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Why a Bed Frame and Foundation Matter

September 23, 2020
Why a Bed Frame and Foundation Matter

How many different bed setups have you tried?

Have you ever slept on just a mattress on the floor, or a twin sized bed on just a frame? Do you remember how it felt when you got your first “grown up” bed that even came with a box spring? Or maybe you have one of those cool small-space living murphy beds that pop out of the wall to reveal your mattress when it’s time to sleep. 

With so many options, you may want to run wild on your sleep setup. But choosing what goes underneath your mattress is like brushing your teeth: There are many ways to get it done, but the experts will tell you that there is actually a right way to do things (it’s making small, gentle circles at a 45-degree angle, for the record).

This article is for those wondering “What is a bed foundation anyway?” and “Do you always need a bed frame with a foundation?" We’ll give you the inside scoop on why a Foundation is automatically included with your purchase, why we recommend the Big Fig Bed Frame over any other option and how the right bed setup can help improve your quality of sleep.


Meet the Big Fig Foundation

Much like the traditional foundation for a building, a bed foundation is there for support and protection of the overall sleep setup. Also called a base, the foundation sits under a mattress to uphold the mattress and prevent wear over time. 

Some sites suggest that a foundation is unnecessary. But a good foundation can provide much-needed support that improves your sleep, especially in the case of plus sized sleepers. The support it provides WILL also extend the lifespan of the mattress. 

About the Big Fig Foundation

Like our Mattress, our Foundation was designed from the ground up with the needs of plus sized sleepers in mind. In this case, support was the biggest thing we wanted the Foundation to deliver. It is simply built stronger and better than any foundation available.

The Big Fig Foundation has 18 wooden slats, each 2.5 inches wide. This is ideal for maximum support of the mattress while allowing channels for breathability. 

These slats, combined with 32 side support blocks, means the Big Fig Foundation will fully support the weight of a Big Fig Mattress along with the specified weight of 1 or 2 sleepers (up to 1,100 lbs. for two people on a Queen, King or California King or 550 lbs. for one person on any mattress size).

The Foundation is easily put together in your home with tool-free assembly so you can set it up regardless of the room size or stairs leading to it. It is made exclusively for Big Fig Mattress by Amish Craftsmen located south of our production facility in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Because we believe so strongly that our foundation is the best option to use with the Big Fig Mattress, the foundation is included with your purchase of a mattress. It will be automatically added to your cart along with your mattress selection and doesn’t increase the overall price. Call it the best investment in your rest you never had to buy!

Q: Do I need a Foundation for my bed?

You probably need the Big Fig Foundation, but it depends. You can place your Big Fig Mattress on top of any surface, boxspring or otherwise, that you choose. But in order to maintain the comfort and integrity of your mattress, especially for bigger figure sleepers, it must be able to evenly and properly support the weight of the mattress.

You do NOT need a foundation if you:

  • Have a platform bed
  • Have a bed frame with a built-in base or wood slats
  • Already have a sturdy foundation that supports at least 1,240 lbs.
  • Have a sturdy adjustable bed frame
  • Plan to place your mattress directly on the floor

Q: Can I use a box spring instead of the Foundation?

You can place your Big Fig Mattress on top of any bed, box spring or other surface that you choose. But in order to maintain the comfort and integrity of your mattress and avoid impacting the warranty, it must be able to evenly and properly support at least 1,240 lbs. (the weight of a Big Fig Mattress + two sleepers weighing a total of 1,100 lbs.).

Unfortunately, we don’t know of any boxspring on the market that can make this claim. If you are able to find a boxspring or foundation that is guaranteed to support 1,240 lbs. it could be a viable option to use under a Big Fig Mattress. (If you do find one, DM us so we can see it for ourselves. Show us a foundation that strong and supportive and we’ll run out the same day and place our bets on pigs flying and h-e-double hockey sticks freezing over.)

Q: How does my foundation affect my warranty?

Unlike most mattress retailers, we offer an expansive, 20-year warranty on the Big Fig. But like most mattress retailers, our warranty requires that the mattress be supported by an appropriate foundation. Simply put, the best way to ensure the Big Fig Mattress lasts for years to come is to utilize the supportive foundation designed specifically for plus-sized sleepers.  


Meet the Big Fig Adjustable Base

If you’re looking for a more ergonomic foundation for your Big Fig Mattress, we’re proud to introduce the Big Fig Adjustable Base.

The Adjustable Base features:

  • Best-in-class Stability that easily supports up to 1,250 pounds.
  • Quick & Easy Assembly allows you to go from box to bed in just 10 minutes, no tools needed.
  • More Comfortable Sleep with multiple positions designed to reduce pressure points and ease aches and pains. 
  • Smooth & Quiet for easy and comfortable adjustments.
  • Easy Operation controlled through an intuitive wireless remote control.
  • Rugged Construction of aluminum rails and plastic fiber composite platforms built to last.
  • 10-Year Warranty against manufacturer defects.
  • Pre-set Memory Positions for anti-snore, zero gravity and more at the touch of a button.

Every part of the Big Fig Adjustable Base was designed to create a dream bed that makes a great night’s sleep easy. Available in Twin XL, Queen, King, Cal-King, and a Split King (two Twin XL's) that let you and your partner each do your own thing. Keep an eye out! The Adjustable Base option is coming late 2020. 


Meet the Big Fig Bed Frame

A bed frame elevates your mattress and foundation combo off the ground, which provides a look some people prefer as well as extra underbed storage space. We like to keep that space open for extra blankets, out-of-season clothes, fancy shoes—you know, the kind of things that fit nicely under a bed. 

We offer the Big Fig metal bed frame as an optional add-on to your Big Fig Mattress order. While many of our customers already have a bed frame, we always suggest grabbing the Big Fig Bed Frame as part of your complete sleep system. That’s because, just like the Foundation and Mattress, it’s specially designed for bigger figured sleepers. 

About the Big Fig Bed Frame

The defining feature of the Big Fig Bed Frame is its material. The frame is made from recycled railroad steel, making it extra strong and supportive and virtually indestructible. With the support of two center rails, it can hold up to 2,000 pounds!

The Bed Frame’s six legs actually become stronger as more weight is applied to them. This smart leg design provides stable footing on uneven surfaces and eliminates tipping while seated at the foot of the bed.  It also comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty that lasts for as long as the original purchaser owns the product.

 The Big Fig Mattress cannot be placed directly on the Bed Frame. The Foundation, included with your mattress purchase, is needed to support the mattress.


Q: Can I use my current bed frame or buy one on Amazon? 

The Big Fig Bed Frame is an exceptionally strong and durable frame specifically designed to support the Big Fig Mattress and Foundation. It is made of recycled railroad steel, making it virtually indestructible.  We know of no other frame on the market that can compare. We do know our Frame will provide the proper and necessary support for our Mattress and Foundation to ensure years of comfortable sleep.

That being said, you may also choose to use a platform bed, bed frame with a built-in base or wood slats or an adjustable bed frame. What’s important is that it can support the weight of a Big Fig Sleep System + the sleeper(s) depending on the size of mattress you choose.

Q: Can you put a mattress directly on a bed frame?

The Big Fig Mattress cannot be placed directly on the Bed Frame. The Foundation, included with your purchase, is needed to support the mattress. Using the Frame without the Foundation can cause premature wear and tear and have negative effects on your warranty.

Q: Will my under-bed storage fit under the Big Fig Bed Frame?

Depends on what you’re storing! The Big Fig Bed Frame has 5.75 inches of available space below it. 


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The Big Fig Sleep System

The Big Fig Sleep System refers to our high quality, specially constructed mattress to suit the needs of a plus size sleeper and our heavy duty foundation engineered to support our mattress so it can perform to its full potential. We also recommend purchasing the Bed Frame as an add-on. 

Having a strong foundation to support the mattress and sturdy Bed Frame to elevate and protect both the foundation and mattress are critical to the long life of a Big Fig Mattress. There are many ways to set up a mattress, but this special mattress-foundation-frame combination is ideal for plus sized sleepers.

To make it easier to obtain the complete system, the Big Fig Mattress comes with a Foundation included automatically and the Bed Frame is an optional add-on. The prices shown on the Mattress page reflect the price of a Big Fig Mattress and Foundation. A Bed Frame can be added to your purchase through the Add to Cart process.

Life-changing sleep starts with the right foundation, both metaphorically and literally. Supporting your mattress with the Big Fig Sleep System keeps things comfortable for years to come so you can sleep big and live big every day!

The best sleep of your life starts with the mattress made specifically for you and your needs. Learn more about the Big Fig Mattress Sleep System. The best mattress for heavier people