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Selecting the right frame: a box spring or platform bed support?

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Selecting the right frame: a box spring or platform bed support?

bed with modern look

Selecting the right mattress and bed frame can be a daunting task for many, especially those who suffer from a number of existing health conditions and sleeping disorders. There are just so many options available and those options can be quite confusing, especially when choosing between box spring or platform bed frames

While we spend so much time in our beds, a recent survey found that 75% of Americans think their bed could be more comfortable. Sleep itself plays such a major factor in both our physical and mental health. When it comes to choosing the right mattress, box spring or platform, we can’t make a decision just lying down – or can we?  

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Buying a New Mattress is a Big Decision

Before purchasing a new bed, mattress or support structure, we need to understand why we are even looking to upgrade our existing unit. As with anything, we must weigh the pros and cons before committing to what could be a decade of comradery if done right.

Above all, you want to make sure that your mattress is fully and properly supported for the ultimate performance, durability, and comfort. Whether you prefer a harder bed – or one with more cushion – you must take into consideration the impact that it can cause over the course of a year –  or even a lifetime – and you must be confident in your decision to do so.

These are the most important factors we must take into consideration when buying a mattress:

  • Mattress Type & Materials
  • Price, Budget & Affordability
  • Weight Distribution
  • Temperature & Climate
  • Durability, Wear & Tear
  • Existing Aches & Pains
  • Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Need for Height
  • Size, Style & The Need for Extra Storage
  • Construction & Installation
  • Bed frame and support

Whether a floor model or a frame elevates above the ground, both box spring and platform designs have support systems that hold the bed in place. Investing in a quality foundation means investing in a system that allows for better circulation and that eliminates noticeable noise, resonating from the floor or wall behind them. Understanding the differences between a box spring or platform bed frame is one important step towards a perfect night’s sleep.

Box Springs Bed Bases

Box springs come in various shapes, sizes, heights, and styles. They are generally a wooden frame and have a spring-based support system which allows a mattress to hover a certain distance above the ground.

Box springs provide multi-level support and comfort to a variety of body types. The coils found within box springs work with the innerspring coils found within the mattress, and help provide the extra support necessary to both hold up and absorb a substantial amount of body weight.

Some box springs are placed upon metal frames, while others are placed directly on a wood-based foundation. Metal bed frames, made of steel, often outlast the mattresses and box springs put on top of them.

Because of the ever-evolving nature of the bed and mattress industry, box springs don’t always have springs in them anymore, although they are designed with similar characteristics of the more traditional box springs.

Box springs can make a hard bed softer due to the flexing of their support coils. The downside is that when paired with a cheap or less supportive mattress, box springs may cause the overall sleeping surface to not be supportive enough, and it could really become a pain in your neck. Yes, we mean literally!

Because box springs are generally the cheapest type of support on the market, they aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime. In fact unless you decide to actually go with an innerspring mattress that’s designed to be paired with a box spring, it’s recommended to stay away from the traditional box spring design.

In many cases the traditional sprung box spring is known to cause short-term wear and tear to natural latex, memory foam, and polyfoam mattress designs. If you want to avoid sagging, uneven weight distribution, torn materials, and holes, you should strongly consider investing in the more solid platform bed frame design. Not only is it simple and efficient, but you may find you’re addicted to this type of support over time.

Platform Bed Frame

A platform bed frame consists of a sturdier base with a more solid foundation. Generally, they are constructed with the use of wooden slats, placed no farther apart than two or three inches apart, either horizontally or vertically across the frame.

Platform bed frames can be more visually appealing than the traditional box spring design, which makes them even more of a prize for us to own.  While a more permanent fixture in the bedroom environment, platform beds make an excellent choice for those looking to save space, gain additional storage or to add a certain aesthetic.

Most platform beds are primarily made out of wood, but  the market is beginning to see more metal-formed designs. They perform just as well under pressure and are generally made to last through the years.

Metal bed frames are more versatile than the wood panel design. They are less likely to wear with age, bend or warp under pressure and are designed for various positions and sleeping types, while at capacity to hold more than 400 pounds of weight on each side.

Platform beds, while they tend to be heavier than the more traditional box spring, are normally easily assembled and have other advantages. Mattresses are placed directly upon the slats, thus eliminating the need for an additional base. This provides the sleeper with maximized height and ground control. You no longer need to climb into bed, and you can roll right out of it in the morning. The slats provide adequate air circulation, which means your body can breathe freely in comfort, and the foundation absorbs movement and offers additional support.

The final verdict, especially for those who need instant relief

A platform design offers more support to those with pre-existing conditions and issues with frequent misalignment. Pregnant women find more comfort, as they begin sleeping on their sides. Platforms offer superior back support and cushioning to one’s neck and/or spine. Sciatic sufferers find more relief, as do those dealing with various neuralgias, shoulder pain, hip issues and the likes. This doesn’t mean you won’t find relief from the traditional box spring design, but you are less likely to get there overnight.

Some platform styles have adjustable heights – also known as adjustable bases – which means sleeping upright in comfort is definitely an option. With chronic pain and disease, upright support can provide an immediate result but can also cause tension on your spine if not adjusted correctly. Correctly using an adjustable base can minimize pressure points in conjunction with the correct mattress based on structural, cushioning and material types. Many arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers tend to gravitate towards the adjustable base platform design.

Let us help you decide!

If you’re in the market for a new bed, mattress or foundation, don’t forget to check out our mattress designs. Even if you aren’t looking for a new mattress at this time, allow us to provide you with an additional point of reference, as you begin to embark on your journey towards optimal support, a lifetime of comfort, temperature control, and pressure relief.

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