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Box springs can be an essential part of a mattress set up, but they can also bring a lot of questions. If you’ve found yourself wondering, ‘do mattress box springs wear out,’ ‘how long is a box spring good for,’ or ‘is it time for a box spring replacement,’ you’re in the right place! Consider this your ultimate guide to the box spring.
First, let's break down what a box spring is: a box spring is a base that goes under your mattress, but on top of your bed frame. Typically, a box spring is made using a wooden frame with coils on the inside and fabric covering the outside. The purpose of a box spring is to provide support, improve airflow to your mattress, and protect your mattress by absorbing impact to the mattress.
Yes! On average, box springs last 8-10 years. The purpose of a box spring is to provide support to your mattress. Because box springs absorb motion while you sleep, they can wear out over the years, even as they extend the lifespan of your mattress. The stress they take will impact the wooden frame, the coils, and the fabric covering.
There are a variety of reasons why box springs can wear out. Let’s assess where things can go wrong.
Different types of box springs use different types of wood. Higher end box springs are made with hardwood, which can last several years. Less expensive box springs are typically framed with plywood, which can start to deteriorate in as little as two years.
The coils in a box spring are usually the reason a box spring is past its prime. The coils are the main component of a box spring, absorbing most of the shock that occurs when there is movement on your mattress. If your box spring is sagging, that’s a clear sign that the coils are the issue.
Just like the fabric on your clothes, the material covering your box spring can deteriorate over time. Frequent moving of the box spring, broken coils, and repeated pressure on the box spring could cause the fabric to tear.
If your sleep is becoming more uncomfortable, you can see your box spring sagging, or there’s other visible damage, it’s time to replace your box spring. It’s also a good rule of thumb to replace your box spring at the same time you replace your mattress.
Mattress Warehouse has a variety of box springs in a wide range of prices so that you can get a great night's sleep regardless of your budget. Be sure to follow us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok) for our most up-to-date deals.
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