DIY Mattress News

Our Strawbale House - 12 years in October 24 2018

We love to talk to people who may be considering straw bale construction.  We found it is not an easy DIY building project and it does not save you a lot in construction costs, but when you live in one it does keep giving back.   Lower heat bills + knowing exactly what your house is really made of are the best qualities.  Our home helps us think twice about what...

How to Live with Flame Retardants October 13 2018

Although Duke University is doing great research on the flame retardants we all live with and breathe in daily, their strategy for dealing with them is a little weak.  Here at Open Your Eyes Bedding we have stronger advice, rid your home of them completely.   Don't just frequently wash the chemicals off your children's hands, don't expose them in the first place. Sometimes I feel like I am on an island screaming...

DIY Weighted Throw Kit (another no-sew kit!) October 06 2018

You have probably heard of weighted blankets, duvets that help to induce sleep and reduce anxiety by applying pressure to your body.  So we thought if you use your sofa as a favored spot to relax and unwind after a long day, why not make it a sensory experience?  Crawl under these kapok filled, loose, 40" X 40" warm duvets!   Toss them on the floor for movie night or...

Use Feng Shui to reduce EMF radiation in your bedroom. Possible cause of cancer developing on left side of bodies in US. September 03 2018

Feng shui, invisible EMF radiation from your bed, cancer prominent on the left side of the body in the US.  It all sounds like something you would hear from an Alex Jones radio show.  But science is now backing up what Feng Shui Masters seem to have always known.  Keep metal out of your bedroom, especially out of your mattress and bed frame.  Research has shown that there is a...

Upcycled Sweater Vase February 15 2018

This sweater had a stain on the front that just would not budge.  Instead of throwing it out, I took out a few minutes (actually the entire project took 20 seconds) to make a pair of vases from the arms.  The back of the sweater will eventually become part of another project I have planned as I love black and white.    Step 1.  Cut off the arms with a straight cut keeping them as...

Make a pet bed from an old sweater! February 12 2018

An amazing woman I know and her equally amazing daughter organized a pet bed making event in our town. We all got together at our community center on a rainy weekend with our old sweaters in hand. After a 5-minute lesson on the very pretty box stitch + where to sew the sweater, everybody was off making pet beds (all to be donated to our local animal shelter).   A...

DIY side car crib, photos just in! January 16 2018

This project is clever in a few ways.  First is, in purchasing an organic New Twist mattress + bed frame kit, this couple also created a side car crib by simply not trimming down the boards on one side and adding the center support kit below.  They also used a combination of 2X4's and 2X2's instead of 2X3's because their Home Depot did not have them in stock.   When their...

Kapok, Spelt Hulls, Seaweed and more to come! January 01 2018

Happy New Year 2018! We are starting the new year by offering some NEW and exciting natural, vegan upholstery fillings available this February for a limited time and limited quantities as we will be testing the US market for these fillings. Here is a preview of just 3 but there is actually more filling options than this coming as well so keep a lookout here for more details. Beautiful new fillings coming soon as a...

Customer makes time lapse video of her bed frame kit assembly! October 19 2017

DIY Box Bed Frame July 23 2017

Historically, beds were as simple as wood boxes raised off the floor, filled with readily available materials from nature. It is so nice to see the return of this concept!  This photo was sent in from one of our customers who made his own box style bed frame for his DIY buckwheat hull mattress.   We love the orientation of the pods (customer's own design).  Since the frame holds the...

Meet Lynne (and please be nice, this was her first attempt at filming herself) December 10 2016

This link will take you to our free to watch intro video to our first Skillshare class called Endless Possibilities with Linking Pillows.  Why not sign up and preview Lynne make a cushion using linking pillows?

Linking Pillows hit the scene December 02 2016

How much fun is THIS going to be?  I have spent literally the last month playing with a new product, Linking Pillow Cases. Some days I am braiding them, others I weave, then some days I knot or twist.  Yes, there are many creations that I stand back and look at, shake my head and say "...nah".  But that is ok because I simply undo them and start another design!...

How to Recycle a Mattress November 10 2016

Ok, YOU need a new mattress, but have you stopped to think if the WORLD needs a new mattress? The first thing I learned when I started making mattresses was they are very large items containing lots of bulky materials. Nowadays, it is getting harder to give away old mattresses as most people prefer new over used when it comes to their bedding. So how do you handle getting rid of your old mattress?...

Sand Mattress? October 06 2016

Sand as a mattress filling?  This was not our idea but one of our customer's. In his email to us he said the only place he could sleep free of back pain was at the beach.  He was writing to know if he could use sand in our mattress kits instead of buckwheat hulls.   I grew up near the beach and had also spent many nights sleeping on sand. I remember how it did give...

Will sensors in our pillows, connected to our iPhones be the answer to a better night's sleep? February 11 2016

Patricia Marx's New Yorker article In Search Of Forty Winks is a light take on the latest crop tech gadgets to send us off to dreamland. Spoiler Alert: Sleep is something people have been doing forever because it's as essential to living as food! A lot of OYEB customers are finding that hull mattress' and pillows are the answer to a better night's sleep, but if any of you out there would like...

New Modular Pod design November 21 2014

Our new design is exciting as you can add pods on in any direction to make your mattress wider, longer, or even a different shape!  The organic cotton pods are each filled with the same amount of organic buckwheat hulls and are woven together by organic cotton straps that are hidden underneath the mattress. I can see an L shape configuration with an ottoman to make a mattress that can pose as...

Why are people not talking about this? September 22 2013

My home burn test:  Foam verses buckwheat hulls I cannot seem to ignite buckwheat hulls, no matter how hard I try.  They seem to extinguish themselves similar to wool.  So why is it that I cannot find any information on this wonderful property of buckwheat hulls, especially because it makes such a great mattress filling?  This is a test I did years ago. So interesting, I would like to see...

Can a hull mattress help you lose weight? April 14 2013

     I have been sleeping on a buckwheat hull mattress for over 4 years now.  I have gradually been losing weight but I do not know why. My diet and activity level has not changed but I am about 7 pounds lighter than I was 3 years ago.  This morning I had a thought that it may be my mattress that is helping me trim down.  I did a quick...

So true March 07 2013

  "The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." ▼   Socrates

The Tiny House Blog June 19 2012

I wanted to send a big thanks to Kent Griswold for putting up my article on his blog.  If you have never visited this blog you should check it out.  You do not have to live in a tiny house to appreciate all the very cool space saving ideas.  Check it out here!

News: Eight Foot Round Twist Mattress Kit Delivered June 12 2012

 Visit the Make Your Own Mattress Forum to see the latest kit delivered:  An 8 foot round custom kit for a floating bed!

Sew Your Own Kit - Template is now available! June 12 2012

Is having a kit delivered to your door too easy for you?  Do you want the rights to claim "I made my own mattress from scratch!" ?  Now you can order just the template (including sewing and assembly instructions) for $39.99.  This option shows up when you click to order your Twist Mattress Kit, just select the pdf template option under the mattress size pull down menu!

How to do the Twist June 11 2012

(THIS VIDEO IS FOR THE ORIGINAL TWIST DESIGN, NOT THE NEW TWIST KIT) Watch this video on how to twist your pod chains. The grid you create (see assembly instructions pdf) should give you a flower pattern. Each flower should have 6 petals but will share petals with neighboring flowers. When you twist, always go over (not under) with the pod chain you choose for wrapping around the two lower...

Luffa Freak of Gourd World May 14 2012

    I love the title of this article, which by the way, suggests the use of luffa as a mattress stuffing!  Plant your own luffa garden this spring and be sleeping on it by the fall :)  Read article here.  Image via Daves Garden.
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