Bunky (or bunkie) boards are cloth-covered pallets that provide a solid foundation in lieu of a box spring or base. They are recommended for foam or latex mattresses used on slats to maximize comfort and service life. One salesman pointed out that most bunky boards add 2-3" of height, which is a challenge with bunk beds that have mattress height restrictions for safety. He suggested that I get some plywood cut to size for a thinner and more affordable solution.
All of this bunky board buzz coincided with my grousing about our five year old foam mattress, which isn't as comfortable as it used to be. Bingo, we have it directly on the stainless slats of our Room & Board bed. It turns out that bunky boards are available for every size bed. I'm going to check out this one from Crate & Barrel, or else I might just follow these guidelines from eHow to make a whole bunch of bunky boards.
Do you have a bunky board under your latex or foam mattress? Do you use them under your kid's bed?
(Image: Crate & Barrel)