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What are Bed Frame Slats?

Slats are a type of base for a bed frame. They are a series of connected bars that lie across the width of the frame. Made from strong wood such as pine or beech, these bars work together with your mattress to provide support.

You can choose from two types of slats; solid slats or sprung slats. There are two main differences between solid and sprung slats, in terms of:

  • How the slats fit in the bed frame
  • The support they offer

Solid slats are often made from pine wood. Each slat runs across the width of the bed frame. This creates a firmer, more supportive bed.

Sprung slats are often made from flexible beech wood with a gentle, upward-facing arch. These slats create a plusher and more cushioned feel.

A bed frame with sprung slats attached to a centre rail
A sprung slatted bed frame with a centre support rail

What are solid slats?

Solid slats are made from sturdy solid wood such as pine. They create a supportive base for your mattress and are ideal if you prefer a firmer bed. For an even firmer overall feel, solid slats can be paired with a firm mattress.

The Silentnight Hayes comes complete with sturdy solid slats for firm support
The Silentnight Hayes Pine Wooden Bed Frame with solid slats for firmer support

Are you looking for a bed frame with solid slats? You'll find solid slats across many of our wooden bed frames. All our bed frames with solid slats will have this icon:

Icon for solid slatted bed frames
Solid slatted base icon - found on our product pages

What are sprung slats?

Sprung slats are made from flexible beech wood and are slightly curved. They also tend to reduce strain on your mattress, which can improve the overall lifespan of it.

The design allows the slats to respond to your body weight and relieve pressure points. As they provide a more cushioned sleeping surface, they're ideal if you don't like a really firm bed. You could pair any of our sprung slatted bases with a softer or medium-feel mattress for more gentle support.

The GFW Hollywood Faux Leather Ottoman Bed with flexible beech slats
The GFW Hollywood Faux Leather Ottoman Bed features sprung slats for flexible support

Are you looking for a sprung slatted bed? You'll find sprung slats across the majority of our wooden bed frames, fabric beds, metal beds and leather beds. Look out for our sprung slat icon when shopping for your new bed frame:

Sprung slatted bed frame icon found on our products
Icon for our sprung slatted bed frames

How big should the gap be between slats?

Whilst the gap between slats can vary slightly from bed to bed, we advise that it shouldn't exceed 7cm (approximately 2.8 inches). A gap wider than this will cause greater wear and tear to your mattress.

How do slatted bases work?

Solid and sprung slats work in different ways. Solid slats provide a firmer sleeping experience, while sprung slats offer more cushioned support.

Solid bed frame slats feature a row of slats that lie across the entire width of the bed. These are then reinforced with an additional support bar that runs down the middle of the bed frame. This centre support bar creates a more sturdy bed frame structure.

Sprung bed frame slats feature two rows of slats connected by a centre support rail. These curved slats face upwards and respond to your individual weight for more flexible support.

Can I pair any mattress with my slatted base?

Yes, you can pair any mattress with your slatted bed frame. However, there are one or two exceptions.

Some brands, such as Dunlopillo, require that your bed frame slat gaps should not exceed 6cm (2.4 inches). Please check any specific product information before purchasing.

If you're purchasing a mattress for a slatted adjustable bed, you'll need a specific adjustable mattress. This is because the adjustable mattress has been specifically designed to move with the adjustable bed.

How do I assemble a bed frame with slats?

Slatted bed frames often come flat packed, so will need to be assembled by you. To make this easier, all of our bed frames come complete with assembly instructions. Simply follow the step-by-step guide to build your bed.

How to assemble a bed with solid slats

If you need a bed that's quick and easy to assemble, you may want to consider a solid slatted base. The wooden slats often come as a full set, connected with fabric on either side, so you don't have to individually attach each slat.

  1. Take one end of your slats and place them at the headboard of your bed frame
  2. Use the screws provided to attach the end of your slats to the side rail
  3. Pull the remaining slats to the footend of your bed and screw in place
  4. Secure your middle slats with the screws provided
Instructions for assembling a solid slatted bed frame
Assembly diagram for a solid slatted bed frame

How to assemble a bed with sprung slats

Bed frames with sprung slats require a little bit more assembly, since each slat needs to be placed into a separate slat holder.

  1. Place all of your plastic slat connectors, 'E', into the pre-drilled holes on the centre support rail
  2. With the arch of your slat facing upwards, slot this into one side of the slat connector
  3. Attach a plastic cap end, 'D', to the other end of your slat
  4. Push your slat with attached cap end into the pre-drilled holes on the side rail of your bed frame
  5. Repeat this process until all slats are in place
Assembly instructions for a sprung slatted bed frame
Diagram for assembling a sprung slatted bed frame

Bed frames with slats: best sellers

We have a wide range of slatted bed frames available in a variety of styles. To make things easier, we've hand-picked a selection of our best sellers for you.

The Time Living Tetras Metal Bed Frame in black
1. Time Living Tetras Metal Bed Frame

  • Choose from black or silver finish
  • Metal bed frame
  • Sprung slats
  • From only £104.95

The Silentnight Dakota Oak Wooden Bed Frame with sprung slats
2. Silentnight Dakota Oak Wooden Bed Frame

  • Natural finish
  • Solid oak bed frame
  • Sprung slats
  • From only £249.95

The Silentnight Hayes Pine Wooden Bed Frame features solid slats
3. Silentnight Hayes Pine Wooden Bed Frame

  • Natural finish
  • Pine bed frame
  • Solid slats
  • From only £159.95

The Time Living Brennington Metal Bed Frame with a silver finish
4. Time Living Brennington Metal Bed Frame

  • Silver finish
  • Metal bed frame
  • Sprung slats
  • From only £104.95

The Friendship Mill Orlando Wooden Bed Frame with solid pine slats
5. Friendship Mill Orlando Wooden Bed Frame

  • Natural finish
  • Pine bed frame
  • Solid slats
  • From only £139.95

If you prefer a firmer bed, our solid slatted bed frames are the ideal choice. If you're looking for more gentle support, a sprung slatted bed frame could be a better option. If you require any help choosing your slatted bed frame, please give us a call and we'll be happy to help!

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