5 things to look for when buying a bed frame

July 5, 2022

When it comes to buying a new bed, you may focus your attention on a new, comfy mattress. However, it’s important to show a little bit of love to the place your mattress will call home.

Bed frames are often one of the more overlooked pieces of the bedroom. However, they do much more than adding a great design detail to your space, they can also be used for extra storage and importantly, provide the right support for your mattress.

Buying the right bed frame can be a big investment, so here are five things you need to consider to help you buy the perfect one.

 1. Space

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s an important reminder! Before you start looking online or in-store for your new bed frame, you need to know how much space you have for it.

The bed is generally the biggest piece of furniture in your bedroom, so it’s important to strike a balance. In a small bedroom, a large, chunky bed frame can easily overpower the room. In a large room, a small, intricate bed frame can often make the space look empty.

As well as the bed itself, another thing to keep in mind when buying a new bed frame is what other furniture and storage options you already have. You need to be able to fit the bed frame in amongst this other furniture with space for you to move around freely.

Tip: Place your mattress on the floor, in the position of your new bed. Then measure how much room you have around the mattress, giving a little bit of extra space depending on the design you like.


2. Height

Now that you know how much space you need for the bed frame, it’s time to turn your attention to the height.

Most bed frames come to knee height, averaging about 25 inches from the ground. However, individual factors like your height or injuries may impact what works for you.

If you have restricted mobility, then you might want to go for a bed that’s easy to climb in and out of and sits a little lower to the ground.

However, if you want to have a little extra room under for storage to make the most of a small space, then a higher bed frame might be the go.

An easy way to test whether a bed frame is the right height, without having to get the tape measure out, is by sitting on the edge of the bed and checking if your knees are at a 90-degree angle and if your feet touch the floor. If your knees aren’t at a 90-degree angle, the frame is too short; if your feet don’t touch the floor, the frame is too tall.

3. Support

If you’ve splashed out on a new mattress, then you’re going to want to make sure it has the right support. Without it, you might find that your mattress ages quicker, losing its shape and sagging.

There are two types of support systems that bed frames provide: platform or box spring. Platform frames are designed with wooden slats to support the mattress (and your body), whereas box spring frames are basically box-shaped wooden frames filled with springs.

There are many pros and cons with both support systems. Platform bed frames come in many styles (which can include storage options) and provide good air circulation to the mattress to keep it cool, however they sit lower to the ground, which can be painful if you have back and leg conditions, and they can be difficult to move due to being in one piece.

On the other hand, box spring frames absorb your weight better than platform beds and provide extra height so getting out of bed is easier. However, they can lose support over time and don’t provide you with under-bed storage options.


4. Stability

There’s nothing worse than a bed that squeaks and feels unstable every time you roll over in the middle of the night. Having a bed frame that is stable can make all the difference in how well you sleep.

Some bed frames come with central legs for extra strength and support, which is handy for king and queen beds, while others may come with wheels to easily move the bed anywhere you want.

Stable legs will stop the bed frame from sliding or moving around, which will also prevent damage to your floors, whether they be carpet (snags) or floorboard (scratches).

 5. Style

While the four things listed above are important due to their practicality, style can make a difference to the look and feel of your bedroom.

When choosing a bed frame style, it may help to take other factors into account, such as the colour of your walls, the theme of your bedroom and house, the colour of your furniture, and how easy it will be to clean.

If you’re looking for a rustic or country look, a wooden bed frame may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re more old-school or have an antique theme in your bedroom or house, a metal bed frame will complete the look. If you’re someone who loves both vintage and modern styles, an upholstered bed frame is perfect for your bedroom.

Whatever style you go with, you can add the cherry on top with stylish and coordinated bed linen.

By looking out for these five things, you’ll easily be able to buy a high-quality, aesthetically-pleasing, long-lasting bed frame that will support your mattress for a great night’s sleep and complete your bedroom’s style.


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