But My Awesome Mattress…
Often seen as an afterthought or dismissed as obsolete because of advances in mattress technology, in reality the boxspring does more than raise the height of your bed; it actually plays an important part in a good night’s sleep. In addition to often being required by the mattress manufacturer to maintain your warranty, the wooden structure of the boxspring provides support to your mattress while your mattress is supporting you. It also acts as a shock absorber for the mattress and makes your mattress more comfortable.
Do I Really Need this Thing?
If your new bed is a solid platform, the boxspring is not necessary because stress to the mattress will be evenly distributed across the surface. But if you’re using a traditional metal bedframe, placing your mattress directly onto the slats will create uneven pressure, making your bed less comfortable, and causing your mattress to wear out faster.
Reduce & Reuse Carefully
You may decide not to replace your existing boxspring when purchasing your new mattress. However, you need to ensure that it is still in good condition (check for cracks, tears in the material that covers it, etc.) and the same size as your new mattress. You want it to last at least as long as your new mattress. And if you’re not sure how old your boxspring is, think about replacing it. It’s important to have the right boxspring for your mattress; it’s one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your investment in a good night’s sleep.
The Last Word is “Yes.”
The moral of this story is, don’t take that wooden rectangle sitting on your bedframe for granted. If our sleep experts say you need it, a good boxspring will do a lot more to help you sleep than you’ve probably given it credit for. Your boxspring doesn’t have to be expensive, but it really should exist.