Buying a new bed is never as easy as you hope it would be. Even if you find a mattress that perfectly suits your needs, there is still much work to be done afterwards. One thing that is almost as important as the mattress itself is the bed frame. You might find the most luxurious bed, but without a quality frame, you’re likely to toss and turn all night.
A bed frame may not seem like a priority, but you’ll thank yourself for taking the time to find the right one. Your back will feel better, you’ll be more refreshed, and you’ll find it easier to fall asleep on a nightly basis.
If you are in the market for a new bed frame, either to go along with a new mattress or to enhance your old one, consider some of the tips below.
Of course, you need to choose Twin, Queen, King, Full, etc., based on the size of your mattress, but even within those particular categories, frames can be larger or smaller. If you’re already in a tight space with your bed, you’ll want a basic frame that doesn’t add a whole lot of bulk. But if you have some space to play with and want to make your entire set up look more extravagant, you can opt for larger frames.
Bed frames can be made from almost any material, but you’re most likely to find frames made of wood, metal, or fiberglass. There’s not usually much of a pricing gap between these three materials, so it really depends on the look you’re going for as well as the environment in which you live. Wood frames can be affected by harsh changes in temperature and humidity, but they also provide a classic, rustic look.
Ultimately, it is up to you what material you choose, but you should stick to those that will hold up longer based on your local area.
Platform vs Box Spring
Box springs are stronger, and will hold larger, heavier beds without too much stress, but platforms are lower and often cheaper. If you toss and turn in your sleep, a box spring will hold up to more abuse. But they can also be more unstable and might make more noise during the night.
On the other hand, a platform is generally quite stable, but might not hold as much weight as a box spring. Consider your own size and weight before committing to one or the other.
Aesthetics are not the most important thing when it comes to sleep, but we realize that nobody wants an ugly bed. If you have something looks nice, it will contribute to an overall cozy feeling that will help you sleep better. Sometimes the aesthetics of the bed frame are enough to push you in one direction. If, for example, you can’t decide a metal or wooden frame, and both seem to provide the same amount of support, you might opt for the one that simply looks better in your bedroom.