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The Different Types of Bed Frames Explained

The market for bed frames is huge. There are many different types of bed frames, and each one has its own benefits and drawbacks.  The type you choose will depend on your needs. If you don’t know where to start, this article can give you some guidance. Our goal is to help make the process as easy as possible by addressing all your concerns – from cost to size to the material – and providing a few recommendations that we think are worth considering. You’ll also find plenty of helpful examples that illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of each frame type so that it’s easier for you to decide which frame suits your particular needs best. That way, no matter what kind of frame interests you most, or whether it’s low-profile or platform, you can make an informed decision.

Platform bed with storage Ottomans 

If you choose a platform bed with built-in storage, this means that the frame itself will be designed to provide extra storage space underneath it. This is usually done by using ottomans which are attached to the bottom of the bed for extra seating or an area where you can store some stuff (e.g., clothes). The ottomans are often covered in the same fabric that’s used for upholstering the top of the bed (headboard and/or footboard). Also, keep in mind that platform bed base with storage ottomans are often made of different materials, colors, and sizes. So, they can fit into almost any bedroom. 

Low-profile or platform bed frames

A low-profile or platform bed frame is what most people think of when they hear the term “bed frame.” This type includes one (or more) wooden rails and is the simplest and least expensive option. It is usually used with a mattress only, without any additional support from other pieces of furniture. The amount of storage space underneath it will depend on which size you choose as well as how much free room you have under your bed. However, keep in mind that there are several kinds of low-profile or platform bed frames available:

  1. Low-profile box spring foundation – This type has a wooden frame attached to one side supporting a metal bar for headboard/footboard attachment and four legs on the other side to support the metal box spring foundation.
  2. Platform bed – This type is made up of a solid wood platform on legs instead of slats or rollers, so it doesn’t need a box spring or metal foundation.
  3. Roller bed – This type is made up of two sections, one that contains rollers and another with four legs to support the roller section. The advantage of using it is that you can position your mattress on any side you want, provide more storage space underneath it (since there’s no headboard/footboard) and move it around easily (although this also means taking care of moving it since it doesn’t come apart).

Trundle beds/storage beds/bunkbeds 

Trundle beds are often used as simple, twin-size beds or as built-in storage space underneath. They can be used as single, twin, or full-size beds and look like any regular conventional frame with an added slide mechanism. 

It’s very easy to convert one of these types into a bunk bed since it’s already frame and mattress in one and no foundation is needed. And they’re often less expensive than other kinds of frames out there. However, there are some drawbacks: 

  1. There won’t be much extra storage space underneath them unless you choose a unit that has drawers or cabinets built into it;
  2. You need extra sheets if you want your children to have separate top/bottom mattresses for each tier;
  3. They might not fit in your bedroom if you don’t have the space since they’re very long.

Safe Bed Frames

This type of frame is best suited for children. If you have an active kid who doesn’t know to stop bouncing before bedtime, this type might be the best one for them to use. It has a spring-loaded safety bar to avoid the sleeper from falling out. However, it’s less sturdy than other kinds of frames out there and should only be used for children until they’re at least 5 years old. Also, make sure to check with your manufacturer if it can hold a specific amount of weight before buying one since every model is different.

Don’t forget the size

Choose the size of the bed frame carefully since it will depend on your bedroom’s available space and whether or not you want to use it for other purposes (e.g., storage). Twin-size beds are popular among younger children while full-size are more common among adults. Queen is a great choice if you have enough room in your bedroom but not much extra space under the bed. King-size beds are ideal if you have a larger space where you can make good use of the extra storage area.  

Always keep in mind the height of your bed frame. You can get box springs that will raise your mattress up to 12 inches, which should bring the height of the bed (from floor to top part) to 60 inches. Without box springs, you’ll need a platform frame that’s lower than 12 inches and shorter than 60 inches in order not to have too much space underneath it.

The Different Types of Bed Frames Explained

If you want a bed frame that is low-profile or platform, make sure to consider the size of your bedroom and how much space will be available underneath. If you need extra storage for clothes or other items, a trundle may work best since it has drawers built-in and can convert into bunk beds with ease.  Regarding safety, always choose a safe bed frame if you have children who are still young enough to use them. They’ll come equipped with spring-loaded bars on both sides of the mattress to prevent falls from occurring at night when they’re asleep. And never forget about measuring height before making any purchase! Remember, there needs to be at least 12 inches between your box springs/platform and the floor. If the frame is lower than that, you’ll have a problem with storing other items underneath it.

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