Box Spring Alternatives
Box springs aren’t your only option for supporting your mattress. In fact, some styles of bed frame don’t require any additional support, completely eliminating the need for a box spring.
Foundations and Platform Beds
Bed foundations and platform beds are typically constructed as a simple frame connected with slats or lattice that can support a mattress without a box spring. Ideal for memory foam mattresses, as they provide an even amount of support to the entire mattress and adequate airflow, platform beds are available in styles to match any decor.
Some styles of bed frames do not require a box spring. These bed frames are typically simple, with legs attached to a support platform made from wood or metal. Adjustable beds, folding beds, and Murphy beds also don’t generally require box springs.
Another type of platform bed, floating beds are designed to look as if they are actually floating in the air. Most have a support beam underneath to provide support. The mattress fits into the platform surface of these beds, with no box spring necessary.
Storage beds are a type of platform bed that incorporates storage into the frame. The most common type includes built-in drawers under the platform area, but many also include shelves or cabinets in the headboard as well. Some storage beds are also designed so that the entire sleep surface can be lifted to reveal additional storage underneath.
What Else Should You Consider When Buying a Box Spring?
When shopping for a box spring, consider these points to help you compare your options.
- Size: Most box springs are available in all sizes from twin to California king, including twin XL.
- Measurements: Don’t rely only on size descriptions alone. Some box springs are slightly smaller or larger than the corresponding mattress, so make sure to carefully check the dimensions in the description before purchasing a box spring.
- Warranty: Does the manufacturer offer a warranty? Review the terms carefully, as using the box spring with the wrong type of mattress or bed frame may void the warranty.
- Shipping: How does the box spring ship? Is free shipping available?