Your mattress will not perform to your expectations without a proper platform or foundation to the support the mattress. For years wood foundations have been used simply because they are inexpensive. Being wood, they come with natural defects like knots, holes, bark, and cracks that can cause breakage and noise. Wood is also prone to mildew, rot, and bugs, especially bed bugs. Now with the innovation of steel foundations and platforms, a better, stronger support system has been created.
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