What Makes a Quality Platform Bed?

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Q: I want to replace my bed frame, which is currently one of those collapsible metal frames that requires a box spring. I am in need of a new mattress, and want to forego the box spring altogether -- I like the lower platform style beds, and getting a box spring into an apartment is always awkward. I'm willing to spend a bit of money on the frame, which will need to have slats to replace the box spring, but am wondering where to start. What should I look for in terms of making sure I'm getting a quality piece?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.