The Ultimate Guide To Bed Frames

Everybody wants a good looking bedroom. It is after all, where you go to relax. Nothing beats the feeling of coming home after a long day at work and just falling on to your bed, arms outstretched. To make your bedroom look good however, you need to get multiple things right.

Apart from the placement of the dresser and the type of curtains you choose, your bed can make a huge difference to how your bedroom looks. It is probably the first thing everyone’s eyes are drawn to as they enter your bedroom. It is, without a doubt, the centerpiece of most bedrooms. This is where things get a little hard though, as there are an endless amount of different types of beds and bed frames, and it can get a little confusing as to which one would suit your bedroom the most. So let’s take a quick look at the different kinds of frames available, and where they work.

The Importance Of Choosing The Right Bed Frame

For someone not experienced in furnishing rooms, the importance given to the bed frame might seem slightly unwarranted. After all, it’s just a bed right? Doesn’t the wall or the lighting play more important roles in making a bedroom look inviting? Well…yes and no. It’s a bit of a catch-22 situation.

If you don’t care for the bed frame and instead make everything else look extravagant, the bed frame would still catch visitors’ attention. But in this case it would serve to underwhelm them as the rest of the bedroom would succeed it in looks. However, were you to simply get yourself a good bed frame and leave everything else, the rest of the furniture would drag the look of the bedroom down. Simply put, you cannot unbalance furniture, and must strike an equal balance between everything.

Also, before you go searching for the right bed frame, decide what size your bed will be. Single beds can make do with plain frames, as they’re not meant to take up most of the space in the bedroom. Simple framed singles beds in a corner of the room look perfectly fine. However, if you’re going for a queen-size or king-size double bed, you might want to think about adding a slight touch of style to the frame.

Where to Buy
Home Life LIFE Home Premiere Classics Cloth Light Beige Cream Linen 51" Tall Headboard Platform Bed with Slats Full - Complete Bed 5 Year Warranty Included
Zinus Shalini Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed / Mattress Foundation / Easy Assembly / Strong Wood Slat Support / Sage Grey, Full
Bombay Sir George Velvet Tufted Upholstered King Bed, Queen, Cliff Blue Grey


Panel Bed Frames


Panel beds are distinguished by their tall headboards. Simple in every other way, the headboard serves as the main eye-catching feature of the bed. It can be made of paneled or patterned wood, or padded with foam with elegant designs made on its surface with buttons and other trinkets. Your choice of headboard should also factor in how you plan to rest against the headboard – i.e. with or without a pillow and for how long – and if the rest of your bedroom is using sleek, elegant furniture or more poufy variants. To give you a better feel for what panel beds can look like, here are a few suggestions.

Where to Buy
Claridge Upholstered Mattress Foundation | Platform Bed | Metal Frame with Wood Slat Support | Grey, Twin XL
Zinus Shalini Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed / Mattress Foundation / Easy Assembly / Strong Wood Slat Support / Dark Grey, Queen
Modway Linnea Upholstered White Full Platform Bed with Wood Slat Support
Zinus Curtis Essential Upholstered Platform Bed Frame / Mattress Foundation / Easy Assembly / Strong Wood Slat Support, Queen


Platform Bed Frames


Platform beds are pretty much panel beds but without the elevated headboard. Platform beds are some of the most basic types of bed frames around, and often go well with simple headboards and minimalistic supporting legs. They are usually somewhat raised off of the ground, and do not require the use of box springs. A few platform beds available right now have been linked below.

Where to Buy
Bestar, Universal Collection, Queen Murphy Bed with Two Storage Units (107“)
Bestar Cielo Collection, Queen Murphy Bed and Two Storages
Atlantic Furniture Hamilton Murphy Bed Chest with Charging Station & Mattress, Queen, Walnut


Murphy Bed Frames


Murphy beds, named after William L. Murphy, are bed frames designed to be folded into the wall when not in use. Their main purpose is pretty much to save space and allow for a more spacious room for other activities. Though popular among small bedrooms with single beds, it is not unheard of for someone to own a large Murphy bed in an already relatively large bedroom. Maybe the aesthetic of it just appeals to some people. If you’re interested, here are some Murphy beds you might like.

Where to Buy
Broyhill Kids Marco Island Captain's Bed with Trundle Bed and Drawers, Twin, Gray, Twin-Sized Mattress (Not Included), Bunk Bed Alternative, Great for Sleepovers, Underbed Storage/Organization
DHP Lina Metal Daybed with Trundle, Twin Size Sofa Bed Frame, Gold
Bedz King Mission Style Full Bed with a Full Trundle, Gray


Trundle Bed Frames


Trundle beds are bed frames that have a concealed second bed beneath the main bed. Trundle beds look like your ordinary single bed on the surface, and only really differentiate from them when the second bed is pulled out. Trundle beds are mostly used to support visiting guests, most commonly children in the form of friends or cousins. However, if you fancy having the option of a backup bed ready for use at a moment’s notice, trundle beds are a solid option and save a lot of space. Below are links to some trundle beds you might like.

Where to Buy
Acme 19520Q Louis Philippe III Queen Bed, Cherry Finish
Furniture of America Goodwell Traditional Brown Cherry Tufted Leather Camel-Back Sleigh Bed California King


Sleigh Bed Frames


Sleigh beds cannot be grouped into one type, and to try to explain their design is difficult without omitting most designs on the market. Sleigh beds can range from all kinds of styles, but one common factor seems to be that the headboard and footboard are almost always curved in some way. Traditionally, sleigh beds have always been made of wood. Recently however, other option (like metal) have also become available. Sleigh beds suit bedrooms with a lot of traditional wooden furniture and dark tones. In case that’s the look you’re going for, here are a couple of sleigh beds that might strike your fancy.

Where to Buy
WeeHom Unique Canopy Bed Frame with 4 Posters Vintage Classic Design Metal Bed Frame No Box Spring Needed Support Mattress Foundation Twin Gold
Debroux English Estate Cal King Poster Bed in Cherry
Bed Heirloom Pine Queen Pencil Post Maple Posts | Renovator's Supply
Benjara Traditional Style California King Wooden Bed with Floral Carving, Brown


Poster Bed Frames

There are a variety of poster bed frames that you can get. Which one suits your particular bedroom best is something you will have to decide for yourself. The common underlying factor of a poster bed is that it has four poles rising from each corner of the bed. The different types of poster beds are as follows:

  • Four Poster Bed Frame: The most commonly known poster bed frame, this one has equal length poles that rise up and can support a canopy as well as drapes around the bed.


  • Low Poster Bed Frame: This poster bed has much shorter poles rising from its corners, though they still end at the same height. This frame cannot support drapes or a canopy.


  • Pencil Poster Bed Frame: This frame shares similarities with the four poster bed frame in that it has tall posts of equal length. However, unlike the aforementioned bed frame, the pencil poster frame is not known for drapes or canopies. And the poles themselves are much thinner and simple, with carvings sometimes accompanying their designs. Most of the time, the poles have some sort of stylized tip at the top.


  • Half Poster Bed Frame: The half poster bed frame adds a new twist to the poster frame family by changing up the sizes of the front and rear poles. Almost always, the headboard’s poles are twice the length of the footboard’s poles. However, designs with low headboard poles and negligible footboard poles are not uncommon either.


Below we’ve linked one product for each type of poster bed frame to give you an idea of what they’re like.

Where to Buy
Hooseng Twin Size Platform Storage Bed with 3 Drawers,No Box Spring Needed, Brown Cherry
Coaster - Phoenix Contemporary Queen Bookcase Bed with Underbed Storage Drawers
DG Casa Cosmo Upholstered Platform Bed Frame Base with Storage Drawers, Queen Size in Beige Linen Style Fabric
Wood Platform Bed with 3 Drawers - Twin Storage Bed Wood Slat Support, No Box Spring Needed
DHP Theo Urban Daybed with Storage Drawers, Full, Tan Velvet Bed


Divan Bed Frames


Divan beds are known primarily for their drawers that are concealed beneath the bed. Much like the trundle beds mentioned above, the drawers can be pulled out when needed and tucked away neatly when not in use. These beds are a very helpful resource for people with limited room space or not enough cupboards. The number, size, and design of the drawers can vary greatly from bed to bed. A few divan beds have been listed below for you.

Where to Buy
Novogratz Marion Canopy Bed Frame, Gold, Full
Canopy Bed Frame with Built-in Headboard, Bed Frame Metal Design No Box Spring Needed, Queen Size (Black)
Metal Framed Canopy Platform Bed with Built-in Headboard, No Box Spring Needed, 4-Post Queen-Sized Canopy Bedframe (Sliver)


Canopy Bed Frames


Canopy beds share a lot of features with the four poster bed frame. However, canopy beds tend to come with all the four poles already connected and forming a canopy. You have traditional canopy beds with extravagant and thick poles with tons of styling and decorations. And you have the contemporary canopy beds that are more in taste with modern bedrooms; with thin poles and minimalistic decorations. A few canopy beds are linked below.

Where to Buy
Serta RNE-3S-CC-SET Rane Collection Convertible Sofa, L66.1 x W33.1 x H29.5, Charcoal
Mainstay.. Metal Arm Futon with 6" Mattress, (1, Black)
DHP Emily Futon Couch Bed, Modern Sofa Design Includes Sturdy Chrome Legs and Rich Linen Upholstery, Grey


Futon Bed Frames


Originating as a simple mattress from Japan, the Westernized version features a very simple and very low frame to support your mattress a few inches above the ground. Though not that commonly used, futon beds have their purpose and are very much admired by some people, who find sleeping closer to the ground much more comforting. Also, as most models can be folded into a couch when needed, they are popular among people looking to save space. If you’re one of those people, here are some futon bed frames you might want to check out.

Where to Buy
DHP Miles Metal Full, Blue Bunk Bed
Trundle Bunk Beds, Rockjame Solid Wood Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed with Stairs, Storage and Safety Guard Rail for Boys, Girls, Kids, Teens and Adults (White)
Walker Edison Furniture Company Modern Metal Pipe Twin Over Full Double Bunk Kids Bed Bedroom Storage Guard Rail Ladder, White


Bunk Bed Frames


Bunk beds, also known as double decker beds, don’t need any introduction. All of us as kids have dreamed of having a bunk bed in our room. And those who did most likely fought over who got to sleep on the top bunk. Bunk beds are excellent bed frames for saving space in a bedroom, and are mostly used by siblings sharing the same room. Though simple bunk beds just consist of a single bed atop another single bed and a ladder, other, more stylish variations have also made their way into the market.

Other types of bunk beds include the L-Shaped Bunk, which are two beds in an L-Shape with often a couch on the floor, and the Twin Over Full Bunk, which is just a bunk bed with a double-sized lower bunk to accommodate more people. Bunk beds in which the lower bunk functions as a trundle bed are also common. Below we’ve listed some bunk beds for you to look at.

Where to Buy
Dorel Living Moon Bay Loft Bed, Black
Loft Bed with Desk, Twin Size Wood loft Space Saving bunk for Kids and Teenagers (Espresso)
Rosebery Kids Twin Wood Loft Bunk Bed with Desk and Dresser in Stone Gray


Loft Bunk Bed Frames


The “grown-up” version of the bunk bed; the loft bunk is ideal for people living alone in studio apartments and the like. A loft bunk bed consists of the top bunk portion of the bunk bed, complete with a ladder, with the lower bunk having been replaced with something else; most commonly a desk. This allows for a portion of the room to be utilized for both work and sleep, and helps free up a considerable portion of small apartments and rooms. Below are some loft bunk beds you might want to take a look at.

Where to Buy
DHP Cambridge Upholstered Linen Platform Bed with Wooden Slat Support and Under Bed Storage, Button Tufted Headboard, Full Size - Grey
Right Deals UK Ottoma Bed Storage Four Mattress Options (4ft6 Double No Mattress, White)
MODERNIQUE® Ottoman Gas Lift Up 4'6" Double Faux Leather Storage Bed in Black


Storage Bed Frames


Storage bed frames take trundle bed frames one step further. Instead of a limited amount of space under the bed being utilized for storage in the form of drawers, the whole portion beneath the bed is used instead. To access it, one has to lift up the mattress portion. These beds not only provide you with much more storage space, they also get rid of the edges drawers inevitably display. Here are some storage beds you ought to look at.

Where to Buy
INNOMAX Sanctuary Free Flow Full Wave Waterbed Mattress, Queen
Premium Liner for Softside Deep Fill Waterbed King
Queen 90% Waveless Waterbed Mattress with Fill Kit and 4oz Conditioner


Water Beds


Though not really a frame per se, it would nevertheless be remiss of us if we didn’t mention these as an option. Water beds weren’t only used on TV to tease our young minds as children, they are actually available. Though not common at all, water beds are an excellent option for people who toss and turn all night long. Originally used for therapy, water beds are a luxury item that you won’t regret purchasing if you are at all like you were as a child. Here are a few water bed mattresses and water beds.

Where to Buy
Home Source - Electric Faux Leather 4ft6 Double Black TV Bedstead - Holds up to 32'' TV
Newark 4ft6 Double Faux Leather Electric TV Bed - White


TV Bed Frames


If water beds aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for luxury, a TV bed is just what you need. Ordinary in every other way, a TV bed’s major difference is the footboard. The footboard of a TV bed is much larger than is normal for beds, because inside it is a TV. The TV can be raised by the push of a button, and different frames offer different storage options for DVD or Blu-ray players and gaming consoles. Here are a couple of TV beds you might consider worth buying.

Where to Buy
Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage, Wireless Remote, Three Leg Heights, and USB Ports-Ergonomic, Twin XL, Black
Sven & Son Split King Adjustable Bed Base Frame + 12” Luxury Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Head Up Foot Up, USB Ports, Zero Gravity, Interactive Dual Massage, Wireless, Classic (Split King)
Zinus - Jared - Adjustable Bed Frame Base / Mattress Foundation with Remote / Whisper-Quiet Motorized Movement / Ergonomic Positioning for Better Health and Relaxation , Twin XL
LUCID L100 Adjustable Bed Base Steel Frame - 5 Minute Assembly - Head and Foot Incline - Wired Remote Control - Queen


Adjustable Bed Frames


If your quest for luxury is less about embedded TVs and more about pure physical pleasure, adjustable beds are for you. Much like the water bed, these beds were originally designed for people with chronic back or neck pain but got adopted by others because of the level of comfort they provided. Simply put, you can adjust your bed in a variety of ways, from raising your head or feet, to making it resemble a wave to help your back. Here are some great adjustable beds that come with a variety of features.

Where to Buy
Zinus Dachelle Upholstered Platform Bed Frame / Mattress Foundation / Wood Slat Support / No Box Spring Needed / Easy Assembly, Full
Matisse Fujian Modern Bed 2 Night Stands King (Ash Black)
GREATIME B1159 Modern Round Bed,Queen,Black


Modern Bed Frames


Exploding in popularity in recent years, the beauty of the modern set of bed frames is that nothing is overdone. There are no lavish headboard or complex folding mechanisms. No drapes or canopies or anything. These frames are simple, sleek, and elegant. And this is where their beauty and their appeal lies. Your kind of bed? Here are some you’re sure to love.

Where to Buy
DHP Lafayette Metal Bed, Bronze, King
Hillsdale Furniutre Baremore Bed, Queen, Antique Brown
Better Homes and Gardens Kelsey Metal Bed (Twin, Black)


Wrought Bed Frames


Wrought bed frames are frames with hard, metal headboard and footboards of thinly wrought steel. These aren’t particularly comfortable if resting against the headboard is something you wish to do. Nevertheless, they have their place and are favored by some people. They are simple beds with not much to say about them really. However, you may want to look at some yourself to decide if they appeal to you.

Where to Buy
NE Kids Highlands Twin Bookcase Bed in Driftwood
South Shore Reevo Full Mates Bed With Bookcase Headboard (54"), Pure White


Bookcase Bed Frames


Perfect for people whose day isn’t complete until they’ve read a few pages of a good book, the bookcase bed frames incorporate bookshelves inside their headboards. Understandably, the headboard is thicker than usual, but the books inside make it look stunning anyway. This is the perfect bed to come home to for bookworms, and is one of the coziest options on the market. Here are a couple of beds that’ll keep your books safe while you’re gone.


And that concludes our brief look into the world of beds, and their various types. If you can’t decide which one you should go for, here’s a tip: It’s the one which appealed the most to you and brought a smile to your face at just the thought of owning it. Get the bed that you find most attractive, and then style your bedroom around it. After all, there’s no need to needlessly curb your comfort is there?