Getting a good night’s sleep couldn’t be more important. Evidence has shown that without enough quality sleep you could suffer from a host of issues from mental health problems to an increased risk of heart conditions. So, finding a way to get as much benefit from your bedtime is essential. If you’re buying a new bed, there’s one big question you need to answer. Bed slats or box springs?

What Are Bed Slats?

Bed slats are planks of wood which are used to improve the sturdiness of a mattress. These thin planks are very durable so that they can support the weight of both the mattress and sleeper securely. The boards are laid across the bed frame so that the mattress won’t shift or sag. Bed slats also help the sleeper’s weight distribution through the mattress so that the mattress feels firm rather than being soft enough to allow the sleeper to sink or sag into the mattress.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Bed Slats?

Slats are perfect for adding extra durability to your mattress withing needing to purchase something more substantial. Easy to find, buy and use, they’re an affordable choice while also being lightweight and durable. This makes them suitable for those who cannot lift the heavy weight of a box spring. Not only that but slats promote airflow into the mattress. This allows for a healthier sleeping environment.

However, slats may be problematic if they’re not secured properly or are the wrong size to lie flue with the bed frame. Heavy sleepers or those with very heavy or saggy mattresses may also find that slats don’t offer sufficient support.

What Is A Box Spring?

Box springs are a heavy platform on which a mattress can be placed. They are usually made up of a wooden frame that houses spring coils to add durability and bounce. A thin cushioned or sheeting layer then covers the box.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Box Springs?

Box springs provide extra durability and bounce to a bed and add some much-needed height for those who struggle to get into and out of bed. However, they are also heavier and more costly. For anyone who requires extra support for their back pain, box springs are a good choice. They can support even heavier sleepers and maintain good weight distribution, but they are also heavy and difficult to move. If you’re an especially sensitive sleeper you may also find that box springs are too firm for your liking. They can also be costly to purchase.

Which Is Right For Me?

Now that you know the differences between box springs and bed slats, you can make an informed decision about which is right for you. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, making the right choice is paramount, so take the time to do your research so that you can choose wisely.