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15 May 2017 11:35 - 15 May 2017 14:15 #1 by strandsofpearl

I grew up sleeping on a latex mattress with a box spring. According to this thread , box springs are not recommended as a foundation for a latex mattress; can anyone explain why this is?
Thanks!

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15 May 2017 14:33 - 15 May 2017 14:35 #2 by Phoenix

Hi strandsofpearl,

Welcome to the forum! :)

I grew up sleeping on a latex mattress with a box spring. According to this thread , box springs are not recommended as a foundation for a latex mattress; can anyone explain why this is?


First, realize that this choice of what to use as the appropriate support structure under any mattress is always at the discretion of the manufacturer, and you'll always want to follow this guidance for warranty reasons.

There is more about the different types of foundations and why they are used/recommended at the beginning of the foundation thread here. Specifically, from post #3 linked to in that thread:

In most cases .. at least in North America ... the layers in a foam mattress are designed to be "stand alone" in terms of how they feel and perform and the foam is designed to do all the work and only needs a firm and evenly supportive surface underneath it. In Europe ... thinner mattresses are more common and the bases underneath them are often designed as an integral part of the overall performance of the sleeping system and it's much more common to see more flexible foundations (often with flexible slats) under a thinner mattress. Even in North America though ... you will find some manufacturers that design their mattresses to be used over a flexible boxspring which is an active and important part of the complete sleeping system (although again this is usually with thinner mattresses). There are also cultural differences between mattresses in different areas of the world which leads to some designs being more "familiar" (meaning they would sell more easily) than others.

"Back in the day" most latex mattresses were thinner and firmer and an actual coil box spring was used to make a difference in comfort, and in some cases was simply a "holdover" from what was being used with innerspring mattresses. These days, most latex mattresses are designed so that an active box spring unit is unnecessary.

Phoenix


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12 Oct 2017 19:57 #3 by strandsofpearl

After a lot of research, we've decided to go with a king-size mattress from Latex Mattress Factory using their natural wood foundation. We were able to try out latex from the same manufacturer in a store; we both liked the same Soft - Medium - Firm Dunlop layering of all the combinations we tried. If we have problems getting it, we will try for the same thing from SleepEZ. We may get an additional topper but we're waiting to decide until we actually sleep on the bed awhile.

We haven't decided yet what metal frame we should use to support the bed. We were considering the Knickerbocker "The Monster", but this thread mentions that there's a problem with sagging due to the screws being misplaced. Phoenix, do you know if the company ever responded to the poster who said the bed sits on the screws and not on the bedframe?

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13 Oct 2017 11:14 #4 by Phoenix

Hi strandsofpearls,

After a lot of research, we've decided to go with a king-size mattress from Latex Mattress Factory using their natural wood foundation. We were able to try out latex from the same manufacturer in a store; we both liked the same Soft - Medium - Firm Dunlop layering of all the combinations we tried.


Congratulations on your new mattress order! :cheer: You chose something using good quality and durable materials, and as you’re aware Latex Mattress Factory is a site member here, which means that I think highly of them. You’ve chosen a “common” progressive construction and I hope it works out well for you, and I’m looking forward to your updates once you’ve had a chance to sleep upon and adjust to your new mattress.

We haven't decided yet what metal frame we should use to support the bed. We were considering the Knickerbocker "The Monster", but this thread mentions that there's a problem with sagging due to the screws being misplaced.


I don’t have a current Monster frame in front of me, so I can’t tell you the exact differences in dimensions from the floor of the side rails versus the center rail. There is a close up photo of the current Monster frame from the Knickerbocker site here , and you can see how the rails overlap. A “step-down” of some sort is common with many all-in-one frames and those with arms that are riveted and swing out from the head-to-toe rails.

If you’re looking for something all along one level, from Knickerbocker you could consider their embrace frame. You may also with to investigate “wedgelock” or “craftlock” frames like this one .

Phoenix


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