In hardly any everyday situation are we more helpless than during sleep. It is absolutely understandable that you want a safe place to sleep that provides security and thus offers an optimal basis for relaxation. Nobody wants to have to fear that the bed will collapse under them during the night and a good night’s sleep is hard to imagine if the bed wobbles or squeaks, creaks or makes other noises with every movement. In the sleep magazine, we therefore deal extensively with the stability of beds in this article and provide, among other things, answers to the key questions: “How do you recognize a stable bed?” And “How can you stabilize a bed?” .
The stable bed
Before we can devote ourselves to the questions of what characterizes a stable bed and how a bed can be additionally stabilized, we briefly present the various individual elements of beds.
The term bed denotes both the pure bed frame or bed frame and the unit of bed frame / bed frame, spring base and mattress. Sometimes the term bed frame is also used to denote the slatted frame, which is also known as a spring wood frame. In our remarks in this article, the bed frame always means the bed frame.
Classic beds are made up of the bed frame, an inlaid slatted frame with wooden slats, plate modules or a combination of both elements for the spring base and a mattress. The bed frame can be designed very differently in terms of materials and equipment components, among other things. Basically, there are always bed legs or feet that support a frame that has support options for the spring base. We will go into more detail about the slatted frame later. This classic bed structure can also be found in the majority of upholstered beds, which differ from the frame beds by an upholstered bed frame with cover (textile, synthetic leather, leather).
With box spring insertion systems, the structure of the bed is almost identical to the classic bed arrangement. Here the slatted frame is simply replaced by an insert box with a spring core. The insert box is carried by the slatted frame. In order to be able to use a conventional bed frame with a box spring insertion system, a certain insertion depth must be available. In the case of bed frames with a headboard, a headboard extension may also be required so that the headboard can still be used with a higher bed structure with box, mattress and topper. The wall panel shown in the third illustration is not a regular part of the bed. It is mounted separately on a wall of the bedroom. Then you place the bed directly in front of the wall panel, so that there is an optical and functional unit. (More info:Box spring insert system “Kingston” )
Box spring beds are available in different designs. Most beds with a box spring system do not have a regular bed frame. Rather, the bed box acts as a substructure. Accordingly, the bed legs or feet are mounted directly on the box. Any head section and, if applicable, a foot section are also fixed to the box. The mattress and topper are simply placed on the box. In some cases, the topper is also attached to the corners of the mattress using elastic bands.
Bed frames come in many different types. They differ from one another in particular in terms of material and construction. In general, no specific statements can be made about which type of bed frame offers the highest stability, as there are sometimes large differences within a material and in the processing quality. Basically, the material quality, the strength of the material used and the statics of the entire construction always play an important role. In terms of stability, high-quality beds made of wood-based materials can be better than very inexpensive solid wood beds, for example made of pine.
Since wooden beds in particular are very popular and widespread, we will go into the characteristics of a stable solid wood bed frame in more detail below. In addition, we briefly deal with the properties of a solid bed made of metal.
Solid wood bed frames
In the case of solid wood beds, a distinction is made between parquet gluing, lamellar gluing and board processing / beam processing based on the processing method.
With parquet gluing, also known as finger-jointed gluing , many short wooden strips are glued together using the finger-jointing process to form a large wooden panel. Since only short pieces of wood are used, there is hardly any risk of warpage from “working” wood, which is why solid wood beds with parquet glued offer excellent stability.
In the context of lamellar gluing , which is also described by the term stick gluing, panels made from continuous, long wooden lamellas are used. In this process, the wooden slats are not joined lengthwise. In the case of solid wooden beds with lamellar glue, the long wooden slats can cause the wood to “work” harder, which is why the stability is somewhat weaker than that of beds with parquet glued.