When I bought my new mattress last year, I opted not to get a box spring. I didn’t understand why on earth I needed a second, harder mattress to go underneath the comfy pillow top one I had just spent half a month’s salary on.
Confident with my decision, I went home to set up my new mattress and didn’t think any further about box springs until I went to bed that night.
Turns out, box springs are really important. My mattress sagged right through my bedframe, creating awkward lumps and bumps that hurt my back.
Once I decided to bring home a box spring after all, I had a ton of questions: What’s the right size? What features did I want? What are the average box spring prices?
What is the Average Price of a Box Spring?
The first step in buying a box spring is setting a budget. So, what are the average box spring prices? For the most part, you can expect to pay between $100-$250 for a box spring without the mattress. A “budget” box spring may run as low as $70 while very high-end one could run as high as $800.
The price of course varies a bit depending on factors like size, brand, material, and optional features. For example, a small, light-weight box spring for a twin mattress is going to be cheaper than a heavy, wooden-framed box spring for a king sized bed.
Size isn’t the only factor that affects the average cost of a box spring though. Prices will vary by retailer and by purchasing your box spring online vs retail at a physical store.
Box Spring Price Online vs Retail
There are two ways to buy a box spring online and whichever option you choose is going to affect the overall price. Your two options for online purchase are: buy online and pick-up in store, or buy online and have the box spring delivered to your home.
I priced out both options for my new box spring. If I bought the box spring online and chose the delivery option, I would be charged extra for shipping and handling. Box springs are large items, typically weighing forty pounds or more, which means shipping costs can be quite costly.
If, like me, you would rather not pay a steep shipping cost and you’re not a huge hurry, you can periodically check in with your retailer of choice to see if they have any free shipping deals you can take advantage of. Or you can purchase it online but pick it up in the store with your own vehicle. That’s what I ended up doing.
Also, be sure to pay attention to any warranty information (if applicable). Many box springs come with a 5 year warranty, which means if it you have any quality issues during that time you can have it replaced by the factory free of charge. This is a great deal if it’s included in the price, but be aware that not all companies offer warranties and some may charge extra for them.
In the end, lots of googling taught me that box spring price online vs retail will vary based on shipping and handling in addition to delivery vs in-store pick-up. I’m fortunate enough to have a car big enough that I could load my new box into it with room to spare and skip the delivery charges.
Does it Differ by State?
Around the time I was picking out my new box spring, I was also preparing for a big cross-country move for my new job. That got me wondering, “does the price of a box spring differ by state? Should I wait until I touched down in California to buy it, or would it be cheaper to pull the trigger here in Illinois?”
For the most part, the price of a box spring does not differ by state. Since you can order a mattress online, it can be shipped to you wherever you live for the same base price. However, shipping costs and sale taxes in your home state can impact the price, so be sure to keep that in mind when budgeting for your box spring. For the most affordable option, purchasing it at a physical store and transporting it home with your personal vehicle as opposed to a delivery service is your best bet.
However, if you’re picking out a box spring and planning to move to a different state in the near future like I was, keep in mind that certain boxes are much easier to move than others. For ease of transport, a lightweight, steel-framed box would be your best option, as opposed to a cumbersome wooden-framed box. Box springs weigh around 35 pounds on the low end and up to 85 pounds on the height end, with the average weight coming in at around 50 pounds.
You may also want to opt for a split box spring that folds down the center like the cover of a book. When folded, the box is easier to maneuver through doorways, narrow hallways, and staircases, in addition to taking up less room in a moving truck. I ended up going with a split box for this exact reason. It was so easy to pack it up when I moved from Chicago to L.A. last year!
Through my research, what I ultimately discovered is that only in terms of shipping does it differ by state. With that in mind, finding the right box spring for my lifestyle was key.
What Determines the Price of a Box Spring?
Between my upcoming move and my new job, budget was on the top of my mind when I went shopping for my new box spring. I priced out all the features so I could get exactly what I wanted at the price I was willing to pay. As the saying goes, get the most bang for your buck!
As I mentioned earlier, box springs can range in price anywhere between $100-$250 with an average price of around $150. That’s a huge price range! That got me wondering, what are some of the key factors that determine the price of a box spring? Knowing how certain features impact the cost can help you get the right box spring for your budget.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind when pricing out your new box:
Box springs are available in all standard mattress sizes, including Twin, Twin Extra Long, Full, Queen, King, and California King. In addition to the overall size of the box, different thicknesses are also available. For a standard 9-inch, no-frills box spring, a twin can cost you as low as $77, a full will cost $95, and larger sizes like queens and kings will cost $109 and $139 respectively. If you already have a mattress, be sure to get the exact same size for your box spring. Mismatched sizes will be uncomfortable and can also damage your furniture since the weight will not be distributed correctly.
Box springs come with either a steel foundation or wood foundation (usually spruce or pine for maximum durability and flexibility). Steel foundations are lightweight, easy to move, and affordable. Wooden foundations are heavier and more expensive, but also provide the best support and greatest breathability for you and your mattress. As much as I liked the sound of a wooden frame for its durability and classic aesthetic, I ended up going for a cheaper, lightweight steel frame for my upcoming move.
Low-profile vs Standard Height:
The profile of your box spring refers to how high it raises your mattress off the ground. A standard box spring is 9 inches tall while low-profile options are between 3-4 inches tall. Keep in mind that mattresses have gotten much thicker in recent years due to the addition of pillow tops and other comfort-related features, so you’ll have to factor that into the total height.
Before going into the mattress store, I had read online that tall box springs are trendy and in-vogue right now, so I was excited to try it out. But once I got on top of the mattress, it felt like a princess and the pea situation where I was incredibly high off the ground. As a short person, I also had to basically half-jump, half-crawl onto the bed, which I could not imagine myself doing every single day. That being said, if you’re taller, don’t have mobility issues, or enjoy a high sleeping position, the high-profile box makes quite the impression and does make you feel like an absolute queen.
Standard vs. Split:
Do you want a box spring that is made of a single slab of material, or one that folds down the middle? That’s the basic difference between standard versus split. If you anticipate moving to a new place, or even just moving your box spring to different rooms around your house, a split would make that easier. The one downside is that split frames tend to be more expensive since they have hinges and moving parts that a standard doesn’t require.
As you can see, there are quite a few factors that go into determining the price of a box spring. Once you have a budget in mind, decide which features you ideally would like for your box and factor them into your budget. Box springs are a good investment because they help extend the lifespan of your mattress, which is by far the more expensive of the two.
What is the Best Kind of Mattress for my Box Spring?
Just like box springs come in multiple varieties and configurations, so do mattresses. Certain mattresses will work better depending on what kind of box spring you have. For example, since box springs are built with metal coils, a mattress also containing metal coils is not recommended since they cannot support each other. You will save money in the long-run by using a mattress and box spring that complement each other since they will last longer.
Is it cheaper if I buy a Mattress and a Box Spring together?
Since mattresses and box springs go hand-in-hand, furniture stores will often sell them as a “package” deal if bought together. As a plus, when brought together the store can recommend which box spring is best for the type of mattress you’re interested in buying.
How do I take care of my Box Spring?
With proper care, a box spring will last for about 10 years. Higher quality boxes have even been known to last 20 years or more. To extend its life, rotate your box spring every six months to even out the pressure it undergoes each night when you sleep. Never soak a box spring. If it gets stained, scrub it with a damp, soapy rag. Soaking it can damage the inner frame and lead to the growth of mildew or mold (yuck). Don’t ever walk, stand, or jump on your box spring. This could seriously damage the frame and potentially injure you as well.
Even with the best possible care, a box spring won’t last forever. If you notice broken slats, sagging, or squeaking, it’s time to invest in a new box spring. Your mattress (and your back) will thank you.
Final Thoughts on Buying a New Box Spring
At the end of my box spring purchasing journey, I can say with confidence that I’m happy with the one I ended up picking out. It was the right price for all my needs, fit nicely into the moving truck, and to top it off, my back feels great every morning when I wake up.
I was happy to get most of the features I was looking for, because, when it came down to it, price was my top decision factor. During my research, both online and in-person at mattress stores, I learned a lot about the average box spring prices. Brand, size, style, and extra features all contribute to the cost of the box spring. Ultimately, since you’re going to be with your box spring for the next decade and share thousands of nights sleep together, you should treat your box spring as an investment and get the one that best fits your needs and budget.
For those of you who are just getting started, I hope you found this article a helpful way to spring into your box spring purchase. Click here for a guide on choosing the box spring of your dreams!