How We Rate Box Springs

Last updated: March 6, 2019

Overview & Methodology

Box Springs are judged by 3 standards:

  1. Ease of Assembly
  2. Durability Support
  3. Box Spring Cover

Box springs have been around since the 1930’s.  The original box springs are made of a coil on coil material, initially to keep the mattresses from lumping, more like a shock absorber.  But since the support relied heavily on the coiled metal that allowed the mattress to flex it bounced more as you lay on the bed. But as years pass by a lot of improvements have been added to the typical stiff metal coiled that has better shock absorption and is not as bouncy as the initial box spring that was introduced in the 30’s.  There were innerspring mattresses that don’t require you to purchase a mattress and a box spring.

It is not really a requirement to purchase a box spring, but you’d be sacrificing your comfort if you go down that road.  Box springs help distribute movement so if you lay in bed with someone none of you will be disturbed the other person’s movements during sleep. We have compiled a guideline before you purchase a box spring.  We based it mainly on the core reason why a consumer would purchase a box spring.

Ease of Assembly

Not all box springs would be delivered already assembled and ready to use.  There are those that are boxed per piece and you’d have to assemble it yourself when delivered, mainly because of the design and it would save you a lot on freight if that’s the case.  One more thing to consider is the space where it would be placed. There are box springs that cannot be bent and is shipped in as the same size as your mattress but it sure beats just having slats.  Slats are wooden planks that you place on your bed frames to keep the mattress secure. It is cheaper but it can break easily under too much weight. In terms of ease of assembly we take note of the following:

  • Does it not require assembly and can be folded?
  • Are the instructions easy to understand and follow?
  • Does it come with a kit for easier assembly?

Durability and Support

It is not manufactured to be just mattress foundations, it has to be able to withstand weight (of the bed and the one who sleeps on it) and won’t easily break.  There are different kinds of mattress foundations in the market today. We have the zero-deflection foundation is a combination of wooden slats, metal wires, and fiberboard.  Next is the Knock-down foundation or otherwise known as “KD”. This is shipped in pieces and needs to be assembled. If assembled correctly it almost feels like you’re using a zero-deflect.  The last is the semi-flex grid which comprises of a wooden base and woven low gauge metal wire.

In terms of durability and support, we rate on this particular criteria as follows:

  • Are the materials used of high quality and can it provide the support that is needed?
  • Will it last last the normal wear and tear?
  • Will it last the normal wear and tear even for the heavier consumers?
  • Is it just economical but would be needing replacement sooner than other brands?
  • If it’s made mainly of wood, is it bug resistant or does it need more effort on maintaining it?
  • Can it support a lot of weight?

Box Spring Cover

The covers are as important as the base itself as this can make or break the core purpose of the box spring which is to provide support to the mattress and ensure that it stays in place.  There are a variety of choices to choose from. There is even an organic option for those who prefer that over regular sheets. As the name suggests, it has undergone less chemical treatments and exposure to harmful chemicals that are usually used for treating the fabric when manufactured.  Here’s our rating guideline:

  • Is it hypoallergenic?It may go under your bed but it would still cause irritation especially for those who have really sensitive skin.
  • Is it made of a non-skid material that can hold the mattress in place?
  • Is the material dust-mite resistant?

Additional Resources

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