The other main base option is a bedstead, which supports the mattress on flat slats or on more responsive sprung slats. Solid bases or slats are a good choice for memory foam or mixed foam/spring mattresses. If a bedstead comes with the option of an upholstered base unit, this will be far preferable under a pocket-sprung mattress and will offer similar comfort and support to a sprung-edge divan.
The lack of a box spring also allows for platform beds to have a lower profile, which gives them a sleek look. Platform beds come in a variety of materials and finishes.
Interior spring mattresses, whether open coil, pocket or continuous, are assembled similarly to a sandwich with the supporting springs between layers of cushioning on each side. The cushioning provides a barrier between the springs and the occupant. Fillings can range from inexpensive polyester to combinations of cotton, wool, horsehair, silk, mohair and cashmere, as well as better quality foams, including latex or visco-elastic foam.
The final choice of bed which seems to becoming more common and probably the most practical type of bed is the cabin bed. Now these types of beds do come in different shapes and sizes and can offer a variety of functionality. Like the bunk beds the cabin beds are very popular with families especially children as there are themed children's beds available for both boys and girls. More importantly the cabin bed is a great space saving option as they can come with space for TVs and computers underneath them and often can have drawers and wardrobe space.
The finest handmade mattresses, such as those by Hästens Savoir Beds and Vi-Spring are constructed only from natural materials. They combine wool, cashmere, mohair and horsehair as fillings because these particular fibres are resilient and wick moisture away for speedy evaporation.
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