LATEX FOAM COULD BE SOLD AT WALMART OR HOME DEPOT. EITHER OR BOTH VOLUME
CORPORATIONS SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE HOW IMPORTANT MATTRESSES ARE TO THE INDUSTRY OF
AMERICA, AND LOOK INTO STOCKING COMMODITY BULK LATEX FOAM FOR MATTRESSES.
SO THIS MESSAGE IS FOR WALMART AND HOME DEPOT, AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALSO.
The following is not an advertisement, and I do not have any association with the
below quoted example websites. I post this message because the commercial
mattress industry is inadequate, and mattresses should be a commodity, and are one
of the most important material possessions everyone needs:
A bed is a consumer's most important material possession, and a bed is like shoes.
We wear a bed for 8 hours every night, 1/3 of our lives, and good sleep is
imperative to America. After much research, I have determined that not only is a
mattress an individual's most important material possession, but that Latex Foam
without springs is the best answer. Latex Foam is farmed in Sri Lanka and
apparently cheaply shipped to the U.S.A. where it is manufactured into foam beds.
Currently a Latex Foam bed of 9"-15" inches of the right firmness will give an
individual a good night's sleep.
A Latex Mattress is also portable as 3" slabs of 60"x80" Queen size foam weigh
approximately only 37lbs, as 3"x60"x80" = 14400, 14400/1728(12"x12"x12") = 8.33
cubic feet, 8.33x a Latex Foam Density of 4.5lb*/cubic feet = 37.5lbs per 3" thick
slab of a Queen Size Bed. These 3" slabs are to be stacked on top of one another
9"-15" thick, and that is nearly all one needs for the most comfortable bed money
can buy. Currently the going rate for this foam is about $100 per inch of
60"x80", so a 9 inch bed would currently cost about $900, and a 12 inch bed costs
$1,200, and a 15 inch bed costs $1,500. Latex foam also lasts a very long time
10-40 years. The key to a good bed is the right firmness for the individual, and
the softer foam is to be stacked on top of the firmer foam, so the foam varies by
ILD (Initial Load Deflection) Soft 10-20, Medium 20-30, Firm 30-40, (depending on
the retailer). There are two types of Latex Foam, Dunlop, and Talalay. Dunlop is
cheaper, as Talalay requires an extra step which makes all the air bubbles the
same size. So Dunlop is more like pound cake, and Talalay is more like angel food
cake. However Dunlop has a higher "Support Factor," which means softer and more
supportive than Talalay, while Talalay is more appropriate for the higher layers
of the bed, even maybe only as a topper. Support factor means how many lbs to
depress foam 65% over how many lbs to depress foam 25%. Dunlop Latex is 4, while
Talalay Latex is 3. So with Talalay you "bottom out" easier, but feels softer.
*Density varies, and may be 3-6lbs per cubic foot. Higher usually means firmer
foam as measured by Initial Load Deflection (ILD).
So three parameters when buying foam (latex or any type):
1. ILD (@25%) - (Such as Soft 10-20, Medium 20-30, Firm 30-40) (while this is
supposed to be in lbs, this currently does not seem consistent across retailers).
2. Support Factor (lbs to depress 65% / lbs to depress 25% - so if 25% ILD is
30lbs, and 65% ILD is 120lbs, then support factor = 120/30 = 4. So while two
different foams, for instance Talalay and Dunlop, may have equal 25% ILDs, they
may have different 65% ILDs, giving them a different support factor)
3. Density (Weight = lbs/cubic feet)
Finally a non-toxic fireproof case is frequently used to house the 3 to 5, 3"
slabs of Latex Foam. These are frequently made out of double knit cotton, or
wool, and may cost another $100-$300, or more.
You can see an example of latex foam at the following website. There is no
difference between a single 3" topper, or several 3" slabs stacked on top of one
another to form an entire mattress, except the firmness of the bottom layers:
Another example of this type of mattress: https://spindlemattress.com/
A further thought is a 1"-3" Memory Foam Topper on top of the Latex Foam, may
complete the comfort of a bed to make it sufficiently plush. Alternatively, soft
Talalay may be preferred. Alternatively, a consumer may prefer a cheaper or
firmer bed without such a plush topper.
Before trying sleeping pills, try a new mattress! Sleeping pills don't make you
sleep, they only may make you sleep better (they are also dangerously addictive, -
see benzodiazapine addiction - thus don't take too many ). *LOVE* is otherwise
the only silver bullet to sleep.
IF LATEX FOAM WAS AVAILABLE IN WALMART OR HOME DEPOT TO SAMPLE, CONSUMERS WOULD BE
ABLE TO TEST OUT VARIOUS FIRMNESSES, AND STACKINGS OF FIRMNESSES, TO CREATE THE
BEDS MOST COMFORTABLE FOR THEM! AND MAYBE WITH VOLUME THESE STORES COULD ALSO
MAKE THE PRICES CHEAPER THAN THEY ARE ELSEWHERE.