Why you shouldn’t use a mattress on a bed frame

Why you shouldn’t use a mattress on a bed frame (most of the time)

Over the years we have seem numerous counts of damage and excessive wear to the mattress due to an improperly design bed frame or a bed frame with insufficient support for the mattress.

Mattresses have inbuilt support for the person sleeping, but also need support themselves. In general a mattress will reflect the underlying surface that it is placed on – meaning if the surface underneath has big gaps or is not flat (like bed frames with posture slats) then over time the mattress will reflect the gaps underneath or curve/dip to reflect the surface underneath. This means the user will feel a dip or sagging in certain parts and excessive softness in regions where the mattress springs may fall through the gaps between the slats.

What kind of bed frame should I choose?

Generally speaking you should choose a bed frame with solid flat slats that have slats that are at least 6cm thick with no more than 8cm gap between them. The slats should be properly secured to the bed frame and should not move when pushed with your hands. The slats should also not bend or buckle by applying pressure with two fingers. We only recommend using a mattress manufacturer recommend style of bed base on your mattress such as the SlumberSense Ensemble Bed Base or the Boston Bed Base Range.

Using an improper bed base or foundation (normally an American word for bed base) will most likely void your mattress warranty.

Below is an example of a SlumberSense Bed Base with a proper mattress support system.

What is the worst kind of bed frame style?

Mesh or metal slat bed frames or flat pack bed frames that come in one tiny box. These are the worst by far and come with support bars/slats that are barely over 1-2cm thick. When mattress springs are 4-6cm in diameter, you ask yourself how something only 1cm thick can support a springn unit that is 6cm wide? All that will happen is the bending of the innerspring support unit of the mattress and eventually the springs will pop through the mattress. Below is an example of a pocket spring unit system. As you can see the spring in this case are held together by woven pockets. If there isn’t adequate spring support, then the springs will merely pop out of the pockets and ruin your mattress. THIS IS NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY. A lot of people purchasing over the internet put their $600-800 mattress on a $200 ebay or amazon bed frame – this is an absolutely terrible idea most of the time as many cheaper bed frames do not offer adequate support for your mattress.


Can I just put my mattress directly on the floor?




In the short term whilst you’re waiting for your bed frame delivery yes, but no longer than 2-3 weeks. Mattresses end up holding a lot of moisture while you sleep. A proper bed base allows a mattress to breath by allowing air to circulate underneath via the bed bases ventilation system. By placing your mattress directly on the floor this will prevent any moisture from escaping and your mattress to start to grow mould. This will void your warranty.

Mattress Stocktake Clearance Sale

Sell Sell Sell. We’ve further reduced prices on queen size and single size mattresses. This includes memory foam and titan coil pocket spring mattresses. Get a queen mattress in this mattress sale now.

Did you know that getting a suitable bed base or ensemble base is just as important as choosing the right double mattress? A suitable bed base provides the optimal support for your back and mattress and ensures your mattress investment is good for years to come. Having an unsupportive ensemble for your queen mattress will not only damage your mattress but also void your warranty.

So get a new ensemble base along with your queen mattress in this mattress sale.

SlumberSense Ensemble Bed Bases

Bed Bases

Bed Base Sale. Ensemble bed bases ready and in stock. You can find our great sale on bed bases here. SlumberSense ensemble bed bases are now available. Melbourne Bed Bases
bed bases
bed base

A good bed base helps to give your mattress the best support possible. Bed bases are sometimes referred to as the mattress foundation and shouldn’t be confused with bed frame. We stock only Australian timber solid frame bed bases. No cheap plastic mesh or flat pack bed bases. Our bed bases come fully assembled, all you need to do is screw in the feet by hand. No tools required.

There are 3
main kinds of bed supports in Australia.

Slatted base: Is commonly found on bed frames using skeleton slats or posture slats which are as firm a solid timber bed slats.

Spring or build in bases: Often found in older style mattress foundations this style of bed frame is now outdated due to reduced durability over time and offering little benefit over ensemble bed bases

Ensemble  The most commonly used base which has wheels or glider at the bottom of a solid timber framed unit.

Bed Base

You can find our double bed ensembles and queen bed ensembles here

Queen Bed Base

Or get queen bed ensembles here


queen bed base


Bed Base Construction

Below is a picture of the inside timber frame used in our bed bases.

Our best bases require very little installation, the only thing you need to do is screw in the legs.

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