Here's the process, step by step:
- To start assembling your mattress, a nice, thick slab of latex will form your base. 3" pads are available in two firmnesses from Natural American Home, for $300.
- Add a wool or cotton mattress topper like this one or this one from Satara, Inc. to add to the comfort of the latex base.
- Then, wrap the two layers in a mattress pad. What you're looking for here is absorbency, breathability and warmth -- oftentimes when a mattress makes you too hot, it's this layer that's the culprit.
- Finally, top your mattress with your favorite organic cotton or bamboo sheets, and voila!
For one-stop shopping, Soaring Heart Futon & Natural Bed Company in Seattle caters to the customer going the self-assembly route. Their Three Layer System is composed of a 4" latex and wool bottom layer, a 3" cotton middle layer and a 4" wool top layer. We love the hamster-nest vibe of this approach, and we'll be giving Soaring Heart a call when we finally get that Case Study platform bed we've been dreaming about.