Truth be told, a box spring seems like one of the most ironic devices ever invented (springs that support other springs?) and it would serve a person well to question whether it’s even necessary when slats or a platform could be used in its place … but let’s look at what we know before we jump to conclusions.Box Spring Facts
A “true” box spring, as opposed to the spring-filled plywood foundation some mattress hawkers try to pass off as a box spring, serves the purposes of a) supporting the mattress, b) elevating the bed and c) providing a uniformly flat surface for the mattress.Ideally, the box spring is flexible enough to truly serve all three functions rather than simply elevating the bed, but even if it does – how much better is it than a platform setup?Platform Facts
Unlike the box spring, a platform arrangement – which often comes in the form of a flat foundation or slats that lay across the frame
– promises nothing more than to provide a flat and stable surface for the mattress
. The funny thing is, though, that in this day and age of mattress technology that’s often the only thing you need.Platforms also result in a lower profile, which can be a boon for people of smaller stature or who have limited bedroom space.Box Spring vs. Platform Pros and Cons
Ultimately, the differences seem marginal. Platforms are a potential space-saver, but box springs really can provide additional support.The one make-or-break difference may come on moving day. Slat-style platforms can be easily stacked up and carried away, whereas a box spring is about as bad as a mattress when it comes to navigating it through tight spaces.So-Called Mattress Warranty “Requirements”
Many mattress retailers will tell you that a box spring is required or future warranty claims will be voided. That’s all well and good, but please keep two things in mind: 1) You may already have a box spring and 2) the box spring they’re trying to sell you may not even be a “true” box spring.Don’t be afraid to ask questions to settle these matters before you go all in on a box spring when a platform may suit you better.We hope this info helps you the next time you’re searching for the perfect support for your current or new mattress.