How to Put Supports Under a Bed Box Spring

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Not having support when it comes to your bed can lead to a slew of issues, whether it's lack of sleep or back problems. If you have a bed with a box spring that sags, there are ways to support your bed box spring. The simplest way is to purchase support for your bed, but there are DIY ways to keep your existing bed frame from sagging. Your back will thank you!

How to Put Supports Under a Bed Box Spring
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What Is a Box Spring?

A box spring is a heavy platform that you put under your mattress. Most box springs are made out of a wooden skeleton with spring coils. The spring coils provide bounce and durability for your bed. A thin layer of sheeting or cushion covers the box spring. You can find box springs made out of different type of materials, but the most durable one you will find has a wood box base. The benefits of a box spring are that they can provide more bounce, durability and height to your bed. The cons are that they can be heavier and cost more. Because they are heavy, that may cause your bed to sag prematurely.

Adding Support for a King Bed

The best supports for king size beds don't come with the bed when you purchase it. Although you may pay more for a king size bed, they don't come with the support you need to hold up and stabilize the middle of the bed. The best type of support to keep your bed from sagging is a steel center support system. You can buy them at companies like Glideaway, Leggett & Platt and Knickerbocker because they specialize in metal bed frames made from steel. Manufacturers also build unique support systems for the middle of your bed. These type of support systems have wooden and metal siding. This is a lower cost option compared to buying a new bed frame.

DIY Ways to Add Support to Your Existing Frame

You could add a slab of wood or plywood to your bed frame. Plywood is cheaper than a bed spring, but the one thing you should be aware of is that mold could grow on the plywood. If you're willing to brave the elements, all you have to do is add two sheets of plywood for a queen size bed.

If you're worried about mold, you could add a mattress cover to your bed. Mold grows due to moisture, and you lose a great deal of moisture through your skin while you sleep. Half of that is seeping right into your mattress, which will cause the plywood to mold. If you put a mattress cover on, though, problem solved. If you don't like mattress covers, you could drill several holes into the plywood to create an aeration system.


Allanah Dykes is a freelance writer and her work has been featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex, Gurl, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food 52.

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