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The Very Best Metal Bed Frames

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If you’ve been flirting with the idea of getting a metal bed frame for some time, but can’t track down one that will suit your space, we’re here to help. We reached out to expert interior designers, as well as pulling some finds from our extensive home-décor archives, and consulting thousands of reviews across the internet. In the interest of comparison, all of the prices listed are for frames in a queen size, but all of the frames listed are available in various sizes.

Best overall | Best modern | Best traditional | Best Art-Deco | Best canopy | Best colorful canopy | Best colorful | Best minimalist

What we’re looking for

Shape and features: The shape and features you’ll want in a frame come down to two factors: space and personal preference. In smaller rooms, frames with a basic shape will slot nicely in your space. If you have a little more wiggle room, headboards, footboards, and even canopies can entirely change the vibe.

Platform height: Metal is a relatively heavy material — both literally and in interior design terms — and a metal bed frame can dominate the space in your bedroom or feel rather harsh. One way to offset that is with a raised platform. In general, larger clearance spaces will provide a visual break and give the illusion of an almost floating mattress. (Plus, it can be used as valuable storage space.) All of the frames on this list feature a platform, so I’ve made a note of just how much clearance space each one has, in inches.

Price: There’s a real range of prices on this list, meaning there’s a metal bed frame to suit every budget. Each bed frame falls into one of three clearly indicated categories: $500 or less ($), $500–$1,000 ($$), and $1,000 and over ($$$).

Best overall metal bed frame

$190

No headboard, footboard, or canopy | 10-inch platform | $

Zinus makes some of our favorite (affordable) mattresses, and their furniture also finds the balance between price, quality, and style. The industrial-yet-simple design of their Joseph frame feels timeless as well as trendy. Requiring no box spring, the frame uses wooden slats (with a slightly sticky panel) to support and secure the mattress in place. Swathes of reviewers have testified that the frame is “stable and sturdy”on Amazon, where over 30,000 customers have awarded the frame an average rating of 4.7 stars. Plus the ten-inch raised platform provides some airiness (or a storage solution). It does lack a headboard and footboard, but considering it costs a third of the price of the majority of its peers, we think it can be forgiven.

Best modern metal bed frame

Headboard and footboard | 5-inch platform | $$

Modsy interior designer Lisa Spicer turned us on to this iron platform frame that doesn’t require a box spring when we were looking for all of the best bed frames. She herself particularly likes to use it when decorating smaller bedrooms, as “the low platform height gives the illusion of more open space.” As well as a slight platform, the frame features a built-in headboard and footboard, with “sleek metal lines” that “lend themselves to an industrial vibe.” The frame, which is available in matte black and bronze, is made of iron tubing, and features bentwood and rubberwood slats and supports.

At $549 for a queen size, we think the frame is reasonably priced. Depending on your location, CB2 will both deliver and install the bed, meaning your biggest task will be picking a color. In areas where this is not an option, the frame comes with clear instructions to follow, and is assembled in five steps.

Best traditional metal bed frame

Headboard and footboard | 7-inch platform | $$

Fellow Modsy designer Yoan Walter recommends this more traditional frame from Crate & Barrel. Like the option from CB2, the frame features a slight platform, but the slender, curving lines that make its headboard and footboard give the frame an overall softer and warmer feel. Walter calls it “a perfect, versatile piece of furniture that can adapt to many styles, like rustic, traditional, eclectic, or industrial.”

Available in three shades — white, brass, and this shadow gray, pictured above — the frame is made of solid iron and steel tubing. Again, assembly options are Zip Code dependent, but those that have to build the frame themselves will have access to clear, straightforward illustrated instructions.

Best Art Deco–style metal bed frame

Headboard and footboard | 6.5-inch platform | $$$

For a frame that makes more of a statement comes this Art Deco frame from Anthropologie. Made of handcrafted, powder-coated iron, the arching, oval-motif headboard and footboard are “both on trend and timeless,” says Aimee Martinelli, designer at Modsy. But the feature that truly draws Martinelli to the frame are the “subtle gold details, which really make this bed special.” Over on the Anthropologie site, reviewers praise the solidity of the frame, and efficient assembly by the delivery team. And with removable legs, the frame’s slightly raised platform is entirely optional. The wooden-slat support system means it doesn’t require a box spring , either — so once you’ve tracked down a comfy mattress, you’re good to go.

[Editor’s note: This bed frame is on backorder and is estimated to be available around July 25, 2022.]

Best canopy metal bed frame

Canopy | 10-inch platform | $$

If you’re a fan of subtle metal details, this canopy bed frame features some subtly-glam brass detailing. It’s recommended by Modsy designer Megan Huffman, who likes how despite its “industrial design”, the “streamlined aesthetic and matte black silhouette” prevent it from becoming too overpowering.  Instead, with the slight platform (and lack of a box-spring), the mattress appears to almost float in mid-air. Made of matte black powder coated iron, the frame utilizes rubber wood slats to support the mattress. And at $699, it’s a steal compared to frames of an equal grandeur.

[Editor’s note: This item is currently on pre-order and is scheduled to ship in mid-July.]

Best colorful canopy bed frame

Headboard and canopy |12-inch platform | $$$

There’s an option of 16 shades for this canopy bed, but we particularly like the fun vibrant options, including pink, aquamarine blue, and canary yellow. Los Angeles-based designer Betsy Burnham is also a fan of the variety of shades and metal finishes, finding that they 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 frames “great lines” are made of powder coated steel, and its minimal headrest and simple lines give it a streamlined, fuss-free feel.

[Editor’s note: This item is made to order, with a scheduled shipping date in September.]

Best colorful metal bed frame

Headboard | 12-inch platform | $$

If it’s some color you’re coveting, but not necessarily a canopy style, Room & Board also makes a frame without the added height. Still featuring a minimal headrest and an impressive shade range, the frame is a favorite of designer Anki Spets, the founder of AREA Home. Spets says that the frame, made from powder-coated steel, is “quite sturdy and will last for a long time.” She credits the frame’s raised platform for its overall “airy look”, and as far as picking a color goes, she encourages something bold: “How about orange or onyx gloss?”

[Editor’s note: This item is made to order, with a scheduled shipping date in September.]

Best minimalist metal bed frame

No headboard, footboard, or canopy | 14-inch platform |$

This understated, minimal steel bed frame comes from Keetsa, which is primarily a mattress company. We heard about it from Colony design-group founder Jean Lin, who hails it as her “price-conscious favorite.” The frame includes only the basics — four legs, and a slightly raised platform — but has openings for you to attach a headboard of your choice, if you prefer. Some warmth is added thanks to its hand-brushed gold finish, which Lin says that the “dresses up earthen neutrals and tones down brighter palettes.” Suitable for a variety of aesthetics thanks to its simplicity, Lin also points out that its affordability leaves room for a “splurge elsewhere in the room.” You won’t have to fork out for a box spring, either: The frame works just fine without one.

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Our experts

Betsy Burnham, Los Angeles-based designer
Megan Huffman, Modsy interior designer
Jean Lin, Colony design-group founder
Aimee Martinelli, Modsy interior designer
Anki Spets, designer and founder of AREA Home
Lisa Spicer, Modsy interior designer
Yoan Walter, Modsy interior designer

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The Very Best Metal Bed Frames