Platform Beds – No Need for a Box-Spring!
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Platform beds consist of only a firm, stable, horizontal base, on which a mattress sits; there is no need for a traditional box spring to sit on a frame and support a mattress, so it creates a 2-part bed rather than a 3-part set up. The base may be slatted or solid.
Platform beds actually pre-date the invention of the box-spring as every raised bed up to the invention of the box-spring in the 1860′s could be called a “platform bed”. Nowadays the bases are usually made of wood, metal or bamboo and may or may not include a headboard or footboard.
Modern style platform beds often take the European style of solid colors and simple, stylish, neutral designs. Those that include a headrest may use microfiber or leather padding which provides a comfortable backrest when sitting up in bed. Nowadays platform beds may also double up as storage furniture, with built-in drawers and compartments around the bed, below the raised mattress – these are popular where space is tight like in apartments.
A brief online search will point you towards many specialist sites where you can buy platform beds cheap. Not only will they be cheaper than in the bedding stores but you will probably get more choice as many sites will deal only in platform beds and will have efficient selection, order, payment and delivery procedures. Remember to check credentials of the retailer first and bear in mind that buying a bed is something that usually requires you testing the mattress out for comfort levels first, so buying on looks and promises alone involves many risks!
These sites should present many options for discount platform beds – made from wood, metal or upholstered models, both traditional and modern styles. Most of the wood ones in the US will be made from oak, maple, cherry, poplar or imported Bamboo; another popular type is the leather platform beds, which are very stylish. Asian platform beds are another style that is becoming more widespread, with the popularity of simple and neutral “peninsular style” furniture.
Size-wise you will find platform beds in all of the standard sizes that mattresses are made in, including California King. Prices will, as you would expect, vary greatly, according to sizes, materials and workmanship.