Okay some quick backstory. Late 2015 the place I was living at the time had a flood. Back then I slept on a mattress on the floor – liked it low and firm. With the flood of course it got water-logged. I was never compensated by the landlord (NYC landlord so go figure) and so desperately needed a new bedding solution (for cheap, since I wasn’t compensated) and opted for the Beddinge LÖVÅS – a convertible couch/bed with underneath storage. It was $200 at the time – for the frame and mattress.
Fast-forward about 1.5 years after daily use and the thing started to ‘dip.’ I kept waking up in the middle of the bed, with back pain – and even a little difficult to get out of the ‘dip’ without rolling to one side. Infuriating on a few levels. (I even bought a slightly expensive 3″ foam topper to resolve what I thought was a defect in the structure of the frame.)
My LÖVÅS lived in the would-be living room, to maximize couch-watching movies and bed-at-night-ness. But I had to fix this ‘dip.’ I considered a whole new bed solution. But this would require moving the bed to another location in the apartment (I wasn’t going to put an actual bed frame in the middle of the living room!). I eventually decided on a weekend to move furniture around. And in doing so I realized I never thought to examine the structure of the LÖVÅS. I removed all the bedding, and much to my surprise realized the frame was warped, causing the ‘dip.’ You can see the wood slats curved up over time – I’m not sure why they didn’t sag downward:
Huh. What if I flipped over the wood slats? Would that fix the dip? I set about to find out. You can see a world of difference in flipping over just one slat:
Flipping them over is quite easy with the use of a claw hammer; simply get the hammer claw under one side of the pegs that snap into the frame and leverage the part up. You can then remove the slat, flip it over, and lightly tap-hammer the part back into the holes:
Flipping them all over only took maybe 10 minutes or so, and at least visually are distinctly different:
Nonetheless I moved the furniture to where I really wanted it, put the mattress and foam topper back in place, and I would say the frame has gone from definitively needing to replace to now I can wait a little longer and test this out before deciding to replace it.
The dip is clearly something that plagues this frame, as noted in this archived Reddit post:
So if you have this frame and notice the ‘dip,’ you can easily fix it by simply flipping over the frame slats, which have likely curved upwards over time, pushing your body to the middle.