Do Canopy Beds Need Box Springs?

In this post, we explain whether you need a box spring for your canopy bed or not. We also discuss what kind of bed doesn’t need a box spring.

Let’s get to business.

Do canopy beds need box springs?

No, canopy beds do not always need box springs. However, that doesn’t mean box springs are completely impracticable. One can have a box spring as long as it does not raise the mattress too high making the sleeper appear too close to the canopy. It is okay to have a box spring if the bed has a tall canopy.

The canopy bed’s headboard and frame are usually solid and works quite well.

The main reason for having a mattress spring is to create a barrier between the mattress and the bed frame. There is no need for a box spring. It has a lengthy life span and is quite durable.

Based on the image below, we can see that if you add a box spring, the mattress will be raised higher toward the canopy top. That could lead to an uncomfortable sleep.

canopy beds do not need box springs

Other conventional bed frames, such as four-poster or canopy beds, would require the use of a mattress base or box spring.

For many years, a mattress box spring was thought to be the best option for supporting innerspring mattresses.

Modern mattress technology, on the other hand, no longer necessitates the use of box springs for support, making slim mattress foundations the natural choice for your bedroom setting.

What kind of bed doesn’t need a box spring?

A platform bed. A platform bed does not require a box spring or foundation, making it a better investment; nevertheless, the lower profile may cause issues such as back and knee problems. One advantage of a   adaptable to a wide range of mattress types.

READ MORE: Why a Platform Bed Does Not Need a Box Spring

Are box springs necessary?

Do you really need a box spring? The simplest option to find out if you need a box spring is to contact the manufacturer of your mattress. You should acquire one if they recommend it with the mattress you bought.

However, there are some clear cases when the box spring may be needed.

A box spring is necessary if:

  • Your mattress warranty calls for one because it might help keep your mattress from breaking down.
  • You’re sleeping on a bed frame where mattresses can’t stand on their own.
  • You use the traditional double-sided innerspring mattress.
  • You require or desire the additional height to make it easier to get into and out of bed.
  • You need an added bounce and support box springs offer.


Box springs aren’t really necessary in most cases. Box springs, as opposed to memory foam mattresses, are a wonderful match for spring mattresses since the coils in a box spring will align with the coils in an innerspring mattress. This softens the mattress and helps to isolate motion while also improving support.

What is the purpose of a box spring?

A box spring is exactly what it sounds like: a box containing springs. Metal coils are commonly found in box springs, which are normally constructed of wood or metal. You’ll find some sort of breathable fabric on top.

  1. A box spring’s purpose is to act as a barrier between the mattress and the bed. This can help the mattress last longer by cushioning some of the impact it normally receives.
  2. Box springs can also offer a significant amount of height to your bed and provide more support for your mattress.

What Happens To Box Springs As They Age

Coils inside a box spring will droop over time, much as coils inside a mattress would do so as time progresses. As a result of the constant pressure of use over time, the coils begin to deteriorate, reducing their capacity to perform their intended functions as a shock absorber and support foundation for your mattress.

A low-quality box spring will only last a few years, whereas a high-quality box spring will last for more than 20 years.

Most will survive between 8 and 10 years. Box springs, as a result, have a limited lifespan; they are not something that can be used indefinitely while just the mattress that is placed on top of them is changed over time.

What To Do With Old Box Spring

It has been determined that you will replace your old box spring with either another box spring or another form of mattress support.

You have an old box spring that you need to get rid of, and you don’t know where to start. What do you intend to do with it?

The obvious solution would be to dispose of it in some way, or even to chop up the wood and use it as fuel.

Was it ever brought to your attention that there are hundreds of ideas for repurposing your old box spring? Considering how many people are seeking for methods to reduce their trash and repurpose old products right now, you might find some of these ideas interesting. There are a plethora of ideas on Pinterest, but these were my favorites:

  • Create a photo frame out of a part of the old box springs.
  • Make a pin board out of the old base or a portion of it.
  • Make use of the old base, or a portion of it, to keep your kitchen organized (or for any room where you can organize stored items by hanging them in baskets)

Create a fun craft project with a single spring, such as the Christmas snowman ornament depicted above, by using one spring.

Should box springs be covered?

All box springs should be protected with a cover. Apart from helping to keep dust and allergens out, box spring covers also protect your mattress from regular wear and tear, which can help to increase the overall lifespan and quality of your mattress during its lifetime.

Even more importantly, adding another layer of style to your bed as a whole is made simple by using a box spring cover.

Use a Fitted Sheet to Cover box spring

If you want to dress up your bed but find the options readily accessible on the market to be a little too bland, consider placing a fitted sheet over your box spring (as seen above) to create a more intriguing look for your bedroom.

You can repurpose an existing one that’s been collecting dust in your linen closet, or you can shop at your local home goods store for a more economical, neutral option.

Use a sheet that is the same color as the ones on the bed for a more streamlined appearance. Use a fitted sheet to cover the box spring if you want to contrast the rest of your bedding with a pattern or color that matches the rest of your bedding.

It doesn’t matter which direction you go in; choosing a fitted sheet means you’ll have considerably more possibilities than if you were to buy a normal box spring cover instead.

Why should you cover a box spring? 

The following are the reasons why it is necessary to cover a box spring:

  • Box springs that are covered retain their cleanliness for a longer period of time.
  • It is less difficult to clean a box spring cover and reuse it than it is to clean the box spring itself.
  • Box spring coverings keep dust and allergens from accumulating in the mattress.
  • By reducing the amount of wear and stress on a box spring, you can extend its lifespan. It also helps to keep your box spring from squeaking later on in life when it grows old.
  • By just adding another layer of pattern to your bed, you may instantly make it appear fancier and more appealing.

In summary

The box spring serves three purposes: To get you out of bed like a turtle on its back, raise the mattress higher off the ground. To reduce wear on the mattress by absorbing impact. To provide a stable, flat platform for the mattress to sit on.