Why We Feel Hideaway Beds’ Spring Mechanisms Are Superior to Gas Struts:

Gas struts or spring mechanisms are fitted to the head-end of the bed in order to counter-balance the load of the bed when in the upright position or when moving to or from the down position.

For over 20 years, Hideaway’s Beds are all supplied using spring mechanisms for safety and reliability reasons whilst other manufacturers prefer gas struts.

 GAS STRUTS

SafetyGas struts contain nitrogen under extremely high pressure installed at the head-end of the bed. The tension created by a 2 metre long steel bed frame, mattress and bedding require much higher pressures than (e.g.) a tailgate of a car. (As a pressurised item, it is recommended that the correct personal protective equipment should be worn when installing.)
Sudden FailureGas struts can sometimes catastrophically fail without warning and where this could cause danger, industry advice is to recommend secondary locking stays be used.
Non adjustableThe weight of mattress and bedding must exactly counter-balance the spring tension in the gas mechanism. If not, the bed will hover above the ground (if too light) or risk falling on you if too heavy.
Working lifeThe nature of a gas strut is to lose force over a period of time meaning they need periodically checking and replacing if necessary.
Correct FitmentUnless gas struts are attached using ball joint fixings and fitted in-line, lateral forces may cause uneven wearing of the piston & seals resulting in early failure.

SPRINGS

SafetySteel springs are enclosed within steel cassette mechanism or behind steel plate.
Sudden FailureUnlikely due to an array of several springs being used on either side of bed.
Non adjustableAll spring mechanisms (with the exception of the SwingAway) can be manually adjusted to compensate for different mattresses, winter or summer bedding, etc
Working lifeHideaway spring systems are contract standard, and tested to 10,000 cycles (that’s nearly 30 years of every night use). We offer a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects.
Correct FitmentNot adversely affected by manufacturing tolerances.