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How to Buy a Bed Frame

If you're looking to update your cozy nest with a new bed frame, this guide will give you the info you need to make the right choice.


  • Step 1: Choose wood or metal Choose either a wood or metal frame depending on your bedroom style and budget. Quality frames will use either screws or dowels instead of cheap staples.
  • Step 2: Measure height of mattress Measure the height of your mattress and box spring to judge how tall a bed frame you can purchase. Avoid getting something that is uncomfortably high.
  • TIP: Low-profile box springs are available if the bed frame you like is too tall.
  • Step 3: Consider possible storage Consider creating more storage under the bed with a higher clearance bed frame. Use a bed skirt to hide anything you don't want seen.
  • Step 4: Pick a style Pick from a number of styles that include: canopy, four poster, sleigh, platform, day or trundle. Just don't blow your budget or get something too big for the room.
  • Step 5: Test each bed frame Test as many bed frames as you can by laying down on each one with your significant other to discover any annoying squeaks or other problems.
  • Step 6: Save on a mattress Save more money in the long run by purchasing a mattress and box spring to go with your new bed frame from the same store. Then savor the knowledge that your room will look great while you sleep.
  • FACT: Thomas Jefferson's bed in his home at Monticello was built in an alcove between 2 rooms in order to save space.

You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Personal style
  • Budget

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