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    Bed base life?

    I live in a 3 bedroom house, and we all have the same beds in each room. I moved in over two years ago, but my flatmates have been there for 6 years. Not long before I moved in, the landlord replaced all the mattresses. I have no idea how old the bases were, but they are the type with drawers underneath, (I am guessing from Ikea like all the other furniture) and all the bed-drawers in every room are broken. Plus the base squeaks like it is about to collapse whenever you sit or lie on it!

    Is there a rough life-expectancy for a cheap bed base? We would like to ask for new ones. We are all happy with the mattresses, just not the bases.

    Thanks!

    #2
    Depends on the amount of 'activity'. If the bed squeaks when you sit or lie on it what happens if you really get in the groove if you get my drift? Wouldn't want a bed collapsing mid-stream would you?
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      #3
      There is no lifespan of this piece of furniture that I know of.

      I got rid of such beds donkeys years ago when they proved to be a lot of hassle.
      I have only had solid wood beds with slats ever since.

      So there's no creaking for my tenants, which I am sure they appreciate, although... come to think of it.... they've not thanked me at all so perhaps I should ask them....or perhaps do a survey, y'know, arrive at the property like one of those "market researcher type" people with a clip board and black rimmed glasses, that we all avoid in the shopping centres and high streets.

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        #4
        Originally posted by AardvarkFan View Post
        There is no lifespan of this piece of furniture that I know of.

        I got rid of such beds donkeys years ago when they proved to be a lot of hassle.
        I have only had solid wood beds with slats ever since.

        So there's no creaking for my tenants, which I am sure they appreciate, although... come to think of it.... they've not thanked me at all so perhaps I should ask them....or perhaps do a survey, y'know, arrive at the property like one of those "market researcher type" people with a clip board and black rimmed glasses, that we all avoid in the shopping centres and high streets.

        The life expectancy of a divan base (with or with out drawers) is considerably longer than a wooden framed bed.
        Divan base generally do not squeak (except possibly during "active sleeping")
        Wood frame beds, come loose on corner bols, side rails split and break also slats break. The slat supports on rails often come adrift leading to complete bed collapse.

        Given the choice ( as we all are) and from being in the trade i can confirm that 90% of LL use divan bases.
        A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
        W.Churchill

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          #5
          Thanks for the help! I might get my boyfriend to take a look at the base, see if something is just loose and if he can fix it in some way. If not, might test the waters with the agency, they have had good tenants for 6 years so they might be OK with getting new bases.

          It would be nice to also be able to use the drawers. But for me the worst part is the squeaky base. You are quite right Paul_f that activities other than sleeping are not very quiet....

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            #6
            Originally posted by rmsh View Post
            You are quite right Paul_f that activities other than sleeping are not very quiet....
            Ooh!......Aah.......Aah.......Aaah.......oh yes, yes, yes!!!!! I'll have some of what ever they are eating.
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              #7
              This is going to sound very sad that I know this but these bases are held together with long steel staples.

              Once the frame is put under strain the staples become loose and slide in and out of their holes- no this is not a double entendre!

              The only way to resolve this is to lay down a sheet on the floor and with a pack of long screws, small mixed screws, some rawl strips and some superglue/araldite, refix the frame and drawers.

              Probably a mornings work for you or a handyman ( who showed me this), or go and buy a base with drawers if it more economic.

              Ikea. Their bases are often held together with bolts, and therefore an allen key set should pull it back together and a bit of talc in the joints.

              Flip it over and take a look....
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