Bed Frame Buying Guide

STL Beds Bed Frame Buying Guide

Sizes, Styles, And What To Know Before You Buy

This comprehensive Bed Frame Buying Guide is designed to help you discover the perfect foundation for your new mattress. The right bed frame does more than just hold your mattress; it complements your bedroom’s decor, supports your sleep health, and enhances the longevity of your mattress. In this guide, we’ll walk you through sizing, styles, materials and functionality, ensuring you make an informed decision that suits your mattress size and sleep needs.


Understanding Bed Frame Sizes

Selecting the right bed frame size is crucial for both the aesthetics of your bedroom and the functionality of your sleep space. Here’s some tips to help you make the best choice.

Match Your Mattress

When it comes to bed frames, the most fundamental rule is ensuring the frame matches your mattress size. Here’s a quick rundown to help you align bed frame sizes with mattress dimensions:

Twin Size: Ideal for one person, twin frames are perfect for children’s rooms or small guest rooms. They typically measure around 38 inches by 75 inches.

Full Size: Also known as double beds, full-size frames offer more room than a twin and measure approximately 53 inches by 75 inches, suitable for single adults or those with limited space.

Queen Size: The most popular size, queen frames measure about 60 inches by 80 inches, offering ample space for couples without consuming too much room space.

King Size: Offering luxurious space, king frames are approximately 76 inches by 80 inches, ideal for couples looking for maximum personal sleeping space.

California King: Slightly narrower and longer than a standard king, these frames measure around 72 inches by 84 inches, perfect for taller individuals or those who want extra foot room.

Room Size Considerations

Beyond just matching the mattress, the size of your bedroom plays a crucial role in selecting the right bed frame:

Measure Your Space: Before shopping, measure your bedroom’s length and width. Ensure there’s enough room for both the bed frame and other essential furniture without crowding the space.

Keep Proportions in Mind: A large bed frame in a small room can overwhelm the space, while a small frame in a large room might look out of place. Aim for a balanced look that complements the room’s size.

Consider Movement: Ensure there’s enough space around the bed for easy movement. A good rule of thumb is leaving at least two feet of walking space around the bed’s sides and foot.

Functional Aesthetics: Beyond size, consider the frame’s height and style. High frames can make ceilings appear lower, while low-profile frames can create a sense of spaciousness in a room with limited square footage.

Super Heavy Duty (HD) Bed Frames

Traditional Craftsmanship Meets Modern Engineering

Experience the tranquility of a good nights sleep with the Super Heavy Duty (HD) Foundation. This foundation eliminates motion disturbance meaning that you won’t feel your partner move, allowing you to easily fall and stay asleep. Proudly standing as the strongest foundation on the market, our HD foundations support all of our heaviest mattresses, including soft-sided king-size waterbeds that weigh over 1500 lbs!

Our HD Foundations feature robust construction that is hard to find in the sleep industry. Unlike the simpler structures of leading brand names, our base support systems feature dual I-Beams running head to toe, offering unmatched strength and support for each sleeper. With double the wood slats—each 2 1/2 inches wide—the HD support system is a testament to durability and quality.

Built with superior materials and construction, this foundation will provide solid support and quality sleep for many years. Available in both high and low profiles for easy entry and exit of your bed.


BBQ33WB Headboard/foot Board Bolt-on Heavy Duty Steel Super Duty/waterbed Frame (queen)

Adjustable Power Frames

These innovative frames allow you to adjust the head and foot sections with the push of a button, offering personalized comfort. Ideal for reading, watching TV, or relieving snoring and back pain, they cater to a versatile range of needs and preferences.

Box Springs & Foundations

Box springs are traditional bed bases made of a wooden frame covered in cloth, containing springs for added support. Foundations are more modern, consisting of a sturdy wooden frame with a flat top, designed to provide a solid base for foam and latex mattresses.

Center Support Bar/Bed Slats

Center support bars are crucial for larger bed frames, preventing mattress sagging by distributing weight evenly. Bed slats, placed horizontally across the frame, offer a supportive surface for the mattress, enhancing ventilation and overall mattress life.

Conversion Frames

These frames are designed to adapt to different sizes or types of beds, such as converting a twin bed into a full-size bed or a traditional bed frame to support a platform bed setup. They offer flexibility for changing needs or furniture repurposing.

Children & Teen Frames

Tailored for children and teen rooms, these frames are often lower to the ground and come in various designs and sizes. They’re built with safety and durability in mind, accommodating growing children and their active use.

Waterbed Frames

Specifically designed to support the weight and movement of waterbeds, these frames are typically robust and may include a platform base and reinforced corners for stability and leak prevention. They ensure that the waterbed is adequately supported and maintains its shape.

Materials Matter

Wood vs. Metal Bed Frames

When selecting a bed frame, understanding the impact of material on style and durability is key. Wooden bed frames offer timeless appeal and warmth, with options ranging from durable hardwoods like oak and walnut to softer, more affordable woods like pine. The variety in wood types and finishes provides a wide stylistic range, making wood frames a versatile choice. Though often more costly, especially for solid hardwoods, their durability and classic aesthetic justify the investment for many.

Metal bed frames, in contrast, offer a more modern and sleek look. These frames are crafted from durable materials such as iron, steel, and aluminum. Metal frames, especially heavy duty ones, are known for their strength and longevity. Metal’s resistance to wear and tear, along with its pest-resistant properties, adds to its practicality. Whether you’re drawn to the natural beauty and warmth of wood or the contemporary, durable appeal of metal, it’s important to select a material that matches your personal style and sleep needs.

Our Top Picks

What To Look For When Choosing A Bed Frame?

When on the hunt for a new bed frame, there are several key factors to consider. The first, and most important in our opinion, is quality. A well-constructed mattress using high-grade materials can significantly improve sleep quality and durability. Another important factor is comfort. This is more aligned with your personal preference and what feels most comfortable to you. What feels like a cloud to one person might feel like a rock to another.

Another factor that some tend to overlook is personal style. Your bed frame should reflect your lifestyle and personal aesthetics, especially with the variety of designs now available. Lastly, you want to consider the value of your bed frame which is about more than price. Value is the intersection of quality, comfort, and durability, ensuring that your investment delivers restful sleep for years to come. Balancing these elements is key to a good night’s sleep.

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Bed Frame Assembly Videos

Do It Yourself!

Our bed frame assembly videos provide clear, step-by-step instructions for putting your bed frame together quickly and correctly. With practical demonstrations for each stage of the process, these guides are designed to help both beginners and those with DIY experience. Follow our expert tips to ensure your bed frame is sturdy and secure.

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