Supporting your mattress correctly

Supporting your Mattress

Choosing the right mattress support is essential to ensure proper spinal alignment, prevent discomfort, and increase the lifespan of your mattress. Whether you're looking for a box spring, foundation, platform bed, or adjustable base, we have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

What can I place my mattress on for proper support?

Any of the following can be used to support a mattress properly:

  1. A firm, relatively new boxspring or foundation. The surface of the foundation should be completely flat across with no "bowing" in the middle. If the box/foundation is more than 8 years old, it should be replaced. Visit our Custom Size Foundation page to purchase a new one if needed.
  2. A platform style bed frame with a roll-out slat system. The gap between each slat should be no more than 3". If the gap between each slat is wider than 3", more slats should be added, or a Foundation should be used. 
  3. A solid platform surface. The surface should be sturdy and completely flat, free from impressions. Remember that the entire mattress must be supported evenly from edge to edge.
  4. An adjustable bed. All mattresses on this website are designed to work with adjustable beds. 

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Bed Frame - Center Support

  1. All mattresses and foundations with a width between 53" and 60" must be supported by a frame with at least one (1) leg extending to the floor near the center of the bed. This includes standard sizes such as full (double) and queen. Most modern bed frames will have the center legs pre-installed, but not all. Most older style "antique" frames do not have center legs installed. These can be added using wood extending from a center slat to the floor.
  2. All mattresses and foundations with a width greater than 60" must be supported by a frame with at least two (2) legs extending to the floor near the center of the bed. This includes standard sizes such as King and California King.

Center support for the sizes listed above is extremely important. Bed frames that lack center support can cause the mattress to "bow" towards the middle. This causes premature sagging and makes the mattress feel much softer than intended. A lack of proper center support will void the mattress warranty. To receive the full benefit of your new mattress, please be sure your bed frame support meets these requirements.

Considerations When Choosing a Mattress Support

When choosing mattress support, several factors must be considered to ensure you get the best support for your bed. These factors include:

Mattress Type

The type of mattress you have will affect the kind of support you need. For example, a memory foam mattress may require a more solid base, while a spring mattress may benefit from more flexible support.


The bed support you choose should also complement your bedroom's overall look and feel. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a more traditional style, there are options to fit your aesthetic preferences.


The height of your bed is another important consideration. A mattress support that is too high or too low can affect the comfort and support of your mattress. Choose a support that will provide the right height for your specific needs.


The durability of your mattress support is also essential, as it should withstand the weight of your mattress and your body. Look for options made from high-quality materials designed to last for years.