When you are out shopping for a new mattress these days, you may hear the terms “box spring” and “foundation” used interchangeably.

A traditional box spring used to have coils within a wooden frame that provided support and flex to the mattress. However, metal springs in the box tend to be expensive and a rarely found today. Instead, manufacturers now make foundations. The term “box spring” is still used because old habits die hard and that’s what we are accustom to.

Today, foundations are typically made either from wood or steel and provide a sturdy, flat surface that offers superior support for all types of mattresses. They are also made in different heights.

Mattress Foundation HeightsMany mattresses today, particularly the Pillow-Tops and Euro-Tops, have a much higher profile. This means that they are much thicker which often leads to the top of the mattress being too high off the floor making it difficult to get in and out of.

The good news is – you don’t have to choose a thinner mattress or pole vault into bed – the solution is simply a lower profile foundation!   Be sure to think about this when you are shopping for your new mattress set. Know how high off the floor you want your mattress to be and choose a foundation accordingly:

  • Standard foundation is 9 inches thick
  • Low Profile foundation is 5 inches thick
  • Bunky Boards are 2″ thick

If you totally love that big, fluffy mattress but it is just too high – ask for a lower profile foundation! You can shave anywhere from 4 to 7 inches off the height of your bed and you can get them with ANY mattress.