Bed Shopping: Where to Look for a Bed on a Budget

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A bed is a big purchase, and when you're setting up your first apartment or you're in need of a new bed but don't have a huge budget, it can be tough to find something that fits the bill. Stylish, inexpensive beds of decent quality aren't everywhere, but you can find them by looking in the right places. Here are a few (below the jump).

  1. West Elm (Various Locations/Online): Their bed frames and headboards (many of which can be mixed and matched) run between $250 and $1,500. They've got a strong selection of platform beds, simple wooden frames, and basic headboards.
  2. The American Iron Bed Company (Online): If you're into the classic look of an iron bed (particularly 19th century styles) this site offers good value. For good deals, check out the clearance section, with some pieces singled out for free shipping.
  3. Overstock.com (Online): You can find a decent wooden or metal bed on Overstock for under $500 if you stick with a simple frame and scan the reader reviews to get a sense of a piece's quality. Right now, they're offering an extra 10% off bedroom furniture through 1/11/2010.
  4. Fort Pitt Furniture Liquidators (Chicago): Their 100,000-square-foot showroom is a warehouse of furnishings from 4 and 5-star hotels, so they carry a lot of beds at discount prices. Unfortunately, they don't have an online store; you have to visit the place in person.
  5. CB2 (Various Locations/Online): A good source for modern platform and storage beds ranging between $600 and $1,500.
  6. Room and Board Outlet (Minneapolis): If you're in Minnesota, you're in luck. Room & Board is well-known for their good quality modern bed frames, which you can sometimes find here for 30 to 70 percent off retail price.
  7. The Grove Unfinished Furniture (Online): Their hardwood beds and headboards start at $250. Styles are mostly traditional, but the simpler ones could fit in with a more modern home, and you can customize the finish with a DIY painting or staining job.
  8. IKEA (Various Locations/Online): Obvious, yes, but it's always a good place to look for modern furniture on a budget. For a sense of what they have to offer in bedroom furniture, check out Apartment Therapy's roundup of 6 popular IKEA beds.
  9. Craigslist (Online): Cool used beds show up a lot on craigslist and have appeared pretty frequently in our Scavenger column.
  10. Brocade Home (Online): Their frilly style isn't for everyone, but they do tend to keep it simpler in the bed frame department, with most frames and headboards under $500. They're also a good place to look for a bed for a child or teenager.


For other resources, check out our roundups of Best Thrift Shops and Best Big Box and Outlet Stores.

Photo: Essex Bed from the American Iron Bed Company