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Choosing the Perfect Bed Base

When buying a new bed, your choice of mattress usually comes with great consideration; it’s what you’ll be spending thousands of hours tucked into every year. However, many people don’t realise that your bed base decision is equally important.

That’s why we’re breaking down the different base options available so that you can find the best one for you and ensure that you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

How big is your room?

Take a look at your bedroom and think of everything that needs to fit in it. Figure out the approximate size all your furniture, where they will be placed and add half a metre of walk space between them and your bed. How much space can you afford for your bed?

You also have to take your personal requirements into account. If you’re fairly tall and/or large, you’ll need to choose a bigger bed to accommodate for your size. If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, you’ll need to choose an option in which you both fit.

While some bases differ in size a little, you can find the standard dimensions for each bed size, here.

Style and Material

Style is a very personal choice, and there are many questions who must ask yourself before choosing the aesthetic of your bed base. 

What colours and themes are your bedroom and the furniture in it? Is your bed going to be exposed to a lot of light, resulting in its colour fading over time?

If you’re searching for a subtle, aesthetically pleasing option for your bed base, upgrade to one of our upholstered bed bases.

Platform Box Base

Platform box bases are often the go-to choice for anyone seeking an efficient, modern and simple bed for urban dwellings in which room space is limited. These are essentially large flat bases that are low to the ground and which come with mattresses.

They are a practical option, void of traditional headboards and footboards that take up space in small rooms. They are also a great choice for those on a budget, platform bases can be a great option as they ensure your mattress is always well supported and can last longer than traditional slat beds.

Platform bases can also be a great option for those suffering from back pain or other sleep related issues, as they offer greater posture support and weight distribution. While these are a great option for a modern, minimalist room, they might not necessarily be the right choice for someone looking for a contemporary, vintage or classic look.

Slat Beds

Traditional slat beds have truly stood the test of time. They are frame with wooden slats that span from one side of the bed to another and are placed a few centimetres apart, resting on a centre beam.

They tend to be a little higher than platform bases and are therefore great for added storage. They are also easy to dismantle and transport, which can be useful if you are moving houses regularly, or if you need to get the bed upstairs or through a narrow doorway. However, dismantling and rebuilding slat beds over and over may decrease their longevity.

You can generally expect to invest a bit more into a high-quality slat bed than a platform base, as cheaply made slat beds tend to get rickety and creaky over time. Browse our latest collection of slat beds.

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