The primary function of a bed frame is to support your mattress. When choosing it, try it out by moving around or jumping on the bed. Make sure that the frame provides proper support. Then check the construction of the bed. Notice if the pieces are connected in multiple areas and whether there are stress points that may make the frame less sturdy. Ask if the frame comes with a warranty and what the warranty covers.
Pay special attention to the height of the frame because it will determine the height of your mattress. Make sure you can comfortably get off and on the mattress. If you read in bed, make sure that the headboard is a comfortable height if you plan on purchasing one.
If you are matching the thing to existing bedroom furniture you may want to photograph your furniture so it is easy to choose one that coordinates with your existing pieces. They come in many materials such as wood, metal, or formica. Additionally, some of them have headboards that can be upholstered to match sheets or bedding. Styles vary and a salesperson can help you choose one that complements your décor.
Metal frames are often on wheels. A movable frame makes it easier to clean dust and debris from behind the bed. However, metal ones can have sharp edges and may be dangerous for children or people that are prone to hitting their frame with bare feet as they get in and out of bed. Wood frames come in a wide variety of shades and styles and some have built-in storage.
If you cannot afford one that is as attractive as you would like, focus on getting one that provides good support. When choosing the material of your bed frame, remember that some materials can chip or scratch. You can easily hide a plain looking frame with a dust ruffle that coordinates with your sheets and bedding. After careful shopping, you will enjoy having a bed frame that enhances your décor and helps you sleep well.