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A low profile box spring will measure at about 5 or 6 inches high. These box springs are ideal for people who don't like sleeping very high off the ground. Because of the increase in mattress heights recently, when they are placed on top of a bed and box spring that already has a substantial height off of the floor, they can be too high for most people to get into bed comfortably as well as out of bed comfortably. Going with a low profile box spring will take about 4 inches off of the height of the bed. This can make a huge difference for people who have trouble getting in and out of taller beds.
Low profile box springs are also appealing to those who prefer the look of a shorter bed. Many beds today are specifically made to be lower to the ground and going with a standard or high profile box spring can take away from this look. The height of the box spring, whether low profile, standard or high, will not take away from the amount of support that it provides to the mattress. All box springs have the same amount of support and no differences in their structures. It all comes down to personal preference on the height of the final product.
Box springs are essential as they act as the foundation for the mattress. Box springs are built for durability and they are specifically designed so that they absorb and then evenly distribute the weight of the mattress. This adds more comfort and helps provide a better nights rest as well as more sound sleep. Typically, box springs are made with wood. They also typically have a reinforcement that is made from steel which provides strength. Ticking, which is a thick fabric, is applied onto the sides and the top has skid-resistant fabric applied. The bottom of the box spring is also covered with a dust barrier made from fabric. When choosing a box spring, things to consider other than the height of it are also the type of the box spring and the material used to make the box spring. Just like a mattress can make or break a bed, so can the box spring. Make sure to shop around wisely and take all of the time needed before selecting a box spring.
Types of box springs include split box and standard box. A standard box spring will come as one whole piece whereas a box spring that is split will come in two different sections, which will make up the complete mattress size. A box spring is not able to be squished or bent like a mattress to fit through narrow hallways and doorways. Typically, when choosing a queen sized bed or larger and the home has narrow halls or narrow doorways, a split box spring will be the best option to go with. Typically a split box spring will cost a little bit more than just the standard box spring but being able to move them easily will make the extra money worth it. When choosing a split box spring, they also will need support in the middle of the bed frame so when choosing a box spring or a bed frame, make sure the center has support before purchasing a split box.
It is important to choose a box spring with the materials that fit your lifestyle. There are many options when it comes to box springs. Some have coils that are densely packed, some have boxes with fabrics that are hypoallergenic. Box springs can also be found with organic fabrics and even natural fillers. Sometimes a cheap box spring is found that appears to look just like a more expensive one. It is very important to read the fine print included on the box spring and it will be easy to see just what the differences are.
If given the option to get a mattress and box spring set, it is worth looking into! Sometimes this option is given as a promotional offer or even because of consumer popularity. With packaged deals such as this, it is very possible to get a box spring for quite a bit less than the cost of the retail price. As an extra bonus, often times the set is under the same warranty and this will not only make maintenance of the mattress and box spring affordable but also very easy.
As previously said, when choosing a box spring it is best to not skimp out and go with a lesser quality one. Not only will the box spring improve sleep and comfort, a box spring that is properly made will also increase the mattresses life. This is due to the box spring preventing mold from developing by allowing air flow and also by preventing sagging. It also will increase the mattress and beds flame resistance rating. It is also to unknowingly be voiding the mattresses warranty if the box spring isn't properly supporting the mattress.
It can be easy to just go and purchase a new mattress and not a new box spring, but there are many reasons why this isn't a good idea. When it is time to replace the mattress, it is also most likely time to replace the box spring. Here are a few signs that the box spring is ready to be thrown out:
- Noises: It is commonly thought that creaking and noises coming from the bed is coming from the bed frame or the mattress. However, most commonly these noises are actually coming from the box spring themselves. By continuing to use an older box spring, this will increase the likelihood that these noises will occur even with a brand new mattress.
- Support: An old box spring may not provide the best support possible or it may give a lower level of support. Depending on a mattress, it may need a soft box spring or a more firm option. Having a box spring that is too hard or too soft will negatively affect box the durability and the comfort of the mattress. Also, like previously stated, a mattress that isn't properly supported may even void the mattress warranty.
- Appearance: Some foundations or box springs come in different sizes than the mattress size, depending on the manufacturer. This can cause the mattress to hang over the sides of the box spring or the mattress to look smaller than the box spring. It is best to measure both the dimensions of the mattress and the box spring before deciding on which one to purchase.
Although there is a lot to think about when purchasing a box spring, it is best to get the best one for the mattress. This will not only save money in the long run by properly supporting the mattress, it will also provide more comfort and even a better nights sleep.
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