Box Spring / September 8, 2017 / Fauna
Over the years bedroom furniture designs evolved through the years. Before the popularity of platform beds the box spring bed dominated the bedroom scene. Box springs have coils to support the mattress. The coils provide extra resiliency and serves as a shock absorber as the body weights presses on. Platform bed on the other hand supports the mattress with a hard raised wooden platform minus the spring or coil.
Do I need a Box Spring for my Mattress? This question comes up at least once during bed shopping for 90% of all people. And for good reason. Box Springs are a multi-million dollar multi-million tree chopping industry. So in light of the green revolution (re-co-lu-tion?) these days one can only wonder: is there really a reason for all the senseless killing of defenseless trees just to have an extra foot of wood fabric and air underneath your fully functional mattress? As it turns out the answer is both a resounding no with a hint of yes. The real kicker here is that most modern box springs dont actually have "springs" in them which basically leaves just the "box" part as a truth. And this is exactly what they are a wood-framed box covered with fabric. All of the bells whistles and 21st century technology go into the mattress part of the bed which if you were a well-informed bed shopper could take on all sorts of exotic construction from innerspring foam visco-elastic (memory) foam flotation (water) or air.
Realistically from all of the research I have done on this (and with a girlfriend that constantly debates this point with me Ive done my share of research) I have concluded that box springs only do two things well and that is 1. increase the overall height of the bed and 2. soften the overall firmness of the bed (given that the box spring is not extremely firm). Helping the mattress last longer is a distant distant and arguable third. As a person who neither cares for a tall bed nor a soft bed I found that platform beds are the most stylishly modern environmentally-friendly pieces of furniture to complement my mattress. You simply dont need a box spring for your mattress/bed.