Best Mattress Box Springs
Most customers that come into our store don’t know what to call these. “I need the things you put under the mattress,” they’ll say. Thats part of our motivation to create this website. Let us help you learn about the differences in box spring foundations. There’s a lot of new stuff out there that you’ve probably not considered.
Way back when, mattresses were made up entirely of cotton fibers. To give a little more flexibility, manufacturers created a foundation full of springs. That’s how we got box springs. For the last while you could still find bonnell coils inside the foundation but if you go out shopping today, you’ll not see them. There’s really two major types of box springs.
First Type of Box Springs
In order for your mattress to perform well and last a long time, you need to place it on a flat foundation. The first type of box spring does that well. It’s a wood frame structure with a cardboard-like surface. There are plenty of wood slats crossing the surface providing a strong foundation for any mattress. Wood chunks are placed at the corners of the main surface which raises the foundation to the determined profile. That means you can get a box spring made at just about whatever height you’d like (that’s another discussion).
So, the first foundation is an all wood structure held together with nails, screws, or brackets. There are no springs but we still call it a “box springs.” These foundations provide great structure and last a decent amount of time. There are a few downsides:
- Being made out of wood the slates can start to creak over time.
- The box spring surface usually doesn’t do well with lots of pressure in a 6 inch radius, aka someone’s foot.
- When a slat breaks it usually cracks which can make it hard to visually see an issue.
Second Type of Box Spring
The second type of box spring is similar to the first where wood slats make up a portion of the structure. The remaining portion is made up of a strong wire frame. A wire will run from side to side of the foundation and undulate up and down to the other side. These wires are placed about every 6 inches.
The point of the system is to create a stronger foundation that also has a little give. That’s why these are often called “semi-flex.” They flex under high amounts of pressure but not like the old box springs that had actual springs. The draw back is that these versions cost more than the all wood versions.
How to Choose?
There are several factors to take into consideration when choosing a box spring. Often shoppers will just take what comes in the deal. You should know your options. Many retailers will offer box springs at varying heights or profiles. Its important that your bed doesn’t sit too high or low.
You can also choose not to purchase box springs at the same place that you get your mattress. Often it’s more cost effective, but sometimes salesperson try to push you to buy from them. In some cases a mattress warranty won’t be effective unless the mattress sits on an approved box springs.
There are plenty of options of mattress foundations that don’t require a box spring. In many cases, it seems pointless to buy box springs. Have you tried moving a queen box spring down a narrow hallway lately. Many innovative options exist and we’ll show you on the mattress foundation page.