A good night’s sleep is the foundation of a healthy life. And the foundation of good sleep is your bed frame. While consumers tend to give a lot of attention to their mattress choice, the platform on which it sits is often overlooked—yet that’s what holds the mattress in place and provides additional support. Typically made of wood or metal, with vertical slats to keep the mattress elevated and secure, bed frames come in a range of styles, including stationary and adjustable.
The simplest bed frames support the mattress without fanfare. These basic metal models typically have space underneath for storage, and people often opt to cover them with a fabric bed skirt. However, since the bed is often the focal point of the room, some folks choose a stylish wooden frame to make a visual impact. Leather or upholstered headboards can be attached to bed frames, or they may come as a single piece with a headboard included. The recommendations for the best bed frames ahead were selected to suit a host of styles, budgets, and bedroom configurations to help you make the right decision.
Our Top Picks
When choosing a bed frame, keep comfort, quality, and style in mind. These top picks are all well-designed, durably constructed, and well worth considering.
A basic bed frame that does its job well, the Zinus Shawn SmartBase is constructed of steel, with plastic caps to protect your floors from scratches. It features multiple points of contact with the floor for added stability and to prevent your mattress from sagging. It also eliminates the need for a box spring by providing a firm brace for your mattress.
This bed frame is 14 inches high, with 13 inches of clearance for under-bed storage. It will accommodate a memory foam, spring, or latex mattress, and it comes in a full range of sizes, from narrow twin to California king. The SmartBase is easy to assemble, no tools are required. Be sure to use the special SmartBase brackets to connect your headboard, if you have one. Functional, supportive, and durable, the SmartBase will keep your bed—and your body—nicely elevated.
Crafted from unfinished, chemical-free tulip poplar wood, this bed frame is about both brawn and beauty. The KD Frame’s Nomad Platform Bed, made of locally sourced materials and built in Athens, Georgia, can support up to 600 pounds. It has a platform height of 15 inches, with 12 inches of clearance for under-bed storage. The frame features slats that are closely spaced (less than 3 inches) to fully support a memory foam or latex mattress—no box spring required—and it comes in twin, extra-large twin, and king sizes.
The clean lines and unfinished wood are reminiscent of Swedish design, but if you prefer the look of finished wood, the company provides instructions for staining or painting. You can purchase additional rolling drawers or a twin trundle bed separately. While the frame doesn’t have predrilled holes to attach a headboard, you may wish to attach your headboard to the wall instead. For additional help, you can find KD Frame assembly videos on YouTube.
For smaller bedrooms, as well as campers and cabins, the Olee Sleep steel bed frame offers stability, strength, and storage. Constructed of steel with plastic feet, its minimalist, collapsible design won’t overtake a room, and you won’t need a box spring because this patented frame secures the mattress in place to prevent slipping and sagging. There is a center supporting bar, which helps make the entire frame sturdier and more comfortable.
The frame is compatible with most headboards, comes in four sizes (twin through king), and has 13.5 inches of clearance underneath for storage. While the foldable version is a convenience, a basic model is also available. There’s some assembly required to put this lightweight yet heavy-duty bed frame together, but all tools and hardware are included.
As a seating option and a sleeper, a daybed demands a frame that’s sturdy, unobtrusive, and comfortable—and the Zinus Eden Twin Daybed and Trundle Set meets all these criteria. This contemporary twin frame includes a trundle platform stored beneath the main mattress. Featuring steel slats for support, the bed can bear up to 250 pounds.
The manufacturer recommends using a 12-inch mattress on the top, and an 8-inch mattress for the trundle. If you won’t be using the trundle platform for sleeping, that area can be used for storage. Be mindful, however, that the trundle may slip and slide a bit on hard floors, since there are only two wheel locks. Easy to assemble (no tools required), the Eden can make a positive addition to a home office or multipurpose space.
An upholstered bed frame can make an ordinary night feel more luxurious. Modway’s Amelia Tufted Performance Velvet Upholstered version combines indulgent fabric with a superior design. While the fabric has the pleasurable texture and appearance of velvet, it’s 100 percent polyester, so it’s ultra-durable and easy to clean.
The tufted headboard—sewn with buttons in a diamond pattern—is gently curved and sleek, while the frame itself is crafted of solid wood, slatted with plywood for support. With the right mattress and box spring, this bed has the capacity to bear up to 800 pounds. It’s available in sizes twin through king and in gray, navy, and sea blue.
There’s no need to grapple with storage boxes under your bed anymore. With the DHP Cambridge Platform Bed, the entire frame lifts up to provide clean, dust-free storage inside. And thanks to the gas lift mechanism, you won’t strain to get at your belongings under the mattress. Plywood slats are designed with no-slip construction and reinforced joints, so this is truly a case of sturdy support meeting space-saving functionality.
The Cambridge is no slouch in the style department either as it is encased in high-quality, easy-care faux black leather, gray linen, or gray velvet. The headboard is tufted with buttons to play up the classic yet contemporary vibe. It’s available in four sizes, from twin to king, and while it takes a bit of time to set up, once it’s done, you won’t lose sleep over getting access to your stored stuff.
Mellow’s Naturalista Classic bed frame boasts streamlined mattress support crafted of solid pine, with non-slip wooden slats that won’t creak. The frame itself functions as a brace for the mattress, so no box spring is required, and it’s impressively strong, able to hold up 1,500 pounds of distributed weight.
There are about 8.5 inches underneath for storage, but the wood frame is so attractive, you may wish to keep the under-bed area clear and forgo the skirt. The mid-century modern look works with a range of styles, from traditional to contemporary, and the frame comes in four sizes, twin through king. With its durable construction and simple profile, this sleeper is a keeper!
If you like to read or watch TV in bed, Lucid’s L300 Bed Base adjusts to keep you comfortable. The head inclines from 0 to 60 degrees and the foot from 0 to 45 degrees, and the motor is quiet and responsive: Just press the wireless remote (batteries and built-in flashlight included). You can even program your favorite position into the memory function.
A dual USB charging station is built into both sides of the bed base, so you can plug in your phone or alarm clock. While the company recommends using a Lucid mattress with this frame, it is compatible with other brands too. Folding hinges make shipping more affordable and assembly efficient. Setup is easy, without special tools or know-how, you’ll quickly be ready for relaxation.