The Type Of Box Spring You Should Use

How to Choose

Start with choosing the right dimensions. You’ll want them to be the same as your mattress so there is no overhang of the mattress, and the box spring isn’t sticking out. Make sure it will fit with your bed frame too if you have one.

Materials are important as well. If you have allergies, you can find box springs with hypoallergenic materials and covers. The quality matters, as higher quality box springs can last much longer, up to 20 years. Lower-quality are good for 8-10 years.

A few things to keep in mind while shopping for your mattress:

  • Check the sizing

  • Choose split box springs for easier maneuvering

  • Get a low-profile box spring to decrease your bed height

  • Many mattresses are sold with a box spring, which you can be sure fits the warranty and may be the cheaper route

The type of box spring you get depends on your mattress. Read about each type to see if it’s right for your mattress and comfort needs.

Types of Box Springs

Coil Box Springs

These are the traditional box spring. They have a wooden frame with coils that are evenly spaced throughout it. 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

Now the most common box spring used, zero-deflection box springs 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

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

Split Box Springs

This type of box spring comes 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. Just make sure your bed frame can hold this kind of box spring, it will need to have support in the middle.

Low Profile Box Springs

These are made in the zero-deflection style but fall at about half the height. They’re good for those who don’t like the rising heights of new mattresses. It will not affect the comfort to choose a different height, so it’s up to your preference.




There are several alternatives to box springs, but check your mattress warranty. Many manufacturers require a box spring or they will void the warranty.

If you have 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.