Anti-Tipping Slats

Quagga Beds
July 14, 2020

Our Design Applications:

We prevent tipping of the slats through several design applications.

1. Inserting Dowels

Close up of slat and dowels on o Fuss Plus Bed Frame
Dowels on a slat of the Quagga Designs No Fuss Plus Bed Frame

When weight is applied, such as sitting on the edge of the mattress, the pressure will force the slat upwards on the opposite side. It should also be noticed that the weight is distributed over several slats. The friction from the dowel will prevent the slat from rising and increase the angle between the slat and the dowel. This holds especially true to the No-Fuss Plus beds.

2. Lap Joints

Man putting slat on Tic Tac Toe Bed Frame
Quagga Designs Tic-Tac-Toe bed frame

On the other hand, on the popular Tic-Tac-Toe beds, we refrain from using dowels. The slats are locked in from both sides by lying on top of each other.

3. Mortise & Tenon Joints

A partially assembled Flex Bed Frame
Quagga Designs Flex Bed Frame

The Flex bed is unique in absorbing the weight. The legs will “bend” sideways, distributing the weight evenly. To achieve this, the legs are connected to each other for added stability. The slats are connected to the legs through a mortise and tenon joint, without the use of any metal parts such as screws etc. This joint has been used for centuries in cabinet making.

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