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Types of Bed Frames (Different Styles)

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If you’ve been searching for a new frame for your mattress, then you’ve noticed that it’s way more complicated than it used to be. There are so many different types of bed frames and it can be hard to decide which is best. We researched all of the most popular bed frame styles and compiled this list. Read on to find out which style of bed frame is best for YOUR mattress.


Different Types of Bed Frames

Typically, bed frames can be made from either wood or metal. Wooden bed frames tend to be sturdier and more robust than metal bed frames although newer types of metal frames can withstand a lot. Different bed frames offer different functions and it also depends on the type of mattress you will be using. As an example, an ottoman bed frame falls under the category of storage beds and is a good option if you need extra storage space.


Platform Bed Frame

platform bed in a tropical inspired bedroom
Platform Bed Frame

The most common type of bed frame is the platform bed frame. Platform beds can be made from either wood or metal and are often closer to the ground. There are variations to the platform bed frame such as a floating bed which is considered a more modern bed frame.

You do not need to use a box spring with a platform bed, as it usually features a solid base as its foundation. Platform bed frames are great for heavier and thicker mattresses like the Nolah Evolution 15. They also can accommodate larger mattress sizes like the California King bed.


Wrought Iron Bed Frame

wrought iron bed frame in a high end bed room
Wrought Iron Bed Frame

When it comes to metal bed frames, wrought iron bed frames are on the more expensive end of the spectrum while the more ubiquitous steel bed frame is more affordable. This is largely due to the fact that iron beds are handmade and often require skilled artisans to make them.

Wrought iron bed frames come in elaborate and intricate styles and act as a statement piece for any bedroom because of its commanding presence.

Depending on the type of wrought iron frame and whether or not it already has slats in place for support, a box spring can sometimes be used with a wrought iron bed frame.


Sleigh Bed Frame

sleigh bed frame in a mid century modern bedroom
Sleigh Bed Frame

With smooth, rolling curves and a built-in headboard and footboard, sleigh bed frames have been made popular in 19th century France. Usually made from heavy, polished wood with ornate carvings, sleigh beds of today now also come as upholstered bed frames for a more contemporary look.

Lending a rustic yet somehow regal look to any master bedroom, sleigh beds can definitely accommodate larger bed sizes. Bear in mind, sleigh beds can be very heavy so if you plan to move around a lot, this type of bed frame might not be the best option for you. A sleigh bed frame can also take up a lot of space in the bedroom so if you have a smaller room, you might not have space for anything else.


Adjustable Bed Frame

adjustabled bed frame in simple bedroom
Adjustable Bed Frame

When you think of adjustable beds, you might picture a hospital bed and while you’re not wrong, adjustable bed frames are a bit more sophisticated. Controlled either manually or via remote, an adjustable bed frame allows you to raise your head and/or feet for a more comfortable sleeping position. Adjustable bed frames are recommended to those who suffer from sleep apnea or acid reflux, as this allows them to control the height levels of where they lay their heads.

Some adjustable bed frames also feature zero gravity, which essentially means you feel weightless as you lay down, offering maximum pressure relief. Some even feature a massage option or an anti-snore option.

However, not all mattress types work with an adjustable bed frame so if you plan on getting one, do make sure that your current mattress is compatible with it. Most bed-in-a-box brands nowadays offer mattresses that can be used with an adjustable bed.


Canopy Bed Frame

canopy bed frame in hotel room
Canopy Bed Frame

Canopy bed frames were originally made to keep in warmth while also offering privacy. Used mostly with a four poster bed, canopy beds tend to have fabric draped over the tops and sides, creating a curtain-like effect you can open and close as needed.

Nowadays, some four poster bed frames do not come with a canopy, but this depends on the overall aesthetic one is going for in their bedroom.

Canopy beds can actually be made from any type of bed frame, one just needs some sort of fabric to drape over the bed. Fabrics used for a makeshift canopy bed are usually made out of thin, gauzy fabric lending a soft, romantic vibe to any bedroom. Or, if you want to be a little bit extra, make like French royalty and use brocade. The possibilities are endless.


Trundle Bed Frame

trundle bed frame in simple bedroom
Trundle Bed Frame

Trundle beds are basically a bed within a bed. Used mostly in children’s bedrooms and tiny apartments, a trundle bed frame can either be a pull-out trundle or a pop-out trundle. They are basically the same, the only difference is the method of how the second bed is rolled out.

A trundle bed can bed made from either wood or metal and always have some for of hinge or rolling mechanism within them.

Custom trundle beds can be made into larger sizes to accommodate larger mattress sizes but most trundle beds that are available commercially come in a Twin XL up to a Queen size bed.


Divan Bed

divan bed with throws
Divan Bed

Divan bed frames are a bit of an outlier when we speak about actual bed frames. This is because a divan bed typically come as a whole – base, built-in mattress and all. Divan beds are also compact and can easily be transported or moved around, just like a sofa bed.

Some divan beds also act as a daybed while other divan bed frames come with pull-out drawers for additional storage space. The majority of people who choose a divan bed frame tend to not have a lot of space so a smaller, more compact bed is definitely a good solution.


French Bed

french bed in a classy bedroom
French Bed

Think Versailles. Think Marie Antoinette. Think French royalty. French bed frames fall under the ornate bed frames category, with large, imposing headboards and footboards that are carved in the Roccoco style.

Needless to say, these types of bed frames can be very heavy and moving them around can take a lot of manpower.

French beds can be called a traditional bed, but only if you’re in Europe. The average American household may not opt for a French bed as they can often be expensive while also taking up a lot of space.

Those who would want a stunning centerpiece in their bedroom though while having money to burn might want to look into getting a French bed.


Panel Bed Frame

panel bed in softly lit bedroom
Panel Bed

Panel bed frames are bed frames that come with either wooden or metal slats that act as the main support base for a mattress. These slats can either come as flat panels or slightly curved flexible wooden slats for a bouncier bed.

A panel bed can come with headboards, footboards and a side railing while others come as one solid platform – basically a platform bed with slats. Some panel beds may require the use of bunkie boards or a box spring. They also work with almost every type of mattress from an innerspring to an all-foam mattress.


Murphy Bed

murphy bed in white room
Murphy Bed

If you are looking to save space, you might want to consider a Murphy bed. Murphy bed frames are either floor or wall-mounted and are tucked away into a wall when not in use. When a sleeping space is needed, out it pops.

Murphy beds work through a spring mechanism and can only be pulled out manually. A murphy bed can typically be found in a studio apartment or guest rooms that double as living rooms.


Sofa Bed

sofa bed in living room
Sofa Bed

A sofa bed or a pull-out couch is double purpose – functioning as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. Sofa beds already come with a built-in mattress that acts as cushion when used as a sofa.

While most sofa beds are used as a secondary or extra bed for when guests stay overnight, those with limited living spaces can use a sofa bed as their main bed.

Sofa beds can either be folded (much like a folding bed) or pop-out.


TV Bed Frame

tv bed frame in simple room
TV Bed Frame

TV bed frames are considered a luxury bed frame. Luxury bed frames are types of bed frames that come with extra accoutrements that make life a little easier. Take the TV bed frame, for example.

TV bed frames can be any type of bed frame that has a slot for a TV to be mounted on or – if you want to be really bougie – a TV set to slide out of a hidden compartment in the footboard.

TV bed frames are often expensive and made to order, especially when it comes with its own television set. You can find TV bed frames in specialist mattress stores, either in-person or online.


Minimalist Bed Frame

minimalist bed in blue room
Minimalist Bed

Minimalist bed frames do not detract from the overall appearance of the bedroom. Needing no further embellishments such as a footboard or a headboard, minimalist bed frames feature clean lines and act almost like an invisible frame.

Scandinavians and Japanese bed designs have perfected the art of a minimalist bed and if you need something muted and simple, you would do very well with a minimalist bed frame. Minimalist bed frames do not usually require the use of box springs.


Futon Bed Frame

futon bed frame in tropical room
Futon Bed Frame

Different from the Japanese futon but certainly influenced by it, the western futon mattress is placed atop a low lying bed frame . The futon bed frame is similar to a platform bed but made specifically for futon mattresses.

Featuring a solid base, a futon bed frame is usually a wooden bed frame with a simple construction. Futon bed frames are usually utilized as an extra or secondary bed.


Loft Bed

loft bed with desk and shelves
Loft Bed Frame

Loft beds are a modern style bed that not only provides additional storage space but even a living space as well. Some loft-style bed frames are outfitted with a desk and shelves underneath it and are usually used in dorm rooms and tiny living spaces.


Bunk Bed

bunk beds in nautical theme
Bunk Bed

Used mostly in camps, dorm rooms and children’s bedrooms, bunk beds are a great option if you are short on space but have multiple kids. Some bunk beds even have storage space underneath them such as drawers making them even more space-saving.


Cot/Crib

white crib in blue room
Crib

We all started out our lives sleeping on a crib. Usually made from smooth, polished wood, cribs are a small bed with high sides made specifically for babies. The side bars are sturdy and must be high enough so babies won’t ever be in any danger of falling over. Once they begin clambering up the sides to get out though, it is time to transition them to a big kid bed.


How to decide which bed frame is right for your bedroom

The options are endless when choosing a bed frame and knowing what’s right for you can be a hard thing to do.

But there are a few key things to keep in mind when deciding on a type of bed frame that would suit your needs, preferences and budget.

  • Would it fit your room – Bed frames can be large and in charge and if you have a small room, a smaller bed frame is what you need. Conversely, if you have a big room, a dainty little bed frame might look out of place in it.
  • Design and decor – If you are going for a particular look for your bedroom, choosing a corresponding bed frame might just tie everything together.
  • Budget – Some bed frames can be pretty pricey. Make sure you choose one that fits your budget.
  • Storage space – If you want a bed frame that serves multiple purposes and you are low on living/storage space, a storage bed frame can be a lifesaver.
  • Mattress compatibility – There are certain types of bed frames that won’t work with all mattress types. It’s always important to consider if your current mattress would be compatible with the type of bed frame you are planning to buy.

Conclusion

There are a myriad different types of bed frames with more variations of the classics being created everyday. Bed styles vary greatly but the platform bed is arguably the most popular bed frame that is being used today.

Whether you choose wooden bed frames or metal bed frames, each type of bed frame serves its own purpose and function while tying up a bedroom’s overall look.


Next step: Now that you have the full scoop on the different bed frame styles, it’s time to take a look at which one is best for YOUR mattress. Our list of the best bed frames for memory foam mattresses includes the five brands that you can buy without even thinking (they’re that good). Once you try our #1 pick you’ll kick yourself for not getting it sooner.


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