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. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of beds — including the best platform beds, mattresses, and bunk beds — here, we’ve rounded up the best metal bed frames, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. To even the playing field a bit, we focused on queen-size bed frames, but most of these picks are available in other sizes as well.
Best-rated metal bed frame
With nearly 20,000 five-star reviews, this metal bed frame from Zinus gets high marks for being easy to put together at a great price. “I was worried about getting this model rather than the deluxe because I’m a little heavier (100 pounds down, 50 to go!) But this is amazing and so supportive,” writes one reviewer, adding, “It does seem to make my mattress firmer but I actually prefer it and have been sleeping like a baby.” Many others agree that it’s durable, like this reviewer who explains, “Whether I’m sleeping on it, or my partner and I are having ‘adult time,’ this thing is sturdy. We are 360 pounds combined and are quite active so I’ve been particularly impressed we haven’t made the thing collapse. This unit was recommended to us by a couple who are 450 pounds combined who still love theirs after five-plus years.” It’s so supportive that one reviewer says it helped them revive an old mattress. “My bed is old, saggy, and painful to sleep on but I can’t afford a new mattress yet so I put my old mattress on this platform frame, and OMG, I can’t believe how comfortable my bed is,” they rave, adding, “No more sagging and my bed is actually nice to sleep on now!”
Best-rated (less expensive) metal bed frame
“First, the quality of the bed frame and assembly is very high,” writes one reviewer. “Leaps and bounds over all other metal bed frames I’ve assembled.” Another says, “I have never seen one so intuitive and logical to assemble, given its plethora of features,” adding, “It folds out easily, locks into place and is extremely sturdy.” One of its most-lauded add-ons is the “included 8 non-slip pads to keep the box spring in place,” writes one reviewer. Another says, “It is so sturdy, and there’s enough room to store things underneath my bed.” The bed frame is also adjustable, which one reviewer appreciates, “In case i decide to move it into a different room with a different size mattress.” It can hold up to a queen size mattress, which one reviewer says “fit like a glove in the frame with no further adjustments than the default setting.”
And now for some micro-picks of every type of metal bed frame you might be looking for.
Best heavy-duty metal bed frame
The simple platform frame impresses customers with its easy assembly and sturdy design. “I’m a 60-year-old woman with some mechanical ability, and from the time I started opening the box until I tightened the last screw, it took me just under one hour and one goblet of wine,” boasts a reviewer. “Just, wow! This thing is a tank,” writes another. “Me and my wife are ‘big boned’ and this thing doesn’t sway, budge, squeak, bow, or nothing,” one reviewer raves, adding, “We are a total of over 600 pounds, and this thing is a champ. EASY to put together. Looks good. I would give this six stars if I could.”
Best nine-leg metal bed frame
This metal bed frame is nearly identical to out best-rated less expensive pick — except it isn’t adjustable, so you need to get the right size for your mattress — but just like the Zinus bed frame above, this one is described as sturdy by more than a third of reviewers. “This bed frame is BRILLIANT: the construction is totally solid and stable due to the 9 legs and method they used to put it together,” writes one reviewer. Another reports, “The bed was totally level (yes I checked with a level), after it was assembled and the box spring and mattress were put on. No more sloping or hole in the middle. My husband and I can sleep comfortably apart or together without feeling like we’re sleeping on a cliff.” In addition to the no-sag center, reviewers praise this frame for being easy to assemble. “I am a 50 year old woman and did the entire thing myself in like 15 minutes,” one writes. As for looks, “the frame is mostly hidden,” says one reviewer, but they add, “It’s not the star of the show, but it still has style and strength.”
Best no-squeak metal bed frame
“This bed frame out-Ikeas Ikea,” writes one reviewer, who can attest to how sturdy it is. “Follow the numbers, link everything, throw down the wood slats, and you and the Miss will be testing its stability in no time at all (it’s stable and sturdy, we checked).” The sturdiness also means that this metal bed frame doesn’t make much noise. “I feel supported on it and there is no squeaking,” one writes. Another who waited two months before writing their review says it “Has held up amazingly well and hasn’t made a sound … I am a hefty woman and me and the hubs like to get busy…a lot. No issues so far.” Reviewers also think the wooden slats help keep everything in place, like one who says, “The top of the wood planks has two sticky strips they hold your mattress on. I’m not sure if this will wear out over time, but for now, it is amazing at holding the mattress on.”
Best metal bed frames with underbed storage space
“This bed frame is perfect,” writes one reviewer. “It took me about 20 minutes to assemble. Instructions are really clear and they give you spare bolts and nuts just in case your puppy runs off with one and you can’t find it, like mine did.” It even comes with “two-sided foam tape to keep the mattress from sliding on the rails,” says one reviewer, but reviewers particularly love all the under-bed storage space that this 16-inch frame provides. “I put two guitar cases, a suit case, a full size piano case, and a few other small cases under it and still had plenty of room,” writes one, while another notes, “Five full-size storage totes fit under each side, equaling ten.” There is also an option between square and rounded corners for this bed, but according to one reviewer, “If you are a bit of a klutz like the people in my house, the rounded edge option will save your toes.”