Which mattress design do you recommend?
We recommend the New Twist. The New Twist makes a wonderful sleeping surface and combines the best of all our previous kits but uses the least amount of materials. It is our most cost effective kit. This kit is most closely related to our former Twist Easy kit in terms of comfort and ease of assembly.
What does a Hull Mattress feel like?
Keep in mind most natural materials do not feel spongy or spring back like foam. Most of us have gotten used to sleeping on soft, springy surfaces but I wonder sometimes if that is why we are a nation of back pain. Hull mattresses are similar in firmness to a traditional Japanese futon. It may take you a few weeks to adjust to your new mattress if you are used to a foam or spring mattress.
Can't I simply fill a mattress cover with hulls to make a mattress?
The mattress contains just the right amount of hulls in each area to restrict the movement of the hulls. You cannot simply fill a cover with hulls to make a comfortable mattress. If you fill the cover too much you restrict the freedom of the hulls and your mattress will feel like a rock. Fill the cover loosely enough that the hulls have enough room to move and you will end up parting the entire mattress with your body weight.
Is a Twist Mattress lumpy?
You can feel the separate compartments when you first lie down but they do not feel lumpy. Every sight movement you make shifts the hulls and they slowly mold to your body. I like to wiggle my hips and shoulders slightly when I get into bed to help the shifting to get started. The hulls do not fight with your body, they conform to your every curve making a slight impression of you! This is what makes sleeping on hulls so nice, as every part of you is supported. The top layers of hulls have enough freedom of movement that you can easily dig your toes into them similar to a sandy beach.
Which mattress is more comfortable, the Twist Original Canvas Kit (that I could sew myself using your pattern and instructions) or the no sew, New Twist?
The New Twist is more comfortable as the fabric has some stretch to it. It is also much easier to construct. The New Twist in the soft cotton is more economical and has the benefit of more air circulation. Please be aware that the cotton fabrics we offer are not organic and are not treated with any fire retardant chemicals. The Twist Original design in canvas is a good base layer and requires a topper layer for the comfort layer. The New Twist does not need a topper layer although the toppers do make a wonderful addition.
How do I know a hull mattress is for me? Is there anywhere I can try one out?
We do not have a showroom or anywhere that you can test out a hull mattress. It may take a week or two to adjust to sleeping on hulls as they feel completely different from what most people are used to. A good way to test if you would like a hull mattress is to try out our body pillows. They can be rolled up and stored or used as a back rest. Be prepared to fight over which family member gets to sleep on the topper if you only order one!
We now sell sample "pods" which contain a few pounds of our buckwheat hulls wrapped in the New Twist tubular fabric. We suggest ordering a sample pod to experience what a hull mattress feels like and see the quality of the materials you will receive in your kit.
Can you sell a mattress already made?Now what would be the fun in that? Really, we cannot as we are not a licensed bedding manufacturer. That does not mean you couldn't find someone handy you know to put one together for you!
Will a hull body pillow make my soft bed more firm?
Generally, yes but it may not be the right solution. If you have a coil mattress or sag in your mattress, this may may create an uncomfortable. Body pillows should be used on even surfaces.
Can a body pillow make my too firm mattress softer?
It will add a comfort layer but your mattress will still feel firm.
Can I roll up and store my Twist Mattress?
It is not recommended. You can roll up the body pillows.
Are there any issues with hulls escaping the woven fabric?
Yes! Some hull particles will find a way to escape the woven fabric. They will land beneath your mattress and away from you. You may invert a fitted sheet below your mattress to catch any stray particles. If you could not bear specs of hulls here and there under your mattress, these kits are not for you.
Are hull mattresses ok for babies and toddlers to sleep on?
I would say no to a crib mattress (that is why we do not sell a crib mattress kit) as the surface is not flat and could be a SIDS risk. Also babies should not sleep on hull pillows or bedding, again it is also considered a SIDS risk by the Consumer Protection Agency.
Use you own judgement when it comes to younger children. Please also consider your baby proofing options if you are planning to co-sleep with your baby.
Depends what you fill it with. Use your judgement. I would not put a buckwheat hull filled Twist over a slatted frame as they would squeeze through but you can put a heavy wool blanket down or a bunky board over your slatted frame. Platform beds work fine. I have always thought Tatami mats would be a nice foundation. Do not put your mattress on a slick surface (ie polished wood floors) as your hulls will tend to spread out and stretch your mattress out of shape. Can I use regular sheets / mattress protectors?
What if I have an older design no longer listed and wish to order another to match? Why did you get rid of the older designs?
Contact us, we can arrange to sell you any kit we sold in the past but keep in mind an older design may have a lead time of 10 - 14 days to create.
In order to grow our business we needed a standardized kit. There was nothing wrong with the older designs, we just combined the best of all our kit designs into The New Twist Kit. Now that we have one standard kit, we can start designing other products to make your sleep environment healthier and cozier.