We wrapped the latex with the two batts of wool and zippered it in the cases. The mattress were quite lofty, though with that much wool, they did compress over a year from 4″ to 3″. When the girls were older (4 & 6), we opened their mattresses and added in an extra 1.5″ of latex to support their growing sizes.

While the cases were completely washable (and very shrinkable), to save ourselves the hassle of taking them off, we bought a couple of wool blankets at the thrift store. After the blankets were felted in the washing machine a few times, they thickened up quite nicely, to almost 1″ thick. Now we have puddle pads.

And there you have it. You can make a mattress yourself, a puddle pad, a wool blanket. If you can sew, you can make your own ticking and quilts and pillow cases and, well check out the Community tab for ideas. And if you don’t want to, let us make them for you.

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  1. Hi,
    Looking at your photo on the Topper it looks dense. I’m wondering if it is. With that much tufting
    does this make it firm to lay on? Is it soft to firm?

    I tried a wool topper and the tufting was spread out further and very comfortable.

    Interested in purchasing a Topper not sure how many inches. Wondering if you could help me
    with that also.
    Thank you Gabrielle

    1. Small Farm Wool Topper Tufts
      Here is a picture of a new wool topper from the top. While the topper is still fluffy and not compacted (we sew the fabric on a little loose so it has room for loft), you can see that the tufts do smooth out and any hills or valleys that the original product picture may indicate are not a reality. Our toppers are not stiff or firm, they are flexible and soft. Our 3″ topper generally takes 3 months to compress down to about 2″.

  2. What brings me to this website is the specter of smelly mattresses. Bought a series 4 mattress from living spaces, what a mistake, OUTGASSING!! Smelled for days, took it back, horrible people. got me thinking about replacing the upholstery top ticking and polyfill on my current mattress with cotton batting and ticking, DIY. Saw a sealy mattress in costco yesterday, looked like very good construction, surround foam support, but priced at $229. Why so cheap? It had a foam gel layer, they say it just stinks forever. Gross. I thought, wouldn’t a smart person buy that mattress, then replace the smelly polyfill and gel foam with cotton, do it themselves. I bought a $99 100% polyester twin, and it is HOT. I’m thinking about replacing the stretch knit top and polyfill with cotton batting and cotton ticking, just to cool that baby off, that’s all I need, it’s comfy enough.

    1. I’m glad you have been sleuthing out what works best for you.

  3. Can you build me a mattress? Do you sell wool toppers?

    1. Yes! We can help you build a mattress. Read The Banana Test and Email customerservice@diynaturalbedding.com with your preferences so we can know where to start. Wool toppers are available here.

  4. OMG, what a heaven sent to have found this website. I have to admit I have spoken to Deborah, the owner, and Kellie. What great customer service! With no hesitation I get immediate notification and information on what I’m needing to know. I have been all over the place. I have called a lot of companies to get information about natural bedding but the prices are outrageous . Initially I bought a bed from OMI beware their prices hurt and no returns their customer service is horrible makes you wonder what their CEO is like. I’m a person that is very sensitive to smells. I mean seriously it’s like I have a bionic sense for smell. To have a smelly bed is just the worst. I’ve checked out so many companies and if there are for reals they will send samples. That’s why I love you guys so much down to the fabric you’ll send a sample. So I am a side sleeper and I’m desperately trying to figure out a configuration for myself. I’m so exhausted of sleepless nights that soon I know with your company I will get there. I have a queen rite now but I may go down to a twin. The price I have paid to go natural has been unreal. Thank you for being here and with such great customer Service and thank you for truly caring about us people and Thank you for all your hard work. 🙂

    1. Thank you much for saying so! I’m so glad we can be helpful. Let us know if there is any other way we can lend a hand.

  5. I am so happy to have found your website! I kept scouring the internet hoping I’d find an information and product resource such as this. I’ve read every inch of your website and am thankful for your competency, kindness, and integrity.

    1. Thank you for sharing! We do our best to give you all the information you might need for your build. The proper information leads to an informed, confident decision. We hope we can help you confidently create your ideal comfort.

  6. Hi i have a latex allergy is your natural latex the same?

    Thanks Rich

    1. Latex is latex but there are different types of allergies and different degrees of allergens. For example, I have customers who have a contact allergy that sleep comfortably on latex because they are not touching it through the sheets and the ticking. If you have a respiratory allergy, stay far away. Our Arpico latex has removed the protein that commonly causes allergies from its formula.

  7. Can this topper be used as a comforter?

    1. Sure, you can use it as a comforter, however, it is not as wide or as long as a comforter usually is. For example our twin topper is mattress sized, 38″ x 75″ while our twin comforter here is 68″ x 86″. Also, a topper has a lot more wool in it that a comforter, because sleeping on a lot of wool is comfortable, sleeping under a lot of wool is hot; the twin topper has 6 lbs. of wool while the comforter has between 2-4 lbs. of wool.

      So, if you use it for a comforter, make sure to pick a larger size and expect it very warm.

  8. is the pillow Dunlop latex

    1. Always. We only sell Dunlop as it is much more durable and longer lasting than Talalay.

  9. Hi there!

    My husband and I are having our vintage travel trailer restored and we need to have a couch seat and back cushions made. I want the natural latex base to be 6″ medium firm wrapped in wool and the same for the seat back and the 2 smaller side cushions (it will be a U shaped couch) since it will most likely be pulled down for sleeping on. The dimensions are 28″x 90″ for the seat and back and then 2 smaller side cushions that are 28″x 16″. I have a specific Sunbrella fabric in mind so if I was able to purchase that and send it to you would you be able to make the whole thing for us? If so, what would the cost and your timeline be? Thank you kindly!!

    1. Let’s continue this conversation in email: customerservice@diynaturalbedding.com. I will email you.

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