Bed Frame Pros and Cons: How to Find Your Perfect Snooze Spot

bed frame styles guide

When it comes to finding your perfect bed frame, picking the right size is the easy part. There are so many factors to consider – like the color, material, and bed frame style – that you can easily feel overwhelmed.

Do I need a box spring? Is a canopy bed too much? What’s a sleigh bed and is it exclusive to log cabins?

If parsing through bed frame styles has you ready to take a nap, this guide is here to help.

We tried on six of the most popular bed frame styles and are breaking down the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out which is right for you.

platform bed frame stylesThe Platform Bed

One of the most popular bed frame styles, platform beds come in a wide range of styles and offer a sleek, low profile look. You can easily spot a platform bed frame by its flat base – no box spring needed!

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The Pros:

Cost-Effective: Platform beds are generally more affordable as you don’t need to purchase a box spring to go with them.

Use Any Mattress: You can use any type of mattress with your platform bed. They’re especially perfect for memory foam mattresses.

Small Space Friendly: If you’re tight on space in your bedroom, the sleek design of platform beds will take up less floor space and help you minimize clutter.

The Cons:

Climbing In and Out: Platform beds tend to be low to the ground, so climbing in and out of bed takes getting used to. If you have back or knee problems, consider if this is something you want to do daily!

A Note for Side-Sleepers: Because the mattress sits directly on top of a solid platform or wooden slats, platform beds tend to be firmer. For side-sleepers, a firm mattress can create too much pressure and might become uncomfortable.

What to Look For:

Platform beds are made for comfort across the board, so find a design or style that appeals to you. Many styles also feature interior storage – an added bonus for small-space dwellers!

Perfect For…

Small spaces, such as urban lofts or apartments. They also work well for open floor plans, as platform beds have an industrial look and feel that won’t add visual clutter.

upholstered bed frame stylesThe Upholstered Bed

If it’s luxury you’re looking for, upholstered beds have you covered. These beds are super comfy, bold, and can easily fit into a wide range of spaces.

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The Pros:

Ultra-Comfy: Cushioned support and a soft headboard means you can read and watch TV in bed comfortably.

Variety: There are tons of pretty fabric, color, and pattern choices, so you’re bound to find a design that works with the rest of your bedroom.

The Cons:

Maintenance: Keep your upholstered bed in tip-top shape with frequent and light vacuuming to keep dust and pet hair at bay. If you’re allergic to dust, an upholstered bed might not be for you.

Wear and Tear: Because fabric is simply less durable than wood or metal, dents, impressions, and grease spots can develop over time.

What to Look For:

Make sure the bed frames are made of sturdy hardwoods and choose a fabric and color that can stand up to a little wear over time, such as a deep purple, navy, or gray. Check out our guide to upholstered beds for more helpful tips.

Perfect For…

Classic and traditional-style bedrooms or a large master bedroom that needs an infusion of cozy vibes.

storage bed frameThe Storage Bed

Designed to help you maximize storage in the bedroom, the storage bed is the most multipurpose and space-efficient of the bed frame styles.

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The Pros:

Storage (Duh): Storage is designed and built directly into the bed frame, so you’ve got a bed frame that is one cohesive unit stocked with everything you need!

Sturdy: Many storage beds are made with beautiful woods that give them good looks as well as a sturdy and solid construction.

The Cons:

Difficult to Move: Because they have all those extra parts and pieces, storage beds are heavy. And since they’re often built as one large piece, they tend to be difficult to move.

More Expensive: Equally hefty is the price tag on storage beds. They can often be more expensive than other bed frame styles.

Maintenance: It’s hard to maintain the hardware and track rollers that are built into the storage units underneath the bed. Over time, these can fall off or become loose and require repair.

What to Look For:

Opt for a platform bed with storage built into the base. This approach guarantees your bed will have firm mattress support given the flat surface, deep storage units, and a stylish streamlined look.

Perfect For…

Modern and eclectic style rooms. A city apartment bedroom where storage is limited; just make sure there’s enough space to fully pull out the under-bed compartments. Kids bedrooms where extra and easy storage is always welcome.

sleigh bed frame styleThe Sleigh Bed

Simply put, the sleigh bed is exactly what it sounds like – a bed that’s shaped like a sleigh with a high back and sometimes a raised footboard. This type of bed has serious style and works in any setting.

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The Pros:

Slay With Style: Instant statement piece that’s sure to become the focal point in your bedroom. Sleigh beds come in styles ranging from solid wood designs to upholstered versions with more streamlined appeal, so you’ll have endless options to choose from.

The Cons:

Limited Leg Room: If you’re tall, a sleigh bed with a footboard might not be the best option for you.

Difficult to Move: Traditional sleigh beds are made entirely from high-quality solid woods so they tend to be heavy. Modern upholstered versions are lighter, but can still be unwieldy to move.

More Expensive: Sleigh beds are generally quite expensive given their design and construction.

What to Look For:

If you’re considering an upholstered sleigh bed, make sure the bed frame is made of wood and not metal for durability.

Perfect For…

Grand classic-style rooms and modern, open bedrooms alike. Spaces with distinctive interior architecture, like exposed wood beams or ornate molding.

The Headboard

For a bed that gives you all the style without the full frame, a beautiful headboard is a great choice.

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The Pros:

Cost-Effective: You have the option of getting the headboard alone, which is less of a commitment and more cost-effective. In which case, the standalone headboard works with a range of setups, like a box spring or a metal mattress stand, and still looks super stylish from afar.

Easy to Move: Freestanding headboards can be easily attached and detached from a bed frame, making them easy to move.

The Cons:

One Piece Wonder: A headboard is just that – not a full bed frame. If you’re looking for something to also hold your mattress, this might not be the option for you.

What to Look For:

Headboards that are made with solid or kiln-dried hardwoods.

Perfect For…

Traditional-style rooms. If you’re looking to upgrade from your IKEA furniture. Guest rooms and kids rooms because they’re simple, clean-lined, cozy, and versatile.

canopy bed frame stylesThe Canopy Bed

Also known as a four poster, the canopy bed has been gaining popularity in recent years with more streamlined and modern designs cropping up in the marketplace.

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The Pros:

Stylish Statement: It’s difficult for other bed frames to compete against the ultimate stylishness of a canopy bed frame.

Cozy Vibes: Canopy beds make a room feel immediately cozy thanks to its enveloping design.

The Cons:

Maintenance: Dust tends to collect at the top, so you’ll want to clean it regularly.

Size Restrictions: Many of today’s canopy bed designs are built to fit into spaces both large and small, but you’ll still need tall ceilings in order for a canopy bed to work in a room.

Difficult to Move: Because of their size and construction, canopy beds will require a good amount of assembly to move in and out of your bedroom.

What to Look For:

Consider a modern canopy bed with a built in headboard for a piece that can evolve with your interiors over time – meaning you can redecorate and it will still blend nicely with your decor.

Perfect For…

Classic and modern bedrooms alike. Lofty spaces with lots of space and high ceilings. A master bedroom that gets a lot of light.

bed frame style guideThe Wrought-Iron Bed

When it comes to longevity, a wrought-iron bed outshines all other bed designs given its strong metal construction. These beds also come in a wide array of styles.

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The Pros:

Low-Maintenance: They’re extra durable since metal doesn’t warp or fade over time. Wrought-iron beds don’t require the same amount of cleaning and care that wood and upholstered bed frames do.

Durable: Wrought-iron beds can hold a lot of weight, making them great investments since they stay durable for many many years.

Easier to Move: They’re not as heavy as you might think. In fact, they’re often lighter than other solid wood and platform beds.

The Cons:

Limited Styles: While there are lots of wrought-iron bed shapes to choose from, these beds have a very distinct look that can be difficult to decorate around if you’re looking to change up your bedroom design in the future.

More Expensive: Price points vary greatly and wrought-iron beds, in particular, can get super expensive. But that’s because they’re better constructed, meaning the joints are welded perfectly.

What to Look For:

Try wrought-iron beds that have a painted finish to them for a more versatile option, such as bright, antiqued white.

Perfect For…

Rustic and boho spaces alike. Starter apartment bedrooms where you want a bed that lasts. Guest bedrooms and kids rooms where you want a bed that’s durable and low-maintenance.

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6 replies
  1. patton says:

    Does anyone know what dresser this is? I have a velvet bed similar to the one in one of these pics and that dresser would be perfect!

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    • Modsy says:

      Hi Patton – The dresser is from West Elm, but this post was originally published in January of last year so it might be out of stock, but they should have some similar options!

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  2. Taylor Anderson says:

    I love that the sleigh bed helps keep your feet tucked in. During the winter, my feet seem to turn to ice, so it would be nice to keep them tucked in. Thanks so much for all the great facts of different bed frames and their benefits.

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  3. Happy Sappy says:

    Very Informational post, never thought there are many types of bed. I just sleep on a platform bed. If I were to replace it, I’d go for a storage bed, I like that it is a multi purpose bed, saves space, and organize things. Thanks for the post.

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