Do I need a foundation for my new mattress?

Ciao! Today I will be creating a guide to help you decide if you need a foundation for your mattress.

Now before I get into this guide, let me explain and define what the box springs and foundations for a mattress is:

The foundation provides support between the bottom of the mattress and the bed frame. The foundation is usually placed on top of the bed frame. With the placement position of the foundation, it provides support by allowing the surface of the mattress to be flat and sturdy. It can also prevent early on sagging as well.

The box spring consists of a wooden frame filled with sprigs and wrapped in fabric. A box spring is manufactured to be the same size as the bed and provides support by sitting directly under the mattress. Typically box springs are designed to sit on top of a bed frame.

After reading the descriptions, you can tell that both of these mattress supporters have the same purpose, and that is to give your mattress a sturdy structure. The choice of choosing which is right for you can all depend on your preference and the way you will be positioning your bed. 

If you are wondering about what size these come in… I got you covered!

Both the box springs and foundations come in three sizes:

SizeHeight (in)
Standard/High-Profile10.5 in. or taller
Medium-Profile7 to 10 in.
Low-profile6.5 in. or lower

You can choose the size that best fits your mattress, usually, the box springs and foundations are meant to fit together with the mattress and can also be sold as a split-style.

Mattress foundations can come in different forms, let’s dive into them right now shall we!

Solid Foundation: The solid foundation provides the most support because the base and frame are filled with wooden slats to prevent sagging. In fact, these are the best types of foundations to use for a mattress that has memory foam! Not only do they provide excellent support, but they also allow the mattress to breathe from underneath and get rid of any excess moisture the mattress absorbs over time. Here at GiNO, our solid foundation would be a perfect duo with our comforting memory foam mattresses!

Estimate price which can vary depending on the size: $200 to $500.

Suggestion: In order for the slats to do their job properly, it is suggested that they should be of a decent width of around 2 1/2’’ and possibly no more than 3 1/2’’ apart from each other.  

Platform Foundation: These platforms are more low-key compared to the rest. If you want the feeling of Zen and relaxation, this foundation might be the best fit for you. They typically increase the support level of a mattress and may make it feel firmer. The platform foundations are more compact and easier to move as well.

Estimate Price which can vary depending on size: $400 to $800.

Adjustable Bases foundations: The adjustable foundation provides an adjustable base that can be raised depending on your preference. They are also mostly power bases and are one of the fastest-growing categories in our industry!  For example, if you have neck pain, you can adjust the base by lowering it to relieve that pain. This is a more customizable foundation and offers great support to memory foam mattresses but are not great for spring mattresses as they do not bend easily!

Estimate price which can vary depending on size: Around $900 to 3,500.

As for box springs: As mentioned before the box spring provides underlying support and height to your mattress! Think of the springs as the platform, to hold everything together. The box spring in some cases helps raise the mattress to a comfortable height depending on your preference, however, it is an older technology compared to the foundations. The box springs are also designed to work with traditional spring mattresses and should not be used with memory foam mattresses including our mattresses here at GiNO!

Well, fellow dreamers, my guide has ended. I hope you got some more insight on each of the foundations. And remember here at GiNO, our foundation is made of wood and offers support and breathability, so go check it out!

As always Buona notte e sogni d’oro from yours truly


What is a Mattress Protector?

Ciao! Just like all your favorite things in life, you want to guard it with your life, so that you can always be able to enjoy it! For example, protecting your loved ones, or your phone with a case. Our beds are our sanctuary, a place where we can escape reality and take a breather, it is important that we take care of our mattresses the way it takes care of us.

A mattress protector is almost like a fitted sheet on your bed that protects you from any messy mishaps! This is an important essential to have in your bedding because it is preventative and provides extra comfort. For example, any spills, or build-up allergens that develop over time can negatively impact your mattress’s life expectancy. By using a protector, you can prevent this.

Mattress Protectors can also protect you from these listed threats:

  • Dust mites
  • Body sweat
  • Overheating of the mattress
  • Bacteria
  • Liquids
  • Bed Bugs
  • Early wearing down of the mattress

Mattress protectors are made purposely to be water-resistant while still allowing air and breathability. Here at GiNO, we make sure that you get this duo from our mattress protectors.

Our GiNO mattress protector includes:

  • Waterproof and breathability
  • Reversible cover
  • Double-sided in terry cotton for the summer and polyester for the winter
  • In addition, this kit comes with two pillow protectors as well 😊
  • Comes in three different sizes: Queen, King, and Cal King

When buying a mattress protector, you want to consider a few essential things such as:

  • Is the mattress protector waterproof?
  • Will the protector be cleanable, will it also include materials that will help take out bacteria and allergens?
  • Is the protector breathable? It is important to make sure air flow is present within your protector, that way you can have a cool sleep.
  • Lastly you should make sure the protector suits your comfort preferences!

Keep in mind, not all mattress protectors are the same, in order to make sure you are getting the right one for you, check out this list:

  • Encasement (or zippered): This mattress protector covers your entire mattress from the top to bottom. This protector is usually closed with a zipper.
  • Fitted: This type of mattress protector is very popular; it can fit your mattress the same way a fitted sheet would.
  • Elastic Strap: This protector is places on top of your mattress while elastic straps cover the four corners. This helps keep the protector attached to the mattress.

There are multiple materials included in the mattress protector:

  • Polyester
  • Down
  • Vinyl
  • Cotton
  • Polyurethane

Bene, we hope you got a better understanding of the importance of a mattress protector, to make every moment in your bed peaceful and enjoyable, make sure to continuously take care of and protect your mattress. Be sure to also check out previous blogs on how to clean your mattress, red flags to dispose of a mattress, and how to maintain proper sleep hygiene!

As always, buona notte e sogni d’oro 😴

Yours Truly,


How often should you replace your mattress?

Ciao! Getting attached to your mattress can be a true struggle when it is time to give it up. However, it is important to make sure you are replacing your mattress after a certain time span or if you start seeing any red flags that are showing you it is time to move on! 

If you are curious to see what these red flags 🚩might be, check out our previous blog.

However, if you want to know the basics on why and when you should replace your mattress, you have come to the right place! 

Bene, you are probably wondering why you have to replace your mattress if there is not anything truly wrong with it right? 

Well, there are a few reasons why you should replace them frequently. Mattresses over time can begin to sag and its shape could change which can cause lumps, these lumps can affect your sleep, and make you feel a sense of discomfort. 

If you have not been getting enough sleep lately, it would be ideal to check your mattress and the number of years it has been since you purchased it. Usually, the time span for how often a mattress should be replaced is six to eight years. Try to act fast and replace as soon as possible, getting the right amount of sleep is important for your body! 

Remember, that lack of sleep can possibly cause heart and kidney disease. But do not worry, your mattress bestie aka me will go more into depth on additional things you should look out for when checking if you need to replace your mattress! 

Other signs that can give you a clear sign to replace the mattress are: 

  • Noisy springs 
  • If your allergies get worse due to allergens the mattress contains 
  • Sudden pain and aches when you wake up 
  • Bed bug appearances 

As always, our blogs are the most fun with a tall glass of wine in your hand, so before I go on any further, pour it up! 

Bene, let me explain the signs a little more! 

Noisy springs: You will start to notice that the mattress springs make a squeaking noise when there is movement. The reason the springs start to make noise is that the coils, which are the spirals of the rings, are worn out and are unable to provide support. 

If you notice your allergies worsen: Unfortunately, when your mattress gets older it can develop dust mites and allergens. In fact, out of your whole house, these allergens tend to live right in your mattress! You can try to vacuum and intensively clean your mattress however if your allergies do not get better, it is time to replace your mattress ASAP. 

If you are getting more muscle stiffness and pains: This sign usually happens when your mattress loses support. If you start to feel a lot of movement, especially if you share the bed with your partner, this can also mean that it is losing support on certain spots on the mattress! But do not panic, a new mattress is a perfect solution. 

If you read these signs, but still want further information, check out all the red flags to look out for! And if you realized that it is time to replace your mattress, the next step would be to shop for your replacement and dispose of the old! Guess what, as always, I got you covered! Check out our shopping guide and different ways to dispose of your old mattress, click on the links for more information.

Now you are probably done with your glass of wine, so I should wrap this up! Make sure to check up on your mattress and remember, you will find an even better one, so don’t be afraid to replace it! Stay tuned for more blogs, but for now, Buonanotte e sogni d’oro. 💤

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