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How Do I Choose the Right Bed Frame?
Solid Support for Your Mattress

Last updated on June 22, 2022

From low-profile modern platform beds to traditional four poster bed frames, the floor support you choose for your mattress is largely a matter of personal style and preference.

Many mattress retailers will include a simple metal frame with your mattress and foundation purchase, which may be sufficient for keeping the foundation off the floor, provided there is a center rail with one or more legs for a queen-sized or larger bed. (One of the most common causes of sagging is a lack of adequate center support in the frame.)

Whatever you choose, consider the frame’s center support, materials, and workmanship. A poorly made frame can be the cause of problems ranging from minor inconveniences like squeaking to more serious ones like failing to adequately support your mattress over time.

Below: Metal bed frame with good center support

Knickerbocker emBrace Bed Frame (Black)

What's the Difference Between a Regular Bed and a Platform Bed?

A regular bed frame, like the one above, is meant to be used with a mattress AND a box spring or box foundation. If you like a lower profile bed and don't want a box spring, a platform bed is supportive enough to be be used with just a mattress.

Platform beds are usually a great choice, especially for heavier foam and latex mattresses. And there are many, many styles to choose from, some with headboard, and/or foot boards.

A platform bed most typically has closely space wooden slats to support a mattress. Slats should not be more than about 2" apart. The slats typically sit within a frame, then your mattress goes on top. See the example below.

Some platform beds have a solid piece of wood on which the mattress rests, with a border all the way around. These have a very low-profile look.

Below: A bed frame with slatted support


Below: Platform bed with one-piece solid support


Adjustable bed bases, which can adjust positions to elevate the upper or lower body, are another alternative to a traditional bed frame.

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