Did you know that the average person spends 229,961 hours asleep during their lifetime? That’s nearly a third of your entire life. Nowadays, with a whole range of sleep studies and research available, we’re more aware than ever of just how important all that sleep can be. From boosting your mood and productivity to helping with other wellbeing concerns such as mental health and weight loss, a good night’s sleep is invaluable.
But just how can we make sure we’re getting the best night’s sleep possible? Lots of people automatically assume that buying a good mattress is the answer, but we know that choosing the right bed frame is just as important.
If you’re confused about the difference between box springs, platforms and slats, read our handy guide to bed frames and how to choose the right one for you.
You could say the clue is in the name. A box spring is essentially just that: a wooden box of coiled springs designed to absorb shock, movement and distribute weight evenly around the bed.
Box spring beds have been popular for years, so they must be doing something right. Often the choice of those who prefer more traditional furniture, this classic frame absorbs body weight brilliantly and is often higher off the ground than other frame types – making it a great option for anyone who struggles to get in and out of bed. Box springs also provide excellent support for your mattress, preventing against sagging and meaning you often need to spend less on a supportive mattress to go on top.
The box spring frame’s bulkiness, while great for support and height, can count against it, with frames being heavy and hard to move. While technology has improved circulation, box springs also provide less room for airflow than other frame types, which can be bad for those who struggle with temperature regulation during the night or bedrooms where damp and mould can be an issue. Lastly, box springs’ heavy-duty supportiveness can be simply too firm for those who prefer a softer bed.
One of the simplest frames available, slat styles simply consist of a frame with loose, (usually) wooden slats laid across the centre to support the mattress.
With a slat frame’s simplicity comes a great reduction in price, and these are often the most affordable frames on the market. They’re also supportive, firm and incredibly easy to construct and move, while the available space below allows for excellent airflow around your mattress – great for those with allergies or who suffer with overheating during the night.
Though easy to construct and move, slat frames can be less sturdy and durable than other bed types, with wooden slats prone to breaking. This makes them especially unsuitable for young children who might jump on their beds. The slats can also move around, so might not be ideal for restless sleepers.
The new kid on the block when it comes to bed frames, platform beds are low, all-in-one frames with built-in flexible slats or boards to support a mattress.
Platform beds have become increasingly popular in contemporary houses for their stylish and modern look. The best frame for a memory foam mattress, platform beds have great air circulation and breathability, which is vital for this mattress style. Most platform beds also incorporate built-in storage underneath, making them great for modern living in smaller homes or bedrooms where space is a concern.
With platform beds being so popular, they can also be one of the most expensive options – however, this expense can be cancelled out by the money saved on buying extra furniture for storage. They are also hard to move, being one solid unit, and usually lie quite low to the ground – not the best option for those who need help getting in and out of bed. Lastly, platform beds are fairly simple support-wise and you may need to spend extra money on an expensive mattress if you require a bed that’s more supportive.
As you can see, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a bed frame; it’s all about your own unique needs. Whatever your preference, Bedco can help you: check out our wide range of beds and bedframes now.