How to Know If You Need a Box Spring

Blog Title: How to Know If You Need a Box Spring

So you’re shopping for a new mattress, and you keep hearing the term “box spring” being thrown around. You might be wondering what that is and whether or not you need one. Is it essential to your sleep experience, or is it an unnecessary expense? We’re here to answer your questions so you can understand the appeal of box springs.

What is a Box Spring?

A box spring is a base layer that lifts up your mattress. It acts as a foundation to keep your mattress level and adds extra support while you sleep. It also raises your mattress higher in your bed frame.

Contrary to what the name implies, there aren’t actual springs inside. That was how they were originally designed, but over the years manufacturers found they could make a sturdier foundation with wood or metal. However, the name remains as does its purpose.

The Benefits of Getting a Box Spring

First and foremost, a box spring provides additional support to your mattress and body as you sleep. Depending on your sleeping position, your weight is distributed in specific spots on your mattress. This leads to indents and pressure points forming as you sleep, which can lead to soreness when you wake up. With a box spring, the weight and pressure of your sleeping body is more evenly distributed which leads to better sleep and a more comfortable awakening.

Because it distributes the weight and pressure better, a box spring can also extend the lifespan of your mattress. Indents, lumps and sagging happen over time and regular use, but a box spring keeps the materials from compressing as easily. This means you’ll have a comfy mattress to sleep on for years to come. If your mattress is older and starting to sag, a box spring can make it more comfortable for a couple more years. 

If you’re someone who has a hard time getting in and out of bed due to mobility issues, a box spring is even more useful. It raises your mattress higher in the bed frame, which makes it easier to get into bed. 

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Why Would I Not Need a Box Spring?

A box spring is useful, but not everyone needs one. Specifically, there is no use for a box spring if you have an adjustable base for your bed. An adjustable base does much of what a box spring can do, including giving better support and making it easier to get in and out of bed. 

Box springs can be an extremely beneficial addition to your bed. You’ll get more support, receive a better night’s sleep, and have your high-quality mattress in good condition for much longer than without. If you don’t already have one, take a look at your bedframe and consider getting one to make the most of your mattress today.


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