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Latex Mattresses

Latex comes from rubber trees.

Rubber trees grow within about 15 degrees of the equator in some of the best-managed forest systems in the world. Therefore, natural latex is very eco-friendly. From the sap of these trees, we make our botanical latex mattress cores. Latex mattresses aren’t subject to the body impression issues that you find in polyurethane foam, memory foam (which is also polyurethane), or synthetic versions of latex.

Botanical latex cores are the most durable mattress materials available. The process is renewable, sustainable and nontoxic, creating a product that is hypoallergenic, temperature regulating and is terrific for pressure point relief. The Dunlop process for curing latex, the process most technically similar to our own, has been around for over 80 years. It’s extremely durable and creates the most consistent-feeling, longest lasting mattress cores.

Top Three Reasons to shop Bedrooms & More

  1. Bedrooms & More carries only natural, botanical latex mattresses made in the Pacific Northwest, containing support cores that will never off gas and are non-toxic.
  2. Bedrooms & More has the largest selection of botanically natural latex mattresses in the Seattle region leading the market in providing chemically free sleep environments.
  3. Bedrooms & More is staffed with botanical latex mattress experts and has been for the last 28 years.

Botanically natural latex comes from the milk of the rubber tree. Rubber trees grow best in regions that are within 10 degrees of the equator. Most of todays botanical latex production comes out of Southeast Asia from some of the best managed forest systems in the world. Milk from the rubber tree is turned into finished materials by one of three processes. At Bedrooms & More we select cores made by the tried & true Dunlop process, which has been around for 80 years, for all of our botanical latex mattresses. The Dunlop process is very eco-friendly and produces cores that may last 20 years or longer if they are properly maintained. This is in sharp contrast to the body impression issues that you find in mattresses with a high content of polyurethane foam, memory foam, synthetic latex, or Talalay processed latex.

Synthetic latex is an attempt to recreate the benefits of natural foam by combining four laboratory chemicals. This is a lower cost alternative to botanically natural latex but is not as durable as real latex. It develops impressions, much like polyurethane foam, and is not produced from a renewable source.

Another type of latex combines both synthetic and natural latex and is, aptly, called blended latex or, in some stores, "Natural" latex. Blended latex is less expensive than botanical latex, but, as you would expect, more expensive than synthetic rubber. It also happens to be less durable than botanically natural latex, but more durable than all synthetic latex. Blended latex comes in many different ratios ranging from 3% synthetic and 97% botanical to almost all 100% synthetic. It is our feeling that any latex core with more than 70% synthetic latex content should be considered to be in a category closer to polyurethane foam with regards to deterioration and body impressions than it is to the botanical latex category.

It is hard to find a mattress these days that does not include off-gassing materials. Fortunately, mattresses with botanical latex rubber cores are a great option, and really the only option, if you are looking for a mattress of this type. However, you need to be careful because not all mattresses referred to as latex mattresses include only latex. Mattresses that use latex foam will often be combined with polyurethane foam layers, or even memory foam layers. For example, what is commonly referred to as an 8” latex mattress may not necessarily be 8” of all latex. Those 8" "latex mattresses" may have only 2” of latex laminated to a polyurethane foam core. Obviously this practice is highly disingenuous, but nonetheless is the road manufacturers and retailers have chosen to go down. This means that when you are shopping, it is a good idea to verify the components of a mattress that you are considering. It is perfectly permissible to ask to see the manufacturer's spec sheet or check the law label. After all, it is your money and you have a right to make sure that you will get what you expect to get.