What kind of foundation does my mattress need?
These are questions we hear all the time.
Do I need a box spring?
Does what's underneath my mattress really matter?
Our Foundation Requirements
For your new Black Sheep mattress, an ideal foundation is one that is flat, level, sturdy, and breathable. We recommend a slatted surface with slats that are no more than 1.5" apart and flat, not bowed. It is important that the foundation has no give or movement. For queen and king sizes, the frame must have a middle beam to support the foundation, and to prevent bowing.
Classic & Padded Bases
Black Sheep bases are made from solid wood (read: no spring and no give) and upholstered in organic cotton canvas fabric. The surface is slatted with the appropriate spacing, which allows for maximum breathability and airflow.
Our bases are a great option for those looking to replace their existing box spring and/or raise the height of their mattress, as they can be made to any height from 3"-10".
Without legs, the base can be dropped into an existing frame, acting like a boxspring. We recommend our Classic Base as an option to add inside of your frame.
With legs, the base can stand alone to replace the frame altogether. We recommend the Padded Base for a soft, minimalistic, platform bed.
Our Padded Bases can also be upholstered in custom fabrics, making a perfect addition to any bedroom.
Please note: our King bases are always built split (in two halves) for ease of use when moving. We require internal frame measurements if fitting the base inside of an existing frame - please scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to measure your frame.
Our solid wood slats are made with ideal spacing (about one inch and a half) and offer the most low profile support, as they measure only around 1" in height. The slats are connected by a ribbon and can be stretched out to fit to the length of your frame.
Our slats do require that the internal siderails reach the length of your frame so the end slats are fully supported. This is a great option for looking for a simple, low profile support for a frame that meets this requirement.
Please note: we require internal frame measurements to make slats to size. Please scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to measure your frame.
Black Sheep Bunkie Boards are a great in-between for those who are looking for a low profile foundation but with more rigidity than slats. Also made from solid wood, they come in the classic, exposed wood style or upholstered in organic cotton canvas fabric. Slatted surface is appropriately spaced.
Bunkie Boards are a good option if the internal siderails do not run the full length of the frame, as they have more rigidity in structure than slats.
Please note: our King Bunkie Boards are always built split (in two halves) for ease of use when moving. We require internal frame measurements to make to size. Please scroll to the bottom for instructions how to measure your frame.
Comparison of Models
Taking Internal Measurements
As our foundations are made to order, we do ask for internal measurements of your frame to ensure that the foundation is made to exact size.
It is important to look out for any kind of bolts or brackets that would reduce the space inside the frame, as our foundations are rigid in structure and cannot bend to accommodate the space. Oftentimes, and especially if there is something unusual with your frame, it is helpful to send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for our production team to take a look.