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Old 03-02-2016, 10:07 PM   #1
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Modification Ideas for Support Under the Mattress

Hello folks:

I tried doing a search for some ideas and photos on how to provide greater support for the front bed. We bought a foam topper and it helps with overall comfort, but the whole thing still seems to sag in the middle, which I believe is due to lack of support underneath.

So if anyone could please post any pictures or ideas of how to bolster the support for a front mattress, I'd be most grateful! Thanks!

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Old 03-02-2016, 10:15 PM   #2
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You're not the first to have this problem.

Search for 'Front Bed reinforcement and isulating' and you'll find one recent topic with pics. There is more on this subject and I'm sure you'll find them or someone else will be along to help.

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Old 03-03-2016, 07:16 AM   #3
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Bed supports

I had the same issue (added heavy foam topper) and went to Home Depot or Lowe's (can't remember which one) and picked up a few strips of Aluminum strips 1/8" thick by 1.5" wide and I think it was 4 ' long. I believe they had 6' long ones also. I originally was going to use the angle iron from an old bed frame, but did not because of the added weight.
I have only mounted one so far, but it has made a big difference. They are light weight also.

I will be posting the results of a related project in the next few days... keep watching.

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Old 03-05-2016, 05:44 PM   #4
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Mustang65. I cant totally tell by picture but are you running them the length of framing underneath and so that they sit on the plywood frame when the bed is down for support?
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Old 03-05-2016, 06:50 PM   #5
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I bought two or three 2xs's and made my own supports under the bed. I'm 6-04 250 and my wife was pregnant when we bought this thing, so we weren't exactly light. We also tossed the junk Denver mattress and bought a much heavier memory foam mattress. I wasn't pleased with the crappy design that Jayco came up with.

The support at the front has a 2x4 plate on the bottom, three vertical studs and a 2x4 plate on top. The bottom plate is screwed into the floor to keep it from falling over when bed is up.

The support about halfway down is sistered in to the 2x2 structure that makes up the bed surround. There is a 2x4 top plate that ties in to the 2x4 verticals.

The 2x2's that run underneath the plywood bed frame rest on top of these little walls and provide solid support to the bed.

Total cost, about $7. The support up in the front allows me to store some longer items (beach umbrella, longer pieces of wood, etc) in front of it, so I don't feel it cuts into my storage space. The support halfway down, I intentionally didn't add a center support because I wanted to be able to store chairs underneath. I still have plenty of storage room, even with both those supports installed.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for these pictures everyone. Very helpful!

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