All mattresses will benefit from having a firm, solid foundation to rest on. Box springs were created to help absorb impact, reducing the wear and tear on the mattress. However, box springs were more prevalent when mattresses had much thinner profiles overall, and were primarily innerspring designs. Today, most modern mattresses do not necessarily require a box spring.
Over a decade ago, a box spring was essentially required when buying a new mattress. Today, that's not necessarily the case. Most modern mattresses including mattresses in a box do not require a box spring. In fact, traditional box springs don't provide the rigid support needed for many newer foam and latex beds. Box springs are primarily designed for use with coil-based mattresses. This means innersprings and hybrids are the best mattress types to use with box springs.
To determine whether or not you need a box spring, it's helpful to read the recommendations of your bed's manufacturer. You can find this information on the manufacturer or retailer's website, and often on the tag attached to the mattress itself. Different styles of mattresses can benefit from different types of foundations, so it's helpful to go directly to the source to see what the manufacturer recommends. Not only that, but also some mattress warranties will stipulate that you use a recommended type of bed base or render them void.
A box spring is a support for your mattress that's manufactured to be the same size as the bed. It consists of a wooden frame filled with springs (or a metal grid) and wrapped in fabric. It sits directly under the mattress, providing support.
Box springs provide support, but are also able to absorb some shock from the mattress itself. This is a good feature for innerspring beds, but can be damaging for foam mattresses. A foam bed, which lacks the rigid structure of an innerspring mattress, should be used with a very solid support base, such as a platform bed.
There are other types of supports that you can use under a mattress, including platform beds and foundations. Determining what can be used instead of a box spring depends largely on the type of mattress you have.
A box spring is a simple support consisting of a wooden/metal frame, filled with metal coils/springs or a metal grid, and wrapped in fabric. They are primarily used for innerspring mattresses. Typically box springs are designed to sit on top of a bed frame.
A foundation is another type of support system that usually consists of wooden slats or flat solid frames. They function similarly to box springs, but they don't actually contain metal springs. Foundations offer a very firm surface for mattresses to rest on, making them a good choice for foam beds. Most foundations are designed to be used with a bed frame, although some companies offer free-standing versions.
An adjustable bed is a foundation that can be adjusted to various positions, similar to a hospital bed. These are a great option for those who like to read or watch TV in bed, and older individuals who struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Adjustable beds are significantly more expensive than other options, and can only be used with certain types of mattresses.
A split box spring is usually more expensive than a standard box spring. They also need support in the middle when they sit on your bed. Make sure your bed frame is built to accommodate a split box spring before buying one.
Box springs come in many different materials. If you suffer from bedroom allergies, you might want to seek out a box spring with hypoallergenic fabric. Others are made of organic fabrics. There are also box springs with special additions for added back support.
However, if you have a memory foam or latex mattress, you should not use a coil box spring. These mattress types are built for stronger support, so they can break down or get damaged over time if placed on top of an incompatible box spring. For modern mattresses, foundations or platform beds are the way to go.
Most brands will recommend against putting your mattress directly on the floor. Mattresses are built to sit on top of a bed frame or bed base, and placing them on the floor could damage them over time.
Lexie Sachs (she/her) is the executive director of the Textiles, Paper and Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she researches, tests and reports on fabric-based products ranging from sheets, mattresses and towels to bras, fitness apparel and other clothing. She also evaluates luggage, rain gear, disposable paper goods and baby products. Lexie has more than 15 years of experience in the textiles industry and a degree in fiber science from Cornell University. Prior to joining GH in 2013, she worked in merchandising and product development in the fashion and home industries.
Designed to support a mattress, a box spring consists of a wood frame filled with either springs or a metal grid. The box spring is encased in fabric and placed beneath the mattress on a bed frame. Some also have supportive slats on the bottom. They're made to match the sizes of most traditional mattresses, from twin to king.
While many new mattresses do not require or work well with box springs, some still do. Other brands recommend them, but only if a metal frame is used. Still more suggest the use of a different type of bed frame or foundation altogether with their mattresses. We'll go over who does and doesn't need a box spring, and how to make sure you're not using the wrong base for your mattress.
The purpose of a box spring is to provide support and raise a mattress to a comfortable height. However, many of today's modern mattresses, especially bed-in-a-box beds, are made with a thick layer of dense foam or coils to act as the bed's support system. It's typically recommended to skip the box spring when setting these beds up, as the support layers essentially function as a box spring.
The mattress brand Casper explains that \"the slats on older box springs are too [far] apart to support the weight of a foam mattress, and that lack of support can cause it to sag.\" Instead, the company suggests a platform with slats closer together. Eco-friendly mattress brand Avocado Green also advises strongly against using box springs with its hybrid and latex mattresses, recommending firmer, sturdier foundations instead.
On the other hand, there are some exceptions. Modern mattress brand Saatva suggests that box springs may be used with its mattresses if the box spring is less than 7 years old and has proper center support and the slats are less than 4 inches apart. Helix also approves box springs with its mattresses, but only if slats are less than 5 inches apart and a piece of plywood or other proper center support is added.
It's also important to do research on the warranty for your mattress. This information can be found on the website of the mattress manufacturer or retailer, or on the tag attached to the mattress. Follow the manufacturer's instructions so you won't end up voiding the warranty by using the wrong type of foundation or frame with your mattress.
Some companies are creating their own alternatives to box springs. Casper makes a \"box spring alternative\" called The Foundation that works with its foam mattresses, while GhostBed sells a box spring/metal frame/foundation combo called the All-in-One Foundation. Brooklyn Bedding makes a Ready-to-Assemble Box Foundation that looks and feels like a traditional box spring with the added center support box springs typically lack. Tuft & Needle also makes its own version called the Box Foundation, a product which its site refers to as an upgraded box spring.
One benefit to buying a box spring alternative directly from your mattress company is that you don't have to worry about whether or not it's compatible. While some companies recommend using the foundations or bases they manufacture themselves, others suggest that anything sturdy will work, from a box spring to a wooden frame to the floor itself. Again, to know for sure, check the fine print on your mattress.
These serve as both a frame and foundation, providing stability and support while keeping the mattress elevated off the ground. They tend to be easy to assemble and can support heavier mattresses, and some include features like drawers or other similar small storage spaces. They can also be quite a bit more expensive than other options.
These are typically designed to be used with bed frames, but some are made for use on their own as well. They provide a sturdy, firm surface to place your mattress on, an ideal option for memory foam beds. They're often made up of wooden slats or solid wood frames.
These are bed frames that can be adjusted into numerous different positions, helpful for those who like to change their sleep position frequently or who have trouble with pain, acid reflux, poor circulation or snoring. These mattresses can be highly customizable, and some even come with remote controls to customize each side of the bed. They can only be used with mattresses made specifically for adjustable beds, or those that are flexible enough to work with them. Expect these to be pricier than most other options.
These are sets of wooden slats arranged for optimal ventilation on a platform. They're usually supportive for heavy mattresses, noise-free and offer a remarkable amount of space underneath for storage. They aren't too pricey and work as a great budget option for those who find full frames too expensive.
Some swear sleeping on the floor helps alleviate back pain better than any other remedies they've tried -- so why not try a mattress directly on the floor After all, many of today's mattresses are firm and dense enough to place on the floor without the need for any additional support from a platform or foundation at all. This idea also works with minimalist decor and a simple budget.
Material: FederkernFüllung: SchaumInlett: Jacquart Ticken gewebt PolycottonVerstärkte Seitenhalt2 Bettgestelle für Super-King, King und Queen GrößenMatratzenhöhe: 25 cmHöhe Boxspring: 25 cm Feet: 11 cmTotal: 61 cm 59ce067264