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What Kind of a Bed Needs a Box Spring?


Box springs are a type of bed base which typically consist of a wooden frame fitted with springs and upholstered in fabric to provide improved support compared to traditional bed frames. Unlike traditional bed frames, box springs help support your mattress evenly, preventing your mattress from sagging or deforming.

Whether you have an older spring mattress or a brand-new mattress in a box, you could benefit from the added support of a box spring on your bed. While not all beds need a box spring, they add extra height and support to your mattress, making them ideal for those with reduced mobility or people using stiff, unsupportive bed frames.

What Do Box Springs Do?

Box springs are the ideal way to support your mattress and keep it in shape, as they absorb extra vibrations and disperse pressure, helping to keep your mattress stable and in form. Without proper support, mattresses may sag or deform – compromising your sleeping comfort – so a box spring can help to extend the life of your mattress and enhance the comfort of your bed.

Another key feature of box springs is that they raise the sleeping position of your bed, making it easier for many people to get into and out of bed. For this reason, box springs are highly recommended for people using medicated or orthopaedic mattresses, as they support the health benefits of these specially designed mattresses by minimising any strain from entering or exiting your bed.

Does my bed need a box spring?

Whether you need a box spring or not depends on the type of bed (and mattress) you have, as newer models often have plenty of support without adding box springs. Unfortunately, many older models of mattresses like innerspring mattresses sag over time, especially if they get uneven support from the bed frame.

If you are suffering from an old mattress that is sagging through the gaps in your bedframe or wants to extend the life of your mattress, then a box spring could be ideal for you. However, box springs aren’t just for supporting lumpy mattresses or boosting beds for people with stiff joints, as they are also useful for:

  • Supporting softer mattresses that have a tendency to droop in the middle
  • Raising the height of low beds to reduce the effort needed to get in or out of bed
  • Improving mattress ventilation, helping keep your mattress fresher for longer
  • Adding an extra bounce to your mattress if it is too hard or too soft

What can I use instead of a box spring?           

Although box springs can be lifesavers, many people find them cumbersome, expensive or uncomfortable, so what are the alternatives to box springs, and is there a better way to improve the quality of your sleep? If you want to think outside the box (spring) and find alternative ways to improve your mattress’ life span and quality of sleep, consider using these box spring alternatives:

  • Wooden Slatsbed frames that use wooden slats provide even support and firm springiness comparable to box springs.
  • Memory foam bases – designed to be fitted under the mattress, these bases provide extra support and springiness.
  • Hybrid mattress in a box – instead of trying to save your old mattress, consider upgrading to a new hybrid mattress with superior support.
  • Platform beds – designed to elevate your bed using a solid platform, these beds offer comfort and elevation with much more style options than box springs.


Box springs are an excellent bedding accessory that can provide improved comfort and accessibility to almost any bed, though they may not be the best option for your individual bedding needs. These springy bed bases are best suited to people with sagging mattresses or lower back problems, as they add support and height to your mattress, but they aren’t the only way to breathe new life into your bed.

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