Best bed 2022: 15 beautiful bed frames to anchor your bedroom

Discover the best bed frames that suit your style and budget, without sacrificing comfort

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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 and 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 luxe upholstered designs, our round-up considered the most popular bed frames of the moment. 

Keep reading to find the best bed frame for your bedroom. We're apologizing in advance for how hard it is going to be to choose just one. There's always the guest bed or kids' room to consider... 

Best beds for 2022

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1. Novak Platform Bed

Best upholstered bed

Specifications

Colors available: Over 21 prints and colors
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Some
RRP: $945-$1,295

Reasons to buy

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Made to order
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Many colors, prints, and fabrics available including linen, velvet, and faux leather
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Clean, tailored look
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Suits a wide variety of decor styles

Reasons to avoid

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Longer lead time
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Not returnable

The upholstered bed is an extremely practical choice (who doesn't love leaning up against soft, cushioned things) with a big design impact, making it a standout choice for your primary bedroom. 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 (opens in new tab) that requires a box spring. 

Zinus Wen 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform Bed Frame

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2. Zinus 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform Bed Frame

Best Platform Bed

Specifications

Colors available: Four
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Some
RRP: $167-$245

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Easy assembly
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Made with real wood

Reasons to avoid

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Quality control issues

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. 

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3. West Elm Mid-Century Bed

Best mid-century modern bed

Specifications

Colors available: Acorn, White, Pebble Gray
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Box spring required: Optional
Assembly required: No
RRP: $749-$1,599

Reasons to buy

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Greenguard Gold Certified and made with sustainably sourced materials
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Classic Mid-century details
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Contract-grade

Reasons to avoid

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No California King option

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 bed is a solid investment for the long term. It's also built with several environmental factors, including being made in a fair trade environment, made from kiln-dried, sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood,  and its Greenguard Gold certified, so it won't emit any toxins into the air.  

Alido tufted upholstered platform bed

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4. Tufted Upholstered Low Profile Platform Bed

Best velvet bed

Specifications

Colors available: 10
Available sizes: Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Available

Reasons to buy

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10 colors to choose from
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Works with adjustable bases

Reasons to avoid

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Time consuming install
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Low profile headboard

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. 

Avocado city bed frame with headboard

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5. Avocado City Bed

Best sustainable bed

Specifications

Colors available: Brown and Blonde
Available sizes: Twin, Twin Xl, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Box spring required: Optional
Assembly required: Some
RRP: $789-$1,999

Reasons to buy

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FSC and Greenguard Gold certified and Carbon Negative
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Made in LA of sustainably harvested American timber in a non-toxic brown stain or clear blonde finish
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Option to add a headboard, platform shelf or book nook
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Easy assembly

Reasons to avoid

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Headboard must be purchased when buying bed frame, not later on
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Not Returnable

If you're after sustainable and eco-friendly furniture, when it comes to the bedroom, we place our trust in all things Avocado. The City Bed Frame is available as a platform frame, but you do have the option to add a wood headboard. Further, customize the look with special shelving and a book nook. This does add to the price but takes a basic bed into a piece that feels bespoke. It's conveniently designed with small spaces in mind but makes just the right amount of impact that draws your eye to its modern design. 

It's a sturdy and well-made frame that uses domestically sourced timber (beech wood and fir) that is then assembled in Avocado's LA factory. To achieve the available brown (similar to walnut) or blonde finishes, the company applies a combination of water-based ECOS® stains.

It's made with no VOC-emitting glues or finishes for a non-toxic bed that is safe for your loved ones and the earth. The bed is FSC certified, meaning the wood has been sourced sustainably, Greenguard Gold certified to ensure safe emissions, and Avocado as a company offsets its carbon usage to be carbon negative. 

Assembly is a breeze, using a specially patented interlocking corner design with finger and dovetail joints with virtually no hardware, just an Allen Wrench that is included. 

Pottery Barn Atwell Metal Canopy Bed

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6. Atwell Metal Canopy Bed

Best canopy bed

Specifications

Colors available: Black
Available sizes: Queen, King
Box spring required: Yes
Assembly required: No
RRP: $1,499-$1,899

Reasons to buy

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Classic, elegant design that suits a wide range of styles
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Sturdy
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White-Glove Delivery
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Compatible with adjustable base mattresses

Reasons to avoid

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Limited bed sizes

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 Pottery Barn Atwell Canopy Bed caught our eye for its excellent mix of contemporary upholstery with a sleek powder-coated metal frame. A box spring is required, but the bed itself is also compatible with adjustable beds. The bed is both stylish and incredibly sturdy.

Thuma the bed

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7. Thuma The Bed

Best bed for easy assembly

Specifications

Colors available: Walnut,
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, Daybed
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Light
RRP: $895-$1,295

Reasons to buy

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Lifetime warranty
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Made with GreenGuard Certified materials
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Easy assembly in about 5 minutes
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Modern design

Reasons to avoid

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Headboard isn't connected to frame

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. Did we mention, that it's also made keeping sustainability in mind? The response: a loyal following of buyers who are thrilled with their results.

The materials include handcrafted, repurposed wood and double-strength slats lined with eco-fi felt made from recycled plastics for durability and sound reduction.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for the Thuma bed is that it 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, that installation should take just about five minutes. The thoughtfully-designed bed includes a 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. 

UO Ivy bed

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8. Urban Outfitters Ivy Bed

Best cane bed

Specifications

Colors available: Light Brown
Available sizes: Twin, Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Yes
RRP: $1,499-$1,899

Reasons to buy

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Features on-trend rattan elements
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Suits modern, contemporary, coastal, and bohemian styles

Reasons to avoid

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$149 shipping fee

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 subtle contrast and reviewers frequently comment on the sturdy design. The only drawback we've found is that it is not available in full sizes, and Urban Outfitters requires a $149 oversized furniture shipping fee.

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9. Article Tessu Bed

Best low-profile bed

Specifications

Colors available: Gray, Taupe, Blue
Available sizes: Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Low Profile
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Modern and minimalist look
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Linen-blend upholstery
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May work with some adjustable frames

Reasons to avoid

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Limited bed-sizing

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 three 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. 

Mercer Casted Knot Metal Bed

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10. iNSPIRE Q Mercer Casted Knot Metal Bed

Best metal bed

Specifications

Colors available: Bronze, Antique White
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Box spring required: Yes
Assembly required: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Easy assembly
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Sturdy
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Low to the ground

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. 

Atlantic Furniture Madison Platform 2 Urban Bed Drawers

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11. Atlantic Furniture Madison Platform Bed with Flat Panel Foot Board and 2-Urban Bed Drawers

Best storage bed

Specifications

Colors available: Espresso, Grey, Walnut, White
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Traditional styling
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Equipped with a USB charger
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Drawers have subtle wheels for easy movement
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Drawers can be placed on either side

Reasons to avoid

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One side will be off-balanced if you don't buy extra drawers

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. 

The inside tailored platform bed

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12. The Inside by Havenly Tailored Platform Bed

Best custom bed frame

Specifications

Colors available: Tons
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Assembly available
RRP: $969-$1,439

Reasons to buy

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Made to order
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Nearly 150 prints and colors to choose from
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Other silhouettes available too

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to assemble

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 by Havenly, 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 by Havenly 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. 

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13. Avocado Eco Adjustable Bed Frame Base

Best adjustable base bed

Specifications

Colors available: N/A
Available sizes: Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Split King, Split Cal King
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Some

Reasons to buy

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Pleasing design and it can fit within existing bed frames if you please 
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Controllable via smartphone or remote
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Remote has built-in flashlight
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Massaging feature
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USB ports

Reasons to avoid

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Not returnable

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.

World Market Wood Spindle Daybed

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14. World Market Wood Spindle Daybed

Best day bed

Specifications

Colors available: Caramel, Walnut
Available sizes: Twin
Box spring required: No
Assembly required: Yes
RRP: $479.99

Reasons to buy

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Mid-century modern design
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Available in two colors
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Great for small or multi-functional spaces

Reasons to avoid

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Twin-size only
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$79 flat-rate oversized shipping

Sometimes, smaller spaces call for a multi-tasking day bed. It's 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 with a stylish, spindle design. Available in caramel or a walnut wood-toned color, it can easily blend into your space and be decorated in a variety of ways. It's made with solid pinewood and requires some basic assembly. 

  • Need more guest ideas for small spaces? Consider a sleeper sofa

Willowton Queen Panel Bed

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15. Ashley Furniture Willowton Panel Bed

Best farmhouse style bed

Specifications

Colors available: Whitewash
Available sizes: Twin, Full, Queen, King, California King
Box spring required: Yes
Assembly required: Depends
RRP: $389-$589

Reasons to buy

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Matching bedroom pieces available
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Faux plank detailing is a rustic touch

Reasons to avoid

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Not made of solid wood
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Backordered

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. 

  • Complete your new bed with the perfect sheet set

How we choose the best beds

As well as judging by aesthetics, to find the best bed frames for this list we dived into the specifications and materials, tried and tested bestsellers, grilled the Real Homes team for their expert knowledge, asked friends and family for their top-rated products, and took into account third party reviews on retailer websites. Click here to find out more about how we review products on Real Homes.

How to choose the best bed frame

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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" (comfortably sleeps two)
  • King: 76" x 80" (comfortably sleeps two)
  • California King: 72" x 84" (comfortably 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. 

Becoming much more commonplace are 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. 

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, where she oversees sleep content including mattresses and bedding – in fact, she has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on mattresses. She regularly scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo  Reese. 

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