Many memory foam mattresses come with slats that run parallel to the surface of the mattress. Slats allow air to pass through and dissipate as you sleep, moulding to your body and providing a comfortable layer of padding against pressure points. However, some people find that while they enjoy the way that the slats mould to their body, others find that it disturbs their sleep. Can you put a mattress directly on slats?
For a mattress to be the best floor surface possible it must meet certain criteria. For example, a mattress has to provide good spinal alignment and relieve pressure on key areas of the back. In addition, the best floor surfaces must also have good levels of durability, rigidity and quality craftsmanship.
The best mattress surfaces also have air circulation. The air circulation helps to keep you comfortable. If you are unable to get air circulation through your mattress then you will find that your sleep space feels hot and uncomfortable. During the day when you are awake you will feel refreshed, but at night your body can retain extra heat making you feel uncomfortable. Air flow is important when putting a mattress on the floor directly.
Some manufacturers use special wooden slats in their mattresses. These slats are bonded directly to the inner surface of the mattress to make the mattress more rigid. The mattresses are then filled with either a special foam or a special memory foam. Foam and memory foam both work in a similar way by providing an even amount of cushion. Although this does help to make the mattress more rigid, it also helps to create a sleeping environment that is warm and comfortable.
Most mattresses sold these days are made from memory foam. However they do not come with springs. In order to provide the comfort and relief of spring like springs steel coil springs is placed underneath the upper mattress layer. You can imagine how big a change this can make in terms of comfort and how much easier it is to get a good nights sleep when using a new mattress with this type of spring.
So yes you can put a mattress directly on slats as long as you do not place the mattress on a sub-floor level. This can still give you good support and additional comfort. However if you are looking for something that offers maximum support and comfort then you should avoid placing a mattress on a floor level. Air circulation will also help to keep your new mattress in great condition. It also works to increase the life of your new mattress.