The Best Bed Frame In 2017 : The Ultimate Buying Guide

Buying Guide

​Why do we need a best bed frame in 2017?

Home is where you lay your head, and having the best bed frame that most adequately meets your needs is crucial to your well being. There are a few key things that you need to consider when buying a new bed frame. First of all, you have to think about storage.

Would it not be much easier to stay organized if you could make use of all the volume underneath your mattress to store your clothes and other belongings? Maybe you could even check out a bed frame that has built in storage units.Bed frames also come in many different sizes. Are you fine with a frame that accommodates a small Prince size mattress, or do you absolutely need to go for a King, Queen, or even Super Queen sized mattress? Maybe you need to opt for an adjustable bed frame. For this reason, You also need to consider your current living situation.

If you find that you’re the type of person who ends up moving every 18 months or so, then the best bed frame for you would be one that you can break down easily yet is still very durable, so there’s no hassle moving it from point A to point B. It’s had to say which of the seemingly endless options is the best bed frame that’s out there, so what we have here is a list of ten of them. These are different styles and sizes of bed frames with different attributes, and there’s definitely something here that’s affordable and suitable for you—even if you happen to be a super choosy light sleeper who needs their bed to be just right.

​Top 10 best bed frames:

What we have here is a breakdown of 10 different bed frames. We’ve covered a wide range of different models that all have different attributes, and we’ve also made an effort to focus our attention on bed frames that are affordable. None of the items we’re going to review here cost more than a thousand dollars , and some of these bed frames actually cost far less than that. Nonetheless, these are all high quality items and there really is no reason to have to pay four figures for the best bed frame for your needs. Your choices for a high quality affordable bed frame need not be limited by the options made available by IKEA. What we have here are bed frames designed and manufactured by the reputable brands Zinus, Baxton, Prepac, DHP, GreenForest, and Coaster Home Furnishing.

Down here is the top best bed frames which we list for you to easy compare:

 Zinus Deluxe Faux Leather Upholstered Platform BedZinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation / Platform Bed FrameZinus Compack Adjustable Steel Bed Frame, for Box Spring & Mattress Set, Fits Full to KingZinus Modern Studio 14 Inch Platform 1500H Metal Bed FrameZinus Modern Studio 14 Inch Platform 1500 Metal Bed Frame without headboardZinus Upholstered Button Tufted Platform Bed with Wooden SlatsBaxton Studio Hirst Platform Bed, King, Light BeigeDHP Modern Metal Framed Industrial Canopy Bed Frame, Queen, GrayGreenForest 10 Legs Mattress Foundation Two Headboards Black Platform Bed FrameCoaster Queen Size Bookcase Chest Bed in Brown Finish
 Zinus Deluxe Faux Leather Upholstered Platform BedZinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation / Platform Bed FrameZinus Compack Adjustable Steel Bed Frame, for Box Spring & Mattress Set, Fits Full to KingZinus Modern Studio 14 Inch Platform 1500H Metal Bed FrameZinus Modern Studio 14 Inch Platform 1500 Metal Bed Frame without headboardZinus Upholstered Button Tufted Platform Bed with Wooden SlatsBaxton Studio Hirst Platform Bed, King, Light BeigeDHP Modern Metal Framed Industrial Canopy Bed Frame, Queen, GrayGreenForest 10 Legs Mattress Foundation Two Headboards Black Platform Bed FrameCoaster Queen Size Bookcase Chest Bed in Brown Finish
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Weight88 pounds39.3 pounds0.26 pounds66.8 pounds50 pounds83.3 pounds190 pounds96 pounds41.8 pounds395.72 pounds
Product Dimensions87.5 x 65 x 44.5 inches60 x 80 x 14 inches53.5 x 70.5 x 7 inches80 x 60 x 40 inches80 x 60 x 14 inches87.5 x 65 x 44.5 inches81.2 x 87.25 x 58.25 inches63 x 84 x 72 inches77.55 x 34.84 x 54.72 inches93 x 63 x 56 inches
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You can consider this to be your buyer's guide to finding best bed frame for less than a thousand bucks. Let's get into our list and see what bed is the bed for 2016, shall we?

1.) Zinus Deluxe Faux Leather Platform Bed (Queen Size)

With this sleek and stylish bed frame from you can add an air of modern sophistication to your bedroom without having to pay for for a custom made bed. Zinus have earned a reputation as the brand that makes high quality design accessible for working singles and families that are on a budget, and it doesn't matter what other furniture you have, or what the color scheme or flooring materials are in your existing bedroom either; with its bold basic black faux leather upholstery and its straightforward geometry this bed frame looks great just about anywhere.It's super comfortable too, and anyone who habitually likes to lean up in bed to read or poke around on their laptop will love the tall, padded headboard.

The sides and footboards are sufficiently cushioned also, so you don't have to ever worry about banging your shins. The headboard also pulls double duty as a storage case for the entire unit; there is a hollowed out space in the back side of the headboard where you can easily fit the wooden slats, the supportive legs, and all other components of the entire bed frame and then simply zip it up. It all fits together in a rectangular box that's comparable in size to a small table top or a decently sized flat screen T.V. The total package weighs 88 pounds, meaning you and a friend who's nice enough to help you out with a move won't have any problem taking it up and down stairs.

Don't let the fact that this bed frame is so light lead you to believe that it is any way lacking in the durability department. This bed frame is rated for up to 1,200 pounds. In fact, more than one of the many positive customer reviews is written by a person on the heavier side who proudly proclaims that he or she and his or her equally hefty partner are able to do whatever they want (use your imagination) as rough as they want to do it on this incredibly sturdy bed frame and it doesn't even budge. You can make of that what you will.

2) Zinus 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation

Here is another extremely well manufactured bed frame option from Zinus.For many folks, the best bed frame is one that among other things is made out of metal, is lightweight, and can be folded up for easy storage. However, it is often the case that this type of mattress base squeaks noisily with even the slightest of movements. In contrast, this fold out metal bed frame possesses all of these key characteristics, yet unlike most of its counterparts it is also unbelievably quiet. This is due to the superior design and construction of this bed frame that doesn't use any springs, and the structure distributes the support evenly in such a way that you can use this foldable bed frame with a memory foam mattress. It also works well with a latex foam mattress or even an air mattress.With other metal bed frames you are obliged to use it together with a box spring mattress, which is not only also noisy, but also expensive and tend to sag into the bed frame.

The Zinus SmartBase Mattress Foundation has 11 points of contact with the floor making it an extremely stable portable bed frame. The ends of each foot are covered with rubber caps which provide excellent grip and prevent even the most delicate floor surfaces from becoming scratched or damaged. There is a little over a foot of space under the bed frame too, so you can still fit quite a few items underneath where you sleep in order to cut down on the clutter in the room.

This bed frame doesn't come with a headboard, but attachments are available. As for the basic bed frame, it is very easy to put together and is ready for use after only a mere half hour of setting up, straight out of the box. No tools are required for assembly either, although some customer removes suggest that you may want to tighten the wingnuts a little bit.

3) Zinu Compack Adjustable Steel Bed Frame, for Box Spring & Mattress Set

If you need a box spring and mattress combo, than the none of the bed frames that we've covered so far are going to be the best bed frame for you.The items that we've discussed so far are platform bed frames. These are usually structures where a rectangular box and wooden slats is used to raise any type of mattress (memory foam, latex, etc) off of the ground. There are also platform style bed frames that are lightweight foldable metal frames as we just saw with the Zinus SmartBase mattress foundation.

A platform bed frame does have its advantages: you don't have to purchase a pricey box spring and matress combo. Additionally, the empty space underneath the slats can be used as storage space, allowing you to maximize the amount of available space in the bed room and cut down on clutter.

However, everybody's unique and has their own preference, and there are many folks out there who can't get a decent night's rest without being able to rest their bones on a box spring and mattress combo. The way the springs comfort to the contour of a body does provide a high level of comfort and support.If you are going to spend the money on a box spring and mattress combo than you want to keep it clean and prolong its lifespan for as long as you can. A box spring gets dirty fast if it's placed directly on the floor, which is why you need a box spring frame.

This model from Zinus is adjustable and accommodates both king and queen size box springs. Its metal parts are recessed inward, so you don't have to worry about stubbing your toes or catching your clothes on any edges when you're making the bed or getting in and out of it. This bed frame doesn't come with a headboard, but attachments are available. Rubber stoppers on the legs prevent hard wood and other surfaces from getting scratched.If you need a box spring and mattress combo and want it kept off of the floor, than this lightweight, strong, and affordable bed frame definitely does the trick.

4) Zinus Modern Studio 14 Inch Platform 1500H Metal Bed Frame With Headboard

This could be the best bed frame for university students and those on a budget who find that they have to move at least once a year. This metal frame is lightweight (66.8 pounds) and its incredibly strong to the ten hard wood slats that are spaced apart less than 4 inches. It's also extremely easy to assemble and disassemble this bed frame.

The instructions are very easy to follow, and the allen wrench and all the necessary hardware are included. However, you want to make sure that the supporting legs are properly aligned; otherwise the middle beam doesn't fit properly.Another minor downside with this bed frame is that the legs can scratch a floor if there's no carpet, so you want to lay down some rugs under them. After all, you don't want to give your stingy landlord any reason to keep your damage deposit.

5)Zinus Modern Studio Platform 1500 Metal Bed Frame

This metal bed frame is exactly the same as the previous frame, only that it doesn't have the headboard. thus, if you're not the type of person who needs to be able to sit up in your bed to look through your laptop or phone (or you're content with placing your bed frame against the wall and using the wall itself for back support) than this item could definitely be a cheaper alternative.

It has the same 14 inch clearance underneath the wooden slats, so it also provides plenty of storage space.One thing that you'll notice when you open the box is that wooden slats appear to have a slight odor at first. However, this smell dissipates quickly and will be completely gone after a couple of days, and it won't transfer to your mattress.

6) Zinus Upholstered Button Tufted Platform Bed with Wooden Slats

This platform bed has a tufted upholstery headboard. Tufted upholstery is made by pulling many threads through the fabric in a tight pattern and then securing these threads with a button. The advantage of this type of upholstery is that it is extremely tough to rip open while still providing a cushioned soft surface to rest your head and back. Again, the headboard also serves as the storage space for the entire bed frame for shipping and moving purposes. Everything fits perfectly into a hollowed out space that can then double as storage space for that extra quilt which you bring out only on extra frigid winter nights. It really is a remarkable design—the whole Queen sized bed frame fits into its own head board, which is the size of a small desktop or ironing board.

If there's one common complaint with this particular bed frame it's that the middle supports tend to buckle and shift over to one side. This tends to happen more frequents on soft uneven surfaces (shag carpeting for example). Also, with thicker mattresses and bedding you may end up taking away from the headboard space.

7) Baxton Studio Hirst Platform Bed, King, Gray

Zinus isn't the only company out there that's making high quality bed frames at affordable price points.This platform bed frame from Baxton features polyurethane foam in the headboard sides and footboard. Not only does it protect you from any bumps or bruises, but this particular foam maintains its shape and consistency for years. The polyurethane foam is housed in tough grey linen that looks great and is easy to clean.

The headboard is button tufted for a classic look and extra toughness. This headboard is also considerably taller than that on the previous model from Zinus, so even with a super thick mattress and puffy quilts and pillows you still have plenty of headboard left over.

It is considerably heavier than the previous models, however. It tips the scales at 190 pounds, so when it arrives and on moving day you're going to want to have a friend come over and help you carry it up the stairs. Also, the side pieces extend to only a few inches off of the floor, so unlike other platform beds you can't really take advantage of the space under the mattress slats for extra storage. Still, the workmanship on this bed is absolutely stellar. It's a bit more expensive than some of the other items we've reviewed here so far, but if you plan on staying put in your home for years and want a solid bed frame that lasts the entire time (even generations) than this could be the best bed frame for the money.

8) DHP Modern Metal Framed Industrial Canopy Bed Frame

As the saying goes, "less is more" and sometimes the best bed frame for your space is one that combines minimalist design with bold geometry. With this Metal Framed canopy bed from DHP, you can make transform any space anywhere into a super chic New York artist's loft. This platform bed frame is 63 inches wide and 83 inches long, which is plenty of room to comfortably accommodate a Queen sized mattress. As for mattress support, this bed frame features 22 metal slats that are spaced apart evenly across its frame allowing for superior strength and weight resistance.

The most defining aspect of this bed frame. however, is the 6 foot tall rectangular canopy that's made from strong and slender metal rods. This canopy can be used to hang curtains to create a romantic ambiance, or you can leave them bare and use them to keep your clothes off of the floor if you're the type of person who has a tendency to rip things off and give them a toss.This bed frame is easy to put together and the different screws for the different sections can only fit in those sections, so you don't have to find yourself wondering about what's supposed to go where.

It does take a while to set up this canopy bed frame, and a lot of this set up time is taken up by tightening the screws. You can make this part of the assembly go a lot quicker if you have a drill, just make sure you're sure you know what you're doing.

9) Metal Bed Frame Full Size, GreenForest 10 Legs Mattress Foundation

If you're looking for a no frills bed frame that your friends and family can use when they come for visits then this highly functional ten legged all metal bed frame is a great option.

Of course you're going to want to search out the best bed frame you can find for yourself and your family, but when it comes to furnishing your guest room it hardly makes sense to put in the same effort or spend the same money. Still, although you may not find this bed frame suitable for your own everyday use (this bed frame doesn't have any wooden slats and some mattresses may tend to slide a little bit on the metal frame) it is perfect for giving your guests a great place to sleep when they come over. Alternatively, you could always give up your own bed to your visitor and still count on getting a great's night sleep with this guest room bed frame.

This item is an affordable solution to those who want an affordable guest room bed frame that's only ever going to get used 'once in a while' and has plenty of storage space underneath it. No one's saying that this is the best bed frame that's out there, but for the price point and knowing what it's going top be used for, this is definitely a great bargain.

10) Coaster Queen Size Bookcase Chest Bed in Brown Finish

If you're planning on staying put for a while and are looking for an elegant master bedroom piece with a solid construction, real hard wood veneer and plenty of storage space than this could be it. It's the best bed frame that's produced by Coastal Home Furnishings, and its the kind of item you can count on using for may years to come. This platform bed frame is built to last, and you may even see it being passed down from generation to generation.

To save down on the final cost, much of the bed frame's inner structure is made from compressed particle board. However, all of drawer covers, sidepieces, footboard and headboard -basically all of the surfaces that are visible- are constructed from real walnut in brown finish. All of the hardware is also nickel plated, and the combination makes for a look that is both traditional and timeless.

As for the drawers themselves, there are 8 in total: two on either side, a pair in in the front, and two smaller drawers in the center of the headboard. In the headboard there are also two smaller drawers as well as two cubby holes. These drawers do provide a fair bit of storage space for clothes and other items, although there is still quite a bit of volume underneath the bed that isn't taken advantage of.

Another thing to notice about this bed frame is that the mattress slats are raised higher off of the ground and depending on the volume of your mattress you may be quite high off of the ground. If you have hip or joint problems then, this might not be the best bed frame that's out there given your particular needs.

Bonus: Prepac EHHK-0520-2K Series 9 Designer Floating Headboard with Nightstands

If you want to transform your simple king sized bed frame (that has no built in headboard) into an elegant master bedroom piece with a floating headboard, extra storage space, and two nightstands on either side of the bed, than this single item from Prepac does all of this and more.This smart and well designed piece of furniture affixes directly to the wall at the height of your choosing with a hanging rail system. It's meant to be a companion piece to the Prepac King Sized storage bed, which according to many satisfied customers who've bought it, is in their estimation the best bed frame that's out there

However, this headboard, storage, and night table combo works with any king sized platform or box spring foundation. Are you thinking about getting the foldable metal , platform bed frame from Zinus that we've already talked about? Go for it; once you've been able to save up for additional pieces, this model from Prepac could be the perfect choice. After all, it's definitely much more affordable than buying a quality headboard, out-of-sight storage units, and two night tables.

It's also an incredibly good looking and well made piece of furniture. It's made out of environmentally friendly CARB compliant laminated materials, which is every bit as durable and scratch resistant as mahogany, ebony, or any other extremely expensive and globally scarce hard wood.

Simply put, this item looks far more expensive than it actually is.There is some assembly involved, and it is slightly more difficult to put this model together when compared with the items that we've talked about so far. Also, you have to affix the hanging rail system to the wall studs. The hardware that is provided with your purchase from Prepac is intended for use with wood studded walls, so if you have metal studded walls you'll have to take a trip to your local hardware store.Take your time when setting up this item. You don't have to be a serious handyman to set this up, but it does require a bit of patience and that you pay close attention to the provided instructions.

The Last Word

We've covered 11 different bed frames here, and we've tried our best to point out what's good about them. We've also been completely honest with you, and when one of the products has flaws we've been realistic about what these are. Still, each one of these bed frames definitely has its selling points, and each offers tremendous value at is particular price point.

Is there one bed frame that stands out as the leader of this pack? Well, if we have to choose one of these models as being the best bed frame of the eleven that we've reviewed than we have to go back to the top of our list and the first platform style bed frame that we reviewed—the Zinus Deluxe Faux Leather Upholstered Platform Bed with Wooden Slats.

This Queen sized platform bed frame with its wooden structure that is housed in supple polyurethane foam and hypoallergenic faux leather (no animal products) is incredibly sturdy and strong. It provides a far higher level of weight resistance and is far stronger than the all metal or mostly metal bed frames that we have reviewed.

However, this deluxe platform bed frame with its tufted headboard is comparable in price to these metal bed frames. In fact, as far as strength and quality of materials are concerned, this Zinus bed frame is comparable to the last bed frame we reviewed, the Queen Size Bookcase Chest Bed from Coastal Home Furnishings.

It's surprising then that the frame from Zinus costs approximately a quarter of what Coastal's bed frame costs. But it does, and it's frankly incredible that Zinus is able to keep their costs down as much as they do. That they are able to is a testament to the company's commitment to efficiency, a commitment that is evidenced in the breathtakingly intelligent design of this bed. The small number of components that you need to put this bed together fit together perfectly in another part of the bed itself: its headboard, essentially making this bed frame its own carrying case in the case that you have to pack things up and move.

Moreover, once it is all packed up in the headboard, you're left with a slender rectangular box that is 60 inches wide by 38.8 inches tall, and only a few inches from front to back. Nothing can be more frustrating than the game of three dimensional Tetris you have to play with your belongings on moving day, but this headboard/carrying case fits nicely in the back of even the smallest hatchback and leaves plenty of space for you to cram in many of the other items and cardboard boxes that you need to move from point A to point B.
And it is indeed quite easy to set this bed frame up, and all of the hardware and tools you need are supplied with your purchase. If there's one thing you need to be aware of, however, is that you do need to have the supporting legs and the side pieces aligned exactly as they are in the directions. Otherwise you may find yourself in a situation where you've put the bed frame together only to notice that the center piece which fits underneath the wooden slats appears to be too short. If there's one common complaint about this bed frame it's this, although upon having a closer look at the instructions it should be clear what the problem actually is.

The virtues of this bed extend far beyond the mere convenience of its portability. This item also looks great and provides plenty of easy access storage space underneath its wooden slats. We've definitely reviewed some great bed frames here, but we can confidently say that this faux leather bed frame from Zinus is the best bed frame of the entire bunch.

Have you had any personal experiences with this bed frame, or any of the others that we have reviewed as part of this buyer's guide? Perhaps you're still looking for the best bed frame for your budget and you still don't feel that we've adequately addressed your questions or doubts. In any case, please feel free to tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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