You’ve spent weeks comparing mattresses, considering qualities like feels and support, pitting innerspring against foam, or deciding if you need a pillowtop. Finally, you find a match made in sleep heaven. But now comes the real challenge: finding a bed frame to put it on. This frame will form the foundation for your new mattress, help it perform its best, and help provide it with the support it was designed to deliver as you sleep each night, so you need to make it count.
Wood or upholstered, headboard or no headboard, standard or drawer base - there are many different types of bed frames. How do you narrow down the list to find the best one for you? Let us take you step-by-step through the decision-making process.
You’ll want to consider your individual preferences and circumstances when sifting through the types of bed frames available. While an elaborate bed in solid timber hardwood may appeal, if you are a renter or likely to move house in the not-too-distant future, a more minimalist modern bed frame may be easier to shift. Upholstered frames can add a touch of style and elegance to your bedroom design but can date sooner than wooden or metal frames. A bed frame with built-in storage can open up new options where space is limited.
Wooden bed frames make an excellent choice if you want a natural, beautiful design that can slip into virtually any bedroom style. The options are limitless, from sleek modern frames to rustic country beds and even ornately carved designs. The beauty of wood is that the material can also be made from an array of timber types and stained light, dark or anywhere in between in warm or cool hues. As well as being an attractive and eye-catching piece of furniture, a high-quality wooden frame can be a versatile option for many years.
Are you going for a modern aesthetic or trying to maximise space? A low, minimalist bed frame offers timeless elegance and opens up a room by leaving more space than higher frames. Usually featuring wood or an upholstered finish, they may feature a high or low headboard, gas lift storage or under bed drawers, depending on the style.
Upholstered bed frames offer your bedroom a touch of decadence and comfort. With eye-catching textures and colours, they easily become the room’s focal point. A cushioned headboard is perfect for those who like to sit in bed to read. Fabric options range from natural materials like cotton and linen to synthetic fibres like polyester. While they can make a stunning centrepiece and cosy sleeping space, fabric-covered bed frames require a bit of upkeep, so it’s something to keep in mind when considering this option.
Platform frames are a type of low bed frame that can offer a complete foundation. Platform frames are great for small spaces and modern bedroom designs as they have a smaller footprint than fabric frames and chunkier wooden frames. They often include under-bed storage drawers, making them even more useful for space-poor rooms.
Metal frames make a stand-out choice when you’re looking for something good-looking that can last. Metal frames come in various finishes from matte to gloss; while black, white and cream are typical options, the painted finish offers up a world of beautiful colour options. Metal frames tend to be a bit cheaper than wood and are more resistant to scratches and damage. However, they can become squeaky over time and are quite heavy to move.
The bed frame with a bookshelf combination is designed for serious bed lovers. The handy built-in shelving is perfect for keeping current reads, a cup of tea, a soothing candle… you get the picture. The bed frame has your ultimate comfort and convenience at heart. They are not the cheapest or easiest to put together, and it’s not the kind of furniture you want to move house with regularly, but if you’re keeping your existing room as-is for a while and want the best in bedroom lounging, the bookshelf bed frame is worth every cent.
Hopefully, by now, you have some inspiration to start you off on your bed hunt - but it doesn’t end there. For every sleeper and every bedroom, there is a perfect frame waiting to be found. From simple bed frames made from natural wood or metal to contemporary beds with low headboards and built-in storage, the convertible daybed for studio living to extra under-bed storage space, with colours, textures and materials to suit any style or scheme, you’re sure to find something you love with a bit of time and love at Snooze.