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21 best bed frames for an amazing night’s sleep (and an effortlessly chic bedroom update)

Whether you’re ready to upgrade from those standard bed frames, you’re moving house or you simply want to mix up your bedroom vibe, a bed frame purchase is a costly one – much like buying a new sofa or sofa bed. And, it’s important.

Your bed frame plays a vital role in the overall vibe and aesthetic of any bedroom, so investing in one of the best bed frames is crucial if you want your sleeping space to resemble the pics you can’t stop saving on Pinterest. What’s more, though your mattress, mattress topper, duvet, pillows and bed sheets play the leading roles in determining the overall comfort of your bed, investing in a good bed frame could help you sleep better, too. (Sleeping on an uncomfortable bed can actually rob you of up to an hour’s worth of Zzz’s a night (!), so investing in a good double bed – or single, or king-sized, as the case may be – is crucial).

Luckily, there are plenty of stylish bed frames on the market right now, from bed frames with storage and bed frames with headboards to wooden bed frames, upholstered bed frames and John Lewis bed frames. Here’s everything you need to know before you shop.

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What is the best type of bed frame?

There are three main types of bed frame, and each come with their own advantages.

  • Box spring bed frames have a firm base, which means they provide more support. Rather than holding your mattress on wooden slats, they lift your mattress higher and feel a bit more “luxe”. They can also help to extend the lifespan of your mattress, since they prevent it from sagging in the middle. The only downside of box spring bed frames? They tend to be the most expensive kind.
  • Low platform bed frames have wooden slats or a lattice to support your mattress. They tend to sit low on the ground than box spring mattresses do, and they tend to be the most affordable. Low bed frames are also all over Instagram right now, and they’re easy enough to set up and move.
  • Adjustable bed frames are the least common type of bed frame. They allow your to adjust your sleeping position with the touch of a button, by lifting or lowering your feet and head. You usually have to purchase your mattress from the same brand as your adjustable bed, since everything is so highly customised.

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How do I choose a bed frame?

Once you’ve the type of your bed frame you’re after, there are a few other considerations to bear in mind.

  • Does it have a headboard? Lots of the best bed frames come with headboards built-in, often crafted from wood and metal and sometimes upholstered for comfort. They help to give your bedroom than hotel-room-vibe and inject a bit of luxury. Plus, they’re great for propping your head up when reading your new book. You can buy headboards after you’ve purchased your bed frame (we love this half moon Rattan-style head board from Made.com), but it’s often more cost effective to kill two birds with one stone. The best bed frames with headboards include The White Company’s Richmond bed and this Simba Sleep bed base.
  • Does it have storage? Lots of beds come with built-in storage, which should be a key consideration if you don’t have lots of space elsewhere. Made.com’s Skye bed has ottoman storage underneath, while the Presto Pine storage bed from French retailer La Redoute has space for books and trinkets all around the sides. So cute.
  • Will it fit your mattress? This might seem obvious, but you need to make sure the bed frame matches the size of your mattress. Even though most mattresses follow standard sizing, there may be some variations between brands, so measure your mattress before purchasing your bed frame.

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Is a metal or wood bed frame better?

The main consideration when it comes to metal bed frames VS wooden bed frames is noise. Metal bed frames, no matter how sturdy and well-made, are likely to creak at some point in their lifetime. Wooden bed frames probably won’t.

What kind of beds are popular right now?

Rattan-inspired furniture has been hugely popular for the past couple of years, and Rattan bed frames continue to reign supreme as some of the most stylish. Take John Lewis’ Rattan double bed frame, for example. In black, it’s one of the most popular beds on site, having been featured on Instagram numerous times and recently released in an all-oak finish to keep up with demand. 

It has been crafted, predominantly, from solid European white oak – with a touch of robust MDF – and features an airy, curved cane headboard. The all-Oak version is finished in a matt lacquer for durability, while the Black version has a striking painted finish. It has solid stats to provide a sturdy base for your mattress, and it looks so chic.

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