A bed frame is the most essential supporting structure of a mattress, usually made out of wood, metal or leather. The purpose of a bed frame is to hold the mattress in place and keep the bed standing.
Below are the 8 kinds of mattress support that you will find in households all over the world today.
- Divan / Box Spring Bed
Two things to keep in mind, though. It’s colder right on the floor than it is a couple of feet higher up. And especially if it’s a foam mattress, it helps very much to have air space between the mattress and the floor. You are always producing a little moisture from your body and if the mattress sits right on a cold floor, there’s not enough ventilation to carry that moisture away from the mattress.
The Japanese have been sleeping on the floor for a long time coming, but their futons are usually stored away for the day, giving air time for the floor facing side. Usually, a mat is layered between the futon and the floor to avoid direct contact.
Maintaining and cleaning dust from the underside areas of the floor near the bed is inefficient if the mattress used is heavy and not stored away often.
A sturdy wooden frame covered in cloth that contains springs. Usually the box spring is placed on top of a wooden or metal bed frame which sits on the floor and acts as a brace.
- Complete size range from Crib to Grand King.
- Provides solid support due to their firm bases.
- One of the cheapest bed type compared to others.
- Most commonly available type of bed in furniture stores.
- Usually comes with large drawers that provide extra storage space.
- In terms of style, the divan bed is bare, squarish in shape and is hidden by the mattress on top.
A platform bed is a bed the base of which consists of a raised, level, usually rectangular horizontal solid frame, often with a section consisting of rows of flexible wooden slats, usually made of hardwood.
- Brilliant for your back as it relies on solid wooden panels for support.
- Wooden platform beds are usually priced more or less the same as divan / box spring beds.
- Mattress placed on platform beds lie with far more stability than a divan / box spring bed.
- Very near to the ground, hence the inability to have storage space beneath.
- Problematic for those who have trouble lowering themselves. (ie: bending knees)
A sleigh bed is a style of bed with curved or scrolled foot and headboards, thus resembling a sled or sleigh. Today’s sleigh beds are made from a variety of materials including wood, iron, steel and aluminum, and often possess less exaggerated curves of the foot and headboards.
- Sleigh beds are absolutely beautiful, luxurious and fits well with antique, modern, country, vintage and French style bedrooms.
- The footboard limits the comfort of tall people.
- They are expensive be it shopping online, at a bargain store or in a big box department store.
- Sleigh beds are naturally heavy as they are entirely made of high quality wood like oak, ash, cherry, pine, maple, etc.
A pair of beds where the one below is on rollers so that it may be rolled back into the bed for storage.
- With the mattress removed, you can use the space for general storage.
- Saves space as it allows the extra separate bed to be available only when necessary.
- Mattresses used for the lower bed are thinner and may not provide as much comfort.
A bunk bed is a type of bed in which one bed frame is stacked on top of another.
- A lot more space in the room.
- The upper bunk is more private, feels more spacious and secure.
- The bottom bunk has easier access to things right next to the bed.
- The clip on reading light from either bunk will not be a problem to the one who sleeps.
- Another mattress can be stored under the bottom bunk, making it a trundle bed as well.
- Changing sheets is harder.
- So is making up the bed in the morning.
- Children are at risk to roll off the top if the safety rails are not high enough.
- The top bunk does not have the kind of immediate easy access that the bottom bunk has.
- The bottom bunk hears the creaks clearer when the person in the top bunk turn around during sleep.
A loft bed is a bunk bed that has only the top bunk, creating an open space underneath that can be occupied by a chest, drawers, or even a work area.
- Better privacy when working at the desk.
- More space in the room since the desk is under the bed.
- Hard to resell.
- As you age, you will grow out of it.
- Risk slipping and falling when climbing ladder.
- Climbing up and down the ladder might become tiresome after a while.
- There is a tendency to accidentally bump your head if not careful enough.
An adjustable bed is a bed which has a multi hinged lying surface which can be profiled to a number of different positions. Common adjustment includes inclining the upper body and raising the lower body independently of each other. They are used very often in hospitals and homecare.
- Raising the head provides relief from respiratory issues, acid reflux, and more.
- Relieves pressure on the body when adjusting the head and foot to increase comfort.
- Beds with massage motors improve circulation and relief a wide range of illness, aches and pains.
- Very heavy.
- Very expensive.
- Mattress choice is limited.
Types of bed that provide organized storage options built right into the frame of the bed.
- Space is used efficiently.
- Neater than empty spaces found between conventional beds and the floor because objects do not slide around, dirt is less and so is clutter.
- Cost higher than ordinary bed frames.
- Storage beds are harder to move around, especially when moving locations.
- Hardware like knobs, hinges and drawer rollers may eventually fall off or become lose.
Water beds are basically beds filled with water. They were thought to be invented thousands of years ago by Persians who used goat skins filled with water.
- Extremely durable.
- The spine is totally relaxed on this bed.
- Very comfortable as the water adjusts itself precisely to your body.
- Impossible for dirt and dead skin particles to penetrate the water bed.
- The water in bed can be heated up to provide comfort during cold winters.
- If it ruptures, it can create quite a mess.
- Waterbed made out of rubber may smell funny to some.
- Sex isn’t that great because there is too much motion.
- Getting used to warming the bed may incur hefty electricity charges.
- Apartment floors and older landed houses may not have floor strong enough to handle the weight.
Sofa beds are have adjustable bed frames where you can convert it easily between being a sofa to sit on and a bed to sleep on.
- Highly functional furniture as it utilizes what little floor space you may have, especially if it’s an apartment.
- They are heavy.
- Mattresses are not as comfortable as regular ones.
- Not entirely 180 degrees as the edge of the bed frame usually tip a bit.
A type of bed made for very young children that has removable sides and end panel. It is designed to restrict the child to the bed area. As the child approaches 3 years old, the sides and end of the cot bed are removed, converting it into a junior bed usable up to about 5 years old.
- It saves 3 generations worth of furniture in terms of money.
- It makes the transition to a full bed smoother for the child.
- The ability to convert prolongs the useful life span of the bed.
- Space is an issue as the cot bed may not fit into your bedroom.