17 Platform Beds You’ll Instantly Fall in Love With (For Under $500!)

updated Apr 3, 2024
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When decorating your bedroom, there’s one piece of furniture that’s inarguably the star of the show: your bed. And, if you want a bed that looks streamlined, is easy to assemble, and boasts ample under-bed storage, a platform bed is your best bet.

What Is a Platform Bed Frame?

One of the most popular styles around, platform beds are typically some of the most affordable designs on the market. Why, you ask? They don’t require a box spring! Their wooden slats are stable enough, making them more inexpensive to buy. Additionally, these beds typically sit low to the ground and have a sleek profile, so they’re great for anyone with a personal style that leans mid-century modern or minimalistic.

As experts in the home and design space, we know a thing or two about the best places to buy a bed. So, to kick off your shopping adventure, we rounded up 17 of the best platform beds under $500 — because a great bed doesn’t have to break the bank.

Do you have a platform bed that you swear by? We want to hear all about it! Tell us about your favorite finds in the comments below!

Note: All prices listed are for Queen size.

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While some people prefer their bedroom remains relaxed and tranquil, others look at it as an opportunity to create a space that is bold and uniquely them. If you're the latter, this vibrant citron bed from Amazon is just the stunner you need. The tall back and wing side panels will make such a statement in your bedroom that you won't need much else in the way of decor.

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Elevate your bedroom with this chic and minimalist platform bed by Baxton Studio. Crafted with a sturdy wood construction and equipped with wooden slats for mattress support, it offers everything you need to complete your bedroom setup (excluding the mattress, of course).

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Home Depot
was $569.99

If storage in your bedroom is in short supply, shopping for pieces that do double (or even triple) duty is a must. This unique platform bed does just that — at face value, it looks like a luxe tufted design that would bring comfort and beauty to your bedroom, but one quick look underneath reveals a convenient lift-top frame that allows you to store off-season clothes and other extras out of sight.

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was $649.99

How gorgeous is this wingback platform bed?! Available in five chic hues — including yellow, burnt orange, and turquoise — this linen bed features a straight headboard with curved sides, a finished back, and tapered black legs for a sleek, modern vibe that looks way more expensive than it is.

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was $189.73

Who doesn't love a green velvet moment? With rich upholstery and an eye-catching channel-tufted back, this bed adds a touch of elegance touch to any bedroom. Choose from three sizes and four stylish shades to cater your pick to your dream bedroom design scheme.

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If there's anyone we'd trust to style our bedroom, it's the Fab Five, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to hear that Queer Eye's eponymous Walmart collection is home to one of our (and the internet's) favorite platform beds. The Farnsworth bed comes upholstered in a gorgeous navy linen fabric and features a modern button-tufted headboard that adds just the right amount of visual interest. The result? A bed that's as fierce as they come.

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For those looking for a classic wooden platform bed, the Buhr Bed from Wayfair is one of our favorites. We were immediately struck by its sleek, MCM-inspired beauty, particularly the panel headboard and tapered dowel feet, which result in a timeless look that perfectly balances traditional and modern design.

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was $380.00

Metal platform beds don't always get the most love, but one look at this Novogratz beauty and it's hard not to become smitten. With round finials on both the headboard and footboard, this bed is the definition of vintage chic. We're partial to the dramatic look the black lends but if dark and moody isn't your thing, you can also opt for the frame in gold, lavender, or pink.

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We love a bed with some personality, and this Union Rustic find is just that. This unique piece has a bunch of features we love, including a smooth, unfinished frame that's perfect for customization (aka easy to paint!), a low-profile design, and the ability to fold in half, which makes moving it, ahem, a dream.

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Clean lines, bold black details, and an upholstered headboard make the Aquavia platform bed one you don't want to miss. A minimalist dream, it also offers 10 inches of clearance below, making it a great option for anyone looking for extra storage space, too.

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PB Teen

There's nothing better than a bed with a standout element; on the Bellevue platform bed, it's the legs. With intricate turned details and a French Country-inspired finish, this bed comes loaded with charm. It'll last you forever too, thanks to its sturdy pine and poplar wood construction.

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was $435.00

The Eastford platform bed is a Wayfair favorite, and it's easy to see why. Sleek modern lines make it easy on the eyes, while the tapered legs and globe finials on the headboard add to its impeccable style. P.S. The tall height of the headboard is especially great for rooms with tall ceilings.

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While many platform beds lean towards a trendy and modern aesthetic, the Baxton frame stands apart with its vintage French-inspired design. With a warm walnut finish, saber legs, and a headboard crafted from synthetic rattan that closely resembles the real thing, this bed is timeless.

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Okay, now this is a storage bed! Budget-friendly and equipped with — count 'em — four storage drawers, this bed features a button-tufted and square-stitched finish for a classy find that'll look like a major splurge (the real price can be our little secret).

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was $781.00

For those with a taste for luxury, allow us to introduce you to the Daphne bed from Mr. Kate. Wrapped in sumptuous grey velvet upholstery, this bed features delicate channel tufting on the headboard and brass tapered legs that just scream glamour.

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was $269.00

Calling all industrial fans — we found the bed of your dreams. The Suzanne bed from Zinus is made from genuine solid wood, with a gorgeous natural wood grain and durable steel frame that's in a league all its own.

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was $339.00

Imagine your dreams coming to life with a bed frame that arrives neatly packaged in a single box, sparing you the headache of figuring out assembly instructions. With its charming spindled headboard, sleek tapered legs, and rich deep brown wood finish, this easy-to-assemble bed frame from Walmart brings a bold accent to any room.