Choosing the right bed can be exhaustive 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 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 foot boards 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 as the mattress is better supported and can last longer than a traditional slat bed.Some ensembles can actually be a better option in the long term for those suffering with posture and sleep related issues; with the mattress of ensembles offering greater posture support and more even weight distribution.
On the flip side, if you are one for design and enjoy creating the look of spaces, ensembles may not necessarily be the right choice. Ensembles are designed to look quite minimalist suit a clean modern room. Without the added flourish of contemporary, vintage or classic headboards or bed frames.
Whilst ensembles save space in the room, they also give us storage space underneath the bed that some bed frames offer – so that’s a compromise with considering. At Ausbeds we offer a sprung ensemble, in our Hudson, which comes in a striking black colour. And a platform ensemble, in the Byron, which comes in classic clean white colour.
Traditional 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 centimeters 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 under-bed 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. But dismantling and rebuilding slat beds over and over, may shorten their life. When considering a Slat bed, it’s important to get one that that is built to high quality standards so 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 a 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. At Ausbeds all our mattress are compatible with bed frames that are build to Australian size standards.