Do You Need a Bed Frame For Your Mattress?

November 18, 2021 | Casper Editorial Team

Your bed can be thought of like a three-piece suit: you have your mattress, your box spring or foundation, and your traditional bed frame. But, much like that suit, there are many ways to change this classic set-up. Some adjustable bed frames can support your mattress type  without a bed foundation or box spring, and many mattresses seem so sturdy that you may begin to wonder:

Do you need a bed frame?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is more complicated and comes down to your own sleep preferences. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of bed frames to see why they’re a crucial part of your mattress foundation set-up.

From sleek platform beds to cozy upholstered beds, Casper has the perfect selection for you to choose from. Once you browse our bed frame styles, you’ll want to get a bed frame for your mattress.

What’s the Point of a Bed Frame?

So, why is a traditional bed frame necessary? To put it simply, your bed frame offers support to your mattress, and a better-supported mattress means a better-supported you. When you’re properly supported in a bed foundation during sleep, you’re less likely to wake up with uncomfortable aches and pains. 

At Casper, we offer a range of supportive mattress base options including:

To choose the bed base style that’s right for you, you have to consider what mattress type you’re sleeping on. Regardless of your choice in foam mattress options, all of our frames provide the support needed for your foam or hybrid mattress’s longevity and your best night’s sleep.

Reasons to Use a Bed Frame

Support isn’t the only reason to use a bed base frame. Bed frames offer a number of other practical benefits, such as:1

  • Temperature control – Elevating your mattress off the floor creates a space where air can circulate. This helps you avoid any unwanted cold drafts and allows for better temperature regulation while you sleep on your mattress.
  • Protection – When there isn’t space between your mattress base and the floor, air can’t flow properly, making moisture more likely to build-up and mold more likely to grow. It’s also easier for pests and vermin to access your mattress if it’s on the floor.
  • Storage – Elevating your mattress with a bed frame also provides you with an additional storage space. This can be especially beneficial for those living in smaller spaces, where storage space is hard to come by. Plus, you won’t have to worry about monsters living under your beds if you fill the space with shoes, books, tubs of clothes, your sewing supplies—whatever is currently overflowing from your closet.
  • Looks – Part of what makes our bedroom comforting is its aesthetic appeal. Many bed frames are designed with this in mind. For instance, Casper upholstered beds provide a cozy, fabric-wrapped look that will invite you into bed every night.

Is Having No Bed Frame Bad?

At Casper, our goal is to help you get the best night’s sleep possible, no matter your sleep preferences. That’s why we recommend using a bed frame and benefiting from everything it has to offer. While having no bed frame isn’t necessarily bad, foregoing this piece of your suit will mean compromising on your sleep quality and mattress health. 

Still, you may prefer to not have a bed frame due to:

  • Pets – You may love your fur babies so much that you regularly have them in bed with you. For some pets, the added height of a bed frame may make it difficult for them to join you up there. Lower height bed frames are an option in this case, but some people still decide to choose no frame at all.
  • Noise – If you have a squeaky innerspring mattress and older bed frame, every toss and turn during the night might be accompanied by a symphony of squeaks and creaks. While this may make you want to ditch frames altogether, there are high-quality options that are sturdy enough to combat this problem.

Is It Bad to Put a Mattress Directly on the Floor?

These days, mattresses are better than ever. In fact, many mattresses are so well-made, they may feel as though they don’t need any additional support. And if people in Japan can sleep without a bed frame, why not plop your own mattress on the floor?2

It’s important to note that Japanese flooring and the preference toward lightweight futon mattresses make it easier to air out the bedroom space each day. So, if you don’t have Japanese flooring and a lightweight futon, putting your mattress on the floor won’t have the same results. 

Other reasons to forego the floor?

  • Placing a mattress directly on the floor makes it more likely that the mattress will slide during the night, creating a poor night’s sleep. 
  • Many mattress warranties will require you to have some support structure beneath your mattress, such as a frame or box spring. 

So, we wouldn’t say it’s bad to put your mattress directly on the floor, but there are good reasons not to.

Find Your Ideal Bed Frame with Casper

At Casper, we want your bed to be like that three-piece suit: stylish, comfortable, and tailored perfectly to you. That’s why we offer numerous bed frame options so you’re sure to find a frame that fits your aesthetic and your budget, while also offering that nighttime support your body (and your mattress) craves.   If you prefer a space-saving sleek look, you can opt for a platform bed frame. But if you have unique sleep preferences, an adjustable bed frame might be the perfect bed for you.

Whether you have a memory foam mattress, spring mattress, or hybrid mattress, our bed base options have you covered. For any bed size or type of bed, a Casper bed frame can support your journey to a better night’s sleep. 


  1. SFGate. Is It OK to Leave a Box Spring and Bed on the Floor? 
  2. Hunker. Why Do You Need a Frame for a Bed?