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Bed Frames Vs. Bed Rails: What’s the Difference?

Our customers often use the terms bed frames and bed rails interchangeably. To us, they have different very different meanings. What is the difference between a bed frame and bed rails?

Bed Frame

A Bed Frame is a stand-alone structure; meaning, it can support your mattress and box spring entirely on its own. This is what you need if you have neither a headboard nor a footboard, or if you have only a headboard. This is what they look like:

differenceAs you can see, it is completely connected and has a beam across the middle for added support. (Some bed frames don’t have this, but you need the center support for queen size and larger)

Bed Rails

Bed Rails are two rails independent from one another. You would use these if you have a footboard and headboard you would like to connect them to.

Bed rails only work if you have both a headboard and a footboard.


Pictured above is a set of queen rails with a center support; without the headboard and footboard the structure will not be able to stand.

Hopefully this helps! If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll be glad to point you to the product you need.

Embrace bed frame by Knickerbocker

I was changing the sheets on our bed the other night. Unfortunately, it was past my normal bed time, but one of my cats had thrown up on our bed (YUCK!!) and I had to make a quick sheet change before my six-year-old son and I could crawl in the bed. (My husband was out of town for the week, and my sweet son and I take those opportunities to “snuffle” together in mommy and daddy’s bed!) I was stumbling around the bed trying to tuck the corners of the clean sheets on, and I tripped on one of my son’s stuffed animals. I ended up scraping my ankle against the hard metal corner of my steel bed frame. Two thoughts came to mind: 1. That’s gonna bruise. 2. If I had an Embrace Bed Frame, that never would have happened. The Embrace bed frame has no sharp edges, because it’s coated with a soft, yet durable polymer. I wouldn’t have a blue ankle right now. 🙁

Also, the Embrace frame comes in a variety of stylish colors that would look nicer in my bedroom than that ugly metal frame currently holding up my mattress. Embrace Bed Frame in Brown - No Bed Skirt Needed

I can really see why this bed frame would be a good choice for diabetics or anyone who wants to avoid injuring themselves in the bedroom!