What We Like
Real wood headboard and slats
Solid steel frame
Non-slip mattress tape
No need for a box spring
What We Don't Like
Middle legs could be sturdier
After a long day, there’s nothing better than falling onto a soft mattress and cocooning yourself in a fluffy duvet. Did you know your bed frame matters just as much in this equation, though? A low-quality one will creak, waking you every time you roll over, and weak slats can even shorten your mattress’ lifespan. Of course, style, weight capacity, and durability are all important factors as well. That’s why we were inspired to test out the Zinus Paul Metal and Wood Platform Bed—an affordable, surprisingly well-received frame. Keep reading for our full review.
Setup Process: Easier with a helper
The Zinus Paul Bed shipped directly to our door in a huge box. The King size frame weighed nearly 90 pounds, so getting it inside and up a set of stairs was definitely a two-person job. Once out of the box, set up proved pretty painless.
The instructions are clear and easy to figure out, and the bed comes with all the hardware and tools you’ll need. To keep things quick and easy, every piece is marked with a numerical sticker. So all you have to do is find both pieces with a “1” sticker, line them up, tighten a few bolts, and repeat. The whole process took our two-person team less than an hour.
Once out of the box, set up proved pretty painless.
Design: Rustic minimalism
The moment we had the bed fully set up, we knew it was a keeper. We placed it in a 15.8 x 11-foot room, and it fit snuggly while not overwhelming the space. The headboard is made of real pine slats that we found both rustic and modern, while the frame itself is sleek black steel. All design components in mind, the frame is easy to pair with other furniture. We added a white nightstand and dresser to the mix, and found it worked quite nicely.
The headboard has a pretty low profile—it’s 41.5 inches high on the King—so you won’t want to use a boxspring or you’ll cover up the pine slats completely. According to the manufacturer, the slats are close enough that you won’t need one, anyways; the frame is suitable for memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattresses. If you’re buying a new mattress, though, not using a boxspring may void its warranty, so be sure to check first.
The moment we had the bed fully set up, we knew it was a keeper.
The metal frame is outfitted with non-slip tape, so once you’ve got it together, you can peel back the paper and stick your mattress in place. The slats also attach to the frame with Velcro, so you don’t have to worry about anything slipping or sliding.
The clearance under the bed is 12 inches, leaving plenty of room for storage bins. If you’re placing the bed in a room with carpet, this will eat up a bit of the storage space, but you should still be able to fit plastic storage boxes and slim under-the-bed fabric bags.
Durability: Extra support for longer life
The Paul bed comes with three center support legs so you don’t have to worry about stability. We tested the strength of these steel supports by jumping on the bed, naturally. In our test, the frame barely moved and it didn’t even creak. On top of that, the non-slip tape held up, keeping the mattress firmly in place.
If you’ll be sharing the bed frame with a partner, just note that it has a weight capacity of 500 pounds (excluding the mattress).
Price: Lower than expected
The Zinus Paul Platform Bed retails for $120 to $187—depending on if you go for a Twin, Full, Queen, or King. Compared to most bed frames on the market, this is a great price—especially for a platform bed as it comes with extra support.
Competition: Plenty of platform beds available
Zinus Mia Studio Bed Frame: If you’re going for a more minimalist look, the Zinus Mia Studio Bed Frame has the same metal structure as the Paul Platform Bed Frame, minus the wooden headboard and the center support legs. The Mia Bed Frame is also slightly cheaper, starting at $106 MSRP for a Twin and $151 MSRP for a King. However, we found that the Mia Bed Frame isn’t nearly as sturdy as the Paul Bed Frame, so you’re sacrificing safety to save a buck.
Olee Sleep Heavy Duty Steel Bed Frame: Olee Sleep’s frame is as simple as beds come. There’s no headboard (though you can add one), but it’s said to be as heavy duty as the name promises. Reviewers agree that the bed is easy to set up, and they appreciate that the frame encloses the mattress to keep it from sliding. It retails for just under $100 for a Twin and around $140 for a King. One issue some users found is that the slats are too far apart, so if you have a foam mattress, you’ll need a boxspring or piece of plywood for extra support.
- Product Name Paul Metal and Wood Platform Bed
- Product Brand Zinus
- MPN HBPBA-14Q
- Price $187.00
- Weight 88.4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 80.5 x 76.8 x 41.3 in.
- Wood Type Pine
- Weight Capacity 500 lbs
- Assembly Required Yes
- Warranty 5-year limited
- What’s Included Frame, headboard, legs, center support legs, slats, ratchet, allen wrench, bolts, manual