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Should I replace an existing bed base when buying a new mattress

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Category : Divan Bases

Subcategory : Replacement Base

In an ideal world it is always wise to replace a divan base when replacing the mattress, although due to cost and other circumstances this is not always possible. If you would rather avoid having to purchase a new base quickly check the existing base for sagging or out of place springs (sprung bases), damaged drawers, squeaking and creaking, castors being present and in place and that no springs or framework are penetrating the cover.

Remember if your mattress is on a bed frame or bedstead this is a different matter, simply checking that the bed frame is in good condition, that all the parts are there and that the bed frame is not making any noise should show if a replacement is necessary. However if you buy a mattress which is not suitable for a bedstead then a divan base or other non slatted solution is needed.

Reasons for purchasing a replacement base

Although it isn't detrimental, bases, especially sprung are in many cases designed to work with the mattress ensuring that the mattress lasts and works as it is designed to.

When bought together the cost is usually much lower than buying separate therefore if you find out that you did need a new base in weeks to come you may end up paying more than you would if bought together.

Mattresses can be guaranteed longer or have longer warranties when bought with the base. This is due to manufacturers being skeptical about providing cover for a mattress which is on a base they have no knowledge of which being in suitable condition.

Bases may look ok from the outside but unseen issues such as the framework or the springs may have faults.

Most mattresses are replaced between 8 and 12 years therefore in most cases the base is usually as old meaning the technology in it (especially in sprung bases) may be out of date and the condition of its components have seen better days.

So basically if you can afford a new base get one but if not make sure the one you have is in excellent condition otherwise you may have regrets further down the line.