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    Slats for bed

    I'm making a bed similar in style to the modern bed frame shown by Rockler (https://www.rockler.com/build/bedframe), but king size. The frame is sapele.

    With this design, I don't want to need a box spring. There will be lengthwise middle bar with two legs for additional support. Given that, what's recommended for wood/dimensions for breadth-wise support slats to actually hold the mattress?

    Also, how wide should the lip on the sides be to hold the slats? I assume 1" is plenty.
    Last edited by Aaron Liebling; 07-06-2021 at 5:41 PM.

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    Id check with your mattress manufacturer. You may void the warranty if it is not either on a box spring/foundation or solid surface. Id do it more like a platform bed and make a solid foundation.

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    I use the 3/4 x 3 or 4 spruce from a builders supply for the slats. Space them 10 or so apart. On King beds I use a 2x4 down the center with two legs. The 1 lip will do fine. I screw a couple of the slats down to the side lip near the center of the bed to prevent bowing.
    Last edited by Charlie Jones; 07-10-2021 at 7:47 PM.
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    Thanks Charlie, that's pretty much exactly what I was thinking.

    Phil: Hadn't even considered that the mattress might not like slats versus a boxspring (it's on a boxspring now). It's memory foam and the consensus on this mattress seems to be that it will be fine on slats. The wife very specifically doesn't want a boxspring anymore as she wants the lower profile of a platform bed.

    Thanks for the useful thoughts!

    Aaron

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    Im in the mattress business. Not sure what brand you have, but TempurPedic and any other memory foam based manufacturer Ive worked with would void the warranty if its not on a solid surface. It would be fine to put a 3/4 sheet of ply over the slats. Companies also make thin foundations2 or less.

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    Thanks, Phil. Easy enough to do!

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