You're certainly not alone in asking the question, "do I need a box spring?" Afterall, there are plenty of beds out there (like our nifty selection of Zinus platform beds) that will suit your mattress just fine without one. But the truth is, the answer depends on what kind of set-up you already have or intend to purchase. Let's explore what a box spring is used for, and why it might be the right choice for you.
A box spring, specifically, is not always necessary. The important thing to keep in mind is that box springs do require the support of a separate bed frame (in most cases). If you have or prefer a basic metal bed frame with just one or two center support bars, you likely need a box spring to complete the set.
Are there alternatives to a box spring?
All mattresses - memory foam, spring, latex or otherwise - require a foundation of some kind that will serve as an even support layer. Thus, you have a couple of options:
- A box spring on top of a standard metal frame or a standing box spring
- A platform bed with slats or a SmartBase foundation
- An adjustable base which allows you to customize your sleeping posture
- The floor (although it's not the tallest, nor the most dust-bunny-free option)
The principle is the same - all of these solutions offer a continuous support layer that will hold up you and your mattress. Today, there are plenty of options to bypass the box spring, if you're not particularly attached to yours.
Like many of our platform beds, the Lottie Upholstered Platform Bed features closely spaced wooden slats that can support your mattress without a box spring.
What is a box spring anyway?
If you're unfamiliar, a box spring is the fabric covered metal or wood structure that sits beneath your mattress. On the inside, it's often constructed with bars or slats that span the entire width or length of the frame, providing an even surface for your mattress to rest upon.
A box spring serves a few different functions:
- Provides an even and sturdy foundation for your mattress
- Absorbs impact from movement
- Allows the user to customize the height of the bed
Despite the array of mattress foundation options, if you like the idea of having a box spring, there are a few different types you can consider.
The BiFold box spring
If you enjoy the convenience of shopping online but question your handy-man skills, the Jayanna Metal BiFold® Box Spring is your cup of tea. Similar to opening a really large book, this metal foundation comes pre-assembled and only requires unfolding to become bedtime ready. Plus, this folding mechanism comes in especially handy when you need to maneuver around tight corners or up stairways.
The standing box spring
Maybe you're not interested in buying multiple pieces to complete the ensemble. And hey, we appreciate your desire for efficiency. Our Justina Metal Mattress Foundation is right up your alley. This clever creation is a box spring and base frame, rolled into one. Featuring a fabric cover available in a variety of colors with an upholstered look, accompanied by solid wood legs, it's perhaps the fanciest box spring you'll ever lay eyes on. The fanciest, and the most functional.
The low profile box spring
For those who'd prefer a box spring that does its job, but lets other elements like a quilted duvet or half a dozen fluffy throw pillows shine, look no further than our Josie Metal Mattress Foundation. The Josie keeps a low profile in more ways than one, with its one inch legs that give you just enough distance from the floor but lend themselves perfectly to a foundation for taller mattresses.
So to answer your earlier question, "do I need a box spring?", the final verdict is it depends! Assess your current bed frame and mattress to make the decision. Are you ready to start from the ground up by building an entirely new set, or would you like to just refresh one piece? Does your current bed frame lack proper mattress support, like slats or a solid platform? Are you in love with your bed, but find yourself crouching to get in and out? A box spring (in its many forms) could have the potential to solve your problem.