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Buyer's Guide: Using a Center Support



Proper center supports make a world of difference when it comes to your complete bedding setup. Not only do supports add to the comfort of your mattress, they also prevent damage to your bed. Mattress companies also require that you use a center support to keep your mattress warranty valid.

Mattress companies require you to have a center support because without it, the mattress is not properly supported. Queen and king size mattresses require rigid center supports with legs to the floor. Without them, your mattress will almost certainly start sagging within the first weeks. And if you do get an abnormal body impression or sagging — the manufacturer will attribute the body impressions or sagging to a lack of proper support, rather than defective materials. (And rightly so!) This happened recently in our store. We tell customers always to use a center support for queen size bedding, but this customer removed the support. Within a few months, his queen mattress set developed significant sagging in the center. The mattress manufacturer refused to help, because the customer did not have proper support.

Today's luxurious bedding is much heavier and thicker than mattresses 20, even 10 years ago. Because of this, wood slats don't hold up like they used to, as illustrated below.

Center Support

You can see that the weight of the mattress bows the slats, causing discomfort to you and damage to your mattress and bed. Wood slats might be okay, as long as you have at least one leg to the floor. But wood slats are often not the best solution. We offer metal supports for your wood or metal bed that will really help make your mattress last.

If you really want to improve the quality of your support, consider some of the newer modern metal center supports. All you need to do is take a look at your current side rails. Are they wood or metal? If your bed has wood rails, choose The BedBeam, The Lazarbeam, or the Strong Arm. If your bed has metal side rails, you can choose from our selection of supports for metal side rails. We offer the versatile ELM-211, BL-1, and the XR5-AG.

Retail Store Location

Presently, most of our products are available for direct purchase either from our online store or from our retail store in Hudson, North Carolina.

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