Do I Need A Bed Frame with Center Support?

Some mattresses and boxspring sets need center support  added to a bed frame in order to validate the warranty, while others do not. This blog will help you determine whether or not you should use center support on your mattress and box spring. So lets answer the question:

Do I Need A Bed Frame with Center Support?

Center Supports add necessary support for the boxspring and mattress. Queen center support can be added to an existing frame that does not have it. If you are buying a new queen frame and will be using the bed daily make sure that it includes a cross bar with at least one foot.

Do I Need A Bed Frame with Center Support?

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King and California King  bed frames usually have center support that runs head to foot due to the wider frame. These frames with extra support and feet down the middle are a must. Most mattress manufacturers require the use of a center support for their queen, king, and California King size mattress sets or the warranties will be considered void. You can verify this by reading your warranty card, calling the manufacturer, or mattress retailer.

There are cross bars with extra support avialable for full size frames, but they are not required by mattress manufacturers. Often the reason twin and full size bed frames do not come with a center support bar is because they are not necessary. If you feel you need the extra support because of above average weight on the bed or an active child or teenager we would suggest a more heavy duty frame, a center support may not be enough.

Complete bed frames with center support

Everyone from local mattress and furnitures stores to online retailers offer complete twin, full, queen, king, and California King frames with center supports. If you are looking for long life out of your bed frame and mattress set our suggestion is to get the proper size frame with center support.

If have a bed frame can I just add the center support bar?

Do I Need A Bed Frame with Center Support?

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Yes most frames can have a middle brace or bar added to them for relativeling low cost. Our Bl1 from Glideaway is a steel cross support with 2 legs and 2 adjustable feet, which give the mattress set needed stability. This stability is given where boxsprings are most vulnerable in the middle. Extra center support is even more important if you have a king or queen split boxsprings. Having the proper middle support can prevent sagging, bowing. They can also prevent cracking in boxsprings, wooden headboards, and side rails.

Important NOTE:

Some mattress retailers offer a less expensive bed frames for free with a mattress set purchase; many times these do not have adequate center support. Be sure to upgrade the frame see to it that the store gives you one with center support. If they will not, offer to pay the difference and upgrade to one that does. Most of these center supports are very easy to assemble and usually cost $30.00 to $80.00.

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Waterbed owners, center supports are also available for waterbeds for a little extra cost contact us with questions.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

6 Comments Leave your comment »

I just have a question-We have a queen mattress and low profile bed frame that we just purchased. We are going to have it elevated on 15″ wide cubes on each side, running the entire length of the bed. This will leave 30″ in the center, unsupported. Would we need some time of center support for that?

Comment by SanDee — February 28, 2011 @ 10:19 am

Having too much support can never be bad, however if you are going for a certain look and the cubes or “piers” are getting in the way of that look, then you could have a dilemma. Most boxsprings or foundations could probably handle such a gap running side to side not so sure it could handle it lengthwise though. Additionally there are other factors to consider like the construction of the foundation which in your case I know nothing about. Also consider the combined weight of the individuals that will be using the bed. My answer is proceed on the side of caution and add the additional support. Additionally doing so you should never have an issue if warranty ever comes into play.

Comment by Doug Belleville — March 1, 2011 @ 7:40 am

I am purchasing a beautiful queen size sleigh bed off of Craig’s list today. Comes wig head board and foot board but no metal rails to connect the two beds. Where can I find the rails that I need to connect the two together? I am waiting to find out if the bed takes a screw type or hook like rail. Also. Are there different size rails for queen beds that may not be compatible? Thank you!
Lisa

Comment by Lisa — March 27, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

Lisa as soon as you know whether it bolts up or hooks up you can then get your rails but not until then because yes there are several different rails that could bed used. You may also want to take an extra step and get one with additional cross support bars and feet. This will be better for the mattress set for support and remove excess weight off of the headboard and foot board redirecting it to the floor. Use our Frame Finder to help you or give us a call Toll Free for help at 888 785 2337.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — March 28, 2014 @ 7:04 am

I am buying a double size (54″), high-quality mattress and box spring (Simmons)
Should the metal frame have a centre rail/support?

Comment by peter dunn — April 12, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

Peter, Most bedding builders Simmons included do not require extra middle support to be warranty compliant. I can tell you it won’t hurt a thing to add it. Think of it as insurance for high-quality mattress and box spring.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — April 16, 2014 @ 6:49 am

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