What is a Platform Bed?

Metal platform bed with bedding

Given that the average person sleeps for 229,961 hours over the course of a lifetime, it’s important to invest in your bed. The proper bed frame can provide you with the right foundation every night. The tricky part can be choosing the right bed frame and figuring out exactly which type of foundation you prefer. For many people, that foundation is a platform bed. 

What's the Difference Between a Platform Bed and Other Beds?

There are a few key differences between platform bed and traditional bed frame. Platform beds are designed as a sturdy base to create a solid, raised platform for the mattress. This means that you don’t need a box spring with a platform bed, the way you would for a standard bed frame. 

Traditional bed frames are designed with box springs in mind. The platform bed removes that extra layer, allowing you to cut out the middle man (or box, in this case) and place your mattress directly on the platform bed. Because of the lack of a middle layer, the platform bed typically lies lower to the ground than styles featuring a box spring. 

Platform beds are also available in a variety of formats. You can get plain metal support to keep it simple – just add a mattress and bedding. This style also allows you to customize each addition you make to the bed. The other type of platform bed is already made up of a headboard, footboard, and side rails (or some combination of the three) with wood or metal slats under the mattress. With this design you’re getting a complete look. 

Some platform beds have slats, and others are solid. They may even have drawers underneath for additional storage or other features.

Pros and Cons of Platform Beds

Now that you know the difference between platform beds and other options, you might still be wondering whether a platform bed is right for you. Here's a list of pros and cons:

Pro: No Box Spring Costs

Do you know what’s great about a bed frame that doesn’t need a box spring? You don’t have to buy a box spring. That’s one less thing you’ll need to purchase (and later replace) for your bed, which means you can buy those extra pillows you really wanted instead. 

Pro: Easier to Move and Assemble

Do you know what else is great about not needing a box spring? You never have to carry around a box spring. Fewer layers mean that reassembling or moving a bed is faster and easier. Some platform beds are made to be easy to assemble or disassemble to make transport simple.

Possible Pro: Additional Storage Options

If you are looking for more organization in the bed room, a platform bed can help. Some of them are built with drawers or shelves as part of the construction. Others, like ours, are tall enough to fit plenty of things underneath. However, not all platform beds have these features, so you have to look to get the right design.

Con: Less Support 

If you’re not careful, a lack of a box spring can have some consequences. Platform beds are reliant on the quality of the platform base itself. Without a good base, you’ll sacrifice the support that a box spring might have provided. If you invest in a quality platform bed, however, you should be set for a good night’s rest. 

Pro/Con: Lower to the Ground 

Without a box spring, platform beds tend to sit closer to the ground than traditional beds. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on your personal preferences. Some people find lower beds harder to get out of every day. Others may think that their box spring bed is too high and that they are forced to climb on to it every day. With a lower profile, you can also add a thicker mattress and bedding without needing a ladder to get under the covers. 

Finding the Right Platform Bed Frame 

If you think that a platform bed is the right choice for you, the next step is to find a good one! Remember, you can spend a third of your life in bed, so make sure you invest in something that will treat you well every night. If you need a place to start, check out our selection of platform beds and see what style and size best matches your room.

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