Should you buy a bed frame online?
Buying a new bed frame doesn't have to be an ordeal.
While you might be hesitant to make a big purchase online, doing so offers significant benefits.
Let's take a look at some of these benefits. 👇
Benefits of buying online
Firstly, you'll have a lot more options online than in stores.
So, you shouldn't have any trouble finding the perfect bed frame size, style, or price.
Online retailers also tend to offer longer trials and guarantees. 👏
They understand customers may feel nervous about buying a bed without physically seeing or trying it.
And let's not forget the beauty of online delivery services.
Many companies offer free delivery and returns for their bed frames. 🚚
You also won't have to worry about how on earth to fit a large bed frame in your car, through your front door, or up the stairs!
Beds purchased online come neatly packed in boxes designed to fit in smaller spaces.
These bed frames tend to be lightweight.
After all, we're not all built like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. 💪
Luckily, most online retailers know this and design and package their frames so they are easy to move.
Of course, it's worth remembering that beds like ottomans are heavier than other frames when you're deciding which bed to buy.
Handily, most frames sold online are also easy to assemble. 🔧
They usually come with clear instructions and take around an hour or less to build.
So you don't have to worry about being haunted by any IKEA assembly nightmares (where something somehow ends up upside down). 🤔
At most, you might need an extra pair of hands to ensure the smooth handling of larger frame pieces.
Of course, these benefits don't mean you have to shop online!
How to start looking for a new bed frame
The variety of bed frames available (especially with online retailers) can be a blessing and a curse.
While you should be able to find exactly the bed you want, it can be hard to know where to start. 😵💫
Like any decision, things get a lot simpler when you break the decision down.
Let's start with the basics.
Things to consider first:
- Types of beds.
- Bed components.
- Bed sizes.
These are the biggest factors, and once you know what you need with them, you can get into the nitty gritty details to perfect your choice.
Types of beds
Most bed frames are made from wood or metal, but many also have an upholstered finish.
Beyond the traditional bed frames you might be picturing, there are also storage beds and more multi-functional options for things like guest rooms.
Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed by the range of options!
We'll give you a quick tour of the best types of bed frames so you can find the one that's perfect for you.
Let's take a look at what types of beds are available. 👇
Platform bed frames
If you're picturing a traditional bed frame on four sturdy legs, that's a platform bed! 🛏️
A platform bed provides that much-needed elevation from the ground.
But don't be fooled by the traditional tag; it's far from old-fashioned.
In fact, if your taste leans towards a minimalist style, a platform bed frame with clean lines might be your perfect match. 🎯
And let's not forget the two biggest perks of platform beds - the sleek look and the precious under-bed storage space.
Some beds also come with alternative under-bed storage options.
For instance, the Emma Signature Bed has compatible under-bed drawers on rollers, which can be bought separately.
Storage bed frames
Storage beds are ideal whether you need to make the most of limited space or simply want to keep your bedroom looking spick and span. ✨
The main options for beds with in-built storage are divan beds and ottoman beds.
Typically, a divan base comes with no, 2, or 4 drawers.
A divan bed is ideal for those who have space around their bed and want easy access to their storage spaces.
On the other hand, an ottoman bed is best for those looking for the biggest storage space.
While you get the whole bed base as storage, access can be more challenging since you'll need to lift the top of the bed base and mattress.
Other types of beds
While we've already covered the main types of bed frames, there are many (many) others available. 🤯
These bed frames include:
Besides cot beds (for babies) and bunk beds (for children), most of the above beds are best suited for guests rather than everyday use.
Now that we've looked at the main types of beds, it's time for the next consideration: Materials.
Let's look at some of the bed frame materials you're likely to see. 👇
Popular bed frame materials
Most bed frames are made from wood or metal (or a mixture of both).
Wooden and metal bed frames are favoured because of their sturdy and dependable nature. 💪
But bed frames with upholstery finishes are increasingly popular for the added comfort they provide.
Wooden bed frames
Wooden bed frames have always had a special place in the realm of bedroom furniture.
Timeless and versatile, wooden frames come in a myriad of styles and finishes to complement everything from traditional to modern aesthetics. 🌳
The possibilities are endless, from the robust charm of solid oak to delicate pine or lightweight MDF (engineered plywood).
Wood bed frames come in all sizes and range from cheap to expensive, depending on the wood used. 💷
For example, the eco-friendly Emma Wood Bed Frame is one of the best bed frames for those wanting a solid and Scandinavian-style design.
Metal bed frames
Metal bed frames are a compelling blend of robustness and style. 🛠️
While steel is the most commonly seen material in metal beds, you can also find inexpensive nickel models or more costly wrought iron options.
From sleek contemporary designs to charming vintage styles, metal beds cater to a broad spectrum of aesthetic preferences.
While these beds are generally solid and reliable, be warned that they can be prone to squeaking.
Also, a lack of a padded headboard can make them less comfortable for leaning or sitting against.
Overall, metal bed frames are an excellent choice for those seeking a traditional, classic look in their bedroom. 🏰
It's nice to know you're not tied into one style (vintage or modern), even if you want to opt for a specific material.
Upholstered bed frames
Most upholstered bed frames have a wooden or, occasionally, metal structure.
Upholstered bed frames are some of the most popular on the market today.
Aesthetically, they can range from sleek and simple to more luxurious.
These bed frames tend to be the most comfortable, often featuring padded headboards, which make relaxing in bed a dream. 😊
Unfortunately, the fabric finish can be more prone to damage and stains.
Some brands, like Simba with their Orion bed, are fighting this by finishing their frame with a soft, stain-resistant fabric.
Now you know what types of beds are out there (for you and your visitors) and what materials are most often used, it's time to think about size. 🤔
The great news is that bed frames come in a variety of sizes.
It doesn't matter whether you're in the market for the best king-size bed frames or something smaller.
Whatever you need, the variety of beds available makes it easy to find the perfect fit for your room and your needs. 🛌
Popular bed frame sizes include:
- Small single bed frames.
- Single bed frames.
- Small double bed frames.
- Double bed frames.
- King-size bed frames.
- Super king bed frames.
There's a bed frame size for everyone, whether it's for a snug space or a spacious master bedroom.
One important thing to remember is that bed frames are typically slightly larger than their corresponding mattress size.
This slight size difference allows for the mattress to fit comfortably within the frame, ensuring a secure and stable place for your mattress to rest. 💤
It's always best to check specific dimensions when purchasing your bed frame to ensure it fits your mattress and fits in your bedroom.
Now you've got an overview of UK bed frame sizes, and we can dive a little deeper. 🏊
It's time to think about the components that make up your bed frame.
Bed frames are made up of several components.
These typically include the bed base, legs, headboard, and footboard.
The most essential part is the bed base. 🛌
So, let's dig into what options you have when it comes to bed frame bases.
Bed frame bases
You can choose between a box spring or a slat system base. 💪
Box spring bases tend to be sturdy and robust.
Slatted bed bases, on the other hand, are more flexible and breathable.
These bases also tend to feel springier since the slats can bend and flex, meaning better support as you move throughout the night.
Most traditional bed frames have four legs.
However, it's common for box frames like divan beds to have small feet instead of legs.
Longer bed legs tend to mean a higher bed frame, which is easier to get in and out of for someone those with mobility difficulties. 🧓
A bed with longer legs is also often best for people who want to maximise under-bed storage space.
You can find beds with more than four legs.
More legs provide more support, which is ideal if you're searching for the best bed for heavier people. 💪
Headboards and footboards
While not all beds have headboards or footboards, these are frequent features of bed frames.
Headboards, especially padded headboards, are great for anyone who likes to relax in bed.
Footboards can offer a beautiful and cosy look, especially on sleigh beds when there's a gentle curve at the top of the headboard and footboard.
However, taller individuals often find they feel less restricted and sleep better in a bed with no footboard. 🧍
Sometimes, a bed frame (or bedstead) will have posts instead of headboards or footboards.
These can provide an elegant and classic look and can also be handy if you like to hang items on your bed. 🧥
While most bed frames will have relatively short posts, you can take things up a notch with a four-poster bed.
Four-poster beds have much longer posts, typically joined at the top, and can have a simple, minimalist aesthetic or a more traditional look with bed hangings or curtains.
Today, four-poster beds are far less common.
If you want a four-poster bed, you can still find a few beautiful options with bed specialists like Happy Beds.
Choosing a bed frame to meet your specific needs
Different people have different needs.
It's critical that you consider whether you have any specific wants and needs when buying a new bed frame. 🤔
For instance, you may prefer a different type of bed if you or your partner are heavier, have mobility difficulties, or suffer from back pain.
Let's take a closer look at how your needs may impact your choice of bed frame.
Best bed frames for elderly people
Older individuals and those with mobility difficulties may find it more challenging to get out of bed.
Lower bed frames, therefore, aren't usually a great choice for older adults. 🧓
To get the perfect bed, you'll also need to take your mattress height into account.
Ideally, your bed and mattress combined should stand between your knee and hip to ensure you can comfortably get in and out. 😀
Adjustable bed frames can also be a great option, aiding with issues such as poor blood circulation.
Best bed frames for heavier people
Buying a new bed frame can be worrisome when you're heavier.
The best bed frames for heavy people are sturdy and stable.
Metal, especially steel frames, are well-regarded for their robustness due to their density.
You can also look for beds with more than the standard 4 legs for a more secure and well-supported base. 👍
Solid hardwood bed frames and reinforced platform beds or divan beds are also excellent options.
The easiest way to ensure your bed is safe to use is to check the maximum weight capacity.
You'll need to account for yourself, your partner, and your mattress when deciding whether or not a weight limit is enough.
You can find specialist beds for heavier people from retailers like Amazon, Bensons for Beds, or Wayfair, which offers beds with a capacity of 300 kg (661 lbs).
Best bed frames for children
If you're looking for a bed frame for your child's room, there are a few things worth thinking about.
You'll first want to consider bed frame sizes.
A single bed is fine for most children, but a cot bed may be a better fit if you have a younger child.
Alternatively, something like a bunk bed, loft bed, or trundle bed may be best if you're looking to make the most of limited space.
Best bed frames for back pain
Individuals suffering from back problems should choose a supportive bed frame.
The best options usually include bed frames with ergonomically-designed slats.
For instance, beds like the Simba Orion Base provide tailored support. ✨
Adjustable bed frames can also be beneficial as they allow the user to adapt their bed frame to relieve pressure.
Whatever type you choose, remember that it's most important to choose the best mattress for back pain, as this is the product you rest on directly.
Best bed frames for sex
At some point or another, most of us have slept on a bed that creaks and squeaks its way through the night. 🐭
It's a nightmare!
Unfortunately, metal beds and older beds are particularly prone to this issue.
Low, solid bed frames are generally the best bed frames for sexually active individuals.
We suggest checking out the Emma Signature Bed if you want something sturdy and silent. 👍
Best bed frames for memory foam mattresses
The good news is that you don't need a specific type of bed frame for a memory foam mattress.
You can use a bed frame with a slatted or solid base. 👏
However, you should avoid widely spaced slats to get the most from your memory foam mattress.
Slats with gaps of less than 2.75 inches (7 cm) will keep your mattress optimally supported.
Bedroom sleep accessories
Even if you have the best bed frame in the world, sleep could escape you if you don't have the right accessories.
Sleep is essential for our health and mental well-being, including consolidating our memory. 😴
So, what sleep accessories do you need for the best night's sleep?
Much-needed sleep accessories include:
Aside from these sleep accessories, you may also want to complete your bedroom with pieces of furniture like bedside tables, ottomans, wardrobes or a chest of drawers.
These accessories can help keep your room organised and functional. 💖
While accessories can be handy, nothing affects your sleep more than your mattress.
Ultimately, the right mattress will ensure you get a good night's sleep every night.
Check out some of the best mattresses in the UK below! 👇