When buying a bed frame, you might be tempted to overspend, but getting the right one for you doesn’t have to be a costly exercise. Likewise, under-spending could be a false economy and you’ll ultimately end up replacing the bed with something more suitable.

The cost of bed frames can vary widely depending on the size, material used and how they’re made. Working out what you need as far as a bed frame goes will be the first thing you need to consider when buying a new one.

On top of that, you also have to consider the cost of a mattress, because unlike a divan bed, these two things are usually purchased separately.

How Important is a Bed Frame?

If you’re on a tight budget, one of the things you might consider is avoiding a bed frame all together. But they do have their benefits. A bed frame offers additional support for your mattress, as well as providing an additional layer of comfort. The slats of a bed frame add a little more cushioning while still fully supporting the body. If you were to go without a bed frame, you may find that you have a much firmer sleeping experience, which doesn’t suit everyone. As a side note, it’s important to choose a bed with suitably sized slats, if you choose a bed with poor quality slats, you may find you have to replace them quite quickly.

In addition, a bed frame allows air to circulate around your mattress, this is essential for healthy sleep as it prevents bacteria build up in your mattress and it also helps to keep the mattress cooler on warmer nights.

From a style point of view, a bed frame is a great focal point in a bedroom. The bed frame you choose will generally dictate the decor and the rest of the room will be styled around it. Not having a bed frame will mean that aesthetically, there isn’t a focus and could mean the room loses its appeal.

Buying a Bed Frame Vs. Buying a Mattress: Where Should You Invest?

This can be a tricky one. If your budget is limited, then the mattress should be your biggest investment as this is the primary source of comfort when you sleep. Choosing a cheap mattress that doesn’t offer the right support can leave you achy and tired as you won’t be able to fully rest.

However, if you can afford to invest in a good quality frame and a good quality mattress, then you should.

How Much Should You Spend on a Bed Frame?

How much you spend on a bed frame entirely depends on your budget. It’s also worth considering what your plan is for the frame you want to buy. If you’re looking to buy a new bed frame for your guest room, it’s not really necessary to go overboard due to the fact it will only be used occasionally. The same goes for children’s beds, spending a lot of money on a child’s bed may be uneconomical as they’ll likely grow out of it pretty quickly.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to replace your own bed, something slightly more substantial may be in order so as to avoid having to replace it in the near future.

A good rule of thumb is to spend at least £100 on a bed frame, for this you’ll get a bed that should be able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear for a couple of years.

If you can afford to spend more and you don’t want to have to replace your bed any time soon, then what you’ll get for you money by comparison will be evident. We would recommend spending around £300-£400 on a bed frame if you can, for this, you’ll get a bed frame made to a high standard, that will last a number of years and is unlikely to give you any cause for concern. Unless you’d like a designer bed frame, or one made from expensive materials, there’s little need to spend beyond this.