How to Select the Right Bed Frame

Beth Rice 02/08/2017

A bed frame provides the foundation for any bedroom. It’s the anchor that pulls all your bedroom furniture together.

When choosing the a bed frame, consider the following:

  • The size of your mattress: What size mattress are you most comfortable on?
  • The size of your bedroom: Select a bed frame in proportion to the room size.
  • The height and bulk of the bed frame: Elaborate bed frames may require higher ceilings to accommodate them.
  • Your style: What look are you going for?
  • Storage needs: Do you need a bed frame with built-in storage?
  • Your budget: Get the most bed for your budget.

A wide variety of bed frames are available today making it easy to enhance your style and maximize your space while keeping you comfortable. Let’s take a look at bed frame types and their characteristics.

Canopy Bed

A canopy bed creates a romantic atmosphere. It can either be fully curtained or draped with fabric for effect. Closing the curtains provides privacy while you sleep and can help keep out drafts. Changing out the fabric on a canopy will give your room a fresh look.

The Amish Modern Shaker Canopy Bed has simple, solid wood crossbeams that connect.

Amish Modern Shaker Canopy Bed

Four Poster Bed

The four poster bed rests well in a traditional setting. The posts add a sense of drama to the room and can be decorative or plain.

The Amish Beethoven Rolling Pin Bed features elegant finials that draw attention.

Amish Fur Elise Rolling Pin Bed

French Style Bed

With ornate carved details in the headboard, French style bed frames are romantic and offer back support if you like to read before bed time.

The Amish Magpie Bed is elegant and refined with its gentle curves.

Amish Sunbury Bed

Sleigh Bed

A sleigh bed is defined by a gently curving headboard and footboard that resembles the shape of a sleigh. These beds are cozy for sitting up to read in. They can be either solid wood or upholstered.

The Amish Edna Sleigh Bed features the quintessential sleigh bed design.

Amish Chippewa Sleigh Bed

Upholstered Bed

An upholstered bed has a headboard with cushioned upholstery that’s ideal for reading in bed. Match an upholstered bed with your personal style by choosing your favorite fabric to dress it in.

The Amish Albany Squared Upholstered Bed is plush and welcoming.

Amish Albany Squared Upholstered Bed

Platform Bed

A very popular choice, the platform bed consists of a low solid platform with a mattress on top. There may not be a headboard or footboard, and a box spring is not needed. The simple, clean lines of the platform bed make it a great fit for modern and contemporary bedroom furniture sets. The platform bed fits well in smaller spaces and the simple look contributes to a tidy-looking bedroom.

The Ruff Sawn Haverford Platform Bed is simple and cozy, with clean lines and a contemporary appeal.

Ruff Sawn Modelli Bed

Storage Bed

This multi-functional bed, also known as a captain’s bed, features a platform style with built-in storage drawers. Some storage bed styles have bedside tables built into the sides or include bookshelves. This bed style functions well in small spaces and provides extra storage.

The Amish Traditional Platform Bed provides ample storage while saving space.

Amish Traditional Platform Bed

Day Bed

With metal or wood framing only three sides, day beds perform double duty by functioning as a bed at night and seating during the day. They are great for loft spaces, studio apartments, and guest rooms.

The Amish Sleigh Day Bed is cozy for both sleeping and sitting.

Amish Sleigh Day Bed

Low Post Bed

Low post beds have corner posts that don’t exceed the height of the headboard or footboard. Posts are usually topped with a decorative finial. This bed frame style is versatile and blends with many bedroom styles.

The Amish Shakespeare Post Bed is simple, stylish, and quite versatile.

Amish Hamilton Post Bed

It’s easy to find the perfect bed frame to fit your needs with Amish furniture offering custom options. Our wide variety of bed frames are multi-functional and contribute style, storage, and comfort to your bedroom furniture collection.

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  • Diane Wardell Tuel
    November 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    My husband and I are “aging baby boomers” and adding a master bedroom suite to our California ranch home in the Sonoma wine country (north of San Francisco) so that we can age in place. We are looking for a queen size headboard and footboard and like the cannon ball design very much, but would prefer an outline that is even more simple. The footboard pillars are key…as they make good guide posts in the dark. Grateful that I have found your website…your furniture is the best that I have seen.

  • Beth Rice
    November 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Hi Diane.
    Thank you for visiting our site. We are thrilled that you like the furniture and we’d love to help you find a simpler cannon ball design for your beautiful master bedroom suite. You can reach our Amish Furniture Specialists by email at or phone at 1-866-272-6773. They are knowledgeable about our Amish beds and could help if you’d like! Good luck with designing your master suite—it sounds wonderful!

  • Martha Bellows
    July 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Re: Platform Bed – higher than most

    Hello Diane,

    Could a platform bed be made in the “Amish ColonialP style with the legs, the brass decoration and a nice cherry wood on the sides, as shown? We would need to to be higher than most platform beds so it will be easy to get out of in the morning!!
    Thank you,
    Martha Bellows
    PS We just put in an order for a desk and are thrilled. I first left a message for Ryan Topp, who helped us so kindly.

  • Beth Rice
    July 15, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Hello Martha,
    We are so happy you are excited about your new desk. We would love to help you with an Amish colonial style bed. I have forwarded your message to Ryan so he can follow up with you.
    Thank you for visiting us on Timber to Table.

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