What Is a Low-Profile Box Spring?
A low profile box spring is shorter than a standard box spring by about 4 inches, making the bed appear lower overall.
A low-profile box spring has a height of about 5 inches, while a standard box spring is usually around 9 inches high. Both provide the same support for the mattress, but a low-profile box spring lowers the overall height of the mattress.
Low-profile box springs have a similar construction to a standard box spring. Both are made of wood frames that hold inner coiled springs. This provides additional support for the mattress, and is used to extend the life of the mattress by absorbing shock through the springs and separating the mattress from the bed frame. Unless the bed frame is a platform or wooden slate frame, the mattress may sag over time without the box spring support. The tighter the coils are in the box spring, the firmer the surface. The low-profile box spring consists of a wooden frame that is shorter than the wooden frame of a standard box spring. Choosing a low-profile box spring shouldn't affect the support and stability of the mattress.
Why Choose a Low Profile?
Because the construction of a low-profile box spring is basically the same as a standard box spring, you may choose a low-profile option for aesthetic reasons. Many mattresses are thicker than they once were, especially pillow-top mattresses. By cutting a few inches from the box spring, you reduce the height of the sleeping surface. The lower mattress height provides benefits to the design of the bed can make the room appear less crowded.
Since the bed doesn't appear as high as if it had a standard box spring, more of the headboard remains visible because the top of the mattress hits it at a lower point. This is advantageous if you have a decorative headboard, and you want it to be a focal point in the bedroom. Nightstands look more proportional in height when the mattress and box springs are lower. Additionally, a lower bed is easier to get into at night, an especially attractive benefit for the elderly or infirm. The lower mattress height also makes it easier to put on the linens and display decorative pillows on the bed.
Drawbacks of a Low-Profile Box Spring
A low-profile box spring isn't ideal for every bedroom. Consider the drawbacks before opting for it. Traditional bed skirts are often too long for a low-profile box spring. The fabric is likely to pool on the floor unless you purchase a custom bed skirt or hem a standard bed skirt. Putting sheets on the mattress may be a challenge, especially if the top rail of the bed frame is higher than the box spring. If the mattress fits snugly against the side rails, it can be difficult to tuck the sheet under the mattress. Also, leaning down lower to make the bed may put strain on your back, especially if you already suffer from back pain.
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.