How To Lower A Tall Mattress & Boxspring

Mattress shoppers often complain that today’s beds are way too tall, it is a problem all across the country. So what can you do to lower a mattress and boxspring that is sitting so far off the floor? Lower it of course. Today we are going to share a couple  tips on How To Lower A Tall Mattress & Boxspring enough that your feet won’t dangle or you don’t have to climb up a ladder to get into bed?

Couple straight forward solutions to lower your bed height

  • Use a Low Profile Boxspring.
  • Change out your regular steel bed frame for a Low Profile Steel Bed Frame. (The least expensive solution)
  • Buy thinner mattress. (May not be the best solution especially when figuring in the cost of replacement)

    How To Lower A Tall Mattress & Boxspring

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If you are using an old time bed that will not accommodate today’s thicker mattress sets, a combination of the low profile steel bed frame, low profile boxspring and a thinner mattress may be your only solution. This combination could lower the mattress set 9 inches putting the bed at a more reasonable height off of the floor.

With today’s thicker beds your mattress set could be sitting 27,30, or even 34 inches or more off the floor you are probably wondering what you can do with such ridiculously tall beds.

Another quick and easy fix is a low profile boxspring, which is available in heights ranging from 4inches to 6 inches; where as traditional boxsprings usually measure 7 inches to 9 inches.

One more option is a steel bed frame, which can be purchased in a low profile versions that hook in or bolt up and almost always the cheapest and most simple way to lower your existing bed. The height of your bed with this type of bed frame drops both the mattress and boxspring about 3 to 4 inches depending on the steel bed frame manufacturer.

One last solution is to buy a thinner mattress. You can find thinner mattress models ranging in thickness between 7 to 12 inches. However be careful when purchasing thinner mattresses, although they are often cheaper, they are usually less padded, less comfortable, and less durable. This is a very bad combination for a mattress that will be used everyday.

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Not sure what to do, how to do it, or will it work? Contact a mattress store that specializes in lowering mattresses and boxsprings.


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12 Comments Leave your comment »

I have a very tall bed. The mattress is 76″ wide and 13″deep. The box spring is 7″ deep. The bed stands 34″ off the floor with the frame. I do like the thick mattress. Is there a thinner boxspring that could support the bed, therefore making it lower?
Thanks for your help.

Comment by alma forbes — May 27, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

Yes you can lower your bed anywhere between 4 to 8 inches. You can achieve this by using a low profile frame and or low profile boxspring, please take a moment to read the blog above “It Sits Too High, How To Lower My Tall Mattress & Bedspring”. In the end your bed would either sit 26 inches tall or 30 inches tall depending on whether you chose to do one or the other or both. Please feel free to call us toll free at 636-296-8540 and we can go over the details of your bed offering some possible additional suggestions.

Comment by Doug — May 27, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

I am looking to buy a box spring for a twin bed that is 3″ tall. Can you do this and have it ready by Aug 27th??? to be delivered to a Ballwin address??? taffy

Comment by Taffy — August 19, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

I have a Sterns & Foster pillowtop mattress (24″ deep) and a normal box spring. I love my mattress but wish I could get a nicer looking bed frame. The metal frame just isn’t very nice. Other than switching to a low profile box spring, is there any kind of bed frame that I can get that won’t look silly w/ such a large mattress.

Comment by Anna — August 16, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

I believe by “nicer looking bed frame” you are actually referring to the headboard. Part of what makes these headboards look funny is that the mattress is sitting to tall and blocks out the aesthetics of the headboard. It actually hides it. Yes in lieu of a low profile boxspring you can use a low profile bed frame. It will mount to the normal holes of your old headboard or a new one while also dropping the carriage that holds the box spring down by as many as 3-4 inches. The bed frame is under the bed and is barely or rarely ever seen. Especially in the case of beds with bed skirts or dust ruffles. Hope this helps.

Comment by Doug Belleville — August 16, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

Is it okay to put the box springs on the floor with the mattress on top

Comment by karen — February 3, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

Sure you can do that, however it really needs to be a dry floor that is not going to draw moisture like a basement floor. I would only add unless the mattress and boxspring sits tall it may not be very easy to get out of when you get out of bed.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — February 4, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

I bought a 3-in-1 convertible crib for my daughter a few years back. We’ve since ‘converted’ it to the full sized bed. It has wooden side rails and 4 wooden moveable slats to hold the boxspring and mattress. With the boxspring and mattress, the bed is so high it almost covers the headboard! It’s as tall as my 4 year old and thus massively unsafe. I looked at my son’s crib (another brand) and realized it’s made the same way. Can those low-profile bed frames work on these type of beds? Can I buy low profile boxsprings separately? We love the mattress.

Comment by Kristen — March 7, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

I know you can get a low-profile boxspring but where I have looked everywhere and am running out of ideas on where to get one. Are bed is pretty high but there is no way to lower to frame since its not a metal frame. so this would be the only option for fixing are bed.

Comment by Tegen — April 19, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

If you have wood side rails you can buy eight heavy duty l brackets ,notch or remove the bed board supports on the rails and screw the l brackets to the side rail about two to two and a half inches lower than the bottom of the rail install the new bed boards (cut to length) and through bolt them to the brackets, this will lower everything at least three inches. Your box spring will be about 1 3/4 inches lower than your side rails,if this looks bad use a bed skirt.

Comment by John — July 8, 2013 @ 11:53 am

I have a 4” thick box spring,I need a queen bed skirt? any sugestions?

Comment by Wayne — October 4, 2013 @ 7:57 am

Our bed in question is a wooden four poster bed (rice bed). The inside the rail slat supports are already positioned low on the rail. Little help?

Comment by Joe Walker — February 7, 2014 @ 11:45 am

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