Why you need to Purchase a Mattress and Box Spring Together
It is strongly recommended that when you purchase a new mattress, that you also purchase the matching box spring, or “foundation”. Old box springs will not provide optimal support with your mattress and might not comply with today’s Federal Flammability Standard.
The mattress foundation is the “base” of the sleep set and works in unison with the mattress to provide proper support and durability. It is designed to complement the performance of the mattress and its absence reduces the overall durability and longevity of your mattress.
The federal mattress flammability standard went into effect on July 1, 2007. Fire tests show that, in many cases, a compliant mattress used with a pre-standard box spring will fail the standard’s testing requirements. Mixing a new mattress with an old foundation may pose a safety risk to consumers.