After you decide on a mattress, the next question that comes to mind is usually "Do I need a boxspring?". The answer is a bit more complicated than a simple "yes" or "no."

Comfort wise, sleeping on a mattress without a box spring doesn’t make too much of a difference. All that is required is a flat, hard surface for the mattress to lay on. So theoretically, you can place your mattress directly on hardwood floors.

While you don’t technically need a box spring, there are certain benefits to using one. Keep in mind that although typically more expensive, alternatives to box springs include platform beds and beds with adjustable bases. If you’re looking to save money, you can even construct a simple mattress base on your own.

Boxspring benefits:

Avoid damage

To avoid any potential damage to the floor, a box spring, platform bed or a bed with with an adjustable base is recommended. If you place your mattress on an uneven floor without a boxspring, chances are the mattress will wear out more quickly. So if you’re looking to skip the boxspring to save money, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

Keep mattress warranty

Not using a box spring with many mattresses voids the warranty on it. Mattress companies don’t want to be liable for possible preventable damage and premature mattress sagging due to lack of a bed base. So before you decide to ditch the box spring, thoroughly read the mattress warranty.

Increases mattress height

This one is a bit obvious, but it certainly is a plus since most people prefer sleeping as far away from the floor as possible. You should be counting sheep to fall asleep, not dust bunnies. Also, if you’re trying to avoid the broke college student look, a boxspring will make your bed overall more aesthetically pleasing.

It’s important to consider all your options when debating a mattress base. Bearing in mind the major benefits listed above can help make your decision a bit easier.