Platform Beds – Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning Platform Beds

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Platform beds are making a huge come back into the marketplace. Although very popular in the early 1970’s they seem to becoming ever more popular today. Sales in platform beds have been steadily rising every year. These kinds of beds are typically sold in contemporary stores and exclusive niche stores that cater to high end customers. Modern furniture stores are adding much more platform bed into their showrooms than ever before. In the past, furniture stores would just have one or two different beds on display. Typically they were set aside in the children’s furniture section of the store.  Since there coming into the marketplace, consumers are asking more and more questions about them. 

Contrary to popular belief, platform beds are just as comfortable as any other bed that has a mattress and box springs. Most people spend half their entire lifetime on their back sleeping.  So it’s important that you are comfortable and to eliminate any discomfort that might arise from having a very bad bed. Platform beds are also very sturdy and can handle just as much weight and pounding as any other typical type of a bed.


Cost is a huge factor for buyers of platform beds. As stated earlier, the platform beds usually catered to the upscale consumers. Platform bed prices can range from as high over $4,000 to small as $100. There was an increase in demand and the manufacturers had to adjust their process to reduce the prices while increasing the supply. The reduced price would mean it would be more popular for the larger buying consumers to make a purchase..

Some of the changes the manufacturers’ made were adding storage underneath the platform beds. They take into the factor of buyers that have limited storage space in their rooms. Having a storage drawer under the bed proved to be a very good feature. Salesman had to be trained to advise potential customers that platform beds are just as comfortable and good as a normal bed. 

One of the many advantages of platform bed is that is very sturdy and can handle a lot of weight. The flat surface supports the entire mattress rather than using a box spring type system. Another great advantage is platform beds are virtually noiseless. You don’t have to hear a squeaky spring every time your spouse tosses and turns throughout the entire night. Also there is a sure cost advantage. You can be saving large amounts of money by not purchasing the box spring.

Just like anything else there are some disadvantages of owning a platform bed if you never owned one before. Of course not all platform beds are cheaper than regular beds. One of the most important things to check if you already own a mattress is to read the manufacturers instructions. Some of them say that they require a box spring to adequately provide support. It is very possible that you could possibly void your warranty if you don’t take this precaution. That’s why some mattress stores will refuse to sell you a mattress without the matching box spring.

Keep in mind that platform beds are strong and the quality of the bed is determine on what and where you purchase it from. The level of quality is determined by your choice of comfort and the price your willing to pay. Just don’t be afraid and leave it out as an option on your next bed purchase. Keep an open mind to it and hopefully you make a wise decision and make it a platform bed.


Source by Thomas Wooldridge

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