How to Make a Straw Mattress

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Fresh bale of straw
Durable bed cover

If you're currently shopping around for a new mattress, you've no doubt encountered a massive onslaught of exorbitantly expensive price tags. But don't fret, cost-savvy sleepers, because straw just might be the perfect solution to your mattress shopping nightmare. So if you've been looking for an easy and cost effective way to get a good night's sleep, simply read on to learn everything you'll need to know about making your very own straw mattresses.

Step 1 - Make Your Preliminary Measurements

Before you go out and acquire the materials needed to produce straw mattresses, you must first make some preparatory measurements. With the aid of your tape measure, carefully determine the length and width of the bed frame that will house your new straw mattress. Take care to make your measurements as meticulous and precise as possible. While this initial step may seem a bit cumbersome, it is perhaps the most important step involved in the entire process, as it plays a crucial role in determining the amount of material you will need to purchase. Just take solace in the fact that this is probably the most difficult task you will be required to perform, so once you've successfully completed it, everything else will be smooth sailing.

Step 2 - Acquire the Right Type of Straw

Now that you've determined your bed frame's length and width, it is time to acquire your straw. You should be able to purchase bales of straw at any farming or gardening specialty shop, so don't make a point of going out of your way to find your key ingredient. When shopping for straw, be sure to keep your bed frame's measurements on hand, as these will help determine how much straw you will need. A single bale is generally enough for most bed frames. Also, before purchasing the straw, it is advised that you carefully inspect it in order to confirm that it is clean.

Step 3 - Acquire the Right Type of Bed Cover

Now that your measurements have been taken and you've acquired a sufficient amount of fresh straw, you will need to find a suitable mattress cover. Make sure to have your bed frame's measurements on hand, as you will need them to determine the cover's size. These covers are fairly easy to find and can be purchased at virtually any store that sells beds and / or bedroom accessories, so once again, you will be not be required to go out of your way. Once you've located a suitable cover, you'll be ready to move on to the final step.

Step 4 - Stuff the Cover

You're almost finished. Begin the final step by evenly stuffing your straw into the bed cover. Just remember that your new mattress's firmness is determined by how much straw goes into the cover, so if you want a nice, firm bed, be sure to add a lot of straw. Be sure to replace your straw at least twice a year, as it will become packed down over time and offer less comfort and support. Enjoy all the comfort your new mattress has to offer!