In theory, platform beds are fairly simple. By , a platform bed features a base that "consists of a raised, leveled, rectangular horizontal frame, often with rows of flexible wooden slats or latticed structure meant to support just a mattress.”
What that definition doesn’t cover is the different styles, materials, and surfaces of platform beds, all of which should be carefully considered with more than just aesthetics in mind.
Considering the average person sleeps about eight hours per night, your bed is the most functional piece of furniture in your home. With that comes a dizzying number of factors to consider when purchasing a bed. Platform beds are a stylish and versatile option that can support both your mattress and your aesthetic.
Read below for a fool-proof guide on the platform bed, and shop some of our favorite picks.
WHAT IS A PLATFORM BED?
A platform bed is a type of bed frame that supports your mattress without the need for a box spring. Unlike traditional bed frames, platform beds are closer to the ground, and typically lift your bed about 12 inches off the ground. If you want your bed to be even higher, there are certain platform beds that can be used with a box spring for added height. Platform beds are comfortable, practical, and come in a variety of styles that can easily elevate the look of your bedroom.
-Doesn't require a box spring
-Durable and sturdy
-Wide variety of attractive styles
-Can provide storage space
-Usually lacks under-the-bed space
-Large and heavy, so they're difficult to move
-Low to the ground
-Can be expensive
If you're looking to purchase a platform bed, here are some steps to help you decide:
STEP 1: CHOOSE THE TYPE OF PLATFORM BED
1) No Clearance/Solid Platform Bed
A no clearance or “solid” platform bed is simply a platform with no room underneath it. Typically, this type of platform is chosen for sturdiness and aesthetic appeal because it provides no room for storage.
2) Floating Platform Bed
A floating platform bed has a center support as opposed to visible legs, which gives the illusion that your bed is floating. Floating beds fit a modern aesthetic and offer no storage space.
3) Storage Platform Bed
A storage platform bed typically includes discreetly designed drawers for extra storage, which are hidden underneath the bed. If you are low on closet space or have a small bedroom, this is a great option to maximize space but still have the platform bed style.
4) Headboard & Footboard Platform Bed
Platform beds with headboards and footboards provide a modern take on this traditional style. If you choose to purchase a platform bed with a headboard and footboard, be aware that there likely won’t be space to also use a box spring.
STEP 2: CHOOSE THE SURFACE OF YOUR PLATFORM BED
A slated platform includes wooden slats that can be arranged either closer together or further apart, depending on the amount of mattress support and airflow you need or prefer. If you have a foam mattress, we recommend this surface.
A metal surface works great with traditional mattresses, specifically with firmer mattress options. This the best choice if you want to use a box spring.
A solid platform surface is best for creating a firmer sleep experience, and is the most durable of all surface types. While solid surfaces do have holes for air flow, it provides much less than the other surface options.
STEP 3: CHOOSE THE MATERIAL OF YOUR PLATFORM BED
Metal platform beds are durable, simple, and timeless. If you are looking for a modern or industrial style, metal is a great option. And, unlike upholstery or wood, a metal platform bed won’t stain or fade over time.
If you’re looking to create a cozy, luxurious feel in your bedroom, an upholstered platform bed is a great option. While upholstery is one of the most diverse and beautiful platform bed options, it can stain easily and fade in sunlight.
Wooden platform beds are extremely versatile in style, ranging from vintage and rustic to modern and industrial. They are durable, and can provide a timeless look that will stay on trend for years. Be mindful that wooden platform beds are among the heaviest, and lighter shades of woods can be susceptible to stains.
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