Category Archives: Center Supports

The Strong Arm Center Support

Each month the Strong Arm Center Support is one of the most popular items on our website. Here are four reasons why:

1. Flexible Design

The Strong Arm fits full, queen, king and California king wood beds, easily adjusting from 50.5 inches wide to 78 inches wide. Each adjustable leg safely adjust from 3 inches in height to 13.5 inches in height. No other center support has this much versatility!

The Strong Arm Center Support

2. It’s Strong and Durable

An economical choice, the Strong Arm eliminates the need for wooden slats that bow and bend with the weather.

3. Three Legs Total

The package contains three rigid center supports, each with a center support leg. The Strong Arm Center Support System is designed to reinforce your bed’s central area, which bears approximately 70% of your weight. This strategically placed support helps prevent warping, broken wooden slats, and damaged side rail cleats (or lips) that hold your bedding.

4. Easy Assembly

See assembly instructions.

Three Mattress Care Tips You Need to Know

mattress care tipsGood sleep habits are increasingly recognized as a public health concern. Not having enough sleep is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Adults need about eight to eight and a half hours of sleep a night. Yet 59% of Americans get seven or more hours, while 40% get less than seven hours according to a Gallup poll.

Most people don’t realize that the very thing that’s supposed to help them get some sleep is what often keeps them awake. If a mattress isn’t taken care of and looked after, it can quickly become uncomfortable, and decrease the quality of the person’s sleep. Here are three mattress care tips you need to know to help you get the most out of your mattress.

Rotate and/or Flip Your Mattress Every So Often.

Sleeping eight hours a night on a mattress racks up 3,000 hours of wear and tear in just a year. If you don’t flip or rotate your mattress, that’ll all be spent on one side. Your mattress wears down more quickly than necessary. Don’t let one side of the bed remain in pristine condition while the other gets worn out. We suggest rotating the mattress every other week, so that you sleep on the other side.  If you have a mattress that flips, flip your mattress either once a month, or every other month, to further spread out the wear and tear.

Get a Proper Bed Frame or Center Support.

Mattress shops stock many items available to make your night more restful. Of all the bedding products available, though, the bed frame and center support are the most important. If your bed is a full size or larger, you need at least one post touching the floor in the center. Without center support, all of the weight deflects into the middle. The mattress sags uncomfortably in the center.

Always Use a Waterproof Mattress Protector.

One of the most important mattress care tips we share at our store is always use a high quality mattress protector. Mattresses tend to collect a lot of moisture and humidity. Moisture breaks down the foams and comfort materials in bedding. A waterproof mattress protector keeps moisture away from your mattress, so your mattress stays comfortable longer.


Choose a center support for your bed.

Choose a center support based on bed’s type of side rail

Choosing a center support is easy on our website. Take a look at your current side rails. What are side rails? Side rails are the wood or metal pieces that run from the headboard to the footboard. No headboard or footboard? Side rails are the rails that support the length or long side of the bed.  Are the side rails made of wood or metal?

If you have Wood Side Rails:

If the side rails are made of wood, choose from center supports designed for use with wood side rails. Make sure to choose a center support that matches the correct size of your bed, because many supports like the BedBeam are only designed for one specific size.

Wood bed rails - we offer center supports for wood bed rails.
Wood rails look something like this. They usually have a wooden lip or cleat on the side for supporting the box spring.

If you have Metal Side Rails:

center support
This is a length of angle iron. Many modern bed rails and bed frames are made of this.

Side rails made of angle iron metal (at left), require different bed supports. These  center supports make installation easy on metal bed rails. They just wedge right onto the metal side rail requiring no drilling and very little skill!





Center Supports for Platform Beds:

Because platform beds often come with little support, we also have a center support, specifically designed to work with slat beds and platform beds, the Lazarbeam, by Knickerbocker.  Available in full, queen, king, and California king sizes, use the Lazarbeam with slats for excellent support on platform beds.


Old-Fashioned Center Supports:

Metal Rails and center support - old fashioned
Old-fashioned metal bed rails – often painted to look like wood.

On beds made in the late 20th century, furniture manufacturers used a special type of metal bed rail. Metal, but painted to look like wood (see image above), these rails require a particular type of center support.  Because none of our supports with this type of bed rail, shop for the proper supports from Garrett Supports.  Those old wood-look metal bed rails become creaky over time. Consider replacing them with more modern wood bed rails and compatible center supports.  Metal side rails  replace metal wood-look rails, as well. These come with center supports, so it’s usually a less expensive option!


Metal Center Support For Queen Frame: XR5-AG

Recently at The Sleep Shop, our store front, we’ve started carrying a new product. This product is the XR5-AG, it’s a metal center support for metal side rails on a queen size bed.

After adding it to our website it sat there for a few weeks and nobody paid it very much attention. So, we pulled one off the self to install it and see what he was all about and make a mutual decision that maybe we should retire him.

However, upon installing him we discovered that WE LOVE IT. It is by far the easiest center support I’ve ever installed. Especially when you order it from our company. (I’m not just tooting my own horn here it’s just that we open it to inspect it and while we’re in there we basically set it up for you!) All you have to do is pull it out of the box, screw in the foot provided, slide it on the lip of you metal rail, adjust the height of the leg, and tighten the wing nut. See, easy as A,B,C,D,E!

Truthfully, after seeing how easy and sturdy this center support is, I don’t see why anyone would buy anything else for a queen bed. Give it a try for yourself! Click here to view the product page and watch the video below to see just how easy this thing really is!

Center Support Importance Has Grown

Center Support Importance Has Grown

I’ve been in the retail mattress industry for over 17 years, and when I first started, not much thought was given to center support of bed frames. Today, center support importance has grown. Our bedding suppliers suggest that twin and full sizes benefit from having center support. I am always amazed that there are people out there that don’t understand how important proper center support is for bedding. What’s worse than that is knowing that there are thousands of mattress stores selling mattresses to people without even bothering to educate them!

Even hoteliers don’t know about center supports!

A very nice man called in today to order 54 BL-1’s, one of our rather popular center supports. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to sell that many. That’s what makes a business a business, but I couldn’t help wonder why the man was ordering so many supports. He runs a small hotel and every couple of years, he noticed all of his queen and full beds begin to sag. This was the second time he had to replace the mattresses. He called the bedding supplier to his hotel to see if they could help. The hotel owner was told he needed a center support on each bed. He was wasting thousands on thousands of dollars on mattresses when all he needed was a simple center support.

Center Support importance
The BL-1 Support – Works for full and queen size

Why are center supports so important?

The fact is though, most people have no idea how important they are.  Allow me to break it down for you.  When you don’t have a proper center support all of the weight from the box spring, mattress, bedding materials and people sleep on the bed are supported by the very edge of a metal frame. Today’s bedding is heavier than bedding from the past. Naturally, all the materials will settle toward the middle and result in TERRIBLE sagging.  This is very unsightly, very uncomfortable and it ruins your mattress!

You also need a center support to keep the mattress warranty valid.  No manufacturer is going to replace an entire mattress when the problem could have been prevented.

There are several different supports available. Some center supports for wood rails and some center supports for metal rails.

To protect your mattress investment check tonight to see that you have a proper center support, meaning there is a rigid bar in the center going horizontal with at least one leg to the floor. Depending on the weight you’re putting on it, it’s a good idea to have a couple more as well.

Need to buy bed slats for your bed? Think again.

Why buy wood bed slats when there are better, more supportive choices available?

If you are looking to buy bed slats for your bed, consider some of the more modern choices for bedding supports that are available today. Wood bed slats are very old-fashioned and do not offer enough support for today’s heavier bedding. One of those superior products is the Bed Beam by Knickerbocker.

What is the story of Knickerbocker’s Bed Beam?

We spent a good part of the day Sunday talking with the owner of Knickerbocker Bed Frames at the High Point Furniture Market. We’ve been selling Knickerbocker’s bedding support products for many years with great success, but we had never met Knickerbocker’s owner in person. It was wonderful to meet Richard Polevoy, who we consider a true visionary in this industry. Mr. Polevoy holds many patents for his amazing bedding support products. It is hard to find someone who gets as excited as we do about bed frames and bed supports, but when we met Richard, we knew we had met our match! Richard views bed frames and bed supports in an architectural way. He is always coming up with new ideas that transform the way we think of bed frames and bed frame supports.One of our Best Sellers Ever- The Bed Beam

For example take a look at one of our best sellers, the Bed Beam.

What makes the Bed Beam superior to wood slats?

Instead of going to a hardware store to have wood slats cut, order a Bed Beam support to fit your bed. The Bed Beam is FAR superior to wooden slats, which tend to bow and sway when weight is applied. Each Bed Beam leg is designed to support over 1240 lbs! Wood slats are not necessary!