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The 6 Best Bed Frames for Your Bedroom Makeover

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A bed shouldn’t be boring. After all, we spend a lot of time in the bedroom, so we should enjoy the space immensely. The best bed frames reflect a sense of personal style or maximize use of the space while still looking chic. These six bed frames are perfect for a bedroom makeover, turning the room into the personal oasis it was meant to be.

1. Platform Bed That Needs No Box Spring

A basic platform bed is ideal for anyone with minimalist sensibilities. At its simplest, it’s a platform on four legs that keeps the mattress off the ground. This style is a great choice for a room without space for an oversize headboard, and for people who enjoy a low bed. Some platform beds are rather elaborate, with side panels and a headboard, while others are quite simple but still look nice.

Instead of the spring structure found on old-fashioned plain metal bed frames, a platform bed frame often has slats to hold the mattress. Box springs are unnecessary, which is why platform beds usually sit lower to the ground than beds with box springs. For a luxe platform bed, check out the Carmine Queen Upholstered Wingback Bed from my The Village collection. The tufted upholstery on the headboard creates a lush backrest for reading those pre-sleep chapters from a favorite novel. You’ll think of your room as a luxurious hotel suite.

2. Sleigh Bed for Curvaceous Style

A sleigh bed is named for its distinctive headboard and footboard shapes, each curling outward like a scroll on top, similar to the curved edges on an ornate antique sleigh. The headboard and footboard are often made of gorgeous wood, showing off its beautiful grain patterns. A modernized sleigh bed offers a glamorous take on the style, featuring a tufted, upholstered headboard and footboard in place of wood. Pro Tip: These styles tend to feature taller headboards, so you’ll want to measure the height of the bed to make sure it can fit in your space.

3. Lift-Up Bed for Hidden Storage

A lift-up bed frame is ideal for any bedroom that could use a little more storage. (In other words, just about every bedroom.) The secret that sets the lift-up bed apart is a special mechanism to easily lift part or all of the mattress base upward, like the hood of a car, to access the storage area beneath the bed. A half lift-up bed lifts half the mattress, whereas a full one lifts the entire mattress. The lift area may be at the head or foot of the bed, or even at the side, which offers plenty of options to choose from based on your bedroom layout. The sides of the lift-up bed are covered in panels, so the storage area underneath stays out of sight.

There’s a lift-up bed option for just about any bedroom situation. Choose one with a low-profile headboard for a smaller bedroom. A lift-up bed such as my Uptown Broadway Queen Upholstered Lift-Up Storage Bed serves as a stunning focal point for the bedroom, with a tall upholstered, tufted headboard in a neutral greige that goes with just about any room color.

4. Storage Bed With Drawers

A storage bed with built-in drawers is a great option for a room without the space to add another dresser. A room with this type of bed offers more square footage of open floor space than one with a bed and a dresser, and Modern Australian notes that it is also easier to clean, as there are fewer obstructions. The Warren Queen Storage Bed from my Uptown Collection is the perfect example of a storage bed with drawers, offering a chic combination of walnut veneer and black textured panels for a mid-century-inspired vibe. As an added bonus, no box spring is necessary. 

Storage beds with drawers come in assorted styles. The Captain's bed, or Mate's bed, gets its name from the storage beds used in the captain’s quarters on a ship, according to The Futon Shop. This style may have more than one row of drawers under the mattress, typically accessed from the side of the bed. Some captain’s beds have the mattress quite high off the ground, so it’s a good choice for a cramped space or for tall people who don’t mind a high bed. It fits in well with a room decked out in wood furnishings or a nautical theme.

5. Bunk Bed With Stacked Sleeping Space

A bunk bed adds extra sleeping space overhead, allowing room for at least two sleepers in the same amount of floor space as one bed. Most often they’re twin beds, so bunks are an excellent option for children sharing a room. Another style of bunk has a full bed on the bottom and a twin on top, which offers a bit of an upgrade for a teen who still has to share a room with a younger sibling. Bunk beds are a great way to make the most of the space you have when there are no spare bedrooms.

6. Space-Saving Loft Bed

Like a bunk bed, a loft bed uses vertical space to save on that oh-so-precious floor space. The sleeping area is up high, exactly like the top bunk of a bunk bed, but the bottom area is open, allowing space for a desk, a reading area or a play area. It’s ideal for any child old enough to enjoy a bunk bed, and perfect for a tiny bedroom or even a shared bedroom space.

No matter what your favorite interior decor style, there’s a bed frame that suits it and that fits into the room. Take your time exploring several options before settling on one, as the right bed frame can boost your enjoyment of your own private oasis for years to come.


The Futon Shop – What Is a Captain’s Bed?

Modern Australian – Pros and Cons of Bed with Drawers