Can You Use A Mattress Without A Bed Frame?

Can you use a mattress without a bed frame?

What is a bed frame?

A bed frame is the term used to refer to the type of support your mattress lays on. For as long as comfortable mattress have been a thing, a bed frame has also been involved too as it will help to keep up the bed for a comfier sleep.  

Should you sleep on a mattress without the support of a bedframe?

There are some benefits to sleeping on a mattress without using a bed frame and these benefits include:

  • Improved blood circulation 
  • Less neck and back pain
  • Lower risk of scoliosis 
  • Less joint pain
  • Improved posture

There are 8 factors you should take into consideration when choosing to sleep without a bed frame. 

The surface of the floor:

When choosing not to use a bedframe you will need to make sure that the floor is prepared and to do this you will need to make sure the floor is clean. The best type of floor surfaces to sleep on are hardwood, title, synthetic rugs and carpet, tatami (Japanese style mats) and floor mats.

You should try and steer clear of avoid plywood and natural fibre carpet and rugs as these surfaces trap moisture and because of this they can grow mould. Also, you should vacuum the floor on a regular basis and mop the floor if the surface allows it. Lastly it is extremely important to check the mattress warranty or ask the mattress retailer for their policies on putting the mattress on the floor.  

The type of mattress:

The majority of mattress can be used without a bed frame. However, it does depend on the type of mattress to determine if they are suitable for the floor, memory foam mattresses, latex mattress, box spring mattresses, hybrid mattresses and air foam mattresses can all be used without a bed frame. Though, hard side waterbeds need a pedestal and frame so they should not be used without a bed frame or contact the floor. 

Health benefits:

The health benefits of sleeping without a mattress include:

  • Sciatica could be improved 
  • Back and neck pain could be improved 
  • Posture could be improved 
  • Blood circulation could be improved


It is cooler to sleep on the floor and this may be an advantage for a hot sleeper so that may be a factor to consider when sleeping without a bed frame. However, if you live in a colder climate then using a bed frame may be the best option. 

Allergy to dust:

A important element takes into consideration when deciding whether to sleep without a bed frame is whether you have allergies or not. Being closer to the floor means you are sleeping where most of the dust gathers up. You can still use the mattress on the floor you will just need to regularly clean the floor. 


A mouldy mattress happens when there is an inadequate amount of air circulation and moisture. It is normal for your sweat and natural oils to absorb into the mattress but when you are sleeping without a bed frame, the fresh air can’t flow through the mattress. It is known that wherever there is mould, there is also germs and allergy string bacteria.   

Creepy crawlies:

People who have arachnophobia may want to keep using a bed frame. Sleeping on a mattress on the floor makes it easier for spiders and bugs to crawl on to your mattresses. Therefore, it’s important to keep your mattress clean of mess, to use a mattress protector and obviously cleaning on a regular basis which all could keep away the creepy crawlies. 

Air circulation:

A lack of air circulation can produce mould under mattresses. When sleeping on a mattress without a bed frame you are not allowing the air to circulate through the mattress. However, all you need to do is lean your mattress against the wall for a brief period once a week to give It a chance to breathe.

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