We all need a good night’s sleep in order to function effectively every day. We all want a restful place to lay our heads at night, but getting the perfect sleeping condition can be difficult. You need to decide what kind of mattress you want, select the softness or firmness of your pillows, and you even have to pick the type of bed. So does the type of bed really matter?
Yes, as a matter of fact, it does. Before you even decide to purchase a mattress, you need to know first what size and type of bed foundation you prefer. In the market, the two most common bed types to choose from are Platform Beds and Box Spring Beds.
You may think they are practically the same, but the truth is they are totally different in many aspects. So which is better? Allow me to breakdown a few pros and cons of the two beds --- Platform Beds vs. Box Spring Beds.
But first, let’s take a little step back so we can understand the humble beginnings of beds and the difference between the two.
Beds, in general, are perhaps the most primitive, overworked piece of furniture in a home. Its existence started way back when ancient people used animal skins, straws, and leaves to lay on the ground for relaxation and sleep. It is also safe to assume that those materials are their only basis in choosing a good, comfortable bed. Over time they realized that it was important to elevate beds off of the ground to protect them from dirt and pests, and as a result, bed frames and platforms were invented.
Which one is more superior?
PLATFORM BED –This bed has a low bed frame often made from different materials (solid woods, metal, etc.) with rows of slats or latticed (normally 3-4 inches apart) running from one side to the other. This supports the mattress and the entire bed. Platform bed often comes with a head and footboard. Some of the modern ones even have drawers built into their bases which serve as additional storage.
BOX SPRING BED – Also known as the traditional bed, a box spring bed usually has a wooden frame covered with a skid-resistance fabric, and it contains spring coils or metal rods that are designed to absorb weight on the mattress. A divan is similar to this type of bed.
So without further ado, let’s go ahead and list the pros and cons of each bed and decide if one of them is indeed superior to the other.
PLATFORM BEDS – Pros and Cons
-Sleek and stylish
-Any type of mattress will do
-Low in height, which some people may find it difficult to get in and out of bed
-Not easy to move around since it is a single piece of furniture
-You may have to pay for a high-quality mattress that is specifically designed for platform beds
Platform beds are perfect for memory foam mattresses because the slats provide good air circulation. They also prevent the mattress from getting moldy from too much moisture due to continuous usage. Although most memory foam mattresses come with a good price tag, you can use any other kinds of mattresses depending on your comfort preference.
Most platform beds are aesthetically appealing. They have a modern sleek design that can definitely add a touch of character to your house decor. There are also a thousand different styles to choose from. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.
Platform beds have a low lying design so they tend to sit closer to the ground. This provides stability and comfort in your sleep, but this may also cause problems for people who have knee and lower back complications.
The additional storage in a platform bed may not seem like much, but it can make a big impact in a crowded home or apartment.
BOX SPRING BEDS - Pros and Cons
-More support for your body weight and for your mattress
-Height makes it easier to get in and out of the bed
-Easy to move around
-Absorbs shock better for your mattress
-Limited to no room for storage
-Over time, it loses its support which makes your mattress sag
-Cost extra money
The box spring bed is considered the OG (Original Gangster) of beds! It has been used in every home for a long period of time, until not so recently, when modern mattresses were introduced to the market. But still, a few people considered a box spring bed a staple in their homes, especially those who liked the traditional look and functionalities of it.
A box spring bed elevates your mattress which gives you just the right height to get in and out of bed. It can also act as an additional shock absorber under your mattress, which in the long run, makes it last longer because of its better weight distribution compared to the regular platform. We do love jumping up and down on those box spring beds during our childhood days, don’t we?
As mentioned earlier, box spring beds have limited to no room for storage. If you want to have additional storage space for a clutter-free place, then a platform bed is your best option.
The fact is that there are several factors you need to consider when choosing between the two types of beds. Platform beds are more modern looking and aesthetically appealing. They have more added functionalities and have a wide range of styles to choose from depending on your budget.
Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about added costs with a platform bed because you can basically use any kind of mattress.
On the other hand, box spring beds are more traditional. The functionalities are simple and quite straight forward. That is to sleep with comfort.
Platform beds and box spring beds are both great options. Ultimately the main difference is their durability and value for money. In purchasing a bed we always choose the one that will last longer. Aside from durability, we also want our mattress to be well protected and comfortable to avoid frequent spending for new ones.