What Type of Box Spring Should You Use?

Updated February 22, 2021

Tempur-Pedic Mattress on a box spring foundation

How to Choose a Box Spring

What type of box spring should you use with your mattress? Well, it's best to start by figuring out what you want and what will work in your home. Here's how to do that:

Measure your mattress and bed frame:

You need to choose the right dimensions for your box spring. You’ll want the dimensions to be the same as your mattress so the box spring isn't sticking out nor the mattress hanging over the edges. Make sure it will fit with your bed frame too if you have one.

For reference, the chart below shows the standard dimensions of each mattress size.




76" x 80"

Cal King

72" x 84"


60" x 80"

Full XL

54" x 80"


53" x 75"

Twin XL

38" x 80"


38" x 75"

Decide what you want your overall bed height to be:

Box springs add additional height to your bed. Mattresses have gotten taller than they used to be, so one way to offset that is to use a low-profile box spring, usually 5 inches in height. On the other hand, if you're looking to make your bed taller, a standard box spring is 9 inches in height.

Choose between split and standard box springs:

When buying a large mattress, such as a king-size, the box spring will also be large. As they're much less flexible, they can be difficult to maneuver through the hallways and doors in your home. A solution to this problem is a split box spring. It'll come in two halves, making it much easier to move it around tight corners and small spaces.

Think about the materials:

If you have allergies, you can find box springs with hypoallergenic materials and covers. There are also organic options, as well as box springs that add back support.

Once you've determined the above, you'll be prepared to decide on the right box spring for your mattress and home.

Find Your New Box Spring

Tips for Buying a Box Spring

  • Many mattresses are sold with a box spring, which you can be sure fits the warranty and may be the cheaper route. It's a good box spring to consider!

  • The quality matters - higher quality box springs will last much longer, some even up to 20 years. Check the materials, warranty, and company reputation to get an idea of the quality of a box spring you're thinking about buying.

  • You don't always need a box spring. There are several alternatives to box springs but check your mattress warranty. Many manufacturers require a box spring or they'll void the warranty.

The Different Types of Box Springs

Box springs are made in a variety of ways. Read about the main features and purposes of each kind to help you decide which type of box spring will work for you.

Ultra-Low Profile Box Springs

Ultra Low Profile Box Spring - 2 inches tall

Ultra-low profile box springs are the thinnest of the thin. These box springs are usually just a bunkie board made for all sizes of mattresses. This type of foundation is normally used in platform beds and older wooden frame beds. 

Low Profile Box Springs

Low Profile Box Spring - 5 inches tall

Low profile box springs are about half the height of a standard box spring. They’re good for those who don’t like the rising heights of new mattresses. The comfort doesn't change, low profile box springs are made with the same materials as a standard box spring, and provide just as much support.

Standard Box Springs

Standard Height Box Spring - 9 inches tall

While they come in a variety of different constructions, the standard box spring is usually 9 inches in height.

Coil Box Springs

Coil box springs are the traditional box springs, they have a wooden frame with coils that are evenly spaced throughout. The coils will give your mattress more bounce and can help soften a firmer mattress. They may not offer as much support as other types, especially for more modern mattresses which are usually designed for a more solid foundation. Coil box springs are best with innerspring mattresses.

Zero-Deflection Box Springs

Zero-deflection box springs are the most commonly used because they offer good support for your mattress. They consist of wooden slats and sometimes use wire for more support. They’re much more durable than coil box springs and don’t have as much flexibility. They’re compatible with nearly all modern mattresses.

Semi-Flex Box Springs

Semi-flex box springs give more support with a bit of flex. They're made up of a wooden frame with a metal grid above the slats and are usually the most expensive type of box spring. If you have a heavier mattress (latex and memory foam style mattresses often are) then this may be a good option.

Split Box Springs

Split box springs come in two halves, which makes it easier to move throughout your house. If you have tight corners this can be nice, as box springs aren’t bendable like a mattress. These are usually only offered for larger mattresses, like king-size or queen. Just make sure your bed frame can hold this kind of box spring, it will need to have support in the middle.

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We're Here To Help You Find the Right Box Spring

At US-Mattress, our team of experts is dedicated to helping you on your shopping journey, whether you're looking for a mattress, a box spring, or the right set of sheets. If you have any questions at all, they'll be happy to help! They know it can be a confusing process and will do what they can to make it easy.

So, if you have any questions about choosing the right box spring, you can call 1-800-455-1052 to speak to a friendly mattress expert who can help you make the right decision.

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