These days, in order to keep your mattress warranty valid, mattress manufacturers require that your bed (queen size or larger) have a center support with a leg to the floor. If you’ve found yourself in the market for one, you’ll quickly realize it can get overwhelming with all of the different options. There are several questions you can ask yourself in order to make the process of choosing a center support for your bed a much easier process.
What are your side rails made of?
The first question would be, are your rails metal, or wood? Center supports are typically made specifically for the type of rail you have. If you have metal side rails, the support will usually have a clip that allows the center support to slide onto the rail and remain in place. If you have wood side rails, the support will have a flat tab on the ends and you will attach them using wood screws. There is also another common type of side rail, it’s made of metal but is painted to look like wood. These rails can be difficult to find a solution for. The edges of these rails are curved, making it impossible for either the typical support made for metal or wood support to work. For these, you could either try to contact the manufacturer or forfeit your current rails and replace them with wood or metal rails.
How much weight are you putting on your mattress?
Another important question is, how much weight will be placed on the supports? All center supports have a weight limit. They usually range anywhere from between 400 lbs to 3,500 lbs. I know that even 400 sounds like a lot, but it’ll add up fast. If your bed set weighs 80 pounds, you weigh 180 and your partner weighs around 200 then you’re at 460 already. The more weight they’ll hold the sturdier, but more expensive they’ll be. You may also want to consider getting more support than you really need; if the trends continue as they are, mattresses will only get thicker! This will prevent you from having to replace them again. Some products, like the Knickerbocker Bed Beam, offer a lifetime warranty!
How long do you want them to last?
This question touches in the same territory as the last one, but longevity is also a good thing to keep in mind. If you’re buying them for a kids bed, you would be perfectly fine with some basic metal slats with legs attached, such as these. However, if you want to protect a major investment, for example, an expensive bed set and brand new mattress, you should opt for something that supports a lot of weight and has a decent warranty.
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