Mattress sales are not glamorous. Â But what is the least glamorous part of your new bed? Â The metal frame. Â It’s the part that you think is included, but itâ€™s probably not. Â Itâ€™s the part that you donâ€™t see, donâ€™t care about, but can totally ruin your new mattress set. Â Itâ€™s the part that you think is cheap, but since itâ€™s made of steel, itâ€™s not.
First, letâ€™s talk about why itâ€™s important. Â It supports your foundation, which then supports your mattress. Â If the frame doesnâ€™t have a center support (for a queen or king size), you WILL damage your foundation and mattress. Â Box springs arenâ€™t designed to hold all the weight being placed on them without having support in the middle. Â Conversely, if your frame is held together with the dreaded C-clamps, chances are that things have shifted a bit and the side of your foundation isnâ€™t even on the frame anymore. Â Also not good.
Second, letâ€™s talk about why they cost so much. Â They are made of steel, which is expensive. Â They are heavy, and cost a lot to ship. Â They are not a big money maker for mattress stores.
Third, letâ€™s talk about your frame at home, and whether you can just use it again. Â Does steel wear out? Â Not really, but you want to make sure that your frame will adequately support your new, heavy mattress. Â Is it the correct size? Â There should be minimal room on each side of the foundation, between it and the side rails. Â There should be a center support bar for queen and King frames. Â There should be at least one leg extending to the ground in the middle of the bed, attached to this center support bar. Â The frame should have all of the wheels/glides intact. Â There should be no rust or corrosion.
Finally, letâ€™s talk about why you would buy the more expensive frame, rather than the cheap-o frame. Â A more expensive frame has more steel, more strength, and more of the rails touching the foundation. Â There is usually a center support bar that is about 3-4â€ wide, extending from the head of the bed to the foot of the bed, which is especially important for king sized beds. Â The wheels are wider, less likely to break, and have wheel locks. Â They will be a one size only frame, meaning that they are not held together by nuts and bolts, but by wedge locks. Â All in all, buying a more expensive frame will be a one time expense that you wonâ€™t have to replace.
So the next time you are buying a mattress, do your homework first and look at your frame. Â If you can use it, great. Â If you need a new one, spring for the best one that you can afford, and ensure that your investment in the mattress will extend as long as possible.