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What is a Platform Bed?

by Great American Home Store

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At a Glance:

What is a Platform Bed?

Benefits of Platform Beds

How to Choose a Bed

Top Platform Bed Picks


Why Trust Us?

When it’s time to create a bedroom retreat, the centerpiece of your room will be your bed. Comfort, style, and craftsmanship are all hugely important factors to consider. One way to narrow down your search for the perfect bed is to decide what style bed frame you want. Typical options include panel beds, platform beds, sleigh beds, and poster beds. A platform bed offers a sleek and affordable option that can be adapted to any design style. Whether you want a classic wood bed frame, a modern metal look, or the luxury of an upholstered bed, there is a platform bed that’s right for your bedroom refresh.

In this blog, we’ll explain the basics of platform beds, discuss the benefits of owning a platform bed, and break down how to choose a bed. Then, we’ll recommend two of our favorite platform beds and bedroom sets from the Great American Home Store.

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What is a Platform Bed?

Unlike traditional bed frames that require a box spring or mattress foundation, a platform bed is designed to provide a sturdy base for your mattress with no other necessary components. A platform bed can have a solid or slatted base, but either way, it dependably supports your mattress.

Platform beds differ from panel beds that require a box spring or mattress foundation. They don’t have the signature sleigh-like shape of sleigh beds, the dramatic posters of a four-poster bed, or the versatility of an adjustable bed frame. Platform beds are gaining popularity as a sleek and affordable bed frame option.

You can choose from an upholstered platform bed, metal platform bed frame, or any other finish you can think of, from wood to rattan. You can find a platform bed that suits your design style whether you are trying to achieve a modern farmhouse, coastal, or contemporary design. Some platform beds feature headboards, footboards, or upholstery, but the classic platform bed design is minimal and sleek. Clean lines and a low profile look is a signature of platform beds, but new styles are always coming out.

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Benefits of Platform Beds

There are many benefits to owning a platform bed. Let’s take a look at some of the pros of choosing a platform bed frame from affordability to compatibility with memory foam mattresses.

✅ Affordable: Platform beds are often less expensive than traditional panel beds because you don’t have the added cost of a box spring or mattress foundation.

✅ Available in Standard Sizes: Platform beds are available in standard Twin through King platform bed sizes.

✅ Available in Multiple Design Styles and Materials: As discussed above, you can find platform beds in a variety of materials and styles from metal to distressed wood. No matter your design style, you can find a platform bed that matches the aesthetics and feel of your room.

✅ Platform Beds are Compatible with Most Mattress Types: If you love memory foam or latex mattresses, a platform bed is a great option since they are sturdy enough to support these heavy mattresses as well as most other mattress types.

There are a few other attributes of platform bed frames that are important to consider. Many elements of what makes a comfortable or stylish bed are open to personal interpretation. There isn’t just one right answer or perfect bed. The firmer feel and low profile look of platform beds are winning qualities for many platform bed owners. Let’s look at each quality in more depth.

  • Firmer Feel: The absence of a box spring or mattress foundation gives a platform bed a firmer feel. If you love plush, cloud-like beds and shy away from a firmer feel, you could still choose a platform bed but choose a pillow top mattress. Firmer beds work well for all sleeper positions, especially for back and stomach sleepers who need to avoid plush mattresses. A firmer feel can help minimize sinking into your mattress, which can cause joint pain and stiffness.
  • Low Profile Look: The absence of a box spring or mattress foundation typically leads to a low profile look, unless you opt for a particularly tall mattress. Many shoppers love the sleek, modern look of a low profile bed. If you have mobility issues, though, a low bed may not be the easiest to get in and out of, so you should take that into consideration.

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How to Choose a Bed

The bed is the centerpiece of every bedroom and the place where you are going to spend many, many hours of your life, so it’s important to choose one you love. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a bed.

  • Overall Room Design Style: The overall design style in your bedroom will direct your choice of bed frame. Knowing whether you want a wood, metal, or upholstered bed frame will help narrow your search. More ornate or heavier pieces are more of a traditional look while clean and simple lines lend themselves to modern, contemporary, and coastal bedrooms. No matter which design style you choose, there are platform beds available to match your design preferences.
  • Bed Frame Style: You have to choose what style of bed frame you want. There are many benefits to owning a platform bed, but you may want the more traditional look of a panel bed. You may also prefer the convenience and accessibility of an adjustable bed or the drama of a four poster or sleigh bed.
  • Mattress Type: There are plenty of options when it comes to mattresses. You can shop by size, mattress type, or mattress comfort, which refers to how firm or plush you want your mattress to feel. Our friendly experts can help you find the perfect mattress for you based on your sleeping.
  • Bedding: Bedding is like the icing on the cake or the accessories that bring your whole outfit together. They serve to further communicate your design style and add another layer of comfort to your bedroom. Think about every element of bedding from your sheets to your throw pillows when you are creating your color palette. Do you want to add a pop of pattern, texture, and color, or will you choose neutral bedding and add accents elsewhere?

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Top Platform Bed Picks

Keep reading for 2 of our favorite platform bed frames and bedroom sets from the Great American Home Store.

The Homelegance Manhattan Queen Storage Bed, Dresser, Mirror & Nightstand is a luxurious bedroom set featuring a platform bed with storage dresser, mirror, and nightstand for a complete bedroom. If you love modern, elegant furniture or want to create a glam bedroom design, this bedroom set with a modern platform bed is perfect for you. There is so much to love about this bed: two storage drawers to put the throw pillow or extra sheets in, a stylish gray finish, upholstered headboard panels to rest against while reading emails, and glittery accents to make things sparkle. If you want to outfit your entire bedroom with a cohesive look, this set features a platform bed frame queen, a nightstand, two dressers, and a mirror that all feature the same gray finish and glittery accents that create a subtle glam look.

 Homelegance Manhattan Queen Storage Platform Bed, Dresser, Mirror & Nightstand

The Steve Silver Co. Pasco King Platform Bed, Dresser, Mirror & Nightstand is a natural, modern bedroom set featuring a dresser, mirror, nightstand, low profile platform bed that you kids can easily climb into. This is a perfect platform king bed frame for those who love organic and simple furniture pieces and are looking for a cozy compromise between modern and rustic designs. We love the attention to detail of this wood platform bed with its curved, live-edge headboard and metal accents. It would be great in a modern, rustic, or industrial bedroom design, mixing metal and wood elements. Whether you are interested in the platform bed frame on its own or the entire set, this wood and metal platform bed frame is a timeless choice that will help you create a retreat-like oasis in your bedroom.

 Steve Silver Co. Pasco King Platform Bed, Dresser, Mirror & Nightstand

A platform bed is a versatile, budget-friendly bed frame option that allows you free rein to express your personality and style. Whether you want to create a spa-like oasis with a live edge wood platform bed frame or a chic hotel-feeling vibe with an upholstered (and sparkly) platform bed frame, there is a platform bed for your dream room. Visit us in person to browse Great American Home Store’s wide variety of platform bed frames online to take home your new bed today.

FAQ: Platform Beds

Do platform beds offer storage options?

Yes, many platform beds come with built-in storage features such as drawers, shelves, or under-bed compartments, providing convenient storage solutions.

Are platform beds easy to assemble?

Platform beds typically come with clear assembly instructions and are relatively easy to assemble. However, the ease of assembly may vary depending on the specific design and complexity of the bed frame.

Are platform beds suitable for all room sizes?

Platform beds come in various sizes, from twin to king, making them suitable for different room sizes. Consider the dimensions of your room and the bed before making a purchase.

Why Trust Great American Home Store?

Boasting the largest selection of in-stock home furnishings in the Mid-South, the Great American Home Store is your one-stop shop to find all the furniture and décor items your home needs. Our buying team is constantly searching across the globe for the next hot style in home fashion products. We go to several markets a year comparison-shopping to ensure you’ll be able to find everything from formal living to casual comfort at the lowest prices. Since our business is backed by the manufacturer, we can promise that we bring you all your furniture needs at prices that are far below our competitors’.

At the Great American Home Store, we also understand the importance of offering a vast selection for any-size budget. We offer many flexible financing options with approved credit so that you can find the perfect furnishings to reflect your unique style.

Shop Platform Beds at Great American Home Store

The home of your dreams is closer than you think. Shop platform beds online or visit us today at one of our furniture stores in Memphis, TN and the Mid-South. Check out our website to shop local furniture sales and subscribe to our email list to be the first to learn about our special offers. Our experts at Great American Home Store are always happy to help you find the right platform bed frame for your dream bedroom — whether you call us at 800-260-4898 or use our online chat feature. Contact us today!

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