Earlier this year, I finally decided to take the plunge and get a Casper mattress. I had a problem though; I really liked my metal bed frame, but my box spring wasn’t really designed with foam mattresses in mind. So rather than find a friend with a pickup truck and schlep to a mattress store or IKEA to buy a new one, I asked Casper for a recommendation. Turns out, you can buy a box spring on Amazon, and get it delivered straight to your door.
Well, I should clarify. What you get is a box full of pre-cut boards (handcrafted by the Amish, no less!) that can be easily assembled into an 8" box spring. It probably took me about 45 minutes with a decent drill and a beer nearby, but your mileage may vary. You also get a cloth cover to wrap around the whole assembly once you’re finished, so it doesn’t look like you’re sleeping on plywood.
Keen-eyed observers will note that the slats on this box spring are 4-4.5" apart, depending on the size, whereas Casper recommends they be no further than 3". I asked about this, and the Casper customer service rep assured me that it was fine, and this is what they recommend to everyone who asks. It’s also basically impossible to find a box spring with slats 3" apart, so I’m not overly concerned. After over six months of use, I’ve noticed no ill effects on the mattress, or on my back.
Another option for people with bed frames, and the one that Leesa recommends, is a bunkie board, which is basically a thick, solid piece of wood wrapped in fabric. It obviously won’t give you the same lift as a box spring, but there’s no assembly to deal with, and no slats to worry about.
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