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« on: September 30, 2005 11:51:01 AM »

we bought a futon a year ago and the mattress is so thin i can feel the wood when i sit on it....so i want to get a new mattress but they're so stinkin' expensive. i was thinking of just getting those foam mattress pads and sandwiching the old mattress then just sewing together a new cover for it. would that work? or would i just be making a big fire hazard? any other suggestions? we don't sleep on it much, just want to cushion my tush while i watch csi  Wink
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2005 06:16:17 AM »

It might work well as a mattress, but folding it to futon position might create some problems, and it might not hold the shape.You could use pillows to sit on, maybe? I will try to look up some other sites and see what I can come up with.
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2005 09:12:54 AM »

i have a futon, too. here's what i din, though it might require some investment.

i got one of those egg crate things- you know the sort we all took one to college. then i pinned it on wth a couple of saftey pins directly to the mattress. you could also use a few quick stitches to accomplish this.

then i purchased a futon cover from wal-mart (no actually, my mom did as a housewarming gift) and i put the cover right over the mattress and egg crate. it really improves the futo quite a lot.

of course if you've already got a cover you don't need a new one. as for using sheets to make a new cover. i've considered it, but it just seems a bigger p.i.a. than it's reward.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2005 01:39:54 PM »

WOW! that's an issue that i'm dealing with right now. i was thinking of using the egg crate foam. thanks for the info...even though i wasn't the one that asked!

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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2005 06:35:27 AM »

thanks all, i think i will do the eggcrate thing also. i was at joann's awhile back and they had large pieces of foam, seemed like it might be a little more firm also....plus supposedly fire retardant unlike the egg crates, so maybe the same concept would work for that....
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2005 07:08:18 AM »

We, too, suffer from thin futon mattress syndrome...  We managed to alleviate most of the bar in the tush problme by purchasing and cutting pieces of that thin wood-like product pegboard (you know, the stuff that hangs in most workshops with tools hanging from it) is made from.  We put a piece under each side so when people do sleep on it, they don't wake up with grill marks up and down their bodies.  Hasn't helped the thin mattress but it became much more livable once the bars couldn't be felt.  Good luck!
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2005 07:23:47 AM »

hey, that is a good idea. makes it into almost a platform bed.

mine became more tolerable with the egg crate, but not so comfy that my then 5 yo nephew was satisfied. "um auntie? your couch isn't really very comfortable." he informed me when he visited my place for the first time. it still makes me giggle.

i also put a collection of quilts and electric comforters on the bench part, and this helps a bit too. of course the electric comforter people specifically say don't use it this way, but lets face it, we live on the edge, and the heat bills this winter are going to be hair rasing!

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