Recommended Foundation Types for a Memory Foam Mattress

Question or Title: Recommended Foundation Types for a Memory Foam Mattress

Answer: This is a question we get all the time. Memory foam mattresses, in general, require a solid, uniform foundation, like a wood slat foundation with a board (typically cardboard or fiberboard) over the slats, a posture box foundation (basically a wooden frame with a flat top, covered with a nice fabric cover, and typically made of pine or a similar hardwood, covered with some type of particle board), a platform bed or a newer box spring (less than 10 years old, with a rigid, firm spring system – referred to in the industry as foundations these days, rather than box springs). All of these foundation systems are ideal for memory foam mattresses.

Older box springs will typically have too much give for a memory foam mattress (you’ll have to test your existing box spring by pressing on the spring system to determine rigidity/firmness of the box spring, and typically you’re looking for minimal give with the springs). But if you have bought your mattress in the last 10 years, odds are that you have a foundation rather than a box spring, and it may well still be firm and reselient enough to work well with a new memory foam mattress.

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