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 ones. While we’ve covered the best bunk beds, loft beds, futons, headboards, affordable bed frames, and online mattresses, here we’re zeroing in on the best platform beds, as reviewed on Amazon. To help even out the playing field, we’re only comparing queen-size beds in this post, but most of these platform bed frames are available in most sizes. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best wooden platform beds
“LOOOOVEE this! It’s real wood and sturdy. I painted it to match the other furniture in my room and it looks amazing. I love it and it was so worth every single penny. I spent a lot of time looking for a simple bed frame. I didn’t want something with a headboard and I didn’t want to settle. I spent hours at Ikea and didn’t find anything I loved. I always pictured this bed frame when I thought about what I wanted in my bedroom. The price beat anything Ikea had to offer. We have three large dogs who love to lay in our bed, plus ourselves, and it holds all of us with no problem. I’ve even crawled under the bed just to see how roomy it was and there is a lot of room under the bed too. I love this bed frame.”
“I’m so pleased with this bed frame! It is really nice-looking, the color is very neutral and should go with many different color schemes and design styles. It’s a great height with my ten-inch-thick mattress on top, and I love that I could get rid of my box spring while making space underneath the bed for storage (the entire reason I got the bed frame). It looks much more expensive than the price. The mattress does just sit on top of it, but it doesn’t hang over in any way, which took a little getting used to but now I think it is part of the minimal aesthetic of the bed that I appreciate.”
“This product is impressive and not a throwaway item, unlike its cheaper brethren in the market place. The packaging was impressive. This item was thoughtfully conceived and constructed. The wood was nicely cut and milled and all the parts were well fitted to one another. Nice engineering. The plans were big and clear and easy to understand. The bolts were muscular and fitted their purpose with firm assurance. Again, someone or a team thoughtfully constructed this bed and packaging with focus, care, and QUALITY. I was writing a rave review even before I was finished putting the bed together with the one tool needed (provided).”
“This bed is amazing. The price we paid for it is amazing, too! My son loves it, and it’s just simple enough to fit his room well and not take up too much space. The three wooden slats as a headboard provide enough space between the bed and the wall. We have not stored anything under the bed yet, but it has plenty of room for it, and I am sure our son will take advantage of that soon. Putting it together was very easy and quick. Compared to converting my child’s crib to a full bed, this was a walk in the park. Well-packaged and easy to assemble, great price, and good quality. We can’t ask for more and just wish we had purchased this bed earlier!”
Best metal platform bed frames
“Although this bed frame might not win any points for aesthetics, it does score well in my book for being very solid: I haven’t had any trouble with squeaking or sagging, as well as not having any sharp edges. When I first showed up at my new apartment all I had was the bed frame and an air mattress. I was originally planning to put the air mattress on the floor, but I determined that it was safe to use on this frame, which made it a little nicer. Long story short, if you want a solid bed frame which gets the job done, this is a good choice.”
“What an amazing bed frame. Whoever designed this thing is a straight-up genius. The labels, the instructions, even the packaging on the screws: everything was designed so that you are never missing pieces, and there is never any doubt as to which piece is which or how they go together. Even when you are tightening screws, it was clearly designed so that you almost never run into a situation where the Allen wrench doesn’t have much room to move. Add on top of that the fact that this is a solid and quiet frame, and you have darn near the perfect bed frame.”
“I’ve had this bed frame for just under six months, and I love it. For about $100, you really can’t beat it.I had an old box spring that I was worried about getting rid of because I’d never had anything other than a box spring. Would this low platform bed be comfortable? Would I regret the purchase and sleep in misery?
“I’m happy to say that I have had no issues with this bed frame and that, if anything, it’s even better than my old box spring in terms of comfort. Huzzah! And it looks cool to boot. I like the low profile, and I have no issues with the height in terms of it affecting my sleep. It just looks cool, is comfortable, and I can even store some folding chairs under the 6-inch frame. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of that stupid, old box spring and buy this thing. It’s only about $100, and it’s sturdy, comfortable, and looks cool.”
“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! This is one of my favorite purchase this year for one simple reason: I was able to assemble this gorgeous bed frame on my own. Yes, on my own. It is a great feeling of accomplishment! … It has been two months since I have 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. It is strong and sturdy. This is really a great purchase and would recommend this to anyone who wants a reliable, sturdy, stable, sleek and elegant bed frame. No regrets, just love for my VECELO metal bed frame.”
“This bed frame surpassed all of my expectations. The quality seems top-notch, from the solid steel frame and the Velcro to hold the wooden slats in place to the soft foam on the center rail to avoid any squeaking or rubbing on the steel. The setup was also incredibly painless. There is a clearly labeled instruction manual that shows a picture of each section in order. The picture has a little zoom-out so you know what corner of the bed you are actually looking at up close, and the bed frame itself is labeled with numbers that all match up. So easy to set up, looks great, build is sturdy, price is exceptional.”
Best upholstered platform beds
“I was hell-bent on finding a gray quilted bed frame at a good price. I figured I would probably just get a headboard and a metal frame, but when I found this whole slatted bed frame with such good reviews I couldn’t resist! It is so stylish and sturdy, and even more beautiful in person. Everyone who’s seen it has complimented it. Highly recommend using a drill for putting it together, my husband and I had this up in no time.”
“I was skeptical to buy a BED off of Amazon. I’ve slept in this bed the last four nights and I CAN’T BELIEVE I lived my adult life WITHOUT THIS BED. Seriously, I’ve had Ikea beds for nearly eight years and they have all fallen apart or became wobbly/unstable and creaky in less than a year … I didn’t want to make another Ikea trip so I ordered this bed because of the Prime delivery and reviews. This Zinus bed does not creak, does not shake, and it’s so stable and took me about 40 minutes to build. It is DRASTICALLY EASIER to build than ANY Ikea bed. If you can build Ikea, this bed is like child’s Legos. Plus, the headboard is absolutely gorgeous. IF YOU ARE ON THE EDGE ABOUT BUYING A ZINUS BED ON AMAZON — DO IT. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.”
“Wow! This is a gorgeous headboard and base for a queen bed! It looks much more expensive than it is. We were so impressed with the quality of the material and how easy it was to put together! It comes so efficiently packaged and designed that it is virtually fool-proof. It is extremely sturdy; no wiggling or shaking of the frame or movement of the mattress at all. We are going to be buying another one for ourselves, as this was for our teenage son, who also found it impressive.”
“We’ve owned this bed frame and headboard for three months now, and we can say with confidence that this is a sturdy, well-made, quality design. The upholstered headboard is even more classy-looking than in the stock photo; it looks very high-end, and we love the clean, sharp look of the bed. It was actually quite simple to assemble, arriving well-packed and without a scratch. Our new Casper mattress fits perfectly on the slatted base — no box spring needed. Completely satisfied.”
“I never thought I’d rave about putting together a piece of boxed furniture. The frame is amazingly solid. After about six months of use, it is only ever-so-slightly squeaky, and I’m sure I could fix this. It looks fantastic, the faux leather is soft and comfortable if bumped into. For the price, I don’t know what you could get that would be better.”
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