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Low Bed Frame 101 – Everything You Need to Know

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Written By Alex Petrović

Certified Sleep Consultant

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1 April 2024 8 min read

Although one wouldn't typically give too much thought to bed sizes, they can actually make quite the difference – especially when talking about a low bed frame.

After all, low beds take up less vertical space and thus open the door for certain types of decorations, added shelves, and other similar items that might feel too cramped above a normal bed. And getting a good bed frame should be high on your quality sleep priority list.

Your bedroom should be an oasis. When you finally return home after a long and tiring day, you'll need to rest. And while many factors affect the quality of your night's sleep, like adequate lighting, blackout curtains, and an optimal temperature, the most important thing is that you have a comfortable bed.

The mattress and pillow certainly play the biggest role, but without a good bed frame, there is no good night's sleep. On top of that, the service life of the mattress will be compromised if the bed frame is unsuitable. So, you shouldn't pour your entire budget into a high-end mattress while completely ignoring the bed frame.

So, let's take a deep dive and see exactly what a low bed frame can offer you and your bedroom. They might not be for everyone but they can permanently upgrade the living quality of some.

What is considered to be a low bed frame?

As the name would suggest, a low bed frame is a frame that's lower to the ground than the standard model. They usually still have some ground clearance but they can lay flat on the ground as well. The latter of the two is most popular with more modern platform beds.

But in general, if you're of average height, a low bed frame will come up to your kneecaps instead of your waist. And it's also important to note that they tend to be more simplistic in design than their “tall” brothers and sisters, which is why they can also be called “low profile” beds.

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In terms of materials, everything goes. Wooden beds are the most common, but you can find a good metal bed frame as well. And they can technically be fitted with any sort of mattress although getting one that's too deep can defeat the purpose of the low bed frame.

So, while you can get a Super King size, it might look a bit silly if the mattress is twice the weight of your bed frame. So, be aware of the end result when looking for good mattresses.

The main advantages of low bed frames

Although getting a low bed frame might seem like a fad, it does in fact come with some benefits. And while these benefits won't be equally as important to everyone, it's still worth keeping them in mind before going to the shop and committing to a purchase.

So, if any of the following sounds enticing to you, why not give low bed frames a shot? They might just be the best bedding product you've ever gotten!


Just like with any product that's slightly different from the norm, low bed frames can allow you to craft a very particular aesthetic. As we've mentioned, they usually aren't heavily decorated, making them perfect for a minimalist or modern design. So, think of a Scandinavian or bohemian-style bedroom, and make it come to life with a low bed frame.

Plus, since these beds are vertically smaller, they don't dominate the room nearly as much as regular beds. So, if you have a heavily decorated rug with an oriental feel that you want to be the centre of attention – a low bed frame can provide it with a spotlight.

On the other hand, if you don't want your bedroom to be flashy and prefer clean lines over bright colours, a low bed frame can also provide you with that exact aesthetic.

Makes the room more spacious

As we've mentioned a few times already, low bed frames stick closer to the floor and thus allow for more vertical space. This is very practical if you want to hang something above the bed or add some shelves.

And it's basically a life-saver if you have very low ceilings or live in an attic apartment. In these cases, even a few extra centimetres can make the difference between waking up happy and bumping your head every time you quickly get up.

No need for a bed skirt

Bed skirts have their purpose, for example, they reduce the accumulation of dust under the bed and the infiltration of dust mites. And while they usually are quite easy to clean, as most are machine-washable, it's even easier not to deal with them in the first place.

With low bed frames, a simple top sheet is usually protection enough. Although this doesn't mean that the bedding products don't need a good scrub-down every once in a while. So, while you can do away with the bed skirt, cleaning your mattress is still a must.

Good for kids

There are four major benefits to getting your child a low bed frame. First off, it's way easier for them to get on and off as they please. After all, they generally won't be higher than their chest and even if they do need a boost, the smallest of step stools will do the trick.

Secondly, if they tend to toss and turn during the night, falling off the bed won't be nearly as dangerous as with a regular-sized bed frame. In fact, this one goes for adults as well – as no one likes getting a bump on their head in the middle of the night.

Thirdly, if you have kids constantly running around, a lower bed frame is a lot safer. This is because instead of hitting their head on the hardwood frame, they'd likely just run into the mattress and be more-or-less unscathed.

Lastly, and this is a silly one, say goodbye to monsters under the bed! After all, they can't haunt your dreams if their usual resting place is extremely small or gone altogether. Sure, you also lose the storage space a regular bed would provide, but being monster-free is sometimes more important!

Is it better to have a low or high bed frame?

Although waist-high beds offer many practical advantages, some people prefer to jump on a high bed, while others prefer to just collapse on a low bed. It is simply a matter of personal taste, and both beds have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, a high bed frame is not an ideal option for smaller spaces because it will make them even smaller, and a low bed frame can look somewhat silly in a big, open bedroom.

Is it better to have a low or high bed frame

And this goes for all bed frame types. Four poster beds are ideal if you have privacy preferences, bunk beds are kings of utilizing all available space, and ottoman beds are ideal if you want some extra storage space. In other words, no bed frame is perfect for everyone so just choose based on your own preferences.

When shouldn't you use a low bed frame?

That being said, here are a few situations where getting a low bed frame would be less than ideal. For one, they are not recommended for people who have problems with their spine or their bones in general. And on a similar note, it's also not good for the elderly or those with limited mobility.

An image of a bedroom with a low bed frame in the middle

This is because they'll have trouble sitting down every night and then getting out of bed in the morning because of its height. And you really don't want to add extra pressure onto your body in these situations.

Also since there's no additional storage space, it may not be all that practical if you have a lot of extra stuff you'd like to store. After all, this bed doesn't have any storage of its own and usually doesn't even have enough floor clearance to put bigger boxes underneath.

Top 5 low bed frames

Now that you know everything there is to know about low bed frames, it's time to look at some actual products. We've chosen five different models we think are well worth the price and hopefully, they could be gracing your bedroom before long!

And if you don't find exactly what you're looking for here, don't worry! Companies like Get Laid Beds offer custom-made beds that are sure to be to your liking. But first, let's talk about our five favourite models.

ZINUS Dachelle 35 cm Upholstered Platform Bed Frame

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Let's kick things off with the ZINUS Dachelle. As far as design goes, it's definitely a bit more modern than one would expect. This is mostly due to the grey button-tufted headboard that sits at the top of the frame. The rest of the bed is also covered in a nice upholstered polyester, which makes the bed look rather elegant and simple.

And in terms of build, this bed is quite reliable. With the frame being reinforced with metal, you can expect it to stick around for quite some time. Not to mention that the wooden slats at the base of the frame not only give ample support to the mattress but were also designed to be completely quiet. So, quite a useful perk if you toss and turn at night or use it as a marriage bed.

Lastly, in terms of assembly, ZINUS has made things rather easy. You can either pay an additional fee to have the bed constructed for you or do it yourself. And if you choose the latter, you get details instructions and even the tools you'll need.


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Modern design
Truly modern design that is perfect for modern bedroom.
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The sturdy frame will last more than you think.
Easy assembling
You'll get all the tools needed for the assembling.


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Delivery can take more time
The delivery time may vary and can take more than they say.

Yaheetech 3ft Single Metal Bed Frame

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If you're looking for a great value pick, this model from Yaheetech might be your best bet. Coming in at just a fraction of the previous model, this bed frame keeps things simple and functional. The bed features an all-metal design and two sizes to choose from.

But what it lacks in size options, it makes up for in design. You can choose between three unique designs, with the Modern and Contemporary models leaning towards the minimalist style while the Antique model has a bit more decor.

With an elegant headboard and footboard, as well as side railings, this bed frame will also make sure that your mattress can't move around during the night. And while it's still a low bed, it does feature enough floor clearance for a few items.


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High quality product at the low price.
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It will last long time.


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Not available in many sizes
This bed frame is not available in all sizes.
DIY assembly
There is no assembling service. You have to DIY.

ZINUS Arnav 26 cm Metal Bed Frame

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You don't have to spend a fortune to buy a stable and reliable low bed frame. As this is a very simple type of bed frame, you can find affordable models if you look hard enough. We singled out the ZINUS Arnav 26 cm Metal Bed Frame for several reasons.

It is very easy to assemble, and the tools are even included. You will get all the tools required to put it into operation. Once you assemble it, we expect that you will use it for a long time, maybe even longer than a decade because it is very durable and long-lasting, which is to some extent expected from a metal bed frame, but often the screws can be a problem. But not this time.

Wood slats will prolong the service life of your mattress and you will sleep comfortably for years to come. The only complaint is that it is sometimes loud even when you make the slightest movement during the night, so that can bother light sleepers.


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High level of durability.
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A fraction of price for such a quality.
Easy assembly
Really easy to assemble.


Squeaky sounds
Though not too much, squeaky sounds are still present.

ZINUS 30 cm Alexia Wood Platform Bed Frame

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The same manufacturer, but this time with a wooden instead of a metal frame. What is important is that they are equally affordable, so the choice will depend on your preference and the look of the bedroom, not on the price.

The ZINUS 30 cm Alexia Wood Platform Bed Frame is quiet thanks to closely spaced wooden slats designed to minimize noise. Great if you toss and turn all night long. We have also tested the slats and we believe that they have a positive impact on the service life of the mattress.

If you want to complete the timeless design, you can add a headboard. Again, assembly is very simple and you get all the tools. You can also use the space under the bed frame as storage to a certain degree.


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No squeaky noises
No squeaky noises – perfect for sleepers who toss and turn.
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Great ratio between price & quality.
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Modern design
It will fit any modern-looking bedroom.


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One colour only
Available only in one colour.

Nodax Solid Wooden Pine Bed Frame

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Nodax is a solid wooden bed frame made of pine wood. It consists of a bracket and four additional supporting legs, which makes it one of the most stable low bed frames. Even the restless sleepers from our test team had no objections to the stability. And the firm wooden slats will make the mattress even more comfortable and supportive.

This bed frame is also eco-friendly, which is excellent news if you're environmentally conscious. Natural pine wood is one of the most popular materials in the furniture industry and we think Nodax put it to good use with this model, as its simple design (as well as multiple colour options) make it the perfect piece for a more rustic aesthetic.

Owing to its straightforward design, the bed is very easy to assemble, with the holes even being predrilled for you. But if you don't feel like doing it yourself, you can also pay a fee to have it made for you. And having this as an option is always a good thing, especially if you aren't as handy as you once were.


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High quality woo
Made of really high-quality wood that will last long time.
Easy assembling
You can assembly it easily on your own.
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10 years warranty
You get a 10-year warranty plan.


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Mattress not included
You must buy mattress separately.

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Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!
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