The necessity of bed slats

Most people have brought at least one bed during their lifetime. You’ll usually check the speck, such as the dimensions of the bed, maye if it can be customised and perhaps even if the bed has been sourced from sustainable wood. And yet one thing that is frequently overlooked by most buyers is this: what bed slats does the bed come with. Are solid slats better for me? Or are sprung slats better for me? What should I choose? People rarely ask these questions.

And it's important that you do. Based on the bed base type you have, your sleeping experience can be totally changed. Therefore, we’ve decided to write this piece covering what bed slats are, the two main types as well as if there are any beds out there that don't even require them (for example, the futon). So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get into it!

What are bed slats?

Bed slats form the support of your bed base and are placed below your mattress. Bed slats are rows of wood that run across the base of your bed and help support your mattress. They can be made from a variety of materials such as oak and pine or even metal in more modern beds such as bunk beds.

What are solid slats?

Solid slats are usually made from harder wood, they create a firmer sleeping experience ideal for all ages. Additionally, they are more durable in contrast to sprung slats which are usually made from cheaper woods such as pine.

What are sprung slats?

Sprung slats, on the other hand, provide a more cushioned experience. They are similar to springs in that they bend and arch upwards which act as a form of shock absorption for the mattress.

In contrast…

What does a futon bed consist of?

A futon bed is made up of quite simply a bed and mattress. In Japan these are called shikibuton and kakebuton respectively. No bed slats at all!

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