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How To Choose A Platform Bed

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If you're in the market for a new bed, it can seem like a straightforward process. You go to the store and pick a frame you like and a mattress that seems comfortable. What many people might not consider are platform beds. Below we'll look in-depth at what they are, why you'd want one and how to pick the best one for your situation.

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What Are Platform Beds and What Are their Benefits?

Platform beds are simply beds that are missing the box spring. Thin wood pieces are placed under the mattress, imparting some of the give that a more traditional box spring would. 

There are a few reasons to forgo a box spring. You might have a low ceiling and want more space above the bed. Another reason might be wanting a bed surface that's lower to the ground and easier to get into. A lower bed can be good for people with mobility issues, children or small pets. 

Platform beds can also be useful for mattress styles that are higher or if you have a mattress topper, and you want to keep the height of the bed more reasonable.   

Another reason people choose platform beds is that you can save money by not buying a box spring. Box springs are surprisingly expensive, since they often add around $200 to the price of your sleeping arrangements.

How to Choose the Right Type of Platform Bed?

Platform beds come in a few major types based on size:

Twin Low Profile Platform Bed
Dark Wood Twin Platform Bed
Twin Upholstered Platform Bed in Cream
Wooden Twin Platform Bed
Twin Platform Bed in Grey
White Twin Platform Bed
Queen Fabric Upholstered Platform Bed
Queen Low Profile Platform Bed
Queen Upholstered Platform Bed
Queen Solid Wood Platform Bed
Queen Platform Bed in Green
Queen Upholstered Low Profile Platform Bed
Metal King Platform Bed
King Storage Platform Bed in Grey
Decorative King Platform Bed in Brown
King Low Profile Platform Bed in Brown
Grey King Canopy Platform Bed
Simple King Platform Bed Frame

You also have a few options when it comes to the style of the platform bed itself.

Grey Platform Bed with Headboard
Decorative Platform Bed with Headboard and Footboard
Low Profile Platform Bed with Headboard
Wooden Platform Bed with Headboard and Footboard
White Platform Bed with Headboard and Footboard
Platform Bed with Headboard in Grey
Tufted King Platform Bed
Tufted Upholstered Platform Bed
Navy Blue Tufted Platform Canopy Bed
Open Metal Platform Bed Frame
Open Solid Wood Platform Bed
Wooden Open Platform Bed

How to Choose the Materials in Platform Beds?

Platform beds also come in several types of materials, all of which are very durable. Some of the main types are:

Classic Wooden Platform Bed
White Wood Storage Platform Bed
Single Metal Platform Bed
High Profile Metal Platform Bed
Upholstered Platform Bed in Navy Blue
Grey Upholstered Low Profile Platform Bed

Quick Tips

Below are some tips to keep in mind for finding the right bed.