There are many stories of college students sleeping with their mattress on the floor or individuals who have placed their mattress on a frame without the support of a box spring. At first, it may not seem as if the mattress needs the box spring, but over time it becomes quite obvious that comfort can be compromised without it and then there is the fact that a mattress without proper support can wear somewhat quicker than a mattress with proper support. However, the argument extends from the fact that mattresses can more or less function properly on any firm surface, which includes the college student's bedroom floor. Nevertheless, the life of the mattress is still compromised to an extent because all of the force is not exerted on the springs of the mattress alone. The box spring actually absorbs some of the force, which takes a lot of the stress away from the springs. Many manufacturers go ahead and include a box spring with their mattresses and they say that the box spring included with it is meant to go with it. That at least takes the stress out of having to find a box spring that will fit the mattress correctly. Needless to say, there are two things that the box spring inarguably does and those things are that it makes the bed taller and softens the bed's firmness. The fact that a box spring can extend the mattress's life comes in at third place. Otherwise, a platform bed is a good choice. Mattress Next Day is probably the largest mattress superstore on the internet. Selling a wide range of mattresses from leading manufacturers, we can offer quality mattresses at fantastic prices. Our next day delivery service is free or, if you prefer, you can select your own delivery date. We can even guarantee delivery before 9.30am on request. Take a look at our range of mattresses now at www.mattressnextday.co.uk, or call us on 0844 3911 222 for more information.