- 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
- Best platform bed frame: Zinus Lottie Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed Frame
- Best bed frame on a budget: Zinus Shawn 14-inch SmartBase Platform Bed Frame
- Best adjustable bed frame: Reverie 9T Adjustable Foundation
- Best canopy bed frame: DHP Rosedale Metal Canopy Bed Frame
- Best modular bed frame: Floyd Platform Bed
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.
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.
The best bed frame on a budget
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.
The best adjustable bed frame
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
The best canopy bed frame
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
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
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.
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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