A twin bed can make a huge difference in the comfort of a twin mattress, according to research from the University of New South Wales.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show that a twin platform can make the bed much more comfortable and less prone to creaking.
The research team used three mattresses: a double mattress, a double bed and a twin matt.
They used the double bed to test the difference between a standard twin bed and twin platform beds.
The twin platform mattress had a longer shelf life than the standard mattress, which was the most expensive option.
The researchers also found that twin beds tended to creak less when used with twin mattresses, and that the mattresses tended to be more comfortable with twin beds installed in their corners.
In the new study, the team tested the twin mattress and platform bed against a standard two-bed twin bed.
They found that the platform bed was the least prone to a creak during sleep, but the twin platform helped to keep the mattress more comfortable in the sleep of older adults and children.
The new research is a major step forward in the quest to find ways to reduce the number of creaking twin beds, said lead researcher Dr Sarah Brown, a researcher at the School of Nursing at the University.
The mattress that made the biggest difference was the twin bed, which had a shelf life of 30 days, compared to the standard two bed that lasted 40 days.
“If you put a twin in a twin bedroom, it becomes less stable, it gets softer, and it becomes more prone to scratching,” Dr Brown said.
“The mattress on the other hand is not stable.”
The study also found the twin beds helped to reduce creaking in the mattress.
“We’re not saying you should have a twin sleeping on the platform mattress,” Dr Daniel Zuckerman, an associate professor of nursing at the Australian National University, told the BBC.
“But it can help with the bed.”
He said that if a twin had a bed that is not as sturdy as a standard double bed, he or she might be able to sleep on the mattress in the corner of the bed.
“It’s better for a baby to have a platform bed with the mattress on,” he said.
The study is an attempt to improve the comfort for twin beds and the platform beds, and is the first to compare the different mattresses.
The research is funded by the Australian Medical Research Council (AMSRC).