How to Get Support For Your Mattress Without a Box Spring

August 15, 2022 | Casper Editorial Team

A supportive mattress will transport you into a deep slumber, and leave you and your body feeling refreshed come morning. While traditional box springs have been the go-to foundation for firm mattress support, there are many innovative alternatives if you’re looking to customize your sleep experience.

The Casper Mattress Foundation provides an alternative way to support your mattress without the use of a traditional box spring. Say hello to the reinvented box spring for better sleep.

For an uninterrupted night of sleep and a solid dose of comfort, this guide will explore various ways to create support for a mattress without a box spring, from different types of platform beds to mattress foundations

Option 1: Switch Up Your Bed Frame

Box springs serve as a support cushion between your bed frame and your mattress. They help with shock absorption, prevent a sagging mattress, and provide a lift to keep your mattress and mattress pad away from dust or dirt that may accumulate on your bedroom floor. 

However, box springs have little aesthetic appeal and can lose support over time. 

Learn how to set up a bed without a traditional box spring, consider using a well-designed bed frame to serve as a substitute for your retired box springs. 

Solid Platform Bed Frame

If you’re looking to ditch traditional box springs for good, consider switching it out for a chic platform bed.

A platform bed may be the right fit for you if you want:

  • A low-to-the-ground, modern look
  • Easy assembly
  • Compatibility with any type of mattress
  • Extensive styling options

Although a low-profile bed frame may not be ideal for joint pain, you can always add a mattress foundation on top of the platform frame to add more height, structure, and accessibility. For a more detailed look at how platforms stack up against a traditional box spring, check out our comparison of platform beds vs. box springs.

Slatted Platform Bed Frame

A slatted platform bed is almost exactly like a solid platform frame. The distinction comes from the supports themselves. Rather than a solid bed base, bed slats uphold the integrity of your mattress. 

In addition to the benefits listed for a solid platform bed frame, the slatted platform bed frame also improves airflow, thanks to the exposed mattress and (in the case of wooden slatts) the use of breathable materials. 

Platform beds are an excellent way to achieve sound support for you and your mattress.  

Adjustable Bed Frame

If you’re someone who tosses and turns for an hour before feeling comfortable, you may want to consider checking out an adjustable bed frame

Built specifically for foam mattresses, you can utilize an adjustable frame to complement your sleeping needs. Take charge of your sleeping situation by having full reign over: 

  • Overall height
  • Angle positioning
  • Lumbar support

With a built-in mattress foundation, no box springs are unnecessary. It’s easier than ever to customize a cozy bed for your unique criteria.

Upholstered Bed Frame 

For an elegant and refined addition to your bedroom, opt for an upholstered bed frame. A wooden slate base is enmeshed in a cozy fabric to provide you with long-lasting support and style. 

Option 2: Seek Another Type of Mattress Foundation

A box spring is a type of mattress foundation, but it isn’t the only option out there. Modern mattress foundations tend to be sleeker, streamlined, and more suitable for today’s standard mattress. 

Mattress Foundation

An innovative mattress foundation like Casper’s Mattress Foundation provides high-quality support and easy assembly. It’s crafted with solid wood and evenly spaced slats to elevate your sleep—literally. 

Bunkie Board

This type of foundation is simple but effective. Made up of materials such as plywood, metal, or plastic, think of a bunkie board as a sleek, solid surface placed between your mattress and your frame. 

It adds simplistic stability to your mattress without increasing its overall height. 

DIY Foundation

So many people are joining the DIY movement. Why stop at the birdhouse? If you happen to be a craftsperson, you can use plywood to make your own set of wooden slats. 

This option can be cost-effective if you know what you’re doing. It also provides you the opportunity to measure and cut your bed slats to complement the exact measurements of your specific mattress. 

While there are several advantages to building a foundation yourself, there are also a few things to keep in mind:1

  • Slat measurements – To ensure a stable foundation for your mattress, you will have to make sure your slats are distanced appropriately. If the slats are too far apart, the mattress could sag in some areas, leaving your bed lumpy and uncomfortable. Your slats should be between 2 and 3 inches apart to ensure balanced support.2 
  • Slat materials – While plywood may be the most accessible and easy to work with, it may not last as long as other materials. Metal and steel may last longer and uphold the overall structure of your mattress more effectively—especially if you’re prone to tossing and turning while you sleep.

If you have the drive and crafty sensibilities to make your foundation, it can be done with careful planning. However, if you’re looking for a solid foundation that can be delivered right to your front door, look to Casper.

At Casper, We Support a Comfortable Sleep

Box springs are a sleep-time staple. However, they’re not the only option. Various bed frame and foundation options are available to provide you and your modern mattress with the support you need. 

At Casper, we reinvented the traditional box spring. Our Mattress Foundation sets the groundwork for an untroubled sleep, and it’s just one part of our dreamy sleep set-up. Paired with our bed frames and mattresses, you’ll be drifting off into a deep sleep feeling snug and supported.  

Uphold an exceptional night of sleep with Casper. 


  1. Sleepopolis. Do You Need a Box Spring?
  2. Hunker. How to Support a Mattress Without a Box Spring.