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Best Box Spring for Purple mattress?

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Should you put your Purple Mattress on a box spring?

Purple mattresses are HEAVY. A queen size original, for example, is 100 lbs plus any additional weight (such as a partner, kids or pet). You need something with enough support so your mattress doesn’t develop sags.

Here’s what Purple mattress says you should put your mattress on:

The Purple Mattress will work great on any flat, sturdy foundation. Whether you put it on the Purple PowerBase or Platform, slats, box foundation, adjustable bed, or even the floor, your Purple Bed will sit pretty in any room. 

Why would you even want a box spring or what we use today, a foundation? It adds height and looks nice on your bed. Not having anything means a shorter bed. Also, our frame only has a cross section of wood – it’s not nearly strong enough to support the weight it needs to. We could add wood slats across the bed and then it would work, but we wanted the extra height and none of the extra work (our bed frame is not set up for slats).

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Best box spring For Purple Mattress

Notice that the quote above DOES NOT SAY box springs. There’s no best box spring for a Purple mattress – in fact, you shouldn’t use one.

Why shouldn’t you use a box spring? Springs can break down over time and cause the mattress to sag. There are box spring alternatives – sometimes still called box springs, it’s technically a box foundation because there are no springs inside. If you get a platform bed the slats need to be 3″ apart or less.

Like this:

A platform bed from Wayfair with built in slats and a headboard

Read more about why you shouldn’t use box springs with your Purple mattress.

Using a box spring voids your warranty

Mattress warranties are mainly to cover mattress defects from manufacturing or shipping. Or if your mattress breaks down. You have to prove significant indents for almost any warranty. Companies don’t want to take back a used mattress. So we HIGHLY recommend that you use a mattress protector.

Here’s a quote from the warranty:

Mattresses are covered by warranty only if they are used on a firm, flat, non-spring foundation (whether non-moving type or adjustable type) sufficiently strong to remain flat and firm under the weight of the mattress and its users, from the date of delivery onward to the date of the warranty claim without interruption; otherwise the warranty is void. Other placement (whether long or short term) of the mattress, including but not limited to foundations of other description, a storage facility in any orientation, or use of a non-sufficient frame beneath the foundation, voids this warranty.

A sufficient frame on which the foundation rests must provide sturdy support for both the mattress and foundation and in the case of a queen or larger must have 5 or more legs including a center support. Purple may require purchaser to provide proof of the sufficiency of the foundation and frame and of the constancy since purchase of the support of the mattress and foundation thereon before this warranty will apply. This warranty shall not apply if Purple determines in its reasonable discretion that the mattress or foundation has been damaged, abused, or neglected; it shall be reasonable without limitation to make such determination if the following are present: Tears, stains, odors, unsanitary conditions, folds, footprints, burns, cuts, or signs of jumping on the bed, rodents, insect damage or other infestation, damage from liquids or gels or blood or bodily fluids or other fluids, or damage from weather or sun exposure. Purple highly recommends the use of a very stretchy, breathable mattress protector because without such protection your mattress may not be clean enough or undamaged enough to have this warranty apply. Please note that a non-stretchy or non-breathable mattress protector (or non-stretchy tight sheets) will negate much of the benefit of the mattress. For the health and safety of anyone who would be required to dispose of, or otherwise handle, the sleep set, Purple and its retailers or agents may refuse to inspect such products to assess whether covered by the warranty, in which case, Purple reserves the right to deny warranty coverage. Photos may be requested to be sent via internet to Purple. Localized firmness changes are normal and are not covered under warranty. Comfort preferences are not covered under warranty. The mattress must be always covered in use or the warranty is void (UV light degrades cushioning materials).

Can you put a purple mattress on a box spring?

Yes, you can, but it’s not recommended and as we mentioned above, it voids the warranty. We have our Purple mattress on a box spring for years. But we didn’t have a warranty anyway (as our mattress was provided by the company).

Purple Mattress- new foundation replaces the need for a box spring

So what are your choices if you can’t use a box spring and you want to buy something from Purple so you know it will adequately support your bed (especially on the much heavier hybrids)? Until now you had just two choices from Purple: a basic metal frame, or the Purple Powerbase adjustable base. That recently changed when Purple came out with the Purple foundation. Purple still doesn’t have a platform bed with a headboard – if that’s what you’re looking for we really like Wayfair.

7 Facts about the Purple foundation
  • The top layer is purple just like the top layer of your mattress
  • Holds up to 2,000 pounds
  • Won’t squeak
  • Stylish and neutral grey color looks good with almost any bedroom decor
  • Attachments for headboard and the foundation is 17″ from the ground.
  • Slipcover is removable so if it gets dirty, you can take it off and throw it in the wash
  • Easy set up

The Purple foundation isn’t white labeled from another manufacturer like most bed in a box foundations are. It’s made specifically for Purple mattress and to support the additional weight of even the heaviest hybrid (the Hybrid Premier 4 which weighs 204 lbs for a king size).

If you want to get it now and pay as you go, you can finance it through Purple for a low monthly payment.

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Box Spring & Mattress for Very Low Bed

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Are you looking for a box spring and mattress that is lower to the ground? Today’s beds are made so they don’t require a box spring (they’re difficult to ship if made of metal springs). Really, you just need a flat surface to set your mattress on.

Mattresses and box springs can add a lot of height to a bed. But what if you want a shorter bed? We have options for you!

Some mattress brands sell foundations and frames with their bed in a box options that you may look at but we recommend  Wayfair. Why? They just have so much more selection. Plus you’ve got to love FREE Shipping on thousands of items at Wayfair. In addition, Wayfair makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Sort by height, type of material, size, price and ratings so you don’t waste your time searching for the perfect fit. If you want to buy now and pay later, Wayfair has financing options too.

Search for Thin Mattress, Box Springs and More

Low profile mattresses – under 6 inches deep.

Low profile box springs – typically 2-5 inches off the ground and have metal springs inside.

Low profile foundations – these are box spring replacements that you place your mattress on and they’re firmer than box springs. Some foundations can be folded.

Low profile platform beds – a simple bed frame that doesn’t require box springs – they often have slats and may include a  headboard and/or footboard.

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Why Buy Low Profile Box Spring and Mattress?

A low profile box spring (or low profile foundation) reduces the height of your box spring (or foundation) and mattress. Standard box springs are 9 inches high. Then add a bed frame that can add another 7 inches. Mattresses themselves can be 15 inches deep or more. That totals over 30 inches off the ground – 2.5 feet.

Additionally, you can choose to skip the box springs altogether and just get a foundation. Then just put your thin box mattress on the foundation, no box springs required.

5 reasons you might choose a lower profile bed:

  1. Difficulty getting out of bed (like you’re disabled, shorter or a child). A thin box spring can make your bed lower and easier to get into.
  2. Bunk beds need enough room between your bed and the ceiling so you don’t hit your head!
  3. You’re a minimalist. A lower profile mattress and foundation that are close to the ground can give a simple, uncluttered aesthetic to a bedroom that’s clean and modern. In Japan, the futon is an example of a low profile bed that lies flat and doesn’t clutter the room.
  4. You move a lot or don’t have a lot of space. Lower profile beds may not be as heavy and some can even fold so you can store them when you don’t need them (like for a guest room).
  5. Budget is a concern. A lower profile box springs or foundation costs less.

Examples of Low Profile Beds

Here are lower profile box springs, beds and mattresses:







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Which Mattresses Sleep Coolest? Top 4 Consumer Reports Picks

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Consumer Reports recently answered a question that we’ve had for years – what’s the best mattress to sleep cool?

So far we’ve seen a lot of promises but not a lot of performance when it comes to cooling products. Except the Bed Jet which blows cooler air into your bed, we don’t find many cooling products that work.

Even special fabrics or cooling gels haven’t given us great results (but a higher price tag). That goes for pillows, sheets, mattress protectors and mattresses. So rather than a cooling mattress or cooling mattress cover you should focus on finding one that doesn’t sleep hot! In other words, on that’s temperature neutral.

Foam, especially memory foam, softens when it gets warm. Then you sink in, it traps your body heat and the temperature rises. Generally speaking, the softer or more plush or the more memory foam you have, the hotter you’ll sleep. Even people who normally sleep cold will find themselves getting sweaty. Note: this post contains affiliate links and we may earn a commission when you shop.

Best Mattress to Sleep Cool?

We know this isn’t a comprehensive test but Consumer Reports came out with a list of the mattresses that trapped the least body heat. One of them is an Unbox Mattress top pick – Purple!

  1. Sleep Number c2 Adjustable Air Mattress
  2. Purple Mattress (the original was tested – the new Purple mattresses should be just as cool or more as they have springs and the breathable polymer layer – read our Purple bed review.) The fact that Purple isn’t a solid surface on top and that there’s no memory foam at all in it makes it sleep cooler than any mattress we’ve tested.
  3. Duxiana Dux 1001 Innerspring Mattress
  4. My Green Mattress Natural Escape

As Purple states on their website: Most mattresses don’t breathe. Memory foam, latex, even foam with “cooling” gel beads are hot because there is no place for air to flow.

Other materials are either completely solid or have very small airways that allow for little ventilation. Air doesn’t sleep hot (but may be uncomfortable in other ways).

How The Beds Were Tested 

Consumer Reports put a copper plate on a mattress in a temperature-controlled room. “The plate is insulated on all sides except the one that comes in contact with the mattress. Then we run an electrical current through the plate”. Then they measured how much energy the copper plate uses to maintain a temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (close to people’s average body temperature).

“If a mattress dissipates heat well, more energy is needed to maintain that temperature, but if the mattress retains heat, less energy is used,” – Consumer Reports 

The 10 hour test looked at how much energy was used.

Beds that Sleep Warmest

Consumer Reports also looked at the worst performers – the mattresses that slept the warmest. Stay away from them if you want to sleep cool! It’s interesting that Sleep Number beds made both lists! That just goes to show that materials used makes a big difference! Also note that no boxed brands made the list (even though boxed brands are usually all foam).

  1. Sleep Number 360 i8 Smart Bed Adjustable Air Mattress
  2. Sleep on Latex Pure Green Firm Foam Mattress
  3. Sleep Innovations’ Marley Foam Mattress
  4. Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop Innerspring Mattress

What materials should you avoid if you want to sleep cool? Soft memory foam. Gel helps cool it down at first, special fabrics can help. But over time your body heat will kick in and the mattress will sleep warm. Some mattresses are worse than others but overall, if you sink in, you create heat that has nowhere to go.

“You’re more likely to sleep warm on a foam mattress, compared with a hybrid innerspring, which we define as several inches of foam layers over metal springs. Despite having a layer of cooling gel foam, a larger percentage of foam models still retain warmth.”

Is your mattress too hot? It might be time to switch. Let us know if you’ve ever found a cooling mattress that works!