Benefits of Using Bed Slats
Not to mention they provide even support for all types of mattresses. Using slats instead of a traditional box spring may ensure your mattress won’t sag. Additionally, wooden slats are lightweight and easy to assemble. You can place most slatted foundations on any bed frame for firm support.
Individual slats are highly sensitive and can break easily with excess weight. If an overweight person kneels on one of the slats or bends in a way that places too much pressure on one slat, it may break. This fact alone may cause some overweight people to reconsider purchasing a slat platform bed.
Slats on the bed foundation allow the air to flow freely, which means your mattress will be able to breathe. Likewise, a mattress foundation lifts your bed from the ground, giving it a natural height for you to lay down on; this makes it easier for you to jump in and out of your bed.
However, solid bases can make softer mattresses feel firmer, while slatted bases retain the original feel of the mattress. Slatted bases are better for softer and thinner mattresses, while solid bases are better for firmer mattresses and heavy people.
When it comes to your bed’s foundation, you need either a box spring or slats, not both. That being said, some sleepers still prefer a flat surface in between the slats and mattress, especially to help avoid sinking. Instead of a box spring, you can place a piece of plywood or a bunkie board there instead.