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The Pros and Cons of Different Bed Frame Materials

May 24, 2023   By Clarisa Mcdonald

In the market for a new bed? Well, you came to the right place – we may know a thing or two about different bed types, sizes, materials, variety of styles, designs, and all that. But for this time, let’s focus more on the pros and cons of different types of bed frame materials

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing the right bed frame material for your bedroom, functionality, appeal and styling, lifespan, maintenance requirements and the possible bed designs. But don’t be overwhelmed, it’s not that difficult. You just have to select the best pros that fit your personal preferences and you’re good to go.

Wood Bed Frames

Wood Bed Frames

Easily one of our favourites – wood bed frames have always been a popular choice for sleepers everywhere in the world due to the material’s durability, especially when using high-quality solid wood. A well-constructed wood bed frame can withstand the test of time offering you the peace of mind that your bed would remain durable, withstanding bending or warping throughout years and years of use.

Wood bed frames are also very versatile with design possibilities, whether you’re after an ornate headboard, a bold sleigh bed, or a minimalist look to be the focal point in your bedroom, they’re equally possible when using wood as a material for your new bed frame.

Selecting the right wood bed frame can certainly elevate the look and feel of your room for years and years to come. Check out our wooden bed bases made from solid American ash timbers – the exact same material used in professional baseball bats so that you can expect durability for your wooden frame.

No material is perfect though, even if we love wooden bed frames, they still have some drawbacks that are to be considered. Wood may provide rigidity and structural durability to your bed frame, it still is an organic material that can experience some degradation over the years. Wood is susceptible to scratches and dents, they can have markings when not taken care of well. But these damages are often superficial and often do not affect the structural rigidity of the wood, these can also be mitigated by regularly applying protective coatings or polish to the wood.

Depending on the type of wood used for the bed frame and the quality of construction, wood beds can sometimes be creaky and make noise whenever you’re tossing around on your bed, especially in humid climates since the wood can naturally expand and contract in changing environments.

Check out: 3 Practical Ways To Stop Your Bed From Squeaking

Overall, wood bed frames are a great pick for any bedroom, the variety of designs, from low-profile to more intricate designs are all possible. They may not be the most low-maintenance option but taking good care of your wood bed frame can easily reward you with life-long durability.

Metal Bed Frames

Metal Bed Frames
Source: ikea

Plenty of bed frame buying guides recommend metal bed frames due to their durability and metal being an affordable option. Bed buyers out on a budget can enjoy the lower cost of metal bed frames to allocate the budget for other bedroom furniture.

Metal frames are often more durable since they can withstand heavy use and survive pests like termites, they may experience some bending over time, but only with heavy use and not from natural occurrences like moisture.

Wooden slats are often paired with metal bed frames which makes it more lightweight which can be beneficial if you move your bed around, as with kids’ rooms and in guest rooms.

For aesthetics, traditional beds like wrought iron bed frames have never gone out of style and are designed to last forever, but these can be a bit heavier compared to more modern choices for metal bed frames, which can be a consideration if you move places a lot.

The downside of metal bed frames though is their potential to squeak, especially with the cheaper metal bed frames, creaking sounds and noises would be harder to avoid which can be problematic for light sleepers and for. those who move around a lot during sleep.

Upholstered Bed Frames

Upholstered Bed Frames

Modern bed frames often incorporate upholstery in the construction of bedroom furniture. Having the freedom to choose different colours and textures allows furniture designers to experiment with different bed frame styles and designs to best suit the personality of their buyers.

Upholstered bed frames or fabric bed frames typically include cushioned headboards, side panels, and footboards to give the bed frame a plush look and the sleepers added comfort and support while seated in bed.

Many upholstered bed frames can also incorporate extra storage spaces underneath the bed and incorporate upholstered panels to disguise the drawers. These storage beds are quite popular for those living in small spaces but do not want to compromise on design and style.

Fabric bed frames may appear to be cozy and stylish, but the problem lies in maintaining the look and lustre of the fabric, these would require deep cleaning (sometimes even requiring the help of professionals) and a lot of care to preserve their looks.

Likewise, upholstered beds can also be a little more expensive compared to wood and metal options. But if you’re really after the looks of an upholstered bed frame but still want to be on a budget, look no further – Ecosa has some budget-friendly selections for you! It’s solid, squeak-free and a dream to assemble.

So, which material should it be?

We know it can be quite daunting to decide which bed frame material should you go for, but our recommendation is to find a bed frame that speaks to you in terms of style and looks, after all, your bed is where you’d be spending significant hours on in the years to come.

Worry less about the cost, you only purchase bed frames once in a long period of time, think of it as an investment for you to get the best sleep possible!

Don’t know where to start? Check out Ecosa’s catalogue of wooden and upholstered bed frames to look for the best bed frame for you. Pair it with a nice memory foam mattress and you’d be off to slumberland in no time! All Ecosa mattresses come with a 15-year warranty and a 100-night trial period for you to enjoy.

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