The Importance of Box Springs

You may have heard the stories about a mattress laying on the floor. A best friend’s new beau gives a tour of his apartment and the mattress is not only on the floor, but doesn’t even have a fitted sheet on it. The horror! First, there is no reason not to have nice sheets when you can upgrade your bed to hotel levels of comfort. Second, the mattress is on the floor and that can’t be good…or can it?

While some may turn up their noses to mattresses on the floor, it may be less about concern over your comfort and just a perception and judgment of a person’s status. Having your mattress on the floor isn’t necessarily a bad thing and under the right conditions could be exactly what someone needs. Humans have slept on floors for thousands of years and in some cultures continue to do so with no harm. But that doesn’t mean you can with all mattresses though. The first step is determining the type of mattress you own and if it can be placed on the floor with no repercussions. 

Mattresses that are not designed to be on the floor will have reduced airflow. And if you are in a humid environment the mattress could develop mold from the lack of air. Sleeping in a bed of mold? No thank you. 

Some mattresses simply need additional support and that’s where the box spring comes in. Not unlike the foundation of a house, a box spring will determine how a mattress wears and sometimes how it feels. A poorly supported or worn down box spring will drastically reduce the life of a new mattress. For example, the dips in a mattress could prematurely become worse due to the box spring not providing the support it needs. 

At Gardner Mattress, we have two different types of products to support our mattresses. A real coil, flexible box spring is used with our signature Lace-Tufted and Quilted lines. This unit enhances the feel of those lines because of their firmness the box spring flexes with the mattress. A superior steel grid, non-flex foundation is used with our other lines to ensure the best support over the life of the mattress.

In addition to being the foundation for your mattress, a box spring also increases the height and elevates the bed. For young spring chickens, this may not be a factor, but for those of us with creaky joints, being able to get in and out of bed with ease can’t be overlooked as a huge perk. 

While some mattresses don’t need a box spring, having some sort of support in the form of the bed frame can still be important. Why invest in your sleep and your mattress only to reduce it’s overall life and your health by not giving it the support it needs? Your mattress has a life of about 7 to 10 years, but you can certainly extend that life and prevent sagging, tears, and any dipping with a box spring or at least a supportive frame.  

The type of frames could be a metal frame that distributes the weight of the mattress (and you). Some metal frames will simply cradle the mattress, on its edges while others will have supportive wires across. There are also solid platform beds made from a variety of materials such as metal, plastic, and wood. 

Not sure what you’ll need for your new mattress? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’d love to answer any questions you may have and guide you toward the perfect solution.


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Sunday & Monday: Closed
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