Finding the right mattress can take time and thought. But anyone who has shopped for a bed frame to put said mattress (and sheets) on knows that process can take just as much effort. For such a large and visible piece of furniture, there are a few considerations to make. Do you prefer a minimalist platform bed frame, or a tufted one? Something with a canopy, or an iron frame? Some bed frames even come with built-in storage — would underbed or nightstands better suit your space? To help you find the bed frame of your dreams (after all, you spend a third of your life in bed), we tapped 13 interior designers for their picks. Below, we’ve rounded up 23 of their favorite bed frames — many of which cost $1,000 or less, and nearly all of which are less than $1,400 (except for one slightly more expensive frame with a sale price that seemed too good not to include). To keep things simple, we’ve listed starting prices for queen-size frames (though all come in other sizes).
Best platform bed frames
You can’t get more streamlined, or laid-back, than a platform bed frame. They have the slimmest profile and require nothing more than a mattress (no box springs here). This one comes recommended by Decorilla design expert Devin Shaffer, who loves that it’s constructed from poplar wood, and made in Athens, Georgia — “which means it will stand the test of time,” he says. Shaffer also likes this frame because it has “a price point for any budget” and even folds in half for easy, compact storage. Plus, its rounded edges give the frame a softer look than your standard boxy platform bed. And because it’s unfinished, you can easily paint or stain it on your own. (This is currently sold out in the queen size but is available in other sizes.)
This platform bed is as simple as the one above, but doesn’t fold. It comes recommended by Tze Chun, the founder of Uprise Art, who has one in her guest room at her house upstate. She likes how the poplar wood is solid but light, and that the frame has an unfinished look and rounded corners. “For a super-affordable bed frame, the slat spacing is pretty tight, so it’s plenty of support for foam or spring mattresses,” Chun adds. “It has a minimalist Scandinavian look to it without being from Ikea.”
If you’re into the idea of an unfussy platform frame but want one with a little more heft, try this upholstered frame that Shaffer also recommends. The mid-century-modern–inspired style is also made of wood and features tapered, splayed legs, allowing it to “fit any space and nearly all styles,” Shaffer says. The frame’s hardwood slats mean you can simply throw any type of mattress on top, foam included.
This platform bed, recommended by RoomLift’s Megan Hersch, has a bit more going for it — namely recycled leather upholstery on the rails and headboard. “I just put this bed in a client’s guest bedroom,” says Hersch. “It was super easy to assemble and looks way more luxe than its price tag.”
Hersch also recommends this platform bed frame from CB2. She likes its “modern aesthetic and strong lines” that, according to her, have a “masculine touch.” The low acacia frame has architectural elements like angular legs and slanted braces, which help support its cushy upholstered headboard (it’s shown in a polyester-linen blend but also comes in leather).
For a bit of color and an unexpected silhouette, consider the Ava, which comes recommended by Schoneveld. It’s definitely a splurge, but she says that “this gorgeous emerald-green velvet is such a refreshing change from so much gray over the past few years,” adding that “it can easily be accessorized in so many different ways that it would work in a modern or traditional home.” The curving headboard features tailored channel detailing and slightly wraps around the top of the bed, creating a small nook of sorts, which seems super cozy — and indulgent — for reading in bed. Modsy designer Lisa Spicer also loves this frame, saying that it’s “glam” in a way that “can really elevate your bedroom retreat while also being transitional enough to switch up throughout the years.” In other words, it’s an investment that can adapt to changing tastes and styles. She especially likes the “luxe velvet upholstery” and “little brass feet” — both are small but high-impact details that make this bed frame special.
This platform frame can accommodate a box spring, but if you like the look of a low profile, you don’t need one. It’s also a bit of a splurge, but the fact that it’s contract-grade (meaning that it can be used in commercial settings, like hotels, as well as residential) gives it a leg up durability-wise. It comes completely upholstered on all sides and has a high-back headboard and metal legs, elements that Modsy’s VP of style, Alessandra Wood, calls “sleek with a touch of glam.” She also likes that you can customize the frame with a range of fabrics and patterns, but says the standard mineral-gray velvet it comes in is really quite soothing.
Best iron bed frames
Iron bed frames can be another reasonably priced way to make a design statement in your bedroom. Spicer turned us on to this iron platform frame that doesn’t require a box spring, which she likes to use when decorating smaller bedrooms because “the low platform height gives the illusion of more open space.” She also likes how the frame’s “sleek metal lines lend themselves to an industrial vibe,” but can easily be warmed up by adding wood nightstands on either side of it.
This iron frame recommended by Modsy designer Yoan Walter has a softer, more traditional look thanks to its slender posts and slightly curving headboard and footboard. Walter calls it “a perfect, versatile piece of furniture that can adapt to many styles, like rustic, traditional, eclectic, or industrial.” It’s available in three different finishes, including this powder-coated charcoal as well as white and an antique brass, and can be used with or without a box spring.
Schoneveld is partial to this hand-forged steel-and-iron bed, saying that she used to own a frame very similar to it. “If I had had an extra room, I would have kept it forever,” she says. “I eventually tired of the iron and wanted something upholstered, but this is a bed that can last forever.” Its curved headboard, footboard, and handcrafted joint castings are reminiscent of Victorian-era beds, so the frame would look quite nice in a bedroom that leans more traditional. It’s not a platform, so a box spring is required.
If you want to embrace the full drama that an iron frame can deliver, try this Art Deco–inspired model with a lovely arching footboard and headboard that incorporate oval motifs. It comes recommended by Aimee Martinelli, a designer at Modsy. “The gorgeous curved lines of the black iron are both on trend and timeless,” she says. “But for me, it’s all about the subtle gold details, which really make this bed special.” It’s made of handcrafted powder-coated iron, and does not require a box spring.
Best canopy bed frames
Due to their towering height, canopy beds feel both indulgent and dramatic — using one definitely requires a commitment to making it the center of attention in your bedroom. This one that Modsy designer Megan Huffman recommends certainly makes a statement, but “the streamlined aesthetic, matte black silhouette, and plated brass corners add a subtle level of interest” that doesn’t feel too heavy. In fact, the box frame appears to hold the mattress aloft, as if it were floating. Huffman also appreciates that it’s “reminiscent of industrial designs” while still being a tiny bit glam, thanks to those brass accents. And for something so visually commanding, its price really can’t be beat.
“I love the formality of a canopy bed,” says Katherine Tlapa, a designer at Modsy who recommends this one from Pottery Barn. A departure from the stark metal frame above, the French-inspired Toulouse canopy bed features a Sungkai-veneered, meranti frame and studded upholstery — a combination Tlapa says brings sophistication to a bedroom while still looking rustic. The wood’s gray tone complements a variety of color palettes, according to Tlapa, and that detail, coupled with the studded, upholstered headboard and footboard, makes this frame feel warm and inviting. Also inviting is the fact that the frame is now 40 percent off.
It’s on the expensive end of the spectrum, but this frame from Room & Board is great for those who want a canopy bed but don’t want the fustiness that comes with such a traditional silhouette. It’s arguably even more streamlined than the one from CB2, and comes recommended by Los Angeles–based designer Betsy Burnham, who notes that the boxy four-poster made of powder-coated steel has the simplest shape, with the only detail being a minimal backrest. Burnham says it has “great lines” and, because it comes in metal finishes as well as in fun colors (including pink, aquamarine blue, and canary yellow), that it can “really fit into many different design schemes.” She adds, “We’ve used it in a guest room that had a more feminine palette and fabrics to balance things out and add modernity and linearity.” The fact that it’s locally made in Minnesota is another plus.
Best cane and rattan bed frames
Turns out rattan isn’t just a fantastic material for armchairs — it can also be found in some attractive bed frames, too. This charming platform-style rattan frame comes recommended by two experts: Schoneveld and Huffman. The oak CB2 frame has a whitewashed finish and cane paneling that feels “airy,” according to Huffman, who also says that the bed has the feeling of being “visually light and unencumbered.” Although it looks light, she notes that the hardwood frame is “durable and built to last.”
Huffman likes that this frame’s curving headboard is a play on the traditional sleigh headboard, and how the cane paneling keeps the otherwise hefty mango wood frame feeling “light and airy.” The darker clove finish is also a departure from what you typically find in a bed that’s made from rattan or cane. (But it’s also available in a natural-looking finish that’s more reminiscent of classic cane furniture.)
If you want to experiment with a smaller dose of rattan, this sweet daybed could be a nice starting point. Lake Pajamas’ Anne Read Lattimore discovered it when searching for a daybed for her children’s playroom. “I love to work natural, woven pieces into rooms,” she says, “and I love that this has a vintage look.”
Best wingback bed frames
If casual platform bed frames are at one end of the formality spectrum, upholstered bed frames with high headboards sit squarely on the opposite end. This one, recommended by Schoneveld, is made in the U.S. with pinewood. It has a high wingback headboard that feels luxurious while still being modern, and she says that, at under $700, its price is hard to beat. (We agree.) While it’s available in a few colors, Schoneveld prefers the navy above paired with crisp white sheets.
Here’s another high wingback upholstered frame that comes recommended by interior designer Casey DeBois. It’s from the Inside, a direct-to-consumer furniture company that makes everything by hand in the U.S. DeBois especially loves the Inside for its selection of more than 100 fabric options, many of them featuring fun and unexpected patterns, including a collaboration with Scalamandre. Her favorite is the Blush Aviary fabric, a 100 percent cotton in a soft pink with a floral and bird pattern. “I love the Inside. It’s like getting a custom bed, without the cost,” says DeBois.
“For those looking to channel that five-star-hotel vibe, we love this affordable-luxe tufted bed from Pottery Barn,” says Allison Whitt of Design X Interiors, a San Diego hospitality design firm. “It’s a timeless statement piece that instantly adds drama and depth to a room, and serves as the perfect backdrop for a decadent layering of pillows, bedding, and all things hygge.” If the popular tufted-and-upholstered style is what you seek, this is a great opportunity to get a very good version of it at a very good price.
Best bed frames with storage
Some bed frames can do double duty by combining built-in storage, a convenient option for those looking for a two-in-one product. While this one won’t necessarily save you space (it’s quite wide), it does come with nightstands that extend from the headboard on either side. “Designed by Mark Daniel of Slate Designs, the Andes Bed is always one of my favorites to use,” says Modsy’s Huffman. She likes its streamlined appearance and “gorgeous acacia veneer” — and, of course, its built-in shelves that can hold books, lamps, and other bedside essentials. She notes that hidden cutouts allow for convenient cord management. While they share a name, this Andes bears no obvious relation to the Andes platform style that appeared earlier on this list.
This bed is substantial, but it comes with six extra-deep storage drawers — two on each side, and in the front — that basically disappear under the platform base (a box spring is not required). It’s recommended by Schoneveld and has traditional paneling, molding, and a high headboard. A hardwood frame makes it very sturdy (with plywood and MDF paneling on the headboard and drawers), and for under $1,000, it screams good deal.
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