Category: Mattresses & bed bases

Bed base, Bed frame, Box spring, Cot, Crib

What is a bed frame? In Europe, wooden frames with a middle section consisting of springs held in place by wire (to be put into the wooden bedframe as a unit) used to be the standard for most of the 20th century. The springs have mostly been replaced by pre-bent wooden slats (usually glued laminated timber made from beech or birch) which are joined to the outer wooden frame by some form of flexible rubber bolt, shoe or socket. This lath floor provides suspension, allows the mattress to ventilate, and can be designed to be vertically adjustable in order to elevate the legs and / or the torso. A more simple approach is to join straight laths with a textile strap so that they can be rolled up for transport and placed right into the bedframe.

What is a divan? Typically consisting of a solid bed base instead of slats for holding the mattress, the divan bed features a large, hollow interior that usually provides space for drawers or ottoman storage.

What is a box spring? A sprung divan, or box-spring, is a type of bed base typically consisting of a sturdy wooden frame covered in cloth and containing springs. Usually the box-spring is placed on top of a wooden or metal bedframe that sits on the floor and acts as a brace, except in the UK where the divan is more often fitted with small casters. It is common to find a box-spring and mattress being used together without the support of a frame underneath, the box spring being mounted directly on casters standing on the floor. Box-spring beds are especially popular in North America and Western Europe.

Alternatively, in Japan, futon mattresses are usually either placed on a bedframe or on the floor, without the use of springs.

Who knew there was such variety?!

This category is for projects with bases consisting of a mixture of wooden frames and metal springs. For projects with wooden bases – see the Wooden category.


Wikipedia – Box spring