Platform BedsA platform bed might be described as a "minimalist" bed. There is no box spring and, in many cases, no head or foot board.
What Is A Platform Bed?At its simplest a platform bed is exactly what the name implies - a simple wooden or metal platform on which a mattress is placed. Because there is no box spring, a platform bed is usually very low set, however they are sometimes raised on legs in order to provide some under bed storage and make best use of available space.
Why Buy A Platform Bed?People buy platform beds for a variety of reasons. Some simply like the sleek, minimalist design which works well with both a traditional Zen or Japanese theme as well as with a more modern, contemporary look. In fact the humble platform bed can be successfully incorporated into a variety of themes, everything from stark white to black leather!
For others the appeal lies less in aesthetic considerations than in the very practical consideration that they are less bulky and therefore often easier to move around than some traditional beds of the same size. The addition of storage drawers is an important consideration for some people.
Since a platform bed is so basic, how is it an improvement on simply sleeping on the floor? The answer is that most modern platform beds don't simply consist of a solid slab of wood or metal. Usually there are a number of individual slats criss-crossing between the edges of the outer frame. This can help to reduce the weight of the bed and also gives it a small degree of "springiness" that can make it a more comfortable piece of bedroom furniture than you might expect.
A platform bed is often used with a simple high quality futon mattress. For extra comfort a modern memory foam mattress can be used. However you should be aware that some mattress manufacturers state that their products must be used on a solid foundation - a slatted surface might not be acceptable. Always check with the store where you buy or with the manufacturer for full details.
Platform beds are also popular with craft enthusiasts. For someone with practical skills (which rules me out!) assembling or building a platform bed is reportedly not too difficult a project. If you do want to build your own then kits and plans are available to buy online.