Make Your Own DIY Handmade Mattress

Best Pillows for an AirBnB? February 21 2021

You may not have heard of hotels that offer pillow menus but your guest may have!  They may come to expect that they will have a choice in the loft and firmness of their pillows during their stay.  Organic cases and sheets can be a great selling point when describing your AirBnB's bedding. A too soft pillow may cause neck pain and even an early departure. Keep in mind too that some...

Hemp Sand Mattress July 23 2020

A hemp sand mattress? 

I have long enjoyed the benefits of sleeping on buckwheat hulls.  They provided restorative deep sleep for me and my family for over a decade.  I always said that my pod style buckwheat hull mattress could last a lifetime and it would have if I had not discovered hemp hulls

Make Your Own Natural Latex Mattress March 06 2020

We may be onto something here!  I love days I just get to experiment with mattress fillings and to discover new ways to make your own organic, chemical free mattress.   Yesterday I was working with hemp fiber.  The one thing I don't like about hemp fiber is that when you pull it apart the fibers become airborne and well, it just feels dusty.  Not something you would think to fill your...

Do Flame Retardants in Mattresses Protect You in a Fire? March 06 2020

This Documentary from 2013 inspired me to grow my business. Where is the proof that flame retardants help to keep us safe from fire?  Who is out there making sure they are safe to sleep on? Who are we listening to when someone makes a claim that they do?  Could it be the lobbyists in Washington who are funded by the Chemical Industry? As I look at the sources of...

Natural materials to use in DIY Bedding and Mattresses. A Comprehensive List. February 16 2020

We will update this list as we are always learning.    This list is not in any particular order and we sell many of these fillings but not all. Please contact us if you have anything to add! (remember it must be all-natural, nothing manmade or synthetic unless it is an upcycled material.  Air and water are omitted as they need to be encased in a synthetic material for example) Wool...

Can You Make Your Own Mattress? February 16 2020

Luckily in the United States mattresses and upholstered furniture laws pertain only to the manufacturer. This is how Martha Stewart can legally create TV shows and magazines feeding us with the ideas and step by step tutorials on how to make our own rag rugs, upholstered benches, wall coverings, pillows, mattresses, and headboards while skipping the step of soaking the materials in flame retardant chemicals. “Ideas, concepts, and how to's"...

How to Fix a Sagging Mattress January 19 2020

We found the best solution to fix a sagging mattress.  Have a mattress that dips in the middle? Have a mattress that feels too soft and is hurting your back? Wondering what you can make from an old mattress? Want to know how to make your mattress bigger? This FIX will do the trick.  Adding a layer of hemp hulls is all you need to do!  Read more here in our step by step...

no sew throw pillow January 10 2020

!New Product!  Keep plastic packagings out of landfills, stuff some pillows instead.  The shredded plastic is perfect for outdoor pillows as it is waterproof. We now have a plastic-eating, no-sew, indoor/outdoor throw pillow design (18"x18"). The fun part is finding and drawing or painting your own design on your pillow cover. You can make multiple covers for when you want to change things up. Need an idea for your pillow...

How Does a Composting Toilet Work ? June 04 2019

DIY composting toilet (for our “dream” future mattress showroom) is in!  Because of the size of this houseboat, a marine toilet/head is required onboard by the Coastguard so I DIY’ed a composting toilet using only materials I had on hand and I am very surprised how well it works!    So, how much money does a composting toilet cost?  Ready made composting toilets cost too much in my opinion for...

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...

Ridding your home of 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?...

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...
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • Amex
  • Discover
  • PayPal