Ensuring you have a good night’s sleep every day is essential to health. This is why it’s important to have an ideal bed or sleep space setup that’s conducive to sleep. Your sleep space components include not only your mattress, bed sheets, and pillows but also your bed frame or mattress foundation.
The mattress foundation or bed frame you choose can significantly affect the way your mattress feels and how long it lasts. In essence, your bed frame supports not only your mattress but also your sleep because it affects the comfort and support your mattress can provide.
If your bed frame is starting to make funny sounds, squeak, or wobble, it’s probably time to consider investing in a new one. Or, if you’re planning on investing in a high-quality latex mattress, it would be best to check if the trusty old bed frame you’re using is appropriate for it.
Whatever your bedroom situation, know that there are essential factors to consider when it comes to bed frames. To have an in-depth understanding of bed frames, here’s a handy guide you can use.
Factors to consider when buying a bed frame
When shopping for a bed frame, it’s easy to get attracted to a good-looking or cheaper one. However, there are several factors you must consider to get the right bed frame for your mattress.
Height: Depending on the thickness of your mattress and the foundation design, your new mattress setup could be too high or too low for you to comfortably get in and out of bed. So, whether you’re buying a bed frame for yourself, your child, or someone with mobility issues, it’s important to take precise measurements to ensure ease of use and comfort.
Support: Even very expensive bed frames can have flimsy or poor-quality support systems. If you want to get the most our of your bed frame, you need to invest in a foundation made of sturdy materials that meets of exceed all warranty standards.
Mattress type: The type of mattress (i.e., memory foam, latex, hybrid, innerspring) you have is a major consideration when choosing a bed frame. For example, memory foam mattresses don't need the rigorous support system of a latex mattress.
Size: There are differently sized bed frames for adults, growing teens, and children. If your child is on a growth spurt, you should invest in a mattress and bed frame combo they can grow into.
Style or aesthetic: Shopping for a bed frame can be fun because there are so many styles and materials to choose from. You’ll find vintage, ornate, cute, minimalistic, modern, futuristic, four-post fairy tale designs, and many more. You can even have your foundation made to measure and in your preferred style. Or, you can request a multi-functional one with built-in drawers. Whether you want a bed frame made of wood (including reclaimed wood), metal, upholstery, laminate, or veneer, it’s up to you.
Movability: If you’re the type of person that moves every few years, you’ll want to make sure the bed frame can be easily taken apart and reassembled when you move spaces.
Floor protection: Both mattresses and bed frames are fairly heavy and can wreak havoc on your flooring. If you’ve got a nice wooden floor or use expensive carpeting, you’d best have a buffer between the foundation and the floor. You should also consider purchasing glides for bed frames to protect and preserve the look of your flooring.
Types of mattress foundations and bed frames
One thing to remember in selecting a bed frame or mattress foundation is that it can significantly change the comfort of a mattress.
There are several types of mattress foundations and bed frames, and we’ve discussed quite a few below.
Platform bed frame
A well slatted platform bed frame is the ideal choice for latex mattresses as they provided superior air flow and can add valuable under-bed storage. It's important to make sure the slat system is capable of supporting a latex mattress and won't void your warranty. A Coir Bed Rug can be used to bring nearly any platform bed up to the warranty standard.
A box spring comprises a sturdy platform usually made up of a wooden or metal framework covered with upholstery material. It can be used on its own or in combination with a metal or wood platform base.
Old-school box springs had actual springs set inside the framework. However, box springs today don’t contain springs, so they’re lightweight and easier to ship. Box springs can be used alone or with a metal or wood platform base.
Metal bed frame
A metal bed frame is not meant to support a mattress on its own. It is generally used for keeping a box spring in place and adding more height to a bed. Some can also be adjusted to fit the size of a bed.
Metal platform bed
A metal platform bed is typically a more cost effective version of it's wood cousins. The often don't have headboards, but some come with optional mounting brackets. Just like wood frames, metal platform bases require some assembly, but they’re generally easier to break down and transport. Metal platforms often need to be combined with Coir to bring them up the warranty standard for latex mattresses.
Solid platform bed
Known for providing outstanding support and durability, a solid platform bed is usually considered the sturdiest bed frame option. They are usually stylish, too. However, since it is solid, it restricts airflow, thereby trapping heat and moisture in your mattress and increases the chances of mould forming.
Adjustable bed frame
As indicated by their name, adjustable bed frames can be adjusted in terms of angle or elevation — usually via remote control. Due to their adjustability, these bed frames come with a host of health benefits — which is probably why hospital beds carry the same feature.
Of course, with all the perks they come with, adjustable bed frames can be quite expensive — and sometimes even pricier than your mattress. They are also very hard on mattresses which leads to higher failure rates and premature wear patterns. We explain both the Pros and Cons of Adjustable Bed Frames in detail on our Blog so you can make an informed decision.
The best bed frame for latex mattresses
Organic latex mattresses are highly sensitive to the foundation they’re being used on and even the slat spacing, thickness, and shape can change the feel of your mattress.
At minimum, latex mattresses require a bed frame or mattress foundation with less than 3 inches between the slats to qualify for the Mattress Warranty. If the slats are spaced closely, but the space between them exceeds 3 inches, you can use plywood with holes for ventilation, pegboard or coir pads (coconut rubber) to make up for the gaps. As a rule of thumb, you want more support than air in any slat system and the ideal setup would be a 3" wide slat with a 2" slat spacing.
We recommend that you avoid using mattress foundations made by spring mattress manufacturers, as these almost never satisfy the support requirements of latex and we must be able to confirm the support structure for warranty coverage.
Ignoring the role foundations play with a latex mattress will inevitably lead to disappointing outcomes. To maximize performance and ensure warranty coverage, we recommend only using mattress foundations specially made for latex mattresses or a well-supported, rigid platform bed frame.
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