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#1 Gumbette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

We're looking to upgrade our Queen bed for a King, but have always had a slat bed base with a mattress as it seems more economical to only replace the mattress when required (our current bed has lasted us well over 12 years).  For those who have an ensemble what are the benefits, and how often do you replace the base, is it whenever you replace the mattress?  

Thanks for your help.

#2 Tyfle Hour

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

There's no real advantage to an ensemble that I can see.  Most modern ensembles are essentially just a slat bed base anyway (ie.  there's no springs or anything in them).  I like being able to get under a bed to vacuum, plus I think 'real beds' look nicer, and as you say, don't need replacing when it's time to upgrade your mattress.

#3 TheGreenSheep

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

I prefer slat base.

If your room is small then the gap underneath makes the room look larger IMO.



#4 littlesticky

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Ensembles have no sharp edges so if you fall on it you won't get hurt Tounge1.gif

#5 ElevenYears

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Ensembles are just a lot cheaper than a nice bed.  I have one because I couldn't find a bed I liked within my (then) price range and I preferred to spend less on an ensemble than on an ugly bed and have more to spend on a decent bed later.

I'd prefer a bed, and will upgrade at some point in the near future.

#6 Always amazed!

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

On wheels and easier to move.. I have a heavy bed with mattress.. Wish it was on wheels!

#7 Always amazed!

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

On wheels and easier to move.. I have a heavy bed with mattress.. Wish it was on wheels!

#8 seayork2002

Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

We used to have an ensemble with drawers underneath it was the best move we made as there was no built in wardrobe/linen closet

#9 Prioritising Pooks

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

Slats are better because then you can store sh*t under the bed. No difference in comfort and cheaper. I've always gone for a cheap as bed, and good mattress. Actually, I've often just slept on a mattress on the floor, although not since being with DP who was horrified by it.

#10 Mishu

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

Funny, I find it much more comfortable sleeping on an ensemble than a slat bed. Ours (an ensemble) has drawers in the base, which is really handy. I've only ever replaced the top mattress, we've kept the base with the drawers. And we've recently replaced the bedhead and side tables, so I think it looks like a 'real' bed lol. We wouldn't go back to a slat bed.

#11 Zahhy

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

I hate ensembles - can't reach O when having sex on one cause it moves too much ninja.gif

#12 Gumbette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (Tonberry @ 29/12/2012, 09:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I hate ensembles - can't reach O when having sex on one cause it moves too much ninja.gif

Don't bed bases move more???  Maybe ours just needs adjusting, it announces to the world any little move we make. unsure.gif

#13 Purelle

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Note to self NEVER buy ensemble cool.gif

#14 Justaduck

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:37 PM

I swapped from the ensemble to slat (well through away the base really). I hated it.
When picking a bed frame/head the options were so limited, and you had to custom order it to not have slats. Also you always have to use a valance if you don't want to see the base.
My parents just have a bedhead joined to drawers with theirs, but a normal standalone bed is hard to come across.

They are really heavy to move around as well.

#15 Lifesgood

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE (Tonberry @ 29/12/2012, 09:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I hate ensembles - can't reach O when having sex on one cause it moves too much ninja.gif

Ah well OP, there's the deal breaker.

#16 F.E.B.E

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:41 PM

Clearly you've never broken a bed slat while getting frisky then!

We've recently bought a new bed and gone with an ensemble for space reasons and because I am sick of crappy broken slats.

#17 ~elle~

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:42 PM

We went from a queen size ensemble to a wooden slat bed (first time ever) King size.

I hate the noise during sex it creaks like anything. Very off putting and sooooooooooo noisy.

#18 Lifesgood

Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

Hmmm, maybe some of the posters here should sleep on the floor.

#19 kpingitquiet

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

I'll throw you another option. Bed frame + box spring + mattress. This was the norm growing up in the US and I still have yet to find another arrangement that is as comfy. I didn't have back problems until I started sleeping on a slat bed frame + mattress, here. Even with a new mattress and pillowtop overlay it didn't get better.

We rarely replaced box springs, really only if they started to sag or there was other damage. Mattresses were replaced more often.

As for sex, our slat frame + mattress is noisy as hell. We prefer the couch original.gif




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