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What to Consider When Buying a Bed Frame & Headboard

BedInABox Headboards & Bed Frames

When looking at upgrading your sleep set up, it is important to look beyond the mattress. While having a high quality, comfortable mattress is important, it is also important to have a good quality bed frame. A good bed frame and a nice headboard can change the look and the feel of your bed. If you are thinking about buying a new bed frame and headboard, there are a few things you need to consider.

Factors To Consider


Mattresses need support underneath them, without it your mattress will sag which will lead to unsupported, uncomfortable sleep. There are two common support options for bed frames: platforms and box springs. Platform beds sit lower on the ground, and they have built in support for your mattress. Box springs are fabric-covered frames that lay between the mattress and bed frame to give your mattress support.

Frame Type

There are different types of bed frames on the market. One option is a freestanding bed frame that does not include a headboard or any other decorative elements. Another option is a complete bed frame that comes with all the bells and whistles (headboard, footboard, side rails, etc). Bed frames range from simple to complete to anywhere in between.


Wood and metal are the two most common bed frame materials. While they differ in appearance, both materials provide a sturdy bed frame option. Metal bed frames require less maintenance, they are more durable, lighter weight, and easier to adjust. Wooden bed frames are thicker, sturdier, and tend to be more stable. These frames are easier to assemble and are more customizable. You also need to consider if you want your bed frame and headboard upholstered or non-upholstered. Upholstered frames and headboards are stylish and give your room a more cohesive look.

Size & Measurements

It is important that you determine the right size bed frame and headboard and measure your space correctly. If you love your current mattress and are just looking to upgrade your bed frame, use your mattress as a size guide, while keeping your bedroom size in consideration. Ideally, you should have 2 to 3 feet around your bed on each side to give you enough space to move around. Measure your space and compare it to standard bed frame dimensions to find the right size for you.

Style & Design

There are a few questions you may want to ask yourself prior to purchasing a new bed frame and headboard. Do you want to match your bed frame and your headboard? Do you want your bed to match the rest of your furniture? Is there a certain design element to your room that you need to keep in mind?

Matching Your Bed Frame & Headboard

If you are going to go the route of having a headboard, there are two ways you can go. One, you can match your headboard to your bed frame to create a cohesive look. The other option is you can pick out a unique headboard that does not exactly match your bed frame. This will create a unique sleep set up that is designed by you.

Matching Furniture

Matching furniture sets seem to be a thing of the past, but if you like your room to have a cohesive look and feel you can purchase a bed frame and headboard that match each other and that match the existing furniture in your room.

Room Design

Your bed frame and headboard should match you and your style. When buying a new bed, consider the look of your room as a whole. Some modern designs to consider when designing your room and bed are: mixing and matching old and new furniture pieces, incorporating sustainable pieces, and adding layers or surface, pattern, and texture.

Price & Budget

When purchasing any new furniture, it is important to have a budget in mind. When buying a new bed frame and headboard, it is important to balance price and quality. If you are looking for a low-cost option, a simple metal bed frame will cost around $100. Wooden bed frames can cost anywhere from $250-$750 or more. Adding in upholstery and headboards can bring this price range up further. The overall size, material, and quality of the frame will determine its final price. For this type of product, it is best to invest in higher quality so that you don't end up with a saggy mattress and a bad back.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, you could consider building your own bed frame or headboard. If you are handy, you would be able to build a completely custom bed at a fraction of what it would normally cost. If you are not a DIY expert, this may not be the best option for you.

BedInABox® Upholstered Platform Bed Frame

The BedInABox® Upholstered Platform Bed Frame is a high-quality bed frame that is simple, solid, and designed for comfort. This bed frame is easy-to-assemble, modern, and has a matching upholstered headboard. The BedInABox® Upholstered Platform Bed Frame is compatible with all BedInABox® mattresses. Upgrade your sleep and your room with this stylish bed frame and headboard set. Going for a less decorative look? You may want to forgo the headboard for a customized look that fits your space.

In summary, there are many factors to consider when buying a new bed frame and headboard. You will need to look at the cost and assess if it falls within your budget, ensure that it is the right size to fit your mattress and accommodate your room size, evaluate how much support you are looking for, decide what material you want the frame to be made of, and consider the design of both the bed frame/headboard and your room. Once you know what you are looking for, you are ready to buy. Buying a new bed frame and headboard will not only enhance your space, but the right one will enhance your sleep as well.