King Platform Bed – Buyer’s Guide
A king platform bed is a fantastic, modern option for anyone who likes a little extra room when they sleep. These beds come in several different styles and materials. They are the perfect for homes with large bedrooms and the best compliment to nearly any bedroom’s décor.
What is a King Platform Bed?
A king platform bed is very similar to a traditional king bed, with the main difference lying in the frame. Instead of a standard bed frame, headboard and footboard, the frame of a platform bed is a solid, rectangular piece of wood or metal. These frames do not support a box spring and mattress combination; instead, slats are laid across the top of the solid frame and are made to support a mattress only. This provides consumers with a much firmer sleeping surface, even on extremely plush, futon, and pillow-top mattresses. Consumers can select their favorite mattresses from their favorite bedroom furniture manufacturer without fear of an odd fit. Even a memory foam mattress can get a boost of firmness from a platform bed frame.
Types of King Platform Beds
A modern king platform bed is very similar to the standard king size beds found all over the United States. They are made to fit the standard (or Eastern) king mattress size which is 76 inches in width x 80 inches in length. There are some variations to this, however. One variation is the California king platform bed, which is four inches narrower than a standard king but is four inches longer. This is a great option for taller people who may desire some extra length. Another variation of the standard king is the Japanese platform bed. These are known for their simplicity in design and ease of assembly; Japanese beds are interlocking and require no screws and brackets. Self-assembly is definitely an option with these beds, because there are no complicated instructions. Many Japanese beds are also sold with meditation mats that can be used instead of a standard king mattress, for a firm night’s sleep that is rich in culture. All of these are slightly larger than queen size for extra room while sleeping, and are more than double the size of a twin bed.
Colors and Materials
King platform beds can come in nearly any color or material imaginable. The most popular materials for platform beds are wood and metal, however. In the case of king platform beds, it is best to steer clear of softwoods as these are easily damaged and wear quickly. Hardwoods, such as cherry, maple and oak are both beautiful and worth the extra price since they will last consumers a life time if they are treated properly. The consumers have many options in terms of finishes to choose from. The popular finishes in the U.S. are honey, walnut and espresso. Metals are very common in platform beds as well, and come in a huge range of finishes. Metal beds can be painted any color the consumer desires or left as-is for a more industrial feel. Some wooden beds are upholstered from head to toe, and while this is a fantastic option, it is much harder to clean an upholstered bed than one made from solid wood or metal.
Cost and Where to Purchase a King Platform Bed
King platform beds can be found in many large chain furniture stores, although they may not be kept in their normal stock. In these cases, chain stores offer consumers the option to purchase the beds online from a list of inventory and have it shipped to the store of their choice at no extra charge. From this point, consumers may choose to pick the bed up and assemble it themselves, or pay an extra fee for the store to deliver and assemble the bed. King platform beds can be purchased online from specialty retailers, but shipping fees are often considerable. If money is not an issue, there are thousands of different models of platform beds that are only available online.
The price of king platform beds range between $300 to over $2000 depending on the materials used to construct. Hardwood beds are the most expensive among other materials because of their quality and durability, while metal beds are less costly.
The king platform bed is growing in popularity all over the United States. From a modern platform bed to California king platform bed, the only limit to the bed of anyone’s dreams is their imagination.