How Much Should You Spend on a Box Spring or Mattress Foundation?

Last Updated on January 24, 2023

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

A solid and reliable base to set your mattress on is an essential piece of the equation for a comfortable bed. This support can come in the form of a box spring or mattress foundation, which are designed to absorb impact while prolonging the life of your investment. Depending on what brand and model you go with, you may also need to purchase a metal frame to go along with it.

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4 Factors That Determine the Cost of Your Box Spring or Foundation

So, you know that your mattress will need some support. But how much will you need to spend?

In all honesty, it depends. Like the cost of a mattress, the price of a box spring or foundation can vary based on a number of factors, including size, material and brand.

  • Size. The size of the box spring is often the most important factor in determining price, as larger box springs will typically cost more than smaller ones.
  • Material. The material of the box spring can also affect its cost, with higher-quality materials costing more than those made from lower-quality materials. For example, models constructed from wood or metal are typically more expensive than those made from synthetic materials.
  • Branding. Finally, the brand of the box spring can also affect its price, with name-brand foundations typically costing more than generic ones.
  • Features. Some foundations come with unique features, like legs that can be customized to the height you need. These features may add to the cost of the product.

Comparison Chart: Average Cost for a Box Spring and Foundation

A box spring is required if you have a traditional innerspring bed. To help you estimate your costs, here is a comparison chart with the most popular box spring sizes.

Box Spring Size Low End Price High End Price Average Price
Twin $50 $500 $100
Full $60 $600 $150
Queen $70 $800 $200
King $90 $800 $300
Split King $100 $900 $400
California King $110 $1,000 $500

As you can see, the cost of a box spring varies depending on the size and construction. However, on average, a box spring alone costs around $250.

A mattress foundation, which may or not include a metal frame, can run you a bit more.

Mattress Type Low End Price High End Price Average Price
Twin $60 $550 $200
Full $70 $650 $250
Queen $80 $800 $350
King $90 $900 $400
Split $100 $950 $550
California King $110 $1,000 $650

On average, a mattress foundation will cost around $400.

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