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I'm looking for inexpensive ideas on creating a mattress to sleep on. I can't believe there is so much labor and materials in a good mattress that they have to charge the ridiculous prices I see in stores nowadays.
Chuck from Pleasanton, CA
Ever checked out the garage sales, newspaper ads, salvation army ect.? Unless you have to get it brand new - you might find a good deal. Especially when people have to move - alot of the time it is easier and less expensive to sell cheap than storage and moving it.
Go to Freecycle.com and look for your area. Lots of people give things away. You can post.
My husband and I recently got rid of a 23 year old king sized mattress. We are sleeping on 2 single air mattresses which fit perfectly on the boxspring. Using twin bottom sheets, king top sheet and blanket, they are very comfortable. I can have mine softer, and he can have his "concrete slab." The air mattresses were on sale at Walmart for $25 each. We already had the bedding. $50 beats the cost of a new king sized mattress.
You may also have luck getting one on freecycle.com.
I would not want a used mattress the news has been
stating cases of 'bedbug' bites on the rise.
You can cut the cost by getting a clearance model
or floor model just keep looking and look at flyers.
I like to save money but I like to know things are
clean. Good luck.
This is a project we are working on in my house, too! We are planning to make sleeping mats, like futon mattresses, to use on the floor nad then move out of the way in the daytime, japanese style. With (almost) four small children, we are tight on space, and this seems like a good possibility for us. We are just using foam and batting to fill the pads, which are made of a heavy cotton canvas-like material. We have most of the supplies, but have not made the pads just yet. It will take some work.
do you have access to raw wool? do you know any sheep people? i have read about making mattresses out of wool bats. which is wool that has been washed, combed and formed into a kind of sheet of loose wool. you then tack the sheets together till it is as thick as you like. wool is very breathable and it lofts well for a while. the only problem is once it looses its loft it stays pretty flat. it also has to have special attention when cleaning. it will shrink into a lumpy mass if you wash and dry as you would your usual laundry (i know this because i had a quilt my grandma had made with raw wool batting and i ruined it by washing it) if you're truly into cheap you can always fill a tick with hay or corn husks. personally i'm into comfort more than cheap. i like foam and batting (even wool) pads much more than crunchy corn. good luck
go to www.craigslist.org and search in your area. I found a nearly new twin set that had been used in a guest room only 4 times for $50. Just gave it a vacuum and nice thick mattress pad - perfect. Sometimes they have free stuff too.
here are some images that should help. There is an image of a chair for to help you understand fabric layers. some info on springs to help you understand spring installation and a few other things. You can find all the supplies you need at : garysupholstery.com
Consider this. Most people spend 6-8 hours in bed every day. This equates to as much as a third of your entire life. Based on the fact that the quality of your sleep can dictate the quality of your mood and health during your waking hours, I don't think it is a good idea to go for an inexpensive option.
I know people who will spend £20,000 on a car that they sit in for half an hour a day, but hate the thought of spending money on a decent mattress so they can have a good nights sleep. Madness!
I'm all for being thrifty, but think about the areas of your life where saving money won't have health ramifications. I remember speaking to a friend that was looking for a cheap mattress for their child!!! How a parent can even think of buying a substandard mattress when the child's spine is still developing defies belief.
Sorry if I'm going on a bit, but hopefully my points make interesting reading. Anyway, I'm going for a lie down now.
Inexpensive mattress doesn't necessarily ruin your back and expensive is not always better. I had to make one finally because none of the mattresses we bought were comfortable for both my husband and myself. Now we have been finally sleeping together for an year after we made this. It is just a down comforter cover from overstock, filled with a 1" latex topper and another layer of thick feather bed. Total cost of this was probably about $200. No sewing involved and thickness and softness can vary depending on the firmness of latex or thickness of down. They are also free of chemicals.
Then this mattress lays on a platform bed that is covered entirely with slats (leave a slight gap between slats so they don't rub together and screech.) I bought organic wool batting and wool comforter, but didn't work for us since my husband wants them washed often and I have a matted comforter and wool batting that has to be washed. Good luck with your project!