A slat tensioner kit enables five rows of existing flexible slats to be strengthened in order to cope with heavier body weights or provide additional support where needed. A tensioner kit can be retrofitted to an existing flexible slat bed. If more, or less, than 5 rows are required then the components can be ordered individually. Five rows per side of bed is usually sufficient. This allows for 2 rows beneath the shoulders and 3 rows beneath the hips. If total support for heavier body weights is required then all rows on one side, or both sides, can be retrofitted. This will increase the body loading capacity by approximately 50%.
The concept of a tensioner kit is to 'double-up' flexible slats by positioning a narrower tension slat beneath an existing flexible slat of 53mm width or 38mm width. The design of the plastic tension adjuster is such that they will accept a combined slat thickness of the 2 'doubled-up' slats of maximum thickness 17mm. On each 53mm System row fit 1 x 8mm tensioner slat and 2 plastic 53/38mm tension adjusters. On each 38mm System row fit 1 x 6mm tensioner slat and 2 plastic 38mm tension adjusters. Each tension adjuster can slide inwards and outwards. This allows each row to be individually adjusted for tension and more or less comfort as required. Both tension slats and plastic tension adjusters are manufactured in Europe. Pushing the pair of sliders together towards the centre SOFTENS the support whilst pulling them apart HARDENS the firmness.
Two widths of slats are catered for. 53mm wide and 38mm wide. Two lengths of each width are available. 600mm and 700mm. Tension slats are slightly curved in an 'arc' to match the curve of the original flexible slats on your bed. Suitable usage is as follows:
600mm - Queen size
700mm - King, Super King & King Single
Depending on the method of bed construction sometimes a 600mm length will be sufficient for a King Size bed. This can be checked before ordering. Note also that it is easy to cut a 700mm length down to shorten it if a 700mm is too long.
Due to the narrow size of Single and Double beds it is normally of no advantage to incorporate slat tensioner kits. However it can be done if required as each tension slat is easily cut to size. This may be useful when outfitting caravans or campervans or similar.
Suitable flexible slats for new build furniture are also available on this website.
European manufactured Beech laminated flexible slats
European manufactured plastic Tensioner Sliders
Available for 53mm and 38mm wide flexible slats
Easily retrofitted to existing flexible slat systems
Each row individually adjustable for firmness
Five (5) Tensioner slats per kit
Ten (10) plastic Tension Sliders per 53mm Wide kit & Twenty (20) plastic Tension Sliders per 38mm Wide kit
Slat System widths are 53mm or 38mm
Slat lengths are 600mm or 700mm
Tensioner slats are 38 x 8mm thick for a 53mm wide system and 38 x 6mm thick for a 38mm wide system
Combination of existing Flexible slat and Tensioner slat can be 17mm maximum
600mm length is for Queen size beds
700mm length are for King, Super King & King Single size beds
The five (5) 38mm x 8mm tensioner slats and ten (10) 53/38mm plastic tension sliders (Yellow) are packed in one pack.
The ten (10) 38mm x 6mm tensioner slats and ten (20) 38mm plastic tension sliders (Brown) are packed in one pack.
Each pack comes with instructions and is sufficient for one side of a queen/king/super king bed frame.
Addiitonal loose slats and tension sliders can be ordered separately
The complete kits are wrapped in polybubble and proteced with corrugated cardboard.