How to Choose a Bed Frame: A Complete Guide

 You may have heard that common nugget of information thrown around: we spend a third of our lives asleep. Let this fact hit you over the head again for a moment: on average, that’s a full twenty-six years that you’ll spend with your head against the pillow. 

That’s a huge amount of time, which means there’s no reason to skimp on any part of your sleeping experience, from mattress to bed frame. When it comes time to pick out a frame, you might be a little overwhelmed.

Learning how to choose a bed frame is an important part of any young adult’s life and it doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. While it is a big decision, there’s a lot you can do to help make the process as easy as possible.

What do you need to know? Read on and we’ll walk you through the basics.

Understand the Basics

Are you a total newbie when it comes to shopping for the bedroom? No worries, we have you covered. You’ll need to get familiar with the most basic elements of bedroom details.

So, let’s talk about beds. As you’re likely aware, not every bed is made equal. They come in different sizes. If you already own a mattress, you’ll want to get familiar with what size you’re working with if you haven’t already.

Beds come in a wide range of sizes, twins, fulls, queens, and kings. You’ll need to get a bed frame that matches the size of the mattress that you own. If you don’t own a mattress yet, you’ll want to think about how much room you’ll need to sleep in as well as how much room you’ll have for a bed in your bedroom.

What size bed you get will be all about your personal needs and the amount of room you have available. 

The size of your room will also be key when choosing out a bed frame. If you’re working with a very small space, you likely will prefer a slimmer bed frame to a bulkier one as it will take up less of the space.

You should keep your room in your mind’s eye every step of your shopping process. The goal should be to get something that matches the room well as a whole.

Choosing a Bed Frame Height

The next thing you’ll want to take the time to think about is height. How high off the ground do you want your bed to be? Some people prefer to keep low to the ground, others like a little climb up onto the mattress. 

Again, your personal preference should rule here. However, it’s worth mentioning that if you do choose a higher bed frame, it will open up opportunities for under-the-bed storage. You will not have this option if you choose a lower-leaning frame.

If you don’t have much space in your room, allowing this extra storage room under your mattress can make a huge difference. 

Generally, bed frames are split into three categories: standard, low-profile, and high-profile. The standard frames are somewhere between 13″ and 15″, with the low and high profile frames on either side of that middle ground.

Bed Frame Aesthetics

The above information should help you to be able to land on an idea of your ideal bed frame. You’ll know the size and the height that you need for your room. What you’ll find next is that there are a great many frames for sale out there that will fit your requirements. 

In order to pick the one that is right for your room, you’ll need to think on what you want to get out of a frame. For many people, there’s an aesthetic they are trying to create in their personal space.

It’s important that the bed frame fit this aesthetic. There are designs of frames available that are everything from minimalistic and chic to extravagant and attention-grabbing.

Many bedframes have headboards or will at least have the ability to add one, which can help to contribute to your aesthetic desires. 

There are frames that are built in a certain way to provide certain benefits to the sleeper. For example, there are squeak-and-creak-resistant frames out there that claim to provide a more sound sleeping experience.

You’ll need to decide what kind of frame provides the bedroom experience that you desire. Just make sure it still lines up with your initial, basic requirements.

Additional Features & Accessories 

You can get real fancy and fun with your bed frame as well if you want. Some people buy bedframes that offer big storage solutions. For example, a frame that has drawers on the bottom or a bookshelf-type structure built into the headboard.

There’s also the more recent invention of the TV bed, which is a bed frame that houses a small television inside the footboard of the frame. All you have to do is hit a switch and a fully functioning television will deploy at your feet.

All of this will depend on your preferences and your budget, but the sky is the limit when it comes to getting a proper bed frame. Your choice is your own.

How to Choose a Bed Frame

If you’re still determining how to choose a bed frame for your room, you’re not alone. It can be difficult to make sure you’re making an informed decision. The above information can be helpful in making this important choice.

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