Low Profile Box
Box springs are available with different heights.
There are box springs that are as short as 4 inches and there are those that are as tall as 14
The shorter ones are known as the low profile box springs.
People use them for several reasons:
Regarding the low height preference, sometimes this could be
necessary for practical reasons. A person may have a nightstand by the side of the bed and a high profile box
spring might take the level of the bed uncomfortably higher than the nightstand. The solution in such cases is to
use a low profile box spring.
A box spring is a wooden box with springs or some other
form of torsion attached within them that is placed below mattresses. This box typically goes over the frame of the
bed and carries the mattress above it. Though it is the mattress that provides for the softness of the bed, it is
the box spring that is responsible for the ‘give’ that a bed has. The degree of comfort of a bed depends on the
cumulative effect of the bed and the box spring.
Purchasing Low Profile Box Springs
When people plan on buying a low profile box spring,
the biggest question that they have is whether the short height would mean a compromise on the comfort that
they get from the bed. Being shorter in size does mean that the torsion available in the bed will be somewhat
lesser, due to which the beds do tend to be a little firmer than if they had a high profile box spring.
However, this firmness
differential is not too significant. In fact, some reputable sources say that there is no perceivable difference
between the sleeping comfort provided by the low profile and a
high profile box spring, which implies that both of them can be quite easily used.
As such, the main difference between these two kinds of box
springs becomes aesthetics. People prefer them according to their personal views of beauty. Most people feel that
high profile box springs look more elegant and classy, while there are several others who hold the view that low
profile box springs are more practical and convenient to use.
The normal height of box springs used is about 9 inches, which is
neither high nor low. In fact, most beds do not need box springs at all; the mattresses are directly placed over
the bed frame and they provide ample support. So if you are planning to get a box spring, the first thing that you
need to decide is whether you will actually need such a piece of equipment for your bed or not.