Our mattress, sad to say, was over 30 years old. It was a hand-me-down from grandparents... newlyweds with no money... we took it gladly. Well the time is way past due to purchase a new mattress. However, they are not cheap! So we opted for a platform bed and that way we would only have to purchase the mattress without the boxsprings. Our project is to build a platform bed with feet (slightly raised off the floor) and a headboard. I don't have a picture because we aren't finished... we just got the wood yesterday. So I'm including a picture that we are using for our prototype/sample.