One of the best things you can do for your health is to get a solid night's sleep. An ideal sleep environment can include the right temperature, a comfortable mattress and bed sheets, and a bed frame that aids, not hinders a good night's sleep.
A quiet bed frame means no noises should you toss and turn or switch positions. This helps to eliminate both airborne and impact noise to help you and your partner sleep peacefully.
The Quiet Bed Frames
Let's explore some of the quietest options available:
1. Lucid Upholstered Platform Bed Frame with Slats
This bed frame by LUCID features a sturdy wood construction that's paired with a classic linen-inspired upholstery. It's both functional and visually appealing at the same time.
The wood slats are strategically spaced to provide support for your mattress. This helps to eliminate any potential noise, and remove the need for a box spring.
The bed frame is available in most mattress sizes: Twin, full, queen, king, and California king. It's also available in four colorways: charcoal, cobalt, pearl, and stone.
Most noteworthy is that you won't be fighting with this bed frame during the assembly process. It's easy to assemble and requires only a Phillips Head screwdriver.
Plus, with the opportunity to ship straight to your front door and a lifetime warranty, the Lucid Upholstered platform bed frame is a no-brainer.
2. Mellow Metal Platform Bed Frame
This platform bed frame from Mellow features a heavy-duty steel construction and steel slat foundation. This results in better stability and durability than most other platform style bed frames.
It comes in a modern, low profile design with hinged corners. It will complement several different design styles making it a versatile bed frame. It's also available in most mattress sizes: twin, full, queen, and king.
The all metal design is heavy and ensures minimal movement. Lucid actually refers to the frame as "noise free." This is large in part due to the engineering behind the product. The materials/parts are flat pack ready, and easy to assemble thanks to the "Clip2Lock" feature.
3. Zinus Moiz Wood Platform Bed Frame
This modern, sleek, wooden frame is designed with wooden slats to support any foam, latex, or spring mattress, eliminating the need for a box spring.
The Zinus Moiz Platform bed is both sturdy and stylish. It's made from 100% solid wood (wood type not specified) and gives a minimalist, rustic look that will complement many design styles. There is also a steel frame just below the wooden slats for additional support.
You can choose from two wood colors, natural or dark brown. It's also available in most mattress sizes: twin, full, queen, king.
The Zinus bed frame can be put together in under an hour. It comes with all the tools and parts necessary and the instruction manual is actually useful featuring an 11 step process with clear concise pictures to follow.
In terms of noise, there is foam padded tape added to the steel frame. This helps to ensure noise-free use and the non-slip tape on the wooden slats helps to prevent your mattress from moving.
4. Zinus Justina Standing Mattress Foundation
The Zinus Justina Quick Snap Standing Mattress Foundation is a simple, 100% polyester design that comes in grey, navy, or beige.
With three reasonably neutral color choices, this frame will match any existing color scheme and design you have in your bedroom. It also pairs well with any sheets and comforters you may choose.
It's 16 inches in total height and has a nine-inch, compact, durable, and strong steel frame and seven-inch support legs.
Zinus has a patent pending for their Quick Snap TM assembly that allows you to assemble the bed in minutes. The bed frame is available in wide variety of mattress sizes: Queen, King, Twin XL, Twin, Narrow Twin, and California King. It also requires no box spring.
The bed frame ships in compact packaging, making it easy to move in tight interior spaces such as hallways and stairwells. The Zinus Justina Quick Snap Mattress Foundation is also a light and portable frame, making it easy to move once assemble should you feel the urge to rearrange your bedroom.
Lastly, it's backed by a 5 year worry-free warranty.
5. ZIYOO Heavy Duty Reinforced Platform Bed Frame
This ZIYOO frame features ten wooden slats, one center support bar, and six strong legs. It's rated up to 3500 lbs making it one of the most stable and sturdy bed frames available. ZIYOO notes that it's 20% stronger and heavier than similar frames available, which helps with mattress life.
The ZIYOO's reinforced steel and wood frame, has a non-slip design that helps to prevent the mattress from falling out of position. The design doesn't require the need for a box spring and is headboard and footboard compatible. It also features a silent cushioning gasket for noise-free use ensuring that it doesn't squeak.
The frame is easy to assemble and can put together in minutes. All tools you need for assembly comes with the frame, and the main parts are labeled, making it a stress-free assembly process.
The frame is available for most mattress sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. It's also available in both 14- inch and 16-inch heights.
The height allows you to maximize the storage space under the bed, which is an attractive feature for smaller bedrooms.
What To Look For in a Quiet Bed Frame
A bed frame helps to support the weight of both you, your partner, the mattress, box-spring, and in some cases the head and foot-board. Needless to say, it's an important part of owning a bed.
In many cases, people buy an expensive mattress and slap it on an old bed frame. While you're comfortable, your movement is restricted because your mattress squeaks as you move around.
Let's look at ways to prevent this problem by making a more intelligent purchasing decision.
There are a finite number of materials used for bed frames. This is because the material needs to be both durable and practical.
Your choices usually boil down to some form of either wood, or metal.
Much like that of an architect building a skyscraper, they first start with a strong frame. The frame needs to withstand both environmental impact and the occupants. Repairs need to be kept to a minimum while still remaining safe.
Much like the skyscraper, a bed frame needs to withstand the test of time while still remaining comfortable and safe for the sleeper.
Often, steel angle iron or other forms of steel are used for bed frames. As you might expect these materials are extremely durable. It won't splinter or bend and they're fairly lightweight. In order for the wood counterpart to match the same strength, you need more material which increases the weight.
Unlike wood, steel won't rot, warp, or splinter with age. Thanks to the nature of how metals can be molded, you can also create unique designs.
Wood is one of the oldest building materials in the world. While metal may have better durability, it's hard to resist the aesthetic appeal of wood.
Some of the most popular woods used to make bed frames are Pine, Oak, Poplar, and Maple. However, other forms of softwoods and hardwoods can be used.
The wood is then finished with something like varnish. The varnish helps with durability because it's resistant to impact, heat, abrasion, water, and alcohol. Varnish applies clear but it will also darken the wood slightly.
When it comes to wood, avoid manufactured woods like chipboard, fibreboard (MDF), particle board, and plywood. These materials lack durability.
Mattress Size Matters
Before purchasing a bed frame, you should know the size of your mattress. Most people will know if they have a twin, full, queen, king, or California king.
If you're not sure, you can measure the mattress to confirm. The standard mattress sizes are:
- Twin: 38 x 75 inches
- Full/Double: 53/54 x 75 inches
- Queen: 60 x 80 inches
- King: 76 x 80 inches
- California King: 72 x 84 inches
If you're buying a new mattress/bed frame you should measure the space to ensure it can accommodate the sizes above.
The biggest complaint from most people is that their bed frame squeaks. This is usually a result of poor engineering and too many moving parts.
For the sake of comparison, if a vehicle's suspension lacks lubrication and metal-on-metal wear is occurring, you'll experience squeaks.
In a similar way, if your bed frame consists of a dozen parts, all of which are screwed or latched together, you're bound to have squeaks as you or your partner move around.
Look for a bed frame that features minimal assembly and little to no moving parts. This alone is one of the best ways to avoid bed frame related squeaks.
Types of Bed Frames
Today there are a number of bed frame styles available. However, like we noted, you should avoid moving parts. Bed frames that feature storage compartments, a canopy, murphy, etc, all feature dozens of moving parts for structure borne noise to travel through.
Keep your options limited to the following: platform and traditional/standard.
Traditional Bed Frame
A traditional bed frame is as simple as they come. They are made to be used in combination with a box spring. They usually include only head, foot, and side rails as well as an additional support slat/rail or two.
This is why a box spring is necessary because it provides support the mattress needs. If you were to put the mattress on the bed frame without the box spring, it would likely sag because of a lack of support.
These bed frames are quite durable as they're usually made of steel and other metals. Although, they're aesthetic is somewhat lacking because of their utilitarian feel.
Platform Bed Frame
Platform bed frames are very similar to traditional bed frames. They also feature head, foot, and side rail supports. However, they also feature many support slats, where-as standard bed frames may not have any. They also usually discourage the use of box springs.
Platform bed frames usually come as a solid, flat surface that's made from wood, metal, or laminate.
Too often, we focus on our mattresses as the be-all and end-all of proper sleep. We're so busy looking at the mattress, we neglect the frame.
A quiet bed frame paired with a comfortable mattress is vital to ensure adequate sleep. Pick an option that matches your existing mattress, aligns with your budget, and matches your decor and you can't go wrong.