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sticky The best foundations or base for a latex or all foam mattress

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31 Aug 2012 01:22 - 31 Aug 2012 01:23 #11 by Phoenix

Hi FavoriteHOMEboy,

I was looking at my existing foundation and it seems to be very sturdy, higher quality wire that is in a wooden frame. Wires in sets of 3 and then a 5 inch gap and then another set of 3, etc. It seems as though it could support a latex bed, but it's 10 years old. Do you recommend I replace it because of it's age?


I'm not sure I "get" what you are trying to describe but if there are 5" gaps across the whole width of the foundation in between the "sets" of 3 wires then I believe this would be too wide a gap for latex. A picture (or an online link to something similar) may help me visualize what you are describing though. The age wouldn't matter as much as the condition and how evenly supportive and rigid it was in all areas of the foundation.

Also, my current mattress is 12 inches and I was looking at the 6 inch latex mattresses. I don't want to lose 6 inches of height! Maybe a dumb question but....Would it be ok to put a new wooden slat foundation on top of the 10 year old foundation in order to make up for the loss of 6 inches?


What is your current foundation sitting on and how much height do you have from the top of your current mattress to the floor? I wouldn't particularly trust two foundations on top of each other in terms of stability or flex but there may be better ways to get closer to the total height you want.

Phoenix


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Last Edit: 31 Aug 2012 01:23 by Phoenix.

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12 Sep 2012 03:04 #12 by mattressstx

Hi...I completely agree with you that for buying foam mattress or any other one the most crucial parts are know by the manufacturer only. They know better what suits you the most and what to buy according to requirement. If you want to buy a mattress that will be very comfortable and suit you, ask your manufacturer for any queries.

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19 Sep 2012 06:44 #13 by Gvkauffman

I am shopping for a latex mattress but would like to know if it can be placed directly on my current box spring?

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19 Sep 2012 11:48 - 19 Sep 2012 11:55 #14 by Phoenix

Hi Gvkauffman,

I'm assuming that by "box spring" you mean a base that actually flexes and has some type of springs in it rather than a foundation which has no flex at all?

Either way though, assuming it is suitable for the mattress, if it is still in "new" condition with no weak, or softer areas or sags, and still has a firm even surface like when it was new it would be OK. Post #2 here may also help.

Phoenix


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Last Edit: 19 Sep 2012 11:55 by Phoenix.

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10 Oct 2012 01:18 - 28 Dec 2012 01:11 #15 by Phoenix

Hello all,

A unique foundation carried by www.usboxspring.com/metal.htm was brought to my attention by someone that I trust and respect and I thought it was great value and would bring it to the attention of the forum.

It has a solid steel base (which will probably last decades) and in the original design had flexible slats similar to many European designs. The slats though were too flexible though and didn't provide the kind of solid base that was necessary for a heavy latex mattress so they added flat slats in between the flexible slats to create a very solid non flexing surface.

The beauty of this design with the added slats is that you can add or remove any of the solid slats as necessary to provide some extra flex under certain parts of the mattress to allow it to sink in more (such as under the shoulders) similar to many tension adjustable foundations. This would be particularly useful for thinner all latex mattresses. You can also remove the flexible slats and replace them with solid slats available at any lumber store.

It also is a KD (knock down) design similar to others that you can put together yourself at home in about 15 minutes so it can be shipped anywhere by UPS. It also has a thin fabric (unquilted) cover.

The prices exclude shipping and are a great value for those who want the best of a strong slatted foundation and a flexible slat base that can be customized for where it is firm and where it is softer.

They are available in Twin, Queen, and California King (no Twin XL or Eastern King) and are in limited supply so when they are gone they are gone.

Phoenix


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Last Edit: 28 Dec 2012 01:11 by Phoenix.

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14 Oct 2012 11:04 #16 by rcseisland

Hi Phoenix,

Did you mean to attach a link for this foundation to this post?

Claudia

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14 Oct 2012 16:11 #17 by Phoenix

Hi rceisland,

Oops ...

I added a link to it in the original post of the thread but I missed adding the link in post #15 of the thread.

I've fixed the link and I appreciate you bring it to my attention :)

www.usboxspring.com/

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26 Oct 2012 18:03 #18 by cheeseburger

Hi Phoenix,

I just want to thank you in advance for your help. There's a lot of useful information on this site and I've really learned a lot from lurking the past couple days.

I'm thinking of getting the Ultimate Dreams Latex Mattress and need an Ikea bed frame to go with it. I live in NYC and move apartments quite frequently so Ikea was the logical choice given it's cheaper and convenient.

My question has to do with the slatted bed base options from Ikea. You've pretty much laid out the differences between the types offered by Ikea (solids slats, flexible slats, and adjustable flexible slats). From what you've written it looks like the solid slats are the best choice for a latex mattress - Would it be fair to say the Ikea Sultan Lade ( www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/25844409/ ) fits this description? Do you know if the Lade slats are no more than 3'' apart? How well do you think these slats would compliment (or detract from) the Ultimate Dreams latex mattress?

Do you think there would be any benefit of getting the Luroy (flexible slats) given the thickness of the Ultimate Dreams mattress? I'm planning on getting a firmer mattress, so i'm not sure if the "bounce" factor of the flexible slats would be a positive thing.

I'll definitely reach out to Chuck but wanted to get your input as well. Thanks!

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26 Oct 2012 19:55 - 26 Oct 2012 19:56 #19 by Phoenix

Hi cheeseburger,

From what you've written it looks like the solid slats are the best choice for a latex mattress - Would it be fair to say the Ikea Sultan Lade ( www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/25844409/ ) fits this description? Do you know if the Lade slats are no more than 3'' apart?


Yes. Generally if there are 14 or more slats (queen) then it would work and the slats wold be about 3" apart. In your case as well ... the base of your mattress is polyfoam which is not as flexible as latex so a little wider gaps would also be fine.

How well do you think these slats would compliment (or detract from) the Ultimate Dreams latex mattress?


I think it would work well because with the exception of a thinner mattress (say around 6" or so) that may require some flex underneath as part of the design ... a firm rigid foundation usually works best with an all foam mattress.

Do you think there would be any benefit of getting the Luroy (flexible slats) given the thickness of the Ultimate Dreams mattress? I'm planning on getting a firmer mattress, so i'm not sure if the "bounce" factor of the flexible slats would be a positive thing.


I think that the flex foundation would not be the best idea and could be a little "risky" in some cases where the extra flex could cause some alignment issues if the mattress by itself worked well (on a solid foundation). There may also be a few cases though where someone chose a mattress that was a little firm and the extra flex could provide the bit of fine tuning that they needed but the effect of the flexible slats would be reduced with a thicker mattress. I would tend to go with the solid slats unless your actual experience on the mattress indicated that you may be one of those that could benefit from the flexible slats (and you wanted to keep a firmer surface rather than add a softer topper).

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Last Edit: 26 Oct 2012 19:56 by Phoenix.

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10 Nov 2012 22:39 #20 by HoosierDaddy

First I want to say thinks for this great thread. I was about to give up trying to figure out the pros and cons of the different options.

Three questions:

1. I would prefer a low profile foundation and Palmettomattress,com was listed in the 1st post with "low_profile" in the URL. Unfortunately that site is no more. Does anyone know if they have just changed hands or names and maybe has a new link?

2. Does anyone know of other sources for low profile knock down foundations that haven't been mentioned? I want a knock down because it will be for a King bed and I don't want a two piece (i.e 2 Twin XLs)

3. I am particularly interested in the foundations mentioned in post #15. Their web site is apparently out of date and has conflicting or confusing info. I'm waiting to get some clarifications from them but would also like to hear from anyone who has one of these metal foundations.

Among the outdated info on the site is videos and assembly instructions for a completely wood KD foundation that they apparently no longer sell. That model is clearly inferior to the other wood KDs mentiond in the thread and in big ways. That makes me nervous.

Thanks

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