The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Box Springs
What is a box spring?
It provides a foundation for your mattress. Until around 2000, foundations literally had springs enclosed in them to provide support and act as shock absorbers. Since then, the manufacturing process has changed. Although you can still buy a coil foundation, even coil mattresses often come with sturdy, solid boxes that have no springs. Springs serve three purposes. They raise the bed, they reduce wear and act as absorbers, and they provide a flat, solid surface for the mattress.
Do I need this type of base?
Whether you need one is a question that depends on personal preference. You can, for example, put a box spring mattress on the floor, but that might not be as attractive or comfortable when you get out of bed in the morning as raising it higher. Nevertheless, it does support the mattress. A spring, on the other hand, will raise and support the mattress, but it needs to be used with a frame. Frames can be handy because they clear the floor and allow room for storage beneath the bed. Another alternative is a platform bed, which consists of a raised platform that is solid or made with slats. With a platform bed, the mattress fits directly on the bed with no need for a separate foundation. The luxury option is a power base that can be adjusted for activities like raising the legs or head. Some models come with extras like a massage setting.
Can I use an old spring foundation with a new box spring mattress?
If you have a spring foundation that has been around for years and it is coming apart or has loose springs, you need to replace it. Putting a new mattress on a worn spring can cause the mattress to sag. If it is not in good condition, it could also affect the comfort of your mattress. If it is still intact, you may be able to use it.
How have box spring mattress sets changed?
Foundations were originally made with flexible coils to make mattresses with springs softer and bouncier. As the quality of mattresses improved, the need to cushion and support them changed. Most new foundations now come without coils. Box springs were, in fact, originally intended to accompany innerspring mattresses and may change the feel of solid foam. Your choice should depend on your personal taste and needs.