What To Consider When Buying A Bed Frame?
With so many options on the market, it can be tricky to choose the right bed frame for you. That’s why we’ve created this handy list. It outlines what you should consider when shopping for your new bed frame. Also consider your design and style preferences, plus your budget.
Does it have slats?
Slats are important to support your mattress. Look for slats that are no wider than 6.4cm apart. Any wider than that and there’s a greater risk of wear and tear to your mattress.
You’ll find 2 types of slats: sprung and flat. Sprung slats are curved and wooden. They sit within the frame and give a natural bounce that adjusts to your weight. The thicker they are, the firmer the base.
Flat wooden slats are more affordable. Although not as responsive, they still provide firm support.
Is it a box spring or foundation?
A box spring is a wooden frame containing springs and covered in fabric. The springs give extra support for your mattress and the wooden frame provides a firm base.
A box spring tends to have issues with air circulation as a box spring that lays directly on the floor can trap moisture inside it, potentially leading to mould. Go for a box spring that comes with a bed frame or legs that lift it off the floor.
A foundation looks like a box spring, but it has wooden slats underneath the fabric. A foundation bed aims to support your mattress. In comparison, a box spring provides less mattress support but more shock absorption. Your choice will depend on how much support and firmness you’d like to feel.
What size is it?
Bed frames aren’t standardised. Even though it may be labelled as a king, it might not match the dimensions of your king mattress – a European king size is different to an Australian king size, for example.
It sounds obvious but make sure what you’re buying matches the size of your mattress. Make a note of your mattress dimensions before you go shopping.
Also think about the size of the room the bed frame is going in to. If you can, put your mattress on the floor and walk around it to understand how much space you have around your new bed. Aim to have at least 0.5m of walking space between your bed and any furniture.
How high is it?
The main purpose of a bed base is to raise the mattress’ height, allowing you to easily and comfortably climb in and out of bed. Look for a bed base where you can place your feet on the floor while you’re sat on it and easily stand up. Sat down, your knees should be about the same height as your hips.
What material is it made of?
Metal is a durable and sturdy choice for a bed frame. They suit contemporary and modern rooms. Solid wood frames add warmth and a uniqueness due to its texture and colour variations.
Although wood is very supportive, it can splinter, rot and warp over time. Wooden bed frames can suit a range of design styles, including traditional and modern.
You can also choose fabric or leather bed frames. They normally have hard wood frames that are wrapped in fabric or leather. Leather requires a lot of maintenance, including cleaning with products especially designed for leather. Fabric bed frames in Australia offer lots of choice.
You’ll normally be able to pick the colour and fabric yourself, making them a good choice if you’re looking for a specific style.
Does it come in flat-pack?
Think about whether you’ll be able to easily get your new frame into your house and up any stairs. By going for a flat pack, it’ll be easy to deliver and move around. Check the box dimensions to make sure it fits through your doorways.