Bed Frames: All You Need to Know

Angle iron, bolt-ons, hook-ins — oh my! Before you think about buying a new mattress, you have to start with the right foundation, but there’s just so much to learn before you can even start thinking about getting a good night’s sleep. We know it can be confusing and a little overwhelming to figure out which bed frames or rails are right for your lifestyle, but it’s just as important as choosing the right mattress.

Let’s start at the beginning, with angle irons and bed frames. These pieces support your box spring and mattress, and while you can attach a headboard to it if you’d like, you won’t be able to attach a footboard. There are standard heights (7” to 7.5”) and low-profile heights for you minimalists, which measure around 4” or 5” tall.

Bed frames fully support both your box spring and mattress. They can either “bolt on” or hook into to your headboard or footboard, with bolts and metal pieces that attach to them. Just a note — some bed rails require both headboards and footboards, so make sure to check the specs before buying.

For those of you looking for bed frames that might fit irregular or odd-sized box springs and/or mattresses, consider clamp-style assemblies that are easy to adjust. (Think your great Grandmother’s three quarter bed or an extra long twin sized bed.)

And, if you have a bed that requires a Hollywood frame, we’ve got you covered! Hollywood is a brand that’s been around since 1925 and generally refers to an angled iron frame. We have those for you!

We’ve put together this great infographic to explain some common vocabulary that will help you with your search. We’ve been in business a long time and learned a thing or two about bed frames and rails, and we wanted to share that knowledge with you! If you still have questions or want to talk more to our pros about which bed frames or bed rails are right for you, get in touch!

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