Do I Need a Box Spring With My Mattress?

Do You Need a Box Spring?

Most new mattresses don't need a box spring for the sake of comfort, but many modern mattress warranties still require a box spring!

see through box spring The no-flip, one-sided design of modern mattresses usually contains all of the components necessary within the single unit. All you need is a hard, flat surface to set the mattress on. This could be an adjustable base, platform bed, box spring, or even a hardwood floor. The mattress should perform well and be comfortable in all of these situations, but the box spring standard still exists in the eyes of most companies.

If you set your mattress on an uneven or unsupportive surface, it may cause premature sagging and a shorter lifespan than if it was used on a box spring. For this reason, many modern mattress warranties still require the use of a box spring as a universal standard for ensuring warranty claims were properly supported by a hard, flat surface. Mattresses that are compatible with adjustable bases have that alternative, while platform beds are another newer alternative that is acceptable in most cases in lieu of a box spring. If your new mattress's warranty does not require a box spring, or if you aren't concerned about voiding the warranty, then you should be fine to use most modern, one-sided mattresses on any hard, flat surface.

The old two-sided mattress design is rare today, but can still be found. You may also be looking to replace a box spring for an old mattress. In these cases, yes, two-sided mattresses are designed to be used with a box spring, and their performance will likely suffer without one.

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