How to improve the support of bed slats

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How to improve the support of bed slats
Enjoy a more comfortable night with enhanced mattress support. (iStock/Getty Images)

Providing supplemental support to bed slats can prevent the sagging that may occur in mattresses as they get older. Here's a straightforward method for adding slat support to prevent this problem from occurring.

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Things you need

  • 4 Boards (fir) measuring 2.5 cm by 10 cm by 2.4 m
  • Board measuring 5 cm by 5 cm by 1.2 m
  • Hand saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • 4 Wood screws measuring 5 cm

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  1. 1

    Cut four bed slats equal in length to the inside measurement of the mattress frame.

  2. 2

    Check for fit by placing the four boards in the mattress frame at 46 cm intervals.

  3. 3

    Measure the vertical distance from the bottom of each slat to the surface of the floor and record each measurement.

  4. 4

    Cut the board into four pieces equal in length to the measurements taken in the previous step.

  5. 5

    Locate the midpoint in width and length of each slat and drill a through hole in the centre.

  6. 6

    Vertically centre a piece of the board you cut earlier beneath the hole drilled in each slat, and attach it to the slat using a wood screw.

  7. 7

    Insert the slats with leg attached at 46 cm intervals in the mattress frame. This results in four bed slats with a centre post (leg) supporting each slat at its centre point.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure and fit each slat and each support leg prior to assembly as measurements may vary relative to slat location within the mattress frame.

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