4 Things to Consider When Buying a Bed Frame

instamatic king sized adjustable bed frameSagging, squeaking, and shifting — If you experience any of these when you sit or lie down on your mattress, it may be time to think about replacing your bed frame. You wouldn’t build a house on a shaky, cracked, or poorly constructed foundation — would you? And as much as we would love to go back to our twenties, we don’t advise putting your expensive new mattress and box spring directly on the floor. (We shudder at the thought!)

Finding the right bed frames takes nearly as much thought and research as finding the right mattress. Here are four things you should consider buying a bed frame.


Bed frames aren’t one-size-fits-all. In order to properly support your mattress, your frame needs to match the size of your bedding. Standard mattress sizes include twin, extra-long twin, full-size or double, queen, king, or California King — but you can also find custom bed frames if you have odd-sized or specialized bedding. For growing families, consider an all-in-one bed frame.  These support a twin-sized mattress and can be adjusted to fit larger mattresses as you grow.


Does your bedding include a headboard or foot board (or both)? Make sure you look for bed frames that accommodate your home decor style. Look for frames that let you attach the headboard and foot board.  However, be mindful of the style. Some bed frames attach by hooking on or in, and some attach with bolts and screws. One idea: Take a picture of your existing furniture with you when you shop to avoid any confusion.


While traditional setups used to require a box spring, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Innovative mattress technology means that some options don’t require a box spring as a foundation.  To compensate for this, look for a frame that sits a little higher. If you do need a box spring, measure the height of your current setup and add it to the measurements of the bed frame. Take these numbers when you’re shopping.  You don’t want to spend 20 minutes trying to roll out of the bed in the mornings.


Do you have a bedskirt you just love that coordinates with your decor? How about wheels?  Do you want to be able to move your bed easily? Is your mattress adjustable? These are all details to think about as you’re shopping for the right bed frame.

Just like your bed frame supports your mattress, we’re here to support you! If you still have questions about bedding, check out our Buyer’s Guide or get in touch to speak with our bedding experts.

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  1. Thank you for the tip to take a picture of our existing furniture so we won’t be confused when looking for a bed frame. I can never remember whether my headboard is attached with hooks or with screws. The next time I shop for a bed frame, I will be sure to keep your advice in mind.

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