How Should Mattress Fit in My New West Elm Bed?

How Should Mattress Fit in My New West Elm Bed?

Janel Laban
Apr 19, 2010

Q: I just recently purchased a king size west elm 2x2 bed frame. When I finally put it together, I could see that the pine slats and the outside frame were different heights (the pine slats sit about 1" lower). When I placed my mattress down, I noticed that there is a gap lengthwise where the mattress is shorter than the bed and you can see the pine slats (see photo below).

Widthwise, my mattress does not fit only on the lowered slatted base area, but lays on top of the outside frame causing it to slightly bow up.

At first I thought something might be wrong with my mattress, but I measured and it is a standard size of 76"x80" (same as the mattresses sold from west elm). I measured the bed frame itself, which is 78"x85" (not the 78"x82" listed online). The inside slat area is only 72"x81".

After calling both the store and customer service, I received conflicting statements on how the mattress is supposed to fit. The online pictures are also not clear whether this is normal. I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue with this bed, and whether this fit could cause any damage to the mattress?

I would think this would be a bad design to have the slat area smaller than the mattress, unless maybe the slats are supposed to be higher up?

I would appreciate any feedback!

Sent by Kara

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