Wondering what bed base will perfectly compliment your memory foam mattress? Read the dos and don'ts of buying a bed frame for your mattress.
A comfy new memory foam mattress deserves a suitable complementary bed frame – but what factors might influence your choice? From classic slatted beds to divans and platforms, we’ll talk through bed frames for memory foam mattresses to help you get the best out of your new purchase.
Yes – a bed base is essential to getting the most out of your new mattress. While it’s technically possible to place the mattress on the floor, we’d never advise doing so because you’d miss out on the benefits of a bed frame, which include:
Memory foam mattresses can be placed on most bed base types, barring one exception - box spring bases. In general, however, we’d advise a more solid base since memory foam mattresses are usually constructed to offer support, which a robust base helps with.
The best way to decide on a new frame is to look at the popular options and see how they’d suit your mattress.
Due to their durability and reliability, the divan bed bases are a firm favourite for many UK sleepers. Generally made of strong wood with a fabric top, a divan consists of two larger blocks you can push together and secure in place. Divans are usually built to fit a specific mattress size, with no overlap, creating a minimalist aesthetic.
Divan beds are the perfect choice for memory foam mattresses - for more information and advice on them, see our Divan Bed Buying Guide.
Because memory foam sometimes retains heat, we’d suggest opting for a divan bed base that promotes airflow.
Slatted bases also provide plenty of airflow to the mattress, meaning you can stay cool at night. Due to the weight of a memory foam mattress, the type of slat bed you buy is important: each slat must be no more than 7cm from the next to offer the right support for memory foam.
Slatted beds can be a nuisance if not fitted correctly, prone to shifting or sagging – especially if you’re an active sleeper that tosses and turns. If you purchase a quality slat frame and install it to the right guidelines, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Box spring bases are not recommended for memory foam mattresses, as their design causes problems when paired with foam.
These bases utilise springs to add forgiveness and bounce to the bed. However, the springs are embedded in the frame and are spaced too far apart to adequately support the mattress, leading to the heavier foam slipping through these gaps and causing sagging.
We have plenty of other types of bed frames available that are perfect for memory foam mattresses, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your style and budget.
Our product experts have compiled a list of their recommended bed frames perfect for memory foam mattresses, so you get the most out of your new purchase.
Made right here in the UK, our premium divan bed offers class-leading support for your new memory foam mattress. It’s a platform top frame that provides stability and lasting durability but also comes with premium upholstery for a comfortable finish. The bed’s chrome glide feet make it easy to move when cleaning or adjusting.
This might seem like a bit of a fancy choice, but when you consider that it's only £349 and the perfect base for your memory foam mattress, it might be worth treating yourself! This bed will easily transform your room into the elegant, stylish sanctuary you've been dreaming of...
Modest yet elegant, this bed frame is classically finished in antique pine. It features double bolting for additional stability plus a solid slatted base for firmer support - perfect for a memory foam mattress. This design also allows for enhanced air flow to the mattress, ensuring you don't overheat.
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