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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 01 Jun 2016 14:03 #496

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Hi iqjump123,

One thing I did find was
www.amazon.com/Zinus-Upholstered-Detaile...owse-bin%3A368699011

According to a representative in the website, the wood slats are 3.5 inches apart. Other similar ones show separations of over 4 inches, so I didn't consider that. This also doesn't tell me whether they are using particle wood (heard to avoid those) or not.

Do you think 3.5 inches would be okay for the mattress?


The description says that it only has 10 slats which means that the gaps between the slats would probably be more than 3.5". I also don't know the thickness or strength of the slats in the bed or the bed itself (although based on the price I wouldn't be particularly hopeful about the quality or strength of the materials) but in any case I would use 3" as a maximum distance between the slats (assuming that they are 1x3 slats) and less than that would be better yet so it's not a platform bed that I would consider for an all latex mattress.

Also, from your platform bed (or general foundations) recommendations, is there a one that combines a foundation and bedframe with the suitable spacing around or below 300 dollars?


I don't know the prices of the platform bed options that are listed off the top of my head so you would need to check their websites or call them to check their specifications and prices.

IF not, I am planning to purchase the foundation (sleepez) and using a simple frame such as this- would this be the best?
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www.amazon.com/Zinus-Compack-9-Leg-Suppo...owse-bin%3A368699011

If you can let me know what you think, that will be great.


The SleepEZ foundation would certainly be suitable.

There is more information about metal bedframes in post #10 here .

I'm not familiar with the Zinus bedframe and I don't know the weight it's designed to support or how stable it is but if the foundation you choose has a center support beam or is a split king foundation I would tend to choose a bedframe that also has a center support that goes from the head to the foot (directly under the center support of the foundation) rather than side to side. I would also make sure that the center support legs were in the middle of the bedframe directly under the center support beam as well when the frame is extended to king size. My "instinct" says that there are probably better and stronger options available and it wouldn't be my first choice.

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 01 Jun 2016 14:57 #497

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Just a note. I have 2 of the infamous foam by mail mattresses, ordered FIRM. First one purchased 8-9 years ago. The platform I built specifies 3.75" slat spacing (slats being 1x4's). When I initially built the platform and put the mattress on I could see and feel it pushing out between the slats. I was concerned that the latex might start breaking down at those slat edges so I redid them, setting the spacing to 1.5" between the shoulder and hip area, and 2" elsewhere. Maybe its overkill but I;m pleased that the mattress now sits on top of the slats when there's weight on the mattress.

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 01 Jun 2016 17:38 #498

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Hi bnolsen,

Maybe its overkill but I;m pleased that the mattress now sits on top of the slats when there's weight on the mattress.


IMO overkill is often worth it ... especially when so much of the industry is somewhat underwhelming and tends to underperform :)

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 01 Jun 2016 19:02 #499

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Hi Phoenix,

Thanks so much for this amazing resource :) I have been reading TMU for several weeks and purchased a good latex mattress over last weekend.

Purchase was this - electricadjustablebeds.com.au/latex-mattresses/

6inch medium firm 100% latex, with 2inch 'softer' latex (don't have the dunlop number) for ~$1900

Our first sleep last night was great for me, but my partner found it still much too firm. Is this related to the base?

In display in the shop the mattress was on this - electricadjustablebeds.com.au/products/18a-bendigo-tension-adjustable-slat-base-with-headboard/ (basically standard curved slats less than 3inchs apart)

At home we have a base more similiar to this - www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed/ (very hard pine wood 35 mm high, 90mm wide, around 2.5inchs apart)

My question is a) should we look into a different, more flexible base b) will throwing on a 2inch poly-form layer potentially loosen it up a fair bit? Both of us are mostly finding that our shoulders and not sinking in enough

Thanks!

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 01 Jun 2016 20:10 #500

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Hi jumpingjones,


Welcome to the Mattress Forum! all the way from Australia.

I'm glad the information here was helpful ... and congratulations on your new mattress :)

I've also added Town and Country mattress to the Australia list of manufacturers and retailers in post #7 here ... thanks for the heads up!

Our first sleep last night was great for me, but my partner found it still much too firm. Is this related to the base?

In display in the shop the mattress was on this - electricadjustablebeds.com.au/products/1...base-with-headboard/ (basically standard curved slats less than 3inchs apart)

At home we have a base more similiar to this - www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed/ (very hard pine wood 35 mm high, 90mm wide, around 2.5inchs apart)

My question is a) should we look into a different, more flexible base b) will throwing on a 2inch poly-form layer potentially loosen it up a fair bit? Both of us are mostly finding that our shoulders and not sinking in enough


There is also more about flexible slat systems in post #2 here and the posts it links to. Since a flexible slat system is 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) the only reliable way to know whether a flexible slat system would be an improvement for you in terms of comfort, firmness, and PPP compared to a rigid non flexing support system under the same mattress 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. Depending on the design of the mattress, for some people it could be neutral, for some people it could be an improvement, and for some it could be detrimental. The flexible slats would generally be less noticeable under a thicker mattress than under a thinner one or for lighter people than heavier people.

Having said that ... it looks like the flexible slat system you tested the mattress on in the store has a softer adjustable shoulder section that provides some zoning in the "sleeping system" and if this is the case then your mattress is probably thin enough that the softer support section would help to "allow" your shoulders to sink in a little more which can help with alignment and to reduce pressure on your shoulders. Again though ... the only way to know "how much" difference it would make would be based on your own personal experience but based on your feedback it sounds like the difference is enough that you can notice the difference in the store vs the same mattress.

There is also more about zoning in this article and in post #11 here and the additional posts it links to.

Since you seem to have noticed a difference it may be worthwhile returning to the store and doing some careful testing with the same mattress on the flexible slat system once again so you can use your own experience to help you decide whether purchasing it will make "enough" of a difference to justify the additional cost.

If you add a layer of polyfoam under the mattress it wouldn't be zoned and would probably make less of a difference than the zoned flexible slat system and if you are looking for a less costly alternative it would probably be more effective to add a softer topper on top of your mattress than to add a polyfoam layer underneath it where any additional softness it provides would be much less noticeable than it would with a topper.

If the only issue with your mattress is that it is too firm then a good quality topper can certainly be an effective way to add some additional softness, "comfort" and pressure relief to your sleeping system but the only way to know for certain whether a specific mattress/topper combination is a good "match" for both of you in terms of comfort, firmness, and PPP is based on your own careful testing or personal experience on the combination.

Because a topper probably wouldn't be zoned with a softer shoulder section it would be important to use a topper that was "just enough" in terms of thickness and softness to provide the additional pressure relief that you need but no thicker or softer because the risk of choosing a topper that is too thick and/or soft is that it could end up being too soft and lead to sleeping out of alignment and you could end up replacing one set of symptoms (pressure points) with another (lower back issues). If you can't test the combination in person then there will always be always some risk and uncertainty involved in adding a topper because the specifics of the mattress itself along with your own body type, sleeping position, and preferences can affect which specific topper would be a suitable choice on any specific mattress.

There is more information about choosing a topper post #2 here and the topper guidelines it links to (although the sources it links to are only for North America) which along with a conversation with a reliable and knowledgeable supplier that can provide you with good information about how their toppers compare to each other or to other toppers they are familiar with that are available on the market can help you use your sleeping experience as a reference point and guideline to help you decide on the type, thickness, and firmness for a topper that has the least possible risk and the best chance for success.

A good exchange/return policy (although exchange or return policies with toppers are less common) can also reduce the risk of an online topper purchase so I would make sure you are comfortable with the options you have available after a purchase just in case the topper you choose doesn't turn out as well as you hoped for.

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 05 Jun 2016 20:56 #501

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Hi Phoenix,

Thanks to all your contributions to this forum I've been lurking, my partner and I purchased a Love Bed from Nest. However, we also bought an IKEA bed frame and are using their flexible Luroy slats. We were told that the Love Bed requires a non flex foundation, and I was wondering if it'd be possible just to replace the Luroy slats with non flexible wood planks bought from Home Depot? (Cut into the proper length for the bed, of course)

We're trying to go for the most cost effective method, since we're on a pretty tight budget right now. Would this DIY solution be suitable, provided that we make sure that they're non flex wood and spaced out less than 3" apart?

Thanks again!

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 05 Jun 2016 21:05 #502

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Thanks :)

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 05 Jun 2016 22:47 #503

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Hi carnival,

Thanks to all your contributions to this forum I've been lurking, my partner and I purchased a Love Bed from Nest. However, we also bought an IKEA bed frame and are using their flexible Luroy slats. We were told that the Love Bed requires a non flex foundation, and I was wondering if it'd be possible just to replace the Luroy slats with non flexible wood planks bought from Home Depot? (Cut into the proper length for the bed, of course)


I doubt that it would be possible or practical to replace the flexible slats in the Luroy with non flexing slats that fit the slat holders and still maintain the strength and integrity of the Luroy.

A latex hybrid 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 (either a bedframe and foundation or a platform bed) 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 (which may be slats or a steel or wire grid) 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. If a foundation has a slatted surface then 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 unless the manufacturer specifically recommends even less than that to satisfy their warranty requirements.

There is also more information and some guidelines about the different type of 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 (the first post in the topic we are posting in) that may be helpful.

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 24 Jun 2016 19:16 #504

Hi Phoenix,
I have settled on a particular but now for the hard part...what to buy to put it on. I am trying to find a company that sells slated beds that have the proper center support for the heavier latex mattress. I don't want a foundation but a bed that already has the proper support to put the mattress on and be done with it. I have checked every website you mentioned in this thread and didn't find quite what I thought was appropriate. I ran across another website that I wanted to mention: www.abundantearth.com

They seem to meet the center support/slat spacing requirements. Any input o them? Or, has any of your readers used this company and have any input on them? Thanks.

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The Best Foundations or Base for a Latex or All Foam Mattress 24 Jun 2016 20:15 #505

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Hi geo979,

I ran across another website that I wanted to mention: www.abundantearth.com

They seem to meet the center support/slat spacing requirements. Any input o them? Or, has any of your readers used this company and have any input on them? Thanks.


Hopefully some of the members here that have purchased one of their platform beds will see your post and share their comments.

I'm not familiar with it myself and I don't know how rigid or flexible the slats are so I can't make any meaningful comments based on actual experience but the description mentions that the slats are only 2" wide and are 3" apart so the gaps are wider than the slats so for an all latex mattress I would at least add the premium slat upgrade so that the gaps are about 1 5/8" (a little less than the width of the slats) and I would also use two support legs under each center support beam and with these upgrades I would think that it should be fine.

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