I’ve always wondered this, I’ve wondered of what use is a box spring.
People tell me, “It’s to support the mattress.” And I think, oh, the way the floor would?
Now for all I know, this Wiki entry has been hijacked by the North Carolina Box Spring Institute, but here we go:
“The purpose of the box-spring is threefold:
- to raise the mattress’ height, making it easier to get in and out of bed; [OH, OK, SO IT’S A BED HEIGHTENER – CHECK]
- to absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress; [THIS SOUNDS LIKE BS TO ME. HOW DOES THE MATTRESS KNOW THAT IT’S NOT SIMPLY ON THE FLOOR? DOES THE MATTRESS SAY TO ITSELF, ”
OH, I’M NOT ON THE FLOOR SO I’LL CONSCIOUSLY MAKE THE EFFORT TO WEAR OUT SLOWER] and
- to create a flat and firm structure for the mattress to lie upon. [OH, THE THE WAY THE FLOOR WOULD?]
Another dissatisfied customer, earlier taken in by the ongoing boxspring scam:
Here we go, revised propaganda from this century:
- You can put the mattress on the floor. This actually gives the mattress proper support, but it doesn’t look as nice, is more difficult to get in and out of bed, and isn’t as sanitary since you’re right on the floor.
Oh that’s right, sometimes the Norway rats make it past the encircling ring of traps around my bed and then spend the night sleeping on my face. Come to think of it, that’s not sanitary at all!
So that’s the answer – a boxspring is an overwrought platform to enheighten your mattress.
But I don’t see how a mattress platform could possibly “wear out.” And I don’t see why people pay thousands of dollars for them.
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