After the best bed to turn your bedroom into the respite of your dreams? Once you decide on the best mattress for your sleep style, the bed frame you choose is probably the next most important thing, and perhaps the most fun.
Decorating a bedroom is one of our favorite things to do, and the bed you choose tends to be the centerpiece or anchor of your entire space. So, let's make it good.
We've considered the many types of beds available to create our comprehensive list that serves a wide range of design aesthetics, functional needs, and budgets. From fabulous mid-century-inspired bed frames to rustic wooden beds, our round-up considered the most popular beds of the moment.
Best beds for 2021
The upholstered bed is an extremely practical bed (who doesn't love leaning up against soft, cushioned things) with a big design impact. They come in a range of styles and even more color options. We narrowed it down to the One King's Lane Novak Platform Bed, a stylish staple piece that's available in over 21 colors and prints, from neutral to playful.
This timelessly tailored bed is made to order, so it does have a longer lead time and it is non-returnable. However, taking into account the craftsmanship that goes into making this bed, we want to put our money toward something built to last. And it is, with a sturdy pine frame, and stable metal legs. This version is a platform style, but there is also a version available that requires a box spring.
A solid platform bed shouldn't have to set you back hundreds. Enter Zinus. They've already mastered affordable mattresses, so it's time to wake up to their easy assembly platform beds as well. The official name of the 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform changes with the color options, including a rustic pine (Alexis), cherry (Wen), natural (Moiz), and antique espresso (Vivek).
We're really into the wooden frame sans headboard look on this model for a minimalist, rustic take, but you also have the option to add on a headboard. It's made of solid wood with an interior steel framework. It also offers an 8.2" clearance if you're looking to store extra items under the bed, and utilizes a velcro strip to keep the mattress in place.
Reviews are also overwhelmingly positive on this budget bed frame, with 84 percent offering up a 5-star rating, many citing how impressed they were with this sturdy and stylish frame. Everything ships in one box and assembly should take less than 30 minutes.
Is there anything more romantic than a canopy bed? Canopy beds have been surging in popularity as of late, giving us more options than ever. The Red Barrel Studio Christopher Low Profile Canopy Bed caught our eye for its excellent mix of contemporary upholstery with a sleek metal frame, and of course, the excellent reviews and even better price points.
It's available in two colorways with a moody and modern gray linen upholstery or a more traditional parchment-colored linen. Whichever gorgeous hue you choose, your bed will surely become the stunning focal point of your space. Buyers love the look and found it to be sturdy and relatively easy to assemble.
- Into this romantic pink and gray color scheme? We have tons of suggestions on how to master the look.
The rattan and cane style is more popular than ever and truthfully, we're having a very hard time resisting this perfect bohemian bed.
Gorgeous woven rattan is framed with mango wood for a subtle contrast. The only drawback we've found is that it is not available in full sizes, and Urban Outfitters requires a $99 furniture shipping fee .
West Elm's Modern Show Wood Bed checks all the boxes when it comes to sustainably produced furniture, and it looks pretty dang good too. Boasting an FSC certification and produced in a Fair Trade Environment, this mid-century design is also contract grade (i.e. suitable for commercial settings), meaning it's definitely one of the more sturdy and solidly built beds.
Let's get into the details: this sturdy walnut-treated frame is made of eucalyptus and softened with a gray upholstered headboard. It comes with wooden slats, though you may add your box spring if you so desire. The angled legs recall elements of both mid-century and Scandinavian design, but we think this mixed-media bed will suit anyone looking for sleek style. Even better it can effortlessly be mixed and match with other West Elm pieces to create a bedroom set.
The classic look of a metal bed frame will never go out of style. A metal bed feels light and airy and won't overwhelm a room. The old-school design is for those looking to achieve a rustic, vintage-inspired, or farmhouse space.
We found the Mercer Casted Knot Metal Bed from iNSPIRE Q noteworthy for its incredible value and pleasing curved detail inspired by Victorian-era wrought iron. It's available in both bronze and antique white, though it can easily be spray painted, as some mentioned they've done to personalize the bed to your liking. Most reviewers have commented on its straightforward assembly and stable build. A few noted, however, it was lower to the ground than they expected, with just a 6.5" clearance under the bed. It's easy to add extra height with a thicker boxspring foundation or mattress.
- Take a cue from vintage design with these vintage bedroom ideas.
If you're tight on closet space, a storage bed maximizes your bed's usefulness with ample and discreet drawers to stash extra linens, off-season clothing, toys, or whatever items you want easy access to. Storage beds are typically available with drawers either accessible via the sides or the foot of the bed.
The Madison Platform Bed from Atlantic Furniture offers a traditional style and is available in a bunch of colors. As far as storage, it has some of the most versatile options, with roomy rolling drawers that can be placed on either side of the bed. It comes with two drawers, so if you put both drawers on one side and want to double the set, you'll have to pay extra. However, should you put both drawers on the same side, it could be more difficult to access the one at the top of the bed if you plan to put a nightstand or lamp next to your bed.
In addition to ample storage, Atlantic Furniture amps up the functionality with the addition of a power hub with ports for two USBs, so you'll never be without a charge. It's durable, too, and made of solid wood. It's a great pick for any stage of your life.
If you describe your style as modern minimalist meets Scandinavian comfort, well, Article's Tessu bed is for you. The low-profile upholstered platform bed is available in five-on trend colors that make a beautiful backdrop for your bedroom.
It is estimated to take about 45 minutes to assemble, and arrives in three boxes. It's available in queen and king sizes, and can work with some adjustable bed models as well. It consistently ranks high among buyers for its value, quality, and design. WE particularly like the wooden slats and sturdy wooden legs.
So you want a bed like no one else! We totally understand your desire for a one-of-a-kind piece that takes the cake. Enter, The Inside, one of design maven Christiane Lemieux's ventures to make custom pieces more accessible and to take the lead time from months to weeks. Just scrolling through the nearly 150 patterns is a treat, with special collaborations with artists such as Scalamandre, Harlem Toile De Jouy by Sheila Bridges, CW Stockwell, and Old World Weavers, founded by the incomparable Iris Apfel and her late husband, Carl. You'll find a rainbow of colors and floral, abstract, chintz, terrazzo, gingham, prints that range from subtle to bold. There are seven-bed styles to choose from, including the classic tailored, a wingback design, and a regency-inspired headboard. The Inside's made-to-order methods and digital printing technology enable them to offer quality designs without any waste. Even the digital printing process is water-free.
The Inside gives you the chance to make a major impact with your furniture, and perhaps go neutral with the bedding. Though, we have seen some masters of pattern create sensational spaces with contrasting prints. Those who've taken the plunge on these stunning beds were thrilled with how their beds came out, but they did note that assembly was tedious and these beds are heavy.
If you need help deciding on a pattern, fabric swatches are available before you commit to one style.
There are a lot of health benefits to adjustable beds that people are really starting to catch on to. For instance, elevating your bed to a more upright position can improve circulation while reducing heartburn and snoring. Avocado's eco-friendly edition is made with GOTS organic certified cotton canvas, durable rubberwood legs, and a sturdy metal base. It's also one of the more attractive models available. The rubberwood legs, available in three heights, are a refreshing design choice from Avocado, though the frame will also sit within existing beds as well if you prefer a bed that matches your aesthetic better. Assembly is pretty straightforward, and doesn't require any tools.
The Avocado Eco Adjustable Base app or wireless remote manage two programmable memory positions, head and foot tilt adjustments, and the ability to shift the bed to flat, zero gravity, and anti-snore positions. There's even a massage function, and the frame has built-in USB ports to easily charge your devices too. However, should you decide to use within an existing bed frame, you won't be able to access the USB ports. Another thoughtful feature: the remote control can double as a flashlight, which is pretty neat.
Thuma built itself off a very limited product selection, so it's bound to be good. The promise: furniture, specifically a bed frame, that takes minimal time and effort to assemble. The response: a loyal following of buyers who are thrilled with their results.
The Thuma bed requires no tools for installation. No screws or bolts to lose track off. Rather, each piece fits together, like a puzzle, inspired by the Japanese joinery technique; it's so easy, installation should take just about five minutes. The thoughtfully-designed bed includes frame, soft PillowBoard, and extra-strength cushion-coated slats. Even better, the Pillowboard is built for lounging and can be removed for easy laundering. However, we should note that it is not directly connected to the frame, but the mattress, which some have noted caused the headboard to shift.
Sometimes, smaller spaces call for a multi-tasking day bed. The perfect solution for tiny studios to guests rooms turned home office, playroom, and gym. World Market is the go-to for affordable and design-forward day beds, like this mid-century pick. The cushioned upholstered edges make it comfortable to sit up against. Available in gray or a creamy natural color, it can easily blend into your space and be decorated in a variety of ways. It's made with solid poplar wood and pinewood and requires some basic assembly.
- Need more guest ideas for small spaces? Consider a sleeper sofa.
Farmhouse design isn't going anywhere. As the design trends evolve into cottage core, the appeal of a rustic panel bed is everlasting. This design from Ashley Furniture is affordable (under $600 for a queen) and can easily be paired with coordinating furniture pieces to create an entire set. The panel bed features a Driftwood whitewashed finish with faux plank detailing on the headboard and footboard. It's made with engineered wood, which helps drive down the price tag, but some have called out this bed as flimsy, while others have taken no issue with it at all.
West Elm is THE DESTINATION for anything mid-century modern. Start and end your search with their Mid-Century bed. This best-selling wood bed features classic mid-century details like doweled headboard edges and tapered wood legs for a crisp appearance. With the option to choose from three classic wood tones, the mid-century bed is the perfect anchor to your bedroom. Classic, streamlined and understated.
It's also contract-grade, so this is a bed is a solid investment for the long term. It's also built with several environmental factors, including made in a fair trade environment of made from kiln-dried, sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood, and its Greenguard Gold certified, so it won't emit any toxins into the air.
- Coveting the modern look? We are too. See more modern bedroom ideas here.
Sumptuous velvet is a fan-favorite for its sophisticated design, versatility, and of course, soft texture. Get the luxe look with this channel-tufted velvet confection, available in several color hues to fit your space. The sheer number of colors is what makes this bed so appealing.
It's also sturdy and so comfortable to lie back against. It's constructed with solid kiln-dried birch wood with plywood and upholstered with high-quality velvet over flame-retardant foam. The 30" headboard height could be considered on the shorter side, especially if you plan to load up your bed with pillows that may conceal the design. Albeit the shorter headboard, it's a great-looking piece. Additionally, the platform design is equipped to work with adjustable bases, so you won't have to sacrifice style.
Buyers said that assembly was a little complicated and timing-consuming (each slat is placed one at a time) but Wayfair does offer assembly services for an additional fee.
- Complete your new bed with the perfect sheet set.
How to choose the best bed frame
Choosing a bed is a highly subjective choice based on your personal style.
The two technical components to consider are the size, and whether or not you want to make use of a bed frame or a foundation.
The most common bed sizes and their measurements:
- Twin/Single: 38" x 75" (sleeps one)
- Twin XL: 38" x 80" (sleeps one)
- Full/Double: 54" x 75" (sleeps two)
- Queen: 60" x 80" (sleeps two)
- King: 76" x 80" (sleeps two)
- California King: 72" x 84" (sleeps two)
Besides considering the many different styles of bed available today, first consider the type of bed you pick out, which are traditionally broken down into three camps.
Standard, or traditional beds often use a metal rail bed frame that doesn't have the support to hold a mattress on its own and will require a box spring or foundation to support the mattress.
And becoming much more commonplace: platform beds. Platform beds typically use wood or metal slats close together that will support the mattress without any extra materials, i.e. no box spring. You may even see solid wood beds that categorize as a platform too.
For a more customizable sleep position, adjustable bases are growing in popularity, and offer numerous health benefits. These are less aesthetic-driven and more or less chosen for their practicality. An adjustable bed does exactly what it sounds like. It adjusts to various positions, like a hospital bed, to elevate the upper half or lower half of your body. It's useful for those who like to sit up and watch TV in bed, people dealing with respiratory issues, or for individuals looking to curb their snoring. They can only be used with certain types of mattresses such as hybrid, foam, or latex, so check your mattress compatibility before purchasing.
What's the difference between a box spring and a foundation?
Standard beds often require a box spring or a foundation, as they have minimal support. Box Springs are becoming more or less obsolete and replaced with foundations.
A box spring consists of a wooden frame filled with springs (or a metal grid) and wrapped in fabric. It sits directly under the mattress, providing support and extra height to your mattress. Most traditional innerspring mattresses required the use of a box spring, while memory foam, latex, and hybrid models do not. Instead, they use a foundation if the bed requires additional support for the mattress.
A foundation is similar in external appearance to a box spring and the word is sometimes used interchangeably. Rather, it consists of wooden slats or flat solid frames, like a platform bed, and does not contain metal springs.
Whichever setup you choose, make sure it's compatible with your mattress, otherwise, it could void its warranty.
How much should I spend on a new bed?
Beds can range anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. For our list, we focused on beds that were on average between $500 and $1,000. The $1,000 price point is where you'll see the sturdiest materials, white glove delivery, and recognizable brand names.
Most beds sourced from places like Wayfair, Overstock or Walmart are the most budget-friendly, but often require assembly and could be made of engineered wood. Be sure to check what the bed is made of before going ahead with your purchase.
If you're looking for a bed for a short amount of time, and like to switch things up, go with the more affordable bed, but if you're planning to hold on to your bed, we say, go with the investment piece. You won't be disappointed.