Everything You Need to Know About Box Springs

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When purchasing a new mattress, you will most likely be encouraged to purchase a box spring as well. While it may feel that the box spring is a superfluous item, you may actually need one. If you’re unsure of what the box spring is, what it does, or if you even need one, read on for more information.

What is a Box Spring?

Essentially, a box spring is a foundation layer that goes underneath your mattress. It is about the same size and thickness of a regular mattress but is made from stronger, sturdier materials.  It keeps your mattress even and provides it with support to decrease sagging. This means that you’ll get a better night’s sleep with all that extra support.

How Does it Work?

While box springs used to be made with actual springs, current production indicates that they are now generally made of either wood or metal. These materials are much stronger, so your box spring will not only give you better support but will also last much longer than models of days past.

Box springs are usually about the same thickness of a standard mattress, which means you get some added height to your bed. This makes it much easier to get into and out of bed. Additionally, because the box spring is so solid, your mattress’s lifespan will be much longer than if you didn’t have one. The support keeps the mattress from losing its shape throughout the years.

What are My Choices?

With a variety of mattresses and bed types that are coming into production, it is possible that you may not actually need a box spring. A platform bed, for instance, provides a strong base for a mattress to sit directly on, eliminating the need for separate support in the form of a box spring. Adjustable-base bed styles also provide a built-in foundation that will ensure your mattress doesn’t lose its shape, even without a box spring.

If you choose to go without a box spring, double-check your mattress’ warranty, as using your mattress on a non-supportive foundation can go against it and you won’t be able to make a claim if something goes wrong with it.


Still not sure about whether your mattress or bed requires a box spring? Stop in to Metropolitan Furniture for the best possible assistance for all your mattress and box spring needs. Or give us a call!