What is a Platform Bed

What is a Platform Bed

Written by Dreamcloud Editorial Team

Last Updated on Sep 01, 2022

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    Are you planning to replace your conventional bed frame with a premium quality platform bed that ensures durability and simplicity? You will get to choose from different types of bed frames that go with any type of mattress. To help you make the best shopping decision, this blog covers what a platform bed is, the types of platform beds available in the market, the pros and cons of this bed, and everything you need to know about it.

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    What is a platform bed?

    The mechanism of a platform bed is quite easy to understand if we put it in simple words. It is a low-raised frame (between six and eighteen inches tall) with a metal/solid wood/slatted wood surface. So, you can easily place your mattress directly on a solid base platform bed without adding any additional support. 

    Unlike the traditional beds, platform beds don’t come with a bulky box spring. The modern-age manufacturers keep the contemporary lifestyle preferences and aesthetic tastes of the users while designing the products. 

    So, you can easily choose from a varying range of platform bed styles and appearances. Some of those have sturdy headboards while other pieces are very minimalist. You can choose from the versatile range of leg designs like slightly raised from the floor, small legs with slatted/flat surfaces, or even legless solid blocks! 

    Let’s talk about the types of mattresses to use and the good news is that they go well with almost every kind of mattress due to their solid wooden or metallic surfaces.

    Platform Bed Frames, Sizes, and Dimensions

    Let’s look at the several dimensions and frame sizes while you are eager to know about what a platform bed is and its specifications.

    • California King size bed – Seventy-two inches by eighty-four inches 
    • King size bed- Seventy-six inches by eighty inches 
    • Queen Size bed- Sixty inches by eighty inches 
    • Full-size bed- Fifty-four inches by seventy-five inches
    • Twin Bed- Thirty-nine inches by seventy-five inches

    Types of Platform Beds

    Be ready to get spoiled with a wide range of choices. Choose among the various types, materials, and styles:

    Classic wooden beds

    The richness and timelessness of wooden furniture will never go out of style and a classic platform bed is no exception. Choose from a wide range of versatile styles like rustic, vintage, industrial and modern. 

    Along with the contemporary look and feel, you also don’t have to worry about the durability of the wooden beds as they belong to the heaviest range. 

    Do you live in a limited space like a studio or a 1BHK apartment? The classic wooden beds would be an ideal choice for your space. However, be careful about the staining if you are choosing a lighter shade of the wooden color pallet. 

    Upholstered Platform Beds

    Are you planning to create a cozy, warm vibe in your bedroom? An Upholstered platform bed will do half of the job for your contemporary or modern décor. However, make sure not to place your bed at a place where the sunlight falls as it can fade the color easily. 

    Know your options while we are talking about the colors as you can choose from gold, subtle beige, cream, red, vibrant pink, blue, grey, etc. Not only just a single-colored bed, but you can also choose a color-coordinated headboard that compliments your bed’s platform perfectly. 

    Metal Platform Beds 

    If you are looking for a modern, simple yet durable option, metallic platform beds would be a great option to adorn your bedrooms. Unlike the wood or the upholstery beds, a metal platform bed won’t fade or stain with passing days. If your lifestyle requires you to shift houses more often, metal (either steel or iron) beds are easy to assemble and transport. 

    Headboard and Footboard 

    When you are browsing different kinds of platform bed styles, headboard and footboard style beds will grab your attention. To add a regal and modern touch to your bedroom, opt for a fancy headboard and footboard as they will add value to your room’s aesthetic appeal.

    Floating Surface

    A floating platform bed has become the most favorite among minimalists. As they have no visible legs, they look and feel like they are floating off the floor. While these beds come with no storage space, they fit perfectly with the modern aesthetic of your interior. 

    Storage Surface

    If you have limited space in your bedroom and you need a bed with built-in storage space, look for a platform bed with storage. The drawers will be hidden underneath your bed and thus, you can give your bedroom a maximized appearance.

    Types of Platform Bed Surfaces

    One of the biggest benefits of a platform bed is that it is ready to use right after you bring it home. Just place your comfiest mattress directly on the bed’s surface and there is no need to arrange any additional support. Let’s learn about the different kinds of bed surfaces below:

    • Metallic Surface 

    If you are using a traditional mattress and a box spring, a metal surface is your best choice. However, don’t use a foam mattress when you are buying a metallic surface as the metal rails will cause your mattress to sag over time.

    • Solid Surface 

    A solid base platform bed always provides you with a firmer sleep experience as the sturdy base allows for minimal air circulation. the base is often made of MDF, particleboard, or wood. 

    • Slatted Surface

    When you are choosing the slatted surface, you have two basic options- a) metal grids, b) wooden slats and they provide additional support for your sleeper or mattress. If you are looking for a mild bouncy effect, choose a surface that has some curved down slats in the middle.

    The Pros and Cons Of A Platform Bed

    Pros

    • Helps you to save a lot as they are ready-to-use
    • Storage beds save a lot of space
    • Available in so many styles and colors 
    • You can easily find a mattress for your platform bed

    Cons

    • These beds are often heavy and large and hence hard to transport while shifting 
    • Might be expensive in some cases 
    • Some might find the low-to-the-ground feature a bit uncomfortable while using

     

    Platform Bed vs Box Spring

    Here’s how the bed bases differ from each other:

    • Dimension 

    A platform bed’s average height is eighteen inches while a box spring is available in twenty-five inches. 

    • Storage

    A box spring has no storage space while you can easily find a platform bed with storage. 

    • Compatibility 

    A box spring is only compatible with innerspring mattresses while a platform bed is compatible with a hybrid mattress, memory foam, and even latex.

    • Price 

    You can get a box spring for $180 while a platform bed is much cheaper as the price starts from $100.

    Do You Need a Box Spring With a Platform Bed?

    You can use a box spring for additional height but it is not a must-have. If you are comfortable with the height of your platform bed, you are all set to use it. 

    Platform Bed V/S Panel Bed

    • Panel beds often provide a traditional look and feel while platform beds are contemporary
    • Panel beds need additional support before placing a mattress whereas platform beds come with the durable surface as built-in support 

    Platform Bed V/S Slats

    When you are choosing the base of your bed, there are two options-  solid platform bed and slatted platforms. So, how can you make sure which one would be the best fit for your home? Let’s compare them below-

    •  A slatted base is very breathable whereas a solid base blocks the air circulation

       

    • Solid base beds are  good with any type of mattress while the slats are not good for foamy mattress

    Conclusion

    Did you find all your answers about what is a platform bed? Are you ready to buy it? Just make sure the kind of bed you choose goes well with the entire vibe of your bedroom and overall interior. For more useful information like these, keep an eye on our blog page.



    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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