Have you recently purchased a new mattress? Or, are you in the market for a new bed? You might be wondering if you need box springs for support or if a platform-style bed can make itself at home in your bedroom. In the platform bed vs. box spring debate, both come out as clear winners — but the one that works for you depends on a few key considerations.
What is a Platform Bed?
First things first. A platform bed is a bed frame with a raised platform on legs or with storage drawers underneath. Your mattress sits directly on this platform. Think of the platform as a built-in foundation for the mattress. It provides support and air circulation thanks to numerous slats that run across the width of the bed.
What is a Box Spring?
A box spring, on the other hand, is a separate platform that looks a little like a hard mattress. It’s covered in fabric. Inside, there’s a wood frame with heavy springs. These elevate your bed, provide support, and make the mattress more shock-absorbent. Box springs usually sit atop low metal box spring frames with casters. These don’t pair with large bed frames; instead, you typically use them with separate headboards and footboards.
The Pros and Cons of Platform Beds
- Platform beds come in thousands of frames and styles.
- Many have room underneath for storage, or drawers built into their bases.
- Platform beds provide excellent support and air circulation for memory foam mattresses and can support any type of mattress.
- You don’t need to buy a box spring.
- Platform beds can be large and harder to move around.
- These beds position your mattress lower than a mattress-box spring combo, making it harder to get out of bed if you have any mobility limitations.
- Platform beds that extend all the way to the floor don’t allow for any underbed storage options.
The Pros and Cons of Box Springs
- Box springs provide extra height to your mattress, making it easier to get out of bed and start the day.
- They work well with innerspring mattresses.
- Box springs offer many options to design your bed since you can choose a headboard and footboard to pair with your box spring.
- Box springs sit on frames that are only a few inches from the floor — don’t count on stacking bins underneath for storage.
- Box springs can lose support over time. Flip them a few times a year to make sure you’re distributing weight evenly.
- They provide great support for your mattress and you can easily replace your box springs when they wear out.