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Can foundation piece be damaged by putting cushion between it and mattress? 12 Nov 2017 13:21 #1

A DIY solution to compensate for a sagging lumbar-area of a mattress involved putting a firm cushion (1.5") between the mattress and foundation (wood frame with heavy-duty metal wiring). This "domed" the mattress when not in use, and in the end didn't fix the back pain that resulted.

Now looking at a new mattress and wondering if I should keep the box spring, or get rid of it? I've read that new mattresses should be paired with a boxspring, but don't know if... 1) that's just marketing to make you pay extra; or 2) whether the DIY hack somehow damaged or at least weakened the boxspring by introducing a concentrated pressure it wasn't designed for.

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Can foundation piece be damaged by putting cushion between it and mattress? 12 Nov 2017 14:05 #2

Hi Hu,

There’s much more information about an appropriate foundation in the foundation thread here .

You seem to be describing some sort of a semi-flex or min-flex wire grid network foundation. You’d want to inspect your current foundation to make sure that it is not sagging, as these wire grids can bend inward over time, and also to make sure that your foundation is not sagging when weight is placed upon it, either from a wire grid network that is allowing for such sagging, or from an improper frame without center reinforcement underneath the foundation.

Ultimately, you’d want to defer to the advice of any mattress manufacturer you’re considering, as they will advise you as to the appropriate type of foundation that their mattresses need to be placed upon for both optimal performance and warranty maintenance. Some stores recommending a new foundation can do so as a manner to get you to spend a little extra money, but in other cases it may be a necessity because of the type of mattress you’re purchasing, or the inappropriateness of your current foundation.

Phoenix
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