Forget the Boxspring: 9 Platform Beds That'll Save You $$$ When Mattress Shopping

Forget the Boxspring: 9 Platform Beds That'll Save You $$$ When Mattress Shopping

Allie M. Harper
May 3, 2017

I've always been intrigued by platform beds. You know the kind— low to the ground, or even on the ground, and little foundation aside from, well, the platform (and no boxspring in sight). They usually make for a nice clean, minimalistic space and I certainly understand the allure of not having to shell out extra cash for a foundation when buying a new mattress. But I never quite understood sleeping so close to the floor and let's face it—the storage space under a traditional bed is precious real estate. So, I looked for a happy medium.

I scoured through every platform bed I could find to bring you a selection of platform beds as they've evolved to be today—you still don't need a box spring foundation, but these are a tad higher off the ground than their counterparts and their styles, though fresh and modern in feel, are still influenced by the classics. Take a look below before you start counting sheep for the night!


I was initially attracted to this bed because it actually doesn't make me think of beds at all. Instead, it reminds me of a giant chair, and for some reason, that makes me want to sleep in it. It also slightly makes me think of a dorm room or hostel, but an uber-hip one like The Freehand.

I don't know what it is about an iron bed, but I'm always comforted when I see one. Perhaps because the vintage feel makes me think of my grandmother. It might not have that effect for everyone, but it still has that throwback vibe that's always nice to incorporate into your home if you want a little character. The white finish keeps it feeling fresh and modern despite its traditional roots. It has mostly good reviews and a 4.5 out of 5-star rating, with the only points taken off for assembly setbacks that were ultimately overcome.

The MALM bed was designed by IKEA and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm, whose products have a really adorable, fun and modern vibe. I love this bed for its uncomplicated design, its light, natural wood-grain finish, and the fact that it has a footboard, which you don't always see in a platform bed.

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While I love a good fully upholstered bed, this mid-century modern take is a refreshing sight. Not only is the tufting kept to a minimum—unlike what you might see in a more traditional execution—but the exposed wood frame gives the bed an interesting mix of materials that you can dress up or down.

Well this is just genius. If you live in a small space, it's always wise to maximize the functions of the furniture pieces you have. As illustrated in this image, all you have to do is position the bed just right, add a pretty sheer (or a solid fabric for more privacy), and poof! you have a room divider. Though IKEA tends toward modern, the light birch wood keeps it neutral and the drapery softens it enough that you can mix it with more varied aesthetics.

Any time you see a piece of furniture with turned wooden legs, you should buy it. It's a classic and timeless look and, like this bed (crafted of solid mango wood), it conjures a relaxing resort in the British West Indies or a beachy cottage in Cape Cod. Who wouldn't want to feel that way every time they walk into their bedroom?

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This is what I think of when I think of a traditional platform bed. It has a low profile and even though the other beds in this story also fit the platform bed bill, some of them give the illusion that there might be a hidden box spring, while this platform announces itself unapologetically. The leather headboard is a handsome addition that ups the luxury level.

This is another platform classic, with its low profile, modern silhouette, and sleek wood composition. In this case, the mattress is nestled into its platform, and the overall look and feel nod to Danish and mid-century modern design thanks to its simplicity, the wood's dark-stained finish and the tapered shape of the feet.

Rustic modern gets me every time, so this live-edge oak-wood bed immediately caught my attention. And the butterfly joinery makes it even more special. But even if not for these details, this bed still would have made it into the mix strictly for its feet. I can't tell you how many beds I've fallen in love with before noticing their feet and then making a quick run for it (shallow, I know). But the dainty cast-brass legs of this one ensure the entire bed is consistently chic from head to toe.

Have a platform bed you love? Please share your recommendations in the comments below!

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