How to Choose Bed Frames

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Choosing a good bed frame is one of the most important decisions you need to make when remodeling a bedroom. If the bed frame isn't right, it can mean a future of sleepless nights along with other problems. A good bed frame can serve well for years, but it takes a little planning and foresight to make the right choice.

Things You'll Need

  • A good furniture store

Shopping for a Bed Frame

  • Decide which of the four main bed frame materials -- wood, leather, metal or upholstery -- you want. Picking your bed frame material can be a matter of taste. What does the other furniture in the bedroom look like? What sheets will be used and how will they look with each frame? Because the bed is the centerpiece of the room, it will set its style. There are certain decorative guidelines. An upholstered bed frame in a room decorated in colonial style would not be appropriate; a wooden or metal frame in such a setting works.

  • Consider the height of the person or people who will be using the bed.The height of the bed frame may not make a difference to some people, but to others it's a factor in deciding which one to buy. Some frames are quite high and a short person might find it awkward and unwieldy.

  • Keep in mind the mattress that will be used. A light bed frame may not be good support for a heavy orthopedic mattress. Also, know the size of the mattress so that the bed frame matches it.

    Also consider the size of the bedroom itself relative to how much space the bed will take up. If there is plenty of space, the bed frame can be as large as you want, but if the bedroom is small, the bed's frame should be proportional.

  • Decide how much money you want to spend. Metal bed frames are generally the least expensive, but many people also find them the least attractive. A metal frame is generally sturdy and gives good support to a mattress though, so if that's the priority, it can be a good choice.

  • Plan ahead if you want to include storage space in your bed frame. Many wooden bed frames have drawers underneath. This is a terrific way to add storage space to your house.

  • Make safety a priority. Families with small children may want to think about the sharp corners and edges of a metal bed. More than one child has landed in an emergency room needing stitches after colliding with a metal bed corner.

  • Decide how much time you want to devote to maintaining the bed frame. Upholstered and leather bed frames will generally need more maintenance, as these materials get dirty and stained easily and will need periodic cleaning.

  • Buy a bed frame with with the future in mind. Investing in both a quality mattress and bed frame can mean years of comfortable sleep. Bed customers tend to focus on the mattress, but the effectiveness of a good mattress can be compromised by a bed frame that "doesn't work."

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