There are frequent examples in stories, from fairy tales to parables in the Bible, that reference the importance of having a solid foundation. Even the three little pigs can relate to the benefit of starting with the right materials to achieve the optimum outcome. The same can be said for your mattress foundation. Mattresses need a solid foundation to increase their longevity by protecting the structural integrity of the mattress. So what is the right material for your foundation? It depends on your mattress.
Types of foundations
As mattresses have evolved, so have the types of foundations. Traditional foundations, also know as box springs, are made with metal springs that move along with the innersprings of a mattress. Box springs provide a softer feel for firmer mattresses.
However, not all mattresses that have innersprings should use a box spring. Softer mattresses should use a firmer foundation to prevent quicker breakdown of the mattress, or premature sagging. How do you know if your mattress needs a box spring or a firmer foundation? Your mattress manufacturer should provide recommendations for the best foundation for the mattress’ material. Our Sleep Experts will also tell you which foundation is best for the mattress you choose for your sleep needs.
Foam foundations are best for foam mattresses because of the way they distribute the weight of the mattress. You can use a slat foundation with a memory foam mattress, as long as the slats are no more than eight inches apart.
Adjustable bases can be used for most types of mattresses and come with a host of health benefits. You can get an adjustable base that elevates just your head, one that elevates both your head and feet and has massage capabilities, and a range of options in between. Even if you have an existing foundation for your mattress, you can add on an adjustable base at any time.
What else does a foundation do?
Mattress heights have been steadily increasing over the years, so a foundations can also help adjust the overall height of your bed by a few inches. Low-profile foundations range from 5 to 6 inches, while standard foundations can be upwards of 9 inches. Depending on the height of your bed frame and the height of your mattress, a low-profile foundation could make it easier to climb into bed at night, or at least alleviate the need for a step-stool.