For many, memory foam mattresses are the best option because of the cradling comfort they provide, allowing you to drift off to peaceful sleep. In addition, because the foam itself isn’t quite the same rigidity as an innerspring mattress, you’ll need additional support. Where the mattress base comes into play is.
Why Memory Foam Mattress Foundation is Required?
Mattresses are traditionally placed on a box spring, which is subsequently placed on top of a bed frame. The problem arises, though, if you do not own a box spring. A memory foam mattress will cause you to sink all the way to the floor if you use a bed frame that isn’t built for that kind of weight.
Using a box spring is an option, but laying a solid base might yield superior results. You’ll also have to get rid of your box spring if you want to make your bed shorter. A bed frame will help you with storage and enhance the aesthetics of your bedroom, so consider building one if you don’t already have one.
Step 1 – Get Your Wood
- In order to get started on a project, it is essential that you have all of the wood you need. You’ll need to take a tape measure to your memory foam mattress to get these measurements. You may lay the groundwork in a variety of ways.
- To begin, place the mattress as close to the frame’s edges as possible. Makes it easier to put together, but the mattress may fall off.
- A second option is to have the mattress sit in a cradle by creating a boundary around it. As a result, the mattress will remain sturdy, but sheets and mattress coverings will be more difficult to apply.
- In any instance, you’ll need to take measurements of the whole frame, including the cross bars that serve as securing braces. As many as three cross beams are required to prevent drooping or breaking, depending on the width of the bed.
- The outside frame will be somewhat longer than the centre cross bars, so keep that in mind. Before having your wood cut, make sure you measure it several times. This will save you money in the long run.
- In addition to the frame, you’ll also need wood for the slats and the feet. Increased stiffness and storage space are two benefits of a bed with more slats and taller feet. Your construction should be planned this way.
Step 2 – Create The Frame
- You’ll need to make sure that you have adequate room to create your mattress foundation. Make it either in the room where you intend to keep it (if possible) or in a separate work area.
- Attach the two side pieces to the end pieces to form the frame. To keep the wood from moving while you hammer nails into it, use wood glue. Make sure you know how long it will take for the wood to cure before you begin.
- The best way to make a mattress cradle is to add wooden panels to the base frame’s outside. Make it easy to put together. As a result, fasten screws to the corners of the frame once the panels have been glued on.
- Insert the cross bars once the outer frame has been fixed. Your slats will span the width of the bed, therefore they should be placed lengthwise. Glue them in place with wood glue once more.
- Screws or nails can be used once the adhesive has cured, depending on your preference. You’ll want to drill a hole first if you plan on using screws. However, nails might come off with time.
Step 3 – Add The Slats
- Slats can now be attached to the frame once it has been screwed or nailing in place. The best option is to attach them to both sides and the central crossbars.
- A more sturdy slat structure will result. Make sure you have enough slats to keep your mattress from sagging by adding extra. Glue them in place before screwing (or nailing), like you did with the frame, to add extra rigidity.
Step 4 – Add The Legs
- In order to add the legs, you’ll need to flip the cradle’s structure upside down. As long as it’s flush, you may put the legs on and then flip the frame over. Placing the wood at the point where two frame legs meet makes for a strong connection. Gluing and nailing them into the frame is the preferred method.
- Take care not to damage the wood by hitting the already-in-place nails or screws. To ensure that your legs are properly attached, you may need to prepare ahead.
- Also keep in mind the possibility of adding legs to the centre of the frame. If your bed is large enough, placing them in the corners may put too much strain on them, resulting in them bowing out. It’s better to have legs on either side for stability.