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Bed Bases: Types, Materials, and Benefits

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Have you gone through sets of mattresses year after year, trying to get peaceful sleep? Well, the mattress might not be the only culprit to your discomfort. The role of bed bases is often shoved under the covers when considering bedroom furniture. Bed bases enable your mattress to perform optimally by providing support and enhancing durability. So if you want to find the optimal base for your bed, keep reading. In this blog, you’ll learn about the different types, materials, and benefits of bed bases. After all, The Mattress Warehouse loves helping you make an informed choice for your sleep sanctuary.

Understanding Bed Bases

A bed base is simply a sturdy structure upon which your mattress lies. This humble bedroom component is designed to ensure proper support, stability, and longevity of your bed.

Types of Bed Bases

Once upon a time, box springs were a common purchase in households. These bed bases are typically made of a wooden frame with metal coils or springs inside. The components of this type of bed base provide a cushioning effect and absorb shock. However, in recent years, box springs have had to call it a night in South Africa’s retail space. And this is because of the rise of platform beds.

Platform Beds 

Platform beds have a solid or slatted surface to support the mattress. This eliminates the need for a box spring. Not only are they suited for most mattress types, but they also offer superb support. From chic modern styles to rustic ones, platform beds cover all bases. Literally.

Adjustable Bed Bases

Adjustable bed bases, like the one with its head tilted up at an angle here, are great for support.

Sleep in the lap of luxury with an adjustable bed base.

For individuals with a more sophisticated taste, then adjustable bases are ideal for you! These modern bed bases have a motorised mechanism that enables you to adjust your bed’s height and the tilt of the mattress. Whether it be your head or your feet, you can level up or down different sections as you please. Individuals suffering from medical conditions or with specific sleep preferences can highly benefit from these bed bases.

Traditional Bed Frames

Traditional bed frames can be made from different materials such as wood, metal and upholstered material. These bed structures consist of a horizontal base, a headboard, and sometimes a footboard and side rails. These features are designed to offer excellent support to the mattress and add an aesthetic element as well.  Bed frames are compatible with whatever bedroom decor you choose. Check out our companion article, which explores bed frames in the bedroom.

Materials Used in Bed Bases


Wood is the most popular material of choice for bed bases. The material is durable, versatile, and aesthetically appealing. Hardwoods such as oak have excellent strength and promote longevity. Softwoods like pine, on the other hand, offer a more affordable option. You can style wooden bed bases in a variety of themes, from a simplistic vintage theme to a chic and modern twist. You can find fresh inspiration from our article exploring 3 Reasons Why Wooden Beds Can Add Style & Comfort to Any Bedroom.


Metal bed bases are valued for their strength, stability, and minimalistic design. Steel frames are highly durable and thus also commonly used. Their resistance to sagging ensures long-lasting support for your mattress. Additionally, metal bed bases are lightweight and easy to assemble. This typically makes them a practical choice for many households and hostels.


Upholstered bed bases are sturdy structures covered with leather or fabric. These bases often give your bed a luxurious, lofty feel. Whether you are reading, catching up on the phone, or watching TV in bed, you are supported and comfortable. Upholstered bases also come in various colours and shapes. All of which allow you to customise your sleep space to suit your personal style.

Benefits of Choosing the Right Bed Base

A box shaped bed base.

A typical box-shaped bed base.

1. Improved Support

The sturdiness of a bed base helps to evenly distribute weight across the mattress and prevent sagging. This is particularly beneficial for spinal alignment and rejuvenating sleep. The provided support helps to ensure you have no morning blues from a strained neck or back.

2. Enhanced Durability

Your bed is an investment since you spend a considerable part of your life in it. So, it is important to choose a high-quality bed base to extend the lifespan of your mattress. Not only does this translate to your continued peaceful sleep, but your wallet as well. A bed base’s durability ensures that you replace your mattress less frequently.

3. Optimised Comfort

The right bed base is a game-changer for your comfort when you sleep. Whether you enjoy a firm surface or a plushy one, there’s a bed base to cater to your preference. A good bed base can afford you the perfect level of firmness and softness, helping you achieve both comfort and support.

4. Noise Reduction 

A well-constructed bed base can provide you with a heavenly peace kind of sleep. Whether you are a co-sleeper or sleep by yourself, you don’t have to deal with squeaks and creaks. This is because the sturdiness of the base can minimise noise and motion transfer.

5. Customisable Features

Nothing beats elevating your legs after a long day or finding the perfect reading position. Adjustable bed bases can provide a specific sleep experience with features such as remote-controlled settings. No more tossing and turning.

Bed bases for sale at The Mattress Warehouse 

They say, “Health is wealth”. But at The Mattress Warehouse, we believe that rest is health! Choosing the right bed base is an investment in your health and happiness. You can go for a traditional wooden frame or a sleek metal platform. So, take the time to explore your options and consider your unique sleep needs. Visit our stores in our nation’s big city hubs or visit us online. With just a click, you can select the bed base that will help you achieve the restful. We deliver promptly. Also, our 100-day sleep trial ensures you experience the rejuvenating sleep you deserve. Ts & Cs apply.

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