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We are having bed issues! For 10 years I have had a nice wooden bad frame, with a sheet of plywood attached to it, and a foam/cotton futon mattress on it. Worked great.
But the last couple of years our mattress started getting Moldy! Yech! I live in a wet area but my house is very clean and this is the only area of mold.

So- my husband is not super handy with carpentry stuff. So we kind of tried to figure it out together. So first we got new futons- and within a couple of months- moldy!
So then we got a new piece of plywood and a new futon- once last year and once about 2 months ago. again- already after a month- moldy!
What the . . .?
So now- with this 2 month new plywood sheet and new futon- we are sleeping in a bed of mold. We can't see or feel it but we smell it. And it is causing my husband to be super stuffy.
Plus,
I Am pregnant. And having a hard time getting comfortable.
So anyway- we are trying to figure out what to do.
At one point we thought we would get wooden slats and put the futon on that as we think the plywood itself may have wetness in it- that plus maybe there are mold spores in the bedroom?
But like I said, the house is pretty clean and there is no sign of mold other places.

So somehow we htinkg the mold gets in the futon due to the plywood not being fully dry and no air flow. So we were going to use wooden slats to support the futon but it did not at all feel secure.

so the other things about this situation- I do not like regular mattresses with metal coils and such. I have a thing about metal where I am more of a cloth and wood girl. SO I am trying to find the right way to have a regular bed- with a futon mattress. All I see online is futon frames but we want a cozy bed.
Plus- we are now looking for a Queen or King sized bed as we currently sleep in a full size and are expecting our first baby this winter and planning to co-sleep.
So

-Does anyone know of any good websites with regular bed frames that are made to hold futon mattresses?

- Does anyone know a good way to build a bed with the foot and headboards so that it supports the futon mattress?

-any idea how we can source the mold? We know it is bad and have been trying for a long time to find a solution but neither my dh nor I are very carpentry savy.
Thanks!
 

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Sorry, no advice, but subbing b/c I was considering suggesting the setup you have to DH!

Are wool or latex options? I think I read somewhere that both are more mold-resistant than cotton.... But obviously you are right to find and eradicate the source first.
 

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First, you need to deal with the mold problem. This goes way beyond a mattress issue. I live in the PNW, and many people use dehumidifiers here. It's not healthy to live with mold and if your futon's getting moldy, you almost certainly have a moisture problem.

We prefer foam mattresses. The polyurethane ones do offgas, but they are cheap, non-allergenic and comfortable if you buy the right firmness.

Futons just don't stay clean and comfortable for long, IME.
 

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Yeah- the mold really is a problem. And of course cause I am pregnant it is even more crucial to deal with.
The thing is, though we live in an area where it rains a lot we have wood heat in the winter which dries things out so I don't think of the house as that moist.

A couple of yrs ago we had some awful people "caretake" our house ( I am very bitter about this) while we were away for the winter. They burst our pipes by not heating the upstairs
and caused all kinds of problems including the once perfect wood floors becoming all bent up.
The ceilings of 2 rooms were replaced with new sheetrock- but I wonder if maybe moisture got trapped in the boards in the ceiling?!
I would think the contractors who put in a new ceiling would have checked thoroughly for that- but it is somehting I can think of.

anyway- long winded response. But I am still so mad that these people did so much damage to my house.
So- the bed is getting moldy- so we need to get rid of the bed. We also need to find a mold specialist- are there such things? to source the mold before we put a new bed it.
sigh.
 

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First off, you really should get rid of the plywood base idea completely. I think what you have going on here is a body-moisture issue. We sweat a lot in our sleep: I've heard anywhere from 8 to 16 ounces a night. A lot of that goes into your bed. Normally it disperses and evaporates out again, but when you have a mattress (especially a solid one like a futon) on a solid surface a lot of that moisture seeps into the bed and can't get out again. There is no way for the bottom of the mattress to "breathe." Moisture gets trapped, mold grows... yuck.

American futons have a big problem with this. I had one that I kept on the floor and it molded, too. Try a platform bed with slats and a new mattress and I am willing to bet you have no more moldy bed issues.
 

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Originally Posted by tinuviel_k View Post
First off, you really should get rid of the plywood base idea completely. I think what you have going on here is a body-moisture issue. We sweat a lot in our sleep: I've heard anywhere from 8 to 16 ounces a night. A lot of that goes into your bed. Normally it disperses and evaporates out again, but when you have a mattress (especially a solid one like a futon) on a solid surface a lot of that moisture seeps into the bed and can't get out again. There is no way for the bottom of the mattress to "breathe." Moisture gets trapped, mold grows... yuck.

American futons have a big problem with this. I had one that I kept on the floor and it molded, too. Try a platform bed with slats and a new mattress and I am willing to bet you have no more moldy bed issues.
Thanks! This is what we are really hoping. Last night I thought- oh no maybe there is mold in the ceiling/floor. but when I smelled it and looked there was zero signs of it anywhere, plus as I said it is a room with a woodstove under it so it would likely dry out.
I think you are right about the plywood/futon thing- plus my husband
does have sweating episodes at night sometimes .
Last night I realized- maybe it is just the bed and not the floor- that would be So much easier to handle!
 

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New plywood does come with some excess moisture in it. You could dry it out by having it inside, in a heated space for a few days or a week. I think you still need to deal with "exit" of any moisture from sweating. When we put slats on a bed frame, we usually include extra slats to support the mattress better.
 

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I went and looked for beds today
I think we will surely get a platform bed which is slats.
Now for the mattress- I have no idea!

What is the most comfortable and also safest (organic/ non toxic) and best back supporting mattress?
I am exctied because this feels symbolic. My husband
and I are expecting our first baby this winter. SO it is fitting that we get rid of an old moldy bed and get a new big cozy great family bed
Though my old bed did serve me very well for a decade.
Time for a new phase of life.
 
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