Platform Bed Ideas

Platform beds are an economical, minimalist style of bed frame with a built-in foundation. With a modern design that’s ideal for foam mattresses, many sleepers now favor platform beds over box springs when it comes to mattress support.

All mattress sizes and types are suitable for platform beds. With their growing popularity, there are more varieties of platform beds available than ever before.

But if you’ve never slept on a platform bed, you might not know what to look for. We’ll cover what makes platform beds unique and whether this style of bed frame is right for you. We’ll also give you an array of platform bed ideas, including discussing the most popular styles and how to get started on your own platform bed DIY project.

What Is a Platform Bed?

A platform bed is a unique style of frame that includes a foundation. Bed frames are designed to support and extend the lifespan of your mattress. However, many bed frames require a separate base, like a box spring, for adequate support.

A typical platform bed consists of a frame and a built-in base, usually made from slatted wood or metal.

Many sleepers prefer platform beds for their minimalist design. Platform beds are usually low-profile and have a more modern look. This simple design is often less expensive than buying a bed frame and a separate box spring.

Platform beds are suitable for all types of mattresses. However, they tend to be paired with foam mattresses, which generally don’t require a box spring.

How Much Does a Platform Bed Cost?

Platform beds are available at a broad range of prices for virtually all budgets. More affordable models are between $100 and $400, while high-end models can be $500 or more.

Several factors influence the price of a platform bed. The quality of the materials, manufacturing location, brand, and size all impact the price-point. For example, a king size platform bed typically costs more than a platform bed frame for a queen.

Platform beds are widely available. Most brick-and-mortar sleep stores have models you can browse in person. Some online sleep brands also offer platform beds at a discount when you bundle the purchase with a new mattress.

What Are the Different Styles of Platform Beds?

Platform beds tend to have a minimalist design, but you can find this type of bed frame in many different styles.

Platform beds are available in a wide range of different materials (wood, metal, or plastic), base options (slatted or solid), and number of legs (4 or 6). With so many options, you should be able to find a platform bed that fits your aesthetic and bedroom decor.


A storage platform bed incorporates a discreet storage space. This may be in the form of drawers or a hinge to lift the mattress and reveal a storage compartment. Platform beds with storage are an excellent choice for anyone with limited closet space.


Floating platform beds appear to be hovering off the ground. The actual support structure is concealed under the center of the bed frame. If you’re looking for a unique centerpiece for your bedroom, this style takes the modern, minimalist appearance of a platform bed to the next level.


Low-rise platform beds sit close to the ground. For sleepers who enjoy a modern look, the low-rise style is another excellent option. A low-profile bed can also help make your sleeping area feel more airy and spacious.


High-rise platform beds are significantly taller than typical models. This is an excellent option for anyone who wants extra space for storage. High-rise platform beds are also ideal for sleepers who have trouble getting into and out of lower beds.

Should You Build a Platform Bed?

Building your own platform bed can allow you to customize the design. However, this option isn’t right for everyone. Consider the following questions:

  • Do you have the necessary tools?
  • Do you enjoy DIY projects?
  • Do you want a custom design?
  • Do you have the time?

If you answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, building your own platform bed may be right for you. Keep in mind that it will likely take several days to gather supplies and build the bed. Additionally, depending on the materials and tools you need, building a platform bed could be more expensive than purchasing one.

Choosing the Right Design

The first step in building a DIY platform bed is to choose the design. This will help determine what materials and tools you need.

The design phase is where you can let your creativity shine. However, if you need a little inspiration, try flipping through a few home design magazines or searching online for ideas.

During this phase, ask yourself the following questions to narrow down the best design for your skill level and style preferences:

  • What is your aesthetic?
  • How complex of a build are you willing/able to create?
  • How accessible are the necessary materials?
  • Does your budget allow for the materials and tools required?

Gathering Tools and Materials

Once you determine the design of your platform bed, it’s time to gather your tools and materials. Think carefully about your plans before you purchase materials to avoid going over budget. For example, a standard low-profile platform bed generally costs less to build than a storage platform bed with drawers.

Every design is different. That’s part of the fun of building your own platform bed. While this means we can’t give you an exact list of the tools and materials you need, some standard items include:

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Nails and screws
  • Raw materials, such as wood

Depending on the exact design of your platform bed, you may need additional supplies for finishing details, such as:

  • Sandpaper
  • Paint and associated supplies
  • Wood stain

Building on a Budget

While DIY projects can get expensive, it is possible to keep costs low when building your own platform bed. Renting, borrowing, or purchasing tools secondhand is one easy way to cut costs.

For raw materials, consider repurposing old items, such as shipping pallets or headboards. Thrift stores and community marketplace websites are great resources for low-cost or even free materials. Getting creative can help you save money and craft a truly unique piece.

Related Reading:

  • Mattress Comfort Layers

    Comfort layers are crucial to a mattress’ contouring, pressure relief, and support. We discuss how these top layers impact the feel of a bed.

  • Sleeping Without a Pillow

    Sleeping without a pillow can improve posture and comfort for some sleepers. We discuss the pros and cons and who can benefit from this sleeping method.

  • How to Make a Weighted Blanket

    Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make a weighted blanket at home and find out if a DIY weighted blanket is right for you.