Getting the Most Out of Your Bed Frame Shopping

bed frame shopping tipsShopping around for bed frames can be a disquieting endeavor—so many materials, styles and levels of quality are out there to be considered. Think of this as your last guide, when it comes to buying bed frames.

What should be avoided as you’re shopping for frames? Shopping for a bed frame often feels as though you’re learning a new language—with the number of materials and options—it can be tough to interpret what truly matters.

The pitfall of purchasing the highest price item in the shop will make people feel like they snagged a great deal, but shopping by price alone should be avoided.

We feel that three things matter:

1. Materials

If you are seeking a quick, low-priced solution—that’s what you’ll find. Loads of metal frames exist that are simple and will handle the job, but take longevity into account as you’re shopping. Plywood, particle board and other lower quality materials will be good short-term solutions, but when you need a piece to give your grandkids, find a long-term product. Hardwood and iron are excellent, reliable choices.

They generally have options in many variable selections to fit your preferences. See if there’s a warranty on the one you fancy, just to make sure you’re getting what you paid for.

2. Ease of Assembly

No one would consciously invest in something that would take a crew of NASA scientists to solve. Picking a high-quality product doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be complicated. Keep an eye out for furniture made with the customer in mind—one with clear assembly directions and minimal pieces. Bonus points when it does not need any tools!

3. Honest Pricing

There are times where you get what paid for and there are times where you pay what it’s worth—furniture manages to be expensive just because it can. Although your taste may prescribe the cost of a piece, try to find well-backed, well-made designs that have return policies, warranties. Make sure it works with your mattress, so you know you’re receiving the most for your money.

What Bed Frame Size Should You Pick?

It seems simple enough—a queen size mattress gets a queens size bed frame and a king mattress gets a bed frame for king mattresses, but official frame measurements for every manufacturer aren’t actually set in place. The majority of frames are usually labelled with clear dimensions either in a store or online.

A king-sized bed frame for mattresses may not come to 193 centimetres wide and 203 centimetres long exactly, but your mattress should match reasonably well—if it isn’t substantially larger or smaller. One thing to remember is—when you need an adjustable frame to hold two Twin XL beds, which is usually called a “split king”, the width of a king frame can feel too short.

The majority of frames are created with this consideration and can fit two Twin XLs without any issues—just make sure your mattress does not have over a few centimetres of hanging material on either side.

What Frame Style Accommodates Your Mattress?

Other than mattress dimensions, does your desired frame support the kind of mattress you have? A foam mattress, for example, works best on a platform-type frame or slats that do not allow for more than around 10-12 centimetres of leeway. Without the required support, your foam will sag and lead to a whole host of problems.

Normal spring mattresses in Brisbane can carry additional stipulations. They might have specific terms to use a model of foundation or box spring. That’s if you want to keep the warranty intact. You’ll probably be best off if you check that the frame is deep enough to support the arrangement at your favourite height. You should also recognise if your frame lets your mattress breathe. A waterbed frame won’t be ideal for a regular mattress, because it might promote mould growth.

Can You Just Use the Floor?

If you choose to use your floor instead, keep in mind that the surface you place your mattress on is vital. We suggest finished surfaces—like hardwood floor, synthetic carpeting (or rugs) and tile. Synthetic carpets make up a dominant portion of the carpet industry—it’s usually more durable, affordable and stain resistant than traditional carpeting. Nylon, trifecta, polyester and olefin are all examples of popular synthetic fibres.

Try to stay away from unfinished or natural surfaces such as natural carpet fibres and plywood. Plywood is a composite of wood that retains moisture—which can cause mould to grow. Natural fibre carpeting can be less durable and retain more moisture than synthetic equivalents. Wool is generally utilised as a natural carpet. Other precedents—oftentimes noticed in area rugs—include jute, cotton, coir, sisal and seagrass.