You’re shopping for a mattress when you realize that there’s another important part of the equation. Of course, there’s pillows, bed sheets, mattress toppers etc. But your mattress also needs a solid foundation. In other words, having a buffer between your mattress and the floor is useful. This is where box springs potentially come in the picture.
And now you’re probably wondering: aren’t box springs and foundations the same thing? Not quite, though they are sometimes interchangeable.
Mattress foundations are anything that supports and raises your mattress; they can be used with or without a box spring. In this instance, sometimes box springs act as a foundation, and they can be used interchangeably.
But is it necessary for you to use a box spring or can you go without one?
Maybe. Ultimately, you don’t need a box spring for your mattress. In fact, most mattresses made today don’t require one because they’re made stronger and thicker. But you need some sort of foundation—whether or not that’s a box spring or not is up to you, but it also depends on the type of mattress you have. And the truth is, there’s tons of other foundational options to choose from in today’s market. Continue reading to find out whether you need a box spring or not.
What is a box spring?
A box spring is a heavy, supportive platform base that is the same size as your mattress and sits directly underneath it. They are wooden box frames covered by a thin layer of cushion and fitted with metal springs or similar supports in the middle.