Considering how much time you spend in your bed (and how much time your bed spends in your bedroom), finding a proper bed frame that not only meets your needs but also catches your eye is vitally important. “The bed frame is pretty much the focus on most bedrooms,” says Filip Berdek, an interior stylist with Born Interiors. “It has the power to create a whole new look.”
With input from Berdek guiding us, we researched bed frames that were durable and stylish and ranged in price from more affordable options to more expensive ones.
Here are our picks for the best beds on the market.
Thuma The Bed
Pillow board does not attach
Pricier than other options
With its sleek look and thoughtful design, The Bed by Thuma is a versatile option that’s well-suited for all sorts of bedrooms. It’s hard to pick where to start with this bed, but the foundation seems fitting. It’s made of handcrafted and repurposed wood. The Japanese joinery is equal parts beautiful and ideal for assembly or disassembly, making this a bed that you can easily move into another room or another zip code entirely, should your work-from-home life bring you somewhere else in the world.
Moving up the frame, you have the choice of a matching headboard or a pillow board. We love this customizability because it either allows you to keep things uniform if you have a more wood-centric space, or you can add some comfort with the pillow board if you’re a fan of staying up late reading or watching TV. Either way, the three color choices of espresso, walnut, and natural wood provide even more opportunities for you to get exactly the look you’re going for.
Last, but of course not least, we love the 9 inches of clearance under the bed. Even the most spacious of rooms can benefit from a little bit of hidden storage. While this bed is a bit pricier than other options on our list, we like that Thuma provides a lifetime warranty, fast free shipping, and a 100-night trial.
Price at time of publish: $1,095 (pillow board) $1,695 (headboard)
Size: 65 x 85 x 35 inches (pillow board) or 39 inches (headboard) (queen) | Material: Repurposed wood, CertiPUR-US certified foam, polyester, recycled plastics | Support: Repurposed plastic slats, no box spring necessary | Weight Capacity: 1,500 pounds
Best With Headboard
West Elm Mid-Century Bed
White glove assembly
Nontoxic water-based finish
Greenguard Gold Certified
Pricier than others
No warranty listed on website
When it comes to taking the crisp and clean lines that we associate with midcentury furniture, West Elm is able to take them and modernize them in a sleek fashion. This bed is made from sustainably sourced kiln-dried wood and is available in three different colors. You can keep things subtle and subdued with the acorn option, but we like the pebble and white options to add a bit more pop to your space.
The doweled headboard edges accentuate the tapered legs, creating a symmetrical and uniform look for the entire bed. Plus, if the West Elm name isn’t enough to assure you of the quality, just know that the frame is contract grade, ensuring durability. While it is a bit pricier, you can rest easy at night knowing that it’s Greenguard Gold certified and Fair Trade certified.
Price at time of publish: $1,399
Size: 64 x 84 x 46.75 inches (queen) | Material: Kiln-dried solid and engineered wood | Support: Solid pine slats (box spring optional) | Weight Capacity: Not listed
Best King Size
Novogratz Bushwick Metal Bed, Modern Design
Lower price point
Stylish detailing with finial design
Sleek color options
Metal can be cold and uncomfortable to lean against
Lower weight capacity
Novogratz aims to bring home the feel of “high-end boutique design” without breaking the bank, and the Bushwick Bed hits that nail on the head. Five different color options allow you to find the perfect piece for your space, while the symmetry of the round finials on both the headboard and footboard posts will undoubtedly draw some positive attention.
The beauty of this bed frame is outdone only by its functionality. It comes with metal slats, side rails, and center legs to help keep your mattress (and you) fully supported throughout the night. One drawback is that this bed is offered only in full, queen, and king sizes, but we do like that there are five distinct color options to choose from.
Price at time of publish: $216
Size: 82.5 x 62 x 42.5 inches (queen) | Material: Metal | Support: Metal slats, side rails, center legs | Weight Capacity: 450 pounds
Best Queen Size
Crown Mark Florence Gray Panel Bed
More affordable option
Great detailing in the headboard
Many size options available
Lower weight limit
Box spring required
A queen-sized bed should look like it’s ready for a queen to sleep in it, and the Crown Mark Florence Panel Bed fits the bill. With a lower profile and an upholstered frame, this pick's tufting and buttons decorating the headboard do just that. As Berdek points out, “An upholstered bed frame has a place in any style of a home,” and this bed’s upholstery stands out for its elegant yet clean design that's versatile enough to fit into many different aesthetics.
The headboard measures only 50 inches in height, so while it will be a welcome addition to any bedroom, it won’t necessarily overwhelm and take up too much space. Some drawbacks, however, include that this bed frame does require a box spring and has a lower weight limit. It’s available in twin through king sizes, making it a good choice for any sleeper.
Price at time of publish: $300
Size: 86.6 x 64.4 x 50 inches (queen) | Material: Wood, gray fabric | Support: Box spring required | Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
Nectar The Foundation
No need for a box spring
Single package delivery
Some users complained it was squeaky
Shorter trial period
Highly understated with a focus on simplicity and sleekness, Nectar’s Foundation bed is a good addition to any room, minimalist or not. Beneath the simple yet beautiful gray fabric lining the frame, it’s built with naturally sourced pine and spruce, meaning that it’s made to last and withstand the test of time.
The perks of this no-frills bed frame include a no-frills setup. The single package delivery includes all of the necessary tools and materials to have it up and ready for sleeping in just a few minutes. Once it’s set up, all you have to do is put your mattress on it (the slats mean there’s no need for a box spring). It does have a shorter at-home trial than other beds, but the three-year warranty is something we can absolutely endorse.
Price at time of publish: $491
Size: 60 x 80 x 15 inches (queen) | Material: Pine, spruce, fabric | Support: Wood slat foundation, central beam | Weight Capacity: 750 pounds
My Green Mattress Platform Bed
No harmful materials
No box spring needed
Some edges are “rough” due to unfinished nature
Takes multiple people to assemble
While My Green Mattress is mainly known for its mattresses and pillows that use sustainably sourced latex, its eco-friendly product line doesn't stop there. The brand's Platform Bed has a simple, chemical-free design made with untreated poplar wood that's free of staining, adhesives, and other potentially toxic chemicals. It has a sleek, minimal design that's fairly easy to set up.
Poplar wood is known for being strong and durable. It’s naturally high density, so while your bed may not have any adhesives, it doesn’t need any because the poplar will hold itself together just fine. Six size options also make this a wonderful choice for anyone in the market for a new bed frame, while a 20-year warranty ensures you sleep knowing you’re taken care of.
Price at time of publish: $549
Size: 59.25 x 81.5 x 15 inches (queen) | Material: Untreated, sustainable American poplar | Support: Wood slats, no box spring necessary | Weight Capacity: 600 pounds
Zinus Paul Metal & Wood Platform Bed Frame
Hard to assemble alone
Some complaints about creaking
Finding an affordable bed that looks stylish and is made to last may seem unrealistic, but Zinus’ Paul bed manages to capture all three of these with ease. The sleek black steel frame and the wood headboard combine to make this bed frame a viable option for the industrial and the shabby chic alike. Plus, the higher height leaves you with more space underneath, making this a great selection for the minimalist who wants to keep their out-of-season clothes out of the eye’s view.
A five-year limited warranty and a 4.5/5-star rating for sturdiness make this a bona fide success as a bed, but it is important to note that it’s not all that easy to assemble alone. It requires multiple sets of hands, but it does include a video demonstration to keep the building process streamlined.
Price at time of publish: $270
Size: 80.5 x 61 x 41.5 inches (queen) | Material: Alloy steel, solid wood, plywood | Support: Wooden slats | Weight Capacity: 750 pounds
Darby Home Co. Difranco Upholstered Storage Bed
6,400-pound weight limit
Storage included; choice between two and four drawers
No need for a box spring
Only two color options
If you're looking for built-in storage, the Darby Home Co. Difranco Upholstered Storage Bed is a great bet. The option of two or four drawers makes this frame ideal for anyone who is limited in space but still has stuff to store. Neutral ivory and gray color choices allow the tufted and nailhead trim headboard to do most of the talking. Underneath, the tubular steel core has key welded joints, ensuring that it will last you for years to come.
One of the best parts about this bed is that the drawer units come assembled, which is one less headache to deal with when it arrives. Plus, there are center legs under the bed, so you won't need to add a bulky box spring. The headboard can be adjusted between 54 inches, 57 inches, and 60 inches, plus the frame can hold up to 6,400 pounds, making it one of the sturdiest options out there.
Price at time of publish: $1,240
Size: 83 x 62.25 x 54-60 inches (queen) | Material: Steel, wood, linen | Support: Center legs, slats | Weight Capacity: 6,400 pounds
Floyd Platform Bed With Headboard
No box spring necessary
Add-ons are extra
No free shipping
Floyd’s platform bed takes the simple geometric lines of a minimalist design but upgrades them through an all-natural birch, walnut, or oak veneer that provides a natural feel to your space. Additional customizability comes in the form of the hardware, with options of either black or white. The uncomplicated look is everything a platform bed should be, offering minimalism while also providing a nice addition to the room.
What do we really love about this United States-manufactured platform? The modularity. It’s designed to be able to grow with you—you can purchase expansion kits (so you don’t have to buy a whole new frame if you need a larger size), stylish headboards, bedside tables, and even under-bed storage should you want to upgrade the bed. It’s a bit pricier, and all of the modular add-ons are also not inexpensive, but we do love that in 2022 the brand committed to complete carbon neutrality.
Price at time of publish: $860
Size: 67 x 86 x 7.5 inches (queen) | Material: Steel, plywood, nylon | Support: Wood, steel, no box spring necessary | Weight Capacity: 600 pounds
Joss & Main The Eloise Upholstered Bed
Includes upholstered headboard
Limited sizing options currently
“You can create a very clean, more hotel-like feel with a high upholstered headboard," says Berdek, and the Joss & Main Eloise Upholstered Bed does just that by combining a high upholstered headboard with a slimmer canopy frame. Simple, clean lines and acacia wood keep the focus on the height of the bed.
The contrast of the tufted headboard with the simplicity of the wood frame makes it a perfect option to be the center of attention in your bedroom, but it’s subtle enough that you can add splashes of color elsewhere. While this frame is available only in an ashy gray color, because it's made with natural wood, each bed frame will have its own unique character. Plus, no box spring means you have one less thing to worry about.
Price at time of publish: $3,097
Size: 67 X 86 X 86 inches (queen) | Material: Acacia, acacia veneers, polyester | Support: Wood slats, no box spring necessary | Weight Capacity: 800 pounds
Pottery Barn Dayton Platform Bed
Interesting textures and patterns
Durable materials like MDF and mango wood
Lower weight capacity
Pottery Barn does a great job of letting the beauty of the wood speak for itself with this option. The acacia wood provides interesting grain that offers depth and texture, and the chevron pattern only captures the eye further. Plus, the sustainably sourced mango wood is ultra-durable, ensuring it’ll last you quite some time.
From a functionality standpoint, we love the legs being made of metal to provide a solid base. This bed is a bit pricier and available only in queen and king sizes, which is a bit limiting, but the use of medium-density fiberboard for structural support to ensure longevity and the adjustable levelers that provide stability on uneven surfaces make it worthwhile.
Price at time of publish: $1,299
Size: 56 x 78 x 53 inches (queen) | Material: Mango wood, acacia, MDF, metal | Support: Slat-roll (box spring optional) | Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
AllModern Lazlo Upholstered Bed
No box spring required
Made with wood
Lower weight limit
Known for blending everything from minimalist to midcentury, AllModern is able to take the best of the past and combine it with the modern to provide unique “cutting-edge designs.” Berdek says that with an upholstered frame, “Don't be afraid of more texture or a bold pattern to really make it a priority,” which is why we love the geometric pattern on the Lazlo Upholstered Bed in mauve and ivory (talk about bold!) for this bed.
This bed frame is made of both solid and manufactured wood to add extra sturdiness. And though wood is a great thing to make a bed from in terms of stability, we appreciate the foam upholstery filling in the headboard to provide you with comfortable padding to lean against. Plus, because this is a platform design, there's no need to add a box spring—saving you both money and space.
Price at time of publish: $1,030
Size: 83 x 62 x 41 inches (queen) | Material: Cotton, foam, solid/engineered wood, aluminum | Support: Slats, center support legs | Weight Capacity: 500 pounds
Zinus Mia Metal Platform Bed Frame
Lower price point
Wide range of sizes
Five-year limited warranty
Some complained about squeaking
For anyone looking to keep things simple and clean in terms of design, an all-metal bed frame is your best bet. Plus, as Berdek points out, “Smaller spaces should avoid oversized footboards or sleigh-like styles.” If you're tight on space or just prefer a clean, minimal look, the Zinus Mia Metal Platform Bed Frame has you covered. While the simplicity of this bed frame is what makes it so wonderful, it still has a unique industrial look that's sure to stand out. Plus, if you’re going with metal, why not go with steel?
This bed frame does a great job of offering support, with wood slats that are close enough together to prevent slumping. While some users had issues with squeaking, others said that wasn’t a problem at all.
Price at time of publish: $155
Size: 80.5 x 59.3 x 38 inches (queen) | Material: Alloy steel, wood slats | Support: Wood slats | Weight Capacity: 700 pounds
Ergomotion Quest 2.5 Adjustable Base
Silent drive motors
Dual USB ports
No controls per individual sides
When shopping for adjustable base beds, it can often feel like you’re living in the future. And if that adjustable base has voice activation? Well, then you may feel like you’ve entered the Matrix. Quest 2.5 users can enjoy voice commands or a fully featured wireless remote to adjust both head and foot positioning. Additional features like pressure-relieving Zero G settings, under-bed lighting, and massage all combine to make you really feel like you’re living in a spa.
Generally speaking, mattresses made from memory foam, latex, and other non-innerspring materials are fully compatible with adjustable bases, so you’re most likely in the clear with whatever mattress you already have matching up with this frame. While this bed has a higher price tag, it most certainly backs that up with loads of features to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. If the look of an all-metal bed frame doesn’t do it for you, there’s also the ability to attach a headboard and interchangeable leg options, making this a surefire hit.
Price at time of publish: $1,249
Size: 59.5 x 79.5 x 3 inches (queen) | Material: Steel, foam | Support: Steel supports, no box spring required | Weight Capacity: 850 pounds
Best Murphy Bed
Bestar Pur Murphy Bed Queen
Four color options
Higher weight limit
Whether you’re limited on space or you just want to be able to convert your office into a guest bedroom at a moment’s notice, a Murphy bed has you covered. That being said, if you’re going to have a cabinet holding a bed, you’ll want to make sure it’s appealing to your sense of style.
We love Bestar Pur in particular because of its overlap between looks and functionality: A durable steel frame and laminated engineered wood cabinet combine for a 1,000-pound weight limit, while metal handles add some additional flair that we think is great. The bed comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind, but we should note that this isn’t the easiest bed to assemble. Bestar recommends that a professional install it due to the risk of injury.
Price at time of publish: $2,186
Size: 92 x 64.6 x 87.9 inches (queen) | Material: Wood, steel | Support: Wood slats | Weight Capacity: 1,000 pounds
The lifetime warranty, Japanese joinery, and overall sleek design features of The Bed by Thuma all combined to make it our No. 1 pick. But for a more affordable option that provides a tufted headboard and a contemporary style? We think you can’t go wrong with the Panel Crown Mark Florence Gray Bed.
What to Look for in a Bed
When it comes to finding the proper bed frame for your space, make sure you're fully accommodating your room’s allowances. If you live in a smaller space and don’t have room for something with more ornamentation or height, then a minimalist bed frame like the Zinus Mia Metal is going to be your best bet. It’s only a half inch longer than your mattress, meaning it doesn’t take up any extra space, and it’s only 38 inches tall.
It’s also important to consider the dimensions of the other furniture in your room. As Filip Berdek, an interior stylist with Born Interiors points out, “Don't forget to account for your nightstand height when choosing a bed frame.” You don’t want a bed frame that’s much higher—or lower for that matter—than your nightstand. Proportionality goes beyond just pleasing the eye; it can also be integral for functionality (you don’t want to have to fall halfway out of your bed to pull a drawer out, do you?).
The materials that your bed is made from will partially come down to preference; some people want a more rustic feel with wood, and others prefer the industrial vibes that steel bed frames offer. That being said, it’s worth finding something that fits your eye and your budget, without sacrificing longevity. Building materials such as steel and durable wood are worthwhile investments to make sure that your nighttime abode is built to last. For durability, we really like the My Green Platform Bed by My Green Mattress. The poplar wood it’s built with is free from harmful chemicals and is particularly strong.
There are a few different ways that a bed frame can offer support. Some include a center rail, others require a box spring, while many come equipped with wood slats, which make the box frame an unnecessary addition. Slats are a good way to provide equal support along the entire length of the mattress, which can be helpful in the long run to avoid frustrating things like mattress slumping (which can also be costly). In particular, we love the Novogratz Bushwick Bed for this. It has metal slats, side rails, and center legs to ensure every part of your mattress is supported.
Different factors, like a bed frame’s building materials and the overall construction, contribute to how much weight a bed can handle. When shopping, it’s important to make sure that you account for everything that will be on the bed. Is it just you sleeping in it? Do you have a partner? Are there any pets? Or perhaps a child of yours will sneak in during the night with you? Whatever the case may be, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what weights you need your bed to handle before investing in a new bed frame.
If you need a bed that’s more accommodating than any other, we really recommend the Difranco Upholstered Storage Bed, which has a frame that can hold up to 6,400 pounds.
How tall is a standard bed frame?
The typical bed frame height falls between the range of 12-16 inches. When accounting for the mattress that will be on top of this standard bed frame, this height range generally allows most seated adults to have their feet flat on the ground. Of course, there is a wide range of height options on the market to provide people with a chance to get exactly the look and feel they are seeking.
How much bigger is a bed frame than a mattress?
Generally, a bed frame will fall into the range of 2-5 inches wider than the mattress within it. The difference in size between a bed frame and the mattress inside of it is going to vary based on a number of factors. Bulkier designs with more ornamentation or thicker materials will create more space and fall closer to that 5-inch figure, while slimmer and sleeker, more minimalist designs will be closer to the 2-inch end of the range. As Berdek points out, it’s wise to be aware of the dimensions to avoid any midnight run-ins with the corner of your bed. “Don’t clutter your room with oversized platforms,” he says. “Sharp corners on any bed frame are a huge no for me.”
Is it better to have a higher or lower bed frame?
Like many things with furniture, deciding between a higher or lower bed frame is going to come down mainly to individual preference and what is most logical for the space. A higher bed frame is a good option for people who may want to make the most of the space in their room. A higher bed frame lends itself to being able to store more underneath it.
A lower bed frame also offers its own benefits that make it worth considering. For example, people who live in rooms with sloped ceilings may want to invest in a lower bed frame to ensure they aren’t hitting their head every morning. Additionally, modern and minimalist bedrooms with less ornamentation and lower nightstands/dressers can benefit from the “barely off the ground” look of the lower bed frame.
Stylistically speaking, Berdek says the in-between is your best bet, “Anything between 10 to 14 [inches] from the floor to the bottom of the mattress feels good. You should not need a step stool to get into your bed!”
Why Trust The Spruce?
A frequent writer about all products sleep related, Jack Byram knows the value of finding the intersection between style, comfort, and price tag when it comes to sleep. For this update, he researched brands and products to cover a range of different styles while ensuring they were all well made and durable. He also spoke with expert interior stylist Filip Berdek of Born Interiors to get to the bottom of what makes a bed frame good for a certain space as well as how to best implement certain features, such as patterned headboards, into a bedroom.