I'm not sure this is the correct group for a mattress question but
here goes. I have a platform bed (queen) with a mattress that says on
it that it is approved for platform beds. It's over 10 years old and
I'm thinking it is time to replace it.
One thing that I've noticed about mattresses is that it is impossible
to comparison shop. Each store has different lines from the same
manufacturer. Something that should probably be investigated.
Anyway, there don't seem to be mattresses approved for platform beds
anymore and I was wondering about the comfort/durability of mattresses
without box springs. Any advice on mattresses for platforms is greatly
I used to work for a small 10 store mattress chain so I know a bit about
The mattress companies make the same or similar mattresses under different
names for all different stores this allows all of them to claim you won't
find a lower price on the superduperpedic anywhere else, since no one else
carries that brand. Of the national brands I felt Serta was a good brand as
was Sealy Sealy however had poor box springs.
As for your question a Platform bed will cause the bed to feel much firmer
and will cause the mattress to wear out quicker sine the box spring is not
absorbing any of the weight. You can purchase a foam bed air bed or a
pillow top bed and you should be OK. The important thing is to look at the
warranty and see all the different models with the same warranty. if the
warranty is the same then the product is similar. Warranty should say if it
is void on a platform bed, or not.
It is important to try any bed on a platform rather than a box spring. Go to
the stores when they are not busy so that you can spend some time just
laying on the bed. A good way to get a decent price on a mattress only
since they are expensive is to go the warehouse outlet of one of the stores
and see if you they have any scuffed mattresses. Many times during handling
the mattresses are slid around and sometimes the plastic bag will tear in a
corner and the mattress will get dirty in the corner. people paying full
price will always complain about a dirt mark that no one ever sees. So you
can save some $$ buying it.
I don't believe that there is any reason a mattress would wear quicker
without box springs than it would on a platform. Bying a mattress
and a springs set (with each costing the same amount of money) never
made sense to me. I like a firm mattress and that is what we bought.
And a platform will make a mattress a little more firm. Of course,
you must put something between the mattress and the wood of the frame
just to keep the fabric from abrading, and it only makes sense that
you would put down a layer of foam to cushion the mattress. You
could, of course, put down a pile of wool blankets but that would be
rather costly. We went with a 2 inches of foam, which is not
compressed at all by the mattress, thus the mattress is completely
supported, probably better than a box spring would. We turned ours
often at first, but tended to do it less often as it got older. Oh,
yes, same mattress, same foam padding, still working just fine after
32 years. Course it isn't one of those stupid pillow tops; they had
more sense than to make them back when we bought that mattress.
I don't know if it is long or not. Some people change things just for
change, not because change is needed or improves anything We don't
piss on it, and neither did dogs or cats and the mattress is always
covered. The springs are all in place, no humps and bumps. There are
no tears in the fabric.
As for the foam, it's just the cheap stuff available in any store at
the time. Could be that it is better quality that some of the current
stuff. But the real reason that it is still in good condition is that
it is completely covered (by the mattress and bedding), the bottom is
on a sheet and then the boards, and it is never in the light. I've
got a lot of foam pieces (saved from various things) that are still in
good condition after 10s of years. I think the main factor is to keep
it out of sunlight.
It has been. It is perfectly legal; sleazy, but legal. Other industries do
it also, but it is not noticed as much. HP has done it with printers making
the identical units, say the 850 for the small computer shops, the 855 for
the big chain stores.
Can't help much. If you cannot find anything that is specific, I'd put a 1"
layer of foam on the platform to give a bit of cushioning. Might help, can't
On 11 Oct 2004 21:57:24 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (aeropal) wrote:
That's different. I hadn't considered a latex mattress. Hmm. All sorts
of jokes present themselves. I'll restrain that.
I'm worried about smell, durability, cat damage. Thickness. 5 1/2 or 6
inches. Most sheets these days are getting deeper corners and support
12 - 18 inch mattresses. That could be a problem.
Still, I'll continue the hunt. Thank your for the pointer.
We recently got a new king for our platform bed. The only restriction was
that there had to be enough support. Our bed has more than a dozen slats and
that was sufficient. When you are at the store ask to see the warranty
information. That should tell you the requirements.
Make your own.. (or have it made..)
What I did was look up "foam" in the phonebook, and find a
place called "american foam", which company was perfectly
willing to glue up a matress in any shape I wanted, in any of
three different densities of foam. 4" of high density foam is
nearly impossible to bottom out on, which I like, but it's too hard
for most people, so I'd recommend 2-4" of high density foam
laminated onto 2"-4" of medium density foam, all wrapped
in sunforger marine canvas (which, while not QUITE
waterproof, is water-repellent enough to keep the foam
inside from acting like a sponge..)
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