box spring


: a bedspring that consists of spiral springs attached to a foundation and enclosed in a cloth-covered frame

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And similar to the other deals highlighted in this post, this king-sized mattress will easily fit your current setup, whether that’s a box spring, slatted frame, or adjustable frame. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 28 Sep. 2020 For its Eight Sleep Pod Pro Smart Mattress, the company has a solid bed base called the Prince Bedframe, which features a five-foot upholstered channeled headboard in white eco leather and a solid pine platform, all without requiring the use of a box spring for its set-up / installation. João Matos, Discover Magazine, 2 Aug. 2022 On that bright, late spring morning, some 80 people brought a willingness to learn and a desire to help children who would otherwise be sleeping uncomfortably on the floor, on a box spring, in a chair or even, in the case of one 14-year-old, sleeping on a treadmill in a utility room. Michelle Matthews |, al, 8 June 2021 For those who love the biggest option, look for a bed frame with a single box spring. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 8 Mar. 2023 This low profile bed frame is designed to fit most standard mattresses, and can be used with or without a box spring. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper. Leada Gore |, al, 18 Jan. 2023 Like many of the options on our list, this bed frame doesn’t require a box spring. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 The house was elegant, but there was a walker in the bedroom, where a full-size mattress sat on a queen-size box spring, with no headboard—not exactly sale-ready. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of box spring was in 1851

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“Box spring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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