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What is a Platform Bed and Do You Need One?

Castlery|Mar 20, 2024

Platform beds have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially in contemporary and modern designs for the bedroom. Platform beds offer a sleek, minimalist aesthetic and are often preferred for their clean lines and low profile.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of platform beds, what to look for in a platform bed, and whether you need one.

What is a platform bed?

A platform bed is a bed that has a solid platform that serves as its foundation instead of the traditional box spring or foundation. This platform is typically constructed of wood or metal slats that provide support for the mattress.

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The main difference between a platform bed and other bed frames is its low profile - creating a sleek and modern look that is especially popular in contemporary and minimalist interior design styles.

Oftentimes, platform beds come with built-in storage options that provide additional space for clothing or bedding. This can be particularly useful in smaller bedrooms where storage space is limited.

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Benefits of a platform bed

Space-saving design

Platform beds are designed to be low to the ground, which makes them an excellent space-saving option for smaller bedrooms. They also often have built-in storage solutions that can help keep your bedroom clutter-free.

To add on, the low profile of platform beds makes your room seem more spacious and airy.

No box spring required

Platform beds eliminate the need for a traditional box spring or foundation, which can save you money. Box springs are often bulky and can be difficult to move, while platform beds are typically more lightweight and easier to maneuver.

Comfort and support

A platform bed can provide excellent support for your mattress, which can help prevent back pain and discomfort.

The slats on a platform bed are typically spaced closer together, which can help distribute weight more evenly and reduce pressure points. The slats also provide a firmer and more supportive base for your mattress to improve overall sleep quality.

Our bed slats are made of plywood and solid acacia.

Better air circulation

With beds that use a box spring or foundation, the mattress sits on top of a layer of springs or a solid wooden frame. This can limit the amount of airflow under the mattress, which can cause heat and moisture to become trapped.

However, platform beds have slatted bases which can provide better air circulation as the slats allow air to flow freely under the mattress. This increased airflow helps to keep the mattress dry and fresh, reducing the likelihood of mold and mildew growth.

The improved ventilation can help to regulate temperature, keeping you cooler and more comfortable during hot and humid weather.

What to look for in a platform bed

Platform height

The height of the platform bed is an important factor to consider when choosing a platform bed. If you prefer a taller height, make sure to choose a platform bed that has a higher platform height. This makes it easier to get in and out of bed, especially if you have a bad back or knees.

Alternatively, if you prefer a lower bed, choose a platform bed with a lower platform height.


The material of the platform bed can have a big impact on its overall look, feel, and durability.

Common materials include wood, metal, and upholstered fabrics. Wooden platform beds can offer a Scandinavian or traditional look and feel, while metal platform beds can be more modern and minimalist. Upholstered platform beds can add a touch of luxury and comfort to your bedroom.

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While this goes without saying, it’s still worth reminding you about it! Ensure that you pick a platform bed that can accommodate your mattress size. As some platform beds have insets, you could risk purchasing a frame that can’t fit your mattress or has too much extra space.

Choosing the right-sized platform bed is important for the overall aesthetic of your bedroom as well. A bed that is too small or too large may look out of place or unbalanced in relation to the rest of your furniture and decor.

Weight capacity

The weight capacity of a platform bed is an important consideration, particularly if you have a heavier mattress or multiple people will be sleeping on the bed. Take into consideration the weight of your mattress as well as the occupants to ensure the slats can provide enough support.


Stability is an important factor to consider when choosing a platform bed. If a platform bed is unstable, it can cause the mattress to shift or even collapse, potentially causing injury to the person using the bed. In addition, an unstable bed can lead to discomfort and poor sleep quality, as the bed may creak or shift every time you move.

That said, look for a platform bed that is well-constructed and has a sturdy base that can support the weight of the mattress without it sagging.


Lastly, platform beds come in a variety of styles, from modern to contemporary and everything in between. Consider your existing decor and choose a style that complements it, or choose a style that reflects your personal taste.

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Do you need a platform bed?

Are platform beds just a trend or should you really invest in one?

It’s easy to see why platform beds are all the rage with their clean lines, low profile, and minimalist aesthetic. Aside from aesthetics, there are also several benefits of a platform bed that make it worth considering.

While it all still comes down to personal preferences, platform beds are definitely a viable option the next time you’re looking for a new bed.


How tall should a bedside table be for a platform bed?

The height of your bedside table will depend on the height of your platform bed. Generally, you want your bedside table to be about the same height as the top of your mattress, or slightly lower. This will make it easy to reach items on the bedside table from your bed.

For a platform bed, which is typically lower to the ground than a traditional bed, a bedside table that is around 50 to 60cm in height is often a good choice.

Recommended read: How to Choose The Perfect Bedside Table for Your Bedroom

How do I keep my mattress from sliding on a platform bed?

If your mattress is sliding on your platform bed, you can use non-slip mattress pads or choose a platform bed with a non-slip surface. Alternatively, look for a platform bed that comes with insets so you can nestle your mattress into the frame, like the Dawson Bed.

How thick should a mattress be for a platform bed?

The thickness of your mattress for a platform bed will depend on personal preference and the design of your platform bed. Most platform beds are designed to accommodate a range of mattress thicknesses, but it's always a good idea to check with the brand.

In general, a mattress that is around 25 to 30cm thick is a good choice for a platform bed, as it will provide adequate support without being too high off the ground.

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