How to Buy a Box Spring

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Shopping for a mattress and box spring can be a bit like looking for a wedding dress-showrooms full off fluffy white variations of the same product, but in a zillion different brands, prices and models. Follow these steps to buy a box spring without going into a hazy fluff-induced coma.

  • Test your current box spring if you are replacing just the box spring and not the entire mattress/box spring combo. Lie directly on the box spring and see if it feels uneven or tilted towards the middle. These are sure bets that you need a new one.

  • Purchase a complete set. The absolute easiest route is to buy a mattress and box spring combo. This eliminates the guesswork because the manufacturer has intentionally paired the combo up and designed them to work together.

  • Shop online first. For an old standby that you can trust, go to The Original Mattress Factory's website (see Resources) where you can read tips and suggestions, see what styles are available and compare actual prices before you shop in person. This way you have an idea of the mattresses and/or box springs available and what you might be interested in.

  • Look in the newspaper on weekends for sales. Department stores like JC Penny, Sears and Macy's are notorious for having mattress and box spring sales regularly. Call ahead to make sure that your location carries mattresses. If so, wait for a sale to pop up because they are huge money savers when it comes to a big purchase like this one.

  • Go solo with and purchase a box spring only. If you've already got a mattress that you are happy with and only need a box spring, there is no need to double up. Even though showrooms advertise combination deals, you can still purchase box springs separately.

  • Search for a good value, but don't settle for the cheapest price. A good box spring is the shock absorber that prolongs your mattresses life, so a cheap box spring could have you back in the mattress showroom before long.

  • Find environmentally friendly alternatives when it is time to dispose of your old box spring as they are large and take up a lot of space in landfills. Some retailers even take care of your old box spring for you if you purchase a new one through them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pairing a new mattress with an old box spring is a common mistake, as the new mattress will quickly wear out from the weak spots in your old box spring.

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