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Slatted platform bed 26 Jan 2022 05:04 #1

Hi,

I'm not very familiar with platform beds and latex mattresses at all, so I just had a question I hope someone can answer.

With a wood slatted platform bed and say a 9" latex mattress (3 3" layers) does it make the mattress feel firmer at all compared to say the mattress being on a carpet floor or on another kind of solid foundation or should it feel roughly the same?

Thanks!

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Slatted platform bed 28 Jan 2022 13:08 #2

Hi SimplySam,

Welcome to The Mattress Underground! :)
Glad to have you here!

With a wood slatted platform bed and say a 9" latex mattress (3 3" layers) does it make the
mattress feel firmer at all compared to say the mattress being on a carpet floor or on another
kind of solid foundation or should it feel roughly the same?


In general, there are 3 types of slatted bed bases: sprung (slats are curved and flexible), fixed (slats are straight and fixed) and adjustable (slats can be adjusted as desired) I am guessing that you are looking at a fixed slated network. They are slatted bed networks which allow for air circulation under the mattress, especially in hot climates, poor humidity regulation, and high humidity environments for most of the year.

A flat slatted base should be very firm and not flex or bend under the weight of the mattress or people sleeping on it as this would create some sagging that can cause your spine to be misaligned during sleep. Ideally the wood slatted base should have the same structural “solidity” as placing the mattress on the floor but with the advantage of the gaps/spaces that allow for ventilation. Slat spacing of 2"-3" should satisfy most any mattress company's requirements but you should always check with your mattress manufacturer to ensure that you are not voiding the warranty. Most common slat widths are 3" - 6".

To prevent any sagging, it is important to make sure that these slats are reinforced. Some people choose to use a middle head-to-toe support beam upon which the slats rest which is also reinforced with support to the floor for bed sizes larger than twins. Others choose to reinforce each slat with something like a 3-5 T-slat system from one of our very knowledgeable Trusted Members Mattress to Go - Both systems can be used for reinforcements and ensuring that the foundation is sturdy and has no flex. The advantage of such systems is that they provide good airflow, while at the same time providing a firm and flat support surface.


Basilio
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Slatted platform bed 30 Jan 2022 02:47 #3

Hello Basilio,

Thank you so much for all the great information that you provided on slatted bases.

Yes, I have been mainly looking at fixed slat foundations. I've seen them with both metal and wood head-to-toe support beams which the slats then rest on. Only concern I have with the metal ones is they might flex just a little bit under all the pressure from the weight of the slats in between where the support legs are located. I guess it would all depend on how strong the metal is.

I've also been looking at one recently called KD Frames Nomad where the slats only go half way across and attach to a wood center beam. I've seen their frames being mentioned on here in the past by a few people. From what I've gathered their supposed to be all poplar wood including the slats. Slats are 1" thick but only 2" wide. Slat spacing is supposed to be 2.8" which sounds good. It doesn't look like they include any support legs for the center beam on the queen size which kind of worries me though. Says it supports up to 600 lbs which really isn't a lot when you include a very heavy latex mattress + two adults, but I guess you can purchase a center support leg off their website which might make it supportive enough and prevent any sagging. It's a pretty basic unfinished all wood constructed slat foundation at a reasonable price.

If you know of any other really high quality solid wood slat foundations that you would recommend or are knowledgable of that aren't too expensive I'm all ears. :)

Thanks again!

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Slatted platform bed 01 Feb 2022 06:09 #4

Hi SimplySam,

Glad you found some useful information in my post!

I've also been looking at one recently called KD Frames Nomad where the slats only go half way across and attach to a wood center beam. I've seen their frames being mentioned on here in the past by a few people. From what I've gathered their supposed to be all poplar wood including the slats. Slats are 1" thick but only 2" wide. Slat spacing is supposed to be 2.8" which sounds good. It doesn't look like they include any support legs for the center beam on the queen size which kind of worries me though. Says it supports up to 600 lbs. which really isn't a lot when you include a very heavy latex mattress + two adults, but I guess you can purchase a center support leg off their website which might make it supportive enough and prevent any sagging.


I am not familiar with this product, but the KD Frames Nomad looks like a reasonably solid bed platform. It looks very similar to My Green Mattress Platform Bed (except that the KD Nomad does not have the center support legs.)
I think your idea of adding a center support is a good one, depending on your BMI the extra support leg would provide peace of mind as well as added structural integrity. You are also correct that slat spacing should be between 2 and 3 inches for proper mattress support, but slatted frames vary in material, slat thickness and spacing.

If you know of any other really high quality solid wood slat foundations that you would
recommend or are knowledgable of that aren't too expensive I'm all ears


You might want to take a look at one of our Trusted Members Arizona Premium’s slatted wood bed platforms , which are also solidly built, with slats made of Spruce or Fir, These have a lower height, at 8” but have broader slats at 2 ½” – 2 ¾” which should offer additional support at close to your desired price point.

As mentioned above, another of our Trusted Members, My Green Mattress has a slatted wood base with center support to the floor you may want to look at; it has a higher clearance with 1” x 2” slats spaced at 3”, but may not be quite in your desired budget range.

Also, our Trusted Member U.S. Box Spring has a slatted platform foundation with 5.5” or 8” clearance, made of north west kiln-dried Spruce, slats less than 3” apart, that may be of interest, as it is rated up to 1500 lbs., that is also within your price range.

In any case, it looks like you are doing your ‘due diligence’ to find the right platform for your needs, please let us know your experience when you make a decision.

Basilio
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