When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, your mattress is far from the end of it. The foundation that your bed rests on can have a massive impact on how well you rest, and some mattresses work better with certain foundations. Aside from adjustable bases, there are three main categories of mattress foundation: box springs, slats, and platforms. In this week’s blog, we will explain the differences between box spring, slat, and platform mattress foundations. Read on to learn which base your mattress needs.
The Box Spring: A Classic Choice
Box springs are one of the most common mattress foundations out there. They consist of a wooden structure filled with supportive springs. The entire box is wrapped in fabric, and it provides a springy, supportive layer beneath your mattress. Box springs are generally fairly tall, which means that your bed will be taller with one than without. However, modern manufacturers are also producing shorter box springs that do not add as much height. The box spring is a classic foundation that works well with any mattress, though they often work particularly well with innerspring or hybrid mattresses.
Slats: Lightweight and Inexpensive
Slats are another popular foundation used with a bed frame. Wood or metal slats are placed across the bed frame to hold and support the mattress. These do not add any significant height, and they prevent the mattress from slipping, sliding, or sagging. While slats are incredibly lightweight and inexpensive compared to box springs, they have been known to break on occasion. Many parents find that slats are perfectly suitable for smaller children’s beds, and some sleepers do enjoy the added airflow that an open set of slats provides. However, if you have selected a large, heavy mattress, a box spring may be your best choice.
The Platform: Designed for Memory Foam
Lastly, consider the platform. Platforms consist of a metal frame similar to a box spring. Unlike box springs, bed platforms do not contain any metal coils. This makes them tall and firm without being bouncy. Platforms are typically designed to use with memory foam or latex rubber mattresses. The platform’s purpose is to add extra height, support, and airflow. Without a platform, foam and latex mattresses are likely to sag and slip. If you are unsure about which mattress foundation to use for your new bed, ask an expert at your local Sleepwell retailer.
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