We’d love to tell you there’s a super-secret formula to choosing the correct height of a bed base. The (unofficial) rule of thumb is that the height of the bed should correlate with your own height – but of course, what if you and your partner are different heights?
Another common equation is that the height of the bed should correlate with your age. Apparently, the older you are, the higher the bed base you should have. This makes it easier to get in and out of bed.
Aesthetically, you could opt for a low bed base if you like a minimalist look, while a higher bed looks more regal and luxurious.
Generally, choosing a high bed or a low bed is totally personal preference, but we’ll break down a few pros and cons of both. Let’s jump in.
Benefits of a High Bed Base
The benefits of a high bed base include more under bed storage space. If you’re living in a tiny apartment or your room is the size of a shoebox, a platform bed frame is efficient for storing things under the bed. In fact, you can have enough space for a trundle bed under there!
Having a high bed base is the ideal option for easily getting in and out of bed. Especially if you have aches or pains — a high bed will help you avoid doing an extra set of squats.
Tall beds also involve less bending when changing fitted sheets. As the saying goes, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.” A higher bed is generally easier to make each morning.
Having a high bed base also makes cleaning easier. You can fit a vacuum under the bed to bust away all the dust that accumulates. And honestly, having a high bed kind of feels like a luxury. Do you think the Queen is bending low to the ground to get into bed?! Surely not.
Cons of a High Bed Base
So what’s bad about having a high bed base? Aesthetically, it might make a small bedroom look awkward. Whether you pile a mattress on top of a box spring or on top of a tall platform bed, it can take up a lot of room, making your space feel cramped.
Higher beds also tend to have more assembly required. Whether you have a wood bed or a metal bed frame, you still tend to assemble a lot just to get it ready. You can always get a one-piece fabric bed or wooden bed, but these bring a lot of bulk to your room, too, compared to a steel frame that can be disassembled.
A tall bed can also be risky for the restless sleeper. If you tend to roll out of bed, the fall might be painful. Ouch.
And, of course, it’s harder for kids and pets to get into a high bed. (But you tell us if that’s a good or bad thing …)
Benefits of a Low Profile Bed Base
The benefits of a low bed base are all about aesthetics. A lower bed is minimalist in appearance and delivers a timeless style. Because it’s so low to the ground, it makes the room seem more spacious. Typically, a low bed is less bulky and, of course, allows for easy assembly.
Another aesthetically pleasing benefit to a lower bed is that you don’t need a bed skirt. Reminiscent of Grandma’s house or a very old bed and breakfast, bed skirts have no place on a minimal bedframe base.
A low bed frame is easy for kids and pets to hop into and out of. We still don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, but if it makes you feel better, it’s completely safe to sleep with your pet.
“Woof,” Spike agrees.
Cons of a Low Bed Base
The cons of a low bed base have to do with a lack storage space. What are you going to do with all your winter clothes? Not being able to shove things under the bed may be a huge deciding factor on a high versus low bed base.
It’s also easier for dirt and dust to accumulate because it’s harder to clean under the bed.
The low height is also harder for some people to get into, as having to crouch down onto a bed might aggravate a sore back. The same goes for bending over to make the bed in the morning, most especially if you have a double bed, queen bed, or king size bed.
So, Which Bed Base Height Should You Choose?
It’s totally up to you.
There are various benefits of a high versus low bed base, but YOU are the overall decision maker on getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re in the market for a new bed, Ecosa’s memory foam mattress is designed to rest on any surface, high or low, king size or king single. For the perfect mix of elevation, minimal style, and ample storage space, the brand-new Ecosa bed base is the whole package with its solid wood frame and wooden slats.
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