So we recently purchased a new bed for our apartment in Paris. Because most buildings (our included) in the city are very old and have small stairways, it is common to find beds that come in two pieces (similar to this). Now the serious problem is as follows: when my partner and I attempt to use the bed for typical ‘recreational’ purposes, we are finding that it has a worrisome tendency to shift during moments of intense activity. While somewhat annoying, this in and of itself is not a serious problem, however, it appears that this situation is resulting in a noticeable scratching of the brand new hardwood floor.
Thus my question for the board is what can we do to prevent this from happening while continuing to enjoy recreational activities in bed?
We’ve had similar problems with that kind of mattress/bed which rests only on feet, and we went for a platform top. It increases the both the weight of the bed and the contact area to the floor giving more friction to reduce the bed’s “wandering” under vigorous activity.
My wife was slightly embarrassed when we were shopping for a new bed and I checked the different beds’ tendency to “wander” under rather vigorous movements on top of the bed…
I would opt for rubber instead of felt under the legs on hardwood.
Once upon a time, my wife and I stayed at a friend’s apartment for a couple of nights when she was gone.
After several minutes of vigorous co-mingling, we found that we had scooted the bed 15 feet across the room to the other side. On felt feet, on hardwood!
Not in an ideal friction model. The force of friction is proportional to the load, but independent of the area. Of course, if you add pads you are changing the coefficient of friction. Also, a larger area means lower force per area, so less scarring.