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Having the perfect mattress isnít entirely up to the mattress itself. When investing in a quality mattress, it is important to team it with a quality base in order to get the most out of it. Choosing the right bed base will make all the difference. Now, which one to choose? Here is a guide to help you navigate the bed base options on the market.

Ensemble vs. Slats
Ensemble bases are usually sold with inner spring mattresses. They are upholstered boxes with springs inside and are usually very low to the ground. This inhibits the mattresses ability to ventilate and is known for providing the perfect environment for breeding dustmites.

Slatted bases are made from a series of flexible timber slats, usually inside a metal frame. They can be adjustable or motorised and offer superior support and ventilation for a comfortable sleep. The adjustable slats can accommodate changing lifestyles whether you are a growing child or teenager, planning to get pregnant, or they can simply adapt with you as your bodies needs change through the life of the bed.


> Flexible

The flexibility of the timber slats allows them to absorb downward pressure and help the mattress contour around your shape for a personalised, supported sleep.

> Minimises Pressure Points
Flexible slatted bases are designed to alleviate back pressure and pain that is caused by sleep systems that are too firm or too soft.

> Air Flow
The gaps between each slat and the nature of it being elevated off the floor, allows for ventilation around the mattress. This is important in maintaining a comfortable sleeping temperature.

> Eliminates Dustmites
Choosing a slat base over an ensemble base means you are eliminating a large environment that dustmites and allergens inhabited, thereby reducing adverse reactions for those who suffer allergies.

> Minimal Partner Disturbance
Flexible slatted bases are designed with two sets of slats and a central support bar, the advantage of this is when two people share the bed, they are not sharing the same slats, they have their own set, and movements on one side will not carry through to the other side. This results in minimal partner disturbance through the night, and differs to many ensemble style bases where the springs or coils are connected and movements can reverberate through.


> Customisable

Adjustable slats have the added benefit of rigidity adjusters which allow you to vary the tension over your back area independently of your partner. This feature is great when each partner has different preferences for firm or soft, or different requirements due to varying body weights.

> Changing Lifestyles
The ability to adjust the tension of the slats makes these perfect for those with changing lifestyles. Whether it is for a woman who is planning to get pregnant, or there is simply the chance that through the course of owning the bed your weight may alter (if you plan on having the bed for 8-10 years this is a likely scenario for many) the slats can adjust to such changes in weight, height and required support.  Adjustable support is also idea for growing children or teens, a 12 year old will require very different support when they are 17, although it is often the case that they will have the same bed throughout this period.


> Head & Feet Elevation
Motorised slats allow you to raise and lower you head and feet using a remote control. These bases are great for people who like to relax in bed while reading and watching TV in a comfortable position. They are also a great option for people who have health concerns and need to be elevated when sleeping or have to spend extended periods of time in bed.  Motorised beds have largely been viewed as medical aids, the lifestyle and physical benefits they can bring to people of all ages means people are starting to view then in a new light.

Lifestyle Benefits: adjust the head or feet or both for comfortable reading in bed, working in bed, watching TV or movies and so on.

Health Benefits: sleeping with your head and feet raised is known to assist with circulation, reduce cramping (via improved circulation), and in some cases reduce snoring by opening up the nasal passage.  A motorised bed is also extremely ideal if you are planning parenthood, throughout the pregnancy phase you may adjust the bed to your comfort, and during the nursing stage you can raise and lower the bed with ease.

Last modified on Friday, 02 December 2011 11:10

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