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Are "Universal" bed legs sturdy enough for heavy latex mattress? 06 Dec 2016 16:12 #1

I've purchased a new split King slatted wood foundation for my work-in-progress DIY latex bed. I'm interested in trying to forego the heavy duty steel bedframe for the foundation to sit on.

I saw both at a local store and at a few online sites the concept of "Universal" bed legs that you attach directly to your foundation.

Does anyone know whether these bed legs are really universal? Is there enough wood surface area on the bottom of slatted wood foundations for the legs to attach? I assume they are screwed in?

The other more important concern is whether these type of bed legs can provide enough support for the foundation to handle the weight of heavy latex layers plus 2 adults plus occasionally dogs and/or kids who want to climb into bed too?

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Are "Universal" bed legs sturdy enough for heavy latex mattress? 06 Dec 2016 16:46 #2

Hi amnj,

Does anyone know whether these bed legs are really universal? Is there enough wood surface area on the bottom of slatted wood foundations for the legs to attach? I assume they are screwed in?


The answer is, “It depends.”

It depends, number one, on the strength and construction of the foundation you are using. Back in the day old coil box springs used hardwoods and their perimeter wood and slats were wider, thicker, more voluminous and stronger than the typical fare. Those box springs were designer to have enough structural integrity to have legs screwed directly into them and they would serve as their own “frame”. Modern foundations aren’t built the same as these old coil box springs and their bases are not made in the same manner not do they use as much lumber, as they don’t have to support a network of coils and are designed in general to be used with a typical metal frame or to be placed within the perimeter of a bed set.

Number two, it would depend upon the quality/strength/design of the universal leg that you are considering.

In a situation like this, I would always defer to the manufacturer of your foundation and phone them and ask if their product is designed to be used with screw-in legs. They want their product to perform properly for you and they’ll have the best knowledge as to whether or not this would be a possibility or contraindicated.

Phoenix
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