The Best Platform Bed Frames Under $600 (2023)

The research

  • Why you should trust us
  • A minimalist metal bed frame that’s built to last: CB2 Simple Black Metal Bed Base
  • A sturdy platform bed you can customize: KD Frames Nomad Plus Platform Bed
  • An affordable and easy-to-move platform bed: Zinus Moiz Wood Platform Bed Frame (standard)
  • Who should buy a platform bed frame
  • What to look forward to
  • How we picked and tested
  • The competition
  • Sources

Why you should trust us

I am a writer at Design Milk and since 2006 have been writing about home decor for a multitude of design-focused outlets, includingApartment Therapy, where I helped everyday people turn houses into homes. Before that I worked as an industrial designer for children’s toys and furniture. For Wirecutter, I’ve tested and recommended everything from clothing hangers, bedside lamps, floor lamps, alarm clocks, and sofas. I once slept in a $63,000 bed (for a single night), but I still think the bed that I share with two felines and my wife at home is the most comfortable in the entire world.

A minimalist metal bed frame that’s built to last: CB2 Simple Black Metal Bed Base

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Our pick

CB2 Simple Black Metal Bed Base

A sleek, heavy-duty bed frame

This is the only platform bed frame we recommend that has the option to add a headboard. The powder-coated, all-iron frame is also one of the sturdiest platforms we tried, and it looks and feels twice its price.

Buying Options

$429 from CB2(queen)

Best for: Those who want a low-profile frame that will last for years and that won’t easily move around or creak, no matter how restless the sleeper (or how vigorous the nocturnal activity).

Why it’s great: The CB2 Simple Black Metal Bed Base has a sturdy frame that’s easy to assemble and a low (9 inches tall), minimalist design that should look great in nearly any style or size bedroom, particularly those with low ceilings. The matte black, all-iron frame lives up to its name, forgoing any extraneous detail in favor of clean lines. The powder coating is thicker and more scratch-resistant than the finish on any other bed we recommend, and the frame looks distinctive and high-end, compared with many budget beds we considered (most of which were wood). And if you later decide you want to add a headboard, CB2 sells a variety of upholstered, wood, and metal headboards specifically designed to attach to the frame, which is great if you like to frequently switch up your decor. No other frame we tested offered so many options.

The CB2 was the simplest bed frame to assemble. With only eight main components, it had fewer parts to keep track of than other, more complicated beds we tested. Piecing together the frame took about only 40 minutes, but the CB2 was also the heaviest bed we assembled (so consider skipping arm day at the gym post-assembly). Still, this army of one was able to move each piece into place without expending too much sweat.

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The CB2
 frame required only eight bolts to piece it together (it came with a hex wrench to help) and an additional 16 bolts to secure the slats onto the frame and the center beam. Fourteen 2-inch-wide, ¾-inch-thick pine slats are attached to canvas strips, and they unfurled like a rope ladder, making them a little easier to manage than the many individual pieces on some other beds. And of the three beds we recommend, the CB2 had the least space (2½ inches) between the slats, which makes for a very sturdy build.

The finished bed is a comfortable, quiet, and impressively stable platform for most mattresses, with evenly distributed slat support—we didn’t feel any bumps or dips while resting on top. The frame’s weight (107 pounds for a queen) and low stance mean this model won’t slide around easily when you’re getting in and out of bed or changing positions, so squeaks and creaks are kept to a minimum. Altogether, the CB2 frame should bring out the best qualities of almost any mattress. In 2021, one of our editors who was long-term testing the bed frame noted it was still holding up great, even after they moved and had to disassemble and assemble it twice.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The most expensive of our three picks, the queen-size CB2 has hovered around our price cap, but if you’re looking for a larger bed, know that the king version is closer to $375. The frame was also very heavy to move, whether assembled or in pieces. And our sample was missing a washer (the lone instance of a missing part out of all the models we ordered for testing). That didn’t stop us from putting the bed together, but without that washer there’s a greater possibility that the frame could loosen over time. Be sure to inspect all hardware before assembly (something we advise doing with any model).

A sturdy platform bed you can customize: KD Frames Nomad Plus Platform Bed

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Our pick

KD Frames Nomad Plus Platform Bed

A sturdy hardwood frame you can paint or stain

This hardwood platform bed can support up to 600 pounds, and it’s the only bed we recommend that allows for custom staining or finishing.

Buying Options

$289 from Amazon(queen)

$269 from KD Frames(queen)

Best for: People who need a sturdy bed frame and DIY enthusiasts who want the option of personalizing the raw wood to match any style.

Why it’s great: The poplar hardwood KD Frames Nomad Plus Platform Bed is customizable (if you’re open to DIY) and one of the strongest wood bed frames we found—it can hold up to 600 pounds. That’s likely a conservative figure considering that the Nomad Plus features two sets of slats that form something like a rib cage. None of the other frames we tested offered this weight-bearing design, although all of our picks were nearly as strong (the wood Zinus we recommend below is rated for up to 500 pounds). The KD Frames bed also had two more slats than the other frames, for a total of 16 beefy, 2-by-1-inch hardwood planks. Between each piece there’s just a 2.8-inch gap (second only to the CB2 frame’s 2.5-inch span), which contributes to the bed’s strength. Add up those specifications and you’ve got a 68-pound platform bed frame that former Wirecutter tester Kevin Purdy said could withstand “energetic jump-ons and 190-pound body slams” with confident indifference.

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Because of its weight, the Nomad Plus requires more time and care to assemble than some lighter-weight softwood or veneer beds we tried in this price category. It also means you shouldn’t feel any wiggle or wobble when you settle into bed. The Nomad Plus shipped with a lot of pieces, so although the instructions were clearly laid out and assembly was straightforward, there were dozens more slats, sides, and pieces of hardware to keep track of compared with our other picks.

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The Nomad Plus is the only unfinished bed frame we recommend, and it’s a great choice for DIY enthusiasts who want a customized look. The blond wood is nice on its own, but it also takes stain or paint well, giving you the option of personalizing your frame. The straightforward silhouette also lends itself to whatever creative design you may come up with. Without any treatment, the frame over time will patina slightly in direct sunlight.

This bed frame is also taller than any other frame we recommend: It’s 15 inches high, with 11½ inches of clearance. This means you’ll have a little more storage space underneath it than with other beds we recommend here, and KD Frames also sells a replacement set of 18-inch legs ($30), which will raise the clearance to 14½ inches. At either height, there’s plenty of room for storage bins, which is a perk for anyone looking to take advantage of space under the bed. For matching under-bed storage, KD Frames sells rolling drawers that are outfitted with wheels for smooth and easy access (and they work with the Nomad). If you regularly host guests and sometimes need room for one more, aRoll-Away Trundle Bed twin frame adds an additional hideaway bed underneath.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The bare wood of this model is susceptible to nicks, cuts, pen marks, cat claws, and other household agents of destruction. We’ve also found this frame’s availability to be somewhat inconsistent, but the company has always been communicative and honest about timing, which is why we’ll continue to recommend this bed.

Materialskiln-dried tulip poplar hardwood
Finishes/colorsunfinished wood
Sizes availabletwin, twin XL, full, queen, king
Warranty/returnsfive-year warranty; unlimited return window, as long as the box is unopened (shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer)

An affordable and easy-to-move platform bed: Zinus Moiz Wood Platform Bed Frame (standard)

Our pick

Zinus Moiz Wood Platform Bed Frame (standard)

A stylish, not-too-heavy platform bed

This simple, stylish platform bed frame is the lightest of any model we recommend, so it’s easier for one person to assemble and move on their own, but we’ve found that its stock can be unreliable.

Buying Options

$212* from Amazon
Buy from Home Depot

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $287.

Best for: Anyone on a budget and those who have steep stairs, long hallways, or narrow doorways.

Why it’s great: We think the Zinus Moiz Wood Platform Bed Frame is a good-looking and practical choice for someone moving into their first apartment or anyone who’s apt to change addresses often. Zinus makes two versions of this bed: standard and deluxe. They’re nearly identical in design, but the standard has narrower rails (3.5 inches, versus the deluxe’s 5.75 inches) and is slightly cheaper. We opted to test the deluxe version, but we think most people will be just as happy with the standard. Either frame is light enough for one person to move (the queen-size standard Moiz weighs 58 pounds, and the deluxe weighs 65 pounds), and each assembles quickly into a stable and supportive platform for most mattresses.

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We’ve noticed that Zinus tends to have trouble keeping all sizes of both versions in stock so if you find the right size in the version you want, don’t wait. We expect some of these stock issues might be an effect of supply-chain complications related to the Covid-19 pandemic. We plan on keeping an eye on the availability of our picks, and plan to look for more consistently available alternatives during our next round of testing.

Zinus obviously engineered this frame with easy assembly in mind. Although it has more parts to piece together than other models we tested, the Moiz also includes the most straightforward, step-by-step instructions of any bed we recommend, a rarity with most DIY furniture. There are also identifying stickers affixed to each of the major parts. Unpacking and assembling the Moiz took us 40 minutes, about the same amount of time the CB2 model took, and we were pleasantly surprised by several small details not always found at this price: individually sealed packaging for hardware, the inclusion of extra parts, a ratchet wrench, and pre-drilled parts.

Despite its light weight, the Moiz bed frame is plenty sturdy. It sits atop thick, 8-inch-long legs, which lift the bed frame to a height of 14 inches (an inch shorter than the Nomad, but 6 inches taller than the CB2), and it includes a steel center rail with three legs to add stability in the middle. Compared with the CB2 frame, the Moiz has two fewer support slats, for a total of 12, but we didn’t feel any discernible difference in support. They’re laid out with 3 inches between each piece, which is within the range we like to see. Velcro strips keep the slats securely attached to the frame’s side rails.

At this price it’s not surprising that the frame is veneer, rather than made from solid wood. To Zinus’s credit, the veneer grain is consistent, smooth, and matte, resulting in a handsome Scandinavian platform that should look good whether your tastes run modern, traditional, or eclectic. But the Moiz will undoubtedly be susceptible to dings and scratches over time, like any softwood furniture, and odds are good it won’t last nearly as long as CB2’s powder-coated metal frame.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: One of the Velcro strips designed to hold the slats in place arrived twisted and stapled incorrectly. This doesn’t hinder performance, but we heard a small crinkling sound when leaping into bed, caused by the strips of Velcro shifting.

Materialspine frame, plywood slats
Finishes/colorsnatural wood (veneer)
Sizes availabletwin, full, queen, king
Warranty/returnsfive-year warranty; 100-day return policy

Who should buy a platform bed frame

Everyone should keep their mattress off the floor. And a platform bed frame offers an affordable, slat-based system designed to work with spring, foam, or hybrid mattresses, without the need for a foundation or box spring (but you can add one if you prefer a higher bed surface). The slats add support and keep the bed from sagging, and—along with the bed frame’s height—allow the mattress to “breathe,” preventing mold and mildew from forming underneath. Platform bed frames are also usually lighter and easier to move and simpler to assemble, and they generally veer toward a clean and contemporary design, compared with traditional bed frames. And when you’re up off the floor, it’s easier to climb in and out of bed.

If you have a bed frame you like but the slats are bent, broken, too thin, or spaced farther than 3 inches apart, you can buy a “bunkie board,” which drops into the frame. Zinus makes a slat-replacement board for any of the twin, full, queen, and king frames we recommend (not just those made by Zinus). One Wirecutter writer uses such an insert in his queen-size IKEA Malm bed, and he told us he found the assembly easy and the fit snug.

We will be testing a few new IKEA options for this guide soon, including the Tufjord upholstered frame and the Vadheim upholstered frame. We’re also going to test the incredibly budget-priced Grimsbu frame (just $100) to see what something at this price is like and whether it’s worth considering. As soon as we finish testing, we’ll add our findings to this guide.

How we picked and tested

A platform bed frame should be compatible with most foam, hybrid, and innerspring mattresses. But even a cursory search online will provide a dizzying number of lookalike options, many constructed with cheap softwoods or insufficiently spaced slats prone to squeaking and creaking or even letting the mattress sag over time. We looked for platform bed frames that hit the sweet spot between affordability and durability—with a dash of good looks thrown in—and that we could assemble ourselves with only the tools included in the box. With that in mind, here are features every buyer should look for in a platform bed frame:

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  • Priced at $600 and under
  • Supportive slats, spaced no more than 3 inches apart
  • A good return policy and warranty (favoring hassle-free, no-fee returns and warranties beyond a standard 30- or 90-day “substantial defect” policy)
  • Adaptable, modern design

After assembling each bed, we favored models that had these features:

  • Easy enough for one person to assemble, disassemble, and move
  • Arrived in boxes one person could handle comfortably up stairs and through narrow halls and doorways
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • All necessary tools included

After assembling several bed frames, we found that you’ll want at least 3 feet on all sides to work with. And we recommend taking stock of all the tools and hardware you’ll need before getting started. When piecing together the CB2 frame, we discovered too late that we were one washer short, which really, ahem, threw a wrench in the process. In cases where we were not able to do hands-on testing (our capability to test was very limited during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021), we relied on extensive research. As soon as it’s feasible, we’ll try to get bed frames we weren’t able to physically test in the hands of our staff, to confirm our research and long-term test.

The “no more than 3 inches apart” slats guideline is particularly important because many mattress manufacturers, including Leesa, Casper,andPurple, won’t honor a warranty claim if your frame doesn’t provide sufficient support. According to Jeff Chapin, co-founder and head of product design at Casper, the 3-inch spec isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, since the dimensions of the slats themselves—particularly their thickness—matter more to the overall stiffness of the base and support for the mattress. Chapin notes, though, that “3 inches apart” is easier for shoppers to remember than more complex thickness specifications. (Why have slats at all? They permit airflow and help keep mold from growing underneath the mattress—something I discovered firsthand in an unplanned science experiment in college.)

The competition

The Mellow 9" Metal Platform Bed Frame was a previous pick but after months of testing our experience did not match the thousands of positive reviews this frame received. Our testers found it to be excessively noisy, despite several adjustments and retightening the hardware many times (something we don’t think should be necessary to begin with). They said that no matter how many times they adjusted it, a loud crack could be heard any time they moved around or sat on the frame. It also scratched their hardwood floors.

We ordered the Andover Mills Maxen Wood Platform Bed Frame from Wayfair and discovered it’s a rebranded carbon copy of the Zinus Moiz (the only difference upon inspection was slightly different packaging, but both were clearly marked as Zinus models).

The Zinus Justina Quick Snap Standing Mattress Foundation was quite easy to piece together into a handsome-looking upholstered foundation. No tools or hardware are required because each of the frame’s 16 pieces snap into place with a rubber mallet (which is included). But we had to cross this option off our list because of the 6-inch gaps between each of the 11 support beams. We didn’t notice those wide gaps when our test mattress was on the frame, but we were warned by Leesa representatives that the wide gaps would void a Leesa warranty because over time the mattress could sink through the gaps and deform.

We built IKEA’s Hemnes bed in lieu of testing the more universally known Malm, because the Hemnes bed is made with solid wood instead of veneer, and it looked more traditional. The build experience was a familiar IKEA afternoon of screws, holding bolts, and dowels—and reading the instructions multiple times. The package had dozens of pieces and little hardware bits to contend with (annoying if you need to reassemble a frame), and the bed wasn’t very comfortable; the slat base was too flexible. The now-discontinued Lönset slat base had slats that were just over ¼-inch thick, and though they’re tightly placed, at 1¼ inches apart, the net effect was a less firm, flat support for a mattress. Friends and co-workers with IKEA bed frames have noted broken or slipped slats in the past. You can replace the slats in the Hemnes (and the Malm) with a prebuilt bunkie board, but that’s an additional cost. We think our picks are a better value. If you’re ordering a lot of IKEA furniture already and you particularly like the look, a Hemnes or Malm will probably do just fine.

The metal Ollie Bed Frame from LexMod is affordable, claims to offer good support (with a 1,300-pound weight limit), and has slats that (according to a posted company response to a customer question) measure 3 inches wide and 3½ inches apart. But it seemed to be frequently out of stock for online ordering, as did other models we considered from the brand.

The Handy Living Platform Bed Frame is a common type you’ll find at many retailers and sites, with curved wooden slats nested in rubber holders hammered into the metal frame. In our tests it was easily the most annoying frame to assemble, with instructions that seemed poorly proofread or translated. In assembling, disassembling, and then trying to reassemble the frame, we managed to break two rubber holders by bending the plastic pegs that sink into the frame. Ultimately it held a mattress, but with a feeling of sinking under pressure. The three-star Amazon reviews tell the tale: “not horrible,” “not a long-term solution,” and “okay,” along with quite a few mentions of busted slats.

This article was edited by Daniela Gorny and Christine Ryan.


  1. Jeff Chapin, co-founder and head of product design, Casper, phone interviews

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Which bed frames are the strongest? ›

If you're looking for a bed frame that is heavy, strong, durable and stable, then a metal or steel frame is your best bet. The reason for this is simple: metal and steel are dense materials that can support more weight than other types of materials. Metal and steel frames also have several other benefits.

What are the disadvantages of a platform bed? ›

Platform Bed Drawbacks

In general, platform beds may be too firm for sleepers who prefer a soft, contouring sleeping surface. Also, solid platform beds don't permit much air circulation beneath the mattress, so they may create a sleep environment that is uncomfortably hot for some sleepers.

What should I look for when buying a platform bed? ›

What to Look For in a Platform Bed
  • Quality Materials. Platform beds are constructed with many different types of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, or a combination. ...
  • Style. While platform beds come in a variety of styles, most are minimalist. ...
  • Price. ...
  • Ease of Assembly. ...
  • Platform Style. ...
  • Noise. ...
  • Size Options. ...
  • Headboard.
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How thick should a platform bed be? ›

The best mattresses for platform beds should be at least 12 inches thick, but up to 14 inches is even better. The thickness of a mattress often depends on the number of different layers, but for less expensive mattresses, it could simply just be the cut of the material.

How can you tell if a bed frame is good quality? ›

Features to look for when purchasing a sturdy bedframe
  • Quality Material – Solid thick wood or steel frames are ideal. You can tell pretty quickly by looking at a bed frame if it is well made or not. ...
  • Sturdy Wide Feet- The feet of a bed frame should be thick and sturdy. ...
  • Comes in Larger Pieces.

How much should I spend on a good bed frame? ›

How much should you spend on a bed frame? Bed frames range widely in price depending on the material, size, and style. Simple metal frames will be the cheapest option, starting at around $100. Wooden, upholstered, and adjustable frames range higher in price, from around $500 to over $2,000.

What type of bed frame lasts the longest? ›

What type of bed frame lasts the longest? Both metal and solid wood bed frames are durable and strong. Metal will be easier to move around and less expensive than a solid wood frame.

Which bed slats are strongest? ›

Wooden slats are more affordable than metal but may not provide the best support for your bed. Metal slats are a more durable option as they provide sufficient support for the weight of your mattress and the sleeper. Furthermore, metal slats do not bend or break as easily as wooden ones.

Is a platform bed good for seniors? ›

Elderly- When you age, the ability to get up and down with ease slowly diminishes. A platform bed that is just the right height for aging knees can be of great relief. Additionally, because a platform bed often has a firm platform rather than slats, it can be more supportive for aging bodies.

Can any mattress be used with a platform bed? ›

Platform beds support all mattress types such as foam, latex, and memory foam mattresses. Though innerspring mattresses may be supported by platform beds, they are better paired with box springs.

Is it better to have a box spring or a platform bed? ›

Platform beds last longer because they don't have springs that rust or lose tension. Also, their rigid slats lower the chances of sagging. Some platform beds have flexed slats or slats that bow outward – though these aren't as durable. Traditional box springs are less durable because the coils inside lose tension.

What do you put under a platform bed? ›

The best and the easier way to raise a platform bed is to use bed risers. They are affordable where they are available between $17-$30 and usually made of wood, metal, or plastic. Bed risers are placed under the legs of your platform bed to add the extra inches.

What size mattress works best on a platform bed? ›

Mattresses that are 14 inches thick or more are needed for low profile beds. 10- to 12-inch mattresses will suffice for standard platform beds. Firmer mattresses are good for back sleepers who need a firm base for their back.

Do I need boxspring with platform bed? ›

A platform bed is a low-profile bed frame with a sturdy base (either solid, metal, or slatted) that holds the mattress up. What makes a platform bed unique is that it doesn't require a box spring. So, once you buy it, it's ready to use — no need to purchase any extra accessories.

Do you tuck in bedding on a platform bed? ›

In order to accentuate the low lines of this type of bed-frame, platform beds are most often dressed with the blankets tucked in. (This does not mean you have to sleep with them tucked in!!)

Do you need foundation for platform bed? ›

To summarize, if you have a platform bed, you can place any type of mattress directly upon it without using a foundation or box spring. If you have a traditional bed frame, you would need a box spring or foundation to place your mattress on.

Is a platform bed worth it? ›

Since they are close to the ground, platform beds are very stable. The solid surface provides firm support for your mattress to maintain a great night's sleep, which is better for maintaining posture during sleep. Also, platform beds are highly recommended for people that are dealing with back pain.

Which is best material for bed frame? ›

Certainly the best bed frame material when it comes to durability, metal frames are extremely strong and will stand the test of time. Metal bed frames are available in a variety of designs, and, as such, they suit a variety of interior styles.

How do you make a platform bed stronger? ›

Add Bed Slats – If you have a basic run-of-the-mill bed frame that has only a perimeter and a supportive center beam, adding slats will beef it up so it's more sturdy and supportive. This will help combat mattress sagging, and will enable your bed frame to withstand more weight.

How much weight can platform beds hold? ›

How much weight can a platform bed hold? Most platform beds can hold about 500 pounds of evenly distributed weight. Queen and king size mattresses may boast a weight limit of 1000 pounds because each side is expected to hold up to 500.

Is it better to have a higher or lower bed frame? ›

Bed Height and Bedroom Style

While a lower bed gives the appearance of more space, a taller bed looks more cohesive in a room with high ceilings. For design purposes, lower beds better suit contemporary and modern decor, while taller beds complement a traditional or a modern-glam aesthetic.

Does quality of bed frame matter? ›

The bed frame is the foundation of the mattress, and without a quality frame in which to place your mattress, sleep can be disturbed by squeaking, creaking, sliding, and more. One of a bed frame's primary purposes is to hold your mattress in place.

How long are bed frames meant to last? ›

You should ideally replace your bed frame at least every ten years, but most people are more likely to buy one every 15 to 20 years. The frame could've deteriorated by as much as 70% from its 'as new' state after 10 years, just as a result of general wear and tear.

How many years should you keep a bed? ›

Therefore, it's important to invest in the best mattress possible, and replace it according to expert guidelines. But when should you replace your mattress? Under normal conditions, mattresses should be replaced every 6 to 8 years. Of course, this is a general guideline and not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Is metal or wood frame bed better? ›

There's no question metal is more strong and durable in comparison to wood, which could make it last longer. In addition, it could handles more weight than a wood bed frame.

What type of bed do most hotels use? ›

First, hotel beds are most commonly either hybrid or innerspring mattresses that fall around a medium on the firmness scale to suit most people. Additionally, most hotels turn to classic brands such as Sealy, Serta-Simmons, and Beautyrest.

Is it OK to put a mattress on slats? ›

Bed slats can support any type of mattress. However, keep in mind that since platform beds tend to sit lower than beds on a traditional frame and box spring, a bed with slats might be best suited for a taller mattress.

Do I need a boxspring if I have slats? ›

If you purchase a bed frame with a slatted foundation where the slats are no more than 2.75 inches apart, there is typically no need to purchase a separate box spring. Most mattress types can rest directly on the slats.

How thick should slats be for a bed? ›

Slats should be flat, sturdy, non-flexible, and preferably made of strong wood that is at least ¾” thick. Plywood slats are not recommended unless the ply is at least 1” thick. To avoid mattress flex between slats, the spacing should be less than 3” apart but no more than 4” apart.

What is the best height of a bed for older person? ›

Bed Height

The ideal height for older adults should be around 20 to 23 inches high from the floor to the top of the mattress. While sitting on the edge of the bed, both feet should be able to reach the floor and rest flat. Bed height can be adjusted by choosing a different bed frame or purchasing bed risers.

What type of bed frame is best for back pain? ›

The best bed base for back problems is an ergonomically slatted base which can actively support the lower back when you're lying on your side or on your back.

Do you need a softer bed as you get older? ›

Should You Get a Firm Mattress? Seniors often need a mattress with excellent pressure relief to help reduce pressure points in key areas like the shoulders, hips and back. Generally, a medium to medium firm mattress will provide this optimal level of support and help alleviate back and joint pain.

Can I put my box spring on a platform bed? ›

While you can place a box spring on a platform bed in some cases, it will raise the height considerably and may not work with every platform bed. Memory foam mattresses are a great option for platform beds, but you need to make sure that the platform bed has a stable support system.

Can you put a memory foam mattress on a platform bed? ›

Platform beds are one of the sturdiest and most durable bed frames on the market, and they can also be quite affordable. Since they tend to use solid, flat foundations or evenly spaced slats, they're usually an excellent choice for any type of mattress, including those made with memory foam.

What is the advantage of a platform bed? ›

No “spacer” needed. No boxspring or foundation is needed to support a mattress on a platform bed. Strong, closely-spaced slats support the mattress, or in some cases a solid platform. Many design-minded people also appreciate the sleeker, less bulky profile these beds offer.

Why are box springs no longer used? ›

However, many of today's modern mattresses, especially bed-in-a-box beds, are made with a thick layer of dense foam or coils to act as the bed's support system. It's typically recommended to skip the box spring when setting these beds up, as the support layers essentially function as a box spring.

Can platform beds cause back pain? ›

Do platform beds cause back pain? There is no evidence that platform beds cause back pain. Although it has a low-profile design, a platform bed provides better back support than a bed that uses a traditional box-spring mattress. This is because they are low in height and don't sag in the middle.

Does mattress feel different on platform bed? ›

It provides extra support for your mattress, which can help it last longer (though not all mattresses require this). However, some people find their mattress feels more comfortable on a platform bed without the box spring underneath it.

How do you keep sheets tucked in on a platform bed? ›

8 Ways to Keep Bed Sheets Tight
  1. Use an Under-Sheet Beneath Fitted Sheet. Bedding might slide around due to a lack of friction, especially with softer materials like Egyptian Cotton or Silk. ...
  2. Try Putting the Top Corners on First. ...
  3. Use Rug Corners. ...
  4. Use Sheet Suspenders. ...
  5. Try Stretchy Bands. ...
  6. Attach Safety Pins. ...
  7. Zip the Sheets.
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How do you lift a platform bed? ›

Several methods are available to elevate your platform bed. You can attach wheels, place a mattress topper, or insert a wedge underneath your mattress. Installing bed risers is one of the most effective ways to lift your bed, especially if you have difficulty getting in and out of bed.

What mattress should I buy for a platform bed? ›

Generally, memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattresses are the best type to use for platform beds. Platform beds usually feature a rigid, hard surface. A memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress should offer enough comfort and support to ensure a person does not feel this hard surface underneath.

Do mattresses slide around on platform beds? ›

To prevent mattress from sliding on a platform bed you must be using the correct bed base. If your mattress too big for bed frame, it could cause it to slide around. Anti-slip pads such as the ones used to keep carpets in place are a cheap but effective solution to when your mattress keeps sliding.

What is the difference between a bed frame and a platform? ›

A platform bed is a type of bed frame that supports your mattress without the need for a box spring. Unlike traditional bed frames, platform beds are closer to the ground, and typically lift your bed about 12 inches off the ground.

What can I use instead of a box spring? ›

Instead of a box spring you can support your mattress with a platform, a foundation, a plywood support, or a coconut coir rug.

Do platform beds provide good back support? ›

Typically, platform beds provide very good back support and have excellent pressure distribution from the adjustable slats. Platform beds are sized like traditional beds and will accept memory foam, latex, hybrid or spring mattress.

Are all platform beds the same? ›

There are three types of platform beds: Solid platform beds have a solid base and are made of wood, metal, or plastic. Slatted platform beds use slats made of wood, metal, or plastic as the base. Metal platform beds are made of wrought iron or steel and they use a metal grid and support wires as the base.

Are platform beds a good choice? ›

Since they are close to the ground, platform beds are very stable. The solid surface provides firm support for your mattress to maintain a great night's sleep, which is better for maintaining posture during sleep. Also, platform beds are highly recommended for people that are dealing with back pain.

What is the difference between a platform bed and a bed frame? ›

Traditional bed frames require the use of a traditional box spring, a supportive foundation designed for use underneath innerspring mattresses. Platform bed frames, however, offer standalone support using either a solid surface or slats. Deciding which type of support is best largely depends upon your type of mattress.

Can you put any mattress on a platform bed? ›

Platform beds support all mattress types such as foam, latex, and memory foam mattresses. Though innerspring mattresses may be supported by platform beds, they are better paired with box springs. Still, with a little bit of research, it's easy to find some of the best mattresses for a platform bed.

What kind of mattress goes on a platform bed? ›

Generally, memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattresses are the best type to use for platform beds. Platform beds usually feature a rigid, hard surface. A memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress should offer enough comfort and support to ensure a person does not feel this hard surface underneath.

Should platform beds have box springs? ›

No, platform beds do not need a box spring or additional support, they provide enough support for the mattress on their own. Can you use a regular mattress on a platform bed? Yes, you can use just about any mattress on a platform bed as long as the slats are close enough together to provide proper support.


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