Box Spring Bed: Review & Recommendations

Box spring beds – the incomparable flair of a luxury hotel for your own bedroom. Are you looking for a box spring bed, but are you a little overwhelmed by the huge selection on the market? Then you’ve come to the right place!

In our box spring bed test 2020 you will learn everything you need to know about the continental bed. We explain the different types, the advantages and disadvantages and much more. Furthermore, our purchase criteria can help you find the perfect box spring bed for you on the market.

The most important facts in brief

  • Box spring beds allow you to sleep like in a five-star hotel bed. This is made possible by the special construction of the bed system.
  • There are basically two different box spring bed styles: the American version and the Scandinavian one. There are small differences between these two box spring beds, which are mainly related to the quality.
  • In general you can distinguish between different types of box spring beds. There are for example continental beds with integrated topper, with motor, with storage space, with headboard or also with LED light.

Box spring bed test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best solid wood box spring bed
  • The best sofa bed with box spring technology
  • The best all-round box spring bed in a size of 180×200 with bed base

The best solid wood box spring bed

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Bruno solid wood box spring bed

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The Bruno box spring bed is the winner of the German Design Award 2018. The box spring bed appeared to us as a whole to be of very high quality and excellent workmanship. Visually, the bed is certainly one of the most beautiful that we have been able to test on SCHLAFBOOK so far.

As a customer you have the possibility to assemble your box spring bed online according to your wishes. You have the choice of different headboards, colours and feet. A 30-day right of return and a 10-year guarantee together with our positive test result guarantee that you can do little wrong with this product.

The best sofa bed with box spring technology

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Bruno sofa bed with box spring technology

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Especially on this sofa bed is the box spring function. You can choose between a 140cm x 200cm or a 160cm x 200cm. The sofa is also available in four different trendy colours. The durability of this sofa is especially high, because the materials used are of very high quality.

The folding mechanism is particularly easy to use and is designed to ensure that you can set it up easily. The box spring technology is designed to guarantee you a wonderful sleep, while you will not feel like you are sleeping on a sofa. You can also customize the design by choosing different feet.

The best all-round box spring bed in a size of 180×200 with bed base

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COLLECTION AB Box spring bed Rubona

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The box spring bed Rubona from Collection AB is an absolute winner in terms of value for money. The LED lighting in the headboard guarantees a cosy atmosphere in the bedroom.

The bed is available both in the size 180 x 200 cm and in 90 x 200 cm. The lying height including topper is 64 cm. The box spring bed also has a bed box in which pillows, blankets or covers can be stored comfortably.

Guide: Questions you should consider before buying a box spring bed

What does box spring bed mean?

“Boxspring” is English and means “spring” translated into German. Due to its origin, the box spring bed is also often called the “American bed” or “continental bed”.
These terms can be used as synonyms for box spring bed and are just another term. Furthermore, it is often used in hotels in Europe, which is why it is also known as a hotel bed.

A box spring bed is therefore an upholstered bed in which a high-quality lying comfort is achieved by several layers of mattresses.

Above all, however, the term “box spring” refers to the base mattress or box that is sprung with bonell springs or pocket springs. The top mattress is then placed on top of this bottom mattress – and the so-called topper on top of this top mattress. A lot of new words at once? Don’t worry, we will explain everything to you in detail.

What are the advantages of a hotel bed over a normal bed?

A box spring bed is much higher than a conventional bed and therefore allows easier entry and exit. Furthermore, the luxurious bed construction does not have a slatted frame, but a sprung base mattress. The third difference lies in the design.
Box spring beds give the bedroom a completely different look and are a highlight. In terms of durability, an American bed lasts twice as long as a conventional bed.
Advantages of a box spring bed:

Height allows better entry and exit
Luxurious bed construction without slatted frame
Design
Longer service life

Looking at the height, clear differences can be seen here. Boxspring mattresses are much higher than normal spring mattresses with about 30 centimetres. This is due to their interior, which has two combined spring cores.

In detail, one can first take a closer look at the special structure of the box spring system. While conventional beds consist of a bed frame, slatted frame and mattress, the luxurious box spring bed consists of three essential components (spring box, top mattress and topper).

Unlike regular beds, the mattresses of a box spring bed do not lie on a slatted frame, but on a box with springs.

The design of the beds is a matter of taste. If you like big and cuddly beds, you will certainly like the design of the box spring beds. However, one also needs a spacious bedroom for this, so that the room is not too oppressive.

In terms of service life, a box spring bed lasts on average about 10 to 15 years. In contrast, a conventional bed will show signs of wear and tear after only 6 to 7 years.

For whom are continental beds suitable?

Box spring beds are an ingenious invention with great sleeping comfort. But are continental beds really suitable for everyone?

We will show you to whom the American beds offer a better sleep quality and for whom it is better not to buy a box spring bed.

Which persons should buy a box spring bed?

Basically, anyone can buy a box spring bed, because everyone spends a very large part of their life in bed – and after all, it should be comfortable and provide relaxation.

Restful sleep is important for a good start to the day. Whether you need a box spring bed or a normal bed is sufficient is up to you. Box spring beds are considered to be particularly comfortable.

Also the age does not play a role in the decision between a normal and a box spring bed. A box spring bed offers a number of advantages, which do not necessarily promise better sleep, but can make it easier to get in and out of bed, for example.

Box spring beds can be individually adapted to each person according to size, weight, body shape, sleeping position etc., so that everyone can have a restful night.

What you should keep in mind with children, adults and the elderly, we tell you in the following sections.

Is a box spring bed suitable for children and young people?

Since children are still very small and therefore need a bed that they can easily get in and out of, the choice of a box spring bed for children should be reconsidered. In everyday life it is simply more practical for children to have a normal cot that is tailored to their needs.

The springs of the box spring bed must be adapted to the children.

In the meantime, however, there are also box spring beds especially for children. It is important for the little ones that the springs in the beds are also suitable for children.

In the lower box the spring core may have the same tension as in the normal box spring beds for adults. However, the mattress on top of it must be adapted to the child and must be of a low degree of hardness.

Since a sheathing made of Klimalatex is softer than the cold foam sheathing of normal box spring beds, it is advisable to use Klimalatex for children.

The topper should also be thinner rather than thicker, so that the topper is soft and can give way, but the child does not sink into it. The Topper can also be made of cold foam or climate latex.

But not only the size, but also the weight plays an important role in the choice of hardness. The body mass index (BMI), i.e. the interaction of height and weight, determines the degree of hardness. The BMI can be particularly important when buying in adolescence.

So if a boy gets a box spring bed at the age of 13 and increases in weight and size over the years, this does not have much effect on the hardness of the box spring bed as long as the BMI is in a similar range.

Calculation of the BMI: Weight in kg / (body height in m)²

Box spring beds in the sizes 80 x 200 cm, 90 x 200 cm, 100 x 200 cm and 120 x 200 cm are best suited for small children and teenagers we recommend a size of 140 x 200 cm or larger.

Is a box spring bed the right one for adults?

We have already shown you some factors that are important when deciding on your ideal box spring bed.

The height, body weight and body shape of the adult are decisive when choosing a bed. A-shaped or V-shaped bodies are particularly suitable for box spring beds.

If you have such a body shape, you should be careful not to choose a mattress that is too soft. The continental beds available in Germany are comparatively very soft, so that the body can sink too deeply into the mattress. Which degree of firmness is ultimately best, however, depends on the body size and weight.

In principle, there is the perfect box spring bed for every body shape and size, so that an American bed is suitable for every adult.

A box spring bed is very suitable for people with back problems, because the individual components are perfectly coordinated. A box spring bed equipped with a pocket spring core, which has a point-elastic effect, is best for back pain.

A box spring bed with spring core is also suitable for people who sweat a lot, as the spring core provides good ventilation and allows moisture to escape. However, the most important thing is to have an open-pored, breathable topper.

Allergy sufferers should make sure that their continental bed has sufficient ground clearance and that the materials of the box spring bed are easy to maintain and do not give house dust mites any space.

Good options are solid wood beds with inlay box or models with imitation leather covers. The topper or mattress can also be equipped with encasings, i.e. breathable full covers. These are washable at up to 95° C and protect against mites, bacteria and fungi.

Can seniors use a box spring bed?

For seniors the box spring bed is not only suitable but ideal. The high entry and exit height makes it easier for the elderly to get up and go to bed.

In addition, it is especially important in old age that the body can recover at night from the stresses and strains of the day, so that a box spring bed perfectly adapted to the body is recommended.

Box spring beds nowadays also often have an electric backrest that can be easily operated with a remote control. So it is also a help for people who find it difficult to stand up. It is also practical for watching television or reading.

Where can you buy box spring beds?

You can buy box spring beds in specialist bed dealers and furniture stores. Shops also offer Continental beds on the Internet. If possible, you should try the latter out in a shop.
If you don’t like the bed after all, the handling of the return shipment is considerably more complicated than buying it in a shop.
There are comparatively few manufacturers of box spring beds in Europe. According to our research on the Internet, most box spring beds in Germany are currently sold through the following shops:

The box spring beds with the best customer reviews are from the following manufacturers:

  • Bettenjumbo
  • Aukona International
  • Tesladreams
  • Welcon
  • Belvandeo

All the manufacturers mentioned above offer a wide range of box spring beds, and you are sure to find the right model for you.

How much is an upholstered bed?

Basically, the price differences between the various box spring beds are due to various reasons. The prices of an inexpensive box spring bed variant amount to 500 € up to the luxury box spring bed variant up to 6.000 €.

In general, the following quick view will help you to get a price overview. However, we are aware that such a general statement can never reflect the complete market and every offer contained therein.

Depending on the material, size or other characteristics, you should decide what you really need or how much money you want to spend.

How is the sleeping comfort in the box spring bed?

The box spring bed originally comes from the USA and is called “box with springs”, which refers to the base of the box spring bed.
In the underframe of the bed, certain springs are incorporated, which, in combination with a matching mattress on top, provide optimal support and bedding for the body and thus offer a high level of sleeping comfort.
The good sleeping comfort is created by the harder box spring underframe and the softer mattress on top of it. This combination allows certain parts of the body to be relieved, but others to be supported at the same time.

Did you know that box spring waterbeds are now available?
These are basically waterbeds that are equipped with a bed frame, which gives them the appearance of a box spring bed. In addition, there is also no slat base.

The underframe is responsible for pressure distribution, while the upper mattress serves for cushioning and the topper allows sinking.

Relief of the shoulder, pelvis and sacrum is important during sleep so that the joints can relax and recover from the day. But it is just as necessary to support cavities such as the waist and lumbar region.

The special coordination of underframe, mattress and topper allows an optimal weight distribution and thus an ergonomic and healthy lying during sleep.

Which mattress should I choose for my box spring bed?

The perfect mattress should not only relieve but also support the body for a high level of sleeping comfort. A real box spring bed consists of a spring mattress divided into different lying zones.
Mattresses are divided into five different degrees of hardness – very soft (H1) to very hard (H5). If you choose the wrong degree of hardness, back pain or tension can quickly occur.

Falk J. MurkoEditor, Stiftung Warentest Berlin

With most box spring beds, the unique sleeping experience disappears over time. Through constant use and the associated emission of sweat and heat, a hollow is formed over the long term, creating the feeling of sleeping in a hammock. However, this can be prevented by regularly turning and flipping the mattress.
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If mattresses are too soft, the spine can sink in and cause pain. Mattresses that are too hard can also cause pain, as the spine in the shoulder and lumbar areas is not sufficiently supported and sinks in.

As a basic principle, the back must be as straight as possible when lying on the mattress.

The degrees of hardness can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, as there is no fixed standard. Important for the decision of the degree of hardness is the lying position, the feeling of hardness, the body size and the body weight.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a box spring bed?

With so many things to consider with box spring beds, it is first important to know the advantages and disadvantages of these beds.

Advantages

Especially high lying comfort
Good climate conditions
Long durability
Comfortable height facilitates getting in and out
Same sleeping comfort for several people with different body weights
Luxurious design

Disadvantages

Individual components are not always easy to replace
Box spring bed is difficult to transport
Relatively expensive
Problematic moisture regulation
Bulky

In general, however, it is true that everyone has their own needs and habits and therefore very individual demands on their lying comfort and thus on box spring beds in general.

Therefore you should always lie on the box spring bed trial before buying and check with the dealer for return or exchange possibilities!

What sizes are available for the luxury hotel beds?

Whether as a single or double bed, in extra length or in a specially made size, box spring beds are available in a wide variety of designs.
The most popular sizes of Boxsprit single beds are 70 x 200 cm, 80 x 200 cm or 100 x 200 cm. For the double bed boxspring variant, 120 × 200 cm, 140 × 200 cm, 160 × 200 cm, 180 × 200 cm and 200 × 200 cm are the most frequently chosen models. All these bed sizes are available in lengths of 200 cm, 210 cm or 220 cm.

In which colours/ materials are box spring beds available?

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What are the rules for choosing American beds?

Every person has individual body shapes, body weight and sleeping habits. These factors influence the choice of your mattress.
We would like to give you a few tips on the different body types, body weights and sleeping habits and the mattresses that suit them.
Body shape
To find out your body type, it is best to stand in front of a large mirror and compare your body type with the shapes in the table.
Ask yourself: “Which part of my body stands out the most? hips, pelvis, abdomen or shoulders?” You can easily find out if and where the mattress should support your body or if it should give way.

When choosing a suitable box spring bed, your own body weight plays an important role in addition to your own physique.

Body weight

If you have a body weight of up to about 80 kg, you can choose a box spring with a bonell suspension as a base. This suspension yields very well and gives you a pleasant, soft feeling when lying down.

If your body weight is around 100 kg, we recommend you choose a box spring with a barrel pocket spring core. This springing offers your back more support and gives way to the pressure precisely.

From a body weight of about 100 kg you should get a box spring bed with a barrel pocket spring core. This mattress with 500 springs per square meter offers you a very good hold.

In addition, various manufacturers also offer beds with box spring bodies that are suitable for a body weight of up to 160 kg and even up to 180 kg.

Sleeping habits

Do you prefer sleeping on your back or on your side? The sleeping position also plays an important role when choosing your box spring bed.

As a side sleeper, you are dependent on a mattress that yields point elastically where your hips and shoulders press into the mattress. The mattress must therefore be adaptable without quickly forming hollows. If you prefer to sleep on your stomach or back, your mattress must prevent your spine from sagging.

Belly sleepers and back sleepers are therefore best served by mattresses made of barrel pocket springs or viscose foam, while side and alternating sleepers are well served by barrel pocket springs and latex mattresses.

Are box spring beds suitable for allergy sufferers?

Box spring beds are no less suitable for people with a house dust allergy than for people without an allergy. As an allergy sufferer you can use a box spring bed just as well as a normal bed.
Due to the base without slatted frame and with spring cores, good ventilation is possible with a continental bed. The springs move with every movement and thus ensure good air circulation.

For allergy sufferers, a frame that is easy to clean is necessary, therefore it is recommended to buy a box spring bed made of artificial leather or wooden elements instead of an upholstery cover, which is easily washable and does not offer the mites any additional space.

For mattresses and toppers there are also covers (encasings) that are mite-proof. The encasings are removable and can be washed at up to 95° C.

Additionally it is of course necessary to clean the bed linen regularly. Special bed linen for allergy sufferers can also help here. Daily airing is also recommended.

What accessories are available for box spring beds?

There are many different accessories for box spring beds. These include special equipment such as the electrically adjustable box spring bed.

An electrically adjustable continental bed can be operated with a radio remote control. Thus, different positions can be adjusted.

By adjusting the lying position it is possible that the mattress or topper can slip. In order to counteract this, there are mattress brackets that are designed to prevent the mattress from shifting.
Alternatively, you can order your box spring bed with a bed base. Since this type of bed was initially designed for hotels, box spring beds with a bed base were not available until recently. Thanks to the bed drawers you now have enough storage space to store bedding or bedding.
American beds are also available without a headboard. These are ideal for sloping roofs or smaller rooms, as the headboards take up a lot of space.
On the Internet, there are often bedside cabinets in stool look that match box spring beds, which can be used as a bedside table, but also as a seat. There are also benches that are matched to the bed, which can be placed in front of the American bed and offer plenty of storage space.
Box spring beds in wood-look are also possible. The box spring bed has decorative wooden elements in the underframe and at the headboard, which give your room a special warmth.

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There are also sheets especially for box spring beds. You can buy them separately for the mattress and the topper or you can buy a sheet that is specially made for mattress and topper together. Then you don’t always need two sheets, but only one.

What alternative is there to the complex bed systems?

Basically, it must be said that the mixture of breathability, pressure relief and support make a good mattress or an ideal bed. A good quality box spring bed can provide this mixture.
There are also other products on the market that have these components. A good quality pocket spring mattress on a slatted frame can achieve the same results as a premium box spring bed.
For example, the Norwegian manufacturer “Svane” combines all three prerequisites in its mattresses by means of a special gel variant. This mattress system is designed completely without a box.

Decision: What types of box spring beds are there and which one is right for you?

In general, six types of bed systems can be distinguished from one another:

  • Box spring bed with topper
  • Box spring bed with motor
  • continental bed with storage
  • Box spring bed with headboard
  • American bed with LED

These represented characteristics of a box spring bed can bring in each case an individual use, in addition, disadvantages with itself.

Depending on how you would like to design your hotel bed and which characteristics you value the most, one or the other type of box spring bed is best suited for you.

In principle, the different categories can also be combined in a box spring bed. In the section below, we would like to help you find out which type of box spring bed is suitable for you.

For this purpose, we present an overview of all the above mentioned types of box spring beds with their respective advantages and disadvantages.

In contrast to a regular bed, the frame is not a slatted frame, but a sprung underframe as a foundation.

The suspension, which consists of either barrel pocket springs or Bonell, is supported by a solid wooden frame. On top of this is the mattress which is available in different degrees of hardness (H1 very soft, H2 soft, H3 firm, H4 very firm).

If necessary, the complex sleeping system is completed by a topper, which is placed on the mattress.

Basically an upholstered bed consists of three elements: a base, a mattress and a topper.

What is a box spring bed with topper and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The word “topper” can be derived from the English word “top”, which can be translated into German as “Oberteil” or “Oberfläche”. A topper is a flat mattress that is usually between four and ten centimetres high. The topper forms the end of the boxsprin bed system.

Nevertheless, there are also box spring beds without topper. For example, the mattress topper is usually omitted in American box spring beds. The advantages and disadvantages in detail.

Advantages

Fine tuning of the box spring bed to the body and sleeping habits
A lying surface for two people in a double bed
Protection of the actual mattress
Entry comfort of the box spring bed
Hygiene of the box spring bed

Disadvantages

Experts criticize the air exchange and moisture removal of box spring beds
Many movements during sleep

Only the Topper allows a fine adjustment of the upholstered bed to the body and personal sleeping habits. Another advantage of the Topper is the hygiene of the box spring bed.

The best topper is the one that adapts optimally to the respective sleeping needs and comfort requirements.

The additional height also increases the entry comfort. The Topper also provides a lying surface for two people in a double bed. The mattress topper prevents mites from getting stuck in the mattress below.

But the mattress protector does not only offer advantages. Experts criticise the lack of air exchange in the bed and the moisture transport.

For people who move a lot during sleep, the topper can become a disadvantage, because the impressions in the visco-foam caused by the body adaptation are only slowly reduced.

These deformations can disrupt sleep patterns, as the body constantly lies on uneven and therefore uncomfortable ground and has to work against it.

What is a box spring bed with motor and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A box spring bed with motor is an electric bed that has a motor integrated in the bed base. The high quality motor allows the thick mattresses to be adjusted electrically.

Many people find these benefits very practical. This function can usually be conveniently controlled via a remote control. In the case of the box spring bed with motor, the upper mattress can be moved together with the topper.

This type of hotel bed is also suitable for double beds, as the head and footboards (cold foam, spring core or pocket spring core mattresses) can be individually adjusted.

Advantages

Much luxury and comfort
Various functions
Increase of the sleep comfort level

Disadvantages

High surcharge
Limited model choice

Whether the extra charge for a box spring bed with engine is worthwhile depends on the respective criteria of the new owner. But if you buy a motorized bed, you can count on some advantages. The advantages of a normal box spring bed are even more enhanced with an electric bed.

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Electric box spring bed

The electric adjustability provides even more comfort and luxury. The electric box spring bed also increases the level of sleeping comfort compared to the normal box spring version. Especially people of advanced age benefit from an electric box spring bed.

The operation is very easy. With the remote control, the desired lying position and height can be adjusted at the touch of a button.

This enables even easier entry and exit than the version without motor. The electric upholstered bed is not only suitable for senior citizens. This bed variant is extremely practical for many life situations.

The adjustable headboard allows for an ideal lying position for reading or watching TV in bed, for example. The adjustable box spring bed also proves to be extremely practical and even beneficial to the health of people with back problems.

What is an upholstered bed with storage space and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Especially when furnishing smaller living spaces, the question arises how to make the best possible use of the space. With regard to the choice of beds, the so-called storage space bed is a good choice in this respect. With this type of bed, the box underneath the lying area is used.

The subject of box spring beds with storage space proves to be complicated. When looking at the construction of the box spring bed described above, you will rightly ask yourself where the bed base should be placed. The complex system of a hotel bed basically does not allow a classic bed base.

Caution is therefore required when purchasing. If a box spring bed is advertised with storage space or bed box, it can be a normal regular bed, which only has the box spring look, but not the box spring advantages.

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Box spring beds with bed box

However, there are now various box spring models that are offered with storage space. With this model the box spring bed can be folded up or opened with an engine.

Advantages

Additional storage area
Comfort structure
Different bed base variants for every living wish and every room

Disadvantages

Danger of mould in closed bed drawers with missing / insufficient air circulation
Additional height
Surcharge

The additional use of the bed drawer as a storage option can be described as a clear advantage. A further advantage of the box spring bed with storage space is the comfortable construction with box, mattress and topper.

Due to the additional storage space, the bed is higher due to its construction and thus allows a more comfortable entry and exit. Such a bed does not only have advantages.

If the bed box of the box spring bed is completely closed, the air inside cannot circulate. This can be a possible reason for mould. The extra height (up to 70cm) of the bed may not be comfortable for smaller people. Also, these types of bed are more expensive than normal box spring beds.

What is a box spring bed with headboard and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Depending on the available space and room height, box spring beds are available with or without headboard. If you decide on a headboard (100 cm – 150 cm), you should note that many headboards are constructed in such a way that they have to be placed against the wall. Thus the box spring bed stands stable and you can lean against it in a relaxed way.

This is exactly what becomes problematic with pitched roofs. Here, limitations in height and stability must be taken into account. For sloping roofs, extra depth (70cm – 90cm) headboards are available for box spring beds. Alternatively the box spring bed without headboard can be used. This is possible due to the modular construction of the box spring bed.

Advantages

Keep penetrating moisture and cold away from the bed
Allows sitting and leaning in bed
Design element
Variety of headboard variants

Disadvantages

Bedroom with pitched roof
Additional surcharge

If the upholstered bed with headboard stands against the wall, the headboard has the task of keeping the bed away from penetrating moisture and cold. In addition, the headboard allows the user to sit and lean on the bed.

The headboard can be used as a design element to visually stand out from the overall impression of the bed construction. The variety of different headboard variants can contribute to this.

However, if you have a bedroom with a sloping roof, a box spring bed with headboard is only suitable to a limited extent. Another disadvantage is the higher surcharge for an extra headboard.

What is an American bed with Led and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A box spring bed with LED lighting offers besides the typical box spring feeling a relaxed atmosphere and additional accents in the bedroom. The LED lights can be located in the headboard or under the box spring bed and provide an absolute highlight.

The colours of the light are individually adjustable. A total of eight colour change functions can usually be selected.

Advantages

LED light can be used as reading light
Highlighter
Indirect lighting

Disadvantages

Additional surcharge
Limited choice of colours for lighting

The discreet LED light can also be used as a reading light and can be a real eye-catcher in the bedroom. The adjustable light also serves as pleasant indirect lighting.

A disadvantage of this additional function of the box spring bed is the additional surcharge and the limited choice of colours. When buying a box spring bed you should make sure that the light is not too bright and that it matches the rest of the furniture.

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and rate box spring beds

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate box spring beds. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain bed is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material frame
  • Material head part
  • Dimensions of the frame incl. headboard
  • Material and height of the bed legs
  • Entry and lying height
  • Lounger
  • Material upper mattress
  • Material base mattress
  • Hardness grade
  • Body support
  • Number of available sizes
  • Motorised substructure
  • Topper
  • topper material
  • Seams
  • Guarantees
  • Structure
  • Breathable
  • Storage space
  • Colour selection
  • Stil

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

Material of the frame

The material of the box spring bed frame can be either wood or metal. The substructure of the box spring bed, which is also called upholstered bed or box spring, takes over the function of a box spring bed, which is fulfilled by the slatted frame of a conventional bed.

This substructure (frame) consists of a wooden or metal frame open at the bottom, in which either a pocket or bonell spring core system is incorporated.

This springy construction, on the frame of which bed legs are usually attached for elevation, serves as an underlay for the mattress in box spring beds – just like the slatted frame in a conventional bed.

Material of the headboard

The headboard of the bed is always a real eye-catcher in the bedroom. But it should not only look good in colour, but also have a good and robust material.

The material of the headboard is mostly made of solid spruce and medium density fibreboard.

The headboards of box spring beds are lined with padded cotton (100% polyester), with foam (100% polyether) or with both. This results in a comfortable upholstery, which offers you comfort even when sitting in bed.

The covers of the headboard are available in different colours and different materials. You can choose a normal fabric cover, e.g. linen or imitation leather, or a headboard with a wooden cover.

The composition of the substances is very different. However, headboard covers are often made of polyester with a small proportion of cotton or nylon.

Dimensions of the frame incl. headboard

Box spring beds are available in very different widths and lengths. From the single bed to the double bed in oversize, everything is available. The most popular sizes of box spring beds are 120 × 200, 140 × 200, 160 × 200, 180 × 200 and 200 × 200 cm.

Which box spring bed size is right for you depends on your height, girth and preferences. Many suppliers also sell box spring beds in special sizes. On request, various manufacturers can provide you with your desired size.

Headboards can also extend beyond the actual bed width and make the box spring bed a visual highlight.

Material and height of the bed legs

The height of the bed legs can vary from box spring bed to box spring bed. The higher the feet, the better the air circulation. Especially allergic persons should consider this.

The feet of a box spring bed are usually made of solid wood or chrome.

Wooden feet are usually made of solid beech. You can get them in natural colour or black lacquered. You can choose between round and square feet. Chrome feet are either square or round with plate feet.

But there are also feet made of plywood or plastic. When moving the bed, feet of low quality can easily break off.

The height of the feet is individually adapted to each box spring bed and is decisive for the overall height of the box spring bed. Usually the feet have a height between 4 and 12 cm.

Entry and lying height

Box spring beds are offered in completely different heights from approx. 50 m upwards to approx. 80 cm. On the Internet you will come across the words “entrance height” and “lying height” again and again, but the two words mean the same thing and are therefore used synonymously.

Which height is the right one for your box spring bed depends on your height. Smaller people are recommended to use a lower height. Large persons a rather high one.

The lying height of the box spring bed is determined by the height of the feet, mattresses and topper.

For people who are under 1.70 m tall, we recommend a lying height of around 60 cm. For persons over 1.90 m, the height of the box spring bed should be about 70 cm.

It has been shown that a height between 60 and 65 cm is most popular for box spring beds. One reason for this is that both small and large people can get in and out of the bed easily.

Especially for seniors and people with joint and back problems it is important that the height is ideally adjusted. It should be easy to get in and out of the car without having to bend or bend your knees in an uncomfortable way.

You can recognise the optimum entry height by the fact that your thighs are at right angles to your feet when sitting. A larger angle is also fine as long as your feet reach the ground. A smaller angle, on the other hand, puts more strain on your knees, so standing up can be more difficult.

With double beds it is advisable to choose the entrance height according to the larger person.

Lying surface

The lying surface of a box-ring bed depends on the selected size of the bed. For example, if you consider the standard size 180 x 200 cm, the total size of the box spring bed base is 182 x 202 cm, so the actual lying surface is 180 x 200 cm.

Most providers have box-ring beds with reclining bottles of 90 x 200/ 220 cm, 100 x 200/220 cm, 120 x 200/ 220 cm, 140 x 200/ 220 cm, 160 x 200/ 220 cm, 180 x 200/ 220 cm, 200 x 200/ 220 cm.

Material of the top mattress

A box spring bed is functionally roughly composed of a base mattress, top mattress and top mattress. Choosing the right mattress is a tricky matter.

Top mattresses are available in various materials. Box spring beds with a cold foam mattress are more comparable to an ordinary bed construction with slatted frame and mattress.

You only get the typical box spring lying feeling with a Bonell spring core or a barrel pocket spring core mattress.

Bonell spring core

The Bonell spring core consists of individual waist springs, which are connected to each other at the upper lower ring of the spring by means of spiral spring balancers. The upper and lower ends of the Bonell spring core are each formed by frames of steel wire or strip steel.

Compared to other springs, the number of individual springs in the Bonell spring core is rather small.

The waist springs of the Bonell spring core have a larger head diameter, which results in larger gaps between the individual springs. These gaps are filled with a solid padding support in the Bonell spring core.

The padding of the interspaces reduces the number of contact points from spring to spring. In this way, the unpleasant noise, which can be caused by the contact between the springs in some other spring cores, is prevented in the Bonell spring core.

Bonell spring cores, for example, are characterized by surface elasticity. If the spring core is loaded differently, it behaves differently. At a low load, the Bonell spring core tends to be soft, while a high load leads to harder spring behaviour.

barrel pocket springs

A pocket spring core is characterised by the fact that the individual springs are sewn individually into fabric pockets. In the barrel pocket spring core, the individual springs are arranged in a barrel shape. They have a slightly wider diameter in the middle than the top and bottom.

Barrel pocket spring cores provide the right damping.

The fabric pockets of the barrel pocket spring core ensure that the spring force is damped. Due to this damping, barrel pocket spring cores generally oscillate less than Bonell spring cores. In addition, the point elasticity of barrel pocket spring cores is better – the barrel pocket spring core only yields at the points where it is actually loaded.

In the construction of barrel pocket spring cores, a zoning is usually used. Differently designed zones for different parts of the body are intended to better meet the ergonomic requirements of the lying human body.

cold foam

Some suppliers of box spring beds also offer an upper mattress made of cold foam as an alternative to a spring mattress. This solution is ideal for people who do not attach importance to the typical springy behaviour of box spring mattresses and still want an ergonomic sleeping comfort.

Like the barrel pocket spring mattresses, cold foam mattresses have several zones to provide optimum support for the different parts of the body when lying down. They are characterised by a high point elasticity.

Material of the base mattress

As with conventional spring mattresses, the spring core of the base mattress can be in the form of a Bonell spring core or a barrel pocket spring core. The bottom mattress of box spring beds is often also referred to as a box.

While the upper mattress and the topper of the box spring bed have more room to move, the designation “box spring” or spring frame specifies that the lower mattress must be equipped with a spring core.

Hardness grade

As with mattresses used in conventional bed systems, top mattresses for box spring beds are sometimes produced in different degrees of hardness, which are suitable for people with different body weights and needs.

The degree of hardness is indicated by a number. H1 means “very soft”, H2 “soft”, H3 “firm”, H4 “very firm”. With some suppliers the scale goes up to H5, which then means “extremely firm”.

The manufacturers agree in principle with such a grouping of mattresses, but the specifications are not standardized. What one manufacturer calls H2 may be called H3 by another.

As a result, a mattress labelled with H2 may be firmer than a mattress labelled with H3 from another manufacturer. The degree of firmness alone cannot therefore be of any help in the purchase decision.

It is therefore important to find out exactly how the degree of hardness is obtained and for which weight classes the different degrees of hardness apply. As far as our beds are concerned, they are designed in such a way that a person weighing up to 80kg can lie well and comfortably on a box spring bed with hardness grade 2. Up to 100kg, we recommend hardness grade 3, and from 100kg, hardness grade 4.

However, the correct degree of hardness can be determined even more precisely if not only the weight but also the body length is taken into account. In this case, this is called the BMI – the Body Mass Index. You calculate this by dividing your height by your weight squared.

So if you weigh 80kg at a height of 1.80m, then calculate:

80 / (1,80×1,80) = 24,7

As a rule of thumb, if you have a BMI of 25, choose hardness grade 2, if you have a BMI of 25, choose hardness grade 3, and if you have a BMI of 30, choose hardness grade 4.

Body support

Box spring beds adapt perfectly to your body – support it and relieve it. Due to the ideally coordinated elements of a continental bed, your body can be supported in the right places and relieved in others.

You should always choose mattresses so that the spine is straight. This is because during the night the intervertebral discs, which are responsible for the mobility of the spine, are filled with fluid to make the vertebrae mobile during the day.

Whether side sleepers, stomach sleepers or back sleepers, in order to relieve the spine and support the body optimally, it is important that the spine maintains its natural shape during the night.

Box spring beds are divided into different zones to support the body optimally.

To ensure this, the mattresses on box spring beds are usually divided into different zones that either support or give way. There are mattresses with 5, 7 or 9 zones.

Due to the point elasticity, the mattresses give way where the pressure on them is greatest. If the point elasticity is low, the mattress can also yield in area elasticity, which can lead to incorrect posture with consequences.

Most popular are mattresses with 7 zones. With 5-zone mattresses, your body may not be ideally positioned in the different zones.

In addition, you should always choose a mattress with a firmness level that is perfectly suited to your height and body weight.

Number of available sizes

Different suppliers have different sizes of box spring beds. Furthermore, it also always depends on which model you like. Some models are only available in city council sizes like 180 x 200 cm.

Upholstered beds are available in various designs. With most manufacturers you can order beds with a lying surface of 90 x 200 cm, 100 x 200 cm, 120 x 200 cm or 140 x 200 cm. If you need a little more space, box spring beds are also available in the dimensions 160 x 200 cm, 180 x 200 cm or 200 x 200 cm.

Motorised substructure

For box spring beds with a motorised base, the lying position can be individually adjusted at the push of a button.

That the headboard of the bed can be put upright with a remote control. Depending on the model, the foot section can also be adjusted. In the case of a box spring bed with a motor, the adjustment effort is all at the touch of a button.

You do not have to get up first to change your lying position, but can remain comfortably in bed.

A motor is used to move the bed. All you have to do is to take the remote control in your hand and press the corresponding button to raise or lower the bed.

Topper

The Topper is a thinner mattress (up to a height of approx. 10 cm), which closes the box spring bed at the top and forms the actual lying surface of the bed. It thus has a further significant influence on the perceived lying sensation and comfort.

Depending on your sleeping habits, toppers with a high-quality cold foam or visco-foam core have proven their worth – each with a higher density.

Various manufacturers offer the mattress topper as an included service with the purchase of a box spring bed and with other providers you have to purchase the topper separately. You should also consider the different materials of the Topper when buying it. The mattress topper is available in latex, viscolatex, gel and mesh topper.

topper material

A topper consists of either PU foam (foam), cold foam or visco foam. Latex toppers are more rarely found.

In the following the different materials of the Topper are shown and explained in detail.

PU foam (foam material)

Toppers made of PU-foam are the cheapest version of this box spring bed component. They are mainly found in the lower price segment of box spring beds of the entry level.

The ergonomics and elasticity of PU foam toppers are generally unsatisfactory. Mattress toppers made of PU foam are also usually not really convincing in terms of durability or service life

cold foam

High-quality cold foam toppers are characterised by a high density and high surface elasticity.

They are particularly suitable for people who turn frequently during sleep and who want a sleeping surface that quickly adapts optimally to the body.

Viscoschaum

Visco foam reacts to the heat of the body and thus adapts exactly to the contours (thermoelastic). Visco foam toppers have proven themselves especially for people suffering from back pain.

People who often change their position during the night are usually not properly advised to use a Visco Foam Topper, as they always have to work against the “contour hollows” in the foam when changing position. Visco foam offers excellent point elasticity and optimum pressure relief (important if you lie in the same place for a long time).

Seams

The seams of box spring beds should be processed very cleanly in order to ensure a long service life.

If the seams are not neatly finished, they can quickly become detached. Therefore always make sure that the seams are evenly and cleanly processed when you buy.

Some manufacturers offer seams in different colours. The seams are in a different colour from the rest of the box spring bed, so the bed looks much more modern.

Guarantees

The warranty of continental beds varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Basically the guarantee of 2 years is valid. Some manufacturers offer guarantees of up to 5 years.

Some manufacturers also offer up to 10 years warranty on special parts of the box spring bed. At FENNOBED, for example, this guarantee covers breaks in the frame and the suspension.

The legal right of withdrawal of 14 days also applies to box spring beds. There are also manufacturers who increase the right of withdrawal to up to 30 days, so that you can be sure that you are satisfied with your goods.

Trusted Shops also offer buyer protection. This costs 9.99 € per year. With the buyer protection you are insured up to a commodity value of 20.000€ with a delivery loss. Pay attention however to the period of notice, otherwise the contract extends by a further year.

Structure

Experience shows that the construction of box spring beds is not included in the delivery price. This usually only includes the transport costs and sometimes the delivery to the bedroom.

You have to book the assembly service for your box spring bed when signing the contract. The bed will then be delivered by experienced fitters who will then set up your bed at your desired location.

Of course you can also assemble your box spring bed yourself. Assembly instructions should be included with every delivery.

The assembly of a box spring bed is relatively simple. You can also assemble it by yourself, but with a second person it will be easier and faster.

The delivery of a simple box spring bed includes the base, feet, mattress, topper and headboard. There is not much to screw on. If the enclosed instructions are not sufficient, there are numerous instructions on the Internet that can help you.

Breathable

High quality box spring beds consist of air-permeable boxes and breathable fabrics that provide optimal ventilation.

The moisture that is released during sleep can be easily transported to the outside by the air circulation inside.

To ensure good air circulation, it is recommended to buy a box spring bed with a foot height of at least 6 cm. This is especially recommended for allergy sufferers.

Pocket spring mattresses are also particularly breathable, unlike normal cold foam mattresses.

Storage space

Box spring beds with storage space combine the advantages of an extremely comfortable sleeping system with those of a storage bed. With this type of bed, the box underneath the lying containers is used as storage space.

Particularly when furnishing small apartments or smaller bedrooms, the question often arises of how to make the best possible use of the space.

As far as the choice of beds is concerned, the so-called storage space beds are a good choice. With the storage space beds, the otherwise “wasted” space below the lying surface is used functionally.

Comfortable beds with a bed base are available in many different variations and designs, with solid wood beds as well as upholstered beds being available. For some years now there have also been beds with boxspring construction, which offer additional storage space as a functional added value.

Meanwhile there is a wide range of storage box spring beds in various designs. The models can be roughly subdivided into beds with a classic bed box with access by folding up the lying surface and beds in alternative construction with modified bed boxes.

  • Box spring bed with large bed box underneath the complete lying surface: can be opened at the foot end or opened to the side
  • Box spring bed with drawer or drawers integrated in the lower bed frame: Recessed at the sides of the bed (e.g. a continuous, large drawer or two half-width drawers) or recessed at the foot of the bed
  • Box spring bed with bed box in the foot section or additional storage space: bed bench for the foot end
  • Box spring beds with plenty of ground clearance: High bed legs and separate bed base on castors / underbed chest

Depending on your own preferences you can choose the storage possibilities of your box spring bed.

Colour selection

The choice of colours for the box spring bed is not limited to typical colours such as black or brown, but also has the odd trend colour to offer. Many suppliers have up to 70 colours to choose from.

Many manufacturers offer on the one hand fabrics and on the other hand also artificial leather in various colours. However, it always depends on the model you choose. Because not all models are available in all colours and materials.

Stil

Basically there are two different boxing ring bed styles. On the one hand the American version and on the other hand the Scandinavian one.

There are small differences between these two box spring beds, which essentially relate to the quality of the different beds.

The American box spring bed

One difference to the Scandinavian version of the box spring bed is that the box spring mattress, which lies on top of the box spring or even the base mattress, is higher than the Swedish bed.

The height of a box spring mattress can reach 30cm and beyond. This also results in a much higher overall height of the box spring bed.

However, the American box spring bed does not differ in terms of lying and sleeping comfort. These factors depend on the quality of the mattress. Therefore, when buying, attention should be paid to the box spring mattress, the base mattress and the topper.

There are basically two different styles of box spring bed. On the one hand the American version and on the other hand the Scandinavian one. There are small differences between these two box spring beds, which are mainly related to the quality of the different beds.

The Scandinavian box spring bed

The Scandinavian variant differs in that it has the so-called topper mattress, which is also available in different materials.

The advantage of a topper is that it has a cover that encloses the topper, similar to a sofa cushion, and is usually closed with a zipper. This makes the cover easy to remove and clean.

In principle, however, it can be said that there is no generally valid rule for the composition of a box spring bed. Neither with an American, nor with a Scandinavian box spring bed.

Our sleeping habits are fundamentally too different for this and so is the quality of the different mattresses.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about the box spring bed

Finally, we would like to answer a few important questions about box spring beds and their use.

You will find out whether you can have your box spring bed made to measure, what role your own stature plays in your sleep, what sleeping positions there are and much more.

Can I have a box spring bed made to measure and is it worth it for me?

Would you like an extraordinary bed that not everyone has in their bedroom? Then you should create your own box spring bed with the help of a configurator.

Since tastes vary greatly from person to person, many manufacturers now allow you to configure your box spring bed yourself.

There is usually a basic equipment. You can then choose and specify the size, height, cover, colour, hardness and topper that suits you best.
Some manufacturers also offer a choice of different headboards and feet.

You can also choose whether the box spring bed should have a bed base or a motor. Box spring beds with integrated lamps are also possible.

But be aware that custom-made products are expensive. The more special requests you have, the higher the price for your box spring bed.

If you don’t attach so much importance to uniqueness, you will find your ideal box spring bed even without a configurator.

If you buy your box spring bed on the internet, you have the possibility on every box spring bed website to find the right box spring beds for you through filters. There is definitely something for you!

What role does your own stature play on sleep?

Every person needs a suitable mattress so that the body can recover during sleep. The optimal mattress depends on size, weight and build.

The mattress should have a point elasticity so that it supports in the right places and gives way in those places. It is always important to have an ergonomically correct positioning of the spine. In the shoulder and pelvic area, the mattress must yield slightly, while the cavities, such as the waist, must be supported.

In the I-Type, the shoulders, hips and waist are almost equally wide. This means that the mattress must not give way too much at the shoulders and hips and the waist must not be too much supported.

The O-type has its focus in the middle of the body. That means he’s got almost no waist, but he does have a distinctive stomach. Here it is important that the waist area is not too much supported.

The X type is often found in women. Shoulders and hips have a similar width. The waist, however, is very narrow. Here the shoulder and hip area must give way and the waist must be well supported so that the middle of the body does not sag.

The A-type is also better known among women than among men. The hips are wider than the shoulders. The waist is very narrow. In this case, the mattress has to give way in the hip area. The waist should be well supported. The shoulder area should give way slightly.

The V-type describes the muscular man with broad shoulders and narrow hips. Here the yielding in the shoulder area is most important.

What effects does the sleeping position have and what are there?

Back sleepers need a high-quality mattress that is optimally adapted to the body. Since they hardly change their sleeping position at night, this is important to prevent back pain.

Especially the area of the lumbar spine should be taken into account for back sleepers, as it is very sensitive. Therefore only persons with a BMI below 25 should have a Bonell spring in their box spring bed. Persons with a BMI over 25 are recommended to have a pocket spring box to give their back enough stability.

Sleeping on the side is the most popular with more than 60%. The side position leads to relief of the spine and relaxation of the intervertebral discs.

For optimal sleep, it is advisable to have a mattress with zoning and point elasticity as a side sleeper. Up to 100 kg a bonell suspension in box spring is recommended. From 100 kg a pocket springing is more suitable.

The least proportion of the world’s population sleeps on its stomach. If you’re a belly sleeper, you should sleep on your knees. Box spring beds for belly sleepers should therefore give way in the knee area. But also the positioning of the spinal column should not be disregarded here.

Who invented the box spring bed?

The bed in general has existed almost as long as there have been people. However, the design has changed considerably over the centuries, just like the way it is used, and only in the course of time has it developed into its present form.

The invention of the box spring bed was so ingenious that it could not have been achieved by one person alone and probably the bed system is not an invention at all, but a series of discoveries. It was not the invention of a single genius.

Thousands of years have worked on its development until it received the appropriate form of the present, because it was simply in the nature of living beings to look for something soft as a base and to escape the dampness and cold when sleeping.

How does a person’s sleep duration vary?

Did you know that you spend about 2,700 hours a year in bed? We rarely think about this amazing fact.

The average adult sleeps just under 7.5 hours a day, a period of time that significantly emphasizes the importance of the bed.

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