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I read through a bunch of threads, but couldn't find any concrete information on the difference between the different bed slats Ikea offers. I'm planning on buying the IKEA Malm Double/Full bed frame but have no idea what slats to purchase.
Specifically, what is the difference between the Sultan Lade, Liared, and Luroy? The Liared/Luray seem curved -- I read a few posts saying that these might be noisy....can someone please confirm?
The plain flat slats (Lade) won't really offer much in the way of comfort. They'll just keep the mattress up. They're more likely to crack over time (because of the non-flexible nature)
The curved slats flex, and will respond more to your movements. They're not *rigid* - unyielding - but they're not really bendy, either. They flex. The bent ones are made of plywood, which should better resist cracking over time.
The difference with the rubber cups on the Liared edges I think is to add some security. The ribbon connecting the Luroy ones is just stapled onto their underside.
I've never run into a problem with the Lade slats cracking, though they are rather inflexible.
A bigger problem with them and the Luroy slats is the ribbon - each slat is held in place with a single staple, and if the ribbon becomes dislodged from a slat, that sklat could "wander" and eventually fall.
The extruded band on the Liared is a better way of keeping the slats spaced and in their place, and at the same time adding a sort of noise dampening system, so that there's no squeaking between the wood slats and metal "L" flange.
With some of the beds, the long "L" flange is more likely to get ripped out of the bedsides from the kids (we were talking kids, right RG? - not vertically challenged adults who should know better) jumping on it than the slats breaking. The kids shouldn't be jumping on the bed in the first place, but kids are kids.
The rubber caps are nice because they double as a better way to maintain the distance between the slats and at the same time adding some sound deadening properties to the system.
The ribbon itself isn't too bad - it's some sort of woven man-made material that is pretty sturdy when left alone. The bigger problem comes from either the ribbon ripping through the staples and separating from the slats, or people cutting the ribbon because they think they're supposed to once the slats are in place (as in, the ribbons there just for shipping and installation purposes, and no longer needed once the slats are down. Oy! Yeah, I see it all - SIGHHHH!)