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It would be good if someone could add the history of the box spring. When did they first come into usage? What were they first made of? Who were the major manufacturers, etc.?

I would also like to know the various heights for a box-spring. Is 8 inch standard? Can you get 5 inch? 3 inch?

Standard is 9" Low Profile is 5 to 5.5 " Bunkie Board is 2" maximun

Also, how long does a typical box-spring last? Should it be changed with the mattress?

A box spring should last 7-10 years. Yes change it with the mattress

And it might be smart to let consumers know that they do not necessarily need to buy the box spring with the mattress to retain whatever warranty they may have with the mattress. Trust the manufacturer for warranty details, not the sales force.

No, it wouldn't be smart. ArdClose (talk) 18:35, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Smart or not Smart, the manufacturers often make the warranty contingent upon the purchase of their foundation.

I would like some more info on this as well. Looking at the construction of a box spring and that it is primarily a Western phenomenon, I am in the process of constructing my own bed frame in such a way to avoid the box spring. On the main article page, it mentions three purposes to the box spring:

1. Help raise the mattress's height, making it easier to get in and out of bed
2. Help absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress
3. Help create a perfectly flat and firm structure for the mattress to lie upon.

The second is the only debatable point. The first, pertaining to the height can be adjusted with a higher frame (which are becoming more common as of late). The last is subject again to the qualities of the frame.

As for the second point(s), wear can be avoided by material separating the mattress and the frame. As for the shock absorption, someone else will have to look into this. Perhaps one day when one has the time, a proper study be done on the necessity of the box spring. Often times, it comes at no added cost when one purchases a mattress of sufficient price (which is not true as it is simply absorbed by the cost of the mattress top itself) and if this is the case, it would both be more cost effective and environmentally friendly to avoid the added use of the box spring.

Perhaps you, ArdClose, can look into it given that you are under going a physics major? --Imwithid (talk) 09:52, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

For what it's worth, even in the West the box spring seems to be pretty much an American thing nowadays. In Europe we usually have mattresses that are designed to be used with a slatted base. I can't even buy a box spring here anymore. --18:38, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

Maybe somebody can add an explanation for why box springs no longer contain springs. They are nothing but platforms now. Why do we need them? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:54, 28 October 2016 (UTC)


The comment about slatted bedframes being particularly German seems odd to me. Something of a generalisation I imagine. (talk) 01:53, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Box-spring or box spring?[edit]

I query the use of a hyphen in box spring. Box and spring are both nouns. There is no rationale for hyphenating them apart from (incorrect) usage. Webster's Third New International Dictionary does not use the hyphen. Everybody got to be somewhere! (talk) 00:16, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

The Oxford English dictionary gives "box-spring" as a subheading of the noun "box", but their quotations are "box spring" and "boxspring." Google ngrams shows "box spring" as dominating: [1]


How about references showing that the modern box spring is a scam by mattress manufacturers to increase profits? they are completely useless now that we have floors, and bed frames that can hold a mattress firmly.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 18:33, 14 May 2017 (UTC)