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11-03-10 2:41 PM
How to Buy a Bed Frame
It may be hidden underneath bed sheets and covers, but your bed frame is still a focal point in your bedroom. So choose one that is attractive, durable, and practical.
Generally made of metal (iron, brass) or wood (cherry, oak), bed frames come in a variety of styles. Some come as bed kits, complete with headboard and footboard, while other models are sold separately and are adjustable in both height and width (twin to double is common).
Metal can be an economical and versatile choice, with sturdy, adjustable metal bed frames available at reasonable prices, while wooden bed frames offer a heightened sense of style and warmth to a room, although they usually cost more.
Start by determining your needs, both present and future. Consider what features you might want or need, and finally, thoroughly inspect for quality construction and materials.
If you already have a mattress, then the choice of frame size is easy. If you are starting from zero, the size of your bed frame will largely depend on the size of your room.
Measure the frame to ensure that headboard and footboard will properly attach to the frame. Also, determine the height that you require: higher, for storage under the bed, or lower, for easier access?
Look ahead…peer into your crystal ball and predict your future needs. When purchasing a bed frame, bigger is better most of the time. For example, if your child will soon make the move to a “big” bed, you may want to forego the toddler bed and buy an expandable twin. Children quickly outgrow toddler beds anyway, so moving directly from a crib to a twin may be an economical choice. In fact, an expandable metal frame could last the child through to his/her teenage years, when they might want a double bed.
Once you’ve decided upon the size, it’s on to style and features.
- Need storage? A Captain’s bed provides just that, with drawers underneath.
- Crave elegance? A canopy or four-poster bed will do the trick.
- Afraid your little one might fall out of bed? Look for a frame with bed rails.
- Short on space? A platform bed – basically a bunk bed without the bottom bunk – frees up floor space for other uses (play area, desk, etc.)
The primary purpose of a bed frame is to support a mattress and possibly a box spring, however, if children are around (or might be someday), be forewarned: there is a distinct possibility that your bed will be used as a trampoline. When this happens, you’ll be glad that you took the time to carefully inspect the bed frame for proper construction with quality materials! Kids or not, be sure to check that
- casters are large and heavyweight
- joints are smooth and fit together well
- the frame is strong enough to handle the necessary weight
- the frame doesn’t move very much when shaken
Finally, choose a bed frame that suits your personal style and provides a comfortable night’s sleep. If your wallet allows, consider purchasing a bedroom set – bed frame, mattress, dressers, and nightstands – instead of individual items, as it may offer significant savings in the long run.
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