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What should I do with old, bowed support slats?

09 Sep 2019 10:08 #821 by Astray
These frames are much too tall for a box spring to go on top of the frame. The top of the mattress would likely be 3+ feet tall with a box spring.

What I'm gathering is that you believe the holes would be too large without some sort of extra support on top of the frame though? I'm going to cutting the fabric off the top of box spring to put over the frame to add additional support (it should be very tight), but I don't want to add anything really thick to the platform if it can be helped.

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14 Sep 2019 06:19 - 14 Sep 2019 06:20 #822 by Sensei
Hey Astray,

Welcome to the mattress forum :).

Thanks for the post. This is always an interesting topic, and for many years the "traditional mattress players" played a lot of games with fear...warranty is void, lack of support will be dangerous, blah blah blah. Personally, the foundation you choose is totally up to you, AND any latex mattress can go over these frames, from Zinus and others......most importantly one should know the risks, how the technology will work.

I purchased a Zinus Van 16 Inch Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support / Mattress Foundation, Queen this past year for a Teenagers Queen bed. It has worked perfectly fine. It was only $79.00 and storage has been much better for her. The foundation just does not feel like it is going to last a long time, but was perfect for my use. Each foundation will also make the mattress feel different, so for some people this can affect their PPP mix.

There is more information about the different types of support systems (bedframes and foundations or platform beds) that are generally suitable for different types of mattresses and some examples of each of them in post 1 best foundations for latex mattress. I would also keep in mind that these are general guidelines and some manufacturers have requirements that may be different so I would always confirm with the retailer or manufacturer of your mattress that any support system you are planning to use under the specific mattress you purchase meets their warranty requirements and guidelines.


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Last edit: 14 Sep 2019 06:20 by Sensei.

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15 Sep 2019 21:40 - 15 Sep 2019 21:41 #823 by Astray
So I actually changed my mind about the Zinus because it wasn't tall enough. I ended up doing a whole bunch of things that most people probably wouldn't do, which I'll go into, but basically I ended up with this instead. I did this solely because I wanted a taller bed, but I slightly regret the decision as the Zinus Elite was of a much higher quality than the Ziyoo, but it gets the job done. I did more in-depth review of it on Amazon that will be posted eventually.

Anyways, after getting the Ziyoo, I actually found a brand new box spring from a local seller for $35 and I proceeded to tear it apart to keep the materials that covered the top of the box. It consisted of a very sturdy, almost cardboard like sheet that had reinforcing string in it, similar to heavy duty packaging tape and the cloth cover. Putting these on top of the frame with one of those sticky mats to hold it all in place on the frame basically just made my frame into a very thin foundation/box spring that provides more than enough support and pressure dispersion for any mattress I might put on there.

Destruction of the box spring and removal of all the staples and nails took up well over 6 hours though so I don't recommend it though haha. Luckily, the task provided me with enough to time to binge watch a show a Netflix I had been putting off too.
Last edit: 15 Sep 2019 21:41 by Astray.

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19 Sep 2019 15:53 #824 by Sensei
Hey astray,

Thanks for the update. I totally get the need for extra height. Wow, the "project" of taking apart the old box spring...I totally get what you did....but more importantly.. which show on Netflix did you binge-watch? I'm kidding, we wouldn't want the forum to veer into Neflix reviews/opinions.

I do agree you will have plenty of support and balance with your foundation, and a bit more pride in the accomplishment in my opinion.

Thanks again,

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