Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bedding that is too tall

What can I do if I have bedding that is too tall?

I frequently hear customers complain about the height of today’s new bedding. Mattresses today are taller than ever. The average height of the mattresses on our sales floor is 13 inches. Lots of people have beds that were not designed for today’s taller bedding and consequently find that the new bedding covers their headboards. Other people say that their small dogs can no longer jump in the bed easily.  There are several bed frame options that are lower than standard height bed frames, but there are some other things that you can do to  lower your bed. 
When you shop for your new mattress set, make sure you ask for the “Low Profile Box Spring” instead of the standard height box spring.  Most major manufacturers offer this option at no additional charge.  Low profile box springs are usually 4 or 5 inches lower than the regular height box spring and they offer the same support and warranty as the standard height box spring.   
If you REALLY need to lower your bed, you can check with your local bedding store.  Many stores offer “bunkie boards” that are designed for use with bunk beds.  Usually “bunkie boards” are only 2 – 3 inches tall and should offer enough support for your twin or full size bedding.  Use the bunkie board in place of the box spring.  

Lowering your bed with specialty bed frames

There are several types of metal bed frames that will lower your bed. If you have a headboard and footboard, you’ll need to choose bed rails, instead of a bed frame. If you don’t have a headboard and footboard or if you have a headboard only, you can choose a low bed frame.

If you don’t have a headboard or if you have a headboard ONLY (with no footboard):

  • Choose a Low Profile Bed Frame.
  • These bed frames are approximately 3″ – 4″ lower than normal bed frames
    (normal bed frames are usually 7″ – 8″ tall.)
  • The included bolt-on headboard brackets are designed to adjust so that your bolt-on headboard can be attached. However, it may be necessary to
    drill new holes into your headboard for attachment.

If you have BOTH a headboard and footboard: