The first time shopping for a platform bed can be an intimidating process. There are many types, styles, price ranges, and materials to consider. Without the knowledge about what makes a quality platform bed, the amount of options are overwhelming. In this blog post, we answer the question, “What are the most important qualities when shopping for a quality platform bed?”
Solid Wood Frame Construction
To prevent annoying squeaking and creaking, a solid wood frame is very helpful. The construction of a solid wood frame prevents friction and keeps parts from rubbing against one another. A solid frame means there are less moving parts that can cause high pitched noises. Every piece of the Kobe Platform Bed is constructed with solid mahogany and enhanced with a warm java finish.
High Quality Joint Construction
High quality joint construction is important for durability. Apartment renters tend to move regularly. If a bed is moved (disassembled, reassembled) frequently, it is important to have high quality joint construction. This ensures the structural integrity of the bed for years to come, and is also important for preventing creaking and squeaking. The Tropical Canopy Platform Bed features solid mahogany construction with mortise and tenon joinery.
Open Slats to Prevent Mold
It is important for any mattress to have good airflow underneath to prevent the growth of mold. Warmth and humidity quickly builds up underneath mattresses with no ventilation. This also helps keep you cool and comfortable as you sleep because the mattress can dissipate heat through the slats. Good air circulation will also help ensure the long life of your mattress. As you can see below, the City Modern Platform Bed has slats laid out with space between them.
Support in the Middle of the Slats to Prevent Sagging
Sagging can void the warranty of a mattress and make it feel uncomfortable. This can be a problem if the slats are too flexible. To prevent this, support beams that reinforce the slats are very beneficial. Proper support is also important for a good night’s sleep. As seen below, the Canova Modern Platform Bed features a support beam down the middle of the slats.
Soft Close Drawers for Storage Platform Beds
The most attractive convenience of a storage platform bed is all the extra drawers for organizing personal items. To ensure that the drawers aren’t a nuisance, soft close drawers allow you to sleep without being disturbed. For example, if a couple wakes up at different times, one person is getting ready as the other one sleeps. The Marin Modern Platform Bed pictured below incorporates this design feature very well.
Flip it Over
As a general rule of thumb, it is important to look at a product from every angle when purchasing home decor. Don’t be fooled by appearances and scrutinize every possible detail. Some manufacturers focus solely on making their products look good, but not necessarily durable.
Avoid Glue and Staple Construction
The quality of construction methods is a key factor in determining the durability and quality of a platform bed. Glue and staple construction is a low quality construction method, thus leading to low durability.
Platform beds are very popular because of the many features they offer. To get the most of these features, it is important to check the quality of the construction and materials. Choosing a platform bed design style can also be tricky, so we plan to cover that information in the future. Follow our blog for the latest posts.