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Does a Platform Bed Need A Boxspring?

A popular question is does a platform bed need a boxspring? See the pros and cons of using a boxspring, how it’s different and type of mattress to use.
Bedroom with platform bed, boxspring, wood floor, wood cabinets, nightstands, lamps, and window curtainsWhen shopping for a new bed, you’ll find the market now offers more bed bases than traditional mattress and box spring sets. Various mattress foundations are offered, including stylish and versatile platform beds.

Years ago, the popularity of heavier memory foam mattresses created a need for a more sturdy foundation, eliminating box springs and leading to the creation of platform beds. Because of the support they offer, platform beds don’t require a box spring under the mattress.

Can You Put A Box Spring On A Platform Bed?

Bedroom with platform, mattress, headboard, ottoman, pillows, curtains, ceiling light, rug, wood floors, and windowsAlthough a platform bed supports a mattress without needing a box spring, you can put a box spring on a platform bed. The box spring will add height to the bed as platform beds have a lower profile than traditional mattress and box spring sets.

Platform beds typically have a height of as low as 5 inches and up to 12 inches. The lower height gives platform beds their modern, stylish look but may be difficult for some people to get in and out of bed. Older people and those with a disability or mobility issue may need more height.

Adding a box spring to a platform bed and mattress can increase the height of the bed to 15 inches and as high as 26 inches as long as the mattress in the standard size of 10 to 14 inches high

Does Platform Bed Feel Different Than Box Spring?

Bedroom with platform bed, boxspring, pillows, indoor cactus plants, wood floors, window, and blindsA platform bed is actually a frame and a base in one piece, while a box spring requires a frame to sit on, making a platform bed much more stable. Both a platform bed and box spring add comfort to your mattress, but it depends on what type of mattress you have.

A box spring makes an innerspring mattress more comfortable as it works with the coils to absorb body weight and add support. For those who sleep with back pain, this type of support relieves some of the discomfort. A box spring doesn’t provide much airflow, so when paired with a mattress, such as a memory foam types of mattresses, it will trap heat, causing the bed to be warm. 

Platform beds, depending on their construction, provide more support. There are three types of platform beds; solid, slatted, and metal. A solid platform bed is made from wood, metal or plastic and has a solid base mounted in the frame.

Slatted are made with slats attached to the frame made from wood, metal or plastic, and metal platform beds are made from wrought iron or steel having a metal grid as the base with support wires.

Solid platform beds provide firm support for the mattress, causing it to have little to no give for people who prefer a firm mattress. Slatted platform beds will have some flexibility depending on the type of wood used and the distance between the slats. Pine is a soft wood rather than a hardwood such as oak and will allow some give.

Platforms with slats farther apart are less firm than slats closer together and metal platforms offer the most support. All platform beds provide better air movement under and through a mattress, keeping it cooler for people who tend to be hot while they sleep. 

What Kind Of Mattress Do I Need For A Platform Bed?

Bedroom with wood flooring, platform bed, boxspring, headboard, pillows, ceiling fan, and curtainsAlthough you can put a typical innerspring mattress on a platform bed, there has to be enough support for the mattress, such as a solid platform or metal. Slatted platform beds need to have very little space between the slats to properly support innerspring mattresses.

However, there are innerspring mattresses available, known as hybrid mattresses. A hybrid innerspring mattress is made with two different components; springs and a comfort layer on the top made from latex, memory foam, or polyfoam.

Typically, platform beds are fitted with either a latex mattress, memory foam, all-foam, or hybrid types. These mattresses benefit from the support of a platform bed and also benefit from the air circulation provided.

Essentially, almost any mattress can be used on a platform bed, and the supportive base ensures proper wear of a mattress and prevents sagging. Read more about how a platform bed compares to a box spring bed here.

Platform Bed with Boxspring Pros and Cons

Simple bedroom with platform bed, mattress, rug, nightstand, hanging lights, window, and curtainsPlatform beds offer many pros but do come with some cons. These pros and cons are important when you’re shopping for a new bed. 

Platform Bed Pros

Provides air circulation for cooler sleep

Sits lower to the floor, making it easier for some people and children to get in and out of the bed

Many platform beds feature built-in storage

Platform beds come in various styles, materials, and finishes

They’re more durable than other bed frames

Platform Bed Cons

Platform types of beds aren’t always compatible with traditional mattresses

Wooden frames may wear out sooner than conventional metal bed frames

Platform beds can be much heavier, making them difficult to move

It May be too firm for some sleepers

Some people find their lower height makes them harder to get in and out of

More expensive than traditional box springs and mattresses

When opting for a traditional box spring and mattress, there is an equal amount of pros and cons to consider.

Box Spring Pros

They add height to a bed

Often, box springs provide more support

Box springs are better at absorbing shock from sleepers who toss and turn

They’re easier to move

Less expensive than platform beds

Box Spring Cons

Not compatible with all mattresses

Springs can wear out over time and become squeaky

Over time, springs may wear unevenly and make the mattress lopsided

Not much room for extra storage

Box springs are not good at isolating motion

When deciding on a platform bed, check the manufacturer’s recommended support for your mattress. Some companies will offer advice on the best frame and box spring or platform for particular mattresses. If not followed and the mattress sags or becomes damaged, the warranty may be voided.

See more related content in our article about the best bed alternatives for smaller spaces on this page.

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