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When Should you Buy a New Box Spring/Foundation?

Does your New Mattress Need a New Box Spring?

box springWhen shopping for a new mattress, you may wonder whether you should buy a new box spring (foundation) as well. You may also wonder if it would help to replace your box spring periodically regardless of a new mattress. While box springs can be a vital part of your bed set, they generally aren't as prone to wear and breaking down as the actual mattress. It is usually not necessary to replace your box spring every time you replace your mattress, but if a box spring has any major defects like broken slats or noticeable sagging then it is probably not providing adequate support.

Does your New Mattress Need a New Box Spring?

  • You do not have a box spring or platform bed appropriate for your mattress
  • Your current box spring has broken slats
  • Your current box spring has noticeable sagging

Does your New Mattress Need a New Box Spring?

A box spring (also known as a foundation) is a wooden frame that uses either springs or metal rods to provide a supportive base for the mattress. The box spring should be the same size as the mattress that sits on top of it and ensures that there is a flat, solid surface to reduce sagging and extend the lifespan of the mattress.

Box springs will also raise the height of the mattress, with low-profile box springs giving more options for your total bed height. Box springs also absorb shock to reduce wear on the mattress itself. In a complete bed set, box springs are typically placed on a bed frame which is connected to the headboard and footboard. It is also common to see mattresses and box springs used together without a complete bed frame. Those who don't feel the need to have a decorative looking bed can simply place their box spring on the floor or on casters with the mattress on top.

Does your New Mattress Need a New Box Spring?

Most manufacturers require that your mattress be supported by a box spring in order to file a warranty claim. An exception to this is when the mattress is used on a platform bed. Since platform beds feature either wooden slats or a deck, the mattress should not require the additional support of a box spring. If you're unsure whether or not you should purchase a box spring with your new mattress, or if you have questions about a box spring you found on our site, give us a call at 1-800-455-1052 to speak with a friendly mattress expert who will be happy to assist you further.

21% of Americans Would Pay $7,000 a Year for Better Sleep

How Valuable Is Your Sleep?

In this fast-paced, demanding world we live in, the hours we set aside for rest have become so precious that when we don't experience good sleep, we feel cheated and angry. Recently, we set out to learn how individuals of different age and economic groups value their sleep. We worked with Google Surveys to ask consumers, "How much would you spend to get deep, restful sleep tonight?"
  • Just over 21%* of people would spend at least $7,000 a year to sleep better
  • Those living with a household income of $100,000 to $149,000 are the most willing to spend $20 or more to get good sleep tonight**
  • Individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 are most likely to pay $20 or more for great sleep***
  • Individuals 65 and older and the most likely to spend $0 to sleep well tonight****
The results of this survey show that sleep has the highest value with those who get the least of it - college students and young professionals. It also shows that those earning a high income see the value of investing in good nights of sleep. 

According to chief researcher, Dongna Wang, 
"While it's significant that most individuals would not pay for better sleep, it's more notable that 20% of the population would pay $20 to experience a good night of sleep. This means that these individuals would pay $7,300 for a year of deep, restful nights of sleep. This data suggests long term benefits that consumers should consider when deciding how much to money to invest in mattresses, pillows, and bedding."

How much would you spend to get deep, restful sleep tonight?*****

How much would you spend to get deep, restful sleep tonight? 

* +4.4 / -3.8
** Statistically significant at the 10% level or 90% confidence
*** Statistically significant at the 5% level or 95% confidence
**** 98% confidence
***** $20 or more at 20% (+4.4/-3.8), $10 at 8% (+3.4/-2.4), $5 at 7% (+3.5/-2.4), $1 at 10% (+4.0/-3.2), and $0 at 55% (+5.0/-5.1)