Japanese Platform Bed Frames: Practicality, Style and Pure Zen
A Platform bed is composed of a bed frame with slats or a solid panel to support a mattress or a futon. There is no need for an additional box-spring which makes it economical and solves the problem of the squeaky springs. Like any piece of furniture, they come in a variety of designs and the Asian style is the most popular.
Design and quality can vary a lot from one bed frame to another and it reflects in the prices you will find. Some companies offer platform frames for less than 200 dollars but you can just as easily spend a couple of thousand dollars for a really good quality one.
Bed frames of this kind are usually made of wood but they can come in other materials such as coated metal or compressed cardboard. Although they can be used with any type of mattresses of standard sizes, they perfectly fit certain kinds like memory foam mattresses that require a flat surface.
As the main piece of furniture in the bedroom, your bed will not only influence the atmosphere of your bedroom but also the quality of your sleep. A Japanese-style platform bed will instantly create a much appreciated relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom.
In addition to the design, you will want to consider their height since such bed frames are usually lower than typical beds. Some have a headboard and/or footboard. To follow the Japanese tradition and combine comfort and style, you can associate it with a futon mattress.
Traditional, simple platform beds
If you are looking for a sleek and simple design, you can have a look at this Step One Collection Full Platform Bed by South Shore. It offers a modern design with safe rounded corners and decorative moldings. It is made of wood panels and a plywood solid base. As you can see, it doesn’t come with a headboard but it is very affordable. You can also note the low height compared to traditional bed frames. This piece of furniture may not be as durable as a frame of a better quality but it is good enough if you are looking for something basic and good looking.
This completely different Tatami Platform Bed is offered by Oriental Furniture, a company renowned for its high quality items following the Japanese tradition. Available in several sizes and colors and relatively affordable, it is composed of a wooden frame and slats to support a tatami mat. Typically Asian, this bed will add a zen and relaxing touch to your bedroom.
Platform frames with additional functions
Adding to their elegant design, some platform frames benefit from additional embedded accessories that make them even more functional.
As an example, take a look at this cheap Trinity Collection Platform Bed by South Shore. It was made very practical by turning the space under it into a storage area with a sliding drawer. You can easily set it against a wall if needed and still have access to the storage. This sturdy enough and comfortable bed frame also presents decorative moldings for a sleek look.
This affordable Shore Step One Collection Storage Platform Bed also includes a very convenient built-in storage with two sliding drawers (one on each side). Very elegant and functional, it is composed of a flat platform to support the mattress. Part of the plywood extends past the mattress which gives it a sleek look and it has rounded foot corners. If you want an elegant bed but you are on a budget, you may appreciate its quality-price ratio.
As you can notice, the last two bed frames presented above have no headboard. This gives you the opportunity to get creative if want to decorate the bedroom but you might also want a matching headboard. This corresponding headboard by South Shore will give your bed a more harmonious look. This accessory even includes a shelf for more convenience.
If you are looking for a bed frame of a superior quality, I highly recommend this Fujian Modern Platform Bed by Matisse. It shows a modern Japanese design and would be perfect to create an eastern theme and relaxing atmosphere. It includes a nightstand on each side which make it as convenient as it is elegant. It is very close to the floor and it is made of a solid wood frame with a headboard. As a very popular bed frame, it looks harmonious and really is a decorative piece of furniture. Sturdy and chic, its design remains simple so it can fit any interior. You will definitely consider it as a good investment since the great value justifies the price.
Contemporary platform beds
Following the same concept as the traditional Japanese-style bed frame, some other platform frames distinguish themselves by a contemporary touch like this luxury Modern Platform Bed by Matisse. It offers an unusual and unique shape to support standard mattresses. Comfortable and attractive, it is made of solid slats and is very sturdy as a whole. A Platform bed is composed of a bed frame with slats or a solid panel to support a mattress or a futon. There is no need for an additional box-spring which makes it economical and solves the problem of the squeaky springs. Like any piece of furniture, they come in a variety of designs and the Asian style is the most popular.