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The Best Metal Bed Frames on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best bunk bedsloft bedsfutonsheadboardsaffordable bed frames, platform beds, and online mattresses, here we’re zeroing in on the best metal bed frames, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best basic metal frame

Zinus 14-Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation — Queen

“I confidently say this is the best bed frame/base I have ever seen, as well as owned. It is very sturdy, well-constructed, and has plenty of space underneath. I almost got the higher frame, but I am very happy that I didn’t. It is easy to assemble, as assembly is minimal. Very straightforward, and I didn’t even have to read the instructions. I assembled this base by myself. I cannot stress the ease of assembly. After putting mattresses and a box spring on it, the bed immediately felt better, and the mattresses I am using until my new ones get here are CRAP. I had no idea the bed frame would make a crap bed feel so much better. Definitely worth the money.”

Zinus Compack 9-Leg Support Bed Frame for Box Spring & Mattress Set — Queen

“Best bed frame I have seen for the money. Well-designed, easy to assemble. Instead of the standard cheapie steel frame I was familiar with, which uses full-length side rails and folding cross supports with four legs, this one uses one cross bar at each end and a center bar with folding side rails. Each bar has three legs, and the legs fold and bolt rigidly to the frame. All the pieces are permanently attached so all you have to do is unfold it and assemble according to the well-thought-out instructions. The nine legs offer ample support for heavy folk or leisure activities.”

Olee Sleep 14-Inch Heavy Duty Steel Slat Platform Bed — Queen

“Words can’t even explain how perfect this frame is; not only is it sturdy but it allows your bed to sit inside the frame, so your bed doesn’t move. I was worried that my bed would sit on top of the frame and slide around when I moved around. I was convinced I’d have to get something to hold my bed still because I hate adjusting it every day, but to my delight I noticed there were notches all around it, so the bed can sit inside and not move at all! It also helps hold your bedding, which can be an added benefit for those who don’t like to remake their beds often. Not only was the price for this frame beyond reasonable but it’s really the sturdiest frame I’ve ever owned, and I haven’t had a single squeak out of it. The feet are much sturdier than other frames I’ve purchased, and most of all, the notches along the sides to hold your bed in place are my favorite part. I’d give this frame ten stars if I could, and I’d suggest it to anybody who wants something durable that will last or just needs heavy duty for weight capacity reasons!”

Best metal daybed

DHP Tokyo Daybed and Trundle With Metal Frame

“It’s a great daybed: well-crafted, great quality, reasonably priced, and delivered promptly. It’s HEAVY, so use two people to get the package where you want to assemble it. It comes in a bazillion pieces. I’m a 60-year-old woman and put it together by myself — took about three hours — better to have two people to assemble. For the price, it was a bargain!”

Best metal bed frames with headboard and footboard

GreenForest Bed Frame — Twin

“What I liked and enjoyed most about my purchase was that it was super easy to assemble. The packaging was shocking; I almost couldn’t believe that it was a bed frame inside that was well-organized, with easy-to-follow directions. It’s sturdy using only an eight-inch memory foam mattress. I would definitely recommend this item. In addition, I truly appreciate GreenForest for reaching out to me by email with an extra friendly reminder to be sure to tighten up the screws days after assembling the bed frame. As well as contact information if needed. This bed frame is exactly what I wanted, and it’s super strong and extremely comfortable for adults.”

Vecelo Reinforced Metal Bed Frame — Queen

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! This is one of my favorite purchases this year for one simple reason … I was able to assemble this gorgeous bed frame on my own. Yes, on my own. Woo-hoo!! It is a great feeling of accomplishment!! I want to do it again. I love my bed frame. I can honestly say that this is a very strong and sturdy bed. The metal frame is still as beautiful, smooth, and shiny as the day it arrived. The really great thing about the bed frame is that it came with everything I needed. All parts came well-packaged. Once everything was sorted out, it was so quick and easy to set up. I did this under an hour. No kidding; plus the directions were so easy to follow. It has been two months since I purchased my new bed frame, and I will say I have slept soundly and confidently that my bed frame would not give out, nor would it make my mattress lumpy. This is really a great purchase and would recommend this to anyone who wants a reliable, sturdy, stable, sleek, and elegant bed frame.”

DHP Tokyo Metal Bed — Queen

“My husband and I love this bed. We have had it for about four months, and it has been the best sleep we’ve had in years. Between the two of us, we are close to the weight limit, so we opted to not use an additional box spring. We do use a thick foam topper on top of our mattress. We have never been able to feel the bars going across the bed frame, and I am a big girl. I also love the look of this bed. It goes great in my bedroom.”

Best Price Mattress 12-Inch Metal Platform Bed Frame — Queen

“After 18 years, I needed a new bed frame ASAP but was in the unenviable position of having to assemble it by myself. When it arrived, I was elated at how compact the packaging was, but the best part was to come when I opened the box and read the super easy instructions!!!! I unfolded the frame, laid it down flat, then put in the adjoining screws and finished placing the ornaments on top of bed frame, and voilà, it was finished in 20 minutes!!!!! I slept on it that night with no discomfort, no swaying or movement, as I am a big guy weighing in at a svelte 283 pounds, and best of all, NO SQUEAKING !!!!! In a word, this is thus far a GRRRRREAT product that I recommend without reservation.”

SlimLife Metal Bed Frame — Twin

“I have two rambunctious and destructive boys. These beds have held up amazingly well. I didn’t expect much considering the price and had just bought these to suffice until I could get a better bunk bed, but now I plan on keeping these. They are very sturdy and very easy to put together. You don’t even need your own tools, as they are supplied with the bed.”

Tribecca Homes Metro Shop LeAnn Graceful Scroll Bronze Bed — Queen

“This bed is perfect. So sturdy, and the fact that it is scrolled metal is sweet, so it could go in front of a window. I love the dip of the frame on the footboard, too. Very simple to put together. Recommend reading the instructions all the way through before starting! You probably could do this by yourself if you are a handy individual, but I had my teen son assist, and it was a much more pleasant experience than the other metal bed I did alone in the other room. This bed also sits up high enough where you can get your vacuum under it. I have a mattress and a box spring on it, and it’s just terrific.”

Fashion Bed Group Sanford Bed With Metal Panels and Round Finial Posts — Queen

“Love, love, love!!! I’ve looked everywhere for a bed frame for months since I’m so picky. I finally ordered this and have been in love. So easy to put together. And looks just like the picture. I love the matte finish. Already got so many compliments, and it goes with my rustic farmhouse style perfectly.”

Best metal canopy bed

Zinus Metal Framed Canopy Four Poster Platform Bed Frame — Queen

“This was super easy to put together. I did it by myself without any problem! The instructions are all numbered illustrations, so there’s no trying to figure out badly done translations. All the pieces have number stickers on them to make following the instructions even easier! It also came with a neat little ratchet instead of just a flimsy Allen wrench, which made everything so much easier! I’ve carefully saved it, and I’ll be using it to put together all my cheap furniture for the rest of my life! They also sent along a rubber mallet that was less necessary, but still very well made. I would absolutely recommend this bed!”

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The Best Metal Bed Frames on Amazon, According to Reviewers