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What should I do with old, bowed support slats?

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21 Mar 2013 19:40 #81 by Phoenix
Hi vbt101,

I suspect it will be fine ... and you certainly got a good price :)

Phoenix

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22 Mar 2013 11:12 #82 by moff342000
Phoenix,

Thanks for the work you put in on this site. I am strongly considering purchasing the Ultimate Dreams 13" Gel Memory Foam Mattress. After reading about it on this site I am going to go try out the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe today. If all goes well with that one I am going to order the Ultimate Dreams mattress (I have read it is a little firmer than the Cloud Luxe so I will be keeping that in mind).

For the base/foundation I would like to get something that is supportive for the mattress but I also want it to be economical. If I can keep it in a $175-$225 budget that would be ideal. I have read your main post on the topic and have read many other threads regarding it. I am a bit overwhelmed with all the different options.

Can you think of any base/foundation out there that you would directly recommend in the price range of $175-$225? Or would recommend sucking it up and spending the extra $100 or so to get one of the more highly recommended models?

Thanks-

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22 Mar 2013 18:09 #83 by Phoenix
Hi moff342000,

Can you think of any base/foundation out there that you would directly recommend in the price range of $175-$225? Or would recommend sucking it up and spending the extra $100 or so to get one of the more highly recommended models?


I don't know what size you are considering and foundations have a big price difference depending on size but I normally recommend either the foundation that is suggested by the manufacturer or something that is similar quality and just as evenly supportive. In this case that would mean any of the wood slat KD foundations in the list or the 14" wire grid foundations in the list that have the same number or more longitudinal wires.

There are some cheaper ones listed there as well that have less longitudinal wires which would probably be fine as well for a mattress with a polyfoam base layer like yours but the ones that have less wires and larger spaces in the grid would have a greater risk of foam sagging over time than the ones that are more evenly supportive. I don't think there is any way to quantify the risk though because they haven't been out for long enough to know for sure based on actual experience. The one they recommend here is inside your budget though although a cheaper version with less wires will "probably" also be fine.

Phoenix

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25 Mar 2013 19:14 #84 by moff342000
Thanks Phoenix for the info.

I decided to go the IKEA route-

I purchased a MALM bed - for $149.00

and then the

Sultan Lade - for $20.00

The slats appear to be a little less than 3" apart. It would probably be better if they were a little closer, but for the price I am pretty happy.

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25 Mar 2013 20:26 - 25 Mar 2013 20:28 #85 by humpback
Has anyone here used one of the 14" wire grid foundations for a long period of time? Just curious to hear any experiences, I can't decide if I want to go with that, or get a regular frame with a wooden foundation. That combo is more expensive, but I'm not sure how those metal ones will hold up over time. I'm not sure if there are more "heavy duty" metal platforms available.

Thanks.
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25 Mar 2013 20:26 #86 by Phoenix
Hi moff342000,

The gaps between the slats would be fine even for an all latex mattress and is certainly suitable for a mattress that has polyfoam in the base layers.

As you mentioned ... the Malm and the Sultan Lade slats are also good value and should work very well for you.

Phoenix

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25 Mar 2013 20:36 #87 by Phoenix
Hi humpback,

I think the frames themselves will be very durable but the bigger issue is how they will affect the mattress on top of them because they haven't been out long enough to know for sure. They are likely to be fine with a mattress with a polyfoam base layer but I would be a little cautious using them with an all latex mattress. You can read more about this in post #4 here .

The ones with more longitudinal wires or that have a cover on top could be less "risky" IMO.

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25 Mar 2013 21:23 #88 by humpback

Phoenix wrote: Hi humpback,

I think the frames themselves will be very durable but the bigger issue is how they will affect the mattress on top of them because they haven't been out long enough to know for sure. They are likely to be fine with a mattress with a polyfoam base layer but I would be a little cautious using them with an all latex mattress. You can read more about this in post #4 here .

The ones with more longitudinal wires or that have a cover on top could be less "risky" IMO.

Phoenix


Thanks. I am getting a mattress with a polyfoam base layer, latex comfort layer, and I would also put a cover on top. It just seems to me that those metal frames (which fold) wouldn't be super-strong, especially over the long haul. I've read a bunch of reviews, and they are generally very good, but it seems 1 out of 4 or 5 has an issue with squeaking and/or not being structurally sound.

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25 Mar 2013 21:59 #89 by Phoenix
Hi humback,

I've seen the same reports of sqeaking and it's generally a "fix" with lubricating the support struts or putting a washer in them but I haven't seen any significant issues with their structural integrity because I believe the better ones are very strong ... but I don't own one so I only have second hand experience with them (talking with people who sell them).

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26 Mar 2013 00:43 #90 by humpback
Do you consider the ones you linked in post 1 under "less expensive options" to be among the "better ones"? The Glideaway one (11 wires) looks interesting, but I can't find a single review for it. I would assume the one sold on BB's website should be good as well since they're selling it, but again, not sure how long people have been using them for- I don't really want to have to replace it in a year or two.

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