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    Iv'e bought a new mattress and think I should buy some bed slats as I currently have metal poles that are 6.5 inches apart. I think they are way too far apart and will screw up the mattress in the long term.

    Were would "one" buy new slats?

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    easiest thing is to measure it up and just go to homebase or B&Q and get some cheapo wood cut to size

    Ikea do some very cheaply!

    You cant just by any old timber it will have to much give I would have thought they should be Beachwood

    best thing would be a single sheet of thin plywood to spread the weight over the slats, they may tend to curve.

    bargain surfer;6549265

    best thing would be a single sheet of thin plywood to spread the weight … best thing would be a single sheet of thin plywood to spread the weight over the slats, they may tend to curve.



    You need the gaps for air so the matress can breath, that would defeat the object ;-)

    renown;6549297

    You need the gaps for air so the matress can breath, that would defeat … You need the gaps for air so the matress can breath, that would defeat the object ;-)


    i didny know that, gues a drill also then, lol

    bargain surfer;6549335

    i didny know that, gues a drill also then, lol



    Sorry to be a smart ars but I knows what I know if I did'nt your idea would be great if you know what i mean :whistling: :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Thanks for replying guys... I'll check out a timbers yard next week.. What wood should it be, Pine, beachwood?? What should I expect to pay for something like 10 slats?

    Why not just put some hardboard over it and drill a few holes in it?
    Many beds these days have a solid base, (although from the aobve it seems these may not be too good for the matress?)
    I wouldn't fork out on 'decent' wood though, as I don't think the 'delection' will be an issue. The wood slats will be supported every 6.5" by the metal poles, so maybe if you put the slat on, then stood on one right between the metal bars you might break it, but this is going to have a matress on the top!

    Original Poster

    I ended up getting 4 planks of 6mm Mdf and drilled loads of holes init. Placed an old bedsheet ontop of the bed first to stop any banging and another ontop of the wood, then placed my matress ontop. Does the job nicely! Cheers everyone for your input.
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