How A Quality Wooden Bed Frame Is Made
If your in the market for a new bed, then its always important to make sure your investment is worth while. But how do you find out what's under the slats?
This useful guide will show you how a quality bed frame is made and also the questions you should be asking the manufacturer or retailer before making a decision.
Solid Wood Slats
Always ask the manufacturer what the slats are made from and how they are fixed to the bed base? Also, what happens if something goes wrong?
Every Revival bed comes with 18 solid pine slats that are cloth webbed 50mm from each end to hold them together securely. Each slat measures 70mm x 17mm and these are positioned 40-45mm apart for optimum mattress support. Pre-drilled screw holes in the middle and ends of each slat then enable a secure fit to the bearers on each bed and the centre bar when required – this eliminates any noise from movement.
Revival beds are guaranteed for 10 years, which also includes any unlikely issues with the slats.
Do beds come with a centre bar?
If your new bed has slats and is king-size or bigger, then it should come with a centre bar for optimum support.
All Revival beds king-size and above are fitted with a centre bar. This is a solid piece of wood that is 71mm x 34mm and carries the length of the bed required i.e. 6'6”. The centre bar connects to the slats with screws and has 2 supporting legs that touch the floor for added strength.
How Will My Bed Be Assembled?
A quality bed manufacturer should be able to offer a delivery and installation service so you know your dream bed has been installed correctly. Ask if there are any costs involved and if it will be carried out by their own employees?
Revival beds are delivered and installed for free by their own specialist team.
Its also important to ask what fixing and components will be used to put the bed together, as the last thing you'll want is a bed that does not feel secure or even squeaks.
Revival beds are assembled on each leg by self tapping inserts and steel threaded bars. The self tapping inserts (hexagon plain collars) are inserted into a central hole of 3 on each leg. 2 x (50mm x 12mm) wooden dowels then sit above and below the self tapping insert. The side rail is then offered up to the bed with 3 matching drilled holes, while the 2 wooden dowels insert into the outer holes.
The centre hole has a 95mm x 7mm threaded steel bar that is positioned into the self tapping insert. A half moon washer and 13mm nut are then screwed together until tight.
This trusted technique of building the bed frame is a dry process and has the advantage of requiring no glue or fixing agent, allowing you to disassemble your bed easily if ever required. It also makes the bed frame very strong and means it will never squeak or creek.
What Weight Can A Bed Hold?
You'll need to work out the weight of the individual(s) who will be sleeping on the bed and then add that to the weight of a quality mattress, which could be anything up to an additional 10+ stone.
A Revival bed has a load rating of 50+ stone and additional support will be added for larger frames, such as Caesar beds, which are 8ft wide.
What Is My Bed Made From?
If your bed is made from leather or wood then ask what type, its origin and if it has been sourced sustainably.
All wood used for a Revival bed is from sustainable FSC trusted suppliers. Quebec Yellow is from Canada and Scandinavian Redwood from northern Europe. European oak is sourced from a family business in Italy that have been in the industry since 1962.
Does My Bed Come With A Guarantee?
Make sure your new bed comes with a guarantee. A quality UK bed manufacturer will be confident in offering something that exceeds the 12 months that is statutory in the UK. Also, make sure your confident in the retailer being around long enough to hold up to the guarantee period.
Revival beds have been handcrafting quality bed frames since 1983 and each one comes complete with a 10 year guarantee, as well as a 21 day month back promise.
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There are over 25 beds in the Revival collection, including four poster beds and solid oak sleigh beds which are available up to 8ft wide and in a range of 11 different natural wood and painted finishes.