Platform bed frames offer a lot of advantages over a typical bed — they save you the cost of a box spring, they help give your bedroom a modern vibe, and the added air circulation they provide can keep your mattress cooler. An aspect of platform beds that could be a pro or con, depending on your family, is that their lower profile makes it easier for your kids to join you in bed at night or in the wee hours of the morning. If you’ve chosen to co-sleep and your children are toddler age or older, this bed style could be a wise choice. Or, buy a platform frame for your kid’s big-kid bed! (Psst: Getting a new bed can be a great excuse to buy some new pillows, a new bedding set, and/or some nice sleep products, in general.)
The platform beds below run the gamut of styles, but all of them can give you a good night’s sleep! (Well, part of that depends on your kids’ sleep habits, so you’re on your own in that department!) Pro tip: When you’re buying a mattress for your platform bed, good options include memory foam, latex foam, and hybrid mattresses, but a lot of that comes down to personal preference.
Best Platform Bed Frames
The navy upholstery on this bed is a pretty medium-blue with a texture that kind of looks like denim in the closeup photo, but not enough to actually look like a denim bed, which may be a … niche preference. (My son has a denim-ish bed skirt, but he’s 10.) The tufted buttons on the headboard give it a classic touch, and the internal steel framework provides stability. It’s higher than the typical platform bed, in case that’s your preference, and it has a five-year warranty. The sizes available are full, queen, and king. This reviewer, like many others, noted that it was easy to assemble: “I could have easily put this together all by myself. … I love the design, I love the color. I love how sturdy it is.”
This bed is made from solid wood (acacia, hence the name), so it’s a little pricier than a lot of the platform beds listed here. The options for finishes are “chocolate” and “caramel” (and now I’m hungry). With its two wide horizontal pieces, the headboard has a bit more interest than a solid design. And with a maximum weight capacity of 800 lbs., the bed frame is stronger and sturdier than many platform bed frames, so no worries if you end up with a few kids and pets on there in addition to you and your partner. This reviewer is one of the many happy customers: “Very easy to assemble. … Everything was packaged well and some nice surprises were included. This is a good looking sturdy bed.” (Now I’m curious… What are these surprises?!)
This bed has a bit of an unusual design — it’s inspired by wingback chairs — which could be perfect if you have a run-of-the-mill bedroom setup and want your bed to be the focal point. It’s also toddler-approved with its lack of sharp edges. And if you’re looking for bright colors (not typically a bed feature, but why not?), you’re in luck — in addition to light gray and dark gray, you can choose burnt orange, light yellow, or peacock green. (You could really have some fun picking out coordinating bedding…) The bed is available in full, queen, and king sizes. One of the more colorful (ha) reviews reads, “While shopping for a new bed frame, I just about shit myself in excitement when I saw a teal one for sale at a reasonable price.”
If you’re looking for a bed with a simple, modern design (and one without a headboard), this could be a winner. Pretend you live in a downtown loft without actually living in a downtown loft (or reminisce about one from your pre-mom life?). The design also makes it stable and sturdy, as does the material — it’s made from steel. Fun fact: Alwyn Home won a Good Design Award for this bed. One customer noted, “I wish there was an option to put 10 stars because this is an amazing product!! Strong and sturdy and took my fiancé and I maybe 10 minutes to set it up. What I LOVE is the sticky sides on the bars to keep our mattress from sliding.”
In addition to its contemporary, luxe-feeling design, this bed from Amazon Basics is giving me modern, upscale-hotel vibes. (Now you just need your partner to bring you room service — OK, and also for your kids to go to their grandparents’ house.) The faux leather upholstery is not only cheaper than the real thing and easy to clean, but it’s also, of course, cruelty-free. The bed is available in twin and queen sizes. Reviewers note that the bed frame is easy to put together, and one wrote, “This has so far been the easiest piece of furniture to assemble, by far. … Been sleeping on it now for about a month and no squeaking or creaking, it doesn’t slide, and the dimensions are exactly as promised.”
The design of this platform bed isn’t something you see every day, with its industrial feel that comes from the combination of the brown metal (that looks a bit textured), rivets, and solid-looking structure. (You might love it; you might hate it.) The faux-wood headboard is water-resistant and treated to resist scratches, and the 11” space under the bed provides room for storage. Note that the company will replace parts for free within five years of purchase. Reviewers, including this customer, say it’s easy to put together: “I like that it was extremely easy to build. All the parts were there and it’s pretty sturdy. The headboard is beautiful in my opinion and it’s good for what it’s worth.”
This metal bed isn’t technically farmhouse style, but it looks like it’d be right at home in a farmhouse, complete with a chenille bedspread or patchwork quilt. (Maybe you have so many pets that it sometimes feels like a farm?) Still, its design could fit into a lot of different decor styles. The bed has 13” of space underneath for storage, is available in black and “antique brown,” and offers a five-year replacement-part warranty. One reviewer wrote, “The metal is sturdy and looks attractive and the feet have soft pads on the bottom. … The package comes with a soft foam strip with adhesive backing to put over the support beam which prevents clashing metal when you lay in the bed. … I am very happy with the value for the money.”
This is described as a “sleigh bed,” but it may not look like any sleigh bed you’ve seen. If it’s possible for furniture to look retro and futuristic at the same time, this would be it. This may be a “love it or hate it” sort of design — but if you’re in the “love it” camp, read on. This bed has a solid wood frame, which is nice, as is the lack of sharp edges, which is great if you often have little ones toddling around your bedroom. It’s available in full, queen, and king sizes; also comes in both black and white faux leather; and has a five-year parts replacement plan. One reviewer shared, “It’s quiet; doesn’t squeak when my husband or I get up. And I love the angled back, you can sit up in the bed comfortably. With our previous bed, pillows would always fall down in the gap between the mattress and the backboard.”
Most platform bed frames are pretty modern-looking, so this one’s a nice alternative for those who aren’t big fans of more contemporary designs. The headboard is relatively ornate, with tufted and silver buttons and a border that reminds me a bit of scrollwork. It’s also taller than many platform bed headboards. The bed is available in full, queen, and king sizes. You have to smile at the description shared by this reviewer: “Love this bed. Looks like an exquisitely grand throne for all sizes and genders. My 6’2” 18-year-old son … sleeping on it was proof of its sturdiness and adequate size. The bed frame didn’t budge or make a sound any of the multiple times he (non-gently) flopped down onto it.” (I want a throne!)
This modern design also has a soft side — the headboard is upholstered, and it has horizontal grooves to stop your pillows from slipping down. (I would love this feature in a bed! It’d be especially handy if you prefer pillows that are less firm.) The bed is made from both solid and engineered wood and is available in sizes ranging from twin to king. One happy reviewer wrote, “This bed is perfect! The headboard is cushioned just enough to be comfortable sitting against, but it’s really sturdy. I highly recommend it.”
This platform bed brings the homey feel of a vintage metal frame, but its solid, clean lines prevent it from feeling old-fashioned or fussy. It’s available in both full and queen sizes, and reviewers note that it’s easy to assemble — even the mom who enlisted her 9-year-old to help! (That could have been either a fun learning experience or a disaster…) One satisfied customer wrote, “We were looking for an affordable frame with a simple look. This was what she found and it looks great, we are able to slide bins under the bed for extra storage. … We put it together in less than an hour.”
This headboard-less design is constructed from real acacia wood with an ebony finish. Unlike some other platform bed frames, this one has 10.5” of space underneath the bed, which is just right for most under-bed storage containers and boxes. The velvet padding and non-slip surface on the slats are supposed to muffle noise and keep the mattress in place, but all bets are off if your kids use it as a trampoline. The bed is available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and has a five-year warranty. One reviewer noted, “If you are looking for a platform, this is it! It looks amazing, the quality is amazing, it is a very easy setup process, and it is so so so sturdy! This may be the best platform for the price!”
If you prefer a bed with a simple, basic design and no frills — except for an upholstered headboard, if you’d consider that a frill — this could be just the right bed for you. It’s very affordable, has ample storage space underneath, and is available in twin, full, and queen sizes. It also offers a two-year warranty. One of the many positive reviews reads, “The product is very sturdy and does not make any squeaks. The mattress does not sag through the slats. Plenty of storage under the bed frame. I would highly recommend the bed frame.”
Sometimes you just want a simple and modern design — like this platform bed. It’s made from solid acacia wood and is available in black, cherry, espresso, and pine finishes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. The wooden slats have velvet padding and non-slip tape to prevent noise and keep the mattress in place, while the tapered legs are a nice touch. The bed has a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. One of the 7,000+ (!) positive reviews notes, “You may think I’m way too passionate about a bed frame, but I don’t care, I’m literally gonna recommend this to everyone from now on. They’ve won me that much over that I wrote this. I’m a fan for life now.” (It bears mentioning that the customer’s username is “Captain_Tight_Pants.”)
A splurge when compared to the other platform beds on this list, this modern West Elm bed has a lot going for it: It’s constructed from natural woods, has a 10-year-warranty, and was made in the U.S.A. The bed is available in walnut and birch (the walnut is FSC®-certified) in twin, queen, and king sizes and can be ordered with or without the headboard. The legs are powder-coated steel for strong support. The product description mentions that “minimal assembly [is] required” and points out that no tools are needed. Note that an underbed drawer is available for this bed — it holds up to 80 pounds!
This bed, which is solid wood, is giving me beach-cottage vibes, and I’m here for it. It also has something that’s somewhat unusual for a platform bed — a solid footboard that extends almost to the floor. So if you want to hide anything you’re storing under there, you won’t see much (at least from the front). Speaking of hiding, the hardware has a white finish to make it less noticeable, which is a nice touch. One reviewer noted, “Nice looking bedframe that seems sturdy (so far). It was easy to assemble, and while it would have been quicker with two people, I was able to assemble it by myself without issue. I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pieces, and think it will hold up well.”
This very affordable platform bed frame has a vintage vibe to the headboard and footboard without looking like it belongs in either a B&B full of creepy old dolls, or at Grandma’s house. (Nothing against grandmothers; you just may prefer your house not look like one lives there until you become one.) The bed frame is made from steel and leaves enough room underneath (12”) for a good amount of storage space. One reviewer noted, “I had my concerns about purchasing a bed frame online but I was not disappointed. I put this bed together by myself and had no issues at all. The instructions are very easy to follow. My full size bed fits perfectly and most importantly there’s no squeaks!”
This traditional-inspired platform bed frame is available in two shades of gray as well as beige, in full, queen, and king sizes. The upholstered headboard is diamond stitched with tufted buttons and has an interesting wingback shape to the sides that helps it feel a little cozier. It’s also taller than the headboards of many other platform beds. Note: Don’t expect a lot of storage space under this bed, although low-profile bins could work. A reviewer noted, “This bed was so easy to put together! … The end product is beautiful! I would also like to mention the frame underneath is metal bars and wooden slats, so you have double the amount of support, unlike other beds I’ve ordered that last a year, if that, from moving and crazy kids.”
If you’re a “bells and whistles” kind of person, think of this high-tech wonder as the Cadillac of platform bed frames. The Quest 2.5 Adjustable Base has luxe features like ergonomic preset positioning, underbed lighting, massage motors (cue the “ahhhh…”), dual USB ports, and more. It’s all controllable by a remote and you can even enlist the powers of voice command if you really want to get fancy. Amazingly, this frame is relatively lightweight (a king base is 141 lbs), and assembly is a breeze so you can start snoozin’ in comfort ASAP. And while this one’s definitely pricey, the good news is, you probably won’t have to buy a new mattress; the Quest 2.5 is compatible with the majority of modern-style mattresses. It’s available in sizes twin XL, queen, and king.