Building a mattress slat/frame


Old 05-30-20, 04:20 PM
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Building a mattress slat/frame

Hi everyone,

I purchased several pieces of 1x4 southern yellow pine lumber and cut them to act as slats for my mattress. I chose this lumber based on the limited flexing. Well, the boards are flexing quite a bit with weight on the mattress.

The slats definitely need a central perpendicular brace. I'm unsure how to do this with my existing bed frame. The headboard does not come down far enough to secure a central piece of lumber.

What would you do in this situation?

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Old 05-30-20, 07:36 PM
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It looks like you have a row of legs in the middle, so just get 3 more boards. Put them parallel to the way you lay on the bed. One left, right and middle. Then lay your added slats perpendicular on top of that.
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What I did with our queen size bed was build 'floor joist' system using 2x3s, It did raise the mattress/box spring 3.5" but it's worked well for us. I think I put the 2x3s on 12" centers [wife is still sleeping so I won't look now] I did this about 10 yrs ago.
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