Metal or wood? It’s difficult to choose when you’re already used to metal steel, right? But Classic Brands has a good reason for you to switch to solid wood box spring through their Classic Brands Instant Foundation High Profile 8-Inch Box Spring.
We’re as skeptical as you are, and we have lots of questions, too. One of those is, why should we choose solid wood if we’re already getting a sturdy metal steel support for our mattress? Make sense, right? But just like what we mentioned earlier, Classic Brands has a good reason for you to change your mind about wood box springs, and that’s what we will discover on this review.
The Solid Wood
We are indeed skeptical about the quality of the wood. Imagine we’re going back to 100% wood box spring in a year when metal steel box springs are as affordable as this one.
But, let’s give this piece a chance. For sure, it also has something that will make you say you’ve made the right choice.
Classic Brands used solid wood spruce for this piece. They didn’t use a single metal steel bar anywhere in this box spring. The foundation and the slats are all made of solid wood.
Well, the question is, do we trust this wood? Just like pinewood, the solidity of the wood isn’t that great (not as hard as other woods used in furniture). What we mean about this is, it’s not for heavy use, but it’s one of the most reliable woods for furniture like this. So, yes, we trust this spruce wood for this purpose.
The Foundation and The Slats
Since this Classic Brands Box Spring is pure solid spruce, then let’s examine how they constructed this one.
They pre-assembled the foundation. The foundation includes all the sides or braces together with the middle support. This means there’s less possibility that you’ll damage the wood. Which is great because that will prevent you from the disappointments we usually get from wood products, and that’s breaking one of its pieces, right?
Since they pre-constructed this piece, the only thing you need to do is bolt each brace before screwing the slats.
You’ll get 10 thick slats for the queen size. We are not sure if you’ll also get 10 slats for other sizes. The only thing we know right now is the Twin and Twin XL don’t have center support, but we’ll keep you posted with the slats detail.
When we said it’s thick, how thick is that?
Each slat is 1-inch thick and 3 inches wide, and this cut amazed us because it’s thicker than most box springs we’ve seen.
Sure enough, when you see this in person, you’ll also find the woodcut impressive. You’ll even disregard the fact that it’s only made of 100% wood because it looks and feels strong just like metal steel box springs out there.
The Space Between Each Slat
We now know the thickness of the slats, but the question is, is it strong enough to hold our mattress? And will the space between each slat enough to carry our memory or latex foam?
So, let’s answer the first question for the slats of this Classic Brands Instant Foundation High Profile 8-Inch Box Spring. Is it strong enough to hold our mattress? Yes, it’s more than enough. Like what we mentioned a while ago, the wood is thick and difficult to bend. It’s something that you can’t break with your bare hands. So, even if they only included 10 slats, it could still balance the weight you’ll put on top of it without getting damaged.
Well, it supported 500 pounds of weight (mattress on top, but we excluded its weight to this calculation).
Now, let’s answer the second question. Will the space between each slat enough to carry our memory or latex foam? Memory foams require 3 inches or less space between slats, right? That’s the standard, so the answer to this one is no.
You’ll get 4.5 inches’ space between slats, which is over the standard requirement of foams.
Does this disappoint you? Don’t be. Why? Since they used 100% wood, it’s easier to bring the slats closer to each other. You can even insert slats between the spaces. Don’t worry because it won’t compromise the look and quality of this box spring. This remedy makes it better than having a metal steel box spring, right? What do you think?
Anyway, this procedure will require you to spend a few more dollars. But if this means making it compatible with any mattress, then whom do you think would complain?
Plywood or Slats?
We’ve heard several users used plywood to close the gap between the slats. We don’t oppose it. It’s just so happened that we prefer adding another set of slats rather than closing it with plywood.
Our reason behind this is, some mattresses need air underneath them to keep it from breathing. Well, breathing will prevent molds and other elements from forming.
So, if we’ll close it with plywood, then we’re also limiting the air from drying our mattresses. But if we’ll use another set of slats, then we’re helping the air to come in and do their job.
Don’t worry, the braces of the foundation have a wide cut. There’s enough space for you to screw the slats on it.
What we don’t like about the foundation?
This piece impressed us so much. But behind all this amazement, we have one complaint. What is that?
They used staples to fasten each piece. Yes, it keeps each piece together, but we think it’s better if they used screws or nails to connect each wood.
We’re not saying it doesn’t feel safe and sturdy. But screws and nails are just more reliable than fastening it with staples. If you think it’s okay to use this kind of thing for furniture, then you’re 100% free to get this Classic Brands Instant Foundation High Profile 8-Inch Box Spring.
The Sizes and Dimensions
About the size, we noticed that this piece is smaller than the usual size of a mattress. So, don’t get surprised if you’ll find your mattress protruding after topping it on this box spring.
To give you a better picture of what we’re saying, then let’s look at the dimension of each size.
- Twin: 75” L x 39” W x 8” H
- Twin XL: 79” L x 38” W x 8” H
- Full: 74” L x 53” W x 8” H
- Queen: 79” L x 59.5” W x 8” H
- King: 79” L x 75.5” W x 8” H
- Cal King: 83” L x 71” W x 8” H
The Cotton Blend Cover
Aside from the sturdy foundation and slats, you’ll also get a fabric covering that will protect the wood from dust and other elements that might damage its appearance.
We like how soft and thick the fabric is. We know it’s weird to examine the quality of it because we won’t have a close encounter with this piece. But we still want you to know that they chose a nice drawstring fabric cover.
One thing you should know about this part is, it doesn’t cover the whole wood frame. It only hides the sides and top of this box spring. Yes, you’re right. They left the bottom part open.
For us, it’s better if they covered the bottom part, too. Why? Because the exposed bottom part will only invite insects and dust to live in it. Do you agree with us?
Does it squeak?
Since they constructed this with pure wood, annoying sound is less likely to occur.
Well, we didn’t hear any loud noise with this piece. We tested it with 5 people, and no matter how much they moved on top of the bed, it stayed in its quiet state.
Just a tip, tighten each bolt until you couldn’t turn it anymore. Why? Because loosed bolt creates annoying sound.
Are you now ready to assemble this Classic Brands Box Spring? Your answer might be yes or could be no. But whatever your answer is, you have to know that the package of this product is unexpectedly heavy.
So better contact a friend or someone to help you carry the box from your doorstep to your bedroom.
How long will the assembly take? It depends on how good your hand crafting skill is. It might take you 15 minutes or maybe 20 minutes. That is if you’re only assembling the materials included in the package. But if you’re planning to put additional slats, then it will take you a little longer because you need to drill the part where you want to screw it.
This piece is so easy to assemble. It’s because they already pre-assembled the foundation. Your major work will lie in screwing each slat.
Note: With 3-year limited warranty
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