In a recent post, we shared how we are/have cleaned out our home of multiple thread items (clothing, towels, etc). We mentioned how a straw mattress was to come soon.
(original post: Change of Clothes)
Since then, we continued in our research on straw, feather , leaf and other elements to make a mattress.
Some people were splitting open a comforter and removing the fill to replace with a natural element. Others were stitching up their own covers using a mattress as a pattern for size. Some were just filling boxes with elements and tucking blankets on top, to name a few methods.
Since we are unsure of which route we wish to follow, we have off stepped and tried a less drastic change for the time being. As we did want to remove ourselves from the modern mattress. Being it is a petroleum item and a breeding ground for bugs and disease. For now we opted for a cotton filled futon mattress.
We had just bought a used futon to replace the couch and love seat we no longer have. After sitting on the cotton futon (no petroleum foam inside), we wondered what it would be like to sleep on. So we moved the mattress to our home-made platform storage bed to try out.
The first few nights we couldn’t tell if we liked it or not, as the sleeping experience was different than that of a mattress. But now that we have been sleeping on it for months, we can honestly say we will not go back to a normal mattress. The wife and I both wake refreshed and no longer have aches and pains. Normally most try to get a firm mattress and pay out the nose. We ask, why? As a cotton filled futon mattress (nice one, not a cheap Wally World model) is as firm if not firmer than any firm mattress.
In time we plan on still trying a straw filled mattress, and our plans there are just to stuff a futon cover. As that seems the easiest way to go. And yes, futon mattress covers can be 100% cotton.
I must say, from mattress, to cover, to sheets…. it’s nice sleeping in a cotton field. Even noticed the wife’s bad dreams have more or less faded away. Back to our thinking mixed threads effects frequency and in turn effects health. And to think… those in history who slept this way already had the answer. Yet we allowed the “industrial complex” to change what was already good and pure, just so they could reap profits.
If you plan on doing/trying this yourself, we recommend researching futon mattresses first. As all are not created equal and many use fillers, foam or cheap cotton bits that mat down over time. Your best option for price is to find a used one, like we did (Craigslist.org). We are still looking for a second cotton futon mattress, so we can have our couch back.