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Which Mattresses/Box Springs Work with Platform Beds?


Universal Compatibility


Every mattress and box spring should work on a platform bed, though box springs are not necessary like they are with normal beds. So if you have been thinking about making the switch to a platform bed, you do not need to worry about what type of mattress or box spring you can use, as long as it is the correct size.

A mattress and platform bed combo will usually sit lower than a bed, box spring, and mattress set, so the only time it would really be beneficial to use a box spring with a platform bed is if a taller bed height is desired. Platform beds use slates or a deck to provide the same flat, supportive surface as a box spring so using the two together won't improve comfort or the longevity of the mattress.

Low-Profile Looks


Over the last several years, platform beds have gained popularity with consumers who enjoy modern and contemporary décor. By removing the box spring from the set, you can create more interesting and streamlined beds. Minimalist styles have benefitted the most from this, but you can find a wide variety of platform beds that stand out from traditional bed frames.

In addition to aesthetic improvements, platform beds also improve functionality by (usually) creating storage space underneath where a box spring would normally go. Even if you use a box spring with a platform bed, the support surface is usually raised off the ground creating space underneath. Most consumers who purchase a platform bed enjoy the streamlined look, however, and won't bother with the added expense or hassle of an unnecessary box spring. But either way, who doesn't need more storage space in their bedroom? You can add drawers or other storage compartments, or simply store boxes under the bed.

If you're unsure whether a platform bed is the right choice for you, or if you have additional questions about box springs and platform beds, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-455-1052 to speak with a friendly mattress expert who will be happy to assist you further.

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