What Is the Best Support for a Memory Foam Mattress?
Updated: May 27
A lot of people put very little thought into the box spring or foundation beneath their mattresses. The cheaper the better, right? Because it all serves the same purpose… Nope! The foundation that you have can make a world of difference in the feel and longevity of your memory foam mattress.
Try to follow these do’s and don’ts when choosing the right frame for your bed:
A Box is a Box, Right?
Not all box springs are created equally. The vast majority of box springs on the market are entirely inadequate when it comes to supporting a memory foam mattress. If your 4-year-old child can lift your bed’s foundation with one hand, how could it possibly be supportive enough for your mattress?
The average box has a limited number of flimsy horizontal slats. And while an old, traditional innerspring mattress may have survived this lack of support, the same support will invite sagging and irreversible damage if you pair it with your memory foam mattress.
One box spring option that offers good, solid support across its entire surface is the Bed Boss Everlast Folding Foundation. It features a metal lattice structure that provides far superior support to what you would find in a cheap box—and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Plus, the Everlast is relatively lightweight and folds to make transport a breeze.
I Don’t Want to Buy a New Box or Frame
Spent a good chunk of change on your mattress and don’t want to spend any more on a new frame or proper foundation just yet? Here’s what you can do in a pinch until your next payday: take a chunk of plywood or similar wood sheet and place it between your foundation and mattress. Keep in mind that you will eventually need to purchase a better foundation to avoid any side effects of this quick fix.
I’m Ready to Purchase a New Foundation. What Should I Buy?
Are you ready to buy a strong and supportive foundation for your memory foam bed? Great! Mattresses are not cheap, and we suspect you would prefer not to replace your mattress every 2-3 years. Thus, for mattress durability, a strong foundation is a must.
The best types of foundations to support your foam bed with are a slat bed or a solid platform.
Any slat bed that you are considering should have a high number of slats that are each at least 2” wide and no more than 4” apart. Some frames even feature arched slats, which add resiliency and provide optimal weight distribution. Our Reliable Folding Frame checks all of those important boxes.
Solid platform beds are another excellent option for supporting your memory foam mattress. Although typically heavier than slat beds, platform beds provide superior strength. Choose a platform bed if you don’t plan on moving houses or apartments anytime soon.
The Bed Boss Relax 404 and Maximize 604 both feature sturdy, 3 quarter inch plywood platforms to support all types of memory foam and hybrid mattresses. These heavy duty frames will minimize motion transfer between you and your partner and keep your mattress feeling great for years to come.
Good mattresses are not cheap. That is why protecting your mattress is of the utmost importance. To get the most life out of your memory foam mattress, do your research to make sure your foundation is up to snuff. For professional assistance from The Bed Boss, contact us online or at 423-681-1478 for recommendations and first-rate service.
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