Box Spring Bed vs Mattress vs Water Bed Part I
Everyone agrees that good sleep improves the quality of life in the long term. There is less harmony in the question of how to get a good night’s sleep. Water bed, mattress with slatted frame or box spring bed – deciding on the optimal sleeping system is not that easy. We have rounded up a few factors to make your choice easier.
The advantages and disadvantages of each system
Mattresses and slatted frames
A mattress with a slatted frame can be the optimal sleeping system – or it can provide excruciating sleepless nights and recurring back problems. Because only if the mattress and spring frame form a perfect team and are tailored to the individual requirements of the sleeper, this sleep system enables perfect ergonomic positioning of the spine and thus restful sleep.
At first, this sounds rather daunting, but with no other sleep system is it possible to respond so flexibly to individual needs. Both the mattress and the slatted frame are available in an almost infinite variety of models. This is a blessing and a curse at the same time. Because the large selection offers a perfectly suitable sleeping pad for everyone. The crux of the matter is finding them.
Choosing the optimal combination is the job of a trained mattress expert who cares about the customer’s well-being and not his own commission. In many large furniture stores and mattress discounters, cutbacks are often made in the training of mattress consultants for cost reasons, so that there is a lack of advisory skills. One thing is clear, however: a layperson has extremely difficult time making the right choice without advice.
If you want to be properly advised, it is best to look for many years of consulting experience, training certificates and – in online shops – customer ratings when choosing a dealer. This often gives a lot of information about whether the dealer is competent.
Who are slatted frames and mattresses suitable for?
As already mentioned, an individually tailored sleeping system can be put together from the mattress and slatted frame. This sleeping system is therefore suitable for every person. Whether you are allergic, sweaty or active sleeper, young or old, with or without back problems, light or heavy – there are hardly any limits to the adaptability of this system.
If you like to read in bed with your head raised, want to relieve the legs in an elevated position in the evening or need a head or foot section that can be raised for health reasons, an (electrically) adjustable slatted frame is well advised. This can be combined very well with foam mattresses of any kind and with high-quality pocket spring mattresses.
The advantages and disadvantages of this sleeping system made up of mattresses and slatted frames depend not only on the advice but also on the material selected and the quality of the products. It is therefore difficult to lump all possible combinations together. However, some general pluses and negatives for high-quality mattress and slatted frame combinations can be found in the following list.
Advantages and disadvantages of slatted frames and mattresses:
- Suitable for everyone – individually adaptable
- Consideration of anatomical and disease-related conditions
- Balanced, dry sleeping environment
- Very good moisture transport and high breathability
- Very hygienic – washable mattress covers, also antibacterial and mite-repellent models for allergy sufferers
- Very flexible – the sitting and lying position can be adjusted using the slatted frame
- One-time purchase price – good quality products available for every budget
- Long shelf life with proper care
- Can be combined with an existing bed frame – no influence on the interior design
- Extensive advice and analysis of needs are necessary
- Regular care is necessary for many mattresses (turn and turn if necessary)
- Body fluids can penetrate the mattress
- Less geared towards comfort, more towards the highest level of ergonomics
Box spring beds
Box spring beds have become very popular due to their high lying surface. Because thanks to the structure with box, mattress and topper (Scandinavian system), they sometimes reach heights of 60 cm and more. Older people and people with restricted mobility in particular find getting in and out of bed very comfortable due to the height.
Because of their compact design, box spring systems often offer a limited selection of different designs and quickly appear bulky. However, retailers have already reacted to this and developed box spring insertion systems that can be inserted into conventional bed frames – similar to slatted frames and mattresses.
In terms of sleeping comfort and ergonomics, the box spring bed is a balanced place to sleep. While the slatted frame and mattress focus on adaptability and the greatest possible relief of the spine in order to do justice to health aspects, the box spring bed strikes a middle path and offers not only ergonomic adaptability but also increased comfort. This is mainly due to the composition of the components.
Classic box spring beds are characterized by a resilient lying feeling that comes from the use of spring cores in the box and mattress. Depending on the quality, it is an inexpensive Bonell spring core, which offers a more flat body adaptation, or – as the highest quality version – a barrel pocket spring core with sewn-in, bulbous individual springs for precise adjustment.
The classic Scandinavian box spring bed is rounded off by a topper, the core of which consists of a wide variety of materials – from simple PU foam to high-quality cold, visco and gel foams to latex and innovative mesh fabrics.
While the box and mattress support an ergonomic sleeping position, the topper is responsible for fine-tuning the feeling of lying down – in other words, for the feel-good factor.