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Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 16 Jan 2012 16:08 #1

Hey guys!

Whats the best deal going on a wood slat foundation for a latex mattress? I have a bed frame, but want to lift my mattress up ~*8. The VersiFlex one seems to be the best one I've found online (Around $250), but it gets so-so reviews. Anyone got a cheaper and/or better option?

Thanks!

Mike

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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 16 Jan 2012 23:53 #2

Hi Mike,

I've noticed the same thing with the various types of KD (knock down) wood foundations like this or this that are sold under various names. The quality seems to be spotty sometimes and they almost seem to have two versions based on the feedback I've seen. One seems to be up to spec and the other "version" seems to use inferior materials. They are inexpensive though.

There's also the cheaper wire grid type which are also sold under many names but are all similar like this or this . I'm a little suspicious of using thin wires that have that much space in between them but they are certainly strong and they seem to work well. They're more of a frame foundation combination though rather than just a foundation.

One of the most reasonable of the higher quality wooden foundations I've seen is the Natura universal foundation . Natura dealers may have this for even less.

One of the higher quality wire foundations is the Power Stack like this .

Overall ... the best source of a lower cost foundation is usually from the outlet you bought the mattress from. They are usually well experienced in which foundations work well with their mattresses and most of them are very conscious of the need to offer a good foundation with good value.

Local outlets are also good sources as long as the specs are suitable for a latex mattress.

Other foundation options are in the foundation post here ... but most of them are more expensive.

If anyone knows of other options for high quality foundations that are good value feel free to post a link here :)

Phoenix
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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 17 Jan 2012 00:05 #3

Thanks as always, Phoenix!

I think I found my answer. There's a local place here in Los Angeles called PJ's Sleep. They carry their own organic Latex mattresses as well as OMI and some other organic beds. I called them and they make an all wood foundation covered in cotton for $110. They said it has 20 slats, which sounds like plenty and they know latex mattresses well since they make their own. It can be had in a 2", 4", or 7" configuration all for the same price. Delivery is $50 in LA (my area code, anyways. I'm probably 10 miles from them). They also make an organic one, but that isn't important for me, so I didn't ask about the cost. I'm not going to beat $160+tax...even the ikea is $150+delivery.

I'll snap some pics once it shows up.

Thanks!

Mike

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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 17 Jan 2012 02:10 #4

Hi Mike,

Wow ... what a great find! I see they have them on their website and it would be interesting to see if they would ship them outside of LA and what it would cost.

Thanks for sharing your discovery.

Phoenix
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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 17 Jan 2012 02:13 #5

I believe those are a little more money since they're the organic ones.

FYI, PJs is a really nice place with mellow salespeople and nice stuff. They sell some maintstream stuff, but they cater to the SoCal organic lover for sure. They also had good prices from what I could tell. The sticker on their OMI Lago was like $800 cheaper than the HD Buttercup store a few miles away. I believe they practice a 'no haggle' approach as well.

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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 18 Jan 2012 13:35 #6

Hi Mike,

I am interested in your question regarding cost effective and/or various foundations for a latex mattress. I too am in the process of purchasing a latex mattress. In order to save a little money, I am considering putting a piece of plywood on top of my existing foundation. Perhaps, at a later date I would invest in a different box spring. I am just not ready to purchase a $600.00 foundation if I don't have to...:blink:

Like you, I am interested in a best deal on the foundation for a latex mattress.

Thanks,
Notsmom

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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 18 Jan 2012 22:43 #7

Hi notsmom,

There are many differing opinions about the suitabililty of using a sheet of plywood under a latex or foam mattress but IMO it is not a good idea. Without some airflow under the mattress there is a risk of condensation and moisture developing under your mattress which of course can lead to mold. To a lesser degree it can also hamper the general airflow through the mattress and the sleeping microclimate. If I was to go in this direction of a sheet of plywood or MDF I would at the very least cut or drill many large holes in it to make it more breathable but slats or a metal grid foundation would be a much better choice.

In the links in the previous post there are quite a few options for getting a foundation for under $300 or even $200 which would all be better IMO than a sheet of plywood. Like Mike as well, you may also find a low cost option at a local outlet. Temporarily you would probably be OK but personally I sure wouldn't go in this direction for the long term.

Phoenix
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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 24 Jan 2012 16:38 #8

Well, as is usually the case the PJs deal was too good to be true. They delivered me a foundation with about 5 slats and a thick sheet of cardboard on top. When I asked about construction they told me it had 20 slats. I called and got a ton of attitude from the salesman who swore he'd never said that. He said it was their 'organic' box that has 20 slats and I can swap it out for another $170. At this point that is probably my only option since I've already paid for the delivery. $280+$50 total is not a very good deal in my opinion and I probably would have been better off buying the foundation Mattresses.net sells.

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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 24 Jan 2012 19:25 #9

Hi MikeS,

Ouch!! That hurts :(

While your new "all in" price is higher than you expected ... I agree that it's probably your best option at this point unfortunately.

I sure don't like to hear these type of stories. Even if the salesman hadn't told you about the number of slats as he claims ... I'm pretty certain that you would likely have mentioned (and he should have asked) that you had a latex mattress and that by itself should have triggered him into telling you that a 5 slat foundation wouldn't be suitable.

I appreciate that you let us know so that at least someone else doesn't make the same mistake.

Phoenix
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Re: Best deal on a foundation for a latex matteess? 24 Jan 2012 22:29 #10

Yeah, I was SUPER clear when ordering. Obviously I've spent a lot of time researching all facets of latex mattresses as well as the prices of products. I definitely made it clear I was buying a latex mattress and specifically asked about slats for this purpose. The guy at PJs was very rude to me today and I don't want to give them any more money, so I think what I'm going to do is put slats on top of this box. I'm thinking these:

www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/25844409/#/55844709

The foundation from PJs is a wood frame with a center beam running lengthwise on the bottom with 6 slats across the top(plus the frame of the edges on each end). There are little blocks of wood connecting the lengthwise beam to each slate. It seams pretty sturdy for what it is, but I know I need more support than 6 slats and some thick cardboard plus I need some ventilation. The Pjs guy told me 95% of people have no problems with this box...good for them. :-p

What do you think of putting slots on top of this box?

Thanks!

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