With a sturdy and reliable platform bed, you can use practically any mattress without the support of a box spring. Platform beds can be found in any size and style that other bed frames come in, ranging from rustic wood designs to contemporary metal beds. This diversity guarantees that you can find a platform bed to match your style and the rest of your bedroom furniture. Browse Overstock’s extensive assortment of platform beds to find one that is perfect for any bedroom in your home.
Platform Beds 101
What is a Platform Bed?
A platform bed is constructed with a set of removable wood slats, a raised deck, or a metal trellis built into the frame to support a mattress without a box spring. Beds with wood slats ventilate your mattress and lengthen its life by preventing the buildup of allergens, but some slatted platforms feature wider gaps between the slats and shouldn’t be used with memory foam. Because they don’t need box springs, platform beds are more cost-effective and low-profile than other bed frames, helping you save money and space. For even lower profiles, some platform beds feature a legless design. Aside from these key advantages, platform beds are very similar to other beds and can be built with all the same convenient and stylish options like storage drawers, headboards, and trundles.
Platform Bed Features
Headboards are stately additions to any bedroom. They make your bed appear more homey and sophisticated, and while many platform beds are sold without headboards, there is still an extensive selection of platform beds that include them. Some bed frames that do not include a matching headboard will accommodate attachment hardware so you can customize the bed frame and use it with any headboard or footboard that fits.
To help you make the most of limited bedroom space, some platform beds feature storage compartments and drawers built into their bases. With one of these bed frames, you can conveniently keep clothes and extra bedding organized and out of sight but still easily accessible. The frames and headboards of some beds even feature bookshelves built into them, eliminating the need for a nightstand beside the bed. If you get a bed without drawers, cubbies, or shelves, you can still use the spacious underside of your bed frame as a place for storage boxes.
Perfect for large families and people with frequent overnight guests, a trundle bed is a flat deck where an extra mattress can be placed. Trundles are mounted to wheels so they can slip beneath platform beds when not in use and slide out like drawers when needed. This allows you to quickly and conveniently provide an extra bed for a guest that might be sleeping over unexpectedly. For large families, trundle beds can serve as low-profile bunkbeds in a shared bedroom.
Many platform bed frames are made from wood, particle board, or MDF, but lots of metal options are available as well. Solid wood bed frames can be designed with virtually any style and they often feature handsome finishes that beautifully accentuate the natural patterns found in the wood. Metal bed frames are typically more simple and straightforward, making them ideal for minimalistic decor. A lot of platform beds are upholstered in fabric, leather, or faux leather, allowing you to coordinate your bed with the rest of your furniture.
While the streamlined features of a standard platform bed are perfect for contemporary decor, these bed frames can also be crafted with nail head trim, button-tufting, tone-on-tone color schemes, curvaceous outlines, and other stylish features that you love in traditional bed frames. Whether you are furnishing an extravagantly rustic master bedroom, a fun and inviting guest room with sleek modern comfort, or a child’s bedroom, you can find a platform bed that will perfectly match the existing furniture and complement the mood.
Which Mattress to Use with a Platform Bed?
The design of your bed’s deck will determine what type of mattress can be used with it, but the diverse variety of platform beds ensures that you can find one to accommodate any mattress. While you would not want to use memory foam on a platform bed with wood slats that are spread too far from each other, slatted platforms are excellent for sturdy innerspring or hybrid options. For memory foam, a bed with a more solid platform is recommended. Additionally, just because you don’t need a box spring doesn’t mean you can’t use one anyway if you love how the bed looks but want a higher profile.