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Types of Bed Frames: A Complete Guide

22 June 2022

Buying a bed is always a confusing journey.

To the standard customer, it seems like there are hundreds of different options to consider. You can get a severe case of choice overload when browsing the catalogues.

Do we get the biggest bed frame, the one that looks the best, or the one with that expensive oak base?

Due to the existence of so many options, it can be hard to decipher which decision is optimal.

In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the various types of bed frames available in the market and which one is ideal for your specific needs.

Ottoman Bed Frames

This bed frame has a party trick associated with it.

It is a unique style of bed that allows you to lift your mattress using handles attached to the bed frame, revealing a large (hidden) storage compartment underneath.

If you have a room on the smaller side of the spectrum, then buying an Ottoman bed frame is an excellent idea. It can increase the amount of storage space you have by a huge amount and is therefore unrivalled when it comes to functionality.

Antique Bed Frames

For the purists among us, an antique bed frame might just be the way to go.

This bed frame is usually made of fine wood and features lavish detailing throughout the entire structure - with a particular focus on the headboard as the pièce de résistance.

Like the Ottoman frame, antique beds can transform a humble bedroom into a fashionable haven for anyone lucky enough to have one.

Although these beds can be expensive due to the craftsmanship and quality of materials, they add a touch of class to your bedroom and are ideal for those of us who have older-style houses.

Hence if you want to add an eccentric tone to your room - antique beds are an excellent option.

Upholstered Bed Frames

You can spot an upholstered bed frame from a mile away. It simply screams luxury.

This bed frame is covered in a soft fabric to give it a cosy, comfortable feel wherever you are on the bed. From the headboard to the foot, there is material incorporated throughout.

The material used can vary from velvet and cotton, all the way to suede.

Whatever the fabric, it is soft and can therefore be an excellent option if you have kids. The headboard and surrounding frame on an upholstered bed are comfortable to rest your head on. The fabric ensures kids won’t hurt themselves if they hit the headboard, which can be a godsend for worried parents.

However, due to the additional cushioning, an upholstered bed is less practical for smaller bedrooms as it takes up extra square footage. It is also a poor option for those of us with furry pets, as hair can quickly get stuck within the fabric of the bed frame.

Wooden Bed Frames

This timeless piece of furniture is built to survive a war. It is perfect for those who want something that won’t break easily and can maintain a high quality throughout its life.

A wooden bed frame does what it says on the tin. You can never go wrong with this option if you’re on a budget and want something tried and tested.

Upholstered beds require hoovering every week to avoid dust collecting on the fabric. That won’t be a problem here as very little maintenance is needed with wooden bed frames.

Although traditionally made as a budget option, don’t be fooled into thinking that deluxe versions of this bed frame don’t exist. There are a considerable number of styles and finishes to choose from.

You can get an exceptionally high-quality wooden frame made of expensive wood, or you can opt for a lower-quality frame made of more basic materials.

Adjustable Bed Frames

Moving away from the traditional bed frames, we end with a bed that operates via remote control. Yes, you read that right.

An adjustable bed frame can move up and down to let you sleep in the most comfortable position.

Take the FlexiSpot EB01 Adjustable Bed Base as an example - with this bed frame, you can elevate the head of the structure from 0 to 60 degrees. This means you can find your ideal sleeping position at the touch of a button.

An electric bed frame is optimal for those suffering from aches and pains, as it allows you to find the best possible sleeping position where your aches and pains are minimised.

It can also help symptoms of snoring by lifting your head, and is the ideal choice for those of us who have partners that snore!

The Bottom Line

Hopefully, you now have a good idea of the main types of bed frames and how each can make a unique contribution to your life.

Sleeping is an essential component of our mental and physical health, so it’s vital that we pick the right bed frame to suit our needs.