Box Spring Beds

Why box spring beds are making a comeback in the bedroom

While interior design trends come and go – remember your grandma’s avocado green refrigerator? – some classics simply never fade away. One of these tried and true choices in the bedroom is the box spring and mattress combination. Once a given in every home, the humble box spring took a backseat to more modern alternatives in recent decades. Memory, foam mattresses, “beds in a box” and other mattresses that don’t require a box springs took over and many people forgot all about this classic type of bed.

But in the last few years here at Solid Custom Heirlooms we’ve seen surprising uptick in orders for bed frames that are designed to be used with both a box spring and mattress. Why the newfound demand for this older type of bed? Our non-scientific opinion is that people simply love the classics! Box springs have been around of hundreds of years not just because they are comfortable and look great in the bedroom, but because they LOOK like a bed is supposed to look! From enhanced comfort and support to improved mattress lifespan, these box spring beds are timeless and offer more than just a place to rest your head. Lets talk more about the reasons behind the revival of box spring beds and discover why they are the new go-to choice for those seeking both style and substance in their bedroom.

4 poster box spring bed
4 poster box spring bed

The history of box spring beds

Box spring beds have been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the early 19th century. Originally invented to provide a foundation for unstructured, floppy mattresses that were stuffed with feathers, straw or horsehair, box springs quickly gained popularity due to the dramatic improvement that they made to these old style mattresses. With the advent of the box spring, a soft, pliable mattress could be supported and given added bounce and comfort. Early box spring designs consisted of a wooden frame or metal frame, typically 10 to 12 inches in height, with large springs inside, covered by a fabric casing. The design allowed for increased airflow and better weight distribution, resulting in a more comfortable and restful sleep experience.

In the mid-20th century when mattress design improved, box springs came along for the ride. The innovation of innerspring coil mattresses added steel coils wrapped in cushioning inside mattresses, increasing comfort, support and consistency. But traditional innerspring mattress still need a box spring as the large springs in the box extend the life of the smaller springs inside the mattress and improve airflow to the mattress, preventing mold growth and uncomfortable hot spots.

box spring canopy bed
Canopy bed designed for box spring

In recent decades as new types of mattresses that do not require box springs emerged, many people forgot about box springs. In fact, certain brands of mattresses such as memory foam mattresses from Tempur-Pedic, specify that using a box spring will void the manufactures warranty. As a result the popularity of box spring beds waned.

So why the recent new rush to box springs? What explains the newfound popularity? We think it’s a a reach back to traditional bedding styles combined with the proven comfort of the mattress and box spring combination. Let’s review some of the benefits of box spring beds that we think are driving this new growth in popularity.

Benefits of box spring beds

One of the key reasons behind the new popularity of traditional box springs is the wide range benefits they offer. Let’s explore some of the advantages that make these beds a good choice.

Box spring beds are comfortable! There is a reason box springs were the bed of choice for centuries. The combination of a supportive foundation and a spring system provides a plush and cushioned surface to sleep on. The springs absorb and distribute weight evenly, minimizing pressure points and allowing for a more relaxed sleep experience. Also the added height of a box spring bed makes it easier to get in and out of bed, especially for individuals with mobility issues.

Mattress lifespan: Depending on the type of mattress that you choose, investing in a box spring bed can extend the life of your mattress. The spring system in the box spring acts as a shock absorber, reducing the wear and tear on the mattress. By absorbing the impact of movement, the box spring helps to preserve the integrity of the mattress and prevent sagging. This not only ensures a more comfortable sleep but saves you money in the long run by prolonging the lifespan of your mattress.

Air circulation. A box spring allows natural airflow to all sides of the bed, keeping the mattress and the sleepers at the proper temperature for a good nights sleep.

Excellent support: Box spring beds are designed to provide optimal support for your body. The springs in the box spring work in conjunction with the mattress to offer a balanced level of support, keeping your spine properly aligned throughout the night. This support is particularly beneficial for individuals with back pain or joint issues, as it helps alleviate pressure and promote better sleep posture.

Noise Reduction: The construction of box spring beds also helps minimize noise. The springs inside the box spring absorb shock and reduce the chances of the bed creaking or squeaking. Are you a light sleeper? Try a box spring under your mattress as it minimizes disturbances during the night.

A box spring looks great! Box spring beds add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any bedroom. The breathable fabric casing that covers the box spring can be customized to match your desired style, whether it’s a sleek and modern look or a more traditional and ornate design. The added height of a box spring bed also creates a grand and luxurious appearance, making it the focal point of the room. If you would like a traditional bed skirt finish to you bed – use a box spring.

Box spring beds vs. platform beds

While box spring beds are experiencing a resurgence, platform beds have also gained popularity in recent years. It’s important to understand the differences between the two to make an informed mattress purchase decision. Here’s a comparison of box spring beds and platform beds:

platform bed vs box spring
sun ray bed with arched headboard
Our Sun Ray bed with box spring base

Box spring beds:

    • Provide enhanced comfort and support due to the spring system
    • Offer better airflow and weight distribution, promoting a cooler sleep environment
    • Can extend the lifespan of your mattress by reducing wear and tear
    • Add height to your bed, making it easier to get in and out

Platform Beds:

    • Have a solid, flat surface made from wooden slats that support the mattress directly
    • Typically have a lower profile and a more modern look
    • Eliminate the need for a box spring, saving on cost and space
    • Offer a stable and sturdy foundation for your mattress
    • Most modern mattresses such as newer memory foam, hybrid and “bed in a box” mattresses require only a platform base to keep the warranty valid
    • Can provide ample under-bed storage space with built-in drawers or compartments.
low platform storage bed
Platform bed with 4 drawers

Both box spring beds and platform beds have their advantages, and the choice ultimately depends on personal preference, sleep needs, and the look of your bedroom. Consider factors such as comfort, support, mattress lifespan, and storage requirements when deciding between the two.

Factors to consider when choosing a box spring bed

Here are some factors to consider when shopping for a box spring bed.

Size: Like all beds, box spring beds come in various sizes, including twin, full, queen, and king. Consider the size of your bedroom and the space available before deciding on the bed size. It’s important to ensure the bed fits comfortably in the room without overcrowding the space. Our mattress size guide can help compare standard sized beds.

Mattress compatibility: Box spring beds are designed to work in tandem with mattresses. Check the compatibility of the box spring with your mattress to ensure a proper fit and optimal support. Some mattresses may require specific types of box springs to maintain warranty coverage. Some new mattress types cannot be used with a box spring.

Construction quality: Look for a box spring bed made from high-quality materials and sturdy construction. A well-built bed ensures durability and longevity, providing you with years of comfortable sleep.

Style and design: Consider the overall style and design of your bedroom when considering a box spring vs platform bed. Opt for a bed that complements the overall look you are trying to achieve and creates a cohesive look in the space. Whether you prefer a classic, traditional design or a more contemporary aesthetic, there are box spring beds available to suit your taste.

Budget: Set a budget for your box spring bed purchase and explore options within your price range. While quality should be a priority, there are box spring beds available at various price points to fit different budgets. Consider the long-term benefits and value the bed offers when making your decision.

By carefully considering these factors, you can choose a box spring bed that meets your specific needs and enhances your sleep experience.

How to care for your box spring bed

To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your box spring bed, proper care and maintenance are essential. Here are some tips to help you care for your box spring bed:

Regular cleaning: Keep your box spring bed clean by regularly vacuuming or brushing off any dust or debris that may accumulate on the surface. This helps maintain a hygienic sleep environment and prevents the buildup of allergens.

Rotation and flipping: Rotate and flip your box spring bed periodically to promote even wear. This helps prevent sagging and extends the lifespan of the bed. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for specific recommendations on rotation and flipping frequency. Don’t forget to flip both the box spring AND the mattress!

Protect with a mattress cover: Invest in a mattress cover or protector to shield your box spring bed from spills, stains, and dust mites. This adds an extra layer of protection and makes cleaning easier.

Avoid jumping: Discourage jumping or excessive weight on your box spring bed, as this can put unnecessary strain on the springs and compromise the bed’s integrity.

Regular inspections: Periodically inspect your box spring bed for any signs of wear, damage, or loose springs. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the bed continues to provide optimal support.

By following these care tips, you can maintain the quality and longevity of your box spring bed, ensuring years of restful sleep.

Box spring bed myths debunked

There are several myths surrounding box spring beds that have contributed to their decline in popularity. Let’s debunk some of these misconceptions:

Walnut box spring bed
Walnut box spring bed

Myth 1: Box spring beds are outdated and uncomfortable. While box spring beds have a traditional design, they are not outdated. In fact, they offer exceptional comfort and support due to their spring system, making them an excellent choice for a restful sleep.

Myth 2: Box spring beds are only suitable for certain mattress types. Box spring beds are compatible with a wide range of mattress types, including innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses. However, it’s important to check the compatibility of your specific mattress with the box spring to ensure optimal support.

Myth 3: Box spring beds are expensive and not worth the investment. While box spring beds may have a higher upfront cost compared to some alternative bed options, they offer long-term value by extending the lifespan of your mattress and providing enhanced comfort. Considering the benefits they offer, box spring beds can be a worthwhile investment in your sleep quality.