Ah, box springs, the OG (“original gangsta” if you didn’t know) support system for mattresses. Once upon a time, they were mainly made up of springs. That’s right, springs in a box. Hence the name, “box spring.” (You mind-blown yet?)
But today, much like toilet paper, we have many types to choose from. Now they can also be made of wood and metal, in which cases they’re considered “foundation bases.” But tomato-tomahto. Mention a box spring, people will get what you mean.
Do I Need A Box Spring?
So glad you asked. The short answer is no. All you really need is a hard, flat surface to provide your mattress with the proper support. Do you have a floor? Awesome, you’re set.
But—and this is a big but (which we like and we cannot lie)—be sure to check your warranty. Some require that you use a proper base, and not doing so may void it. And keep in mind that the floor will not help with shock absorption and, therefore, cannot reduce wear.
Forget asking if you need a box spring, ask yourself what comfort vibe you’re going for.
The Game Of Thrones Vibe
Modern day mattresses are taller than they used to be, thanks to advancements in sleep technology. So if you’re looking to literally elevate your comfort, consider getting a standard box spring (typically 9” tall). You’ll feel like royalty. And it’ll help keep the kids pets off the bed.
The Practical Vibe
Drop it, drop it low. If getting in and out of bed easily is totally your thing, then you’ll want to get a low-profile box spring. They’re typically 5” to 5.5” tall. And paired with the super practical modern mattress of your choice, you can sleep easy knowing you’ve got a no-frills vibe going.
The Hipster Vibe
Go sans box spring. What goes more against the social norm than sleeping on the floor, right? But do note the point above regarding shock absorption. Although, a worn mattress is pretty hipster, too.
WARNING: An unsupportive surface may lead to premature sagging. And who on earth wants that?