she actually started crying because it was so hard like cement that it hurt her back. I’m still sad about spending $500 on that and now ordering more of the latex. Please let people know how firm it is. - Joan reviewing her DIY hemp sand mattress
I recently ordered two of your Ultimate Hull pillows. I started with one pillow, but my husband stole mine for a few nights and I had to order a second one right away!
This is one of the most fantastic purchases I have ever made. I suffer from positional sleep apnea and in searching for non-CPAP solutions a couple of years ago, I purchased an anti-snore pillow made from foam. It worked for a while, and then I started noticing stains on the pillowcase and assumed they were because of a change in my facial moisturizer. Imagine my horror when I realized the pillow was off-gassing instead and concern over “what have I been breathing for the past year and a half?!?!!!”
I started searching for an alternative pillow and eventually learned about buckwheat hulls and landed on your website. It took me awhile to decide to try the Ultimate Hull pillow but I’m so very glad I did. It’s the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put my head on! A quick swish of my hand makes the perfect space for the side of my head/ear. My neck is so well supported that my snoring is almost non-existent. I wake up feeling more refreshed than I can ever remember.
So, thank you!! I will be keeping your business in mind as I consider other bedding choices going forward.
-Helen, Greendale WI
-Danielle, Westminster, MA
The hemp hulls really do give that feel of a sandy beach - but not as packed/hard. They mold around you without effort (I found I had to wiggle a bit with the buckwheat hulls to help them mold around me) and stay just right. The latex underneath gives a slight give which is just perfect. I love wiggling my toes in “the sand” - the feel is completely luxurious. And I can sit in bed comfortably now! I’m completely in love and recommending this to everyone who will listen. Thinking of using a modular version of this for a guest bed setup. I’m thinking the hemp hulls will be more “new user” friendly than the buckwheat hulls - which take some getting used to.
Not to be a traitor to the buckwheat hulls, which I still use as a pillow and will be using for toppers for my children as well, but I really feel this is the perfect mattress!
Thank you, Jessica for your blog review (and awesome time-lapse video of the assembly).
"We have been sleeping on this bed frame for many weeks now and it has been SO great! The sides are great for holding a book, cell phone, or other odds and ends we want by our side. The solid wood “headboard” has made it easy to attach a power cord to so we can plug in our lights and phones when we want them charging near our beds."
Christine, from San Antonio, TX shared her DIY Bed Frame Kit progress photo with us. Thank you so much Christine, great job!
Thanks for sharing your photos!! -William from Tonawanda, NY
William created his own pod pattern and built his own "box and crate" bed frame
My friends named it the Hippie-Hipster Marshmallow Bed :D
I slept really well the first few nights and I am very happy with my purchase. Neck and back problems gone. (I knew my last mattress was too soft.)
Thanks, and I’ll be happy to recommend you to friends and family.
"We finally got our mattress together. It took a week or two to get used to it, but now it's the most comfortable mattress we’ve ever slept on!"
- Dawn from Muncie, IN
A bit more from Dawn: "Honestly, it was more work than we expected to put it together, but then, we are a bit new to some of this (really sedentary jobs and just beginning the transition to "natural"). And then it was really strange the first 10 days or so, and my husband, who doesn't like change, got up and went to another bed the first couple of nights. But then he discovered that his back did better on the buckwheat hulls. After giving it a chance, we never, ever want to go back! Now we both sleep better than we have in years."
We had a great first night's sleep and I love the feel of the buckwheat hull mattress + pillows!
I'm so thankful for your design and creativity! This is a huge game-changer in the world of non-toxic sleep solutions and healthier homes/bodies in general. I can't believe this isn't more mainstream. Why would people choose to sleep on toxic, conventional mattresses when there are more comfortable and affordable alternatives? I want to shout from the rooftops how great your company is -- and believe me, I will be spreading the word!
Katrina from Oakdale CT / New Twist Mattress Kits and custom made pillow inserts, all filled with organic buckwheat hulls
I just wanted to write and tell you how happy my husband and I are with our new twist buckwheat mattress. I didn't realize how poorly we really slept prior to using our new mattress, until now. We are both in our early twenties and used to wake up with lower back pain every morning, which I thought was normal. Since using our buckwheat mattress, neither of us have had any back pain, or toss and turn at night. I can actually fall asleep on my back now, versus my side, and it feels very comfortable.
Thanks to you for creating such a natural, comfortable mattress, we'll be preventing future back problems in the future. I wanted to post this on your website, but I couldn't figure out how. I would love if you could copy and paste this and put it up there! I've told all my co-workers, all of whom are intrigued. One of them is even thinking of getting your mattress topper!
Thanks again, and best wishes for you and your growing business in the future!
- Karen and Kyle from Clinton, Connecticut
- Karen from Soulsbyville, CA
Karen also shared how she altered the design of her mattress by weaving a spare tube down the center and adding 15 extra pounds of hulls!
"Best sleep I have ever had! Thank you!"
- Christine from Jackson, MS / organic muslin topper filled with buckwheat hulls
I wanted to write to say that the Millet Hull pillows are amazing. They are the best pillows in the world. I am ready to tell my family and friends about your shop and this brilliant pillow you've introduced. THANK YOU!
"I have just finished! It's very late but I have left one very happy little girl asleep on your mattress and had to literally drag a very excited little boy off it. I'm really pleased, it could probably be improved and tweaked here and there but for a first go, home alone with two toddlers I think it's pretty good! (luckily the children decided to nap in shifts this afternoon/evening, a rare event!).
This headboard was created by a customer who bought the pdf e-book for the Twist Original design for $39.99. She did all the sewing herself using her own fabric. Instead of using hulls, which would have been too heavy for this vertical application, she used a lightweight pillow filling. Stunning DIY project, I would call it a work of art. Thank you for sharing Latifa from Dubai.
"Now I can't get out of bed in the morning! In all seriousness, this is a wonderful addition to any bed. I was a bit concerned that the buckwheat might noisily shift around, form an uncomfortable sag, or be too hard. After a week, I have found none of the above. Super comfortable, providing a bit of firmness but not hardness and allowing for a good night of deep sleep. Happy customer."
- Sam from Arcata, CA / buckwheat hull mattress topper
Thank you Mavis from Accord, NY for sharing photos of how you personalized your Bed Frame Kit to fit your room!
"Ok, where to start. I googled buckwheat topper and there she was, Lynne (owner of OYEB). She was informative and knowledgeable about what makes a comfortable sleep surface. She gave me prompt responses and updates on her progress. I was not left to guess how things were going. I highly recommend the hulls as substitute for other cushions/toppers. I initially was a bit concern about the pouches not having enough hulls, but Lynne assured me of the right amount. Now I have the topper and her proof. Thank you Lynne."
- Dianna from Watauga, TX / buckwheat hull mattress topper
"Thanks for the mattress..the guide was great! And we really really really like all your products"
- Heather from Spokane WA / Twist Original Kit, the Twist Easy Kit, toppers, and pillow inserts
"Thank you, everything arrived at the right place in a timely manner! I am enjoying using my favorite old sheets again that were not deep enough for my last (traditional) mattress. It's hard to describe how it feels to sleep on the buckwheat - but I am sleeping great, even the first night before the pods were woven together. When it comes time to "un-weave" it for any reason, I'll put it together next in the no-weave style. The weaving was more of a project than I realized - a bit hard on my back. "
- Janice, Keizer OR /Twist Easy, original flower design, in soft woven fabric
"I just want to tell you that I slept on the buckwheat hull mattress topper last night for the first time. I had a wonderful nights sleep. I am very pleased with the quality of the canvas mattress topper and look forward to many more nights of restorative sleep. Thanks so much for making the buckwheat hull mattress possible. You are a true pioneer."
- Donna from Orlando FL / canvas mattress topper filled with buckwheat hulls
"Love my bed!!! Took me 3 hours to put together, was so excited had to post it on FB :) Thanks for creating this!"
-Vanessa from Nevada
I was given a millet hull pillow as a gift. At first, it seemed hard, a little unwieldy. Then I got the right arm positioning and loved it. The filling is like sand at the beach; you move it around and it conforms to you. My husband tried to steal it from me; I kept taking it back. If you read in bed a lot like I do, it is excellent for back support. Make it into a triangle shape (with the wide part at the small of your back) and it props you up. Recently, I was given the ultimate pillow kit (and relegated the millet hull pillow to my husband's side). It's really beautiful material, and the whole thing with the lavender scent is very luxurious and full. It's hard to imagine sleeping with one of those synthetic fiber pillows, ever again.
- Anne from Stone Ridge, NY
"..then we put together the last piece of Avery's all natural mattress! I am very excited about this project because it turned out really comfortable. Here is the mattress all put together and it really is lovely and healthy. I want to thank Open Your Eyes Bedding for this wonderful idea and product! I ended up with wooden slats, a base mattress made out of cotton batting, a wonderful buckwheat hull mattress topper and finally a sheep's wool mattress pad"
- Stacy from South Carolina / Muslin Buckwheat Hull Mattress Topper - now sold as "body pillows" in softer GOTS organic double knit cotton fabric
"Have to say I love the bed. The time it took to put together was totally worth it. I started out just taking naps on it, to get adjusted, but now I sleep the whole night through. Not only is my body comfortable, but my mind can rest easy knowing that I am sleeping on good materials and that it didn't break my bank! I'm planning on upgrading my twin to a king just as soon as I can convince my girlfriend to get on board (she still sleeps on our old latex mattress which now feels floppy and uneven to me). Thanks for a great product and for your quick shipping and customer service. I am recommending your beds to everyone I talk to."
- Matt from Chicago, IL / New Twist Mattress
We are thankful that you shared your creativity with all of us.
- Pat from Bozeman MT / New Twist Mattress
Being a part of the generation of factory-made and potentially toxic products it was a revelation to me at the comfort that comes from a product made from all natural and renewable materials. "
Thank you Lynne! I think we've figured it out. It feels great and everything seems to be secure. I am so glad we made the switch. Thank you for all your help. I love the versatility, this is awesome!
- Laura from Duluth, Minnesota / New Twist King Mattress design
After a while of troubleshooting, I realized I had put my knots in the hull zone instead of outside. I re-did the mattresses and couldn't believe how tight I had made them compared to how they were supposed to be. The mattresses felt amazing last night and exceeded my expectations with how comfortable they were! I'm so glad I was able to troubleshoot and get them fixed. I woke up with absolutely no pain this morning for the first time in a really long while! My husband and son are still sound asleep. :) Thanks so much for your ingenuity!
- Brittany from Grand Rapids, MI / New Twist Mattress
The mattress cover has made an enormous difference for me. I’ve had serious back pain for years, and getting worse until I got your pillow, and I feel there is a real turnaround.
- Maryam from Alberta, Canada / canvas body pillow cover filled with buckwheat hulls
I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with my new mattress! I really enjoyed the assembly and found it so exciting to have a more intimate hand at setting up the mattress. Working with the buckwheat hulls and fabric was very pleasing to the senses, an art project rather than a chore.
Wanted to let you know, I have been using my sample pod as a small pillow and I sleep all night without snoring (or grinding my teeth)!!! Buckwheat hulls ...where have you been all my life?
I am looking forward to ordering more from you soon. I want to make some pillows for Christmas gifts and I will be ordering a kit for queen bed the first of next year. I am telling everyone I know to check out your site, because I believe in this product, and your outstanding customer service. Thank You :)
- Christy from Spring Hope, NC
I have been meaning to get back to you for so long! The bed is amazing!
I’ve been sleeping on my new corner bed since October and love it, plus the freedom of shape has allowed me to make much better use of the space in a small room! I’m excited to see how it will grow and evolve along with me over the next few years. I'm sure it will involve updating my grad school budget frame at some point. : ) Thanks and happy napping,
- Brittany from Tempe, AZ reviewing her New Twist 28 piece kit she assembled into a triangle shape!
We absolutely LOVE the new set up. Everyone slept so good last night!! Thanks,
- Amnee from Kansas City, MO reviewing her King New Twist Mattress
It looks great in the playroom. Thanks!! Love it and especially that we made it.
- Anne from Stone Ridge, NY
I absolutely love the body pillow.
Here it is in its daytime format!
- Marie from Brooklyn, NY
"My husband and I have now gone from the full size original twist bed, to a queen new twist, and now we're upgrading to the king size! We love our bed and even have millet hull pillows."
- Danielle from Portland, Oregon.
What is cool is how she she was able to reuse the all of her original materials as their bed evolved from a Full to a King size! Zero waste, love it.
I just want to send you a huge big thank you for creating your products, and doing so in a way that is affordable and allows the consumer to create the final product based upon their needs/preferences. Thanks!
- Victoria from Jersey City, NJ
Victoria made a base layer for her New Twist mattress from a 1-inch thick coir bed rug which offers extra air flow and the right grip for her pods. She also added a wool topper. Note: we normally do not recommend using a topper but this customer made it her own and found this combination perfect for her!
Thanks for such a great idea! Saw buckwheat hull bed (from Japan) about 30 years ago on TV and have always wanted one! Awesome to sleep on....firm and soft all at once! Hubby just realized and commented that he hasn't had back pain upon waking since we have made this bed! Thanks again!
- Wendi from Ontario, Canada
"About a year and a half ago I made a mattress with your buckwheat hulls combined with wool batting in zippered mattress ticking. It turned out great and I really love sleeping on it." Thanks Lisa from Philadelphia, PA for sharing your DIY mattress design!
Earlier this year I ordered a toddler fabric kit and also 70 lbs of buckwheat to make a decent trial size for the family to test. Our 10 year old loves it! We also got lavender millets and the pillow kit. He is especially enjoying his new pillow. "I sleep so dreamy," he says. The best part about the buckwheat mattress system is being able to "build up over time" like starting with a twin and eventually creating a king! Plus the budget friendly options with shorter tubes and certified or US grown hulls. I think the first kit we ordered was reduced because the fabric wasn't quite to the standards of a regular kit in regards to softness and we also had the option to have those cut to the shorter length, bonus! By saving in one area with shorter fabric you have more leeway to go for say the certified organic hulls or a pillow kit! Also, thanks for better clarifying the difference between the certified and US grown buckwheat. The teenager in our home wasn't to keen on the buckwheat so we are looking into creating him a sleeping area using the materials through The Natural Filling Store! Thanks again for helping us drift off to dreamland with a peaceful heart knowing we are making the right choice for our health and our planet!
- Alecia (from Isle, MN)
Love the pillow! We are experiencing a new kind of sleep! 🏼♥️
Thank you so much. I bought one for my mom too.