“Do I Need A Boxspring?” LOL, yes.

7 Aug

Shifman’s eight-way, hand-tied boxspring.

Why are we laughing? As a mattress manufacturer, we understand the importance of boxsprings, but live in a world completely uneducated about them. Is it the world’s fault? Eh, not necessarily.

I often use Wikipedia for daily information and usually find a ton of material. The search term “mattress” for instance, produces a page full of information regarding the history of mattresses, what’s in them, what’s new about them, who makes them, etc..

Try typing “boxspring” into Wikipedia’s search field. The page result is sad. You don’t even have to use the scroll bar to read the entire article, which by the way, doesn’t cite any reliable sources or references. I’m using Wikipedia as an example, but the reality is that boxspring literature is almost non-existent.

And while the internet lacks information about boxsprings, other organizations discredit their importance. Just this month, the highly regarded organization, Consumer Reports released an article that critically undervalued the necessity of boxsprings without any explanation. This is not only confusing to the consumer, but frustrating as well. Especially because many mattress manufacturers require consumers to purchase the boxspring in order to receive a full warranty. And if consumers are reading information about why they shouldn’t buy a boxspring, and yet are still required to buy one, it’s not too suprising when a consumer becomes bitter about their purchase.

Poor ole’ Boxspring: the Eeyore to the Winnie-the-Pooh, the coleslaw to the burger and fries, the kid-brother to the high-school football jock.

For too long, boxsprings have been misunderstood, picked on, put down and forgotten about. Not buying it? According to Google, it took me .18 seconds to find a message-board that posed the question: “Do I need a boxspring?”

Luckily the people-of-the-world stopped living their lives for a few minutes and responded to (what I presume is) the best of their ability.

Below, the first four replies.

“A boxspring is good if you like your bed to squeak, other than that I’m not sure.”

Now, although, I do appreciate the ingenuity of the responses, I can’t say that I blame these Q&A moguls for thinking that way.

Boxspring vs. Foundation: A lot of the reason why people are bewildered by a boxspring’s functionality is because the boxspring has actually devolved over the years.

The boxspring was initially created to provide strong, flexible support and help prolong the life of the mattress. Its coils were designed to respond independently to movement and pressure for optimal weight transfer. Essentially, the boxspring functions as a shock absorber. So it doesn’t quite matter what happens above the mattress (uhem, uhem) because the mattress itself won’t take on all the brunt of the movement. Instead, the boxspring supports the mattress by providing some give so the mattress remains firm and durable.

Now think about what would happen to your mattress if it were only supported by a solid-wood foundation. If there is nothing below the mattress absorbing the shock, then you are likely damaging the inside of the mattress. It would be like driving a car without shock absorbers. Can you imagine what that would do to your tires (and your teeth)??

Unfortunately, modern bedding manufacturers are mostly to blame when it comes to the decline of the boxspring. Not all, but many manufacturers have purposely downgraded the boxspring to save on costs and maximize profits.  Instead of taking the time to create true boxsprings, the manufacturers build solid wood foundations, palm them off as boxsprings and get away with selling inferior products. And let me be clear about something: not all boxsprings are perfect. In the way the mattress manufacturers get away with selling wood-foundations labeled as “boxsprings”, other mattress manufacturers use a lower coil count and steel with little-to-no give. When shopping for a mattress set, don’t forget to ask two important questions: 1. What’s in the mattress? And 2: What’s in the boxspring?

So do you need a boxspring?

The answer is always yes. As long as it’s a true boxspring (and not a solid wood foundation), a boxspring will maximize your comfort by providing proper support and also prolong the life of your mattress, allowing you to achieve a great night’s sleep.

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5 Responses to ““Do I Need A Boxspring?” LOL, yes.”

  1. narissa October 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Thank you. I heard a lot of the ridiculous answers and back and forth. You were clear and made a lot of sense. I will invest in a real box spring this weekend!

  2. Dorko January 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Instead of complaining (although I understand you’re trying to make a point about education) about Wikipedia content, sign up and add content yourself! It’s free to join, and free to add your wealth of knowledge! If more people in the know contributed, it would make it that much more robust!

    Thanks for the info, it was helpful.

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