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Slatted frames: tests & test winners

A good slatted frame optimally complements your mattress, improves lying comfort and ensures ventilation. Whether rigid or adjustable is of secondary importance. We are currently showing you best slatted frames on the market. For that we have Tests and opinions evaluated and added to an overall grade.

Guide: slatted frames

"The slatted bases in the test are not recommended"

Key facts at a glance:
  1. Stiftung Warentest recommends DIY slatted frames
  2. Simple slatted frames are often superior to complex wing or plate springs
  3. A slatted frame has hardly any effect, especially on thick mattresses
  4. Mattresses with good lying comfort do not need an expensive slatted frame
  5. Cross bars are best made of hard beech instead of the softer birch wood
  6. Two basic types: internal or external spring slats

If you don't need an adjustable head and foot section, you can also use a rigid slatted frame, as recommended by Stiftung Warentest. (Image source: lattoflex.com)

Slatted frames in the test: inferior in comparison with models "make yourself"

While some manufacturers are of the opinion that the interaction between mattress and slatted frame is extremely important, Stiftung Warentest stands for the Quality of the mattress clearly in the foreground. In their opinion, the price category, equipment and quality of a slatted frame will lose importance if the consumer opts for a high-quality mattress. An elaborate slatted frame is not importantis an important test result. If you do not need a bed frame with adjustable head and foot sections for your bed, you can use the video instructions from Stiftung Warentest to help you build a simple slat frame from hardware store parts. Such a self-construction can normally face the central tests of the test tables: It preserves the positive lying properties of different types of mattress and ventilates the mattress from below so that there is no risk of mold.

Slatted frames in the test: which ones are tested at all?

Stiftung Warentest only tests slatted frames, if at all, in the standard size of 90 x 200 cm. This reluctance fits in with the testing effort, which is comparable to mattress tests, and with the test result of Stiftung Warentest from 2015 that a Mattresses with good lying properties do not need a special slatted frame - Do-it-yourself construction from standard hardware store parts is usually the better and cheaper choice for everyone who does not need an adjustable slatted frame.

Ergonomics, hardness, head and foot section adjustment: why slatted frames in size 90 x 200 cm look better

In terms of flexibility, you can expect a little more from a slatted frame in size 90 x 200 cm than from wider models, for example for couple sleepers. With this slatted frame, the degrees of firmness can not only be comfortably adjusted from each side of the bed, but also very individually to the sleeper - regardless of someone else who is sleeping. For tests, the following applies: the more a slatted frame deviates from size 90 x 200 cm, the less it is possible to compare the lying properties. With wider slatted frames - for example for a double bed - completely different requirements can be placed on the selective load test, the post-oscillation behavior or the noise development. You also have more choice with the 90x200cm grids. There you will usually find the cheaper birch or pine instead of the more durable and usually more expensive beech wood, which is usually more stable with slatted frame sizes of 90 x 200 cm with comparable flexibility.

Tip for do-it-yourselfers

A self-made slatted frame for standard beds in size 90 x 200 cm should be 89.5 x 198 cm and consist of 14 slats (each 8 x 88 x 1.8 cm). At a distance of 6 cm from one another, the slats should let enough air into the mattress; if the distance is shorter, there is a risk of mold. If you are reluctant to do manual work, you usually do not have to measure yourself. Purchased slatted frames in size 90 x 200 cm are usually a few centimeters smaller, so that they fit exactly into the bed frames of the sizes mentioned.


A mattress with good lying properties does not need a special slatted frame. - Stiftung Warentest 10/2015.

Rigid or adjustable: which slatted frame for which mattress?

The slatted frame Rhodos KF from FMP Matratzenmanufaktur, which is adjustable on the foot and head part, promises pleasant lying comfort. In the pelvic zone you can set nine degrees of hardness per side. (Image source: amazon.de)

The motto "Do-it-yourself stands out from the competition" applies above all to pocket or barrel pocket spring core mattresses. A simple, rigid slatted frame made by yourself is usually sufficient here. If you opt for a high-quality pocket spring mattress, you could theoretically save the money for a slatted frame. Thanks to their good ventilation, spring mattresses can even lie on closed surfaces, for example on the floor, and without a classic bed frame. The prerequisite for this, however, is that the mattress has enough air.

In a nutshell: the higher the mattress, the less important the rust

Spring mattresses are less suitable for slatted frames in which both the head and foot sections are adjustable. You should combine such models with foam mattresses. With the popular cold foam mattresses, however, sufficient ventilation from below should be ensured through a minimum lath spacing. Tip: Especially with thinner mattresses, you should rather use one precise support of your body pay attention to complex ventilation or core cutting techniques. With thick mattresses, the type and construction of the slatted frame are almost irrelevant: Tests have shown that a slatted frame hardly affects the lying properties of thick mattresses.

Something is booming: slatted frames with a good price-performance ratio

When comparing the large slatted frame manufacturers, Schlummerparadies in particular has been able to grow significantly in recent years, as the sales figures show. But also FMP Matratzenmanufaktur obviously knows how to convince customers with a large selection of rigid, manually or electrically adjustable and, above all, inexpensive slatted frames in all common sizes. Other popular slatted frame suppliers are Betten-ABC, Dunlopillo, Ravensberger and Breckle, but also Aldi and Lidl with the Living and Living Style models. Plate slatted frames or other complex suspension systems are apparently less attractive; they cost a lot of money, but do not reward this attention with better sleep or higher prestige values.

What else to look out for when buying a slatted frame?

A factor for the good quality of a slatted frame is when the end points of the crossbars are elastically supported. Unfortunately, the quality of the grates has deteriorated in recent years, experts say, and complain about thinner side rails, cross bars made of cheaper birch instead of harder beech wood and the decreasing number of wood veneer layers. More layers ensured better lying properties. Presumably, all these deteriorations took place in order to bring the slatted frames to the customer as cheaply as possible. However, this has evoked a considerable deterioration in quality.

The best slatted frames with adjustable head and foot sections


Base frames, plate modules, roll-up grids: What types of bed frames are available on the market?

Filigree support systems like those from Lattoflex only had a limited influence on the lying properties of a mattress in the test. According to the recommendation of Stiftung Warentest, simple, rigid slatted frames are better in many ways. (Image source: lattoflex.com)

The classic slatted frame is with arched spring wood slats or other spring strips, which consist of glued layers of wood or plastic. Narrow strips at a close distance are more adaptable than a few wide ones, but this also increases the contact surface for the mattress. Then mold spots can form. In addition to the quality of the slats, the slat suspension also plays an important role; it should spring laterally and downwards. If the ends of the batten are placed in caps made of thin plastic, there is a risk of breakage. Have the better base frames Carrier made of rubberthat are more elastic and durable in comparison. The vast majority of slightly higher quality slatted frames offer several body zones. Similar to 7-zone mattresses, they differentiate between up to nine lying zones, which are assigned the task of lying comfortably Point elasticity deliver in your bed.

Hard cases: can I adjust the hardness of each slatted frame?

With most slatted frames, you can use sliding elements, while others use rotating plates Degrees of elasticity and Degrees of hardness to adjust. As a rule, degrees of hardness are changed by two bars on top of one another, which are connected to one another by means of pairs of sliders. They allow infinitely variable adjustment by moving them either outwards or inwards. For most manufacturers, this works the same: If you slide the controls outwards, the two slats combine to create more rigidity. If you push them towards each other, only the upper bar acts as a stabilizer and the slatted frame becomes softer.
Preset fixed zones have the disadvantage that they do not fit all body sizes, body weights and figure types equally. A slatted frame with adjustable degrees of hardness is particularly suitable for people lying on the side. Even with the complex plate slatted frames, the hardness of the individual plate modules can be adapted to the personal needs of the sleeper. This supports, relieves pain points, increases lying comfort and provides your body with the best possible support. As a rule, however, simpler base frames and other slat frames also have an individual degree of hardness regulation, with the help of which you can adjust the support force and the hardness of the bed to your body weight.

Does anything else than sliding elements affect the hardness of a slatted frame?

Yes, for example Number of individual battens. It even has a very strong influence on the degree of hardness of a slatted frame. Models with smaller gaps between the bars adapt better to the contours of the sleeper and can also be more finely tuned. But please make sure that the distance is not too small, otherwise the air cannot circulate and mold spots will form. A distance of four to six centimeters is ideal for narrow slats.

But also the Groin storage affects the strength of a slatted frame. Usually either harder plastic or soft rubber (rubber) is used for the connecting elements with the frame, both materials initially offer identical stability. But plastic is more prone to damage. Romping around on the bed a little wilder once, and one of the connecting caps is quickly cracked and loses its rigidity. Higher quality slatted frames usually use rubber.


A look at the best: grids with an adjustable degree of hardness


Where do slatted frames regularly have lying areas and what do they do?

As with the lying areas of a mattress, the shoulder, pelvic and back areas are primarily important for slatted frames. On the data sheet of a 7-zone slatted frame it can look something like this:
  • The Shoulder comfort zone consists of particularly flexible strips that allow the shoulders to sink in when lying on the side and prevent the so-called shoulder collapse effect when lying on the back. This shoulder zone is characterized by particularly fine, perforated or tapered strips, which are sometimes also a little deeper.
  • The Pelvic comfort zone is formed from flexible strips in the hip area and should allow the pelvis to sink in much deeper than the other areas of the body. According to a widespread opinion, this is especially important for side sleepers. The spine can only be in a straight position if it gives more in the area of ​​pressure.
  • With a slatted frame Central zone reinforcement a special spring action in the upper and lower area of ​​the back should optimally absorb the lying pressure - and in the best case also support the lying areas of the mattress used. This zone can extend over three to nine strips and its flexibility can be regulated. Using so-called O or T sliders, you can regulate the feeling of lying down from soft to firm or vice versa, depending on your needs.

Classic: slatted frames with 7 zones for head, shoulder and pelvis


What about the combined slatted / plate grids?

In recent times, plastic slats have often replaced wooden slats. They take over the spring support not only in slat form, but also as plate-shaped spring elements in a plate slatted frame or plate slatted frame. Such pads are particularly suitable for mattresses with a foam core. You can save money with spring mattresses, because their self-resilience consumes the point resilience of the plate elements. In the meantime, however, frames are also being offered that combine disc springs with wooden slats. But while manufacturers such as Lattoflex are applying more and more finesse to bring ever more complex sleep systems to customers, the pendulum swings back in the tests. Tenor: Slatted frames can be simple. If you don't explicitly need an adjustable head or foot section, you should choose a rigid slatted frame, is a recommendation from Stiftung Warentest.

So-called O-sliders for spring wood slatted frames: They each enclose two strips, the lower one of which is loose. The latter is decisive for setting the degree of hardness. If you push the O-slide inwards, for example, the strips are only connected to one another at certain points and become "softer". In short: slide outwards = harder, slide inwards = softer. (Image source: bett1.de)

How many bars should a good slatted frame have?

Here the manufacturers outdo each other with specialist knowledge of healthy sleep, which also has to do with the number of slats of the slatted frame used. Some advocate a high number of slats - and explain that the more slats a slatted frame has, the better the storage of the mattress and the more precisely the slatted frame reacts to pressure. This is especially true if you use a foam mattress, as the distance between the slats should not be greater than 3 to 4 millimeters. And for expensive gel and latex mattresses, it is argued that a slatted frame should have more than 20 slats so that the mattress does not squeeze through between the slats. That would contradict the self-assembly instructions from Stiftung Warentest, which only recommends 14 strips, each 8 cm wide. As a rough rule of thumb, however, it can be said: sit on a classic slatted frame - depending on the length - 25 to 30 strips. With slatted frames that are specially designed for slightly stronger people, the number of slats can also be higher.

Stiftung Warentest: A lot of things are just bluff

The Stiftung Warentest warns of sales tricks. The testers rate the assertion of many manufacturers that the lying comfort attributed to their mattresses is only available in combination with a suitable slatted frame. The same applies to the claim that a special slatted frame has an essential influence on sleep. Many of the sales arguments in retail are just bluffs that could be expensive for customers. If you don't need an adjustable head or foot section, you should choose a simple grate that is as rigid as possible, according to test.de.
The springs in the test are not recommended. No one brings more than a chipboard, in some cases they even worsen the lying properties of the mattresses, especially for those who sleep on their backs. - Stiftung Warentest

Does something speak against the cheap roll-up grilles?

You are wondering why you should spend all the money on a slatted frame when even a cheap roll-up frame from Ikea survives the durability test - and even simple do-it-yourself slatted frames serve their purpose? Manufacturers and savvy sales professionals will hate questions like these. But normally a roll-up frame is sufficient - no matter what mattress you have or what type of sleep you represent. In addition, it is the low cost, space-saving storage and easy transport that seduces many people to a roll grille. In principle, the lack of spring action of a roll-up frame is not a disadvantage: none of the slatted frames tested by Stiftung Warentest does more than a rigid wooden plate under the mattress for people lying on their backs and sides. The differences between spring wood slatted frames and inexpensive roll-up grilles are therefore less pronounced than the manufacturers would have us believe. So that you really save a lot in the end, it is worth taking a look at the quality of a roll-up grille - sturdy beech wood slats, sturdy plastic straps and the same tubes that serve as spacers between the slats.

Dormiente recommends its Physioform slatted frame with motor especially for people with sensitive shoulders or hips. (Image source: dormiente.com)

The best slatted frames also pass the noise test

A grate built according to the recommendations of Stiftung Warentest does not creak or rub, so that the choice of material - preferably spruce or fir - is only part of the self-construction offensive. According to tests, a good slatted frame also includes audible insulation against annoying background noises that can arise when the loosely laid base is moved, usually by rubbing “wood against wood”. How important this aspect is for good sleep and lying comfort also depends on the task at hand of your slatted frame. And not only about whether you expect more flexible or softer lying comfort, but also about whether you want to read in bed, watch TV or work on your laptop. When testing a slatted frame, you should make sure that you can hear the rust - especially with a slatted frame with a motor. The more flexible parts work, the greater the risk that your slatted frame will also produce unwanted secondary sounds as soon as you move a little in bed. Another way to eliminate the noise of your slatted frame is to use felt glides to stick on. The testers from Stiftung Warentest expressly recommend them as creaking and chafing protection on the underside of a self-made slatted frame.

If the spring slats lie on the side rails, as is the case with FMP Matratzenmanufaktur Rhodos NV, the mattress cannot push through the gaps. However, such models are usually higher than the internal versions and are not ideal for beds with shallow insertion depths. (Image source: amazon.de)

What about the inside and outside strips?

In the case of internal slat storage, the spring slats are not placed on the side rails, but between them. In the case of bars that are supported on top or overlapping the bars, the bars are virtually floating above the side bars by means of the bar caps. Couples who sleep in a couple who want an even spring effect across the entire width of the mattress and who want to lie down without a “crack” feel at home with the spar-overlapping models. Since the wooden slats rest on the side rails, the mattress cannot push through the gaps. As a result, undesirable deformations occur less often over the years. The advantages of the internal variants are the lower overall height. Because they still provide sufficient support for the mattress on top, they are also suitable for bed frames with a shallow depth.

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