The best adjustable bed frames in 2021

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  • A high-quality adjustable bed frame enhances your sleep experience.
  • Useful features include massage capabilities, lighting, and anti-snore adjustments.
  • The Intellibed Sleep Genius is our top pick because it’s quiet and has speakers and a helpful app.

As the online bed-in-a-box industry has grown, more manufacturers are also offering adjustable bed bases that are higher quality, with more features, and priced more affordably than traditional adjustable bed frames. Most of the electronic frames available today come standard with USB ports, under-bed lighting, head and foot adjustments, and a range of massage functions.

I’ve been testing sleep products professionally for three years and have reviewed dozens of mattresses, sheet sets, sleep aids, and more. I relied on my own product testing experience for this guide and put all the frames I could fit in my house through a set of standard tests (details of which can be found at the end of this guide).

We’re working on testing every product in this guide, but for bed frames I wasn’t able to test just yet, I based my recommendations on consumer reviews and ratings of hundreds of owners and experts. Our guide features bases that performed well in our tests, have useful functions that justify their price, and work with a wide variety of mattress types.

Unless otherwise noted, the prices quoted in this guide are for the Queen-sized unit. For prices of other sizes, simply follow the links in the guide to visit the product page. If you are searching for a non-adjustable frame, check out our guide to the best bed frames.

Here are the best adjustable bed frames in 2021

The best adjustable bed frame overall

Photo the Saatva Lineal base, the best massaging adjustable bed frame

The Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base is your best option if you have a larger budget and want an adjustable bed frame that can do it all, including play audio and provide sonic massages.

Pros: Six built-in speakers, haptic pulse technology for sonic massages, an intuitive app with presets and programmability, voice controls, whisper-quiet operation, compatible with a broad array of mattresses, 20-year limited warranty

Cons: No returns, expensive, controls and speakers sometimes experience connectivity issues

There’s no getting around the fact that the Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base is a luxury item. It’s the most expensive model we tested. But the bed frame’s performance and smart features make it worth the hefty price tag.

You can adjust the frame using the back-lit remote control or intuitive Intellibed phone app, which is available on iOS and Android devices and has voice control. Or you can pair it with your smart-home assistant, such as Amazon Alexa, and adjust the Sleep Genius using verbal instructions.

This smart base has six speakers located near the head that pair with your Bluetooth-capable devices. Thanks to haptic pulse technology, the speakers work with the unit’s massage functions so that you can actually feel whatever you are listening to, whether it’s the action movie or the preprogrammed relaxing sounds for sleep.

There are varying intensities of massage and wave massages, or you can target your head or feet. I found the high-intensity massage was relaxing but not particularly powerful. The vibrations were light and relaxing, but there wasn’t any kneading or deep tissue work. However, I tested the base with Intellibed’s Matrix Grand, which is an incredible 17 inches thick and very heavy. Other thinner mattresses will likely facilitate a more pronounced massage. Regardless, even when the massage function was at its highest intensity, the frame was still whisper quiet — only about 5 decibels above ambient sound levels, so it didn’t interfere with whatever I was watching.

It has four preset positions. TV/PC is the steepest incline of the feet and head so you can sit up and watch media or work. Lounge has a less harsh incline at the feet and head. I liked this one the most because it kept me comfortable for longer periods of time and worked well for reading and watching streaming media. Zero Gravity inclines the head and foot slightly with the feet slightly higher to make you feel like you’re floating in space. Flat flattens the base for a traditional sleep experience. You can also program the base to remember up to three custom positions. I like that the mattress doesn’t shift or cause the split frames to “walk” away from their original position. This is a common problem with adjustable frames.

The frame has about seven inches of clearance underneath, which you can adjust to 2.5 inches. And, the platform that your mattress will rest on is about 14 inches off the ground (9.5 inches if you choose the lower height option). I chose the maximum clearance and have found the under-bed lighting comes in handy when I drop items and need help finding them.

Other than the price, my biggest complaint is that connecting to the base via the app — both the speakers and the controls — can be finicky at times. Also, the audio doesn’t sync up perfectly with video when I use the speakers to stream media.These issues are compounded by the fact that there are no returns so if you’re unhappy with the performance of the high-end features, you’re out of luck.

The best budget adjustable bed frame

Photo the Lucid L300, the best budget adjustable bed frame

If you don’t need a bed frame that can massage you, the Lucid L300 Bed Base is an excellent budget option that comes with a 30-day return policy.

Pros: 10-year warranty, compatible with a variety of mattress types, 30-day return policy, head and foot incline, easy assembly, USB charging stations, remembers your preferred position

Cons: No white-glove delivery available, no massaging, not available in showrooms 

The Lucid brand regularly pops up in our sleep product guides as a top budget option, and the Lucid L300 Bed Base is an example of this. It costs $300 less than any other adjustable bed frame we considered. Despite it’s low price, it appears to be a solid option. We say “appears” because we have not had a chance to test it as of this writing. Fortunately, it’s backed by Amazon’s 30-day return policy.

Since the L300 is offered through Amazon, white-glove delivery isn’t available. But it’s designed with a folding hinge that allows Lucid to ship the base virtually completely assembled. You just unfold it and install the appropriate hardware, and you’re good to go. The company claims this process takes five minutes. 

The L300 has both foot and head inclines. You use a wireless remote with built-in flashlight to adjust the head to angles of 0 to 60 degrees and the foot to 0 to 45 degrees. Plus, you can program the remote to remember your favorite position.

Each side of the frame has two USB charging ports: one for fast charging and the other for regular-speed charging.

The Lucid L300 is backed by a 10-year warranty and is available in Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Split King sizes. The frame is designed to accommodate spring, foam, and hybrid mattresses ranging in size from 8 to 12 inches thick. The base holds the mattress in place using metal support bars at the foot of the bed.

The biggest negative with the L300 is that it’s the only model in our guide that doesn’t have a massage function.

The best sleep-tracking adjustable bed frame

Photo the Tempur Pedic Ergo Smart base, the best sleep tracking adjustable bed frame

If you are looking for an adjustable bed frame that provides hard data to guide you in improving your restfulness, consider the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Ergo Smart Base.

Pros: Helps neutralize snoring, tracks your sleep quality, 25-year limited warranty, quiet operation, available in eight different sizes and styles

Cons: No returns, weak massaging

Like our top pick, the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Ergo Smart Base also has high-end smart features you won’t find in most adjustable bed frames. However, unlike the Sleep Genius, it’s available at a slightly more affordable price, around $1,600. 

What sets the Ergo Smart Base apart is its Sleeptracker app. Thanks to sensors installed at the head of the base, the app collects data on the air quality, your breathing, your heart rate, and more. Based on its findings, it can tell you how restful your sleep is and offer recommendations to improve it. Tempur-Pedic is also constantly updating the technology. Since I first started testing the Ergo Smart Base, the company updated the firmware to use sleep data to assess when you are snoring and automatically adjust the base to a position that will help alleviate it.

The Tempur-Ergo Smart Base is the go-to bed frame that I sleep on when I’m not testing mattresses. In addition to the anti-snore quiet mode mentioned above, it has a “zero gravity” preset that elevates the legs and torso, which I regularly turn to when reading or streaming in bed. It’s relaxing for those long binge sessions.

The Ergo Smart Base offers several massaging programs, but I found that it wasn’t very strong even on the highest setting. However, I tested it with the hefty 157-pound Tempur-Pedic PRObreeze mattress, which may have dampened the massaging abilities of the base. On the plus side, whether massaging or adjusting positions, the frame moves smoothly and quietly. My sound meter showed it was no louder than ambient noise. I haven’t had any connectivity issues in the year or so I’ve slept on it. 

I like that the remote is backlit so it’s easy to see what I’m doing in the dark. There are also lights underneath the bed, which are helpful when I need to find something in my bedroom and don’t want to disturb my wife.

Each leg is made up of four 3-inch adjustable segments so you can choose to have 3, 6, 9, or 12 inches of clearance under your bed. Your mattress will rest about 3.5 inches above that.

Read our full review of the Tempur-Ergo Smart Base here.

The best massaging adjustable bed frame

Photo the Saatva Lineal base, the best massaging adjustable bed frame

If you are looking for an adjustable bed frame that provides a strong, soothing massage, the Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base is your best choice.

Pros: Adjusts quietly, three massage speeds and modes, under-bed lighting, in-home setup is included in the price, 25-year limited warranty

Cons: Not available in showrooms, no returns or home trials

Of the adjustable bed frames I’ve tested firsthand, the Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base has the most powerful massager. The highest intensity supplies soothing relaxation, and there are two other massage speeds to choose from. I rarely use the lower massage speeds because I prefer more power. The highest intensity doesn’t compare to a deep tissue massage; instead, it’s strong vibrations.

You can choose a head massage, foot massage, or a full-body wave massage. When the massager is running, it’s quiet enough for TV viewing. However, it is significantly louder than ambient sound levels and would likely wake a sleeping partner.

The bed adjustments operate quietly, though. Using my sound meter, I found that the motor was no louder than ambient sound, which is a must when you need to make adjustments in the night and don’t want to disturb your significant other. There are presets for common positions, or you can program your own. The base has brackets on all four corners that did an outstanding job of keeping the Saatva Solaire Adjustable Mattress in place as I made frequent adjustments.

The Lineal comes in nine different sizes and configurations, including the relatively rare Split Queen, which allows you to independently adjust the positions of the two sides of a Queen frame, an excellent option for your average couple. I like that the bed frame comes with white-glove delivery, so you don’t need to assemble or move around heavy pieces.

Additionally, the legs are adjustable using a push-pin system. You can choose between eight and 13 inches of clearance (in half-inch increments) under your frame for a total height of 13 to 18 inches.

If I hadn’t tested the Lineal firsthand, I’d be hesitant to recommend it since there are no returns and no showrooms where you can see it firsthand. But I’ve been using the frame for nine months now — it’s currently in my teenager’s room — and we haven’t had any degradation in performance. It’s also covered by a 5-year full and 25-year limited warranty.

Read our full Saatva Lineal Adjustable Base review

The best adjustable bed frame with a risk-free trial

Photo the Casper Adjustable pro, the best adjustable bed frame with a risk free trial

The Casper Adjustable Pro is ideal if you are unsure if a massaging adjustable bed frame is right for you since you can try it for 30 nights risk-free.

Pros: 30-day risk-free home trial, intuitive backlit remote control, massages, 20-year limited warranty, available in showrooms across the country

Cons: Expensive for the features it offers, no white-glove delivery due to the pandemic

The best way to tell if a bed frame is right for you is to test it out. Unfortunately, most retailers don’t offer risk-free trials. This is not the case with the Casper Adjustable Pro, which comes with an impressive 30-day risk-free trial. Plus, you can try the bed frame in showrooms across the country, and it’s backed by a 20-year limited warranty. This makes the Adjustable Pro a safe pick.

We haven’t tested the Casper Adjustable Pro firsthand yet, but we can tell you it has many of the features that have made adjustable bed frames a popular solution. It has USB ports so you can keep your devices nearby as they charge. The under-bed lights make it easier to find your devices in the dark. The remote controller is intuitive and back-lit for easy night use. There are also presets for anti-snoring, zero gravity, and flat positions. As you make adjustments, the mattress is held in place using a foot retainer bar. 

The maximum height of the legs is 16.3 inches, but there are four height settings. You can reduce the height in three-inch increments so that it’s just 7.3 inches off the ground for custom accessibility.

The Adjustable Pro also offers an array of relaxing massage functions. You can isolate your head or your feet or do both at once.

One negative with this model is that it’s fairly expensive for not having any of the high-end features that set our top picks apart. Also, Casper doesn’t currently offer white-glove delivery so you are on your own putting it together.

The company recommends using either an all-foam or hybrid mattress. This is a fairly common recommendation among adjustable bed frame manufacturers. Traditional innerspring mattresses shouldn’t be used with adjustable bases because they are too rigid and don’t flex with the base.

What we’re testing next

We looked at numerous adjustable bed frame models while researching this guide. Though the following units missed the cut, they may suit your needs better than the above options.

Purple PowerBase ($1,499): There’s a lot to like about the massaging PowerBase. The remote control lights up for easy visibility at night and has three one-touch functions, and you can program your favorite positions. Plus, the base features a remote cradle, which is useful since I’ve misplaced my adjustable bed remotes in the past. There are no returns, but Purple has showrooms across the nation. Also, white-glove delivery is included in your purchase. 

Nectar Adjustable Bed Frame ($699.00): Insider Reviews’ Lulu Chang tested the Nectar Adjustable Bed, and it was our previous top pick. However, we’ve found other manufacturers have surpassed this model, which, though affordable, lacks basics like under-bed lighting and white-glove delivery. Also, the massage it provides is weak. Still, if you are looking for a good, basic, cost-effective adjustable base with a 50-night home trial, the Nectar base may be for you.

Leesa Adjustable Base ($1,299.00): Lulu Chang also tested the Leesa Adjustable Base and included it in previous versions of our guide. She liked that it has a super-quiet motor, telescoping legs to achieve your ideal height, and an under-bed light to guide you during midnight bathroom runs. However, the base doesn’t have a massaging function or any preset positions. At this price point, there are more feature-rich bases worth considering.


Image of Sealy Ease Power Base Adjustable Bed Frame Zero Gravity Setting

I’ve tested sleep products professionally for three years and have reviewed dozens of mattresses, sheet sets, sleep aids, and more. I put each adjustable bed frame I receive through several tests, and for any highly rated units I have not fully tested firsthand, I extrapolate the key performance indicators based on the reviews of my colleagues and those of other trustworthy product-review websites. The most important adjustable base factors to consider are ease of use, basic performance, and how well special features work.

Here are the main attributes we look for and how we test them:

Ease of use: There will be times when you’re half asleep and want to adjust your bed. Is this achievable with the bed frame? To assess this, I look at the controller to see if it’s backlit and clearly labeled for intuitive control. I also assess the phone app, if available, and see if it lets me make adjustments. Many of us would prefer not to have another remote control on our nightstand to keep track of so we gave preference to frames that could be controlled with an app on your phone. I also examined the presets and programmable buttons for accurate operation.

Noise: As you’re making adjustments in the middle of the night, you don’t want to wake your partner. This makes quiet operation a must. I tested this by positioning a sound meter 12 inches from the side of the frame and measuring the decibel readout as I moved both the head and foot of the bed. I compared this to the ambient noise (usually around 45 decibels) to assess how loud it gets. If the difference is less than 10 decibels, I consider the frame to be quiet.

Massage intensity: I also measure the loudness — using the same method above — and intensity of the massage functions. You want a bed to soothe and relax you, but you don’t want it to be so loud you can’t watch TV. Many manufacturers advertise that their base offers a “deep tissue massage.” I have not found one that does that. Instead, the best you can hope for is a good rumble that comes close to making your voice sound weird as you talk. My massage intensity test is somewhat subjective. Fortunately, I can easily compare the frames head-to-head in my lab (i.e., my home).

Special features: Just about all of the top bases feature USB charging ports and under-bed lights. I look at unique extras, such as sleep tracking, alarms, speakers, voice control, and more. Of course, I look at whether the smart features actually work as advertised.

Mattress considerations: First, I examine what mattresses are compatible with the frame. Due to space constraints, this is hard to test firsthand so my assessments are mainly based on a combination of experience and manufacturer recommendations. With the mattress in place, I adjust the frame from flat to maximum foot and head angles several times to see if the mattress or frame move in relation to each other or the floor. This factor is important because constantly readjusting heavy mattresses and frames may be untenable for some.

Additionally, we examine what sizes are available, whether there are split units that allow you to adjust each side of the bed individually, the location and number of adjustable points, the warranty period, the return policy, the availability of showrooms, and whether white-glove delivery is an option.

What to look for in an adjustable bed frame

If you’re willing to forgo some features, you can save money. It pays to shop around and really consider what features you need. For example, I rarely use my bed frame for massages. If massages don’t interest you, you can save hundreds of dollars on a base.

The biggest negative we’ve found with buying an adjustable bed frame is that few brands offer risk-free home trials. The standard is no returns, refunds, or exchanges. This problem is compounded when the bed frame isn’t available in showrooms. This forces you to make an expensive purchase of a product you can’t try out first or return. If you want to avoid the risk, we encourage you to choose a base that you can potentially return. Casper is the only model in our guide that comes with one, though you might also want to consider Nectar’s base.

On the bright side, warranties for bed frames tend to be long – usually 20 or 25 years. Take a good look at the fine print, though. The full length of the warranty usually only applies to the frame and mechanical parts, not electronic components. And the warranty tends to be prorated after the third year.

Keep in mind that not all mattresses work with adjustable bed frames. For instance, traditional innerspring mattresses should not be used on adjustable bases. On the other hand, if you have a bed that arrived compressed, commonly called a “bed-in-a-box,” then it will almost always work on these frames. If you are unsure if your mattress is compatible, check with the manufacturer.

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The 6 best places to shop for bed frames in 2021

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  • A good bed frame anchors your bedroom decor and provides comfort and support while you sleep.
  • We spoke to interior designers for tips on finding the best bed frame to fit your style and budget.
  • These 6 retailers are where the design pros shop for bed frames.

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A bed frame is one of the biggest investments you’ll make when furnishing your home, and finding the right one can take just as much thought and effort as buying a mattress.

So, to streamline the process, we tapped interior designers to share their bed frame shopping strategies, from the stores they frequent to their thoughts on whether headboards and footboards are really necessary (more on that in our FAQ section, here).

As a starting point, Rasheeda Gray of Gray Space Interiors suggests thinking about how you want your bed to be featured in your space. “Will it be tall, short, have a huge presence? A very minimal presence? And once you determine that, is it the center of the room? Is it one of the show stopping pieces?” After you’ve settled on a profile, Gray says, “then you can dig into material. And finally, align all of that in a design style that you gravitate to.”

Havenly interior designer Brady Burke urges his clients to take their lounging habits into account before purchasing a bed frame. “Are you somebody who sits up in bed and reads and would like more of an upholstered headboard that you can lean against? Do you have a TV in your room? Is it just a sanctuary for sleeping?”

While you consider all of that, check out our list of the best places to shop for bed frames, from Mid-century modern platforms to boldly-upholstered tufted styles. To keep things simple, all prices are for queen-size frames (though every model we’ve highlighted comes in a range of sizes).

Here’s where you can find the best bed frames in 2021

West Elm

Best bed frame 2021 West Elm

West Elm is a go-to for updated takes on the Mid-century modern aesthetic, and the retailer’s rotating collection of sleek, low-profile platform beds blend seamlessly with a wide range of decor styles.

What to buy

Wright Bed (Queen) (medium)Lana Upholstered Bed (Queen) (medium)

Best bed frame 2021 Floyd

Buzzy direct-to-consumer brand Floyd offers modular, customizable designs, meaning you can switch up the look of your bed frame almost as easily as you can change your duvet cover. 

What to buy

Bed Frame (Full/Queen) (medium)

Best bed frame 2021 Article

Article‘s signatures are clean lines and fair price points, and their sturdy, streamlined beds can anchor a room without overwhelming it.

What to buy

Tessu Bed Frame (Queen) (medium)Lenia Panel Walnut Bed (Queen) (medium)

Best bed frame 2021 Wayfair

Every interior designer we spoke to cited Wayfair as an excellent resource for bed frames on a budget, thanks to its vast inventory (including pieces from sister brands AllModern and Joss & Main) that can be filtered by price.

What to buy

Camilla Bed Frame (Twin) (medium)Devyn Low Profile Bed (Twin) (medium)
Restoration Hardware

Best bed frame 2021 Restoration Hardware

If you’re decorating a larger bedroom, Restoration Hardware‘s slightly distressed, casual-yet-sophisticated furniture is designed and scaled for the job.

What to buy

White Hall Platform Bed (medium)Maison Cane Bed (medium)
Crate & Barrel

Best bed frame 2021 Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel‘s light, modern bedroom collections feature the type of bed frames that will look right at home against a backdrop of clean lines, natural light, and statement plants.

What to buy

Rio Queen Bed (medium)Anaise Cane Queen Bed (medium)

What’s the best height for a bed frame?

While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to your bed frame’s dimensions, Jones says “there’s a perfect height for beds, and that’s about the same height as a comfortable chair.” In other words, “about 16 to 18 inches from the ground to the top of the mattress.” Of course, your optimal seating height might be different, depending on how tall you are.

You’ll also want to consider your room’s dimension when you’re determining the right height for your bed frame. “I think a low profile bed would be a good bet for a small room,” Gray said. “If you have a tall bed, it could take up a lot of visual space and that would make the room look smaller.”

Can I put my bed frame in front of a window?

Yes, but take a look at the size of your window in relation to the bed. Gray suggests working in inverted triangles to balance your room. Meaning, “if the window is wider than the bed frame, then that’s fine, you can put the bed in front of it. Oftentimes the bed will be wider than the window, and in that case, you can just frame it with curtains.”

Do I need a headboard? 

A bed frame without a headboard doesn’t necessarily have to look unfinished. Here are a couple styling tips, courtesy of Burke: “If you’re leaning into that minimal look, I like the idea of four sleeping pillows in matching pillow cases. You can also really go all out with throw pillows, accent pillows, and lumbars, and create a whole display because there’s nothing competing with the pillows and the bedding. You can really go either way.” 

Gray prefers the look of a headboard, but there are exceptions. “The only 2 times I would not do a headboard are if the room is really small; it makes the space feel bigger if you don’t have the visual impact of the headboard,” she said “Secondly, if you have some sort of accent wall or mural behind the bed.”

Do I need a footboard?

A footboard offers a more traditional look, but it’s by no means necessary. “If you have a larger room and you’re going to have a set of chairs or maybe even a bench sitting at the foot of the bed, the footboard does a really nice job of separating the bed from that bench so you can have two separate zones,” Burke said.

However, a footboard may not be a practical choice if you’re on the taller side. “I’m 6 feet tall and I always feel like my feet are up against it, so I personally don’t love them.”

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This Thuma bed frame is my favorite new addition to my apartment – and it assembles in 30 minutes without tools

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The Thuma bed frame took 30 minutes to assemble, starting from the moment my husband and I laid out all the pieces to placing the slats on top of the frame.

  • Thuma is a new direct-to-consumer brand; its flagship platform bed frame can be assembled easily with no tools required.
  • It took my husband and me 30 minutes to assemble the frame. 
  • Each bed is crafted from solid, repurposed wood and all the pieces interlock, requiring just two hand-tightened screws.
  • It’s pricey, starting at $695 for a Twin, but I’ve never liked a bed frame more and I plan on using it for years to come.

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When my husband and I decided to upgrade to a king-sized bed, we did tons of research on mattresses. We labored over the decision for weeks, read hundreds of reviews, and toured dozens of showrooms, before landing on a King Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Premium Silver Chill Plush Mattress. It offered the support of a traditional mattress with the plush comfort and motion reduction of foam and cooling technology that would help us as warm sleepers.


As a couple, it’s been our most expensive purchase to date at $2,499, which was much more than we intended to spend. But sleep is important, and the splurge felt worth it. Since purchasing, I’m no longer woken up by my husband’s movement.

But, because we went over budget, we decided to be frugal when it came to an accompanying frame. We chose a stylish but cheap upholstered frame online and ignored negative reviews thinking, how bad could it be? 

Pretty bad. It squeaked at the slightest movement, felt flimsy, and was labor-intensive to build. After a few months, it was proving detrimental to our sleep and we decided once again to go for something well-made that would last for years. So, I began researching high-quality bed frames online. 

What is Thuma?

I started seeing ads for Thuma on Instagram and was intrigued by the claim that it could be built in just minutes (the former frame took hours, not including the resulting bickering), with interlocking solid wood made from Japanese joinery techniques, and no need for tools or hardware. The rounded corners were designed to protect shins, and the bed’s cushioned slots and “pillow board” (a low, padded headboard) aided in noise reduction. Everything about it seemed thoughtful and over a thousand online reviews averaging 4.9 out of 5 stars raved about the quality craftsmanship and functional style.

We decided to try Thuma for these reasons, as well as the fact that it had the exact minimal, midcentury modern look we wanted. Plus, the low-profile platform eliminated the need for a box spring, and still offered nine-inch clearance for storage underneath. The company sent me a free review unit to test out, and after sleeping on it for four months before I moved into a different space, I can say that I love the frame just as much as my mattress. It was so simple to build, is beautifully-made, and doesn’t make a squeak. I’ve never slept better. 

But that’s not to say I wasn’t skeptical. A claim of assembly in “five-ish” minutes without tools seemed too good to be true. Could a couple really build a bed together with no fighting at all? 

Assembly process 

Our first impression was strong. As an apartment dweller, I appreciated that the bed arrived in three boxes, designed to fit upstairs and through hallways.

Thuma boxes
My bed frame, before reaching its final form.

Inside were the frame pieces, slats, pillow board, and legs with pre-applied cork-padded bottoms for floor protection and cushioning. The copy was clever, and a small smile during any type of furniture assembly goes a long way.

Thuma box copy
This is how the wooden slats arrived, cute note and all.

I decided to time how long it took to build the bed. I spent about 15 minutes just getting everything out of the boxes and arranged in order of assembly, which is what the instructions said to do.

Significant minutes could have been shaved off had each frame bar been labeled like the legs were. This would have helped us know if we were laying the pieces out correctly. Instead, we spent a lot of time second-guessing ourselves.

Thuma bed layout
Thuma suggests laying out the bed frame’s pieces in order of assembly.

I would suggest opening the boxes in another room if you’re short on space. We opened everything in the room where we would be building and spent extra time moving around our mess.

However, we were immediately impressed once the frame was in place and ready to put together. Each bar locked into the adjacent one through the leg, without any screws, drilling or hardware. It really did take just minutes to put the base together. The wood was solid and smooth, and the bed felt sturdy and well-crafted.

Thuma leg corners
Interlocking notches eliminate the need for tools.

Two hand-tightened screws then went in on each end, no screwdriver necessary. A word of warning, though: the screws came in an unlabeled box, and we almost accidentally threw them away.

Thuma screw
Tightening the screws by hand.

Next came the slats, which locked into place and were cushioned and lined with eco-friendly felt made from recycled plastics for durability and sound reduction. They too felt solid, unlike our rickety previous model. 

Thuma slats
15 minutes of work got us here.

From the time we laid out all the materials to this point, exactly 15 minutes went by. It took about 10 more minutes to place the mattress back on top, make the bed, and position the pillow board, bringing our total assembly time to half an hour. While that’s a generous interpretation of “five-ish,” it was still very quick. 

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The pillow board comes in dark charcoal or a light linen color and is made of 100% polyester pebbled linen-weave with tapered foam filling. The covers are also sold separately, so you can swap colors when the mood strikes.

It sits comfortably on the back of the frame between the mattress and the wall and is not attached to the bed in any way. It’s an interesting alternative to a more traditional headboard, and it also reduces noise, thanks to the padding. The low profile can be covered by pillows or kept visible as a design accent. 

Thuma Pillow Board
An unobstructed view of our bed frame’s pillow board.

This is one area where I would have loved more options. My husband and I like the look of a headboard and didn’t want that lost behind our pillows. Even while visible, Thuma’s pillow board still sits quite low and doesn’t feature prominently. We’ve tried positioning it higher, which works as a temporary fix, but one side still falls occasionally.

In the future, I’d be interested in purchasing a higher board if Thuma starts producing other options.

Thuma bed

The bottom line

Ultimately, I found the Thuma bed frame to be a well-crafted product that is thoughtfully-designed. It’s solid, eco-friendly, and beautiful.

Since putting it together, we’ve taken it apart and reassembled it again while moving apartments and it was just as seamless and easy.

Starting at $695, and going up to $995 for a king-sized bed like ours, it’s certainly an expensive investment and a high-end alternative to its more affordable competitors.

But I’m confident it’s a piece of furniture we’ll have for many years to come, which, as I’ve learned, you can’t always guarantee.

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The best bed frames in 2021

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  • A mattress can only offer so much support so you’ll also need a bed frame to pair with it.
  • We like bed frames from Zinus, Casper, and more, and are constantly testing new ones to recommend.
  • If you’re looking for a great mattress, check out our guide to the best mattresses.

A mattress is arguably the most important part of your bed, but the bed frame comes in at a close second. It often gets overlooked but it plays a big role in how your mattress’s support is distributed and how your space looks and feels.

There are about a million bed frames out there, but once you get past the construction, it comes down to the overall look. A velvet bed frame looks understated yet luxurious, while a canopy frame looks like something out of a fairy tale.

That’s why we researched popular brands and polled our colleagues to see what bed frames they use and love to curate our guide to the best bed frames. 

Here are the best bed frames in 2021

The best platform bed frame

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The Zinus Lottie Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame is classic and sturdy, and has a convenient pocket behind the headboard that holds everything for the bed frame.

The Zinus Lottie Bed Frame has a classic look and sturdy builds — something we’ve come to appreciate from an affordable brand like Zinus

While some bed frames don’t include a headboard, this one does. All the parts, including the meta frame, legs, and wooden slats conveniently fit into a large pocket behind it and are shipped that way as well for convenience. Senior editor Jada Wong, who’s had this bed frame for three years, found the pocket to be especially helpful when moving — there was no way any of the parts could get lost.

The bed frame is available in Twin, Full, Queen, and King sizes. The King frame sits 14 inches off the ground for extra storage space. The frame is eight inches off the ground for the other sizes.

Overall, the Zinus can blend quietly into the background of a loud bedroom or hold its own as the centerpiece of an otherwise neutral room. The sturdiness and easy setup are two major pluses, and the strong mattress support and soft upholstery complement each other, creating an overall high-quality bed frame.

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The best bed frame on a budget

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The Zinus SmartBase Mattress Foundation is affordable, sturdy, and requires no assembly. It’s a no-frills bed frame at a price that can’t be beaten.

While inexpensive prices for big-ticket items can sometimes raise eyebrows, we’ve had enough positive experiences with Zinus to know that price is nothing but a number. 

In fact, senior reporter Connie Chen used the Zinus SmartBase Mattress Foundation for almost two years and loved the sturdy support, easy assembly, and ample storage underneath for her tiny NYC bedroom. 

The bed frame is made with strong steel, and anything larger than a Full comes as two pieces that you just snap together for easy assembly. It also gives you 13 inches of clearance, so you can easily store things underneath your bed.  

The steel frame eliminates the need for an extra box spring and can support spring, memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses.  

There are no bells and whistles so you can get a super minimalist style or add a headboard of your choice to jazz it up a bit.

Read our full review of the Zinus bed frame here

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The best adjustable bed frame

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The Reverie Adjustable Base can help you get in and out of bed easier, sleep more comfortably, give you a massage, charge your devices, and more.

For those with limited mobility, the Reverie 9T Adjustable Foundation can help you sleep more comfortably.

You can set the legs at three different heights (8.25, 5.25, or 3 inches) to get in and out of bed easier, and the remote control can elevate your head, feet, or both to an optimal position for sleeping, watching TV, reading, or eliminating snoring. The remote control comes with presets for Flat, Anti-Snore, and Zero Gravity.  The frame also features lumbar support, which can be adjusted to best suit your needs.

When it comes to appearances, the foundation is sleek and the gray upholstery complements the slighter darker gray wood on the lower half of the frame and legs. There’s also an LED nightlight under the bed.

The Reverie has a massaging feature with four functions and 10 intensities. Most other beds that offer built-in massage only offer two or three massage functions and around five intensities. While it’s not quite like having an in-house masseuse, it’s a fun feature.

As for the additional tech elements, the Reverie has can charge compatible smartphones wirelessly while also charging the remote via the built-in USB port. You can also program your bed via a companion smartphone app.

And should anything go wrong with your bed, it comes with a 20-year limited warranty. — Lulu Chang

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The best canopy bed frame

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The DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame adds glamour and romance to an otherwise utilitarian essential. 

The DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame, available in three colors, will give your space an old-fashioned glamour. You can drape the frame with your favorite curtains, upholstery, lights, and much more, change up the design with the seasons, or just use it as-is for a more minimalist look.

This four-poster canopied bed frame has sleek X-shaped accents in the headboard and footboard and is crafted out of sturdy metal so don’t think that this frame is just for looks. There are also multiple support bars underneath it to hold your mattress in place.

The frame doesn’t come with a foundation or box spring, so you might want to consider adding one on.

The best modular bed frame

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Thanks to its customizable, modular design, you can take The Floyd Platform Bed to future homes and through mattress upgrades with little fuss. 

The bed frame from buzzy direct-to-consumer home brand Floyd looks stylish and modern, but also allows for a lot of customizability. You can choose from four different wood and color combinations, and add a headboard or under-bed storage. It’s made in the US from FSC-certified wood and powder-coated steel. But we don’t only love it for its style. 

Thanks to the modular design, if you upgrade your mattress size down the line, all you have to do is add panels and supports instead of buying a whole new frame. 

The frame is lightweight yet supportive and sturdy, plus the optional under-bed storage is perfect for keeping extra bedding, linens, and clothing. 

Editor Caitlin Petreycik is testing the Floyd Platform Bed and loved the straightforward, tool-free assembly process. However, she notes that the boxes and panels are heavy, and it would help to have a second person for assembly. Make sure you assemble the frame in the general area where you’d ultimately like to place it — otherwise, you’ll have to grab it where the wooden planks are joined in order to move it. 

In case the frame isn’t for you, there’s a 30-day free return policy, as well as a 10-year warranty. —Connie Chen

Other bed frames we’re testing

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Thuma Bed Frame ($695+): This direct-to-consumer brand’s bed frame is sturdy, simple to build, and beautifully made — though it’s one of the more expensive frames we’ve tested. The style is on the modern and minimalist side, and it has a low profile platform that still has a nine-inch clearance for storage. Its headboard, while comfortable and supportive, is a bit short for our tastes. 

Read our full review of the Thuma Bed Frame

Saatva Santorini Bed Frame ($1,295+): Low-key yet luxurious, the velvet Santorini bed frame can complement any room decor and bedding. Senior editor Jada Wong has been testing this bed frame for the past few months and hasn’t had issues with stability or durability, though the frame’s thin legs are prone to shifting and squeaking if they’re not on top of a carpet or rug. Assembly is non-existent as it comes with free white-glove delivery, but that also means that disassembly for a move can be confusing. 

Casper frame and foundation ($250+): While best known for being the original bed-in-a-box brand, Casper also has bed frames. You’ll need both the frame and the foundation here for optimal support. The frame is made of 100% recycled steel and has solid wood slats so it’s very simple. Best of all, the frame can be assembled and disassembled in just minutes without tools. When a former freelance reporter tested the set, she was able to sleep on my newly assembled bed within 15 minutes.  

How do I pick the right bed frame?

Here are some handy tips to help you find the right bed frame:

  • Find the right height: Bed frame heights are usually around 13 or 14 inches, though they can certainly differ. Be sure to check if the frame also comes with or needs a foundation or box spring because that’ll add a few inches once you put your mattress on time, and make sure you consider your mattress height as well.
  • Figure out what style you want: Because your bed setup is the highlight of any space, the design of your frame plays a big role in your choice. Once you get past the construction of a bed frame, it’s mostly about aesthetics so you have plenty of options whether you want something minimal or elaborate. 
  • Check the assembly: Most bed frames require some sort of assembly but if you’re not handy or aren’t able to assemble items yourself, check what your new bed frame will need. Some brands offer free white glove and assembly so that’s something to consider if you feel comfortable.

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