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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Box Springs

Upgrading your bedroom but don’t know what to buy? Do I need a box spring for my mattress? It can be difficult to determine between what is a necessity and what is an accessory, especially when it comes to your bed. If you’re purchasing a new mattress, one of the biggest questions is whether or not to take home a new box spring as well.

Often referred to as “that thing under your mattress,” box springs can provide additional support and increase longevity of your mattress, but are they essential for a good night’s sleep? Check out Mattress Firm’s box spring facts below to help you decide if a box spring should be your next bedroom buy.

What are Box Springs, and Other Things

So, what is a box spring, exactly? A box spring is a supportive layer that lifts up your mattress and acts as a foundation.

Believe it or not, the term “box spring” is actually a misnomer as they have recently stopped placing actual springs within the product. Over time, manufacturers began using a more sturdy solution such as wood or metal, which supports the mattress better and lasts even longer.

Support Your Sleep

Originally used to help raise the mattress up off the ground, box springs are now recommended to provide the solid support a mattress needs.

When a mattress is on the ground, there is nothing to help it absorb shock. With a box spring, your mattress has a support system to help it maintain its shape. Over time, a mattress without a box spring can give in and alter its shape. A box spring help ensure that even a used mattress, with years of normal use, keeps maintains the same shape and structure as when you first bought it.

Box springs also raise the height of a mattress, which can make it easier to get in and out of bed. They are also considered to be more aesthetically pleasing, giving beds a more sophisticated and formal look.

Boxes, Bases and Beds

If you decide a box spring isn’t for you, there are other alternatives that can support your mattress in a similar way. From adjustable bases, a platform bed, or even your hardwood floor, all mattresses really need a strong, steady surface.

However, placing your mattress on an uneven or non-supportive surface can go against mattress warranties. Most still require the use of a box spring as the standard for ensuring warranty claims. Mattress Firm recommends checking your mattress’ warranty to confirm the details.

All in all, not all mattresses require a box spring, but it can help protect your mattress from wear and tear and also provides additional support during sleep.

About The Author

The Daily Dozers The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our more than 3,000 neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.

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