Layered Felt Bed 101


You can create the best mattress in the world by stacking the felts to get the needed thickness underneath you, and placed on a closely slatted bed frame.  (We recommend 1” spacing between 2.5 “ wooden slats)

Wool felts feel wonderfully supportive and firm, yet yielding, and can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting felts according to one’s needs.  For additional ‘give’, slats can be padded with 2 inch latex strips (these are glued to the slat using non-toxic glue).  The latex padded slats reduces the number of felts needed to provide sufficient ‘give’ while only a minimal amount of latex is used.  The latex can be protected with cotton or wool sleeves (wool is better because of it’s resistance to molding.)

How Many Felt Layers is enough?

This depends on whether you use latex padded slats or bare slats.  With latex padded slats, we recommend stacking 4 to 6 bed felt layers. With bare slats, we recommend 8-10 bed felts. More can be added if needed. Why is a firm bed best?

Tatami mats or straw matting on top of your frame can also reduce the number of felts needed.

The top felt is the protection layer. It requires more care, especially when sleeping right on the felt with no sheet.  Little woolen pillings begin to form wherever your body is directly moving/rubbing against the wool.  The pillings can easily be picked off while sitting on them (makes for good contemplation time).

Personally, I love sleeping directly on felt. It seems to lull me right to sleep and feels very comforting.

Multiple Felts for layered mattress

To create a layered felt mattress, simply stack the felts on top of each other. Side lacing helps reduce possible slippage between felts, but is not absolutely needed. Some people prefer no lacing because of the ease of removing layers for travel, or for seasonal sunning and airing.

Lacing-ClosureThe Lacing Closure

The lacing closure is optional and primarily decorative.  The cost of the closure is $57 per side.  This includes two sets of braided wool laces per side and the corresponding holes to accommodate the lacing. For both single sizes (Euro and American), the inner felts are Queen or King folded in half. The outer Lacing Felts are single size with lacing on both sides.

Our Basic Bed Recommendation:

Use a bed frame at your desired height (the standard is around 20 inches), with 2.5 inch latex padded slats, spaced 1 inch apart. Latex padding can be added for extra cushioning if needed.

Stack as many Bed Felt layers on top of the slats (or latex padded slats) as needed for enough cushioning. The top layer can be considered the ‘protection layer’.  We now offer a Felt Mattress Pad specifically for this purpose which is half the thickness. This allows for greater ease of handwashing when washing is necessary. The underlying Bed Felts can be sunned and aired seasonally.

To calculate cost of the layered bed, multiply cost per Bed Felt layer times the number of layers. For example for a 6 layer queen mattress multiply $185. times 6. Lacing is optional. Cost of lacing is $57. per side =$114. per layered mattress. So, for a queen 6 layered mattress, the cost is $1110. Add $114. for lacing, if desired. For ease of maintenance, you can add a Queen Felt Mattress Pad for $125.

Bed Felts
(for layered beds)
SizeWeight (approx.)Price
European Single30"x80" Half Queen2.75lb.$100
American Single40"x78" Half King3.25lb.$120
Torso Pad30"x52"1.75lb.$70
Felt Mattress Pad
(protection layer)
SizeWeight (approx.)Price
European Single31"x80" Half Queen1.25lb.$85
American Single41"x78" Half King1.75lb.$100
Torso Pad31"x52"1lb.$80

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