7 Frequently Asked Questions About Platform Beds

7 Frequently Asked Questions About Platform Beds

Frequently Asked Questions About Platform Beds
If a simple, rectangular wooden box comes to mind when you think of a platform bed, you may be surprised by the tremendous variety of styles available today. In this guide, we answer all of your questions about platform beds to help you create a dramatic but complementary focal point for your bedroom decor.

What is a platform bed?

Styled platform bed

A platform bed is an alternative bedframe that features a supportive surface in the form of a solid, raised platform or slats that the mattress directly rests upon. It negates the need for a box spring like that of a traditional frame. The slats are usually built into the frame, but some beds come with a removable slatted rack. Platform beds are often sold without headboards and footboards, making it easy to customize any bed that accommodates attachment hardware. If you are always searching for more space, look for storage beds with drawers built into the platform or headboard shelving that can be attached to the platform.


Do I need a box spring with a platform bed?

Platform bed without a box spring

You do not need a box spring or a special mattress for a platform bed. Due to its supportive design, any mattress can be placed directly on a platform bedframe without the need for a box spring or foundation. Memory foam mattresses are also able to be used on a platform bedframe. If the frame has slats, however, it is recommended that they be no more than 6 inches apart if you’re using a memory foam mattress. To learn more about whether a box spring is right for you, read FAQs About Box Spring Mattresses.


What are the benefits of a platform bed?

Because foundations and box springs are no longer necessary, platform beds are a cost-efficient alternative and require fewer accessories to make an attractive, comfortable sleep setup. Any type of mattress is compatible with a platform bed, although solid platforms are often required to satisfy the warranty criteria for memory foam mattresses.

If you struggle with restless nights or squeaky springs, switching to the flatter profile of a platform may offer relaxing firmness. Slatted styles ventilate your mattress, reducing the buildup of allergens and mildew. Many platform bed frames also sit low to the ground, making a bed-skirt unnecessary and allowing children to climb up with ease. To consider additional advantages, read more Benefits of Platform Beds.


What platform bed sizes are available?

Queen sized platform bed

Platform beds come in standard sizes: twin, which is 39- by 75-inches; full, which is 54- by 75- inches; queen, which measures 60- by 80- inches; and king, which is generously wide at 76- by 80- inches. Platform beds even come in the luxurious 72- by 84-inch California king, which offers extra space when your kids or pets want to share your bed. To decide what size platform bed you need, read our Bed Size Fact Sheet.


Which type of bed frame will fit my space?

The platform bed’s design affects the amount of space around your bed, so make sure you choose styles that leave plenty of space to move around. One common style is a legless, box-shaped frame with a slightly recessed interior surface that prevents your mattress from sliding around. The surface can also be completely flat, or in the case of Japanese platform beds, extra-wide to create a sleek border around the mattress.


What material should I choose?

Metal platform bed

A well-constructed platform bed can give you years of peaceful sleep and reduce wear on your mattress, whether you are buying a slatted or a solid model. Wood platform beds are durable and firm, offering a high weight capacity and damage resistance. Metal bed frames are also strong and sturdy; steel and iron are the most popular materials, and despite their tough construction, metal bed frames often have a thinner, lighter build. Particle board and medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, are the most common engineered materials, which are made from small fibers that are bonded together. As the least expensive option, engineered boards offer less durability and longevity, but they are sturdy and often finished with laminate or wood veneer for a polished appearance.


What style is best for my decor?

A legless wood platform bed with clean lines can add a chic, minimalist look to a contemporary bedroom, while beds with tapered or hairpin legs complement retro, modern, and industrial decor. Create a zen-like retreat in contemporary or urban environments with a low Japanese platform bed, or for a regal feel, pick thick, decorative wood or wrought iron in elegant styles. There are styles of platform beds to fit every feel and decor, so there are no limits to the possibilities. To make sure your bedding also blends seamlessly in with your design scheme, read Best Bedding for Platform Beds.

All platform beds let you create a foundation-free place to rest, but choosing between bed frame shapes, finishes, and styles is difficult when you don’t know what bedroom look you want to achieve. Read How to Buy a Bed Frame to decide what size, material, and functionality you need.