Platform Beds Pros & Cons

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Platform beds were poplar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but then fell out of fashion. A renewed interest in the simplified lines of European-styled furniture has led to a return of platform beds, which are widely available at furniture stores and mattress dealers.

Identification

  • A platform bed is a solid wood or metal wood frame that sits off the floor. The mattress rests directly atop the frame with no box spring or foundation.

Sizes

  • Platform beds are available in standard mattress sizes, including twin, full, queen and king. Some makers produce platform beds in twin or full extra-long, a bed with standard width but five extra inches of length like a queen, and California king, which is four inches narrower but five inches longer than a standard king.

Types

  • Some platform beds are called storage platforms due to drawers beneath the platform that can be used to store items. Another type of platform bed is the low-profile, which sits lower to the ground.

Benefits

  • For small rooms, the added space of a storage platform bed helps minimize clutter. Additionally, not having to buy a box spring or a foundation has the potential to save you between $250 and $400 off the price of your mattress, according to PlatformBeds.com.

Considerations

  • Because they are made of solid wood or metal, platform beds make mattresses firmer. For those who sleep on their sides, a firm mattress often creates too much pressure, resulting in soreness and poor circulation, making platform beds less than idea for those who prefer side-sleeping.

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