After doing your due diligence and identifying the cleanest and healthiest mattress for you and your family, you finally went ahead and ordered a bed-in-a-box mattress.
Congratulations! Now, as is the case with most items you've ordered online, you cannot wait for its big arrival. While you struggle to contain your excitement, the waiting period would be as good a time as any to consider the type of foundation in which the mattress will rest upon.
Most bed-in-a-box companies favor simplicity, which is a good thing for consumers. That means your mattress will likely function on most bedding foundations. What you need to do on your end is ensure your new mattress is supported by a firm, flat, and level surface.
Considering a minimalist look or simply trying to save a few bucks? The floor, as long as it's a level solid surface, is a perfect foundation for your new bed-in-a-box mattress. Plus, it's way easier than setting up any other type of foundation.
A platform bed typically consists of both a headboard and footboard, and wooden slats that support the mattress. This option enables you to situate your new mattress directly on top of your platform bed, without a box spring or a foundation. Since such styles are usually lower to the ground, make sure you consider optimal bed height if you decide to use a platform bed.
A box spring is a rectangular box and has metal springs inside of it. It absorbs the weight you put on your bed as you sleep, providing added support. Although it's not necessary to have one under your bed-in-a-box mattress, it's entirely common for people to put a new mattress on top of an existing box spring. Unlike placing a mattress on the floor or atop a platform bed, box spring-supported mattresses are known for being higher from the ground. So if you prefer to have several more inches from the ground, this may be the way to go.
Similar to a box spring, a foundation consists of wooden slats, and in recent years, has been taking the place of a box spring as the mattress industry evolves. Unlike box springs, foundations have no springs, offer superior support, and evenly distribute weight.
A metal frame is another great option for your bed-in-a-box mattress. You want to make sure it has as much support as possible, so choose a metal frame with thick wooden support beams.
Adjustable Base Foundations
An adjustable bed base lifts the top and bottom of the mattress (the head and foot sections) between 40 and 70 degrees, which enables you to sleep, read, or watch TV in a comfortable, upright position. Since most bed-in-a-box mattresses are made of foam and latex, they work seamlessly on adjustable base foundations because they are flexible and match the curves of the foundation. Just make sure the adjustable base foundation you choose is solid, flat, and compatible with foam mattresses.