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Open Your Eyes Bedding



The only way to really know what is in your mattress is to make it yourself.

We here at OpenYourEyesBedding.com have designed an easy way to make your own organic buckwheat hull mattresses, hull filled pillows and Pure Bond (no added formaldehyde) plywood bedframes.

Our kits are no-sew so you do not need any special skills or tools.  

A hull mattress is fairly firm and the comfort comes from the hulls ability to shift and contour to your body for continuous support.

A hull mattress may not be for everyone but check out our reviews and FAQ to see if making your own mattress is the right choice for you.  

Feel free to reach out to us through our site's contact form if you have any questions!  

PIE Only members get a special discount HERE

Open Your Eyes Bedding

 
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I have looked into these beds and really really want one.

I built myself a pair of buckwheat hull pillows to try out the feel and it is excellent. They have a lovely weight and solidity, while also moulding perfectly into what ever shape you want. I have back and neck issues, and was for ever beating up and folding conventional pillows to get them to support my head. Not any more.

The hulls have been compared to a beanbag, but this doesn't seem to be a fair comparison. My experience of bean bags is that the beans inside flow and move very easily. If you used them as a pillow, even a slight move of the head would end up with you losing support. The buckwheat hulls seem to lock together a bit due to their shape so while you can easily mold them to what ever shap you need, they also stay firm and supportive.
 
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Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with sleeping on buckwheat hulls.  You are spot on how you describe the difference between beanbag pellets and hulls. The Mattress Underground forum described our mattress "beanbag-like" because that is only what they imagined it would be like (they never felt our mattress) and that always bothered me! Would you mind if I quote you on our site? I think it is good to understand this difference.  We do ship our kit fabric to the UK often and we have lots of kit fabric on clearance right now to offset the shipping costs.  Reach out to me through our contact form if you would ever like a shipping quote.  
 
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Oooh. Fabric on clearance, right before xmas? I'll be in touch

And yes, please do quote me!
 
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Question

How are these mattresses when used directly on the floor, instead of on a frame?
 
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They are fine on the floor (lots of airflow throughout) but you will want to put something down (thin rug or a wool blanket) below to add some grip.  You would not want to put this mattress on a slick polished wood floor for example as the pods will want to slide apart.  

Send me your full shipping address and the size kit you would like to me on the contact link below and I will send you a shipping quote.  

https://openyoureyesbedding.com/pages/contact-us
 
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I have ordered the kit, and the hulls today. I'll definitely be posting photos and some updates as we build it, and as we get used to sleeping on it. My wife is a little concerned, but she isn't the one with the bad back!
 
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Thanks for your order Mike (your kit will ship today) and I hope it will help your back.

Most of our reviewers mention reduced back pain + better sleep. I no longer have back pain and my husband has a fused spine from a rock climbing fall and a hull mattress works well for him too.

The benefit to a modular mattress is that, if for some reason it does not work for one partner, their side could be switched out to another style mattress, especially for a King mattress that is basically the size of two long twin mattresses.  Glad your wife is open to giving it a try!

Thanks for sharing your progress here and please let me know if you need any help along the way.

 
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We have an older memory foam mattress that she still loves, but it now sags too much for me. We'll have to see how it goes. I do like the idea of a half-and-half bed though. We have a single memory foam that should could use on her side. She isn't a fan of the pillows I made, but I think that is because I made them too fat for her, but they are just right for holding my neck and head when I side sleep. I have pretty broad shoulders, so need a thick and supportive pillow.
 
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