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A Good Mattress to Accommodate a 280 Lb. Man.

Kelly writes:

Hi Pete,

We are looking for a recommendation for a good mattress to accommodate a man that is 6’5″ and 280 lbs.

After doing some research, I understand that an interlocked coil unit is the strongest.

The surface needs to be soft enough for my sensitive hip and his broad shoulders. He’s a body builder who prefers to sleep on his side.

We’ve been through a few mattresses over recent years and I want to make sure that this one will last a while.

I want to be clear. The mattress you recommend much not have any memory foam in it.

I look forward to your reply.

Thanks, Kelly 

Hi Kelly,

Here is the information I promised you, earlier today.

First, is a two sided mattress that is made using an interlocking coil unit.

The upholstery is standard polyurethane foam…and containing no memory foam.

The model is the Tulah in Firm


Wolf Tulah Two-sided Mattress

Old Fashioned made Two Sided Mattress that you can flip. Strong coil unit and NO Memory Foam. Durable for Plus Sized People. Works with Adjustable Bed Bases.

It’s a strong coil unit, and will hold up to a person as large as your husband.But, it isn’t the least bit comfortable. So, you’ll add to this, a 3″ Soft Latex topper…which will provide the surface comfort you want and need to sleep deeply, and without pressure point pain.

What’s more, latex is thee most resilient upholstery material and will remain like new, resisting body impressions, for many years.

I suggest the 3″ Soft Dunlop Latex…shown here:


Vytex Dunlop Latex Mattress Topper

Vytex Dunlop Latex Topper

Soften the surface of a too firm mattress. Insulate yourself from the memory foam in your mattress to Sleep Cool. Extend the comfort life of your mattress.

Then, there’s the mattress we use at home….with each of us in the 225 lb range…me, with lots of disc related back problems, and my wife with a very sensitive hip.This uses a pocketed coil unit, which is made of double tempered steel…much stronger than most other of the same type. Simmons Beautyrest, for instance, is the exact same coil system, but the coils are made of raw steel…not tempered at all.

Also, this mattress is upholstered with natural latex and does not require a separate latex topper.

We have had ours for more than a year. It’s the best bed we’ve ever tested at home…providing excellent support and comfort…and, showing no body impressions.

The mattress is made in Canada, using all natural components made in the US.

Here is a link to that mattress:


Natura Greenspring Liberty Eurotop Latex Hybrid Mattress

Experience deeper, more restorative sleep with the Liberty Plush Euro Top Mattress…(aka Laurel). Lush helpings of natural ingredients come together with a foam …

A side benefit of the pocketed coil, is that you don’t feel each other move in the mattress.

The interlocked coil has lots of bounce and you can feel every move.
However, the latex topper will reduce that to some degree.
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Thanks, Pete

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