A Platform bed is a type of bed frame that uses wooden slats, typically spaced 1 to 2 inches apart, as a mattress foundation. Unlike other traditional bed frames, platform beds do not require the use of box springs.
Platform Beds are our most popular bed because of their simplicity and ability to be used in a wide variety of bedroom styles. From sleek Mid Century Modern, homey Craftsman all to Japanese Tatami style, this type of bed can work for everyone. Because of their solid foundation most platform beds are recommended for use with memory foam mattresses.
People love platform beds because they are sturdy, simple in design, eliminate the extra cost of a box spring and look great in all types of bedroom styles.
A Platform Bed is simple and easy to set up and keep looking good. The mattress is placed directly on the platform with no need for a box spring. Many of our customers tell us that the platform configuration makes it faster and easier to make-up the bed and change the sheets, especially tucking in the corners of those tricky fitted sheets.
A platform bed’s wooden slatted base is designed to keep body weight evenly distributed throughout the bed and protect the mattress from sagging and creating indentations or unwanted “hot spots.”
You can put any mattress directly on a platform bed – no need to purchase a box spring. The strong wooden slats provide a solid foundation for all types of mattresses from traditional innerspring, memory foam mattresses as well as many of the new and interesting designs now coming to the market. Many of the top mattress brands specify that their mattresses must be used with a platform bed to keep the warranty intact.
A well-built Platform Bed is sturdy and quiet! No squeaking or other unwanted noises from the Box Spring or metal bed frame to keep you awake at night. A wood bed can be particularly strong and quiet.
Another benefit is that the design of a platform bed can accommodate a platform extension, which is an extra surface the extends past the edge of the bottom of the mattress at the sides and end of the bed. This adds a distinct style and can be a convenient place to store items needed at bedtime.
The bed shown to the right features 4 inch platform extensions. The mattress will be supported by the wood slats and the extension trim will surround the bed. A box spring bed would not allow this type of trim to be used.
Solid Custom Heirlooms offers platform beds in a wide variety of configurations. This article will describe each type and discuss the advantages of each.
Customers often ask how high should a bed be from the ground? This is entirely personal preference! Please consider style, function and don’t forget to calculate the thickness of your new mattress too. While there is no industry standard, as a general rule, most standard beds have a finished mattress high that are at knee level, putting them at approximately 16 to 25 inches from the floor.
The mattress platform for a low platform bed is typically 4-16 inches from the ground
The mattress platform for a high platform bed is typically 24-48 inches from the ground
The mattress platform for a loft platform beds is typically 60+ inches from the ground
A low platform typically bed raises the mattress up off the floor approximately 4 to 16 inches. Depending on what type of mattress is used, this puts the finished bed height between 5 to 24 inches from the ground.
Simple construction and ease of assembly makes a low platform bed good people that move often. Some bed designs can be broken down into a compact enough package to fit into a small car.
A low bed can make a small room look bigger because it has a small volume and takes up less space. A low bed is especially good for a room with a low ceiling or if the bedroom has sloped ceiling. A low platform bed with a small or no headboard can work very nicely with a sloped ceiling room.
Parents love low platform beds because they are at floor level, making it easy for young people to “roll out of bed” easily and safely. A low platform bed can be an ideal first bed for a child. Some parents will also use a trundle bed for a first bed because it provides a low mattress height on the bottom mattress and later a higher bed height on the top mattress.
People that co-sleep with their children tell us that a low bed gives them peace of mind that children will not fall out of the bed during the night.
Low platform beds are the ideal base for the Japanese platform beds. While a Tatami Mat, Futon or Shikibuton can certainly be used on the floor, we have many customers order a simple low bed to keep their mat up off the floor, adding style and definition to their bedroom while helping to keep the bedding clean.
Advantages of a low platform bed:
Disadvantages of a low platform bed:
Also known as a cantilever bed, a floating bed is a platform bed that appears to “hover” just above the bedroom floor by placing the legs or base where they are less visible from the common view. Floating platform bed frames often include built in nightstands which also levitate alongside the mattress.
A high platform bed uses legs to raise the finished bed height to 24 inches or higher bringing the bed to a more typical mattress height.
People typically choose a high platform bed frame to provide extra storage space under the bed. Some people also find that a high platform makes it easier to get in and out of bed.
A high Platform Bed with stairs can make it easier for people to access taller beds.
A canopy bed adds a posts and a frame to any platform or storage bed frame. The canopy bed bases and frame can be used for hanging curtains, drapes or other materials to add style and privacy to the bed.
A storage platform bed makes the most of often-unused space under the bed by providing built in drawers, cabinet doors or other spaces for storage. Storage platform beds support or replace an unused and often dusty space with clean, well-organized drawers or cabinets. Where as typical under-bed storage gets dusty, a storage bed keeps things clean and well organized.
Some storage beds also include drawers or shelves in the headboard of the bed. Readers appreciate a bookcase headboard that keeps their favorite texts within arm’s reach. Some beds can even have a space for a small lamp to sit on one of the shelves.
Loft bed frames are our tallest type of platform bed, with the mattress platform starting 5 feet or more from the floor. A loft bed is similar to a bunk bed, but replaces with bottom bed with open space that can be filled with a desk, table or other furniture.
Loft beds for adults are a great choice for small rooms because they:
Solid wood platform beds are worth it because wood is the strongest and most beautiful choice for any bed. Wood construction provides a firm, solid surface squeak-free foundation for any type of mattress.
The natural beauty of real hardwood is unsurpassed. Whether the fascinating tones of Cherry, rich White Oak or dark Walnut, wood will bring a natural warmth to the bedroom that cannot be replicated by metal or man made veneers.
If cared for properly, high quality bed and hardwood beds will last for decades or longer and can become a family heirloom valued my multiple generations.
Hardwood can be repaired easily and does not chip, warp or otherwise deform over time.
Real wood is healthy and does not emit chemical fumes found in particle board, metal or painted products.
An investment in a solid wood platform bed will support your mattress and provide years of peaceful, healthy sleep.
Low Platform Beds can be ideal for Feng Shui enthusiasts as experts say that a bed height should be between 8-18 inches from the floor and the space between the mattress and floor should be open. There should be as little as possible between the person using the low profile bed frame and the floor. This will help to ground the sleeper and ensure good sleep.
People who say “I hate Platform Beds” should take a look at the benefits of a Box Spring bed. A Box Spring bed supports the mattress with a Box Spring. Generally, a Box Spring is sold by the manufacturer alongside the mattress. The bed is designed for the thickness of both the Box Spring and the mattress together. While a Box Spring bed does have horizonal support slats, they are generally fewer in number and would not support a thicker mattress even without a Box Spring.
Buyers often choose a Box Spring bed vs a Platform when they want a more traditional look and feel to their bed. When both a Box Spring and mattress are stacked together the has a much taller vertical mattress look, most often twice the thickness of the platform alternative. This will make the bed look larger in the room, and depending on the overall design of the bed, will often make the top of the mattress higher.
A Box Spring bed allows the use of a Bed Skirt which is a piece of material, most often tucked between the wooden box spring and the mattress, that covers the space between the bottom of the Box Spring and floor. This gives a traditional finished look to this type of bed and can cover this space so that items under the bed cannot be seen.
A Box Spring can also provide a different feel to a mattress and some mattresses are designed to be used specifically with a Box Spring. In some cases, this type of bed can be more “springy” or “bouncy.” Make sure to buy a high-quality Box Spring, as some customers complain that they can be squeaky or creaky over time.
Yes, it is possible, but it will depend on the bed design. Platform Beds are generally deigned to accommodate only a mattress and the addition of a Box Spring could make the finished mattress height taller than desired.
Does a Platform Bed feel different than Box Spring?
This will be highly dependent on your mattress type and mattress manufacturer recommendation. There are a wide variety of different styles and types of mattresses designed to be used in both types of beds
Do Platform Beds need Box Springs?
A platform bed is designed for use without Box Springs
Do you need a Box Spring with a bed frame?
Beds are generally designed for a either with our without a Box Spring. Depending on your bed type you may or may not need one.
Are Platform Beds comfortable to sleep on?
Yes! Platform Beds are our best-selling bed for a reason. Our customers report that Platform Beds are extremely comfortable.
How thick should a mattress be for a platform bed?
A platform bed can accommodate any thickness of mattress from a 1 inch thick Tatami Mat to and 18 inch inch thick or larger memory foam mattresses. When planning your bed purchase please also plan for your mattress thickness, especially in relation to headboards, footboards and overall finish bed height.
Does a platform bed need ventilation?
If a mattress is not ventilated properly mold and mildew can form between the bed surface and bottom of the mattress. Slatted platform beds are built with wooden mattress support slats, typically space between 1 and 3 inches apart to provide this needed ventilation. If you build or purchase a bed with a solid plywood or particle board mattress foundation, consider adding ventilation holes to provide proper air circulation.
What is the difference between a platform bed and a regular bed?
A platform bed is a popular alternative to “regular” or “traditional” bed frames that require a box springs.
Why are platform beds so cheap?
A platform beds is lower in total cost vs other types of beds because it does not require a purchase of a box spring or other additional mattress foundation. In addition, many of our platform beds are simple in design which makes them lower in cost.
Can I raise a platform bed without legs?
To fine tune your bed height with minimal effort, mattress topper can help you quickly raise a platform bed by 1 to 4 inches. A topper is placed directly on top of your mattress and in addition to making your bed taller, it can be comfortable too!
At Solid Custom Heirlooms we build all types of Platform Beds and also work with customers to create beds customized to their individual needs. Each piece of furniture is built to order by American craftspeople from the highest quality hardwood, sourced from throughout the Appalachian region. We believe that “solid is best” and avoid the use of veneers and compressed particle board. We are practical artists devoted to the creation of attractive forms in beautiful wood that meet functional needs and provide visual pleasure for generations of users.
Solid Custom Heirlooms is a family owned and operated company started in 2010 by an Ohio native when he turned a woodworking hobby into a business. Today we are a three generation strong family business that employs skilled craftspeople throughout the Appalachian region for our design, furniture building and finishing operations. We are proud that the production and sale of our furniture supports the people and economy of the Appalachian region.