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My wife and I managed to get a nice 'pit' in our mattress, after only 3 years of ownership. We've had it on a boxspring, directly on the carpeted floor. It's sagged enough that we can feel springs popping and crunching as we move around now. We're talking about replacing it with a firmer mattress, but I'm wondering if we should be using a bedframe with the boxspring?

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A bed frame is at best going to support the box-spring around the edges (perhaps even somewhere in the middle if there is an extra cross member).

If the box spring is on the floor (or a platform bed), then it's supported everywhere. Which in my opinion is better for the mattress. Of course, your wife may dislike the look of it on the floor.

I'd chock it up to either having a very fun 3 years, or poor quality mattress.

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$1000 mattress. It was our engagement gift to ourselves. You decide which that qualifies as :) –  insta Jul 23 '12 at 20:06
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Have a kid, and your next mattress should last for decades :-) –  CodeSlave Jul 23 '12 at 20:15
    
Price is sadly no indicator of quality. Likewise, the box spring itself may be of poor quality, and may have killed the mattress. You should look into getting a refund--your mattress may have a warranty. –  Alex Feinman Jul 23 '12 at 20:37
    
@insta if your $1000 mattress developed a significant divot in just 3 years with appropriate use of the box-spring I'd be filing a warranty claim –  Matthew Jul 23 '12 at 23:23

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