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5 Signs Your Mattress Needs a New Frame

Did you know a bed frame is a significant part of your overall bed setup? In fact, a bed frame is often required with new mattress purchases. Some companies void their warranties if you don’t get a bed frame!

The bed frame supports your mattress and your box spring if you have one. So not only does the bed frame keep your mattress off the floor, but it protects your mattress from sagging, too.

You want a bed frame that properly supports your mattress, and you want your mattress off the ground to support airflow.

Now that you know how important they are, let’s look at five signs your mattress needs a new frame.

#1: Your Slats Are Bent

Look under your bed. Are your slats bent or bowing?

If your bed has a frame that supports the box spring and your mattress, and the slats are bent or out of shape, it’s definitely time for a new bed frame. When shopping for a new mattress, you may often find that frames can be included in your package.

With bent slats, you may have noticed some sinking. While this can be caused by other things, bent or bowed slats can also cause this.

The frame is the home of your mattress, so make sure it’s up to the job.

#2: Your Bed Frame Squeaks and Creaks

Are you tossing and turning at night or getting up to go to the bathroom, and the whole bed creaks? It wakes up your partner, and everyone is exhausted in the morning.

If this sounds like your house, you need a brand new bed frame. This is often the first sign you get that something is amiss.

Here is a tip: all beds do not groan and creak. Solid bed frames in good shape are very quiet. If yours is making noise, then there is most likely something wrong with it. It is either old or showing signs of wear. Joints may be loose, and it’s time to replace the frame.

Don’t wait too long — you don’t want the bed to break while you’re sleeping or when you sit down on it.

#3: Your Bed Frame is Broken or Cracked

Next, when wondering whether your mattress needs a new frame, look over your bed to see if there are any splits, cracks, or broken spots on your frame.

For example, check the supports for your bed. You don’t want these to be cracked or broken, or they might fail. Prevent injury to yourself and others and replace the bed frame immediately if you find this.

While bed frames aren’t something you need to replace often, they can fail and break. You want your mattress to have the proper support, and if your frame is cracked, your mattress won’t have a stable spot.

Even if you notice small hairline cracks, it’s time for a change.

#4: You are Sinking

The next thing to consider is how you are sleeping. Do you lie down on your bed and feel like you are sinking? Sometimes that isn’t your mattress giving you that feeling.

You may even find your mattress sliding around on your frame. You want to ensure your mattress is solidly on top of your bed frame, or your sleep and safety are at risk.

You’re sure to have a restless sleep if your bed frame is causing your mattress to slide or sink. At this point, you need a new bed frame.

#5: You Can’t Sleep

If you wake up tired or your body hurts, you probably think you need a new mattress. Well, generally, this is true, especially if your mattress is old.

But, if your mattress is relatively new, your bed frame may be the culprit. Your new mattress may not fit right on your bed frame, or your bed frame may be old and damaged.

If you can’t sleep, and your mattress isn’t the problem, it may be time to look for a new bed frame.

Final Thoughts

Since you replace your mattress every seven to 10 years, you may want to get in the habit of replacing your bed frame at the same time. The two are partners when it comes to providing you with an excellent night’s sleep.

If your bed frame is old or broken, it creaks and squeaks, and your mattress moves around, these are signs that it’s time for a new frame.

Your bed frame is the support system for your mattress. It gives your mattress stability, which in turn helps you get a night of better sleep. Be sure and give your bed frame a once-over today!

If you’re ready for a mattress or a new bed frame so you can sleep better, we can help. Contact us today! 

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