The Type Of Box Spring You Should Use

Updated June 2, 2020

How to Choose

What type of box spring should you use with your mattress? 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 models 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.

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Types of Box Springs

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 common 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 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. These are usually only offered for larger sized mattress, Queen size and up. 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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Low Profile Box Springs

Low profile box springs are 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.

Ultra-Low Profile Box Springs

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. 



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There are several alternatives to box springs but check your mattress warranty. Many manufacturers require a box spring or they'll 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. If you'd prefer not speaking to someone on the phone you can enter into a live chat with a mattress expert through the link on the bottom left of this screen.

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