Do You Need A Box Spring?

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When buying a bed and mattress, there are so many things for us to consider. For instance, what type of bed frame should we get, and what mattress is going to be the most comfortable?

Now, one of the things many shoppers fail to think about is box springs. These can be a necessary accessory for certain types of beds and mattresses and they should be factored into the budget when people are building out their bedroom set. At the same time, many types of modern beds and mattresses don’t require a box spring.

The real question is: do you need a box spring? Well, read on to find out how box springs work, who needs a box spring, and who doesn’t.


What Is A Box Spring And What Does It Do?

A box spring is basically what it sounds like – it is a box with springs inside of it! Most box springs are constructed either with wood or metal and are then covered with some type of fabric. Inside of the box and under the fabric, there are going to be metal support coils.

People often mistake box springs for foundations, and they really aren’t the same thing. They look similar from the outside, but the support materials inside are different – box springs contain, yep, springs, inside, but foundations usually contain wooden slats.

Box Spring Construction

Foundations are usually used to support more modern types of mattresses such as memory foam models, but box springs are used to support innerspring mattresses and create a barrier between the mattress and bed. When we move around and lie on innerspring mattresses, we put a strain on the coils. Box springs are intended to absorb some of that shock and strain and ensure that the mattress lasts for as long as possible without weakening or sagging prematurely.

Box springs also have an aesthetic purpose because they add some real height to the bed. Some people prefer the look of a taller bed and when we add in a box spring, the mattress can rise quite far off the ground.

Who Needs A Box Spring?

As we stated above, if one has an innerspring mattress, it is very likely that a box spring will be a necessary investment. However, this is not always the case and, to find out if it is worth investing in a box spring, people should first consult with the mattress producer. Looking on a mattress company’s website, one will most likely find information about what type of bed the mattress should be paired with, and if a box spring is required.

If the company does recommend a box spring, one should definitely buy a box spring! First off, this will ensure that the mattress is getting the support it needs and that it will last for as long as possible. What’s more, many companies will void the warranty if the mattress is not paired with the proper bed and bed frame.

Do You Need A Box Spring?

People should also consider what type of bed they are using. Many types of beds, such as those with a standard frame, absolutely require a box spring. Also, many types of antique or antique-style beds will usually be paired with a box spring.

It is worth noting, that people might need to factor a box spring into their bed and mattress budget. If a box spring is needed, that might mean people have to choose a bit more affordable mattress to offset this cost.

Final Thoughts

A box spring can be a worthy addition to many bedrooms, but it is worth doing the research to find out if a box spring is really necessary. People should just consider the mattress and bed they are going with, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to decide!

FAQs About Box Spring

What is the point of a box spring?

A box spring’s main use to create a barrier between the mattress and the bed. It also helps absorb that shock and strain our bodies put on a mattress and adds another level of support.

Is a box spring necessary for a bed?

Not all beds require a box spring. More modern platform beds and foundations might not need a box spring, but more classic types of bed frames might need a box spring.

People should consider what type of mattress they have because some mattresses might need extra support. In addition, people run the risk of voiding their mattress warranty if they do not employ a box spring.

How much is a box spring?

Box springs can range in price from $100 up to $500 and more. It really depends on the size of the box spring and the materials found in its construction.

Can I purchase just a box spring?

Shoppers can definitely purchase a box spring by itself. However, some mattress companies make box springs to pair with their mattresses, so it might be a good idea to buy them to go together.

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Marten Carlson

Marten is a staff writer for Mattress Clarity News. He covers the mattress industry as well as sleep science news. He is specifically interested in the connection between sleep and overall health.Marten has written for media publications like Consequence of Sound and received a master’s degree in Film Studies from Emory University.He comes from Franklin, Indiana, and spends all the time he can writing, directing, and acting in films. He has directed genre short films and features. His newest film, Starlets, recently premiered at the River Town Film Festival in Clinton, NJ. He also stars in the upcoming thriller, Sour Bear. His next film, At The Hop, is a hot rod actioner with a horror twist.
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