For many people, choosing a new bed frame is an afterthought. But it can be just as important as getting the right mattress when it comes to the quality of your sleep.
On average, people spend 26 years of their lives sleeping. With that much time spent in bed, you want a good quality sleeping system underneath you.
The bed frame serves as the main support system for your bed, so you want to choose the right one for your situation.
We’ve put together the best tips for choosing a bed frame.
1. Consider Current Mattress Size
Do you already love your mattress? If you’re planning to keep it but just want to upgrade your bed frame, use the mattress as your sizing guide. Your bed frame needs to match your mattress size for a proper fit.
Some mattress sizes come in a few variations, so be sure you know exactly what you have.
For example, twin XL bed is 5 inches longer than a standard twin-size mattress. An Olympic queen mattress is 6 inches wider than a queen. A California king is 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a standard king.
2. Look at Your Bedroom Size
If you’re buying a completely new bed, including the mattress, you can choose whatever size you want. Taking into consideration your bedroom size helps you pick the best solution for your bedroom.
Ideally, you’ll want 2 to 3 feet around your bed on the sides and end. This gives you enough space to move freely in your bedroom.
Measure your available space to compare to standard bed dimensions. Keep in mind that your bed frame and headboard can add a few inches to the bed beyond the mattress dimensions. Decide on which size of bed frame you’ll need to narrow down your options.
3. Choose the Support Type
Mattresses need some form of support beneath them. Without support, your mattress will sag or wear prematurely. The two main support options are platform beds and box springs.
If you choose a platform bed, it provides built-in support for your mattress. You don’t need to use a box spring with it.
Platform beds usually sit lower to the ground than a traditional bed frame with a box spring.
4. Compare Integrated vs Separate Frames
A freestanding bed frame is typically a simple design without any decorative elements. You can pair it with a separate headboard to create the look you want.
The other option is a complete bed with the frame integrated with the headboard, foot board, and side rails. This creates a more finished look. The frame is often more decorative since it includes the side rails.
Some options are made of wood with various painted, clear, or stained finishes. Others use an upholstered design along the side rails. The support slats sit inside the bed, held in place with the side rails.
5. Pick the Height
The height of the bed frame is another consideration. Decide what’s comfortable for you for bed height. A higher mattress is usually easier for people with mobility issues.
If you like to stay low to the ground, a platform bed is a good option. You can also look for a low-profile bed frame. If you want more height, look for a taller bed frame. Some beds can be custom ordered in the height of your choosing.
Choose the Perfect New Bed Frame
Creating the ideal bedtime setup is a matter of finding quality sheets, a nice pillow, and the perfect type of mattress for you. And only the best bed frames can pull it all together, of course. A bed frame has to do double duty as a statement piece of furniture and a durable, sturdy base that supports you night after night—and all the bed frames on this list check both boxes.
If you’re in the market for a new bed, check out our bedroom furniture options. Our modern platform beds are built to last with solid hardwood construction. Contact us if you have any questions about our beds or other furniture.