Having the proper support system is integral to the performance of the sleep set. Sleep sets today are much heavier and are engineered to provide maximum comfort and support with very little motion transfer.
Placing your new sleep set on the wrong or inadequate support system will cause the sleep set to wear more quickly and not perform as expected. In some cases, having the wrong support system will void the manufactures warranty.
There are three types of support systems:
Bed Frame – steel support system with wheels and or glides that are able to accommodate a headboard only.
Rails – steel support system which runs between the headboard and footboard.
Bedbeam – steel and composite support system which provides proper support for Headboard Footboard beds with wooden slats and side rails
Things to consider when selecting a support system
Weight of the new sleep set
Select a support system that is engineered to support the increased weight of your new sleep set. Today’s sleep sets are significantly heavier than those in the past and place a greater strain on the legs and wheels of older frames. Lack of support will result in greater motion, squeaking and even leg and wheel failure.
Headboard / Footboard beds traditionally come with wooden slats that rest on the cleats attached to the side rails and provide one point of contact to the floor. In most cases, this is inadequate and will result in damage to the sleep set as well as the bed itself.
Select a support system that is long enough to prohibit the foundation from cracking or the bed from flipping up if you sit at the foot of the bed and has locking wheels or glides that prohibit the bed from moving when exiting.
Proper center support is required by most manufacturers to keep your new sleep set in compliance with warranty guidelines. Center support keeps the sleeping surface flat for greater comfort and durability. Full, Queen and King sized mattresses require proper center support with legs touching the floor.