What else you should consider when buying platform beds

Platform beds are best known as beds which have foundations built into them and need only a mattress. Many of today’s platform beds are being offered with new options and features that had not been previous available.

Wood platform beds come in three primary types of woods. Domestic hardwoods and softwoods as well as import woods are available in platform bed designs. Domestic softwood platform beds will be generally made out of pine or aspen woods. These woods are typically softer than hardwoods and somewhat more susceptible to denting because of the softness of the wood. These beds are generally offered with roll out slats and you’ll see knots and other features you would find in softwoods. Softwood beds are often left unfinished so customers can stain or paint them in the color they choose. The unfinished nature of pine and the cost effectiveness of this type of wood means that these beds will be the least expensive ones in the market.

Domestic hardwood beds are also available which will generally be in oak and maple. These woods offer high tensile strength and the grain of the wood is generally free of knots. Oak wood will have quite a bit of grain where as maple is generally less grainy. Oak will be stained in darker colors or more in earth tones where as maple will have lighter stains applied. Hardwood beds will also use slat systems and often you may have the choice of softwood slats or upgrading into poplar hardwood slats. Typically these beds will be price competitive with other lines of beds and with the nature of domestic hardwood they will offer great longevity and use for a long time.

Import woods are also becoming more available in the platform bed market. Woods like ramin or other tropical hardwoods are the most common woods being used. Typically these woods do not have much grain and are finished in dark colors like coffee and chocolate. Import beds will be price competitive with other beds in the market and almost always use a wood slat system. However many are starting to be offered with metal foundation decks populated with wood slats. Many of these import beds are now being featured with storage lifts and built in bed storage at the footboard of the bed.

Metal or steel beds are also a type of platform bed you’ll find. Manufacturers in the US and Canada will use North American cold rolled steel which provides added strength and durability to the steel. With steel many colors are possible including white, black, gray, browns and even transparent colors that will allow you to see welds through the finish giving your bed a more industrial look. Many of these beds use a steel crossbar system with Masonite paneling over the top giving it a solid foundation that will accommodate most mattresses. Steel beds will often have different height settings for the platform built into the bed allowing you to decide where you want the platform of your bed situated. These beds are affordable and the steel used in these beds offers strength and durability for day to day use.

In this article we’ve taken a look at softwood, hardwood, import and steel platform beds. We’ve examined the materials used and some advantages and disadvantages with each platform bed made from these materials. When you’re shopping for a new platform bed consider the materials and construction along with the design and style you want and you’re sure to purchase a piece of furniture that will enrich your lifestyle and add your own personal sense of style to your home surroundings.


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