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Frame for Brooklyn Bedding's #bestmattressever? 20 Jan 2016 11:44 #41

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Hi abbygrant,

That's interesting. Dreamfoam recommended slats as a support for my Ultimate Dreams memory foam mattress. They suggested that several slats spaced a few inches apart are the best support system. I was also thinking that a flat support would work better.


Not surprisingly I would agree with their suggestion.

There is more information about support systems (bedframes and foundations or platform beds) that are generally suitable for different types of mattresses and some examples of each of them in post #1 here and some of the information and comments in this topic (which would apply to any foam mattress) may be helpful as well.

Any mattress with a polyfoam support core will generally do best with a firm, flat, and evenly supportive support surface underneath it that has minimal to no flex under the mattress and for larger sizes with at least one center support beam that has good support to the floor to prevent any sagging in the middle of the mattress. The components need to be strong and durable enough to support the weight of the mattress and the people sleeping on it without some of the parts bending, sagging, shifting, or breaking with extended use. The support surface under the mattress should have enough surface area to prevent the mattress from sagging through any gaps or spaces in the support surface over time but still allow some airflow under the mattress. I would suggest that the gaps between any slats are no more than about 5" (with 1 x 3 slats) although less than 4" would be better yet.

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Frame for Brooklyn Bedding's #bestmattressever? 20 Jan 2016 13:53 #42

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That's interesting. Dreamfoam recommended slats as a support for my Ultimate Dreams memory foam mattress. They suggested that several slats spaced a few inches apart are the best support system. I was also thinking that a flat support would work better.

The key is what kind of slats they are. Some beds like mine intentionally have flexible slats. With my old traditional mattress this was a good combination (they act like a support layer when you use a thinner mattress). With something like the BME, flexible slats are clearly not a good fit because the mattress already has all the layers it needs built into it and the flexing of the slats totally throws everything off.

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Frame for Brooklyn Bedding's #bestmattressever? 20 Jan 2016 14:47 #43

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Hi david_a,

I switched your last two posts to a different topic that is more appropriate because our conversation was starting to drift outside of the scope of the original topic you posted in and was more about support systems than the mattress.

The key is what kind of slats they are. Some beds like mine intentionally have flexible slats. With my old traditional mattress this was a good combination (they act like a support layer when you use a thinner mattress). With something like the BME, flexible slats are clearly not a good fit because the mattress already has all the layers it needs built into it and the flexing of the slats totally throws everything off.


You can see some thoughts about flexible slat systems in post #2 here and the posts it links to. A flexible slat system would be an "active" part of a sleeping system (just like any other layer or component either in, under, or over a mattress that flexes or compresses when you sleep on it) so the only reliable way to know whether a flexible slat system would be an improvement for you in terms of PPP compared to a non flexing support system would be based on your own actual experience when you test it or sleep on it in person and compare both types of support systems under the same mattress. For some people it could be neutral, for some people it would be an improvement, and for some it could be detrimental.

A flexible slat system can be beneficial with some thinner foam mattresses (generally two sided) that by themselves may not have enough "give" and/or can benefit from some additional flexibility or "depth" and contouring support under the mattress and in some cases they can be beneficial under some types of innerspring mattresses as well but "most" one sided foam mattresses (and one sided mattresses in general) are designed to do best on a support system that has little to no give (similar to having the mattress on the floor).

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