mattress foundation

Bed Frame vs. Mattress Foundation vs. Platform Bed

Before we can really get into a meaningful discussion on the differences between bed frames, mattress foundations, and platform beds, it’s necessary to first understand some history behind the term “box spring”. It used to the case that all mattresses were of the flippable innerspring variety. Because these mattresses relied on thinner, bouncier springs inside the mattress itself, they required a foundation underneath that was comprised of thicker, sturdier springs to help support the weight of the mattress.

In recent decades, however, mattress design technologies have come such a long way that both the shock absorption component and softer/bouncier component of a bed have been effectively combined and handled by just the mattress alone. Correspondingly, most manufacturers have taken the springs out of their foundations and are now simply providing boxes made of wooden slats to support the mattress (while also keeping it raised at a traditional height from the ground).

Now that foundations (without springs) have become the norm in today’s mattress market, many people have realized that the hollow wooden box of slats sitting under their mattress could just as effectively be replaced with a nicer-looking piece of solid furniture. This also negates the use of a metal bed frame to lift the foundation off the ground, and it’s a big reason that the platform bed has come into recent prominence.

What to Look for in a Mattress Foundation

Whether you’re going to use a common wooden-slat foundation (with metal bed frame underneath) or a trendier platform piece of furniture, the same criteria apply for making sure you the get the longest life span possible out of your new mattress. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to make sure that any metal bed frame being used to hoist your mattress and foundation off the floor has at least six points of contact with the ground. Many people neglect the importance of the two legs along the connecting center bar, but this center bar goes a long way to preventing your new mattress from sagging over time. Any well-designed platform bed will be made to prevent the wood from caving or bending inward underneath your mattress over time.

In fact, having a quality foundation underneath a mattress is so important that the vast majority of today’s mattress manufacturers will void their warranty coverage if you don’t also buy their new foundation at the same time that you buy their new mattress. Nevertheless, with the rising popularity of consumers who prefer platform beds, this trend is forcing many manufacturers to rethink their warranty policies in order to keep from losing sales.

At Mark’s Mattress Outlet, we understand that every shopper has a unique set of circumstances, priorities, and home decor restrictions that ultimately determine the specific mattress and (potentially) foundation they choose to buy. Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly memory foam mattress, gel mattress, pocket coil mattress, spring mattress, latex mattress, or natural mattress, we have the right option for you – all at closeout wholesale prices that make our discount mattress store the best in town.

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