We jumped on the platform bed bandwagon when we realized that a queen-size box spring wouldn't fit up our little farmhouse stairway- and I'm so grateful for those wonky old stairs now! Platform beds look modern yet timeless, are great for low-ceilinged homes, and save you from dropping cash on something as boring as a box spring. Here are the top results from my hours of platform bed research...
1. Barcelona Platform Bed, Charles P. Rogers, $1,579-$1,999
My partner spotted this bed in an issue of Dwell magazine, and we were shocked by how hard we both fell for it. At the time, the queen-size model was on sale for right around $1,000, so keep an eye out for deals. Ultimately, we decided it didn't quite fit our bedroom or budget, but perhaps someday... Handcrafted of solid mahogany, available in two headboard heights and as a daybed, and featuring an upholstered deck, this bed is as impressive as it is gorgeous.
2. Portland Platform Bed, Wayfair, $734.99-$947.99
The Portland has a bit of a style kinship with the Barcelona above, while being a little less wild. It comes with a 1-year warranty, has received three stellar reviews, and is made of solid acacia "known for its natural protective qualities". I assume this means it protects you from monsters.
3. Grandview Platform Bed, All+Modern, $919.99-$1,267.99
The Grandview is all elegance, and looking at it now makes me wonder why we didn't buy it (other than price). It is constructed of solid birch from government-managed and is hand-finished in a variety of stains. Unfortunately, there's only a photo of one of the six available options.
4. Mid-Century Bed, West Elm, $799-$1,199
If you like honey-colored wood and a spare, almost Shaker style, this is the bed for you. Built of "FSC®-certified eucalyptus wood frame with an acacia veneer", this bed would look dreamy incorporated into organic-modern decor.
5. Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, West Elm, $1,299-$1,599
West Elm has you covered for the ever-popular and eco-conscious reclaimed wood look. Made of "FSC®-certified solid reclaimed pine", it has a sturdy, almost rustic look without being the slightest bit cheesy.
6. Alana Platform Bed, Charles P. Rogers, $899-$1,159
Of all the thousands of platform beds I looked at, this one came the closest to being my ideal. I adore the lines and the proportions are perfect, but I couldn't get on board with the Tiger Mahogany finish. I'm sure the hardwood is breathtaking, but a "multitude of orange, red and brown hues" is the exact opposite of what I'm looking for in a wood finish.
7. Drommen Bed, CB2, $799-$999
I love this bed, despite my fear of upholstered headboards. The Drommen is made of solid acacia hardwood and poly-linen, its "finished back can float in room", and it's received an average of 4.9 stars from 50 very satisfied customers. For example: "My husband and I bought this bed almost a year ago now, and I am happy to report that we love it more every day. Our only concern is how CB2 can sell it at such a low price point - seems/looks much more expensive! The angle on the headboard piece is so comfy, and the overall design so clean and modern. Highly recommend."
8. Dodu Platform Bed, Blu Dot, $1,399-$1,799
With its extended sides, the Dodu definitely feels the most platform-y of the bunch, with room for stashing bedside accessories. I'd be apprehensive of scraped shins, but the whole thing is padded and upholstered. Featuring crisp French seams "because the French know something about beds", it is available upholstered in Graphite polyester, Wheat wool/poly blend, or Aqua (yes, aqua!) wool/poly blend.
9. Abbyson Living Lombard Tufted Linen Bed, Target, $449.99-$699.99
This bed only has one review but it is a rave: "The quality is very good and as nice as anything that we saw at furniture stores... Would definitely recommend!" I appreciate that Target has made it possible to buy a bed with luxurious characteristics- linen, tufted, hardwood frame- at a relatively low price point.
10. Min Bed with Plexiglass Headboard, Design Within Reach, $1,395-$2,235
And at the other end of the spectrum, we have this pricy model (the twin, full, and queen are under $2,000!) for those folks who'd like to live in the future and can afford to do so. That's the assuming the future is Italian-made, powder-coated, plexiglass-accented, and "provides constant ventilation for your mattress (which is crucial for memory foam)".
Have a platform bed you love? Please share your recommendations!