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A Buyer's Guide To The Perfect Bed Frame

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A Buyer's Guide To The Perfect Bed Frame

You use your bed every single day, so choosing a bed frame is an important decision. In addition to getting one that fits your mattress, you also have to take into consideration the style and materials of the bed frame itself to make sure it's a good match for your home. This simple guide will help walk you through the process of choosing, buying and setting up your new bed frame.

What Are The Types Of Bed Frames?

When it comes to bed frames, the main factor determining the type of frame has to do with the materials from which the frame is constructed. There are two main options for bed frame materials:

  1. Metal: Metal bed frames are simple, minimalist frames that sit low to the ground. They are usually on wheel so they are easy to position in your room. The main benefit of choosing a metal frame is the cost. These frames are typically quite affordable – an adjustable frame that goes from full to queen to king size often costs less than $50.
  2. Wooden: Wooden bed frames can also be simple, but others have a more elaborate design or shape. Most of these frames sit higher up and provide room for storage underneath. Many wooden frames come with a footboard and headboard. These frames generally cost upwards of $150, and many cost several hundred dollars.

In addition to these two basic categories, there are more specific styles of bed frames, such as:

  • Platform Bed: Has built-in storage and supports the mattress without a box spring
  • Bunk Bed: Have two levels to save space in a shared room
  • Four-poster Bed: Has a taller post on each corner of the bed
  • Sleigh Bed: Has a curved shape in the headboard and footboard
  • Waterbed: Water-filled mattress set inside a platform bed
  • Adjustable: The mattress can be raised or lowered into different positions
  • Divan: A simple base onto which a mattress is placed

Which Frame Fits My Room?

Now that you’re familiar with all the types of bed frames, it’s time to decide which one will work best in your room. Before you do any shopping, you need to decide what size of mattress you’re using (queen, king, etc.) and measure the available space for a bed frame in your bedroom. You may be surprised at just how big some bed frames can be, so it’s important to find one that’s going to fit in your room and still leave you enough space to move around.

The next step is to consider your room’s existing décor. Note the colors and styles of the other furniture in your room. Is it new or modern? What color wood do you have? These are important questions to ask, since getting a bed with a light oak finish may clash with your cherry wood dresser and nightstand. Similarly, a very modern, minimalist frame may look odd if your room has antique furnishings.

If possible, it’s nice to choose a bed frame and then select other bedroom furniture to match it. If possible, look for a bedroom set that includes a bed frame because it guarantees that all of your bedroom furniture will match.

Buying And Setting Up Your Bed Frame

Bed frames are easy to find at your local furniture store. Even some larger retailers like IKEA, Walmart and Target have bed frame options. Shopping in a store allows you to see the bed in person before buying, but shopping online will give you many more options as far as style, color and more.

Setting up a bed is simple if you decide to go with a metal frame. It likely won’t take more than 15 minutes to set up.

With a wooden frame, however, set up is usually much more time-consuming. You may need to set aside several hours depending on how elaborate your bed frame construction is. Usually, these beds are very difficult to set up alone so consider having a friend help or, if you don’t have assistance or the time, hiring professionals to set up your bed for you.

Bed frames are easy to find, but they can also be hard to choose. Try to get a second opinion from friends or family members to help you make a smart decision when it comes to buying a bed frame.

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