Testing bed frames may sound like a crafty way to nap at work, but it’s surprisingly rigorous. To find our six favourite frames, we spent weeks researching and several sweaty days unpacking boxes, tightening screws, and, yes, collapsing on the bed. All of our picks are durable, high-quality, and stylish. For cheaper options, we’ve also picked our favourite frames under £300
Most Color And Fabric Options – Modern Slim Bed From Benchmade
Why It’s Great: When It Comes To Colours, The Modern Slim Bed From Fat BenchMadeoffers an unrivaled selection, far more options than any other bed frame we consider. This cornucopia includes hundreds of combinations of fabrics, colors, and leg finishes to mix and match. If you are someone who sincerely embraces the label of “picky”, this is the bed frame for you. The Skinny Fat is also the only frame we tested that had a headboard and footboard, giving it a more classic mid-century look than other beds we came across, but its tapered legs and clean lines would also work well alongside most. of decoration styles.
The Skinny Fat was one of the easiest beds to put together during the test (only Thuma’s The Bed was easier to put together). Ships with only eight parts, neatly wrapped within a single box. Benchmade Modern offers a free standard curbside delivery, and while there’s an option to add a £250 white glove delivery service, which includes unwrapping, assembling, and cleaning, we think you should skip it.
Joining the frame is a simple process – match four color-coded parts and lock them in place with a small wrench (included). The largest piece, the upholstered headboard, is light enough for one person to handle, although having two people makes it even easier to fit. Then screw in the tapered legs and add four fabric-covered sheets of wood (bunk boards), that provide support for the mattress. In all likelihood, you will spend more time unwrapping the plastic from each part than securing these parts in place.
A Neutral And Inexpensive Bed: Tessu Article
Why it’s cool: The Tessu is an attractive frame in a slimmer style designed to blend in, rather than stand out. It’s also the most affordable of our picks – the kind of piece you could get to open up your first home or apartment. It has a subtle mid-century style that pleases the crowd, with tapered legs, clean lines, and a linen-blend upholstery fabric (which is available in two neutral tones). The Tessu features a simple design that should look good in a wide variety of rooms, as long as you have room for a queen or king-size frame (it’s not smaller).
Although the entire bed assembly process, including unpacking and cleaning, took over an hour for two people to complete (more on that below), once you’re done, you have a comfortable bed frame that sits looks great, doesn’t creak, and is covered by a one-year warranty. Measuring ½ inch thick, the 16 pine slats, and like the slats on all the beds we recommend, no more than 3 inches apart, feel as comfortable and supportive as any other bed we tested.
Where the Tessu gives ground compared to our more expensive picks is in the area of toughness. Pine is a cheaper softwood, and while it is generally considered durable, it simply cannot withstand the same type of roughing as a hardwood slatted bed. After too many lush jumps during testing, we broke a bar. We contacted Article’s customer service department, and they responded immediately, sending a replacement ribbon within a few days. (We were asked to provide a couple of photos to indicate where and possibly why the damage occurred.)
A Boutique Hotel-Style Bed Frame: Blu Dot Nook
Why It’s Cool: As the name of the Blu Dot Nook suggests, its most distinctive detail is its angled, niche-shaped headboard. It may seem like a mere cosmetic option, but each wing forms a slight privacy partition, blocking out sounds and light from both sides, making the Nook a good pick for those with little sleep. It also looks great. It is upholstered in high-quality acrylic and wool fabric and is available in seven trendy shades (we chose Edwards Tomato).
Quick And Easy Assembly, Without Tools: Thuma The Bed
Why it’s cool: We think Thuma’s The Bedesthe most elegantly designed bed we tested, and it was easily the most fun to put together (considering that “fun” and “furniture assembly” had never happened simultaneously before). Unlike any other bed frame we came across, The Bed’s design does not require a single tool for assembly, making it a good choice for people who move a lot or who want a simple, stable bed frame of less than £1,000. Each of the larger components is joined, crossed, and looked at each leg, using a Japanese woodworking technique that secures the pieces of wood with just tension and friction. Since there’s no need for hardware, putting together The Bed feels almost like playing a giant game of Jenga in reverse – upon completion, you end up with a nice-looking bed instead of a pile of collapsed wood.
Its medium walnut finish, neither too light nor too dark, would work in a wide range of room decorations. We were less enthusiastic about the headboard – it comes only in grey (light or dark), and it feels a bit awkward compared to the rest of the sleek design. Still, we could imagine that The Bed looks equally good with sparse, modern décor or more elaborate, traditional furnishings. and it feels a bit awkward compared to the rest of the sleek design. Still, we could imagine that The Bed looks equally good with sparse, modern décor or more elaborate, traditional furnishings. and it feels a bit awkward compared to the rest of the sleek design. Still, we could imagine that The Bed looks equally good with sparse, modern décor or more elaborate, traditional furnishings.