Choosing the right bed can be exhausting but the most important thing to get right is the mattress. The next thing to choose what you want to sit that mattress on – ensemble or slat? What are they, and what are the real differences, let us break it down for you. Ensemble Beds Ensemble beds are often the go-to choice for those seeking a space efficient modern bed perfect for urban dwellings, such as apartments, units or townhouses where bedroom space is limited. Essentially Ensembles are large flat bases low to the ground just few centimetres from the floor which usually come bundled with a mattress. They are practical and fuss-free, devoid of the traditional head and footboards thus being ideal for smaller rooms and physically taking up less space. For those on a budget, the humble ensemble can help in stretching those dollars a long way.
Slat beds have definitely stood the test of time to be regarded as the most common form of bed styles people more often than not tend to choose. In essence they are a frame with wooden slats that that span from side to side and are placed a few centimetres apart (ideally no more than 10cms apart to give the mattress adequate support) resting on a centre beam. With different frames, legs and bedheads, slat beds offer a wider range of looks and styles. They usually sit a little higher than ensemble beds thus offering ample storage opportunity under the bed in most cases. If underbed storage is important, then a high clearance slat bed or a bed frame with built-in storage drawers might be for you. Slat beds are also easy to dismantle and transport which can be a useful for those who move houses frequently.
When considering a Slat bed, it’s important to get one that that is built to high quality standards as cheaply made slat beds become rickety and creaky over time. Generally expect that you going to have to invest a bit more into a high quality slat bed than an ensemble that will last the same length of time. Slat beds can be a lot simpler to clean in situations where depending on where you reside, if silverfish and other pests are a problem. They also enhance airflow which is vital to the longevity of your floor coverings and the life of the mattress.