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Old 09-10-2009, 22:44   #1
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Memory Foam Thickness & Alternatives

What was I about to say?

Oh, yes, Memory Foam. How thick should it be on top of the normal boat foam mattress?


Are their alternatives that you use? What is Latex like?

What sort of price would we be looking at for a double bed?



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Old 09-10-2009, 23:48   #2
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I've sleep on 4" of memory foam on hard boards for about 10 years now, does me good, but some might think it's a bit frim.
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Old 10-10-2009, 00:33   #3
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I like to build multidensity layups of foam for ultimate comfort. Starting with very dense stiff foam 40 at the bottom mid grade like 30 lb center layer then a soft topper (or 1 1/2 memory) this gives a luxury feel with adequate support for back and won't bottom out under knee/elbow pressure. Good hi density hi resilency foam costs, the cheaper poly foams break down and lose loft quickly. The latex is a component of the higher grade foams.
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I think our memory foam topper is 3" thick, and it works great. My wife's bad back is the true tester, and gave it the "thumbs up". In fact it made such a difference, we tossed out our mattress at home and bought a big, queen-sized memory foam. The mattress in the boat is just fabric covered urethane foam. I priced out a custom inner-spring mattress-- !!! No way! I found the mf topper on the Internet for a fraction of the cost, and we like it better.
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Thanks guys

No ideas on price per square meter (or foot)?
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Never had a mattress but I bought a pillow for my neck.I sleep on my side and have broad shoulders so my head is never level.(I know you are all hanging on every word.)
The thing would soften up and conform to the shape of my head and then firm up like cement.I tried putting a down pillow on top;this remained cushy but compressed also,so I added a polyester fill pillow on the bottom and now my neck bent the other way so I gave the memory foam to the dog but he preferred sleeping on the floor next to it.It is now landfill.
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Never had a mattress but I bought a pillow for my neck.I sleep on my side and have broad shoulders so my head is never level.(I know you are all hanging on every word.)
The thing would soften up and conform to the shape of my head and then firm up like cement.I tried putting a down pillow on top;this remained cushy but compressed also,so I added a polyester fill pillow on the bottom and now my neck bent the other way so I gave the memory foam to the dog but he preferred sleeping on the floor next to it.It is now landfill.
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A 3" mattress topper pad for a queen size bed about $230.00 I am not a fan but my wife loves them. They come super compressed in a roll, amazing to see how much they expand. Don't even think of getting it back in that box.
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Sounds like 3'' for a toper is good but what if it were all foam? How thick?
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The multilayer really works better than one density. That way the firmer foam keeps you from "bottoming out" when you sit. Two other things to consider:

I prefer Talalay latex to memory foam. It's more expensive but breathes better so is not nearly as hot. It also doesn't mold around you. I personally find the sinking feel of memory foam creepy. There's a new kind of latex out called Celsion that has something added to be "temperature regulating" (cooler in summer and warmer in winter). Haven't tried it. Quite expensive but you just use it as a thin topper.

Ikea sells a system of bowed wooden slats and rubber fittings that make a slatted bed. It's meant to go under foam mattresses on platform beds and raises the mattress about 1.5". It works fine on a boat berth if the fiddle is high enough that the mattress won't slide off when healed. While it only gives an inch of "spring" it makes any mattress feel much more like a real bed. It also allows air to circulate under the mattress to keep down mildew. You can pick the slats up for access but it probably isn't a good idea if you need to do that a lot.

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Never had a mattress but I bought a pillow for my neck.I sleep on my side and have broad shoulders so my head is never level.(I know you are all hanging on every word.)
The thing would soften up and conform to the shape of my head and then firm up like cement.I tried putting a down pillow on top;this remained cushy but compressed also,so I added a polyester fill pillow on the bottom and now my neck bent the other way so I gave the memory foam to the dog but he preferred sleeping on the floor next to it.It is now landfill.
I put 2 big washers and screws through it and attached it to my garage wall.
Now I can drive my car right into it without any scratches or clunks.
It's really shock absorbing!

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I hope you guys havent worn your bed out already? I cant imagain you spend too much time in it so it so perhaps your getting soft in your old age, .... Mark obviously, not Nicole.!!
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I put a 2 inch memory foam topper over a normal foam base and it made a big difference to sleep comfort.

I would not consider a memory foam pillow as it is counter-intuitive in that role. A polyester one that you can occassionally rinse out and freshen up works best for me.
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I hope you guys havent worn your bed out already?
Oh, I can see where is going to go.

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