Battle Of the Bulge. . . Pillowtops

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Pillowtop Mattresses

Today you can’t go into a bedding department without seeing the new extra thickmattresses.  Just like french fries, beds are being “super sized”.   But what does this mean?

Battle of the Bulge - Pillowtops

Are Thicker Beds Better?

Have the leading brand name mattresses companies invented a new way to build a bed?  In a word, no. They are working hard to provide more of the same:  bigger beds that require different sheets, sometimes even different headboards.  Yet still they are using the same spring construction, with more layers polyurethane foam.  Sometimes they add a layer of latex.  But in order to keep profits up, you will usually find lots of poly-foam going by the name super-soft foam, upholstery layer, extra plush pillowtop or ….. And at first blush, it looks like a million bucks.  But it doesn’t last. And the actual sleep and support is pretty much the same as your old innerspring/poly-foam bed before it started packing down and having body-impressions where you lay.Our beds don’t have pillowtops.  Just 100% organic cotton euro stretch-knit quilted to 1″ wool. Our mattress cover has a 360 degree zipper, allowing you to unzip the top and see the actual components of your mattress.  Nothing hidden.  All quality goods.  And we recommend hanging your cover-top in the sun a couple of times a year.  Sunning will freshen and sanitize your mattress cover, as well as helping to eliminate dust mites.

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam, or poly-foam, is a petroleum product designed to imitate latex derived from the rubber tree (foam rubber).  It weighs about one fourth the weight of latex, and lasts about one fourth as long (3-5 years instead of 20 years for Talatech Latex).  The auto industry loves it.  Cars get more mileage, and they /don’t need it to last more than 5 years without loosing its shape.

Poly-foam is like a sponge.  Because of its open cell structure, every time you move on your bed you are sucking into  the bed  dust, moisture, old skin, pollens and whatever is in the air.  Wool and latex don’t do this.

Dust Mites

There is nothing more frustrating than having a good night’s sleep ruined by the sneezing, coughing, and wheezing caused by bedroom allergies. Chances are you have thought about replacing that expensive down comforter or throwing out those pillows.   According to the latest research, the house dust mite has been found to be one of the most common causes of asthma and allergies in the bedroom.

What are dust mites?dust mite
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live by the millions in your bed. Normal beds provide them with the warmth, humidity and food they need for ideal growth and reproduction. It is the allergens produced by the mites, in the form of waste particles, to which allergic people react. It is these particles, when inhaled, that have been shown to induce allergic reactions, aggravate asthma and can exacerbate the symptoms of child eczema.

Wool doesn’t provide dust mites a place to live.  Its dry, porous nature prevents dust-mites and other allergens from settling in. Latex is naturally resistant to dust mites. Mites don’t like rubber. In addition, latex does not provide a hospitable home for mites.

On the other hand, dust mites like polyurethane foam.  They like it a lot.  It has an open-cell honeycomb structure that provides a perfect apartment complex for mites to live in.  Every time you move on top of polyurethane foam, you compress this sponge like material, as it expands to its original shape, it sucks in dust, old skin, moisture or whatever.  It’s like a little dust mite city with automatic food delivery.  Most companies use polyurethane foam in their mattresses, especially in pillowtops.

The FloCare Clean Mattress

We don’t use any poly-foam for added plushness in our better beds.   Instead, we use wool.  Naturally better.  Our covers are not as “fluffy” as the “high-profile” mattresses sold in many stores, just better.   Our covers unzip, so you can easily hang your mattress-top in the sun.  We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year.  Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex is dust mite resistant.  If you suffer from servere allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum  your mattress components to remove allergens.  That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with the cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.

Real Components Providing a Real Sleep Environment

A good bed has 3 main parts

1) Top Cover
Cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our cover is made of 100% Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to 1″ Organic Wool. Wool is a natural bedding wonder. It breathes well. On a hot night it will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like it. It springs back to its natural spring shape. The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

2) Pressure Relief–
Under the cover comes the 100% Latex FloCare Comfort Pad made up of a 2″ convoluted latex pad.  This spans the whole bed and contours to your body, eliminating pressure points. The one piece topper also makes it so you will not feel the individual cores below.

3) Support Cores
The main part of a bed is the core…the component that actually does all the heavy lifting.

In our Latex mattress we use 100% Latex cores designed to support the person sleeping above. Since most couples have different weights and different spinal support needs, the FloCare Latex Mattress customizes each half of the bed to the proper firmness.   In addition to our 100 Day Money Back Guarantee we offer a Goldilocks Firmness Guarantee.  We will send you a softer or firmer core if you need it.

And that’s it.  You don’t need a pillow-top.  You don’t need another 5″ of mattress.  Its just fluff.

 

FloBeds visits Latex Supplier Talalay Global

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Visit to Talalay Global (formally Latex International) in Connecticut

Dave visits Latex International again in 2009 and checks out the plant!
This company provides FloBeds with the ingedients to make the best talalay latex mattress in the world.

Dave report to work

Reporting to work.

You, Robot... over here!

Hey you, Robot… over here!

Robot, reporting for duty...

Lets make an Extra Firm Core.

Robot goes to work

Nice and smooth… easy now.

Looking Good

Nice work, if I don’t say so myself.

VP Kevin congratulates Dave on making a great mattress

VP Kevin Stein
congratulates me on my great Mattress!

Dave makes a core

Oh! I just love this stuff!

vZone Latex Mattress

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vZone Latex Mattress

In addition to the top to bottom & side to side customization of our Select & Deluxe models, the vZone features head to toe adjustable zoning to provide pressure point relief for hips and shoulders as well as additinoal lumbar support. With the Posture vZone, your Talalay latex mattress is customized and adjustable in every direction! Pain Relief in Bed!

vZone Mattress vZone Medium
vZone Firm
vZone Medium Pain and Relief in Bed

Care of your Organic Cotton & Wool Mattress cover

Organic Wool - Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally
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FloBed Covers

You can’t judge a mattress by its cover…
but it’s a good place to start!

FloBeds cares what you surround yourself in. That’s why we use the best materials we can procure in our Latex Mattress Line.

Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to one inch Pure Wool

cotton and wool - the best cover we know how to make

Cotton Euro Knit quilted to Wool on all 6 sides… Top, Bottom and 4 sides

Pure Wool is quilted into every FloBeds Latex Mattress.

You can’t see it, but you will appreciate it.

A cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our covers are made of Organic Cotton European Stretch Knits quilted to Organic Natural Wool, a bedding wonder. Wool breathes well and on a hot night and will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like wool. Wool springs back to its natural shape. We don’t use any poly-foam in our covers because it breaks down in 4 or 5 years, it sucks in dust and moisture, and it doesn’t breath. We don’t use a pillow-top in our beds.  The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

What to look for in your mattress cover:

  • Organic Cotton surface.
  • Stretch knit to allow mattress to conform to your body
  • Top of cover should not be pulled tight, creating “hamock effect”
  • Natural Wool to provide air circulation
  • Natural Wool to wick away moisture (we all throw off water water when we sleep)
  • Chemical Free (most companies use chemicals to meet Federal Fire standards… FloBeds was the first to use only wool!)
  • Quality… Your cover should fit snug and be well tailored

cotton is so nice
Patrick and his sheep

Certified Pure, Chemical Free Mattress

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Mattresses so pure, you can rest assured!

You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. FloBeds has. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool. Solid Ponderosa Pine builds up our slat foundations, FCS certified of course. You deserve the best in your latex mattress.

Milk from Rubber Tree for Pure Latex Rubber

Natural Latex

made from the milk of the Rubber Tree… 100% natural.
Certification – Oeko-Tex Natural Talalay
Our Talalay latex mattress is baby-safe, buoyant, and breathable.

Organic Cotton Euro Stretch Knit Cover

Organic Cotton

Luxurious Euro Stretch Knit. And even then, since it is next to your body, we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.
GOTS Organic Cotton Certificate

Organic Wool from Healthy Sheep raised outdoors

Organic Wool

healthy sheep Plein-Air raised outdoors… organically. Wool is how we pass the Federal Open Flame Test (most companies use chemicals or artificial components).
GOTS Organic Wool Certificate

Ponderosa Pine FSC supports FloBeds

FSC Pine

We use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Ponderosa Pine in our foundations.
FSC Certification

Oeko-Tex Certified

Oeko-Tex Flag Certificates of purity:
See our Oeko-Tex Certificates
. Find out more about Oeko-Tex. The organization is looked to world-wide for assuring the human ecological safety in regards to textile related products.

Find also our Organic Certifications on this page.

Vegan Mattress by FloBeds Chemical Free Natural Latex with Organic Cotton

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Vegan Mattress: Organic Cotton Natural Latex


spaceOrganic Cotton where it counts most… next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals. Our cover is a luxurious soft 2-ply Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to more organic cotton for breathability. This is our Vegan latex line.

In our Vegan Line, we have eliminated the wool in our cover which we use to meet Federal Fire Resistant standards. Our Vegan customers will need to have a doctors prescription so we can make your mattresses with out the wool.

Good for you… Good for the whole world.

natural latex under organic cotton and wool

FloBeds Natural Latex is certified pure. No petro-chemicals. Just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. Conforms to your body naturally. Caressing every curve. Supporting where you need support. The FloBeds Organic Cotton Natural Latex mattress is personalized for your body… and your partner’s. Each side can be personalized from soft to extra firm. FloBeds 100% Natural Latex is biodegradable and it is Oekotex Certified

Good for you… Good for the whole world.Forest Sustainability Councilsustainable pine and birch in foundation

FloBeds foundations are made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.

Latex Mattress ships in 2 Boxes

Smart Packaging saves on resources. A King Size FloBed Mattress ships in two UPS cartons. Mattress and Foundation ships via UPS in just 4 cartons. Save fuel and trees. The FloBeds Factory-Direct-to-You business model further saves fuel and distribution costs.

2 latex cores and cover coming out of boxrecycle green mattress: latex, woo, cotton

Easy to recycle. Every part of a Green FloBeds Mattress and Foundation is 100% recyclable and biodegradable (Cotton, Latex and Pine). And if you choose our wood legs, the entire bed is made of natural compostable materials.

FloBeds Green Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.

cotton and latex and pine... that's all!

Follow this link to see our line of:

Vegan Natural Mattresses

Englander Mattress compared with FloBeds Latex Mattress

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Englander Mattress compared with
FloBeds Latex Mattress

(note: every FloBed is a Talalay Latex Mattress:)Quoted from a site with Englander Latex Mattresses:
(our comments in Blue-Green)

Latex Mattress

Our latex inner unit is the same one that is used in all of Englander’s latex mattresses sold in the Pacific Northwest. It is 100% pure latex. The ticking is a 60% cotton blend to allow for breathability. The ticking is quilted to polyester fiber and a thin layer of polyurethane foam to provide a deep pattern.

This polyurethane foam acts to stop air flow and maintain heat.  Poly-foam looks
like a million bucks when quilted, but doesn’t last or breath….and harbors dust mites.

We also put a layer of fiber pad over the latex unit so that the mattress retains a nice “crowned” look. This prevents the bed from looking blocky when made up with sheets, blankets and comforter. However;some other makers use a latex / synthetic blend. We feel that 100% pure natural latex is superior to blends of synthetic latex. Natural latex is more resilient than blends, thus, it will bounce back to its original shape for many years of sleeping comfort.

All FloBeds FloCare latex mattresses are made made with Talalay Latex.
Latex International’s flagship product, Talatech Latex, is a blend of 30% natural rubber and 70% synthetic rubber. Our 100% Natual Latex System is now also made by Latex International with the Talalay process. FloBeds Natural Latex is produced using no fillers or shortcuts. It is made from 100% Latex Rubber from the Rubber Tree.Then it is poured into the latex mold..  A vacuum is applied to the mold to remove air pockets.Flash freezing insures consistency and will allow the Talatech Latexto be made in variations of softness and  firmness unequaled by any other latex manufacturer in the world.(From 4ild to 70 ild…our beds range from 20ild to 40ild)Then it’s heated and cured which gives the latex a lifetime of support and durability.A five stage washer removes any residue.  It takes 3 to 4 hours to make a latex mattress core.

The Latex core is made with pincore construction which helps keeps the mattress cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The density of our latex foam is an impressive 3.4 lbs./cu.ft. There are 3 important reasons for this heavy density. They are:

1. Long life. We expect this bed to have a 15-20 year service life. The more material, the greater the life.

2. Exceptional comfort and support. Foam that is less dense must be made stiffer to prevent full compression, or a feeling of sinking deeply into the surface. Stiffer, low density foam is less comfortable and breaks down quickly.

3. Our Englander Latex Mattress is designed to be a premium, t-op of the line
mattress. When we designed this bed, the goal was to make the best, not achieve a certain price. We have achieved our goal.  Latex foam unlike polyurethane foam, is poured into a mold that is the product endshape and simply dries. Polyurethane foam is poured onto a large -table and then rises to form a “bun” that is then cut into several finished foam products.

Natural latex foam compresses differently than poly foam. Latex compresses
throughout its entire structure as weight is applied. This equally distributes the
mechanical burden of compression and creates a soft surface with underlying
support. Most poly foam compresses from the surface, with interior compression
occurring only under extreme load. This means that the surface foam does most of
the work and is subject to wear. The bottom line in foam is that the greater the
density, the longer the foam will last. Natural latex can be made very dense and, sinceit compresses through its full length, is still very comfortable.

I mentioned that our latex mattress has a density of 3.4 lbs./cu.ft. To determine this
we actually measured and weighed a foam piece to calculate density. Since our
Englander Latex Mattress features pincore construction (the latex unit is pierced with a series of pencil diameter holes to enhance breathability), the actual material density is somewhat greater.

Flobeds Organic Latex Mattresses

Once Upon a $20,000 Mattress

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February 8, 2004, Sunday
MONEY AND BUSINESS/FINANCIAL DESKPersonal Business

Not a Fairy Tale:
Once Upon a $20,000 Mattress

By ELIZABETH OLSON (NYT) 1336 words

FORGET about $6,000 shower curtains. If you are really looking to splurge, how about an ultraluxurious mattress?
Last summer, Evette White decided on a king-size model from Hypnos of Britain, which has been supplying beds for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family for four decades. How much did it set her back? Mrs. White would disclose only that it was at least $10,000. But she said she and her husband, Timothy, 42, thought it was well worth it.

”I had just gotten a new Volvo Cross Country, and it cost a lot — $40,000 to $50,000 — but I only spend a couple of hours in it each day,” said Mrs. White, 38, who is a partner in a marketing firm in Nashville. ”We’re spending six to eight hours sleeping every night, and I realized it is kind of silly that we don’t spend more for our mattress.”

Make that mattresses. Mrs. White says she also bought Hypnos twin mattresses for each of her three children.

A growing number of consumers are reaching similar conclusions. Some are spending as much as $20,000 for mattresses made by hand from materials like imported lamb’s wool, cashmere and silk. Behind the trend, industry experts say, are the aging baby boomers, who have a penchant for luxury products anyway and who often struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Some have become accustomed to high-end beds after staying in luxury hotels, industry experts say.

”As you age, you tend to have more aches and pains, and you gain more weight,” said Nancy Blatt, a spokeswoman for the International Sleep Products Association in Alexandria, Va. ”Higher-quality bedding becomes more important. We know from the manufacturers that people are buying bigger and better bedding.”

Although the trade group has not yet compiled statistics for 2003, Ms. Blatt said that in 2002, about 17 percent of consumers spent $1,000 to $2,000 on mattress and box-spring sets, up from 14 percent in 2001 and 13 percent in 2000. (The average price paid for a mattress in 2002 was $600, she said.) Only 3 percent spent more than $2,000 in 2002, up from around 2 percent the previous year, Ms. Blatt said. But even those numbers are significant, she added, because manufacturers sell an estimated 73,000 mattresses daily in the United States.

OVERSEAS makers of high-end mattresses have been expanding their presence in the United States. Hypnos, a family-owned company based in Princes Risborough, England (866749-7667 or www.hypnos.ltd.uk), set up offices in Franklin, Tenn., south of Nashville, about 18 months ago. In a factory in Gallatin, Tenn., northeast of Nashville, a team of workers makes the Royal Comfort line of mattress and box spring sets by hand. The line was sold initially through some upscale stores, but last October, Hypnos also began selling its products through the Mattress Warehouse chain in some Maryland and Virginia stores.

The VI-Spring Company of Plymouth, England (www.vispring.co.uk), which has furnished mattresses to luxury ocean liners since 1901, began selling its handmade beds in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Los Angeles in recent years. And two t-op Swedish brands, Dux (www.duxbed.com), of Trelleborg, and Hastens Beds (www.hastens.se), of Koping, are also more widely available.

Stefan Peters, the marketing director for Dux, a family-owned company with 35 Duxiana stores in the United States, says that American sales and the number of American stores have doubled in the last six years. He declined to provide specific sales numbers.

Luxury mattress makers in the United States also report an increase in demand.

Shifman Mattress, a Newark company that sells its products through Bloomingdale’s and high-end furniture outlets (www.shifmanmattresses.com), says sales have risen by an average of 19 percent a year for the last 16 years. The company is expanding production through an addition to its factory that is to be completed this summer. It takes about a dozen people 8 1/2 to 12 1/2 hours to make a queen-size mattress, the company says; each bed is stuffed with fine cotton processed by the company and is tufted by hand. Its top-of-the-line king-size model goes for about $12,000.

James P. Ross, a vice president for marketing at Stearns & Foster, the luxury brand of Sealy (www.sealy.com), which is based in Trinity, N.C., says Stearns & Foster now turns out more than 650,000 mattresses and box springs a year, up from 120,000 a decade ago. Stearns & Foster mattresses are priced from $1,000 to $5,000 for a queen-size version and up to $6,000 for a king-size set.

Mr. Ross said the company began to notice a change in consumer buying habits in 1996, when thicker, pillow-t-op mattresses started gaining popularity. ”The market began exploding as baby boomers hit their peak spending years,” he said. ”People are building huge houses with bigger bedrooms, and they are also installing wider staircases, which has made buying bigger mattresses more practical.”

”The new players,” he added, ”are building awareness of the upper end of the market.”

Buyers are drawn to the companies’ assertions that these mattresses are more comfortable, and more hypoallergenic, than ordinary, less expensive versions. But are they really worth the $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 that some people spend?

Some customers think so. Mrs. White said she and her husband had quickly noticed the advantages of the Hypnos over other mattresses. ”It’s like buying clothes off the rack versus custom-made,” she said.

Dr. Scott D. Boden, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and the director of the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta, says that there is ”no one perfect mattress” for everyone. What one person may find comfortable, another may not, even among the high-end products, he said.

A study published last year in The Lancet, a British medical journal, said that, contrary to some common advice, mattresses with medium firmness were generally more beneficial to people with chronic back pain than the firmest ones. But Dr. Boden said the ideal mattress was one that could ”adjust the firmness, rather than committing to one firmness.” Among the companies that offer adjustable firmness are Dux and Select Comfort of Minneapolis. Select Comfort’s king-size models sell for $3,300 (www.selectcomfort.com). (editors note: And of course FloBeds latex and memory foam mattresses.)

OF course, mattress buyers will not know whether they have found the right fit until they have had a chance to try a bed out for awhile.

In its new Manhattan store in Union Square, Dux installed two sleeping chambers — with lights that dim and surround-sound stereo — for customers to do just that. Each room is equipped with the company’s three Dux Bed models, including its t-op version, called the 7007, with three layers of springs; a king-size version costs $9,070. The mattresses are made up with linens and Dux pillows.

”We built the rooms because we often heard, ‘This feels great, but you don’t really know what it’s like to sleep in,”’ said Stephen Pino, the store manager.

Jan F. Geniesse, 38, a mother of two from Manhattan, recently used one of the sleeping chambers. ”I slipped off my shoes and got into the bed,” she said. ”I fell asleep right away. When I got up, I said, ‘This is it.”’ She said she had slept for about 10 minutes.

After spending $8,000 on a queen-size 7007 model (including pillows) with its three layers of springs, including a t-op layer that can be unzipped and the coils readjusted, ”my husband says we’re mattress-poor,” she said. ”Every night, though, when we get into bed, we say, ‘Ah, this is the best investment we’ve made.”’

Stephen Pino, manager of a Duxiana store at Union Square in Manhattan, with a $4,000 to $6,500 mattress. The store has two sleeping chambers for customer tryouts. (Photo by G.Paul Burnett/The New York Times)

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Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

Somma Style Controlled Cylinder Flotation

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FloBeds Somma Style Positive Control Flotation

After offering waterbeds since 1971, this was the last water based system we offered. We made it so it was convertible to 100% Talalay Latex. Most of our customers chose to go all latex… and we finally said goodbye to water:) Latex has the same natural pressure relieving qualities, without the hassle. See which latex mattress is right for you.

Go ahead... make my bed!

 

How we made our last FloBeds Flotation system

 

Positve Control
Cylinder
Positive Control Cylinder flotation mattress.

The original Somma was a drop top design with 3 inches foam in the top. When Land and Sky purchased the Somma tradename they modified the design. A few years later Halcyon purchased the flotation business from Land and Sky and the Somma design was one more step removed from the original design.
Our customers were not looking for the cheapest tube bed, but one that felt as good as the original Somma waterbed. We decided we needed to make our own (we already make latex and memory foam mattresses). This is the design we feel will give the best Somma feel and because we have used 100% latex foam rubber in the design it will outlast the original Somma Flotation Mattress.

somma flotation mattress
  • Adjustable His/Her cylinder firmness.
  • Belgium Damask cover quilted to Northern Californa Shasta Wool.
  • 2″ convoluted latex. (2-1/2″ memory foam is used in the Memory Somma)
  • 2″ Zoned Latex (for lumbar support and shoulder relief)
  • Dual contour safety liners protect mattress and contain water in case of spill

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Why FloCare Flotation Mattress?

Because water naturally yields to the weight and contours of the body,
FloCare’s flotation mattresses effortlessly cradle and caress every curve.
Sleep-disruptive pressure points are eliminated, allowing the body to rest naturally…in deep, soothing comfort.

 

dead bed A conventional mattress crates pressure points
on those areas of greatest weight concentration.
space FloCare flotation mattresses and Latex Mattresses conform to the body’s exact shape, providing total support and eliminating uncomfortable pressure points.

 

 

Built on the Mendocino Coast… shipped worldwide

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How did FloBeds begin to make natural latex mattresses in Northern California?

And for best foundation in a supporting role… the FloBed slatted foundations (Euro, Fir and Pine). Build like a house, our foundations rely on positive wood on wood support (solid FSC certified ponderosa pine). We use twice as much wood in our foundations… but as they say: “It starts with a good foundation.”

We try and keep it simple, source out only the best materials.

 

 

 

Natural Talalay Latex
Organic Cotton
Organic Wool
FSC Certified Ponderosa Pine

How we do it:

We build it for you.

Ship the product direct to you.

Then, simply stand behind our product and back it up with real service.

No middlemen!

Dave tells the story below: