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The Best Bed Frame Buying Guide for 2022

The Best Bed Frame Buying Guide for 2022

A great deal of time in people's lives is spent sleeping. For quality sleep and good health, a quality minimalist bed frame sleep system is essential. More than just a place for your mattress to make its home, a bed frame can be the focal point of your bedroom decor.

Does your mattress need support? Do you want a beautiful addition to your bedroom? Do you need extra storage space near where you sleep? A perfect bed frame with drawers can solve all of these problems.

We've put together several tips for choosing the best bed frame. The following tips will help you choose the perfect bed frame for your bed that will not only provide functionality but also become a great-looking part of your bedroom.

1. What is a bed frame?
2. What is the purpose of a bed frame?
3. Is a bed frame a must?
4. How to choose a bed frame?
a) Find the best mattress for your family
b) Which one do you need? ¬— box springs vs slats
c) Height of a bed frame
d) The best material for a bed frame
e) Different types of headboards
f) Evaluate the legs

What is a bed frame?

A bed frame (also called a bedstead) refers to the rails on your bed. Traditionally, it consists of an integrated headboard, footboard, bed legs and bed side rails. Bed rails serve to support your foundation as well as your mattress.

In contrast to the basic mattress foundation or base, bed frames are often ornamental and come in a variety of styles. The bed frame is designed to support the box spring and the mattress. The bed frame keeps the mattress and foundation off the floor and helps protect against moisture, dust and mold.

On the market, most platform beds have a solid base, which is usually made of wood, metal, or plastic. Slatted platform beds use slats made from wood, metal or plastic as a base. Metal platform beds come in wrought iron or steel and use a metal grid and support wires as a base.

What is the purpose of the bed frame?

The purpose of the bed frame is to act as the foundation of the mattress, which is raised above the floor. This support will improve air circulation under and around the mattress. Improved circulation will protect the sleeper from the rattles, mold, bacteria and dust mites that occur in, on and around mattresses.

 

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Is the bed frame a must?

A bed frame is a necessity if you want additional mental comfort and physical support when you fall asleep at night. A bed frame keeps the mattress off the ground, helping to protect them from moisture buildup, dust and mold. Moreover, soft bed frames keep allergens, insects and mold out of your mattress and can prolong the longevity of your box spring for many years to come.

How to choose a bed frame?

Before selecting a suitable and beautiful upholstered bed frame online or offline, we need to consider the following issues:

Find the best mattress for your family

  • Memory foam

Memory foam is a denser polyurethane foam that does not compress under pressure. When you lie on the memory foam, it softens due to the heat of your body and molds to the shape of your body. Once you stand up, it will slowly return to its original shape. Memory foam mattresses have become popular because they offer help with pressure relief, offer comfortable support and enable sleepers to move around on the bed without that movement being felt significantly elsewhere on the mattress.

  • Innerspring mattress

Innerspring mattresses are one of the oldest and most commonly used mattress types. Innerspring mattresses use a combination of metal springs or coils to create a core support frame covered with fabric, with cushioning material used at the top of the mattress for additional support. This mattress type offers the widest range of comfort options.

  •  Hybrid mattress

A hybrid mattress has one or more layers of foam based on a spring. It combines the classic benefits of an innerspring coil support system with the added benefits of memory foam to provide greater support. Sleepers experience the pressure release of a foam foundation and the firm feel of a classic innerspring mattress.

  • Mattress-in-a-box

Mattress-in-a-boxes are usually constructed with full foam. They differ from traditional all-foam mattresses in that they are compressed and rolled into a compact box instead of being shipped flat. All you have to do is simply unpack your mattress in a box, roll it out, and let it achieve its full shape and comfort.

  • Adjustable Air Mattress

You can inflate this air mattress to the firmness you want with the electric air pump attached to the bed. And it also allows you to inflate it to as many different firmness levels as you would like, which can help accommodate many different types of sleepers. Whether you're camping, traveling, hosting guests, or staying overnight, an air mattress provides comfort and convenience in an instant.

Which one do you need? —box spring vs slats

Some form of support is required under the mattress. Without support, your mattress will sag or wear out prematurely. There are two mainstream support options on the market – bed slats and box springs.

  • Slats:

Bed slats are horizontal wooden or metal plates that are typically used to secure the mattress of a platform bed. The slats are located within the mattress foundation or bed frame and are designed to support the mattress. They are designed to keep body weight evenly distributed and prevent sinking. Depending on the size of your bed, you may have one or two rows of planks running side by side.

Since the primary purpose of the bed frame is to support your mattress, you need to make sure that the slat system is sturdy. Choose a frame with sturdy slats that do not bend easily. Weak slats won't give your mattress the support it needs, and they may eventually break.

PROS

  1. Easy to assemble: lighter weight than bulky box springs, wooden slats are easy to disassemble and easier to move.
  2. Ventilation: on a slatted frame, air flows freely around the mattress. The open space prevents heat from being trapped, keeping sleepers cool all night.
  3. Good air permeability: imagine if the bottom of the bed is unventilated, especially during the wet and rainy season, which can cause problems such as mold and mildew due to water accumulation, and these conditions will only accelerate bed frame damage.
  4. Greater comfort: some boards have elasticity and will be more comfortable when used together with a mattress.
  5. Strong support: the slats provide more support to ensure your mattress doesn't sink or slide.

Cons

  1. Possible sagging: slats that are spaced too far apart may cause some types of mattresses to sag after prolonged use.
  2. Possible movement: if bed slats are not secured properly, they may move or fall during the night. This can result in injury or damage to the mattress and platform bed frame. The bed slats suddenly dropping might also wake you up in the middle of the night.

We recommend the Yaheetech bed frame with sturdy wood slat support.

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Strong leg support: crafted with strong, durable and sturdy iron legs in the middle and hard plastic legs in four corners, our Yaheetech queen bed frame with a headboard offers you long-term comfort and ease when resting.

Supportive wooden slats: the durable wood slats support and extend the life of your latex or memory foam mattress; there’s no need to use a box spring.

  • Box spring

Typically, the box spring is made of wood or metal. It’s a platform covered with fabric, which is placed directly under the mattress.

The box spring works as a barrier between the mattress and the bed. It can help extend the life of your mattress by absorbing some of the impacts of the mattress. Box springs can also provide more support to the mattress and can add a great deal of height to your bed.

Most box springs today do not contain springs. Instead, they are usually just wooden frames covered with fabric. But as mattresses have become better constructed over the years, box springs are becoming less common.

PROS

  1. Less chance of sagging: a stable support system for your mattress and generally offers less of a chance of sagging.
  2. More height: adds height to your bed, which is especially good for sleepers that want to be higher off the ground.
  3. Slightly bouncy: if the box spring has spring coils, it will provide a slight bounce when paired with an innerspring mattress.

Cons

  1. Bulky: most box springs cannot be folded or disassembled for transport, making them unwieldy and difficult to move.
  2. Not easy to clean: the fabric on the box spring could easily gather dirt and dust and be difficult to clean.
  3. Lacks storage space: not much storage space is available under your bed.
  4. Springs can lose support over time: box springs without a coil provide very little support. This can cause sagging and creasing, especially on mattresses with foam bases.

Height of a bed frame

The height of a platform bed frame can make a significant difference to the overall feel of a room. A rule of thumb that people like to follow in real life is that the smaller the room, the lower the bed frame. Choosing a lower bed frame will make the room feel larger than it actually is. On the other hand, putting a high bed in a small room will make it feel confined and small.

If the space is small, a platform frame is recommended. If the space is larger, consider a taller bed frame or a box spring to raise the height of the mattress. Keep in mind that a higher height also adds more invisible under-bed storage space, and you can place more quilts or miscellaneous items there. If you have pets, they may even be able to rest under a relatively high bed frame.

Other helpful points:

  • For people with mobility issues, the higher the mattress, the better.
  • If you prefer to lie on the floor, a platform bed is a good choice. You can also look for a low-profile bed frame.

The best material for a bed frame

The two main material choices are wood and metal, although some may also be upholstered in fabric or leather. This is a matter of personal preference and should be chosen according to the decorative style of the room.

  • Metal

Metal bed frames are made of iron or steel. Metal bed frames are usually not only very strong and durable but are also designed to give a very minimalist look. As metal bed frames are usually lighter than wooden bed frames, they are much easier to transport and disassemble.

However, the downside is that if not constructed properly, or used over a long period, a metal bed frame can make strange noises inside, which can disrupt your sleep at night.

Compared to wooden beds, iron beds are more environmentally friendly. But an issue is that with long-term use of a metal bed frame, the welding may loosen and rust easily, especially in humid climates. Using a metal bed frame in a children's room is not recommended because children are relatively active and will inevitably make the frame move a lot more, thereby affecting its stability.

Other helpful points:

At present, iron beds are bulkier.

The quality of the iron bed depends on the material’s thickness. If the material is thicker, generally the quality is better.

Regarding paint, there are two kinds of treatments, baking paint and spray painted. Baking paint is safer, more environmentally friendly, has a richer color, and doesn’t easily lose paint.

  • Upholstered

Upholstered bed frames are covered in fabric or leather over wood and are very luxurious. They fit the aesthetic of modern, contemporary and traditional homes.

The benefit of upholstered bed frames is that they are more stylish and more in line with modern choices, as they come in a variety of different colors, whereas most plain wood and metal bed frames are neutral in tone.

  • Wood

Wood is the other main material for bed frames and is also very sturdy. There are many different types of wood that bed frame suppliers use, each with its own price points, pros/cons, and aesthetics. To get a quality wooden bed frame, be sure to check which type of wood is being used.

Here are the pros and cons of several different types of woods that are commonly used for bed frames. When choosing the best bed frame for your own home, you can consider the points below and factor in cost and aesthetics.

Types of Wood

Types

Pros

Cons

Chinese oak

(Fraxinus mandshurica)

hard, slightly heavy

nice internal pattern

tough

wood is easily deformed prone to attracting moths

Beech

( Zelkova schneideriana)

hard wood

wear-resistant and lustrous

not easy to deform when dry

easy to process, finish and glue

 

Ash

(Fraxinus spp.)

white and smooth

relatively easy to compress

 

Oak

Quercus spp.

hard

resistant to friction

doesn’t easily absorb water

large mountain-shaped pattern, very beautiful

 

Black Walnut

smooth and delicate surface

strongly resistant to decay

not easily deformed

able to adapt to many climates

less tough

expensive, more tedious to maintain

Rubberwood

good resistance to compression

very stable

a chemical reaction, it will be a kind of sour smell

Different types of headboards

A headboard is a piece of furniture that is fixed to the head of your bed. A durable headboard supports your bed, but most importantly it protects your walls from wear and tear. Bed frames with headboards can also add a touch of elegance to your bedroom and are now more often used as a decorative element. Additionally, some come with practical features, such as keeping pillows from falling off the bed.

In terms of design, some headboards are built-in, and some even have drawers or storage. With a headboard, you can protect your walls from damage. It can also be used as a backrest or pillow rest to make you more comfortable.

There are many types of bed headrest materials often seen on the market, the following are the four most common, which can give you some inspiration when you choose.

Types of headboards

 

Types

Feature

 

Metal

Space-saving

Suitable for personalized home decorating

Lasts longer, more durable

 

Leather (fabric)

Soft and comfortable

Suitable for modern style bedrooms, but occupies relatively more space

Solid wood & leather

With both solid wood space-saving and leather comfort.

 

Solid wood

Saves space

Natural and simple texture

 

Adjustable headboard

In addition to the difference in material types, modern headboards have developed to meet the different needs of many types of people.

An adjustable headboard allows you to raise the head of the bed according to the user's preference. The removable headboard allows you to choose any type of mattress.

Adjustable headboards come in a variety of designs, not only in a wide range of shapes and colors but also with adjustable legs that can easily and conveniently be matched with a variety of metal bed frames to decorate any bedroom, which can add a sophisticated atmosphere to your home.

Combining the above two factors about the headboard, choosing a soft faux leather upholstered and adjustable headboard is undoubtedly the best choice.

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  • Crafted in a modern style with sleek lines and graceful button-tufted diamond patterns, the Yaheetech bed frame with storage is an excellent modern interpretation of elegance and sophistication. It’s ideal for contemporary and traditional room styles.
  • The frame of the Yaheetech black upholstered bed is made with sturdy wood that includes a strong wooden slat system as well as solid metal rails on the headboard and in the center, ensuring a long life span.
  • The headboard height is adjustable to suit different sizes of mattresses.
  • With 4 large pull-out wire netting drawers at the base of the bed, you are provided with convenient storage compartments to keep your bedroom essentials.
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Evaluate the legs

The stronger the support legs of the bed, the steadier the overall structure of the bed. On the contrary, some beds have several support legs, but their quality and/or craftsmanship is poor, which results in a bed that’s actually not very stable.

The design of the bed is dependent on the legs that are there to bear the weight. The other various supports are to compensate for the lack of bed leg support. More legs are not always better.

Another important consideration regarding bed legs: do the legs provide any floor protection by including leg caps/covers? If not, the bed legs may snag your carpet, scratch your floors, or be difficult to move.

Some bed frames have wheels on the base of the legs. These allow you to easily move the bed at your discretion. Once you have found the perfect position, look for locking bed leg wheels to keep the bed in place.

FAQs

1. How to maintain my bed?

  • Use a soft rag to occasionally remove dust from the surface of the bed frame.
  • Don’t let the bed frame be exposed to the sun for a long time. High temperatures are not friendly to different materials. For example:
    • Wood might crack
    • Upholstered beds with lots of fabric might start to fade to yellow
  • The material of the bed frame needs to be properly maintained
    • For example, you can occasionally apply wood oil to solid wood bed frames
    • You can remove the fabric from fabric beds and put them in your washing machine or hand wash them
    • You can occasionally check the welding and screw tightness of metal beds. If you start to hear noises from it, you can add some WD-40.

2. Can I use the mattress directly on the floor?

  • Yaheetech’s recommendation: do not put your mattress directly on the floor
  • Placing your mattress directly on the floor can provide firm support. But it is not recommended for the following reasons because it is easy for dust, dirt and bacteria to collect in the mattress. As time passes, exposure to these contaminants can lead to certain health problems.

3. What are the different bed frame designs?
There are many types of beds to choose from, and the best one for you depends on your individual needs. Here is an overview of information on six specially designed beds on the market:

  • A convertible bed is a bed that can be converted into a different type of furniture. This type of bed is perfect for people who are tight on space because it can have multiple uses. A convertible bed can become a sofa, a chair, or even a table!
  • A panel bed is a traditional type of bed with panels on the headboard and footboard. This style originated in Europe in the 20th century and is still popular today. Panel beds can be made of a variety of materials, including wood, metal or upholstered fabric.
  • An adjustable bed can be modified into different positions to suit specific needs, which makes it more comfortable for people with neck or back pain. Adjustable beds include frames with adjustable headrests.
  • An air bed is a great option for people with limited space. When not in use, it can be easily deflated and stored away, making it perfect for camping or travel.
  • Bunk beds are a popular choice for children's bedrooms because they have a thoughtful and functional design. There are two types of bunk beds - a traditional style with two single beds stacked on top of each other, and a more modern L-shaped design with a double bed on the bottom and a single bed on the other.
  • Canopy beds are equipped with canopies or mosquito nets around them. They are considered beds with romantic features that create a romantic and loving atmosphere, perfect for couples who want to spend time together in bed.
  • An electric bed has two or more hinges that run on a motor that allows the angle of the headrest or footrest to be adjusted with the push of a button, allowing different parts of the bed to be raised and lowered independently of each other, adjusting to the user's preference for different sleeping positions.
  • A water bed is a vinyl mattress filled with water. Some modern water beds support themselves without a separate frame and come with temperature controls to make the water warmer. Waterbeds distribute pressure evenly throughout your body. Relieves pressure and tension in your joints, including the joints of your spine.

Conclusion

This is a detailed guide to new bed frame selection, introducing the definition and purpose of bed frames, and giving some advice on 6 different aspects of choosing the right bed frame, and if necessary you can turn to experts for a field trip to an offline store. Go ahead and pick your new bed frame.

About Yaheetech

Yaheetech, established in 2003, is a professional brand specializing in home and office furniture. With 39 self-own warehouses worldwide, we deliver a wide selection of quality furniture products within 3 days locally and support 30 days no reason to return and exchange goods policies.
Operating our markets in 10 countries covering Northern America and Europe for more than 15 years, we have successfully become an industry-leading furniture brand with 1.9 million global sales.
Through continuous effort, we gain Best Seller among Furniture Supplies on over 10 online shopping platforms, including Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Wayfair, Wish, Cdiscount, ManoMano, OTTO, Rakuten, Real and more.
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