Box Spring / July 20, 2018 / Alita.
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.
With platform beds the mattress rests directly on the frame. The frame contains slats of wood stretching from side to side and these provide more than enough support for the mattress. Thus a nice bed frame and a nice mattress can finally exist in harmony without the cumbersome presence of a box spring. This makes overall use of the bed much simpler. For one thing creaking will be in the past. The springs inside a box spring tend to rust and wear out over time and this creates audible and annoying noise. The solid construction of platform beds prevents unnecessary shifting and eliminates the noise problem.
Since most box springs are hard mattresses are designed to work perfectly well on just about any firm hard surface. The floor is one. Ive slept on a mattress on the floor for a good 8 years and I can personally vouch for the undiminished comfort of such a setup. If there is one key argument for box springs it is that certain touted mattress manufacturers will claim that a box spring can extend the life of a mattress. This statement is true only to the extent of the box spring providing additional spring cushioning absorbing some of the wear that is normally exhibited onto the mattress itself. These manufacturers typically provide a box spring with their mattress one that they say is specifically designed to be used with that mattress.
The new type of bed that is becoming very popular is a memory foam mattress. These beds are made of a special foam that lets you spine maintain more a of straight line. This can decompress the vertebrae from the position the would be in if you had a box spring mattress. Memory foam beds are available in all different sizes including single twin full queen etc. They also go well when used as a single or twin canopy bed. If you think a memory foam mattress may be a good fit for you then you should definitely think about going and trying some out. You can go to a store that sells them and lay on a few of the floor models. This way you can see what feels good and compare the prices as well. Spending the extra money on a memory foam mattress can seem a little costly but in the long run they are money well spent.