When we ask our customers if they need a bed frame or bed rails, we often get the counter question: what's the difference?
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 head board. This is what they look like:
As you can see, above, the queen size bed frame 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 are two rails independent from one another. You would use bed rails if you have a foot board and headboard you would like to connect them together. These will not work unless you have both a headboard and a foot board.
Pictured above is a set of queen rails with a center support. Without the headboard and foot board 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.