Box Spring / September 8, 2017 / Lucille
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.
Today with comfort zones targeted at various positions along the mattress this rotation is no longer suggested and the handles which would often break when holding the weight of the entire mattress were removed. It is very important when moving a mattress from one home to another to cover it somehow. Dont rely on a sheet either. Many stores that stock boxes and other packing material will have plastic bags large enough to enclose the mattress and box spring. This is essential for keeping dirt and water from damaging the set. These bags may come complete with handles or one can also use a very long piece of rope to create a handle. It is just like trussing up a turkey. Be sure to draw the rope all around the mattress and distribute the weight of the mattress as evenly as possible.
There are dozens of different fabric materials used to manufacture the mattress and pillow encasings that are sold on the market. Some are made from 100% cotton some are made from polyester and some are a mix of both fabrics or are made from other materials. Some have membrane coatings bonded to them to make them dust mite and pet dander proof and some do not have any membrane coatings at all because the fabric is so tightly woven together the dust mite and pet dander allergen cannot penetrate through the fabric at all. The big concern for most people is for their dust mite encasings to be smooth and cool for better sleeping comfort. In the old days some mattress encasings were made from crunchy plastic or stiff vinyl materials that were loud and uncomfortable to sleep on. Some of these materials would also quickly melt or come apart in a hot dryer.