What is a Boxspring
A box-spring serves as a base for your mattress to lie upon, typically consisting of an uphostered, sturdy wooden frame. Depending on the boxspring, some components are added to the boxspring to provide stronger support. Most boxsprings will have a thick board at the surface of the wooden frame, or steel reinforcing bars forming a metal grid at the surface. Usually the box-spring is placed on top of a wooden or metal bedframe which sits on the floor and acts as a brace. The box-spring is usually the same size as the much softer mattress which is placed above the box-spring. Collectively, the frame, boxspring, and mattress make up your bed. A boxspring is required to provide the mattress with proper support ensuring a longer lifespan. The mattress will easily take to any dips and crevices underneath had it not had a flat surface to lie on. You may eliminate the use of a boxspring if and when your bed frame provides sufficient support for use with the mattress, such as a bed frame with a full slat-system.
A boxspring serves 3 main purposes:
-to raise the mattress’ height, making it easier to get in and out of bed;
-to absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress; and
-to create a flat and firm structure for the mattress to lie upon.
Boxsprings are often available in 3 height options. Either of the boxsprings cost the same and provide the same, sturdy support for your mattress.
–Standard Height: 8.5″ – 9″ (depending on manufacturer)
–Low Profile Hieght: 4.5″ – 6″ (depending on manufaturer)
–Bunkie Board / Riser Height: 2″-2.25″ (depending on manufacturer)
Standard boxsprings range in height usually between 8.5″ – 9″. These are commonly used with standard bed base and frame setups.
Low profile boxsprings are very common. Aesthetically, a low profile boxspring will provide a platform feel and look, which is growing more and more popular in contemporary and modern bedrooms. The use of a standard boxspring with a furniture bed setup may sometimes require a step-ladder to climb in and out of bed, therefore a low profile boxspring is favorably paired furniture bed frames.
Want to ensure your mattress has extra support while keeping a low, platform setup? A bunkie board or riser will do just that. Bunkie boards / risers usually fit right into the indent of your furniture bed frame so they’re hidden, keeping a clean look.