It feels incredibly comfortable and peaceful to fall asleep in your own bed at the end of a tiresome day.
Most people think that it is the mattress that does all of the magic for a good sleep. But in reality, a bed frame on which the mattress is laid upon is equally important. People do not realize this and end up buying a random bed base/frame while busy researching about a great mattress.
You don’t want to randomly buy a bed online and then break your back the moment you sit on it right? A bed is something that shall be with you for a really long time. Hence always invest in a good bed with strong legs and durable material.
Understand that there is no “PERFECT BED” in general. There is only a “Perfect Bed for YOU”.
This depends on many factors such as
- The material with which the bed frame is built
- Size of the bed. Whether it is king size or queen sized.
- What kind of support does the bed have? Is it beams or just an Iron block?
- What is the type of bed frame.
- How much weight can this bed withstand?
There is a comprehensive “buyer guide” available at the end of this article which will help you pick the best bed frame and base not just online but anywhere else too.
To make things easier and simpler, we spent a great amount of time researching and listed out the top 5 bed frames available in the market right now. We have also reviewed each of these products with the above mentioned parameters and a couple of others.
TOP 5 Best Bed Frames in India
If you are a newly wed couple or a budget focussed family who has just now bought/rented a house, this is the perfect go. It is big, yet light in weight; compact and could be easily transported.
The main four corners of the bed are built with rubber wood which add a distinctive style statement to the bed. Apart from the main four wooden legs, the bed frame also has 4 metal legs to support the metal framework. Combined, all of the 8 legs provide even and perfect base for the bed.
You would not be ordering an assembled product. The seller would be sending in a crew to assemble the bed free of cost (Pin code and area dependent) for you after the delivery of the product .
As this bed does not come with its own mattress, you would be buying it separately. Try looking for 78″ x 60″ – Foam or Core mattress as it fits ideally on this bed. For custom made mattresses, this bed has the dimensions of 208 x 160 x 101 cm. As mentioned before, this is both lightweight(25kgs) yet big enough to fit a family of 3 (2 parents and a kid).
The metal slats framework may decrease the life of your mattress. Hence we suggest that you add an extra layer of plywood on top of the frame before you put the mattress. This will not only add life, but also will improve the comfort of using the frame.
This bed base can bear good amount of load and weight of the people sleeping on it. Furthermore, the product comes with a 3 year manufacturer warranty thus it is ideal to buy and try it out.
The only probable con for this would be the absence of any silencing rubbers to the metal legs. Central frame’s metal legs may make some sound from time to time or when you move about on the bed. Maybe adding rubbers to the bottom of those legs may help reduce that.
Things we liked:
- The compact and easily movable structure
- Lightweight yet durable metal frame.
- 8 support legs (4 wood and 4 metal) for greater stability.
- Quality of the wood is good
- 3 years manufacturing warranty
Things we didn’t like:
- Squeaky sounds of the metal legs.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a king size, queen size or a single or twin cot. Original Bedstead gives you Mortlake Iron/metal bed which comes in all of those sizes.
Entirely made out of metal, the frame of the bed is a half poster bed in Satin Black and Glossy Ivory colour. The package comes with the parts, nuts and bolts needed to be fixed along with a guide and a spanner. It is easy to assemble and can be done at home all by yourself or with the help of a carpenter.
A king sized bed will fit in a king sized mattress(180cm x 200cm), queen size with queen sized mattress (150cm x 200cm), twin sized with twin/solo mattress (90cm x 190cm) and the full sized with a full mattress( 135cm x 190cm).
The central frame of this is made with the Sprung Slat Technology. First of its kind in India, Sprung Slats are basically flexible and strong strips of wood placed parallelly in a curved manner within the frame of the bed. These strips will mould to the profile of your body where you place the most weight.
Tested by Original Bedstead, this bed can wit hold a maximum weight of 500 kgs. However, if you have someone of heavy weight sleeping on this bed, it is advisable that you change the wooden reefers with a strong plywood board.
The steel frame of these slats and the overall bed is of great quality. But as the build of the bed is metal, there is a possibility of rusting. Care must be taken by repainting it regularly and keeping it away from moisture. You may experience squeaky sounds due to the bending and bouncing of the wood strips.
You will get a 5 year manufacturer product warranty for this bed hence it is a good buy and easy to replace in case of any issues.
Things we liked:
- It is a very easy and simple to assemble bed base
- The fitting of mattresses is perfect
- Maximum Bearable Weight is 500 kgs
- Sprung Slat technology
- 5 year manufacturer warranty for any defects
Things we didn’t like:
- Low Quality of steel used in the frame
- Low quality wooden Slats
I’d have to say that this is my personal favourite. If you are looking for something big, permanent for your family this is the perfect goto.
This beautiful king size platform storage bed by HomeTown is made out of pressed engineered wood and comes in wenge colour. You would be shipped the parts of the bed which will be assembled by the HomeTown team within 72 hours of your purchase.
The best part about this bed frame is all the storage space that comes with it inside the bed. Probably the only bed in this list with that add-on. There is even great space for storage and placement on the headboard of this bed.
However, the internal storage is not hydraulic system based. That means you won’t be able to lift a single board to open all of the storage at once. You would have to lift individual boards that are placed on the bed to gain access to the storage space within.
Weighing about 60-70 kgs, this bed is ideal for a family of 3-4. A king sized mattress (180cm x 200cm) would fit perfectly within this bed.The edges of this bed are too sharp hence care must be taken when you’re moving about it.
There is not much to say about the negatives of this bed except that it does not have great mobility. This means that you cannot expect that you could easily transport this bed whenever you’re planning to move to another place or city. The product comes with a manufacturer warranty of 1 year hence any issues can be resolved easily.
Things we liked:
- Great built quality and durable engineered wood.
- King Size and ideal for a family of 4.
- Availability of ample storage area inside the bed and the headboard side too.
- Great load bearing capability.
Things we didn’t like:
- You cannot easily disassemble it and move.
- Sharp edges may sometimes cause harm to unsuspecting toes.
- Absence of hydraulic system to access the internal storage area.
Another wooden bed base in the list, Spacewood Riva Queen Size Bed is a stylish and fancy platform bed. This Queen sized bed is great for couples as it would comfortably house 2 full grown adults.
With a great wood pore finish, the bed frame is made up of man made engineered wood and comes in Wenge colours. The wide headboard that comes with this bed adds great decor to the bed and the room.
As is with all of the beds in this list, you would be shipped all of the parts of the bed. The seller would then send in a carpenter or a crew to install and fix the bed (Free installation is pin code area dependent).
As there is no mattress shipped out with the bed, a queen size mattress of 78(L)x60(W) inches would fit perfectly into the bed. There is no storage space available for this bed like the Hometown Bolton bed as this is a platform bed. Similar to the Bolton Bed, this bed too is not recommended for easy moving from one place to another.
Though made out of sound quality engineered wood, there is however a small issue with the stability of the bed’s frame. It makes minor squeaking sounds when you move about on the bed. Also, the edges of this bed are super sharp hence care must be taken while moving about the bed.
The product comes with 2 years of manufacturing warranty hence any disputes regarding the quality of the products can be easily dealt with.
Things we liked
- The stylish headboard looks really cool.
- Durable material which supports great loads.
- Made out of great quality engineered wood.
- Ideal for couples or small families (2 Parents+1 kid)
Things we didn’t like
- Squeaky sounds when moved on the bed due to small loose fitting issue
- Care must be taken about the Sharp Edges
If you are new to the town and have a small cramped up room, this is the absolute best option. This foldable single cot bed is ideal for bachelors, small kids, senior citizens, hostlers and for guest rooms too.
Easy to assemble in, this bed can easily be folded up and saves about 80% of the living space. Thanks to the 360* castor wheels attached to the bed, it can be easily moved about. Ideal for backpackers and fast movers.
Shipped out with a DIY instructions, it can be easily assembled by anyone. The frame of the cot is made up of fine quality mesh. Along with the cot frame, you also get a 5” PU Foam mattress. This is soft, cozy and not too hard. Hence a great mattress for hostlers and senior citizens alike.
When assembled, the cot has the dimensions of Length (75 inches), Width (36 inches), Height (18 inches). The maximum weight that this bed can take is about 150 kgs. This means it can evenly bear the weight of about 2 people sitting on it. There you go, it will even serve as a living room sofa if you want.
The only concern of this bed is the fold lock. The bed may sometimes need a small wire to be tied on in addition to the lock to keep it straight in shape. Camabeds Easy has a 1 year manufacturer warranty and hence any defects can be claimed through replacements.
Things we liked:
- Great mobility as it can be easily moved about
- Good quality 5” PU Foam mattress
- 150 Kgs weight bearing capability.
- Comes with attached 360* Castor Wheels
- Foldable model makes it a great saver of living space.
- Ideal for single person occupancy.
Things we did not like:
- Low quality fold lock. May sometimes needs a small additional thread or wire to keep it locked.
Buying Guide: How to pick the bed that is perfect for you?
Beds are tricky. Usually, while buying mattresses, you shall look at the material quality to decide. But for beds, there are a few more factors to consider before making the purchase.
To decide on our best picks, we have done a thorough and comprehensive research. You may want to know on what parameters did we pick them. To help you simplify things, we have created the following buying guide to buy a bed/cot.
1. Frame Material:
Beds usually are made out of either wood or metal or both. The frame material will decide the Lifespan, durability and the cost of the bed for you.
- Wooden Bed Frames:
High quality Wood often have a good lifetime of about 5-10 years. Though a bit expensive compared to a metal frame, beds made out of wood are strong and come with various design and customised styles. They add a royal feel and are perfect decor to your bedroom. Wooden beds usually come with storage space inside them and slats in their central frame for extra support. However, care must be taken about the type of wood that the bed is made out of. Cheap quality wood often is prone to termites, carpenter ants or powderpost beetles.
- Metal Frames:
Metal beds made out of good quality iron/steel can last as long as 10-15 years if taken proper care of. They are often light in weight and are ideal for people who have to move places often or every few years. They too have strong support and could bear great weights like wooden beds along with being mobile. They may not be as easily damaged by water or bed bugs, but they are highly susceptible to rusting. Hence care must be taken by painting these frames every once in a while.
2. Legs of the bed:
A typical bed has 4 legs. But often than not, for greater stability, beds come with more than 4 legs. A few come with 6 legs, or even 8 legs. But more number of legs does not necessarily mean greater stability.
If you ever visited your grandparents in your ancestral homes, you might have come across 4 legged old wooden beds who stay strong and stable even after so many years.
While metal legs may be a slight bit shaky, but when coupled with wooden leg (Like the FurnitureKraft Kansas Metal ) they will end up providing great stability.
3. Weight Bearing Capability:
The major problems usually people face is their beds breaking in the middle. This is so because not all beds are made to bear a lot of weight. Before buying any bed, look at the weight bearing capabilities of the bed. These are usually provided on the product’s description on the website or even on the product packaging as well.
Beds with slats within their frame are great bearers of weight. Recently, there is an advent of Sprung Slat technology (As seen in the Original Bedstead Company Mortlake Iron/Metal bed). This is essentially normal wooden slats bent and curved to accomodate big weights without breaking the central frame. They slightly curve inwards instead of staying stiff like normal slats.
Types of Bed Frames available in the market
Today, there almost many different types of bed frames and cots available. Ideally speaking, bed frames are usually of 6 types.
1. Canopy Bed
Back when I was a kid, I remember waiting to visit my grandparents house because I loved to play fort on their canopy bed.
As shown in the image besides, a canopy bed is a four poster bed with all of the extended long posts connected together with closed beams. This closed frame is usually draped with curtains (or mosquito nets in most Indian homes).
Most canopy beds are made entirely out of wood but a few even come with metal top frames. Usually a bit expensive, Canopy beds are chosen by people who have large bedrooms and have high ceilings. May not be ideal for smaller bedrooms with low roof ceilings.
2. 4 Poster Beds
These beds come with four posters to the four sides of the bed but are not connected with beams to form a frame like the Canopy beds. They are commonly found in most homes.
These posters may be be as high as in canopy beds or can be smaller in height too. Low post beds have shorter and smaller posts while high post beds have higher posts. Half post beds however, have higher top posts and smaller low posts. Giving them a sunken luxury shape and design. Smaller stud like posters can be usually found in single cots too.
Throughout the history, both poster beds and canopies were seen as a symbol or royalty and luxury. They added a possibility for having the bed act as a closed place while sleeping.
3. Platform Beds
A platform bed is a typical bed which has its central bed frame raised to a certain height. They may or may not come with headboards. Evenly spaced, the solid central rectangular frame is usually filled with slats.
This type of bed is usually chosen by people who live in spaces where there there is not great freedom in the passage of air. This free space below the bed allows movement of air and keeps from the mattress getting damaged faster.
4. Storage Platform Beds
Also known as the Captain’s Bed, these are platform beds which come with an extra space underneath them. They are closed unlike typical platform beds. Usually, the storage space is either in the form of a big empty box (HomeTown Bolton King Bed) or with retractable drawers and hydraulic bed sides.
Such beds are ideal for people who love to shop around or people with smaller bedrooms and who need more storage space. Makes it easier to tidy up the bedroom a bit and to dumb everything under the bed. I do that all the time.
5. Panel Beds
Also known as Box Spring beds, panel beds are closed bottom beds entirely made out of wood. These beds typically come with large and decorated headboards .Panel beds have side rails to their sides to offer extra support to the mattress when placed.
Often than not, they come fitted with Box Springs which offer an extra bunchy yet uniform placement for the mattress on the bed.
Panel beds are high from the ground. They are so because it makes getting into and out of bed easier. A bit expensive, Panel beds are traditionally popular across the North America and Europe.
6. Sleigh Beds
Another style of bed, Sleigh Beds have rounded or a bit circular shaped headboards and footboards as well. They seem a bit semicircular in shape overall. Hence they are ideally for sitting as well as for sleeping and usually cover smaller bedroom space.
Typical Sleigh Beds are wooden but today there are a lot of sleigh beds who even come in metal bodies.
Frequently Asked Questions about Beds and Bedframes?
1. Which is the best material for a bed frame?
Mainly, bed frames are either wooden, metal or an amalgamation between the both of them. If picking the metal frame, make sure that the steel/iron used is of good quality and has been coated with anti-rusting paint. Metal Frames can be strong and stay for long if chosen correct.
If picking a wooden frame, understand that most beds are made out of engineered wood. This is a sturdy material too consisting of pressed, manmade wood. But if you are free to spend more money, go for oak, pine, teak or walnut.
2. How do I choose the best bed frame?
First fix on the size and length of bed you would be needing. Make a note of which kind of dimensions of a bed will fit in your bedroom. Then look at beds for strong bed frames and headboards (optional based on your requirements). After which choose a bed frame which is both strong and fits as a good decor to the room. Now pick a good mattress that goes along with the bed.
3. What is the best base for a memory foam mattress?
Any bed base with enough ventilation at its bottom is ideal. Slat base beds offer maximum airflow which is usually found in platform or normal beds too. Hence in the absence of a metal mesh or frame base, opt for slats. They are good for memory foam mattresses. Absence of airflow would result in moisture build up in the mattress and lead to its moulds.
4. Which Bed Frame is better? Metal or Wood?
If you are a frequent mover and have smaller place/budget, go for metal frames as they are both strong, lightweight and are easily movable from one place to another. But if you are looking for something strong, long term permanent and to decorate a newly bought home, go for wooden frames. They are for sure expensive but often worth the money.
5. Should a headboard be wider than the bed?
A typical normal headboard is about 0.3” wider than the bed. By rule of thumb opt for a moderately wider headboard. It gives great look and also a good feel to the room. You can even opt for extra wide headboards which go straight up against the bedroom wall. There are even extra tall headboards which are as long as the bed itself.
6. Do all Metal Beds squeak?
Metal beds squeak because of the loose fittings of the joints. Tighten the joints or coat it with paint . Because sometimes rusting may also lead to creaking and squeaking of a metal bed. Wooden beds on the other hand make lesser screeching or squeaking noises.
So now you know which ones are the best picks out of all the available options to buy beds. While quality and pricing are important, you also might want to look at the ergonomics and style of the bed to fit your bedroom.
With a stylish look, a body with the amalgamation of both wood and steel, we liked the Kansas Queen sized bed by furniturekraft to be a great and ideal pick. Which one did you like? Let us know in the comment section below.