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How to Identify Botanical Latex versus Synthetic Latex

Botanical vs. Synthetic Latex


You may have heard the radio commercials or seen the print ads that say, “Get a Latex Mattress! In a box! Shipped right to your house! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!”

Sounds great, right? But be careful, not all mattresses marketed as latex are actually just latex. Many of them are synthetic latex, containing potentially harmful chemical compounds that off-gas. Not to mention, synthetic latex mattresses won’t last for more than a few years.

You pay for the experience of unboxing a ‘latex mattress,’ but then you really pay for it later down the road, in the form of headaches, aches and pains, restless sleep, and another sizable investment when you have to replace the mattress way too soon. 

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past couple years, no doubt you know my aversion to synthetic latex, also known as Styrene Butadiene or SBR.

How to know if the mattress you’re looking at is real or synthetic latex

As a consumer, being tricked into buying fake latex is easy. Consumers largely rely on a salesperson to represent their product honestly. Unfortunately, the salesperson may not know the true answers to the hard questions. Often, they only retell the customers what management’s said or told them. 

So here are some hints on how to check for yourself:

To recognize synthetic and blended latex, look at the latex sample provided in the store as a demo.

Signs the ‘latex’ you’re looking at might be Styrene Butadiene (SBR):

  • Yellows with age. 
  • Crumbles with age.
  • Easily tears and pulls apart, particularly on the sides of the sample.
  • Retains a chemical smell for many months after production. 

How to tell if the “latex” mattress is really only a layer of latex laminated to polyurethane foam:

  • Bend the mattress — an all-latex mattress will fold in half easily.
  • Look on the law label for the contents by percentage — unfortunately, the latex listed will not specify whether it is botanical or synthetic.
  • Smell the mattress — if you are odor-sensitive, you’ll notice the chemical smell.
  • Lift the mattress — this is sometimes helpful as latex is heavier than most synthetics.
  • Feel the mattress through the sides — you may be able to feel the transition points for the layers. Plus, poly foam feels noticeably different than latex.

Hopefully some of these tips will help in ensuring that you get the real thing: a real botanical latex mattress that will give you better sleep, stay durable and supportive, and feel truly comfortable.

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New “Dual System Headboards”

We are in the process of changing many of our headboards to be both “K Series” and “P Series” capable. The headboards will have both sets of holes for using either way. The new headboards will be marked “Dual System Headboard” on the boxes. This process will take time for all sizes and finishes to be available and will be gradual, as the new versions come in and the old version get depleted. We are telling you now so that you can be aware of what the “Dual System Headboard” terminology means when you see it on the box or in our catalog. The list of headboards that will be switched to the new “Dual System” are listed below. Of course, you will need to order the correct rails and footboards depending on whether the customer wants “K” or “P” Series. The new “K Series” height allows for the use of the bigger bunk bed drawers and/or trundle and “K Series” footboards already have the privacy panel built in. We are also making the Folding Footboard Bench Footboard “Dual System”. If you need one of the new items to be “Dual System” (for “K Series”), you will need to specifically request it until all old versions are gone, to make sure you get the new version.

Spices Bed Rails & Accessories Compatibility

 K-Series RailsP-Series Rails
Dual-System Headboard Matching Accessories Matching Accessories
Blackpepper Bed Dual-Systemtick
  • K-Series Basic Footboard
  • Folding Footboard Bench
  • Cinnamon Drawers
  • Cinnamon Trundle Bed
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  • P-Series Basic Footboard
  • Footboard Panel
  • Folding Footboard Bench
  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
Chameleon Bed Dual-System
Nutmeg Bed Dual-System
Rosemary Dual-System
Solstice Bed Dual-System
Tamarind Bed Dual-System
Folding Footboard Bench Dual-System Footboardtick
  • Cinnamon Drawers
  • Cinnamon Trundle Bed
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  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
 
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Other Spices Headboards Matching Accessories Matching Accessories
Basic Footboard (P-Series) To form a Basic Bedcross tick
  • Footboard Panel
  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
Coriander Bedcross tick
  • P-Series Basic Footboard
  • Footboard Panel
  • Folding Footboard Bench
  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
Saffron Bed
Thyme Bed
Laurel Bedcross tick
  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
K-Series Basic Footboard To form a Basic Bedtick
  • Cinnamon Drawers
  • Cinnamon Trundle Bed
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Jasmine Bedtick
  • K-Series Basic Footboard
  • Folding Footboard Bench
  • Cinnamon Drawers
  • Cinnamon Trundle Bed
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Sandpiper Bed
Vanilla Bed
Ginger Captain’s Bedtick
  • Rolling Bucket Drawers
  • Captain’s Trundle Bed
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Carmel BedcrossNote: Carmel Bed has its own matching rails.

  • Premium Collection Futon Drawers
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