Bed Frame Reviews

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A ‘bed frame’ is used to support a mattress and its sleeper(s). Some bed frames are also designed to support the mattress base or foundation, while others come equipped with slats that properly support the mattress without a base. Most bed frames sold today are either made from wood, metal, or a combination of these two materials, and some models are upholstered with foams and/or fabrics.

This guide will explore the various types of bed frames that are available for today’s shoppers, as well as our picks for the top bed frame models of 2018. First, let’s look at some common features of bed frames made and sold today, as well as the most popular styles.

Please note that a bed frame cannot be adjusted, making it different from an adjustable bed base. To learn more about these products, please visit our Adjustable Beds Reviews page. Additionally, bunk beds are bed frames that are designed to accommodate more than one mattress. We have reviewed these products separately; please visit our Best Bunk Beds guide for more information.

 

Bed Frames: Common Characteristics and Styles

The term ‘bed frame’ refers to any standalone structure that supports a mattress and base independently. The precise construction of a bed frame will vary by type, as will the typical profile (or height) of the bed. Some bed frames are upholstered with fabric for a softer feel, while others do not feature any upholstery.

Common types of bed frames include the following:

  • Canopy: All four posts of a canopy bed are connected to an overhead frame (or canopy) that can be used to hang curtains, drapes, or other decorations that provide additional privacy for sleepers. Traditional canopy beds are often ornately crafted, while contemporary canopy beds tend to be thinner and more minimalist.
  • Panel: Panel beds, also known as box spring beds, are constructed with flat wooden panels for the headboard and footboard. Unlike platform beds (see next), they also have side rails to support both a mattress and a base, and tend to be taller than most other bed types.
  • Platform: Platform beds feature evenly spaced or latticed metal or wooden slats that are capable of supporting a mattress without a base/foundation. Reinforced center support bars are often required for Queen, King, and California King sizes (see warranty section for more information).
  • Four-poster: A poster bed has posts that are not connected using an overhead canopy. Four-poster beds, the most common type, have four taller posts; low-poster beds have shorter posts; and half-poster beds have taller head posts and shorter foot posts. The posts may be rounded or pointed (also known as ‘pencil posts).
  • Sleigh: Sleigh beds get their name from the curved headboard and footboard that resemble the construction of wooden sleighs. These beds are considered more comfortable for sitting up in (due to the rounded surface). Sleigh beds are usually made from wood, but metallic models are also available.
  • Storage platform: Storage beds are platform bed models outfitted with drawers on one or both sides, and are ideal for shoppers who need a bed and would like to free up some extra bedroom space. These may also be known as ‘captain’s beds.’

The table below details the similarities and differences between these six bed frame types.

Type of Bed FrameCanopyPanelPlatformFour-posterSleighStorage Platform
ConstructionFour posts connected to the bed and an overhead canopySlats or bars with a headboard and footboardSlats or bars with a headboard, but no footboardFour tall posts with no overhead canopy.Scrolled headboard and footboardPlatform beds with storage drawers on one or both sides
Box spring Needed?Sometimes but not alwaysYesNoYesYesNo
ProfileMedium to HighHighLowMedium to HighMediumLow to Medium
Average Price Range$200 to $1,000+Less than $300Less than $200$600 to $1,500+$5000 to $1,000+$300 to $800
ProsExtra privacy
Well-insulated
Low price-point
Wide range of styles
Low price-point
No box spring required
Sophisticated appearance
Wide range of styles
Wide range of styles
Comfortable when sitting up in bed
Low price-point
Extra storage space

 

ConsHigh price-point
Too tall for some bedrooms
Box spring required
Questionable durability

 

Low profile uncomfortable for some
Questionable durability
High price-point
Box spring required
High price-point
Box spring required
Low profile uncomfortable for some
Questionable durability
 

Important Considerations for Bed Frame Shoppers

Now that we have discussed the differences and similarities between the most common bed frame types, here are a few factors to keep in mind when comparing different brands and models:

  • How much do you (and your sleep partner) weigh? Lighter people may feel more comfortable on a low-profile bed, while heavier individuals may prefer a higher profile. Additionally, some bed frames have lower weight capacities than others.
  • What is your bed frame profile preference? Keep in mind that the profile includes the space between the bottom rail and the floor, as well as the height of the mattress and, if applicable, the box spring.
  • Do you have a material construction preference? For most shoppers this will be an aesthetic choice, although metal frames tend to cost less than wooden ones.
  • How long do you plan to use the bed frame? The average lifespan of metal and wood bed frames is comparable, but solid bed frames tend to last longer than those outfitted with slats.
  • What is your bedroom height? Some canopy and poster beds are too tall for some spaces.
  • What is your bed frame budget? For those who are hoping to save money, a platform, panel, or storage platform model will usually be priced much lower than other bed frame types.
  • Is upholstery a deal-breaker? Most bed frame types are available in upholstered and non-upholstered models, but the former tend to cost more than the latter.
  • Do you sleep better on a box spring? Some bed frames, such as platforms and storage platforms, are not designed to support box springs.
  • What is your bedroom aesthetic? Depending on the look of your room, an ornate bed frame may be more suitable than a minimalist model (or vice versa).
  • How long is the product warranty offered with the bed frame? In most cases, bed frame warranties cover one to five years. However, some bed frames do not come with any sort of product warranty.
  • What are the bed frame requirements of your mattress warranty? Not all bed frames meet the criteria for standard mattress warranties, so it’s important to double-check these requirements before making a final purchase. Please see the next section for more information.
 

Mattress Warranties and Bed Frames

A mattress warranty will almost always require owners to use their mattress on a foundation that will support the weight of the mattress, its foundation and its sleeper(s). Additionally, warranties may specify the following:

  • Queen, King, and California King mattresses must be supported on frames with at least five to six legs.
  • Twin, Twin XL, and Full mattresses must be supported on frames with at least four legs.
  • Frames with slatted systems must have slats that measure at least two inches (2″) wide, and have spaces between them of no more than two inches (2″) to four inches (4″), depending on the brand.
  • Slatted systems used with larger sizes (Queen and larger) must have a center support beam.
  • The mattress may not be used on the floor, or on beds or bases made from certain materials (such as spring-based models or models made with wired metal).

A common mattress defect is sagging in the sleep surface. The mattress warranty will not cover sagging that occurs due to improper support; additionally, using an incorrect support system may ultimately void the warranty.

Be sure to research the requirements of your mattress warranty before purchasing a frame to ensure your selected frame model will meet the criteria.

It’s also important to note that many bed frames come with warranties. Generally these warranties provide anywhere from one to 10 years of coverage; however, some bed frame models do not come with a product warranty of any kind.

 

Best Lower-cost Bed Frames: Brands and Models

Next, let’s look at the top-rated bed frames according to real-life customers and owners. The first table lists five of our top-ranked bed frame models that are priced at $500 or less for all sizes.

BrandLark ManorWinston PorterWrought StudioZinusZipcode Design
ModelCavaillonHouchinsHughes12-Inch Deluxe Colby
Frame TypePanelStorage platform (Upholstered)PlatformPlatformPlatform (Upholstered)
MaterialMetalMetal/Wood with linen and foam upholsteryMetalWoodSteel with polyester upholstery
Price Range $248.99 to $454.99$241.00 to $338.00$122.99 to $149.99$159.99 to $199.99$217.96 to $321.99
SizesTwin
Full
Queen
King
Twin
Full
Queen
Twin
Queen
Twin
Full
Queen
King
Full
Queen
King
Profile 6 2/3″ (Bottom rail to floor)12 1/2″ (Top of footboard to floor)11″ (Side rail to floor)7″ (Side rail to floor)14″ (Rail to floor with legs)
Weight38 lbs to 76 lbs93 lbs to 125 lbs38 lbs to 56 lbs37 lbs to 62 lbs87 lbs to 100 lbs
Weight Capacity250 to 500 lbs225 to 500 lbs225 to 500 lbs200 to 500 lbs400 to 600 lbs
Headboard and Footboard Included?YesYesYesNoYes
Headboard only

 

Slats Included?YesYesYesYesYes
Slat Dimensions3 metal slatsWooden slats
4″ between slats
12 metal slats
4″ between slats
12 slats
3.5″ between slats
12 slats
2.8″ spaces between slats
Number of Center Support Legs6 (King)
3 (other sizes)
2+415 (all sizes)
Box Spring Required?YesNoNoNoNo
Product Warranty1 year1 year1 year5 years5 years
Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating93% (4,329 customer reviews)90% (132 customer reviews)93% (1,889 customer reviews)94% (892 customer reviews)95% (5,022 customer reviews)
RetailerWayfairWalmartWayfairAmazonWayfair
 

Best Higher-cost Bed Frames: Brands and Models

Next, let’s take  a look at some of our top-rated frames that are currently priced at $500 or higher for all sizes.

BrandeLuxury SupplyMadison Park SignatureMercury RowThree PostsWilla Arlo Interiors
ModelMid Century Reclaimed AshBeckettMcMeansAbellDavina
Frame TypePlatformFour-posterCanopy (Upholstered)SleighPanel (Upholstered)
MaterialWoodWoodMetal/wood with linen and foam upholsterySteelWood with polyester and linen upholstery
Price Range $849.99 to $949.99$599.00 to $699.00$626.66 to $658.33$519.99 to $649.99$802.99 to $873.99
SizesFull
Queen
King
California King
Queen
King
Full
Queen
Queen
King
California King
Full
Queen
King
California King
Profile 6 1/2″ (Side rail to floor)14″ (Top of side rail to floor)
69″ (Overall height)
7 3/4″ (Side rail to floor)
83″ (Canopy to floor)
7 1/2″ (Side rail to floor)6″ (Side rail to floor)
15″ (Top of footboard to floor)
Weight100 lbs to 120 lbs104 lbs to 129 lbs145 lbs105 lbs to 115 lbs116 lbs to 149 lbs
Weight Capacity1,500 lbs800 lbs450 to 500 lbs750 lbs500 lbs
Headboard and Footboard Included?Yes
Headboard only
YesYesYesYes
Slats Included?YesYesYesNo (not required)No (not required)
Slat Dimensions13 wooden slats
3″ between slats
Wooden slats3 to 5 wooden slatsNone (not required)None (not required)
Number of Center Support Legs2None32None
Box Spring Required?NoYesYesYesYes
Product WarrantyNoneNone1 year10 years1 year
Tuck Customer Satisfaction Rating91% (78 customer reviews)92% (57 customer reviews)92% (511 customer reviews)91% (404 customer reviews)95% (1,477 customer reviews)
RetailerAmazonWayfairWayfairWayfairWayfair
 

Additional Resources

For more information about bed frames, foundations, and other types of bedding accessories, please check out the following Tuck pages:

 
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