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Originally published Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8:01 PM

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Make your own mattress

No-sew buckwheat mattress is similar to a Japanese futon.

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There are stores full of exquisite bedding. But fancy sheets, duvets and mattresses can sometimes fall short of our wish lists, in style, price, comfort or all three.

Former Manhattan interior designer Lynne Cimino started having back problems and found that the marketplace had options, but pricey ones. Working out of her Marbletown, N.Y., home, she came up with a no-sew buckwheat mattress similar to a Japanese futon.

Sections of cotton canvas are filled with the hulls, then twisted and tied in sections for a custom-size finished product that looks like a big billowy cloud. Since the hulls have no nutritional value, she says, pests aren’t a problem.

The hulls are virtually nonflammable so no harsh retardants are needed, nor is buckwheat typically farmed with pesticides. The cotton covers are machine-washable. You buy both elements separately and do the assembling yourself. www.openyoureyesbedding.com

Nest Bedding of Albany, Calif., offers a range of DIY mattress components including natural latex cores, vegan or cotton and wool covers, kapok and wool comfort layers and toppers. www.nestbedding.com

The Associated Press


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