What is the Difference Between a Bed Frame and a Bedstead?
Whether you read about a "bed frame" or a "bedstead", both are describing the same thing: the base, or platform, that your mattress is placed on. At Mattress Online, we tend to use "bed frame".
An increasingly popular choice, a good-looking bed frame is a great way to add character and style to your bedroom. Since bed frames tend to be the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom, they are often the main focal point in the room.
Bed frames are available in a great range of styles, materials and colours, and are typically available in a choice of:
Are you looking for a new bed frame? Read on to find out more!
Bed frame buying guide
When choosing the right bed frame for you, you'll need to consider:
- how much space you have
- the style of bed you like
- whether you prefer a firm bed
- your storage needs
- your budget
Read on to find out how to choose the bed frame that's right for you!
1. How much space do you have?
A bed frame is one of the biggest items of furniture in your bedroom, so it's important to measure the available space you have for it. To do this, outline the area for your bed on the floor, using masking tape. Remember to add some clearance space if you want to add drawers.
Unlike divans, bed frames include a headboard and a foot end as standard. We recommend checking the dimensions of both to ensure your bed frame will fit comfortably in your room.
Since bed frames are usually larger than a mattress - unlike divan beds, which are the same dimensions as a mattress - it's important to check the overall width, length and height of the bed frame, especially if you have a small room.
- Do you have a small bedroom?
- Are you tall?
2. What style of bed frame do you prefer?
Bed frames are available in a great range of styles, materials and colours. Whether you prefer wooden bed frames, metal beds, leather or fabric, read on to discover the perfect bed frame for you!
1. Wooden bed frame
A wooden bed frame is a classic addition to your bedroom and creates a warm and attractive look. A natural product, a wooden bed can be made from pine, oak, or other types of wood. Many wooden beds are also environmentally-friendly since they are constructed using wood from sustainable sources, such as Scandinavian pine.
2. Metal bed frame
Metal bed frames are a popular choice. Sturdy and stylish, they add a sophisticated look to your bedroom, and are equally suited to traditional or modern decor. Available in a wide range of colours and styles, our range of metal beds start from as little as £94.95 - so they're a good option if you're on a tight budget.
3. Fabric bed frame
On-trend and available in a wide range of colours, a fabric upholstered bed is a great choice if you're looking for a stylish centrepiece for your bedroom. Perfect for contemporary and traditional tastes alike, a fabric bed frame can give your bedroom a cosier feel than metal or leather beds.
4. Leather bed frame
A leather bed adds a cool, sophisticated touch to any bedroom. A stylish focal point, you can choose between faux leather or real leather, and they're available in a choice of colours. Leather beds tend to offer a wider variety of storage options than wooden or metal beds.
3. Do you prefer a firm bed?
Bed frames are constructed using two types of base. These are called slats, and they determine the overall firmness of the bed.
- Solid slats
- A firmer, more supportive option, solid slats enhance the firmness of your bed. They are rigid and more sturdy than sprung slats, and offer no "give". You should choose solid slats if you prefer a firm bed.
- Sprung slats
- Sprung slats are slightly curved, or bowed, creating natural flexibility. They are less firm than solid slats and offer more gentle support. They may also help to prolong the life of your mattress.
4. Do you need storage?
Underbed storage is particularly useful if your bedroom is small. Whilst most bed frames do not include storage underneath as standard, some do include built-in storage. Check out our bed frames that include storage.
Do you simply need a lot of underbed space? Check the dimensions of the specific bed frame you like for further information - we call this "underbed clearance".
5. What is your budget?
Our range of bed frames at Mattress Online offers great value for money and is competitively priced. Whether you are on a tight budget, or you can afford to splash out a little, read on to discover the perfect bed at a price that suits you.
Budget bed frames under £100
Looking for a great bed at a low price? Available in a range of sizes, our budget range of bed frames under £100 are fantastic value for money - and look great, too!
Mid-range bed frames
Our mid-range bed frames between £100 and £300 are a great option if you want a little more for your money, without breaking the bank.
Luxury bed frames
Make a statement with our wide range of stunning, higher-end beds. Give your bedroom the wow-factor and choose from our luxury collection of bed frames.
A bed frame is the centrepiece of your bedroom. Considering we spend around a third of our lives in bed, choosing the right bed is an important investment. Why not browse our full range of bed frames - handpicked to suit all styles, budgets and preferences. Alternatively, give us a call and we'll be happy to help!