The Definitive Guide to Buying a Mattress
Shopping for a mattress has never been easier if you’re armed with this info.
Replacing your mattress can be exhausting. Navigating the stores and websites, debating between foam and springs, and determining how much to spend can leave you feeling like you need a good nap.
Instead, skip the stress and follow these tips from Lexie Sachs, Senior Textiles Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, that will help you navigate the world of mattresses.
Where to Shop for a Mattress
Laying down in the store isn’t the only way to go anymore. New mattress-in-a-box companies have won over thousands of customers with convenient shipping and free trial periods. Online mattress buying has seen a serious boom, but it’s not right for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.
Shop in the store if.
Go the traditional route ifyouwant a greater variety and to feel them before buying.In a mattress store, you should never pay full price. Always shop the sales, and don’t be afraid to negotiate with the salesperson. Most stores will also offer removal of your existing mattress. The downside is it can feel overwhelming and it’s harder to compare prices to know if you’re getting a good deal. A big mistake is rushing the decision by quickly lying down on many different mattresses to find the one that feels best. If you’re going to invest in a mattress,take the time to recline for a while (at least 10 minutes)and make sure you don’t feel any pressure or pain.
Shop online if.
This newer route offers agreat alternative if you have trouble making decisions, since there are fewer options. Plus, you can shop from home!These mattresses generally arrive in a box at your doorstep within a few days and include free shipping and a money-back guarantee (even if you simply don’t like the mattress!) so there’s minimal risk. Online, the price is usually final, but it doesn’t include markups for being sold at a physical store. The downsides are that you typically have to set it up yourself and deal with getting rid of your old mattress.
Either way, always ask about the return policy.Not happy with your pick? You may get a partial refund if you bought it in a store, but online companies often arrange to pick it up for a local charity and will give back 100% of your money. Make sure you can test out a new mattress for a month risk-free; that way, you can get used to it before making a decision.
The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online
The name Casper is synonymous with "mattress-in-a-box." Itsfour foam layers range from soft to firmto offer comfort and support, which our testers loved (especially the under-40 crowd). There’s both a less expensive version (with less layers) and a pricier one (with more).
Tuft & Needle was priced lowest among its competitors, but still stands out as atop mattress on Amazon. This simple model has two layers of foam: a firm, support layer on the bottom and a cushy, cooling layer on top. Our panel particularly liked the friendly customer service.
Unsure if you need a soft or firm option? This foam style gives you both: Justflip the mattress to change the support level. It has copper built-in to help keep you cool and avoid the overheating that is typically associated with memory foam.
Fill out a survey about your sleep habits, andHelix builds a "custom" mattress for youwith layers of foam, latex, and microcoils. They can even personalize each side, so you and your sleeping partner don’t have to fight about which mattress to get.
How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress
There are three common types of mattresses:innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one "right" material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between. Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:
If you like a bed with bounce
Traditional innerspring styleshave that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual "pocketed" coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.
If you prefer a firmer base
Memory foam optionshave less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.
If you want a plush top
Innerspring mattressestypically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.
If you like to change it up
Consider anair-filled mattress, like Sleep Number, which has a remote that controls how much air is inside. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customize the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses (like the ones from Layla) with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.
If you sleep on your side
You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape.Innerspringsmay have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but asoft foam mattressor one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too
If you sleep on your stomach
The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider afirm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.
If you sleep on your back
You’ll wantsomething in the middle— a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.
If your partner tosses and turns all night
Consider aninnerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or memory foam, latex, or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress. Medium-firm picks will all have good "motion isolation." But remember, these models could actually be less comfortable on the body of a restless sleeper, as there’s little forgiveness against one’s movements.
If you and your partner’s preferences don’t match
Theair-filled mattresses with dual chamberscan help, or check out the online mattress company Helix. Each person can fill out a questionnaire and have a side customized based on the responses.
If you sleep hot
Manufacturers can get carried away with claims about cooling properties, especially when you consider all the layers (protectors, toppers, sheets, and so on) that go on top of the mattress. That said,foam or latexcan hold in body heat, especially if they’re very soft and a lot of your body sinks in. Newer technology helps alleviate this issue and you can always accessorize your bed with toppers and sheets that offer cooling benefits.
If you have allergies
Foam and latexare both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. If you opt for innerspring or air topped with fiberfill, be sure to encase it in an allergen-resistant cover to keep irritants at bay.
If you have back pain
Memory foam and/or latexis best for those with back pain since it molds to your body for support.
If you’re concerned about chemicals
Look forfoams certified by CertiPUR-USas well as certifications for other materials like GOLS for latex or Oeko-Tex for other fabrics to feel more confident about your purchase.
If you can’t decide what matters most
Some savvy manufacturers make ahybrid-style mattressthat combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam. It’s a best-of-both-worlds option that can satisfy many partner disputes and sleeping styles.
How To Choose a Mattress in 5 Easy Steps – The Definitive Guide
I think you will agree with me when I say that choosing the right mattress is no easy task?
First, you have to dispose of your old one and then go through a tedious process of selecting a new bed that will serve you well for years to come.
And having couple dozen options, manufacturers and handful types and materials doesn’t help, does it?
Luckily for you, you canfind out exactly how to pick a new mattressand most important thing to consider.
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Step 1: Do You Really Need A New Mattress?
Many people change their beds after just a few years, and that’s perfectly fine if you can afford it. The fact is, it’s not a small investment, so take a moment to determine do you really need a new.
Generally, after seven or eight years you will most likely need a new mattress. Of course, it depends on the quality and material (we will cover the types and materials later in this article). And if you feel back or neck pain it might, your bedding is a good place to start.
Here is the average mattress lifespan in years based on material and type:
Step 2: Determine your Budget
A bit of personal backstory here…
Several years back I went to a store and purchased amattress priced at $2500which was not even the most expensive one there. During the first year or so it was perfect, and I felt rejuvenated, and I slept like a baby during that time.
But, something happened.
My new and awesome mattress started sagging and losing support and needless to say my back and neck suffered.
Another two years had passed until I decided to buy a new oneonline at $850and this is the same one I’m using today after three years. Back to reality.
Not anyone will have the budget to walk into a store and buy something for several thousand dollars. Luckily, these days there are manyonline optionsyou can choose from rangingfrom $500 to $1200. There are also Black Friday bed deals (and Cyber Monday) that can result in additional savings as well.
Don’t get confused here. More money does not mean better quality. If you think that some of these online options are somehow worse than in-store ones, you are badly mistaken.Stores tend to inflate the prices as much as 1000%.
Here are some guidelines for you:
- Don’t always go with the cheapest option you find– This is a rule of thumb for most products you buy online. Spending less than $500 for a queen mattress simply because it means lower durability, more toxins and lower sleep quality in general.
- Higher Price does not mean Higher Quality– I bet you know this one, but it’s worth mentioning.
- Go with $1000 range for Queen size– This is usually where you will find the best bang for your buck.
- King / Cal King will cost slightly more– I would increase the budget for King and California King to $1400-1500 as you will have many more choices in that range.
- Now that you have your new budget set, I’m guessing you are asking yourself“what type of mattress is best for me?”Let’s dig in.
Step 3: Choose Your Ideal Type and Material
Ok, so this is where most people will go with their personal preference rather than anything else. If someone says “latex is the best,” I would not take this as final until I read other opinions and test it myself. Here are the most common options you will find these days.
This is the most traditional form of the mattress, and as of late, it’s received a bad rap. However, it is important to understand the potential benefits you could receive from going the traditional route, as well as the reasons why this option has lost its luster.
An obvious pro to purchasing a bed with springs is that it is one of themost affordable optionson the market, due in part to a decrease in demand and also in part to so many other options that have the potential to be more comfortable andbetter for overall health.
Another consideration is that these mattresses are known to last for decades. Spring beds are exceedingly durable. Being that the springs are typically made from different types of metals, they tend to keep their shape for many years.
Additionally, being that they are the most traditional style, they are also the most familiar. People recognize and understand what they are getting when they purchase a bed with springs. There is no guess work with this option like there may be with memory foam or other newer options.
The last notable advantage to this style of bed is that, because of the amount of space located between the springs, this option allows for the most circulation of air. This flow helps to keep the temperature down, allowing for acooler night’s sleep.
Example of the coil mattresses structure
Ideal for: People who want strong support, durability, cooling and great bounce. It also has an excellent edge support.
These mattresses are known for their fantastic cooling and comfort. Latex has a good bounce, responsiveness too.
Authentic latex foam is made from a tree called Hevea-Brasilenis tree, specifically from the white liquid extracted from it. Latex is harvested, and when the excess water is removed, you end up with raw material fantastic for various products, bedding systems being one of them.
It’s also great because you don’t get off-gassing and odors like with memory foam products.
Example of the latex bed structure
There are two types to choose from:
- Natural – More healthy option and environment-friendly. But it’s also more expensive so expect to pay around $2000 for a good natural latex mattress
- Synthetic – Made by mixing synthetic polymers with natural tree sap. Less expensive of course but less healthy in turn.
Latex is best forpeople who want good cooling, responsiveness, and bounce.
Memory foam was first developed in the 1970’s by NASA as a safety material for seat cushions to protect pilots and passengers during plane crashes. Since then, the material has blossomed into the burgeoning product employed by virtually every mattress maker.
Example of the memory foam bed structure
Why has it become so popular? The answer is that it is said to provide superior comfort and support for the entire body. Anyone who’s pressed their hand into this material immediately understands its appeal.
Memory foam uniquelyconforms to every inch of the bodythat is pressed into it. When you lift your body from the material, it slowly regains its original form, essentially making it perfect for every body type and every sleeper.
Another unique property of memory foam is itsmotion isolationcapabilities. You may have seen those commercials with a lady jumping on a mattress with a glass of wine at the other end. Miraculously, the wine doesn’t spill.
The wine doesn’t spill because the energy from jumping is not transferred to other parts of the mattress. This translates to better sleeping for partners, because the tossing and turning of one does not affect the other, a feature that is not found among any of the other options on the market.
One of the most common issues that people experience is that thematerial retains heat. If you are someone who requires a cool night sleep, the memory foam option may not be the best choice for you. While the manufacturers are coming up with new and better ways to keep the heat down, the jury is still out as to whether or not they’ve succeeded.
Ideal For: People who want body shaping, contour, pressure relief and good support.
The hybrid mattress is an unusual combination of both traditional spring and memory foam. Providing the best of both worlds, this option offers the contouring and lack of motion transfer of foam coupled with the support of springs.
Structure of the hybrid bed- example
The term “hybrid” is very loosely used to describe the combination we just mentioned. However, the amount of foam for these beds varies widely depending on the level of firmness desired. Some options employ less than 1.5 inches of foam, lending to the fact that they more closely resemble that of a traditional spring bed rather than the more modern memory foam option.
To find the most optimal version of a hybrid, it’s best to choose the one that hasclose to 3 inches of foam. Anything above that, and you might as well forego the springs all together.
One negative aspect of these beds is the fact that they are one of the more expensive offerings you’ll find. Purchasing one of these could put you in the multiples of thousands of dollars, a significant investment, but a worthy one if you plan to enjoy it long term.
Good For: People who want best all around product with good support, bounce, cooling and pressure relief.
And now the three less common but still important types:
These beds offer a unique ability tochange the sleeping positionbased on your preference. You can elevate the head or feet giving you more options than traditional products. These beds provide extra comfort for people suffering from chronic lumbar pain or just want to be slightly elevated to prevent snoring. They do look ugly though most of the time.
Perfect for: People with certain medical conditions like snoring, older sleepers and people with lower back pain.
These are usually coil, latex or memory foam beds buthave a layer of soft material sewn into the cover to make it more comfortable. These are also considered more luxurious and usually cost a bit more than standard options.
Good for: People who prefer more padding and softer feel.
A rather weird option, but sometimes very fun especially if you love waterbed sex. Some of the most common reasons for opting in for this type is a backache and arthritis relief. These beds are also great for people with allergies.
Good for: People with back pain, arthritis and allergies and anyone looking for something less conventional.
Step 4. Determine your Ideal Sleeping Position and Firmness
Most of us have a unique way of sleeping every night. No matter if you sleep on your side, stomach or back, or even if you switch throughout the night you will have to consider and choose the ideal type of bed based on your preference. So, take a moment and think, what’s your favorite sleeping position because that determines theideal firmness of your new bed.
The most important factor for back sleepers is firmness and support. If your mattress is too soft, your body will sink and cause back pain. You will need one that’s soft enough to provide pressure relief but still provides enough support. On a scale of 1-10, the perfect range would be 5-7.
According to The Better Sleep Council, only roughly 15% of people are back sleepers. Being that you are unique, it’ll take a special mattress to offer you the night’s rest you are seeking.
It’s the consensus that memory foam mattresses provide the highest level of comfort for people who sleep on their backs. This is because it provides adequate contouring to the spine while maintaining a longevity of proper support and structure.
Many people who often sleep on their sides, endure discomfort and pain in their hip joints and shoulders.It’s usually due to unsuitable bedding.
It’s advised that you go with a bit softer option than for a back sleeper as these they provide for an equal distribution of pressure while you’re sleeping on your side.
Ideally, you want to choose a mattress with firmness level of 3-6 (out of 10) which falls undermedium soft.
This is considered the worst sleeping position. The most important thing for stomach sleepers is to provide equal distribution of weight across your entire body as your torso will apply most pressure. If the mattress is too soft (not enough support) your spine will curve causing back pain.
You will want to look for something in 5-7 range, which falls undermedium to medium-firm. The good thing is that most options are in this range.
Step 5. Consider your Weight as a Factor
On first glance, you might be asking yourself,what does weight have to do with choosing a mattress?
The truth is, support, hug, feel, sinkage and even cooling will depend on your body type and weight. Another harsh truth is that there is no “best” mattress for every one of us.
Let’s take a look at the following guidelines how to choose an ideal firmness level based on your weight:
- Light (Less than 150 pounds)– You will want a medium firm bed around5-6 firmnessthat doesn’t sink too much. If you are lighter than 150 lbs, you can even go with four since most beds are rated for average sleeper of 180lbs.
If you want a softer feel or if you are a side sleeper you can opt for 3-4 firmness range. These are soft orplush options.
- Average (150-200 pounds)– Like with the previous category you can choose industrystandard of 5-7, providing perfect support and comfort.
Some sleepers will want to opt for more softer beds, and that’s perfectly fine, just go with 3-5 range if you sleep on your side and you are all set.
- Heavier Person (200+ pounds)– Heavier people can cause more pressure points on their back, and ideally you want to choose a firmer option to adjust for sinkage. If you are having problems with cooling, you ought to consider coil mattresses.
Ideally, choose a thick (12”) or thicker bed. This will provide good support and soft feel.
How to Select the Right Mattress for You – Summary
Hopefully, you have finished reading the above but even if you haven’t these five steps will ease your task of choosing a mattress for you or your family.
- Do you need a new mattress?– If your current bed is over eight years old, I’d consider replacing it no matter what. If you are having trouble sleeping or experiencing back or neck pain I would start searching.
- What is your current budget?– Don’t go with the cheapest option you find. Aim for $700-1200 range for a standard queen size bed (see top options). Of course, if you are buying smaller ones for your kid or teenager, the price will be considerably lower. Don’t spend less than $400 though. The quality drop-off is huge.
- What are your ideal type and material?– This is hands down the biggest challenge. Memory foam offers good contour and hug but sleeps hot. Traditional coil ones provide good bounce and cooling and are generally more durable. I recommend foam or hybrid to most people except for heavier sleepers who should opt for innerspring.
- What’s your preferred sleeping position?– This determines your ideal firmness level. On a scale of 1-10 (one being soft and ten being very firm), back sleepers will want to opt for a medium firm (4-7), side sleepers for more softer option (3-5) and stomach sleepers will need more support to avoid sinking (6-7 range).
- What’s your body type and weight?– Lighter sleepers (150lbs or less) will want a 1-2 points softer mattress to get the same feel like an average (180lbs) person. On the other hand, if you are a heavier person you will need more support and thicker mattress to support the weight.
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Why get a new foundation?
The surface that your mattress sits on, be it the floor, bed frame, or box spring, will affect the feel and durability of your mattress. A foundation box will offer more consistent support across the entire surface of the mattress. Properly made foundations will increase the life span of your mattress by preventing sagging and mold from developing while also increasing the flame resistance rating of the bed set. If your mattress is not properly supported, you may also be voiding your warranty.
- Noises You should know that the most common source of creaking noises in beds is actually the box spring or foundation and not the mattress itself. Using an old box will increase the risk of this annoying problem occurring on your brand new mattress.
Support Your old foundation may offer the wrong level of support for the mattress. Some mattresses require a soft box spring while others need a firm zero deflection unit. If your foundation is too hard or soft, it will have negative impact on both comfort and durability. In addition, if your mattress is not properly supported you can void your warranty.
How to Pick the Proper Box Spring
Updated: March 26, 2020 by Ted Wilson
What kind of box spring is right for you?
Although box springs are a critical component of most bed setups, they’re oftenoverlookedwhen you’re shopping around for a mattress.
While finding the right box spring probably isn’t as important as, say, finding the right mattress, it can have a seriousimpacton your entire sleep experience.
That’s why we’ve put together theultimate guideto finding the box spring you need.
What Is a Box Spring Mattress, Anyway?
Let’s start off with thebasics.
The typical box spring is pretty much just a big, woodenframeyour mattress sits on top of.
The “spring” in the name is at this point something of amisnomer—although traditionally, box springs were a lot more traditional innerspring mattresses minus the comfort layers, over the past couple decades some manufacturers have started tophase outthe springs in their products and just get back to the basics.
In addition to a frame, box springs also typically have a protective fabric covering along their sides, as well as a skid-resistant fabric on their top and a dust barrier along the bottom.
What Is a Box Spring for?
A box spring serves several main purposes.
First of all, it raises your mattress’sheight.
This makes it easier to get in and out of bed, and also just makes the bed a little moreaesthetically pleasing.
You can sleep on just a box spring with a mattress on top, which can save you the trouble of putting together abed frame.
Keeping your bed up off the floor can also reduce the risk ofcreepy-crawlieshopping off your floor and crawling under the covers with you while you sleep.
Box springs also help absorb shock, which can help keep your mattress from wearing out too quickly.
If you tend to berestlessin bed and you don’t have a box spring, your mattress is having to absorb all of your movements, which can be bad for it.
Finally, box springs create aflat, firmstructure for your mattress to lie on, and also allow for better ventilation andairflowthan if you just have your mattress sitting on the floor.
Do I Need a Box Spring?
Despite all these benefits, though, box springs aren’t really anecessityfor most modern mattresses.
If you have aone-sidedinnerspring or memory foam mattress (like one of our favorites, the DreamCloud mattress), you’ll get along just fine so long as you have a hard, flat surface to stick it on top of.
If you have alatexmattress, on the other hand, you might actually want to avoid box springs, since these products are designed to function on their own, and box springs maysagbeneath them.
Only old-fashioned,two-sided mattressare actually built specifically to be used with real box springs, and you’ll but hurting your mattress if you don’t use one.
Almost all mattresses sold today are one-sided, butdon’t skip outon the box spring just yet!
Your mattress company might not be too happy with you…
Box Springs and Mattress Warranties
Even though most mattresses sold today don’t actuallyneeda box spring if you have some kind of supportive surface to put them on top of, most mattress companies still want you to use them.
You’ll typicallyvoidyour warranty if you haven’t been sleeping with a box spring.
(Although to be fair, the odds of your mattress actually being defective in the eyes of your mattress company are pretty slim!)
Platform Beds Offer an Alternative to Box Spring
Besides from plopping your mattress flat on the floor, there’s anotherpopular alternativeto sleeping on a traditional box spring.
Platform beds haveslatted centers, which keep your mattress of the floor while providing both support and airflow.
The most supportive and durable platform beds are usually made out of wood, although there are some inexpensive compressedcardboardorparticle boardoptions available.
There are a bunch of different platform bed options available today, but always be sure to check your mattress’swarrantybefore making your purchase.
Some warranties may not allow for platform beds, while others require them to come with a certainnumberof slats or a specific kind ofmaterial.
Different Kinds of Box Springs for Mattresses
While there’s not as muchvarietyamong box springs as there is with, say, mattresses, there are a couple options out there you might want to consider.
Each comes with different strengths and weaknesses, and suites a different kind of sleep.
Coil Box Springs
First, you have the box springs that really live up to your name—frames filled withcoils!
You can expect these products to bebouncierand moreflexiblethan just a plane wood affair, but you might not get as muchsupportas you’d like.
Coils may alsofatiguewith age, sagging and getting squeaky.
Zero-Deflection Box Springs
On the other end of the spectrum, you have thezero-deflectionoption.
This is the mostcommontype of box spring on the market, made out of wooden slats and sometimes wire supports.
This style of box spring is highlydurable, offering an extremelysturdysupport system that will prevent sagging on the bottom of your mattress and likely last you for years to come.
Semi-Flex Grid Box Springs
Your last option is thesemi-flex gridbox spring.
These are the mostexpensiveoption, but they offer a compelling combination of both flexibility and support.
Semi-flex box springs still have a wooden base, but it’s covered in a meshwork ofmetal wire.
These offer the best of both worlds, and they’re typically best suited to theheaviermattresses.
Box Spring Materials
In addition to the general construction technique behind your box spring, you should also keep in mind any particular wants or needs you have for the products you sleep on.
If you suffer fromallergies, for instance, you might want to go from a box spring specifically made with hypoallergenic materials.
Or if keeping things natural and ecofriendly is a big priority, check out box springs made withorganicfabrics and fillers.
There’s not a huge amount of variety in these materials, but there is some—so if these things matter to you, be sure to shop around!
Choosing the Right Box Spring Dimensions
Box springs come in all the same sizes as mattresses, as well as two different standard depths:standard, andlow profile.
Standard box springs are9 incheshigh, while low-profile box springs are between5 and 5.5inches.
This choice mostly just hinges on aesthetics and convenience—there’s no difference in the kind ofsupportthese two dimensions widths provide, and they’ll both work with pretty much all beds and mattresses.
Split Box Springs
If you live in a building with narrow halls or doorways, you might also want to consider going for asplit box spring.
These come out to the same total dimensions as regular box springs, your foundation will now be made up oftwo boxesinstead of one.
This doesn’t make any difference in terms of the quality of your sleep, but it can make your box spring easier totransport.
Box springs can’t besquishedandbentthe same way mattresses can, which can sometimes make them a pain to move.
If you’re buying a queen-sized mattress or bigger, it’ll probably beeasiestfor you to go with a split box spring.
Just keep in mind that you’ll need support in themiddleof your bedframe, or this isn’t going to work!
Check that out beforehand, or you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
Some Box Springs Are Included
Before you go out looking for a box spring to go with your new mattress, though, you’re probably going to want to make sure you actuallyneedto spend that kind of money!
A lot of mattress companies willincludebox springs in with your purchase, often at a very reasonable price.
These box springs are specificallypickedto work with your mattress, so you won’t even have to worry about making a decision.
Have a look at this before you go out and spend anything on a new foundation!
When to Replace a Box Spring
Most box springs typically last between eight and ten years—just a little longer than most mattresses.
There’s a lot ofvariationin this, though.
Low-quality box springs sometimes last only a couple years, while the very best ones can stick around fordecades.
In general, you’ll probably just want to replace your box spring whenever your replace your mattress.
But if you have a particularly bad box spring, you’ll start seeing some pretty noticeable signs.
They oftensqueakandsag, and their steel grid might even bebentorbroken!
You can mostly usecommon senseto make your decision, here.
If you notice your box spring looking a little out of sorts, or if you’re considering buying a new mattress because you’ve been getting bad sleep on your old one, be sure tohave a lookat your box spring.
It’s a lot cheaper to fix than your mattress, that’s for sure!
Conclusion About Finding the Proper Box Spring
Hopefully, you now have a pretty good idea as to the kind of box spring you need (or don’t)!
There are a fair number ofoptionsout there, but you shouldn’t let yourself get too overwhelmed
Just have a look at your mattress warranty, and consider your wants and needs.
Platform Beds vs Box Spring Beds
We all need to sleep, right? That too on a comfortable bed! Nothing beats the feeling of getting into a comfortable bed and looking forward to a good nights sleep at the end of a hard days work.
When it comes to beds, depending on the kind of comfort you need, you have many options to choose from; however, the two most common types of beds to pick from are theplatform bedor thebox spring bed. Any idea which one you are using currently? Unless you have actively purchased one in the past, you may never know the difference. In fact, many of us see the difference only when we look at the two kinds side by side.
So, to shed some further knowledge on this hot topic, let’s quickly understand the difference between the two.
- Platform Bed– This is made of a raised wooden frame, with wooden slats on top forming a platform on which the mattress can be placed. This type of bed is suitable for almost any kind of mattress, ranging from innerspring to memory foam.
- Box Spring Bed or Divan(as known in the UK) – This consists of a rectangular wooden frame with box spring placed inside it. The mattress is then placed over this spring. It is necessary to match the box spring with the spring of the mattress for perfect comfort. Box springs beds and divans have a similar concept.
Now let’s look at these in further detail.
These beds are lower in height and have a very modern look and simplistic design. As the surrounding frames are typically either made of wood or steel, there is a large variety to choose from on the market. Many people like to spend time selecting the kind of wood finish or headboard they want. With steel, you get the added reassurance of stronger support. However, it’s worth noting that almost always, the slats which suspend the mattress are made of wood, despite what the surrounding frame may be made of. Standard platform beds are not especially cheaper than box springs, in fact, they are priced around the same mark unless you opt for a solid wood version which can set you back some serious money. Platform beds which require assembly are much simpler to assemble than a box spring which involves assembly; however, it’s possible to find box springs which are pre-built and therefore much easier to manage.
A visco mattress is perfectly suitable for a platform bed, despite the common misconception that they are incompatible. The firm wooden surface teamed with a memory foam mattress radiates through to the user and helps to maintain posture and comfort, ensuring good sleep. Slats are also choice, provided they are no more than 3 or 4 inches apart. Other types of mattresses can also be used on platform beds, however, bear in mind that organic latex mattresses are one of the heaviest types. If you’re generally overweight and have a latex mattress, be sure to check with your supplier if the platform bed can hold the total combined weight, especially if it’s of the slatted type.
Ottoman storage bed
Usually, there is space below the platform, i.e., in between the underneath of the mattress and the floor. Which gives a feeling of having ‘space’ in the room, and in many cases where the gap is high enough this space is used for storage, which is a bonus for some. Some platform beds may appear to have no gap or space underneath by looking at the sides, but looks can be deceiving. There is another type of bed known as an Ottoman bed. Like a platform in almost every other way, these Ottomans often have hydraulic pistons attached to the actual platform where the mattress rests on. The platform can then be raised, thus lifting the mattress and revealing storage space underneath.
Because these are low in height, some people may find it difficult to get in and out of bed, especially if their back or knees are giving them a problem. These beds are also a bit heavy to handle and move around, especially those made of solid wood.
Box Spring Beds
In short, these are boxes which are commonly made of wood frames, and come in the same sizes as mattresses. Inside these boxes are spring foundations, almost like an innerspring mattress. These are beds which tend to be of a higher height compared to platform beds, which is a significant selling point for some. Not everyone likes the low-lying design of a platform bed. In fact, a box spring can be used in conjunction with a platform bed, place the box spring on top of the platform, and the mattress on top of the box spring for maximum height. This is a perfect scenario for tall people or those with back or knee pain who struggle to climb in and out of bed.
Box spring with legs
The box spring can work with any mattress and is a common misconception that they are only compatible with innerspring mattresses. The mattress base and springs inside the box framework together to make it even more comfortable for the person sleeping on it. They absorb the shock to some extent, thus accommodating for the tossing and turning during the night.
Box spring beds are no more expensive than any other type but can be more costly in the long run due to reduced longevity compared to other types. The springs can lose shape and will have to be changed, or replace the bed altogether. There is also no room for storage underneath unless you opt for a box spring with legs, which are not too common, and ones who have legs are often not very high, thus limiting the space underneath somewhat.
With so much said about these similar bed types, there is no need to fret before it becomes time to buy. Both bed types are good but give a slightly different experience. So before you head out to buy a bed, have a think about your needs. Some of the essential factors to help differentiate between the two choices are:
- The kind of décor at your home– Do you want a low, sleek and modern look oozing from your bed? Platform beds have a more modern and light look, whereas box spring beds look more traditional and heavy.
- Your physical condition– Do you need a low or high-rise bed, based on physical issues such as knee or back problems? Platform beds are at a lower height from the floor than box spring beds. This can be good or bad depending on your taste and physical condition.
- Budget– Stylish platform beds can beveryexpensive, but a standard type can be as cheap as a box spring variant.
- Storage area– Do you need storage space underneath your bed? While most platform beds have storage space underneath, box springs do not.
Once you’re happy with the requirements from your new bed and can decide between one or the other, it’s time to begin the search for the actual bed itself.