Metal bases for beds

The base is the most important part of the bed. It is a kind of foundation. If you have already chosen a mattress, then you need to take care of how it is distributed under the base..

Incorrect fitting errors can contribute to poor sleep quality (and even harm the spine), and incompatibility of the base and mattress in size or properties can reduce effectiveness.

Today we will talk about metal bed bases..


There are different types of iron foundations. They have their own structure, certain features, advantages and disadvantages.. Such basics are divided into:

  • Solid – have a flat, hard surface.
  • Rack – have orthopedic properties.
  • Mesh is just a mesh that is attached to the frame (this item can be omitted, the worst option).

They produce products of different sizes (140 × 200 – one-and-a-half beds, 160 × 200, 180 × 200 – wide double beds, 90 × 190 – single beds, more often for children), with and without legs, all-welded and collapsible options.


Each type has its own characteristics, structure, advantages and disadvantages. It is worth considering them in more detail..


The iron base has good durability (20-30 years), high strength, environmental friendliness and wear resistance. In production, anti-corrosion steel is used, which is covered with polymer paint, which increases durability and improves anti-corrosion properties. The metal base does not become less rigid over time, it is not combustible, moisture resistant.


Metal is a heavy material (compared to wood or plastic). This bed is more difficult to assemble. The all-welded version is harder to transport. If the metal base is rack and pinion, then the lamellae under pressure bend slightly, which worsens the properties of the orthopedic mattress.

Now it is worth considering specifically each type.

Solid base

It is the best choice for any mattress (except for orthopedic). Available with or without legs. If there are no legs, the base should be exactly in a horizontal position. The mattress should be about the same height and width as the base.

The advantage is the low cost – the design is very simple. Such a product is more wear-resistant when compared with a lamella base..

With a large area (140 × 200, 180 × 200), an important feature is maintaining stability under high load. A flat and hard surface is indicated for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases of the spine (lordosis, kyphosis).

The disadvantage of this type is poor ventilation of the mattress., it can accumulate moisture, retain odor, and will have to dry if it gets wet. It will need to be ventilated more often, turned over, which causes unnecessary trouble. For this reason, you need to choose beds with legs or holes that provide air access. In the event of defects, it must be replaced as a whole. Orthopedic mattresses on a solid surface will lose some of the anatomical features.

Orthopedic base

Rack – the best option for an orthopedic mattress. This is the most common type of bed base. Lamellas are attached with lato holders (made of rubber, metal or plastic), they give the latoflexes (lamellas) shock-absorbing properties.

There are a lot of options: with clips, switches, different levels of flexibility, and so on. There are narrow products (up to 5 mm) and wide (5-12 mm). They are attached to the frame in such a way that the width between them is no more than the width of one rail.

The orthopedic base has the following properties:

  • The orthopedic mattress matches perfectly with such a base.
  • Increases its efficiency and service life.
  • Sufficient ventilation, which makes the mattress more durable.
  • The metal frame is resistant to various external influences, it looks decorative, does not ignite.
  • Flexible design.
  • Body weight is evenly distributed over the surface.
  • These products increase the cushioning of the berth (compared to other types of bases). It is the best choice for quality sleep.


You can especially highlight the complexity of the assembly. The price of such a product will be higher compared to other types. The more complex the structure, the higher the likelihood of breakage, the more difficult it is to repair it..

The slats lose their elasticity over time, the fastenings weaken, so they will need to be replaced. All this does not help to save the budget, you will have to repair the product with your own hands (well, or call a master). Metal lamellas practically do not bend. May start to squeak over time if not properly attached to the frame. With rigid fixation, there will be a loss of anatomical functionality.

Selection Tips

What and how to buy is up to the buyer himself. You can get the information you need from the seller.

However, it is worth considering a few useful tips, trying to understand the important nuances:

  • Attention is drawn to the type of frame (solid / prefabricated).
  • The type of metal is taken into account.
  • Availability of modern functions (systems for folding and unfolding the berth, equipment for vibrating massage, lifting mechanism).
  • If the orthopedic base of the bed is being considered, then you will have to find out information about the number, size of latoflexes.
  • For those who love a healthy and pleasant sleep, it is worth choosing a base made of lamellas..
  • The length of the slats (width of the base) must exceed the mattress by 4 centimeters.
  • Better to choose products with legs.

The most important thing is to consider the type of mattress if you have already purchased the base. When you already have a mattress, take care of the choice of the base. A person sleeps about a third of his entire life, so it is worth making sleep pleasant, healthy – just wonderful.

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