Bed & Mattress Guide


Base types

The base type makes a huge difference to the overall feel of the bed.
Bed bases at a glance:

Mattress Size Mattress Size Measurements in Imperial (feet/inches) Mattress Size Measurements in Metric (centemeters)
Base Type Feature Benefit
Sprung Edge Fully sprung base designed for durability and comfort.
Works in conjunction with the mattress.
Gives added comfort while prolonging the life of your mattress.
Platform Top A solid top base. Ideal for providing a firmer feel to the bed.
Sprung Slatted Base Curved wooden slats, which sit within the frame. The natural bounce in the slats adjusts to your profile where the most pressure is exerted giving a greater degree of comfort.
Slatted Base Most common mattress support system used on bedsteads. Usually fixed wooden slats. Offers a firmer base.


Sprung Edge

Sprung Edge

The name 'sprung edge' can be a little misleading, as this type of base has a fully sprung top and not just the edges as its name suggests. Considered the most luxurious of bases, they provide even support across the whole mattress, with no hard edges, which helps create a softer feel and works with the mattress to 'take the strain'. The result makes the whole bed feel softer and will increase the life of the mattress. But if you prefer something slightly firmer, then a 'platform top' option may be more suitable.

Platform Top

Platform Top

This type of base has a solid top without springs. Constructed with a wooden frame, which is upholstered with a layer of padding on top, it is also a cheaper option, as it uses fewer materials and less labour. A platform top base will make the whole bed feel firmer and is often used in conjunction with orthopaedic mattresses.

Sprung Slatted Base

Sprung Slatted Base

Slats are the most common type of mattress support system used on bedsteads. A base with sprung slats features curved wooden slats, usually made of beech, which sit within the frame. The natural bounce in the slats means that they will adjust to your profile where you exert the most pressure. A larger bed will have a double spring unit, one on each side, supported by a central rail, which eliminates roll together and ensures you will not be disturbed when your partner gets out of bed.

Slatted Base

Slatted Base

This is the most common mattress support system used with bed frames. It features wooden slats, usually made of pine, which are fixed within the frame. This system has the benefit of allowing air to move below the mattress and therefore lets it breathe. A larger bed will also have a support bar down the middle of the bed. This gives extra stability to the bedstead and your mattress.

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