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Platform Bed Buyer's Guide


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Platform beds are getting to be very popular among individuals now. They come in all sizes, similar to the standard beds, ranging from twin size to the largest size - standard or Eastern king beds. Buying a platform bed with matching bedroom furniture set will truly add a modern fresh look to your room.

What are platform beds?
In contrast to classic beds which require box springs and a mattress, a platform bed frame use wooden or metal slats as the firm base to support the mattress only. As they use slats for the base, this provides firm supports no matter what kind of mattress it uses which does provide great benefit to the people who experience back problems from sleeping on a sagging mattress.

Platform beds with storage
For those who have rooms with limited space or want to save room space, a platform bed with storage is your best choice. It is suitable for homes with rooms that have small space or for those who want to store away unused belongings or off-season clothes to keep the rooms tidy and organized. This type of bed comes with drawers underneath the platform bed frame providing a great space-saving option. The beds can come with one or several drawers providing even extra storage capabilities. If you have more money to spend, it is advisable to go for the bed frame made from hardwood, such as cherry, oak or mahogany as they will last longer than the beds made from softwood. Once you decide to go for this type of platform bed, be prepared to pay a little bit extra as the cost of storage platform beds is normally higher than the standard beds. Sizes
When it comes to the sizes of platform beds, a twin bed is the smallest size in the range, which is perfect for sleeping one person or for homes that have small rooms. But if you need more sleeping space, a queen size bed is recommended as it is wider and longer than the twin beds. For couples or those who need an extra sleeping space, a king platform bed is your best bet but for tall people you may need to consider buying a California size one instead as it is four niches longer but narrower than then king size.

Mattress sizes and dimensions
Here are the standard mattress sizes available in the U. S.
- Twin - 39” (W) x 75” (L)
- Twin XL - 39” (W) x 80” (L)
- Full - 54” (W) x 75” (L)
- Queen - 60” (W) x 80” (L)
- Standard or Eastern King - 76” (W) x 80” (L)
- California King - 72” (W) x 84” (L)

Cost of a platform bed
Sizes and materials determine the price of a platform bed . Of course, twin size beds are less expensive than king size ones and softwood beds are cheaper than the hardwood ones due to their durability, while the cost of beds made from metal are the lowest on the price scale. In general, the price of a twin size bed ranges anywhere between $200 and $700, while a king-size one can cost $2,000 or more.

Final thoughts
Platform beds are a very modern solution to an out-of-date frame and headboard/footboard combination. Available in nearly any style, color, fabric and wood imaginable, a platform bed can add an air of elegance and style to any bedroom.


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