Today’s box springs are quite different from the early box springs in terms of design. Suffice to say, any changes in the design over the years have been motivated by the need to improve functionality.
Although there are other alternatives, the box spring is as useful today as it was when it was first designed. Succinctly put, box springs help to improve the sleep experience. Here is a closer look at the important purposes that the box spring serves.
Keeping Your Mattress Off The Floor
Box springs keep your mattress off the floor, and by so doing, keep you away from dust and other allergens that may be found on the floor for a night of restful sleep. Ventilation is also much better on a bed elevated off the floor – which again, only helps to keep you healthy even as you sleep. In addition, some box springs are made from materials which help to repel dust and allergens.
Box springs provide an even and supportive base on which your mattress can rest, which is not only more comfortable, but also prevents premature sagging and lengthens the life-cycle of the mattress. For proper support, the box spring should be appropriately sized – that is to say, the same length and width as the mattress it holds. The height consideration, on the other hand, is simply a matter of preference.
Absorbing Shock and Distributing Weight
Box springs were first created to serve as a shock absorber – particularly for thinner mattresses. This purpose certainly extends to all types and thicknesses of mattresses, because you strain the mattress every time you get in and out of bed. By providing a stable base, your box spring helps to ensure that the weight of your body as you sleep is evenly distributed, avoiding noticeable dents in the bed.
Types of Box Springs
By understanding the purpose of a box spring, you can choose from the two types available in the market. The two types are standard-box springs and low-profile box springs.
The standard type measures about nine inches in height, compared to the five to six inches of low-profile box springs. Both serve their intended purpose, regardless of the height difference, with the only significant difference being in aesthetics.
Box springs are long-lasting and will, on average, serve their intended purpose for at least eight years before you even have to think about a replacement. If you notice that your box spring has gotten springy, has a noticeable sag to it, or some of its slats have broken off, then it may be time to replace and upgrade to a brand new one.