Different styles of bed frames - House Beautiful

The perfect bedtime routine includes more than sleeping at a reasonable hour. In fact, your setup makes all the difference. And while a bed forms the basis of this setup, it’s often tricky to choose a bed frame that matches your bedroom. That’s why we’ve put together a helpful guide – here are the different types of bed frames and their style matches!

Tips for Choosing Between Different Types of Bed Frames 

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Best type of bed frame for a modern interior by Decorilla designer, Lori D.

On average, we spend around 26 years of our lives asleep. It might seem insignificant at first, but picking the correct type of bed frame is impactful – visually and physically. As part of the bedroom focal point, the bed frame can pull a room together, make a statement, and bring support too. 

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One of the top types of box bed frames by Decorilla designer, Mariana B.

Here are some tips on choosing between different kinds of bed frames:

  • Consider your style and the design aesthetic of your bedroom. Bohemian décor, for instance, will match different bed base types than a contemporary-style bedroom. So, choose the best type of bed frame that complements the overall look and feel of the space.
  • Ensure the frame size you choose is large enough to accommodate your mattress.
  • Think about features you want in a frame, such as storage options, adjustability, and durability. 
  • Compare the pros and cons of different types of bed frames to determine which is best for your needs. 
  • Take your time by not rushing into a decision. Choose a bed frame for your bedroom design that you’ll be happy with for years ahead.

Pro Tip: Choose a bed frame that matches the style of your room. Not sure what that is? Take our Free Interior Design Style Quiz to discover your unique decorating style today!

7 Best Types of Bed Frames

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One of the many upholstered bed base types by Decorilla designer, Fereshteh H.

Whether you are looking at single, twin, or couple bedroom design, the bed base types vary. Moreover, different styles of bed frames complement unique bedroom fashions. Since these options can be overwhelming, we’ve narrowed them down. Read on to find out how to choose the best type of bed frame for your context. 

Four Poster

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Types of four poster bed frames by Decorilla designers, Sarah R. (left) and Nikola P. (right)

Back in the day, a four-poster bed frame was a status symbol. Curtains were more than aesthetic as they kept the area snug in typically palatial and spacious rooms. Nowadays the four-poster represents glamour and grandeur due to its size and flamboyance. Curved versions are also growing in popularity and take up less visual space than their classic counterpart. 

Matching Style: 

While a four-posted bed is not required to keep the cold out anymore, they are still in fashion! Your bedroom style can match a four-poster, depending on your frame’s finish and design. Wood, for instance, links to a farmhouse or shabby chic look while a steel bed frame suits an industrial or contemporary space.


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Bunk bed base types by Decorilla designer, Selma A.

Bunk beds are for more than kids’ rooms. They can also maximize space, particularly in guest or family rooms. These can also have different styles of bed frames, ranging from box to minimalist designs. You can keep them neutral or in-theme for a more playful look. Or you can also try pops of color with accent walls when decorating for children.

Matching Style: Sophisticated or simple, bunkbeds go with any bedroom aesthetic when looking to create more space. That said, they are best when the frame itself forms part of the room’s décor. So be mindful of its color and design because it’ll be visible.


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As with the many different styles of bed frames, a sleigh is certainly unique. Although various materials can make up this frame, the most popular is wood. Considering they take up quite a bit of space, they act as a bold centerpiece of a bedroom. Since its design is ornate, it’s best to balance the look with modest nightstands. Overall, this helps ensure a cohesive aesthetic in the room.  

Matching Style: While mostly traditional, sleigh beds are still in style. Contemporary and modern designs have had their take on this bed frame. But whatever the variant, you can identify it by its main characteristics – a scooping head and footboard with the latter short. Some alternatives also feature hidden storage. 


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Best romantic type bed frame by Decorilla designer, Mladen C.

Similar to a poster bed, the canopy bed frame has connecting posts. These canopies come in two styles; traditional and contemporary. Traditional options are striking and decorative with bulkier posts. In contrast, a contemporary bed frame features slender frames made from metal or wood. As a non-decorative bed, it is simpler to fit into any bedroom design.

Matching Style: Canopy beds can be very versatile. Traditional designs can suit anything from French Country to transitional styles. On the other hand, contemporary options suit so many styles – think Japandi, industrial or modern. 


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Different types of platform beds suit a Japandi interior, like this one by Decorilla designer, Sonia C.

As different types of bed frames stand on four legs, platform frames speak for themselves. This minimalistic feature can take shape from various materials. In addition, the solid base, elevated off the ground, eliminates the need for a box spring. Climbing in and out of bed is also easier because of the frame’s low profile.

Matching Style: Due to their sleekness, different types of platform beds suit more minimalist styles. These include modern, Scandi, minimal, and industrial looks. That said, they can work in any design scheme.


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Best type of wood bed frame by Decorilla designer, Casey H.

Many different styles of bed frames come in wood. In fact, almost all designs can be wooden, from vintage beds to sleighs. The natural material makes these beds versatile. What makes wood bed frames stand out is their customizability. They can often fit in with any style and reflects your character and bedroom aesthetic. Furthermore, it is robust and durable. 

Matching Style: As a timeless material, wooden bed frames can take on any finish. From oak to mahogany, these frames suit almost any bedroom style. Think rustic style through to desert modern and even traditional.


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Soft and cushioned bed base types by Decorilla designer, Lachin G.

With a softer, muted feel, padding of durable material covers upholstered bed frames. In addition, a depth of texture takes shape through detailing. Buttons and seams, for example, can adorn headboards. With their warmth and comfort, upholstered types of bed frames can be as unique as they are inviting. However, they may require more care in cleaning.

Matching Style: Fashionable in the 1970s, upholstery is far from a fad. Nowadays, it features post-modern luxe and modern minimalist bedroom designs. The traditional diamond pattern is certainly an ever-popular look for luxury rooms. 

Looking for help selecting the right type of bed frame for you? 

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