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Frame for Latex Mattress 28 Sep 2017 10:43 #1

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I am going to have a solid wooden frame built for a 10" Latex mattress king size that I am purchasing. I am going to have the slats built with 2'*4" with 2" spacing for air flow. Does that sound alright or would you recommend 2 1/2" or 3" spacing?

Even a more important question is whether the slats should be level with the frame (i.e. the side, head and foot railings ) - In other word, should the mattress just sit atop one level surface or should the slats be sunk down a small amount to form a well for the mattress to sit in? If a well is recommended, how much should the slats be sunk below the outside frame 1/2"? The reason I was thinking a flat surface was for ease of changing sheets and blankets. The King size Dunlop mattress I'm told weighs 170 lbs. so I doubt it is going to slide on a flat surface or is there a concern of that happening?

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Frame for Latex Mattress 28 Sep 2017 12:59 #2

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Hi denlor2,

It sounds as if you’re constructing a very strong foundation! Most latex manufacturers desire 3” or less spacing between slats, so I think you’re fine at 2” spacing. Just make sure that there is adequate center support to stop the slats from sinking in the center.

As for the lip. It is common for many platform bed bases to include a small “lip” of approximately 1” to help prevent the mattress from moving atop the slat network. Even a heavier mattress can move a bit over time. A 1” gap shouldn’t provide too much difficulty for changing sheets, but I think that really would come down to your own personal preference.

I hope you’ll have some time to post a few photos of your finished product!

Phoenix
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