In the past, beds were designed much differently. They employed a box spring base that was placed on slats positioned across the bed frame. The mattress was placed on top of the box spring and the mattress typically didn’t have inner springs. Today, individuals can use their mattress without a box spring due to different types of foundations.
A mattress foundation goes under the mattress and is typically covered in some type of soft material. It elevates the sleeping surface off the floor and provides support for multiple types of mattresses. With a mattress foundation, individuals don’t have to worry about their mattress sagging, but it can make the mattress feel firmer.
Many modern beds are constructed with what is essentially a wooden box, often referred to as a platform bed, that has hidden, built-in slats for support. The foundation performs the same function as an old-style box spring base.
Mattresses of the past were much thinner than today’s offerings and relied on box springs for support. The mattresses wore out quickly and the mattress and box springs often had to be replaced at the same time. A box spring isn’t necessary for today’s mattresses, but some type of foundation is essential.
Individuals with a latex, hybrid or memory foam mattress can easily place the mattress directly on the foundation. Foundations provide more support than box springs and will keep mattresses feeling comfortable longer. Some manufacturers suggest a specific style of foundation. Failure to conform to manufacturer’s recommendations can void warranties and be detrimental to the mattress.
You can choose to use your mattress without box springs if you have some type of foundational platform. Be ware that part of the reason for a box spring was to allow for air circulation that prevented unsanitary conditions from developing. With the mattress construction techniques available today, you can use your mattress without the need for a box spring base.
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