How Long Do Box Springs Last?

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When most people find their mattress becoming worn, uncomfortable, or in need of replacing for any reason they often go mattress shopping and ignore their box spring.

However, if you have a box spring as your base this has a shelf life, just as a mattress does and should be replaced if it’s showing signs of wear. But how long do box springs last?

As you can probably guess, there is no short and accurate answer to this question. There are a lot of factors that contribute to either extending or shortening the life of your box spring.

Let’s take a look at what box springs are, how you can get the most out of yours, and how long you can expect it to last.

What Is a Box Spring?

For those who don’t know exactly what a box spring is, I can explain.

The box spring or divan as it’s also called is a bed base made with a wooden frame, and containing springs and/or slats to provide support for a mattress.

They were invented for a few reasons. Firstly, there came a time when we needed to raise our beds off the floor. And a simple construction like a box spring makes this easy

Secondly, they take a lot of the wear and tear away from the mattress. Especially on the underside, and provides a safe distance between the mattress and the floor. Extending the list of your mattress no less.

Thirdly, box springs are often designed to be paired with certain mattresses and will offer a little extra comfort and support. Giving you a better night’s sleep, so this is an important factor to take note of.

Some box springs are as simple as just a weak wooden frame with slats and are very inexpensive. While others have a much stronger construction, some plush fabric, and metal in the construction to ensure they will not collapse.

Signs Your Box Spring Needs Replacing

We all want to get the best value for our money, but if your box spring is showing signs of wear and tear it’s probably compromising the quality of your sleep and you’ll benefit from replacing it.

Here are some signs to look out for:

The fabric is torn/worn – While not necessarily causing the box spring to be any less comfortable if it’s looking really tatty you should consider replacing it.

Broken slats – The slats are those short wooden pieces going across the width of the box spring and providing the base for your mattress to lay on. If you have any broken slats you can replace them, but it’s usually a sign that they are weak from age and use.

Loose or broken springs – If the springs are starting to wear and break it’s fair to say the box spring is past its best days. In my experience it’s not worth trying to fix them, you’ll need to go box spring shopping.

It has become noisy – No one wants a noisy bed. The springs and also wear and tear on the wood frame can cause a divan to start squeaking or creaking. A sure way to interrupt your sleep and start to annoy you if you leave it like this.

So, How Long Do Box Springs Last?

Like I said in the opening comments, this is almost impossible to answer. The good news is you can extend the life of your divan and most will last many, many years. Some even 10-15 years without a problem.

Box springs, or divans as they are more commonly called in Europe, are probably the most inexpensive and longest lasting bed bases. They offer excellent value for money, do a great job and adding support and comfort, and should last many years.