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Natural Latex Couch Cushion

Natural Latex Couch Cushion

I ordered 3 medium firm latex cushions (5″ thickness as seat back) and 3 firm ones (6″ thickness as seats) for our new sofa frame.   Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights.  They turned out to be very comfortable.  Their cut is also exact to my specifications, so that they fit perfectly on the frame.  Thank you, Deborah!  Attached is a photo of the cushions under some old sheets.  I am still waiting for the cushion cases to be made by Deborah’s seamstress.  Will upload another photo when all is done.

Natural Latex Couch Cushion

Our sofa cushion cases arrived and I am so thrilled.  They look wonderful!  I had been a little worried about the gussets, but they turn out to be just fine.  Deborah and team really went extra miles to make sure that we are completely satisfied with their products.  As I said in an earlier review, these cases are for the latex cushions that I ordered from Deborah.  The seat backs are 3 medium firm, 5″ thick cushions.  The seats are  3 firm ones in 6″ thickness.  Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights.  They are very comfortable and were cut precisely to my specifications.  Deborah and team, I appreciate your dedication to your work.  You have won my respect!  Considering the fact that all these shopping experiences are on-line, it is amazing how much trust you have earned from me.  It is as if you were just a neighborhood store that we can always turn to and rely upon.  Thank you so much again!

Fit for a King!

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DIY mattress      DIY mattress

Our bed is fit for a king, thanks to Deborah and her team!

We ordered a medium firm latex slab with wool and cover from Deborah.  The mattress has made our bed very comfortable again.  For those who are interested to know, the latex sits between a 3″ thick cotton mattress and a 5-6″ wool topper, which after 3 years of compression had become hard (see the first photo).

Before I ordered, I was most concerned how to get the firmness right.  I called Deborah, told her our body weights and heights and the problem of our bed, she correctly suggested the medium firmness.  But when the slab arrived, because I was too used to our hard bed, I panicked and reordered a firm slab, using Deborah’s “buy and try” program.  It took some time for the replacement to arrive, by then I had already got used to the medium slab and realized my mistake.  The firm slab proved to be too firm indeed.  When I zipped up the mattress cover at last,  I had one more amazement to tell: the cover looks very simple, but I would not try to make it myself because Deborah’s seamstress has made it fit to perfection.  The cover is not one bit smaller or bigger than the latex, so that it feels completely smooth (See the second photo).

During the whole process, I have learned not only to trust Deborah’s professional experience and judgment but also to highly respect the quality of her work and the reliability of her service.  When I became really hesitant and frustrated, she was consistently patient and nice.  I know on-line shopping for a mattress sounds hard, but my experience has taught me that it really depends upon whom you are dealing with.  Now I know our body takes time to tell which firmness is right, I begin to doubt going to the store in person to try mattresses is an easier way.  Overall I am quite happy with this shopping experience at Deborah’s site.

Quite comfortable

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The millet hull pillow is quite comfortable. I haven’t adjusted the fill yet, because I wanted to see how it breaks in over a couple weeks. I might take a little out so I can create more of a “valley,” but for now it’s working and I’m quite happy with it.

Off the Charts

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On my journey to do a DIY all natural bed I came across DIY Natural Bedding. I called up to ask some questions, and I was delighted that I found someone on the other end of the phone who cared about and could understand what I needed. The kindness and intelligence of the customer service is outstanding (as others have said: it’s true they do research your needs and questions if they don’t have immediate answers!).

The quality of what I ordered is off the charts. The prices are cheaper than just about anyone’s anywhere else. The shipping was done in a timely manner; everything was properly packed to protect against the elements and bugs, which is more than I can say for a lot of other all natural bedding companies.

Thanks to DIY I have a fantastic 1/2 queen day bed made up of two 100% natural 1/2 queen dunlop latex toppers — one 3″ soft and one 3″ extra soft — with an organic 100% cotton encasement and luxurious 1/2 queen organic wool puddle pad (yes, it’s luxurious). They also made the ticking and wool puddle pad for my night bed.

I also want to make dust mites covers because someone in the house has a terrible allergy. Thanks to DIY’s help and perhaps above all patience as well as a good bit of inspiration, I am on my way to making them myself using the ticking pattern they sell and their zippers (I found the cloth elsewhere. But they even helped me in the search to find the proper cloth). I am making it myself for less half the price of any dust mite cover on the internet of the same quality (it’s very hard to find and quite expensive to buy a dust mite mattress encasement that opens like a book).

I am very happy with my purchase as well as experience working with them.


Great product, great company!

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Customized DIY bedding…great idea! I purchased a pillow kit from DIY last month and knew immediately it was not the right choice for me (too firm). I was aware of the refund policy in advance of purchasing so I wrote this off as a losing gamble. Just for the heck of it, I wrote an email to the company to provide feedback on my experience. To my surprise, I heard back from Deborah with an offer to see if she could help. She suggested that one of their other filling materials might be a better fit for me. What was great about this was there was no discussion about company policy or cost calculations, she just said, “I’m going to send you something else, I want you to try” Love the old school approach – great customer service! Deborah was right. The new filling is much better for me and I am very happy with this company and this product.

Family Bed in a Family sized Bed

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As a new mom learning about all the terrible toxins in mattresses, I searched everywhere for a non-toxic alternative. It seemed impossible to find a mattress that wasn’t outrageously expensive and didn’t have some sort of flame retardants or springs that attract EMF’s. When I stumbled across, I was amazed!! Building our own custom mattress was so perfect for my husband and I because we like to have a lot of room when we sleep and we were co-sleeping with our 6 month old. Deborah was so helpful while we made our decision about size, thickness, and material. We were able to order a custom bed that is bigger than a king! We absolutely LOVE it! The latex is so supportive, we only needed the 6 inch height! We HIGHLY recommend DIY Bedding to ALL of our friends who are health conscious! We couldn’t be happier with our purchase!

Organic Latex Sofa

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We are thrilled with the GOLS organic latex foam that you provided for our sofa reupholstering. It is the most comfortable sofa in the world and hands down the best place ever to take a nap. It was significantly less expensive for us to have our Baker sofa upholstered with your organic latex and organic cotton batting than to purchase a new latex sofa. It’s very hard to find a supplier of GOLS upholstery foam. We are so glad to have found you and know where we will go for our next bed and future upholstery projects.

So Happy With Our Purchase!

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I just wanted to say how much we love our latex bed and pillows! We wanted a comfortable, chemical free bed and that’s exactly what we got. Not only that, but we were able to put together a bed and have a removable topper that we can use in our 5th wheel so we can take our comfort on the road! I can’t wait to replace our kids’ beds, and we will definitely be replacing them with latex beds and pillows from DIY Natural Bedding!!

Safe Snuggling

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I’m happy to say we LOOOOOOOOOOVE our new mattress :D.  The last piece of latex made it just perfect, it’s not as soft as our tempur-pedic type but it’s way nicer in my opinion and the most important thing is that when my baby crawls over from his co-sleeper he can snuggle next to me without sinking unsafely into the mattress or breathing the nasty fumes!!!

Funny story, we found the mattress noticeably softer without the wool puddle pad so we took it off and are going to use it as a rug underlayment for his rug, since we needed a non-toxic wool one anyway!!!

I’m sure I’ll be back 😀  I have some projects in mind that need some stuffing and now that I’ve found you I’m so happy I have a natural solution for all of them! – C.E. Peoria, IL

How to get Him out of Bed

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We got the bed together and my son is enjoying his new bed!! The hardest part about how much my son likes his bed is getting him up in the morning 🙂 Just wait until he gets a wool comforter next winter… will be worse. He’ll just want to stay in bed.

I am so happy that we found your website back when we got our bed. We are all enjoying a healthy night’s sleep. – S. T.

Super Duper Comfortable

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I absolutely LOVE my new couch cushions!  They have really brought my 15yo couch back to new. I’m so happy I decided to have these cushions made and not just get cheap foam (again)… Not only will they last waaaay longer but they are super duper comfortable and the perfect firmness and springiness. I didn’t take a picture of the “before” (too embarrassing) but I should send you a picture of my love seat cushions (to be replaced later) next to the couch cushions. Also your wool advice was very helpful. Thank you! – J.C., Massachusetts

I love looking forward to going to bed

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I cannot express how pleased I am with the bedding, topper and pillow.  It has been delightful.  My goal was to alleviate the aches and pains of getting up in the morning and this has been accomplished!  This has also been the case for my husband and occurred nearly immediately upon setting up the bed. I love looking forward to going to bed 🙂

I would be happy to be a reference for any future customers and have already starting spreading the word on my own.

I am so pleased that my husband happened upon your website and am grateful for your service, follow up and product.  – S.S.

A Perfect Example

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My assistant tells me that the fabric arrived on Saturday (I was away from the studio for the weekend). I’ve just unwrapped it and it looks wonderful! Thank you again for taking such good care of packaging it and for being so accommodating! I will enjoy working with the fabric.

I look forward to ordering more from you whenever I run out of something you carry. Your service is a perfect example of how I try to treat my wedding dress clients. Thank you for doing everything that you do!

Be well,
Lori Del Genis

Conscious Elegance Custom Eco Wedding Dresses, Director & Designer — Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Wedding Attire


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In light of the personalized customer service you’ve provided me, I wanted to let you know that I received the shipment this Monday past and am pleased with the quality of the products. Many thanks to you and your staff. – M.T.

We love our mattress!

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My boyfriend and I were sleeping on an air mattress a year ago and decided we wanted a nontoxic mattress. We plunged into the confusing world of researching mattresses online and created a spreadsheet listing 15 companies and all the pros and cons of each. When we eventually found DIY Natural Bedding they came out at the top of the list because their 9″ latex layers (three 3″ layers) mattress was one of the most affordable ones available. Also, Deborah was amazingly great at getting to the bottom of what is really going on with natural bedding suppliers and also was so great at answering all my many questions, even researching the answer and then getting back to me if she didn’t have the answer on hand. At the time, I noted that this company is “very trustworthy, does good research.”

I had a number of concerns  – I was concerned the mattress cover would inhibit the natural way the latex bends around the body; it would be a shame to spend so much on latex and then ruin it with a tight fitted, stiff cover. I am happy to report that the organic cotton knit mattress cover is soft and stretchy and contours to the latex perfectly.

Another concern I had was smell because I had bought a latex topper once that smelled really strong for a couple weeks at least. With the latex from DIY Natural Bedding there was never any smell, not even when it first arrived. I am extremely chemically sensitive and I have not ever had any issues with this bed.

We had a hell of a time figuring out the densities to order, and we ended up having to get some replacements. Deborah’s policy allowing 2 months for replacements was great because for various reasons we took a long time figuring out what was going to work.

We got the wool batting to place under the cover but we have never used it because we don’t like the way it sticks to the latex – we tend to rearrange the latex every once in awhile just to see how it feels and we don’t like pulling the wool off the latex every time (not much sticks it’s just I realize I like things really clean and my personal preference would be to have the wool encased in something). We may get some fabric and sew a wool topper with the wool at some point, or a blanket. I made a huge pillow out of some of it, which is really divine, although it does need fluffing up every once in a while.

The mattress is super comfortable just with the knit cover, although I know we need to get something else to protect it from spills and also to offer more general protection like from oxygen. We probably would have been better off with the quilted ticking – I was worried it wouldn’t stretch enough but now that I see how the organic cotton cloth stretches probably the quilted ticking would be stretchy enough too.

And just fyi, I weigh 230 and my boyfriend weighs 220 lbs and what ended up working out for both of us is the bottom layer firm, and both the middle and top layers extra firm. We hate the soft and medium as they compress too much and feel extremely hard, but I guess for people weighing less they would be great.

We love our mattress! – H.H.

More Comfortable Every Night

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We’re very pleased with the bed; I don’t anticipate the need to swap any of the layers.  The mattress just seems to get more comfortable every night (which I’m sure sounds weird, but really, that’s how we feel).   The mattress combo felt firmer than expected at first, but as it turns out, we both like it as it is.  It is THE MOST comfortable mattress we’ve ever had. I am not exaggerating. We love the cover and the pillows too.  Very high quality materials and workmanship.  Please pass the message on to your seamstress that we really admire the quality of her work, which I’m sure has something to do with the overall comfort.   – S.K.


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What a great mattress and fantastic experience working with Deborah! We bought the 9″ King size with quilted ticking and it is amazing. I knew it would be comfortable but it really exceeds my expectations. It is just luxurious. Deborah was very helpful and we were able to fine tune our choices for each side of the king size. I plan to eventually switch all the mattresses in the house to this natural choice. Worth every penny! – A. B.

Terrific mattress

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Just wanted to thank you for your help and for a terrific mattress.  I’m so glad I came across the information about your company through the TC Natural Family Living listserv. Our son has transitioned nicely into his new bed and is sleeping soundly and healthfully.  When we’re able to make the change, we’ll be in touch about a mattress for our own bed. – R. W.


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Yeah, it is great! Gina got used to it now and loves it. It’s also nice to know that there are no chemicals leaching out of it, as Gina is VERY sensitive to formaldehyde. We liked the “soft” side so much that we didn’t even try the “medium” side! Thanks a lot for providing a healthy mattress alternative. If anyone needs a reference, we’d be happy to provide it.
I personally really like the feeling when I first get onto the mattress. Not sure I can describe it, though… – D. M.


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We are enjoying the mattress. We have really only tried out the extra firm side and both find it to be super comfortable. We were talking and if we were to do it all over again might just go for the straight 6 inches of that firmness. We may have guests over who like a less firm mattress though and it might be nice to have the option to flip it. I have some friends who might be interested in a mattress and I told them to check out your Facebook page.
I hope that you are well and thanks for working with us on the mattress. We are trying to be good about making any big new purchases “clean” and this mattress along with our nursery furniture were great places to start for us. I wish you a lot of success in your business. It is a great idea and I always appreciated how much research you had put into everything. – A. S.