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What should I do with old, bowed support slats?

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02 Dec 2012 03:17 #31 by Phoenix
Hi DrButterscotch,

There would be no harm in terms of comfort and support (the floor is a solid non flexing surface which is what a latex mattress does best with) but it would reduce the airflow and ventilation of the mattress and it may also be risky in terms of mold and mildew, soiling and hygiene of the mattress (close to the floor on carpet is dustier) and other unwanted "visitors". Of course it also wouldn't be the ideal height above the floor for most people. This first post in this thread has some lower cost options than $300 which may be better (such as some of the grid type foundations which don't require a metal frame). Generally a foundation that is either slatted or a metal grid is best of all for a latex mattress rather than a solid surface which restricts airflow.

Just in case you haven't seen this ... post #2 here has some of the better options in the Atlanta area that I'm aware of.

Phoenix

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19 Dec 2012 09:51 #32 by bgrab88
Great information, thanks for providing this.

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26 Dec 2012 01:40 #33 by drmike
Any thoughts or information on this ikea foundation?

www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50188556/

It notes assembly is required so I assume the frame and the slats need to be screwed in. Does anyone know if this is solid? Are the slats spaced tightly or far apart? I'd be looking for a king split foundation to go with my new memory foam mattress.

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26 Dec 2012 03:43 #34 by ranger54
Thanks Phoenix. What a great post and timely for me as I'm about to make a latex mattress purchase this week and was struggling on what foundation.

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26 Dec 2012 20:57 #35 by Phoenix
Hi drmike,

I'm not familiar with it but I would want to make sure that the slats were suitable for the type of mattress you have. It looks to me like the slats are quite far apart and a cardboard surface would not be my first choice either. You can see a movie of it here where you can see the slat distance.

Phoenix

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01 Jan 2013 19:22 #36 by kevincognito
Hi,

I couldn't seem to find anything on this after searching for a long time, so I was hoping for some insight. After a ton of research, I purchased an Ultimate Dreams 13" Gel Memory Foam mattress, but I'm trying to figure out what kind of Foundation might be best for it.

I currently have an bed frame with an LP foundation from a 2-year old Simmons BeautyRest Anniversary, but I'm not sure if it would be OK to use this with the new memory foam mattress. Some of the options aside from this I found were:

This one from Costco that looks well made, but I'm kind of concerned about the gap in the middle... that didn't seem right to me?
www.costco.com/Comfort-Revolution-Queen-...roduct.11474952.html

This type of foldable frame, although I'm not all that convinced of the quality. If I need to buy one, I'd rather it be the Costco one, but I suppose this would be the other option if the gap is no good:
www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/DuraBed-Qu...5201282/product.html

If I have to, the other option would be a KD foundation on my current frame... Obviously, I'd like to save some money and use the current foundation, but I don't really know if that is an option--so I'm not sure what the next best bet would be. I see most of the talk is about Latex mattresses here.

Thanks!

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01 Jan 2013 22:14 #37 by kevincognito
Well, the manufacturer got back fairly quickly and said the BeautyRest box spring would be perfect for the mattress--so I guess that solves that question.

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02 Jan 2013 01:07 #38 by Phoenix
Hi kevincognito,

That certainly makes things easier :)

Just for reference ... I'm assuming the Beautyrest Triton foundation is the one you mean?

Phoenix

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05 Jan 2013 17:50 #39 by blakehew
I'm Curious about the metal frames sold by Mattresses.net. I read somewhere else that these metal frame bases aren't the best for a full latex mattress because the thin wires could cut into the mattress, but mattresses.net say they are suitable for their mattresses? Im considering one of these since the price is right and i like the advantage of more storage space under the bed, but if it will damage my mattress i buy from them then i don't want to take that risk.

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05 Jan 2013 18:19 - 05 Jan 2013 18:23 #40 by Phoenix
Hi blakehew,

I share your concerns about the wire grid foundations and the effect they may have on an all latex mattress over longer timeframes. If I was going in this direction, I would choose a model that had more rather than less wires in it and had the greatest possible supportive surface area and the smallest possible "grid spacing" and I would also put a thick fabric of some type over the wire grid to even out the support and further protect the mattress. With this caveat ... they can be a good lower budget alternative even with a slight additional risk (which would be difficult to "quantify").

While they certainly have their advantages ... including cost, strength, and storage area ... if i was buying an all latex mattress (vs a mattress that used polyfoam or innersprings in the support layers) I would make sure that the foundation I used had the best possible odds of being both evenly supportive and less likely to damage the mattress over the longer term. At the least in the case of the wire grid type ... I would make sure it was covered with a thicker material (even a blanket etc) just because my "gut" tells me it would be better.

Phoenix

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