Lastly, unless you’re on a super tight budget, you’ll want to find furniture that not only looks good, but also was constructed with quality materials. A bed frame made from solid hardwood or strong metal will last longer, and ultimately look more expensive than furniture that uses engineered wood products such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or plywood, which is typically covered with a cheap wood veneer to look like the real thing.
How We Chose These Bed Frames
To ensure we’re recommending the best, most stylish bed frames on Amazon, we drew from our own personal experience with bed frames, the GQ Sleep Awards 2023, and careful research of Amazon’s furniture section. We prioritized sleep and furniture brands that we trust such as Casper, Modway, and Walker Edison. You know, real companies with verifiable websites and “About Us” pages. Some of these we’ve recommended to GQ readers before or tried personally, while others are new finds based on the latest interior design trends. With all of this in mind, we found nine bed frames for your consideration.
The Best Bed Foundation on Amazon: The Foundation Bed Frame by Casper
Casper’s The Foundation bed frame is designed to replace a traditional box spring, but has the sturdiness of a solid wood frame bed thanks to its interlockable grooves and wooden slats. One of our editors has owned one of these in the past through several years and moves, and stands by its sturdiness and cost-effectiveness over the years. While you can place this mattress foundation directly on your floor, we beseech you to pair it with a sturdy metal or wood bed frame (like any of the ones below) once you’re past your first starter apartment out of college. This is the kind of bed you buy before you acquire your heritage bedroom furniture later in life, and it should last as long (or longer) than your mattress.
The Best Metal Bed Frame on Amazon: Olee Sleep
. When you need to save your sleep budget for your mattress, this affordable bed frame will support that fancy new mattress for a long time to come. We’ve featured this durable steel bed frame in GQ shopping guides previously, and it’s just a solid, extremely well-reviewed metal platform bed frame. We love that there are actual slats on this frame made of reinforced heavy-duty steel, rather than just a T-shaped support bar in the middle, for optimal support and sturdiness. You can also pair this one with a headboard if you want to class up your bedroom down the line. Most importantly, the best-selling Olee Sleep bed frame leaves 13 inches of clearance below for under-bed storage bins and organizers.
The Best Midcentury-Style Bed Frame on Amazon: Modway Margot
Modway makes affordable midcentury modern-style furniture for people on a budget, and this writer has owned a TV stand of theirs that he can vouch has held up for five years with extremely minor wear and tear. The only downside is that low cost furniture typically comes with some low-budget materials, like this MCM platform bed constructed with walnut and MDF. It can be paired with a matching headboard now or in the future, and the wooden slats support your mattress directly, so there’s no box spring needed. As is common with platform bed frames, there’s only a little space for storage, but this silhouette will still be a stylish and minimalist addition to your bedroom. It’s also relatively lightweight and will be easy to construct and move as needed.
The Best Platform Bed Frame on Amazon: Mellow
A simple wood bed frame is a great starter bed when you’re ready to retire your metal bed frame from Amazon Basics. We like this platform bed because it’s constructed from solid wood, not cheap particle board, and because there are 8.5 inches of space underneath for storage. Like the GQ award-winning Thuma bed frame, the Mellow bed frame can be assembled in minutes (although it lacks the signature Japanese joinery of the latter’s products). Plus, the wood slats feature a non-slip coating to keep your mattress in place despite any tossing and turning. As one of the most popular bed frames on Amazon, this best-seller has also garnered more than 14,000 five-star reviews from Amazon shoppers to help influence your decision.
The Best Bed Frame with an Adjustable Headboard: Zinus Raymond
The Raymond platform bed from Zinus has a handy feature: the solid wood headboard can be adjusted to the height of your mattress. This midcentury modern-style option has enough clearance off the floor to store a fair amount of junk under there, though you’ll have to work around the central column of legs. The exterior acacia wood legs are tipped with gold-colored metal, and the rustic brown headboard gives you a place to prop yourself while you doomscroll before bed or watch reruns. You won’t need any extra tools to assemble this bed frame, though Zinus says it can take up to an hour to put it together with two people.
The Best Upholstered Bed Frame on Amazon: Zinus Justina
Sleep brand Zinus makes some of the most attractive bed frames on Amazon, and the company uses solid materials, modern designs, and affordable prices to woo sleepers. When it was first released in 2019, the Justina upholstered bed frame won a design award for its easy assembly and straightforward-yet-stylish silhouette. The fabric upholstery snaps into place over a simple metal bed frame, while solid wood legs keep the bed off the floor so your mattress gets plenty of ventilation. It has all the benefits of a sturdy metal frame, but to all the world it looks like an upholstered wood bed. While it comes in dark grey and navy blue colors, we prefer the beige fabric, and this is a good choice if you want an upholstered bed frame that doesn’t come with a heavy headboard.
The Best Bed Frame on Amazon with an Extended Headboard: DG Casa Rhodes
The Rhodes Bed Frame from Amazon storefront DG Casa combines a few bedroom decor trends in one single product. The upholstered headboard features an on-trend tufted velvet, available in blue or light grey, and the whole thing is finished off with angled MCM legs. We’re seeing striking bed frames and velvet headboards like this make a comeback in recent years, and this is a stylish piece of furniture that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself. As is typical with platform beds, no box spring is required. This hand platform bed also comes with an extended headboard, which looks great with matching MCM-style nightstands.
The Best Velvet Bed on Amazon: Jennifer Taylor Home Aspen
Speaking of the return of velvet furniture, we also dig this vertical tufted velvet bed. The Aspen from Jennifer Taylor Home features a subtle curved wingback headboard for a unique silhouette. While dark blue and emerald velvet are always popular choices, this modern bed comes in 11 different shades of velvet so you can match your new bed to your bedroom decor and preferred color scheme. The frame uses a combination of solid hardwood and engineered wood for a sturdy platform that will support your mattress while providing good air circulation. Plus, unlike most modern bed frames from retailers such as CB2 or Design Within Reach, this velvet bed frame costs well under $1,000.
The Best Storage Bed on Amazon: Merax Hydraulic Lift-Up Storage Bed
This modern bed also features a tufted headboard, but its most distinctive feature is on the inside. The Merax storage bed uses a a hydraulic lifting mechanism to store extra linens, winter clothing, or whatever’s currently taking up space in piles on your bedroom floor within its spacious interior cavity. Because any decent mattress will weigh a considerable amount, the hydraulic lift will be very much appreciated when you need to access the storage area. While some people may prefer pull-out storage drawers, we like how discreet this particular bed is. Another nice touch is the pine and plywood frame, covered in upholstery, that comes in three neutral colors. The only downside is that this bed frame is only available for full-size and queen-size mattresses.