Platform beds are becoming increasingly popular and for good reasons. They’re gorgeous, and they’re incredibly versatile. With their understated design, they can become statement pieces in bedrooms, drawing attention to the bed and making the room appear larger. But what defines a platform bed, how does it differ from a traditional bed, and how can you find one that is best for your bedroom?
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What is a Platform Bed?
A platform bed frame is a sleek, modern bed frame that supports a mattress without a box spring. This simple bed style often consists of a raised frame and is typically lower to the ground than other bed frames. Slats, latticed structures, or metal surfaces support the mattress. The frames are constructed from various materials, but wood, metal, or plastic are the most common. They are very comfortable while looking aesthetically pleasing in a room, especially if your style is modern or contemporary.
What is the Difference Between a Platform vs. a Traditional Bed?
With so many different bed frames on the market, which is best for you and your style? When selecting bed styles, you’ll probably notice two main types to choose from: platform beds and traditional beds. But what are the differences between the two styles, and which one would be best for you?
A traditional bed, or one that requires a box spring, is one of the most common. With this type of bed, a box spring provides the base or support of the bed. A box spring is a wooden box containing a layer of springs covered by fabric. Box springs are usually placed on a bed frame to keep them off the floor, and an innerspring mattress rests on the box spring. As the base, mattresses with box springs tend to have a higher profile and a more traditional look than platform beds.
Traditional bed frames come in many different styles and work well in many types of decor. Here are some benefits of traditional bed frames:
- Box spring provides support for the innerspring mattress
- Springs offer responsiveness
- Light and easy to move
As we’ve mentioned above, a platform bed frame is a low-profile bed frame with a slatted or solid surface as the bed support. The average height of a platform bed ranges between 5 to 12 inches off the floor. Platform bed design varies and can often feature a headboard or footboard. Some offer storage underneath, while others do not. Here are some pros to owning a platform bed:
- Compatible with most types of mattresses
- No box springs are required
- Many styles available for any design aesthetic
- Air circulation under the mattress keeps you cool
- Provides firm support
What to Look for in a Platform Bed
Picking a bed is an important decision because it is one of the most used pieces of furniture in a house. You’ll want a frame that not only looks great but is also durable. Purchasing a platform bed made from high-quality materials will ensure that your bed frame will stand the test of time.
When searching for platform bed frames, look for those made of solid hardwood or metal. If it is upholstered, pick a high-quality leather or fabric. Inspect the construction of the bed for the quality of the craftsmanship. Purchasing a platform bed from a high-quality furniture store like San Francisco Design ensures that you’re receiving a bed frame that will last years.
Simple, Modern Platform Beds from San Francisco Design
At San Francisco Design, it’s no secret that we love platform bed styles. we love their design and functional versatility while providing plenty of comfort. If you”re looking for the perfect simple, modern platform bed, may we suggest a few of our favorites:
The Sloan Floating Platform Bed
The Sloan Floating Platform Bed is a contemporary bedroom staple. The upholstered headboard adds the perfect amount of coziness, while the under-bed LED lighting adds the perfect amount of luxury. The legs are adjustable to give owners full control of how high or low they would like their bed.
The Nelson Platform Bed
As a stunning statement in contemporary rooms, the Nelson Platform Bed features hidden feet that make this bed appear to float above the ground. This simple platform bed is offered in either canaletto walnut or burned oak frame. The headboard is available in various fabrics and colors, from synthetic nubuck, micro nubuck, synthetic leather, or soft leather.
The Winston Upholstered Bed
The Winston Upholstered Bed is a simple, modern platform bed with a contemporary style that works in many different types of aesthetics. You can customize this bed frame to make it ideal for any room. Choose from an array of leather or fabric options for the bed frame and headboard.
Find Your Perfect Platform Bed at San Francisco Design
With plenty of styles of platform beds and materials to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect bed for your room at San Francisco Design. Visit your nearest location to see our selection. Our team of interior designers can show you all of our material choices to help narrow down your options. The experts at our Salt Lake City and Park City locations are eager to help you find the perfect platform bed for your needs. Stop by today!
Platform Beds FAQs
Generally speaking, a platform bed is a low-profile bed frame that supports the mattress without needing a box spring. These beds are made from leveled, raised rectangular bed frames made of solid materials on which you can directly place a mattress. The base for the mattress can be constructed from different materials depending on the bed style you buy. For example, a solid platform base, slatted base, metal base, or bunkie board base are all common platform bed features. All of these bases function to provide support for your mattress without the need for an additional box spring.
Yes, there is always the option of using a box spring on a platform bed base. However, it’s not required. Adding a box spring can provide additional height, support, durability, and air circulation for the mattress. Those who struggle to get in and out of low beds, such as people with knee or back pain, may benefit from an added box spring. If you’re interested in adding a box spring to your platform bed, we recommend checking to ensure the box spring is compatible with your frame and, most importantly, your mattress.
No, you do not need a box spring with a platform bed, in most cases. Platform beds are designed to give a mattress proper support without the additional need for a box spring. However, some people prefer to add a box spring for additional height, support, or aesthetic reasons. Before considering adding a box spring to your bed, we suggest reading the recommendations from your mattress manufacturer.
Choosing a new bed frame can be challenging, and there are plenty of options on the market. Many people commonly narrow it down to two types: platform bed frames and box spring bed frames. As one of the most popular types, platform bed frames are low-profile frames that have mattress support built into the frame, such as wooden slats or a solid surface. Mattresses can be placed directly on the frame to create the bed.
The answer to this question isn’t always black and white. What is commonly called a regular mattress is known as an innerspring mattress. Inside these mattresses is a metal wire system combined with springs and covered in cushioning material and fabric. While regular mattresses can be placed on a platform bed, they typically perform best when they’re used on a box spring. We suggest reading the recommendations and warranty information from both mattress and bed frame manufacturers before making your decision.