Do Box Springs Wear Out? YES. Here’s How To Tell

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Do Box Springs Wear Out and Interfere With Your Sleep?

Is your mattress suddenly sagging? Perhaps you’re not sleeping as well as you used to. Have you considered whether the cause of your problems is the support system your mattress is on? Because the answer to the question “Do box springs wear out?” is a big yes, but it’s not always something we think of when we’re trying to solve our sleep problems or make our beds more comfortable. Here’s everything you need to know about box springs.

Ready To Replace Your Box Spring?

These are the current best sellers on Amazon, and you’ll find Zinus box springs (this recommended all over the internet, for their cheap pricing and sturdiness. My favorite Zinus is this one, with its wooden slats and metal frame. These add to its durability.

Bestseller No. 1
Amazon Basics Smart Box Spring Bed Base, 5-Inch Mattress Foundation - Full Size, Tool-Free Easy Assembly
  • The look and functionality of a traditional box spring, but made from steel to support any spring, memory foam, or hybrid mattress
  • Durable steel frame and horizontal slats provide sturdy, reliable support for any same-size mattress
  • 2-piece fabric top and bottom covers the frame and zips together for full coverage; cover is removable for spot cleaning
  • Easy tool-free assembly; interlocking frame components assemble in minutes
  • Outer frame folds down for compact, convenient shipping to your front door
SaleBestseller No. 2
ZINUS 9 Inch Metal Smart Box Spring / Mattress Foundation / Strong Metal Frame / Easy Assembly, King
  • THE LAST BOX SPRING YOU’LL EVER NEED - Unlike a traditional box spring, the Smart box spring is made of solid steel that comes together in no time.
  • DURABLY ENGINEERED - Durable steel is used to construct the inside framework of this foundation; twin size supports a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs, while all other sizes can support up to 700 lbs
  • HIGH PROFILE DESIGN - A 9 inch height is perfect for shorter mattresses or for those who enjoy their bed higher off the floor; For the fastest resolution and to avoid delays, please describe your issue as precisely as possible
  • THOUGHTFULLY PACKAGED - All parts, tools and instructions are packed into one compact box that ships straight to your door
  • Worry-free 5 year limited warranty included; box spring only, a bed frame or platform bed is required to support this foundation and is sold separately
SaleBestseller No. 3
ZINUS 5 Inch Metal Smart Box Spring / Mattress Foundation / Strong Metal Frame / Easy Assembly, King
  • THE LAST BOX SPRING YOU’LL EVER NEED - Unlike a traditional box spring, the Smart box spring is made of solid steel that comes together in no time and is backed by our Zinus “Peace of Mind” 5 year warranty
  • DURABLY ENGINEERED - Durable steel is used to construct the inside framework of this foundation; twin size supports a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs, while all other sizes can support up to 700 lbs
  • LOW PROFILE DESIGN - A 5 inch height is perfect for taller mattresses or for those who enjoy their bed lower to the floor
  • THOUGHTFULLY PACKAGED - All parts, tools and instructions are packed into one compact box that ships straight to your door
  • Worry-free 5 year limited warranty included; box spring only, a bed frame or platform bed is required to support this foundation and is sold separately. Fast, easy assembly with no tools
SaleBestseller No. 4
ZINUS Metal Box Spring with Wood Slats /7.5 Inch Mattress Foundation / Sturdy Steel Structure / Easy Assembly, King
  • A MATTRESS GAME-CHANGER - Any decent mattress needs a good foundation behind it, and this box spring is one of our best; built with all of the trusted support we put into our ever-so-popular platform beds, this game-changing box spring has the total package - an unwavering steel structure, reliable, closely spaced wood slats and a compact, cleverly developed, well, package
  • Product Dimensions :78.94 x 75.67 x 7.5 inches.Maximum Weight Recommendation : 700 Pounds
  • DURABLY ENGINEERED - Durable steel and wood slats are used to construct the interior framework of this foundation; twin size supports a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs, while all other sizes can support up to 700 lbs.THOUGHTFULLY PACKAGED - All parts, tools and instructions are packed into one compact box that ships straight to your door
  • Box spring only, a bed frame or platform bed is required to support this foundation and is sold separately
  • Worry-free 5 year limited warranty included
Bestseller No. 5
Amazon Basics Smart Box Spring Bed Base, 9-Inch Mattress Foundation - King Size, Tool-Free Easy Assembly
  • The look and functionality of a traditional box spring, but made from steel to support any spring, memory foam, or hybrid mattress.Maximum weight recommendation:350 pounds
  • Durable steel frame and horizontal slats provide sturdy, reliable support for any same-size mattress
  • 2-piece fabric top and bottom covers the frame and zips together for full coverage; cover is removable for spot cleaning
  • Easy tool-free assembly; interlocking frame components assemble in minutes
  • Outer frame folds down for compact, convenient shipping to your front door

Four Signs Your Box Spring Is Worn Out

These are the main signs that your current box spring has passed its use by date:

  • It makes a creaking or squeaking noise when weight or pressure is put on it
  • If you can see any sagging or bowing anywhere across the platform
  • If you can see any bending or damage to the steel grid
  • If the steel springs are more than 10 years old they’re probably starting to wear out

If you’re unsure about whether your mattress is worn out too, the information in this article will help you decide.

What Box Springs Are Designed For

What is a box spring? A box spring is a type of mattress support that has been around for a long time. It is usually constructed from a sturdy wooden frame with coils on the inside and cloth on the outside. Your mattress sits on top of the box spring.

They traditionally have three functions:

  1. raise the mattress height and keep it off the floor
  2. absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress
  3. provide a support platform for the mattress

What Happens To Box Springs As They Age

Just like coils inside a mattress will sag with time, so will the coils inside a box spring. This is because the constant pressure of use over time starts to weaken the coils, which reduces their ability to carry out their function as a shock absorber and support platform for your mattress.

A low quality box spring may last a few years, while a good quality one can last more than 20. Most will last around 8-10 years. Box springs therefore have a lifespan, they are not something that lasts forever and ever while you just change out the mattress that goes on top of it.

Don’t Make This Mistake

I have seen many unhappy people who have bought new mattresses, only to find them saggy and lumpy almost straight away. Often, this is not the fault of the mattress, but because the box spring it is sitting on is too old. People often just go ahead and buy a new mattress, without even thinking about the foundation they will put that mattress on.

This can be a disaster as any mattress, whether you spent $5000 or $350, will sag if it’s on an old and worn out box spring. Your mattress won’t stand a chance, and you’ll be left feeling uncomfortable and cranky. So when you invest in a new mattress, it’s worth checking if you need to invest in a base for it too. The base does NOT have to be a box spring!

Should I Get A New Box Spring Or Something Else?

I personally don’t use a box spring. I don’t like them. I actually use an adjustable bed (see cheesy pic of me setting mine up). Not only is it super durable and suitable for most modern mattresses (memory foam, latex, hybrid) it’s amazing for sitting up in bed, reading, if you snore, if you’ve got sore legs, if you have a cold, I could go on.

do box springs wear out - yes heres a good replacement
Pretty stoked with my adjustable bed, no box spring required!

Or you can just learn more about the best adjustable beds here and do away with your box spring.

But, if you want to replace your box spring with something a bit more traditional or with a different look, these are your other options.

  • Wood foundation: these tend to look like box springs, but are just wood inside with no springs. They are often sold as bases with mattresses in stores. I’ve reviewed a really solid and beautiful wooden bed frame here.
  • Metal platform: this will look like a metal grid on legs. It will probably have a reinforcing line down the middle. When looking at a platform, make sure any spaces within it are no more than three inches wide. Anything wider than three inches won’t support your mattress properly and could contribute to sagging. If you’re looking for a metal platform bed I’ve taken a look at some of the popular Zinus models in this article.
  • Wooden slats: this is a wooden frame with a reinforcement down the middle, and wooden slats that look like ribs. Just like with the metal platform above, you need to make sure that the slats are no more than three inches apart. Avocado have a great value bed frame here.

Whatever you do, don’t just toss your old box spring and put your new mattress straight on the floor. Most mattresses stipulate that it should be used on an appropriate support base and going against this could actually void your warranty, along with leaving your mattress prone to mold and other nasties due to air not being able to circulate around it!

how to upcycle your old box springWhat Can I Do With My Old Box Spring?

So you’ve decided to replace your old box spring with either a new one, or another type of mattress support. You find yourself with an old box spring you now need to dispose of. What will you do with it? The obvious answer would be to dispose of it somehow, or perhaps chop up the wood. But did you know that there are hundreds of ideas for upcycling your old box spring? Now that a lot of people are looking at ways of reducing their waste and reusing old items, you might find some of these interesting. Pinterest has a ton of ideas, but these were my favorite four:

  • Use a section of the old springs as a photo frame
  • Use the old base or part of it as a pin board
  • Use the old base or part of it at a kitchen tidy (or for any room where you can organize stored items by hanging them in baskets)
  • Use a single spring for a fun craft project, such as the Christmas snowman ornament pictured
Best Box Spring
Beautyrest Low Profile Box Spring
  • 5" Height
  • Designed By The Same People As The Renowned Beautyrest Mattresses
  • Buy From US Mattress, Who've Been In Business More Than 18 Years And Offer A Best Price Guarantee
  • Made From Strong Spruce Wood And Steel
  • Free Contactless Delivery

Last update on 2022-12-10 at 17:04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Emily Johnstone

Emily is the creator and owner of bestmattressforyou.com. Emily's scientific background gives her an analytical, critical, and discerning eye to bring unbiased, thorough, and helpful content to the site. Your good sleep is her top priority. Find out more about Emily and bestmattressforyou.com here.