In the modern life with ongoing development of the mattress industry, is boxspring still useful? Someone says of course, other thinks maybe because it depends on your mattress warranty and bed frame type or even your foundation. So do you really need boxspring? When you can do without boxspring? Following our guide to answer your questions.
WHY DO YOU NEED BOXSPRING?
As you know, boxspring has 2 important functions:
- Foundation: This boxspring provides a strong and stable foundation as well as enhance the longevity for your mattress thanks to shock, wear, and tear reduction.
- Increased height: This advantage will help sleepers can get in and out of bed easily.
In some situation, mattress warranties required use your mattress with boxspring or platform bed, and if you do not do, your warranty will be void. Research your warranty detail carefully before deciding your foundation or boxspring.
WHEN DO YOU NEED BOXSPRING?
In the past, to ensure support, traditional mattresses always needed a boxspring. Nowadays, it’s not necessary. You can study following different bed frame types which required or not need a boxspring.
COLLAPSIBLE METAL FRAME
If you have a collapsible, you will need a boxspring because perimeter frame can’t give adequate support for your mattress without a boxspring, and even you can get some ricks including void your warranty.
Example – Zinus Compack 9-Leg support bed frame
REINFORCED METAL BED FRAME
With a reinforced metal frame, you don’t need a boxspring, because it will add more metal support for your mattress, so providing even weight distribution. But it doesn’t provide the same supportive foundation like boxspring including limits sagging or uneven wear on the mattress.
Example – Purple bed frame and the Zinus Smartbase
PLATFORM BED FRAME – SOLID
Using platform beds utilize with a solid surface, as the result, you wouldn’t need a boxspring, because it provides a stable platform like boxspring.
In the general, platform beds are lower than a traditional mattress with a boxspring. It fits with desirable and modern aesthetic for you bedroom. But for older people or those who suffer from back, hip, or joint pain, it’s very difficult for them to use a low platform bed.
PLATFORM BED FRAME – SLATS
With this platform bed, using slats for support instead of the solid foundation to ensure he mattress warranty without a boxspring.
Example – Zinus Modern Studio slat frame and the Forever Foundation
The distance between slats about 4” and they can come flexed or straight and are available in wood, metal, plastics, or even composite materials because we need more rigid support.
ADJUSTABLE BED FRAME
Using this adjustable foundation, you won’t need boxspring, because it allows the mattress to shift height and angle, as well as reducing stress on your back, internal organs, and breathing. However, the adjustable foundation cannot support most innerspring mattresses.
Example – Classic Brands adjustable bed base
Beside, you also add a boxspring to any of these bases (except the adjustable base).
BOXSPRING VS. FOUNDATION: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Sometimes people use “boxspring”, in some case “foundation” is true. So what is the difference between them? Nowadays, boxspring and foundation are the same thing. In the past, boxsprings were included actual springs contained inside of a wood frame (box).
Thanks to modern manufacturers, a new way was born to create lightweight, supportive boxsprings without the springs – foundations.
Example – Classic Brands instant foundation and the Zinus high profile smart box
You also can swap “boxspring” and “foundation” together. In some situation, boxspring can change by your foundation if it gives the same support.
CAN YOU PUT A MATTRESS ON THE FLOOR?
Of course, because it will not create significant negative effects in some case. However, putting your mattress directly on the floor can lead some following results:
- Airflow reduction: It’s difficult to expel air and breathe when expel air and breathe that could provide by expel air and breathe.
- Not hygienic: Because of closer with the floor, it’s very easy for dirt, dust, allergens, or even bed bugs or mites get on your mattress.
- More difficult to get back up: you will get trouble when get in or out of bed by using a bed on the floor.
- Void your warranty: Some mattress warranties required a boxspring or platform bed. If you want a long-term warranty, double check the warranty terms.
Mold is the biggest rick when putting your mattress on the floor, because if you live in a moist or humid environment, mold can ruin a mattress. Adding a mattress encasement to eradicate the rick from mold.
If you don’t like traditional boxspring, you would consider one of the following boxspring alternative options.
A low-profile boxspring will have same act like a traditional boxspring, but its height is usually about half of a traditional type.
Example – Zinus 4″ low profile boxspring and the Classic Brands 4″ low profile boxspring
You still get its benefit like a simple boxspring with beautiful design and style. It also puts a nice middle ground between low platform beds and traditional boxsprings.
A Bunkie board includes a solid surface (commonly plywood) with a thin sheet, standing between your mattress and your bed frame to provide a solid foundation without boxspring.
Example – Signature Sleep steel bunkie board
MATTRESS ON THE FLOOR
You like lower and are not wondering about our mattress warranty, putting mattress on the floor is not a bad option. Keeping cleaner by get some mat to place mattress on.
In conclusion, there are lots of cases that don’t required boxspring and place mattress on the foundation. You should only notice about mattress warranties of each mattress company’s polices.
Providing your bed a sleeker design to get support that boxspring would provide.