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“Do I Really Need a Box Spring?” The Answer May Surprise You

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As time evolves, so does life and everything in it. From the way we conduct our daily affairs to education to communication and so does the way we sleep and where we prefer to repose. At the end of the 19th century, box springs were first invented to help absorb shock since mattresses were so much thinner back then. They were also made out of the urgent necessity to provide a higher, more well ventilated foundation. Higher, to prevent dirt and any unwanted visitors (and we mean the creepy crawlies) from getting into bed and well ventilated because people then began to realize that, in order to be able to get better sleep, one needs to be cool. Before that, people were sleeping on wooden platforms masquerading as beds, and those who were of higher stature who lived in colder climates had beams and posters and tapestries both for aesthetic purposes as well as keeping the warmth in. And those who were of lower stature, well, a simple wooden frame would have provided them with the support they needed with no thought to anything else such as aesthetics but only to get pure, unadulterated sleep.

Originally built as  metal frames with a layer of steel coils inside topped with fabric, they have evolved through the years and were made out of wooden frames as well. Box springs were widely used up until the late ‘90s. Chances are, if you check your parents or grandparents’ bedrooms, they probably still use a box spring, especially if they are the stubborn types, clinging to what they know and sticking to tradition. I distinctly remember getting yelled at for jumping on my grandparents’ springy bed when I was around 11, and with good reason – box springs tend to wear out much quickly and ‘give’ over time. Especially when used with an incompatible mattress. 

Box springs work best with an innerspring mattress. Innerspring mattresses are also known as traditional mattresses which are also constructed with steel coils within a soft, cushiony pillow top. While innerspring mattresses are known for their firmness, support and breathability, they often fall short on durability, pressure relief and motion isolation. Ever tried moving around on an innerspring bed and unintentionally wake your sleeping companion? Yep, this happens and can happen all the time, especially if you or your partner is a light sleeper. One more thing of particular note, coil on coil can make for a very noisy bed in the long run. If you know what I mean. I know you know what I mean.

But a box spring is not all bad, I mean, there is a reason why they have stuck around for so long. A foundation that provides good ventilation for your mattress is crucial, this not only helps with sleeping temperatures but also keeps mold and dirt at bay. But with the advent of all the new technology such as adjustable beds, water beds, hybrid mattresses and the like, cropping up almost daily, box springs have fallen to the wayside and are now deemed archaic, oftentimes even obsolete. 

So, do you really need a Box Spring?

If you are stuck living in the 1950s, then by all means, go get yourself a box spring (or update your old one). There is a market for it and companies still continue to produce them, that’s for sure. But considering we spend a third of our lives in bed (sometimes even more), it’s important to get a bed that can give you not only the best sleep of your life but one that can actually benefit you in a way that goes beyond just simple resting.

Box spring with mattress
Box springs are old-fashioned but still have a dedicated fan base. We recommend buying an adjustable base for a more modern experience

An Alternative to the Box Spring

An adjustable bed base sounds a little hospital bed-like for some but hear me out. What about an adjustable bed that can give you infinite ergonomic sleeping positions, including zero gravity? Zero gravity means sleeping with your head and legs slightly elevated which balances the effect of gravity on your body. Less pressure on your heart means it doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood, which in turn increases your lung capacity and breathing levels. People who are prone to snoring and those who suffer from sleep apnea can benefit greatly from an adjustable bed. How about 15 massage mode options? Sound too good to be true? I’m sorry to burst your disbelief bubble but it’s actually true.

The GhostBed Adjustable base offers that and more. You can soothe chronic neck and back pain with just a touch of a button and adjust the bed to your preferences. At the same time, you can easily raise your head and/or feet to alleviate any acid reflux, heartburn or GERD you may have. Do you have a tendency to stub your toe on the edges of your bed night in and night out? The GhostBed has under-bed LED lighting that can not only help toe stubbers but those who need to get up at night for some reason or another such as breastfeeding mothers. It also comes with 2 usb ports (so you can charge your devices easily but we do recommend sleeping device-free if you really want a good night’s rest) and a wireless remote. To make things a little sweeter, the GhostBed Adjustable Base comes pre-assembled, with only just a few minor tweaks needed to get you up and running (I mean sleeping). No tools needed. 

The GhostBed Adjustable Bed Base also comes with additional base accessories such as brackets which can be purchased separately. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty with a full warranty in place for the first year. You also have the option to purchase an extended 3 year full warranty should you wish to do so. GhostBed also offers a 101 night trial for all their products.

We’re not even at the best part yet. The Adjustable Base works with any mattress type. And despite having won numerous awards such as the Best Adjustable Bed Base of 2020, it’s still the lowest priced adjustable bed base in the market, compared to all the other premium brands.

The GhostBed Adjustable Bed Base comes in 3 sizes:

  • Twin XL – $839
  • Queen – $979
  • Split King – $1679

So, let me ask you again. Do you really need a box spring?

Buy: GhostBed Adjustable Base, $839+ from GhostBed.com

GhostBed Adjustable Base with mattress
GhostBed’s Adjustable Base is significantly cheaper than the competition

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