A bed frame is the foundation for the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom — your mattress. And while finding the right mattress is absolutely essential to good sleep, a strong foundation ensures that you’re being properly supported all night long. But when you’re shopping for the perfect bed frame, there’s more to consider than durability. A good bed frame foundation should provide underbed storage, match your bedroom decor, and not make noise when you roll around at night.
Years ago, the traditional low-frame/box spring combination was the primary option for those in search of a good foundation… But bed frames have come a long way since then. So keep reading and I’ll show you my top five favorite bed frames on the market, and let you in on my personal tips and tricks for picking the perfect foundation for your mattress.
Zinus Shalini Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed
This stylish bed frame features a strong steel construction, wood slat support, and a diamond-stitched upholstered headboard. Additionally, it provides 14 inches of underbed storage space, perfect for sleepers looking to discreetly stow things beneath the frame.
- Personally, my favorite thing about this frame is its style. The combination of the wood slats and steel foundation gives it a rustic aesthetic, and the upholstered headboard features an elegant diamond-stitched pattern.
- Foam-padded tape is wrapped around the steel part of the frame in order to minimize sound, which might be particularly beneficial for heavier sleepers.
- This frame is about $200 for a Queen size, which is a great value for an upholstered foundation like this!
- Tools are required to assemble this bedframe, but everything needed for set up is included with your purchase.
- Those looking for a more simple or sleek design might be put off by the large, upholstered headboard.
This Zinus frame features a strong steel construction, wood slat support, and a diamond-stitched upholstered headboard.
Easy to Set Up
AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Platform Bed Frame
This bed frame features a durable steel construction and a sleek design, ideal for sleepers looking to break away from a bulky box spring. Additionally, no tools are required to assemble this bed frame which makes setup quick and easy.
- This frame offers about 13 inches of vertical clearance under the bed, which comes in handy for those looking for extra storage space.
- To tools are required to assemble this frame, and all you have to do is unfold it and screw on the legs! Personally, I prioritize easy assembly when I’m shopping for bed frames.
- Its foldable design makes it very easy to stow away when you’re not using it, or pack into a vehicle if you want to travel with it.
- Sleepers looking for a more complex or stylish design might want to look elsewhere. This bed frame has a sleek but simple look.
- This bed frame is designed for sleepers up to 250 lbs, which is a relatively low weight limit compared to other frames on the market.
The AmazonBasics bed frame features a durable steel construction and a sleek design, ideal for sleepers looking to break away from a bulky box spring.
Zinus Shawn 14” SmartBase Mattress Foundation
This Zinus SmartBase features a sturdy steel construction, and acts as both the bed frame and the box spring. It offers about 13 inches of underbed storage space and comes at a very reasonable price point, ideal for sleepers on a budget.
- The Zinus Shawn SmartBase can be easily folded in half, which makes storage incredibly easy. Additionally, no tools are required to assemble this base, and setup typically takes less than five minutes.
- This frame comes in a wide range of sizes, and is competitively priced at around $60-$80. Shoppers looking to get the best bang for their buck might be particularly compatible with the Zinus Shawn SmartBase!
- With about 13 inches of underbed storage space, sleepers can easily stow things beneath the frame.
- Sleepers who exceed 250lbs might find that this bed frame creaks a bit when pressure is applied.
- “Expert assembly” is offered for an additional fee of about $100, but I suggest setting this base up yourself. All you have to do is unfold it and tighten the legs of the frame.
This Zinus SmartBase features a sturdy steel construction and offers about 13 inches of underbed storage space and comes at a very reasonable price point, ideal for sleepers on a budget.
Zinus Joseph Modern Studio 6” Platform Low Profile Bed Frame
A strong steel structure and wood slat support keeps your mattress from sagging, and its low profile of 6 inches gives it a modern aesthetic. Additionally, it’s designed to be used with or without a boxspring, depending upon your height preference.
- The combination of steel and wood gives this frame a classic look, but the uniquely low profile adds a modern flare that I find to be quite charming!
- Foam-padded tape is applied to the steel part of the foundation, and non-slip tape is applied to the wooden slats. This prevents the frame from creaking under pressure, and keeps your mattress firmly in place.
- For those who love the style of this foundation but prefer a taller profile, this bed frame comes in 10, 14, and 18 inch options as well.
- While this frame comes with everything you need to assemble it, some may find that using a hex key is not as easy as using a screwdriver.
- Although the low profile of this frame offers an attractive modern look, it doesn’t provide much underbed storage space.
The Zinus has a trong steel structure and wood slat support keeps your mattress from sagging, and its low profile of 6 inches gives it a modern aesthetic.
Best Underbed Storage
Olee Sleep 14” Heavy Duty Steel Slat
This heavy duty bed frame features a steel slat construction and a simple, sleek design. Additionally, it offers about 14 inches of storage beneath the frame, ideal for folks looking to conserve space.
- All hardware and tools needed to assemble this base come with your purchase, which makes setup nice and easy.
- This foundation offers more underbed storage space than other frames I’ve tested, which makes it particularly compatible with those living in smaller apartments.
- This heavy duty frame can support up to 1,200 lbs, which might appeal most to heavier sleepers and/or those with heavy mattresses.
- This entire foundation is made from steel, which might not appeal to those looking for a more dynamic or stylish design.
- Tools are required to assemble this base, but everything you need comes with your order and an “expert assembly” service is offered for an additional fee.
The Olee Sleep Heavy Duty Steel Slat bed offers about 14 inches of storage beneath the frame, ideal for folks looking to conserve space.
How We Picked
Okay sleepers, now that we’ve taken a look at my personal favorite bed frames, let’s talk about the methodology behind my choices. Of course, everyone’s needs and wants are different, but there are a few key factors to consider when you’re shopping for the perfect bed frame.
- Construction – Your bed frame is the foundation for you and your mattress, so make sure it’s strong, sturdy, and manufactured from high quality materials. For the foundation and legs of the base, steel is a pretty safe bet. But sleepers looking to break up the steel construction with another material should go with wooden slats, as it provides support for your mattress, and adds a nice aesthetic flare as well.Personally, I aim for frames that can accommodate up to 500 lbs or more. This way, I know that my base is not going to gradually sink under the weight of my mattress over time. Not to mention, it’s always a good idea to look for brands that offer a generous warranty of 5 years or more. This ensures that, if your base arrives with material defects or breaks, it’ll be repaired or replaced at no expense to you.
- Assembly – When it comes to assembly, a lot comes down to personal preference. If you don’t feel particularly handy with a set of tools, aim for bed frames that can be assembled without them! Similarly, most bed frame brands offer “expert assembly” services wherein shoppers can pay an extra fee to have the bed frame set up for them.If you don’t mind setting the bed frame up yourself, I suggest searching for models that comes with everything you need for assembly. This way, you can get right to work as soon as your bed frame arrives. Regardless, every bed frame comes with step-by-step assembly instructions if you ever get confused.
- Design – Take some time to determine what you want your bed frame to look like! Some sleepers might prefer a simple, sleek design with no headboard or upholstery, while others might prefer a stylish, more dynamic design. Of course, space is always something to consider, regardless of what you choose.If you’re short on space or live in a smaller apartment, I suggest looking for bed frames that feature a foldable design. This means that you can literally fold the frame in half and stow it away if you’re not using it (this also makes it much easier to travel with!). Conversely, if you’re more concerned with style than space, go with a frame that comes with an upholstered headboard, or one that allows a headboard to be attached.
- Underbed Storage – Underbed storage is something I always prioritize when I’m on the hunt for a bed frame. Of course, some folks may prefer a low profile frame for aesthetic purposes, but having at least 10 inches of storage space beneath your bed allows you to discreetly stow things away. Not to mention, it gives you easy access to sleep accessories that you don’t want to keep in bed with you. For example, body pillows are cuddly, but take up a lot of space when you’re not using them. With underbed storage, you can keep your body pillow, pajamas, or any other accessories within close reach.
- Noise – Always pay attention to the materials used to build your bed frame, as well as the weight limit suggested by the brand. Sturdy materials like wood and steel can prevent your frame from creaking and squeaking as you toss and turn, but if you and your mattress exceed the weight limit, noise may be unavoidable. Take some time to figure out the combined weight of you, your mattress, and/or your sleeping partner in order to best determine the bed frame that’s best for you.Additionally, some bed frames are built with foam-padded tape around the foundation in order to minimize those creaking sounds. If you’re a light sleeper who’s easily roused by nighttime noises, this might be a good feature to look out for!
- Box Spring – Brands are increasingly building bed frames that do not need to be used with a box spring. However, some sleepers may prefer to use one! Take some time to consider whether or not you want your bed frame to compatible with a box spring, or if you prefer a frame that offers the option to use a box spring or not.
- Price – As with most pieces of bedroom furniture, price ranges quite a bit depending on the design and materials used. However, there are many sleek, steel frames for under $100. If you’re not looking for anything too fancy, or you’re trying to stick to a strict budget, aim for brands that offer a wide variety of models. This way, you can narrow your search according to how much you’re looking to spend.Regardless of price, I always suggest doing research into both the company and the product to make sure you’re getting exactly what you have in mind. Not to mention, a generous return policy and/or warranty inspires confidence in the shopper, and lets you know that the company cares about customer satisfaction.
Before we wrap up my guide to the best bed frames, allow me to leave with you a few helpful tips to guide you in your search.
- While assembly is often pretty straightforward, some folks might find setup to be kind of intimidating (I can relate, trust me). Not to mention, bed frames are often made of steel and can be quite heavy. So, I suggest taking advantage of white glove delivery or assembly service when it’s offered. Sometimes it costs an additional fee, but occasionally it’s complementary!
- For those who are unsure as to whether or not they want a headboard, go with a frame that gives you the option. Scroll through the “product description” to find out whether or not the frame is “headboard compatible.” If it is, you can order the frame without a headboard, and simply attach one later.
- When it comes to bed frames, I want to stress the importance of warranties. Yes, policies differ from brand to brand, but they all cover material defects for which the company is responsible. This means that if your bed frame arrives damaged, you’ll be promptly refunded.
Well, we’ve reached the end of my guide, and (hopefully) you’ve gotten a good sense about which bed frame is best for you. Just remember that bed frames are the foundation for your mattress, and are a relatively big investment! So be sure to do plenty of research before you make your purchase, and take some time to consider all the little details. After all, a good bed frame will be supporting you and your mattress for years to come. Happy shopping!