Whether you are new in town and bed shopping for the first time or you simply fancy a change, choosing a new bed frame is an important decision. In picking the perfect bed, much must be considered: size, sturdiness, style and storage. Need a guide on everything you should know? We get the lowdown from the experts at Harvey Norman on how to pick the best bed frame for you.
It may seem obvious, but if you’ve already got a mattress, you’ll need to choose a bed frame that fits. If you’re bringing your mattress from overseas, note that sizes do vary internationally.
In Singapore there are four standard bed frame sizes: King (for mattress size W183cm x L190cm); Queen (for W152cm x L190cm); Super Single (for W107cm x L190cm); and Single (for W91cm x L190cm). Make sure you make a note of your mattress size and tell the salesman so they can advise you accordingly.
It’s not just the surface area that counts. Also consider the height of the bed frame and if it is comfortable for you to get on and off once you add the mattress on top.
Once you have decided on the size of the bed frame you need, it’s time to think about budget. Consider how much you are willing to spend, and then find the best option within that price range.
Sturdiness and comfort
Make sure the bed frame is sturdy enough to hold your mattress securely — you don’t want your mattress sliding around every time you get into bed. Comfort also refers to the headboard.
If you love watching TV or reading in bed, look for a headboard which provides proper support, like Harvey Norman’s Miami or Megan Beds. Also, look out for sharp edges on the front corners of the bed. Your shins will thank you for years to come.
Our Harvey Norman experts list the different styles available for your needs and preferences.
- Wooden Bed Frame
These come in all shapes and sizes and are commonly made from teakwood, rubberwood, pacific oak, or MDF (medium-density fibreboard).
- Platform Bed
Platform beds like the Becky or Metro Bed are particularly good for use with waterbeds as its extra-long, extra wide frame can accommodate the larger sized mattress.
- Canopy Bed (or Four-Poster Bed)
Elegant four-posters like the Castello Poster Bed have real, regal flair. Add drapes for the extra-lux look and get ready for some fairytale romance!
- Storage Beds
Perfect if you are short on space, storage beds can open vertically using hydraulic arms, like Harvey Norman’s Avalon Bed. Some storage beds have sliding drawers while others have storage built into the headboard, like the Forster Bed.
- Box Spring
This sturdy upholstered wooden bed frame has springs encased in the wooden base and upholstered with fabric. The mattress sits on top and adjusts to your body weight for additional comfort. Traditionally a ruffle or bed skirt covers up the frame, although these days, there are also options to upholster in PVC or other fabrics.
Similar to a box spring, a divan is made of wooden slats covered with tightly stretched upholstery. This style offers a firmer sleeping surface and tends to be less expensive.
When choosing bed frame upholstery, think about the rest of your décor but also maintenance and cleaning. The most common types of upholstery are leather, PVC (synthetic leather) and fabric.
If you are using a spring mattress, try to avoid a slatted baseboard, or ensure that the gaps between the slats are as fine as possible as the lack of support underneath can damage the spring coils.
Head to the Harvey Norman Millenia Walk Flagship Superstore to explore their full range of over 100 bed frames and mattresses, plus sofa beds, kids’ beds, bedding and more.
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