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How to Choose a Box Spring Mattress

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Investing in a high-quality mattress is a smart move. Your box spring mattress offers support for the actual mattress you sleep on, makes getting in and out of bed easier and reducing shock and wear to your mattress. Since these sturdy frames play a big part in the quality of your sleep, your choice of box spring mattresses should be made carefully. If you make a well-informed decision, your box spring mattress will last many years. If you're thinking about buying a box spring mattress, there are several important variables to consider. Continue reading to learn how to choose a box spring mattress.

Choosing a Box Spring Mattress:

  1. Measure your mattress. Box springs are sized just like regular mattresses and are available in twin, double, queen, king and California king sizes. If you are uncertain what size your mattress is, measure it. Twin mattresses are 39 inches by 75 inches, full mattresses are 54 inches by 75 inches, queen mattresses are 60 inches by 80 inches and king mattresses are 78 inches by 80 inches. You'll want your box spring mattress to be flush with your regular mattress, so buy accordingly.

  2. Select a box spring mattress. Decide how high you want your bed to be and then select the coordinating box spring mattress. The height of your box spring can range anywhere from 5 to 9 inches. The height of your box spring does not affect your mattress' performance in any way. It's merely a matter of preference and aesthetic value.

  3. Pick one that fits your frame. Select a box spring mattress that will fit on your bed frame. If you have an older rigid frame, check if the box spring can slide in or rest on top of it. It is vital to make sure that your bed frame is sturdy and will provide a tight fit with the box spring. If you just can't make your bed fit your bed frame, remember that your box spring mattress can also rest on the floor. A bed frame is not absolutely necessary when you use a box spring mattress.

  4. Consider additional options. Mattresses and box springs are ideal places for dust mites and allergens. If you have allergies, select a box spring mattress that comes with an allergen-blocking cover to reduce the likelihood of an allergy attack. Other options include box springs that are designed for specific needs, such as extra support for those with back problems.

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