Why Would I Need An Extra Low Profile 2” Platform Foundation?
We know choosing a bed base support for a mattress can be overwhelming, after all, there are so many choices in the marketplace. The most important thing we need to point out is that mattresses by themselves CAN NOT sit upon an ordinary traditional steel bed frame. Sometimes such bed frames are called Hollywood frames. Standard Hollywood bed frames usually include a rectangular steel or iron framework, 1-3 crossbars/middle supports, and numerous feet or wheels. Today we are going to talk about our Extra Low Profile 2” Platform Foundation.
Some even have headboards and or footboards that bolt up. To remedy the need for boxsprings that are too tall we add super low-profile platforms to various beds to solve the issue. After all, no one wants a box spring and mattress set that is much too high.
There are many reasons why people want to drop their overall bed height. Perhaps it’s for health reasons, other times it’s purely for the aesthetics. Whatever reason one might have, these make for excellent support or replacement support system. They can be used for any mattress and are quickly becoming the most common application for lowering beds.
People say that they are impressed by the durability and are surprised by the additional comfort and good support these reduced height platforms provide. We have listed below a few scenarios where this type of mattress base can help in achieving a desired look, goal, and feel. Perhaps we can spell out some better ideas that you may not have considered for its usage.
Ways The Extra Low Profile 2” Platform Foundation Can Be Used
- Place It On Ordinary Steel Bed Frame- Since mattresses are not rigid, they cannot be placed on surfaces with large voids and unsupported areas, i.e. bed frames. The steel bed frames we are talking about are the following: Standalone, headboard connection only, and headboard footboard connection. Bed frames must have adequate support, meaning a long side rail running the bed length on each side. Normally it would have a cross rail middle support running perpendicular to the side rail at both ends on all sizes. Additionally, there should be one bar across the middle of running head to toe. Full and twin sizes do not require center support, but it is recommended that they are used.
- Have A Bed With Wood Side Rails That Includes A Head And Footboard? Placing it on steel bed slats that run perpendicular to the bedside rails? Support bars are required and must have cross rails running perpendicular to the side rail at both ends on all sizes and an additional one across the middle. As mentioned above, full and twin sizes do not require center support but it is recommended that they are used.
- Replace Taller Boxspring / Foundation- The standard height for today’s box springs are 9 inches. Low-profile foundations are usually 4-5 inches high. Sometimes even lowering mattresses by 4-5 inches just is not low enough. Our extra-low 2-inch-tall platform fits the bill by lowering extra thick mattresses to a more normal bed height, this will make it easier to get in and out of. Other people just prefer the lower look in the bedroom, either way, we have you covered.
- Replace Broken Platform In Existing Platform Bed- Some platforms are just cheaply made and need to bed replaced. As long as you have proper steel supports with the correct legs to support the center supports in your platform bed this 2” platform could be a great option for your application. We are happy to assist if you have any questions. Especially those of you with drawers in your platform bed.
- Replace Need For Plywood- Many people opt to use plywood on their steel slat support system or frame. We usually do not recommend this as most do not have the construction mind to do the job effectively or safely. This platform is a safe substitute for the do it yourselfer who usually gets themselves into trouble 😉
- Replaces Rolled Slat Pack With Proper Support In Place- Some platform beds utilize slat packs that simply unroll numerous wooden slats. The slats are usually supported by a brace/wood or metal beam running head to toe. (Running parallel with the wood side rails) This usually includes 3 wood peg legs in the middle of that beam for support. These are often NOT dependable and fail. We offer help in the form of a replacement steel bar slat system that often works as an alternative to the rolled slat pack. Then simply place the platform foundation onto the steel slats. Again, we are happy to walk you through this option should you have detailed questions.
What Is A Bunkie Board, Platform Foundation, Platform?
It is important to note that this practice has caught on quickly with the evolution of thicker mattresses and is now being utilized industry-wide. Additionally, we will be using the word Bunkie board, box springs, and foundation in this description interchangeably. This is because all are designed to do the exact same task, support your mattress correctly and evenly all while replacing a “traditional box spring”.
How these are constructed can dramatically affect strength, support, and comfort. Construction will be covered in greater detail under the features and benefits. In the end, these shorter platforms basically came about out of necessity. Many people will say these are simply Bunkie boards. Having used Bunkie Boards for years to create a flat supportive surface on bunk beds we rarely use these in that application these days.
We have found that our beefed-up systems are used more often for adult-type applications. It is for this reason we prefer to call them extra low-profile foundations because that is what they really are. Extra-low platform foundations place the entire mattress set at a lower elevation than a typical box spring (2″ rather than 9″). In summation, all of this simply positions the surface of your mattress lower to the ground.
How Is It Made?
It is an extra low-profile foundation. It is 2″ tall and built with a solid wood framework. We then add 14 wood slats that make up the platform that supports the mattress. The entire system is encased in a heavy-duty, neutral-colored, long-wear fabric. All of this is extremely breathable as a foundation should be so can sleep cool throughout the night.