A bed frame doesn’t just elevate a mattress—it elevates the entire bedroom. So whether your style is more mid century wooden platform, ornate wrought iron canopy or classic brass daybed, here are three things to consider before you buy a bed frame.
The bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in a bedroom, so it quickly becomes a focal point. Whether that bed makes a room feel comfortable or claustrophobic is all a matter of proportion. If you have a smaller room, consider a sleeker, more minimal bed frame with a low headboard. Dramatic four-poster, sleigh or canopy bed styles work best in larger rooms.
Looking to maximize every inch of your bedroom? Keep under-bed storage options in mind. Many platform bed frames offer at least a foot of space between the bottom of the frame and the floor, making it perfect for storing luggage, seasonal clothing and other rarely-used items. Some bed frames even have built-in drawers! Just remember to make your mom proud and keep things tidy.
You’ll also want to consider your mattress—and if yours is more than 10 years old, you’re due for a replacement, anyway. If you use a box spring to elevate and preserve the life of your mattress, you’ll need a bed frame that can accommodate it. If you don’t have or want to use a box spring, a platform bed frame is a supportive and attractive option for whatever kind of mattress you have.