These days, there is no denying that box spring beds have become a hot trend. However, that does not mean that box spring is the be-all and end-all. Most countries have just taken up this idea recently, and their people have no trouble sleeping before.

After all, box springs can cause issues like back problems or insufficient sleep due to it not being able to support your body correctly. Thus, after sleeping on a box spring bed, there is a high chance that you will have pains and aches. That is why we decided to make this article recommending the best box spring alternatives.

Alternatives to Box Springs

Innerspring Mattress

We also call them coil-spring mattresses as they have all the springs incorporated inside themselves already. So, these things are generally quite incredible if you have a limited budget or if you are not fond of your bed being too tall. After all, you will not need to put another layer onto the bed.

Innerspring Mattress
Construction of Linenspa 8 Inch Innerspring Hybrid-Mattress

Besides, this is by far the most popular form of box spring alternatives, as it is not costly to produce. Due to this popularity, there are lots of processing manners as well as coil varieties for you to choose from. Thus, there is no need to worry about not finding the one most comfortable for your body.

Additionally, because of the components and the way they are built inside the mattress, innerspring mattresses tend to retain heat efficiently. Consequently, they are perfect for people who get cold quickly or for the winter season.

Now, if you want to pick an innerspring mattress, we believe that one that has a pocket coil system is the best. The reason for this recommendation is the fact that the coils can move independently so that the mattress will be softer.

Memory Foam Mattress

Just like its name suggests, memory foam mattresses are built from a kind of foam that can perfectly mold your body. Thus, there is nothing that can compete with them when it comes to giving support to all the places that need it.

Besides, as they can support your whole body thoroughly, memory foam mattresses are undoubtedly great with pain relief. If you have issues like joint pains, we cannot recommend these mattresses enough. So this is a good box spring alternative that you could use.

Memory Foam Mattress
Construction of Ashley Chime 8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

The memory foam will adjust itself to provide comfort to you

Also, as there is no spring involved while making memory foam mattresses, they can last much longer. As a matter of fact, their durability is always one of the most convincing reasons for getting a memory foam mattress. After all, paying a little bit more is nothing if we can use the bed for maybe the rest of our lives.

That’s not all, though, as memory foam can resist dust mites much better than other mattress materials. This is due to the mites being unable to get into them as easily as something like fiberfill, thanks to the foam’s density.

Nonetheless, there is one big disadvantage for memory foam mattresses, which is the fact that they tend to be on the pricier side. Thus, it is always an investment when you want to get one of them. Of course, you can still save a little bit if you pick the most basic options.

Furthermore, the density of the foam makes these mattresses less than ideal for hot nights. Due to them not being exceptionally breathable, you may find it uncomfortable if your body gets hot quickly.

Moreover, there is a period of degassing, which will be quite uncomfortable for the owner. Consequently, during this timeframe, you will undoubtedly experience difficulties while breathing.

Wood Platform with Slats

If you cannot afford box springs, you can always try your hand at making a wooden platform and insert slats to make it sturdy. To be more specific, you can lay the slats across the frame of the wooden platform to secure the mattress.

Wood Platform with Slats
Zinus Vivek Deluxe Wood Platform Bed

In the first place, there is no denying that nothing is better than a wooden platform with slats if we talk about customizability. After all, any homemade wood platform will be much easier to adjust than something made in a factory such as box springs. Thus, you can make the bed touch the ground or raise it freely.

Additionally, it is not costly to make a wood platform, as you can use just about any type of wood. For example, you can use something like reclaimed wood as the primary material, which is both inexpensive and friendly to the environment.

Besides, you can be sure that air circulation will never be a problem with a wood platform. This is especially true if you also use slats while constructing it, as the platform will be both secure and airy.

Another advantage of wood platforms with slats is that they are light, especially when we compare them to box springs. Hence, moving them around is not difficult at all, not to mention they can be disassembled easily.

Of course, there will always be some cons, and one of them is the fact that wood platforms are not shock-absorbent. As a result, they will not survive for too long if you make the mistake of putting them in your children’s room.

Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress is just a mix of memory foam and innerspring mattresses. For instance, its base consists of springs, usually pocket coils, while the top layer is memory foam. Of course, there are some upper layers of various materials stuck in between those two layers.

Hybrid Mattress
Construction of LUCID 12 Inch King Latex Hybrid Mattress

With this kind of construction, it is no overestimation when we say that it has the best of both worlds. To be more specific, the innerspring system provides ample support and absorbs shock while the memory foam adjusts itself so that you can have a comfortable sleep.

Also, there is the fact that the combo of memory foam and spring system means the bed will respond quickly. For example, if you get on a pure memory foam or box spring mattress, they tend to take much longer to offer you the right comfort than a hybrid mattress.

Besides, the hybrid mattresses allow people to share a bed without disturbing each other, thanks to their motion separation capability.

However, due to them being a relatively new line of product, hybrid mattresses are not as readily available as the other alternatives. In reality, finding one without the help of the Internet can be quite a challenge.

Additionally, as they are so rare, it is not easy to find a maintenance service that can fix them.

Adjustable Bed

An adjustable bed, as its name suggests, can change its position with a simple button click. This type of mattress is usually seen in hospitals or home care settings, but it is not limited to those at all. Frankly, who can stop you from bringing its comfort to your bedroom?

Classic Brands Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed
Classic Brands Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed

Firstly, no one can deny the fact that an adjustable bed will offer the utmost comfort for every single situation. You can make use of the bed while working, reading, watching TV, or even simply lounging around. Indeed, there will always be a perfect position for the activity that you want to do.

Besides, if you are having troubles such as snoring or even acid reflux, then an adjustable bed is a godsend. For instance, you can raise the head’s position a little bit, alleviating the symptoms. You can elevate your legs to a comfortable position in the same vein if you have poor blood circulation there.

Naturally, such a customizable bed means that there are lots of designing and engineering behind it. Thus, the price of adjustable beds tends to be much higher than something like innerspring memory foam mattresses.

Sleeping With a Mattress on The Floor

Using your floor for support when sleeping is not a popular decision, yet it can save lots of money for you. After all, you only need a good mattress and a firm ground, which are usually already available.

Sleeping with a mattress on the floor
King Koil Queen Air Mattress

Additionally, sleeping on the floor prevents the chance of you accidentally falling to the floor. Believe us, you may receive some serious damage from dropping out of the bed.

Also, if you do things correctly, it can serve as an interesting choice for your bedroom’s design. For example, a bed can destroy the aesthetic of a bohemian style bedroom.

On the contrary, sleeping on the floor does not offer as much support for the back. Hence, people with back pains need to keep this in mind.

Besides, there is a high chance that your mattress will get dusty and dirty quickly if you place them directly on the floor.

Do You Really Need a Box Spring?

You always need a foundation for your mattress. However, that foundation does not have to be a box spring. Truthfully, we believe that box springs are not as good as the alternatives we have shown you.

First of all, box springs do not offer enough support for your mattress. Thus, you will always have a sinking feeling when you sleep on them. Consequently, there will be some form of pain and aches when you wake up.

Additionally, box springs cannot last as long as the options we have presented as the springs can wear out rapidly.


From our guide, we hope that you can pick out the necessary information so that you can choose the right alternative to box springs. It would be best if you always remembered that buying one of these is indeed a long-time investment.

Thus, you should save a bit and get something that can last long, such as a hybrid mattress or at least a memory foam mattress. Of course, if money is not a problem or if you have health issues, then the adjustable bed is simply the best.

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