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Hello. Could an incorrect or bad box spring cause a new mattress to feel uncomfortable and get a little sore?

asked Jun 11 '20
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Hi there -- Thanks for your question. Yes, this could absolutely happen -- and often does.

Your mattress needs to be supported by a solid, stable foundation -- whether in the form of a box spring, platform, slatted base, or otherwise. So if what you have under the mattress is damaged, worn out, or otherwise inadequate, you will certainly feel this when lying on your mattress, leading to likely discomfort and back pain.

The solid support under the mattress needs to extend all the way to the ground -- including under the center of the mattress on a queen or larger. So the bed frame underneath your box spring is a potential point of failure as well.

Worse yet, even if it's your under-mattress support is to blame at first, the mattress itself can become damaged by using it with inadequate support. So if you determine that your under-mattress support needs to be bolstered, it's best to use your mattress on the floor in the interim.

I hope that's helpful.

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answered Jun 11 '20
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Thanks. I have no idea or if is just me or if it has something to do with this bed. Maybe the box spring is messed up since my original mattress was garbage. Only i know how bad it was. Maybe i need time to get used to it or maybe it is messed up somehow. I cannot get a neutral source to diagnose it. But thank you

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answered Jun 12 '20
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And one more question. Is there any way to inspect this myself? Without any tools?

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Hi there -- To assess the structural integrity of the foundation, I would start by just pulling the mattress off and looking at it to see if it looks completely solid and flat across the top. Once you've ascertained that there is no visible damage or wear, I would then start pushing down on different parts of it to test its strength. In general it really shouldn't budge, and even if you were to have all your weight in one place it shouldn't give more than an inch or so. You could also test this by lying on it without the mattress to make sure it supports your weight without bowing (warning: this won't be very comfortable, so be prepared to be poked or scratched a bit). Lastly, while you're lying on the foundation (with or without the mattress on top), have someone else look underneath the bed to make sure that the underside of the bed isn't bowing at all when there is weight in the center of the mattress.

That probably won't end up being a 100% complete assessment, but I think it should reveal most potential problems.

I hope that's helpful.

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Thank you. This is most help i've had. I am more likely to feel the effects of a sagging mattress due to my condition. So who knows. I pressed on it and stuff, seemed ok but i dont know. Are some not made to absorb so much weight maybe? Dont think so or if you can find out. But thank you again.

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One more question. I think it's hard for me to sit up from a laying position. Laying on bed to test and feel again. If it's saggy it would be difficult to sit up wouldn't it? Harder for me to move but still. Why it's hard for me to diagnose. Long story, not that old. Thank you

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Hi there -- I'm afraid I'm not really able to determine anything conclusive based on that information. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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That is ok. One quick question. A new mattress should feel firmer and not more saggy should it though?

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Can it feel saggy as it conforms to your body? Does that make sense. Or should it not really?

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Hello again. One final question, no more stupid ones. Found out my boxspring was for a gel foam mattress. I amusing it with my new mattress sealy posturpedic memory foam. Are gel foam and memory foam different? Can i use that boxspring? Do you have no idea? Either way. Done so much research, trying to diagnose it myself is very hard. I knew nothing about this until reading lately.

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