Set the slatted correctly - this is how it's done


For a restful sleep, both the mattress and the slatted frame must be right. Most slatted frames can be individually adjusted. What is to be observed in the setting and how to do it step by step, we explain in the following.

Why should one adjust the slatted frame?

If you lie down, heavier body parts such as the pelvis more heavily loaded than others. To compensate for this pressure, slatted frames can be set to be harder in some places and softer in others, e.g. give more weight to the heavy body parts.
An incorrect adjustment of the slatted frame can lead to back pain. So, if you often wake up early with back pain, check your slatted frame. Maybe he is damaged or he needs a new attitude.

What factors does the attitude depend on?

How soft or hard you should set your slats will depend on your body weight, your height and your preferred sleeping position. The heavier you are, the softer the rust should be. For side sleepers you will find the optimal settings here.
For back sleepers, the pelvic area should be set as hard as possible to keep the spine as straight as possible.

5-zone slatted

The five zones that are adjustable in this most widely used slatted base relate to the head, shoulder, lumbar, pelvic and leg areas. By setting the degree of hardness, heavier body parts sink deeper, while lighter body parts such as e.g. the head is higher. This causes the spine to form a straight line, causing a healthier sleep and preventing back pain.

How does the hardness setting work?

For hardness control, the slides are responsible at first glance; These are small, square plastic tubes, each enclosing a bar or attached between two strips. In the first case, if you take a closer look you will see that the strips that hold the plastic slides are double-layered. And so is the principle of hardness adjustment: By pushing the slider outward, you increase the pressure more and more, so that the two superimposed strips interact more and more closely until they finally, when the slide is completely outward, to a double bar with double Become strength. If you move the slider towards the middle of the bed, the pressure will be lower and the distance between the bars less so that the slatted frame will give more weight again.

Step-by-step instructions for setting your slatted base correctly

1. Prepare bed

First, of course, you have to take the mattress off the slatted base or, if you have just bought the slatted frame, put it on the bed in its place.

2. Analyze sleeping position

Before you start hiring, you should be aware of what you are trying to do: Are you more of a back or side sleeper? Is your body heavy or light weight? Generally, the heavier the body, the softer the slatted frame should be.

3. Basic setting

As I said, the farther you slide the slider out, the harder the slatted frame, the less it gives your weight. The further you push the slides inwards, the softer the more flexible it becomes.

Generally, the sliders should form a V-shape, with the tip of the Vs facing down so that the pelvis lies on top. Thus, the pelvis, a heavy body part, is softer and pressure points are avoided. The shoulders, on the other hand, are softer so that the body sinks deeper into the pelvis, making the spine straighter.

4. Variations of the basic setting

You can now vary this V shape depending on your preference or sleeping position and body weight. The heavier you are, the farther the pushers should be pushed in to create a soft body posture. The V-shape should always be preserved.

If you prefer hard, you can push the sliders outward to create a wide V.

5. Review

To check, you must first put the mattress back on the slatted frame.
If a second person can assist you, first lie on the mattress with your head up. Now your partner is trying to put one hand under the lumbar spine. If this is difficult or impossible, you are well. If the hand fits easily, you should open the V further to create a greater difference in weight distribution so that the pelvis sinks in more deeply than the rest of the body.

Of course, nothing beats the "sleep test": After you have slept on your new slatted frame for the first time, you know best whether you can adjust it even better or not. Play a little and try different settings over several nights to find your favorite setting.

7-zone slatted frame and electrically adjustable slatted frame

Two special variants of the adjustable slatted frame are the 7-zone slatted frame and the electrically adjustable slatted frame. With the 7-zone slatted frame you can additionally adjust the foot and thigh area in addition to the mentioned zones. With an electrically adjustable slatted base, you can easily adjust the degree of hardness and head and foot height with a small apparatus while lying down. This has the advantage that you can try it until you find the optimal position. You can also customize the bed for your particular activity, e.g. lift the headboard for reading.

Tips & Tricks

If your slatted frame has no sliders to set the zones, you can buy them online for less than ten euros and retrofit your slats accordingly. For retrofitting, you need both the slides and additional slats to make the double-layered wooden strips.


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