Do You Need a Box Spring?

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Box springs are available everywhere in the market. But how would you know if you need a box spring or not? Don’t worry; our detailed blog will explain the purpose of a box spring, what benefits it offers, and when a box spring isn’t necessary.



What Is a Box Spring?

Box springs are a combination of solid wood and coil. The shape and size of the wood are similar to the bed—the coils inside the box spring act as shock absorbers. The wooden flank, on the other hand, provides the necessary support. The use of box springs has become very rare in modern times. However, the benefits of having box springs make them a handy buy for your bedroom.

Why Do You Need a Box Spring?

Modern mattresses without box springs work fine; however, traditional mattresses require bed frames to get the necessary support. Depending on the type of bed frame, you may or may not need a bed frame. Let’s understand the need for box springs in different types of mattresses and bed frames.

When Using a Collapsible Bed Frame

The mattress on a collapsible bed frame does not have any support beyond the edges. Therefore, if you have a collapsible bed frame, you may need a box spring to support your mattress and keep it uniform throughout.

To Raise the Height of the Bed

Sometimes the height of your bed frame and mattress combined can be quite low making getting in and out of the bed uncomfortable. In such cases , a box spring placed under your mattress can be an inexpensive solution.

To Improve Air Circulation 

Box springs are primarily made of coils and have plenty of space for the air to circulate and keep the bed cool while you’re sleeping.



When Do You Not Need a Box Spring

It may be tempting to use a box spring; however, you may not need a box spring with modern, high-quality mattresses to help you with the extra support. Let’s understand when a box spring is not required.

Under Memory Foam, Latex, and Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid, memory foam, and latex mattresses do not have any coils in the underlying layers. The materials used in these mattresses are good enough to absorb shock. Getting a box spring for such mattresses doesn’t offer any significant benefit other than increasing the height of your bed by a few inches.

On Platform Beds

You may be wondering: do you need a box spring with a platform bed? The answer is no because the solid surface of a platform bed is good enough to provide the necessary support to your mattress. One drawback of platform beds is their smaller height. It becomes difficult for people with shoulder, back, and joint pain to push in and out of bed. 

When the Mattress is On the Floor

Placing a mattress on the floor does not require any box spring. However, some people may face issues with the height and the absence of shock absorbents. The mattress quality and durability are severely affected if you sleep with the mattress on the floor.

While Using a Reinforced Metal Bed Frame

Reinforced metal bed frames provide excellent support. The reinforced metal bed frame is made of steel, iron, or brass. It offers more support than a collapsible bed frame. It distributes the weight uniformly throughout the bed frame and hence reduces the pressure on the mattress, eliminating the need for a box spring.

Platform Bed Frame (solid)

The platform bed frames have a firm surface with suitable thickness. The height of the platform bed is smaller than a bed supported by a box spring; however, platform frames provide excellent stability to the mattress eliminating the need for a box spring.

Adjustable Bed Frame

If you have slept on an adjustable bed frame, you might know that flexible bed frames allow you to adjust the level and angles of the bed. You do not require a box spring for adjustable bed frames as their structure is good enough to absorb pressure and support your mattress.

Box Spring vs Foundation vs Platform Bed

Box spring and foundations are slightly different. Foundation is composed of wood, metal, or wooden slats around the sides. Box springs, on the other hand, are a combination of solid wood and coils. The significance of a box spring lies in absorbing shock and providing excellent support. Foundations are thick layers placed below your mattress to absorb shock. Similar to a box spring, they also offer extra support and act as shock absorbents. However, there is no need to buy a separate foundation; generally, a bed frame serves as a foundation itself.

Platform beds are the thick and firm surfaces that support the bed. However, the height of a platform is considerably less than foundations and beds with box springs.

Box Spring Alternatives

Here is a list of alternatives to box springs whose benefits are similar to a traditional box spring.

Low-profile foundation

The advantages of a low-profile foundation are similar to a box spring. However, their height is half of the box spring and is an excellent alternative if you are looking for a sleeker design.

Bunkie board

A Bunkie board is a thin and solid sheet that provides excellent support, similar to a platform bed frame. It is placed between a mattress and bed frame.

The mattress on the floor

Have you slept with a mattress on the floor? It is an excellent alternative to a box spring. However, the lifespan of your mattress may be at risk due to extra strain on the bed.

The Final Word

The basic idea of a bed frame is to support your mattress, raise the mattress to a comfortable height and protect the mattress by shock absorption. However, modern mattresses and box springs are not a great combination as their materials are enough to provide necessary support and reduce the absorbing impacts on your bed. 

Going with a box spring is not recommended; however, if you still want to try it, go for a thinner option that doesn’t take up your space and provides the necessary support.

Happy Sleeping!

You do not need a box spring with a hybrid mattress as its material is sufficient to provide the necessary support.



The idea of getting a box spring is to support your mattress, raise the bed to a comfortable height and protect the mattress by shock absorption.

No, modern mattresses do not require a box spring.

You do not require a box spring with a foam bed as its material provides the necessary support.

Yes, you can place a mattress on the floor. But, it can risk the longevity of your bed.

Yes, you can place your mattress directly on slats, as they provide the necessary support to your bed.

You can use dedicated bed risers, wheels, a piece of plywood, or wedges to raise your bed without a box spring.

Yes, your box spring requires a separate bed frame for their support.

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