Ikea Slatted Bed Base or solid base - which is the best?

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  1. wonky

    wonky New Member

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    I am not able to decide between a slatted bed base and a solid one. Is the Ikea slatted base good?

    Are slats spaced a couple inches apart good enough? Will they make my mattress sag or will they damage the mattress?

    Anyone here who has used a slatted bed base with success or faced any issues?

    Thank you very much.
     
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    Mattresses do better and live a little longer on an even bed base. Some mattresses may lose shape over time if laid on slats. Check with your mattress supplier as well: if they honor their warranty when used on anything other than a uniformly solid bed base.

    OTOH, you could select a mattress of your choice and decide on the base that is best for it. This I think is the right way to go about it.
     
  4. wonky

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    Good point, there. Thank you, @bandwagon
     
  5. softsleeper

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    A slatted base provides a breathable under surface for your mattress, else sweat and other kinds of moisture will tend to stay trapped in the mattress and settle to its bottom. The mattress can get moldy over time.

    Slats make the work lighter but take longer to put in place or dismantle. Also, transporting is a breeze. Negotiating staircases and doorways is a non-existing question.

    And oh yes, you get slats in pairs. You lay them side by side across the width of the bed. That gives you extra isolation when two of you sleep on either side of the bed. Motion transfer solved.

    Go for curved slats or even sprung slats if you like. They give you extra cushion.
     
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    Slats bend under your body weight like springs. What you need to notice is each slat bends differently under different parts of your body. So it follows the pattern of how your weight is distributed from head to toe. That way, a slatted bed base acts differently from a plane base like a single sheet of plywood.

    How far you will notice this effect also depends on how much of the weight difference is absorbed by your mattress. A good mattress will take care of every thing by itself so it hardly matters if you have a solid base or a slatted one. As another member has already noted, slats provide good ventilation as well. Overall, a slatted bed base should make for a softer, cooler, fresher bed.

    If you need a firm bed with great support, slats may not be the base of choice for you.
     
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    For a latex mattress I would recommend a slatted bed frame that isn't too flexible. See that the distance between the slates are 1"-2" only. If you are using polyfoam mattress, then bigger gaps are alright.
     

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