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Old 11-13-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Platform beds?

I need a new bed and the ones that meet my needs are all platform. I have never had anything other than the old fashioned box spring and mattress ( except when travelling then whatever hotels have). I like a fairly firm mattress

For those of you who made a switch was it difficult to get used to?

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Old 11-13-2017, 05:14 PM   #2
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Both of our beds are memory foam on top of a box platform which fits on a regular bed frame.
I love memory foam and they are best used without a box spring.
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I went to a memory foam mattress 2-3 years ago and took the opportunity to get an adjustable bed platform. I don't think I'm sleeping any better but I love being able to sit up more for reading, watching TV, or to elevate my head if I have a cold.
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Old 11-13-2017, 05:59 PM   #4
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My memory foam mattress is a few years old and still quite firm. The worst part was the initial chemical smell, which took several weeks to dissipate, not several days as advertised.
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I have one with a memory foam mattress. It's a "slat bed" which are popular in Europe, horizontal wooden slats with a halfway stiffener on a queen frame.

Very comfy.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:22 PM   #6
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The box spring for most mattresses is nothing more than a solid platform for the mattress to sit on so if you use a platform bed you usually don't need the box spring. I've had a platform bed for years and have had latex foam and hybrid coil mattresses on it without a box spring and no issues at all.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:52 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Zinger I do have a true box spring. The set is quite old because most of its life was spent in a seldom used guest room. So whatever I do unless I seek out a retro mattress set I will be making a big change. I was looking at hybrid coil mattresses so glad to hear you have found them comfortable.
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We switched in June. We bought a new mattress at the same time and moved from a queen size to a king. Lots of changes.

We very much like the new bed. But who is to say if it is mattress or the platform bed. I would guess the former over the latter.
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Switched to platform a few years ago and now I'm wondering why we ever wanted/needed a box spring. Also recently added a foam/gel mattress topper to freshen up the old mattress.
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Have considered one with pull out drawers under for additional storage in our second home (which is small). So thanks all for the reviews.
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That is the kind we have. An underdrawers bed! Drawers are so much better than a dank, dusty, hard-to-clean space under the bed.

Except for hotels, I have not slept on a box-spring mattress since I moved out on my own. At first, I had no bed (or other furniture) and slept on a mattress on the floor. Later, someone built a simple platform (basically a wooden box with particle-board over the top) for the mattress, and that was my bed throughout my 20's. And when I got married at 29, we bought a Scan platform bed. Later, the under-drawers bed replaced it.

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Have considered one with pull out drawers under for additional storage in our second home (which is small). So thanks all for the reviews.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:12 AM   #13
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Box springs are a big scam that people think they need. If you lay a mattress on a solid flat surface...there is no need for a box spring. Direct on floor, platform bed, etc.
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We have a select comfort sleep number bed- nothing more than air tubes on a plastic platform. Its great - I can’t remember the switch from box spring - it was a long time ago. Our guest room bed has a box spring, but I may replace it with a platform when I build the new bedroom furniture.
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Note that in addition to wooden platforms there are now metal platforms that eliminate the need for a box spring, and being 19 inches high provide a way to store things under the bed. (much cheaper than the wooded platforms)
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Thanks everyone. I have ordered a platform storage bed and spent an hour in the sleep lab at the store. Mattress number 3 was a winner and spent a long time making sure

I am now working on new flooring for the bedroom to happen before the bed arrives!
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Got our first platform bed back in 1978. Never had any other type, since then. No adjustment period at all.
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I need a new bed and the ones that meet my needs are all platform. I have never had anything other than the old fashioned box spring and mattress ( except when travelling then whatever hotels have). I like a fairly firm mattress

For those of you who made a switch was it difficult to get used to?

Thanks in advance
No. It's great. Our mattress is quite thick.
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We recently purchased a queen sized platform bed and a new foam mattress. My DW complained that the mattress shook her when I rolled over. We swapped the new mattress for the old inner spring mattress and the problem remained. I asked her to gently jump up and down on the mattress while I looked underneath. What I found was that the bed rails were flexing and causing the bounce. Adding a support in the center really firmed it up.
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I must be a weirdo. We have a king size bed and I just built a platform for it out of cedar 2x4 and furniture plywood. A platform is nothing more than a box. Hidden under the bed (I cantilevered it). Didn't see any reason to go out and buy one when I built it in a couple hours for practically no money.
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