Sure - bed sheets are one way to update your bedroom, but add a new bed frame and you've got yourself a real game-changer. The best bed frame is stylish, easy to assemble, and sturdy. It shouldn't squeak or rattle. We also like bed frames that have built-in cable management to keep devices close by without clutter. We've pored over the reviews and done some window shopping of our own to bring you the top bed frames in Australia.
How we picked
If there's one thing we learned while researching this article, it's that the world of bed frames is a bit of a rabbit hole. We started by checking Aussie consumer feedback at ProductReview.com.au to see if they could provide some guidance. Sure enough, there were heaps of reckons across thousands of bed frame reviews. We added some of the top-rated bed frames to our list.
After checking CHOICE, Australia's biggest consumer advocacy group, we discovered they don't rate bed frames. We took matters into our own hands by doing some window shopping to see what was available at major retailers. After finding a few more winners, we cross-checked our results from ProductReview.com.au to be sure all our picks were readily available. That's how we ended up with our list of Australia's best bed frames.
Features to consider
You'll probably have a bed frame for at least a few years, so it's worth getting right. Here are a few things you'll want to think about before committing.
Bed frame vs bed base
The first thing to suss is whether you're after a bed base or a bed frame. A bed base is typically a classic box spring bed base, similar to the ones that come with mattresses from bed giants like Sealy and Beds R Us. They're usually the same shape and size as your mattress, with springs to support the mattress on top, but without a headboard. See our guide to Australia's best mattresses for more details here.
A bed frame is a piece of bedroom furniture that goes under your mattress as a foundation. While a bed frame also supports your mattress, they're often much more elaborate than a basic box spring bed base. Many bed frames come with headboards, and are sometimes called 'bed platforms' too. Just to make things even more confusing, bed frames are sometimes called 'bed bases' by Aussie retailers.
Style and materials
Most bed frames are made of wood or metal, though you'll find thousands of different styles online. You'll also find upholstered bed frames, like the Ergoflex, and adjustable frames. Most 'platform' bed bases or frames are made from timber or metal, too.
Bed frames take up a lot of space, but many bed sellers have figured out ways to fit big things in small boxes. If you have stairs, elevators or narrow hallways leading to your bedroom, it may be easier to choose a flat-pack bed frame you can get delivered, instead of buying from a showroom and squeezing your new frame in the back of the car.
Bed frames generally come in Single, Double, Queen and King sizes, and some retailers also offer King Single and California King frames too. It's worth checking the dimensions of your mattress before you buy to ensure your bed won't sit too high or too low. Keep in mind that a higher bed may also be useful for storing things under (or even just for playing hide and seek).
There's a bed frame for every budget. Metal bed frames are usually the most wallet-friendly, with the cheapest on our list coming in at under $150. You'll pay up to $1,500 for a wooden bed frame, and most timber frames we saw were between $700 - $1,200 for a Queen bed. Upholstered and adjustable frames were, on average, more expensive. This is likely because these types of frames take more work to produce.
If you had a bunk bed as a kid, you'll know how infuriating a squeaky frame can be. Thankfully, bed sellers do too, and many have designed their frames to prevent this problem. Some sellers, like Quokka, have a no-squeak guarantee, while others add padding to the frame to prevent noise.
What you get if you spend more
While you can get away with spending under $200 on a bed frame, there are options over and above the $1,000 mark. Here's what you can look forward to if you spend a little more dough.
If it's a custom bed frame you're looking for, expect to pay bigger bucks. Upholstered frames tend to take 3-6 weeks to order, compared to out-of-the-box bed frames, which can be delivered in as little as 4 hours. On the plus side, a custom bed frame is tailored to you, so you'll probably be much happier with the end result. This may also mean it matches your decor better.
Across our research, there was more thought behind the design process with pricier bed frames. If you spend a little more, you're likely to end up with a more stylish result. More expensive bed frames also had better ergonomic features, like cord management and simple assembly. While we didn't review higher-tech frames, there are also options with bluetooth connectivity, under-bed lighting, and wireless remote controls.
Bed frames made in Australia tend to be more expensive than those made overseas. Wooden frames in the higher price bracket are more likely to come with sustainable forestry certifications. If you spend a little more, you may be able to sleep more soundly knowing your frame is produced in an environmentally responsible way.
- 'Best Beds', ProductReview.com.au
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