The Luna bed frame and headboard from SoftFrame Designs in a well decorated room with plants and shelves

What Is the Best Bed Frame Material?

Choosing the right furniture for your space is uniquely personal—from the color to the style to the overall aesthetic, there are countless factors to take into consideration. But when it comes to bed frames, there’s another important quality you should keep in mind: the material.

Bed frames come in a wide range of materials, each with its pros and cons. Read on to learn more about the most common bed frame materials to make an informed decision about which style is right for your space.


Wooden bed frames are a traditional option that will infuse your space with warmth. From mid-century modern styles to classic farmhouse designs, wooden bed frames come in all shapes and sizes to suit any interior aesthetic. Many wooden bed frames also come as part of a matching set, allowing you to create a cohesive look in your space without a lot of effort.

From dark mahogany to light oak, these wooden styles also come in a wide range of finishes, allowing you to pick a light, cool tone or a rich, warm hue depending on your overall color palette. Solid wooden frames are also nearly unmatched in their durability, so they will look like new for many years despite daily use.

Solid wooden bed frames, however, often come with a high price tag. The cost of materials, labor, and shipping for something so sturdy quickly adds up, making wooden bed frames a sizable investment. The solid wood styles are also extremely heavy, so they’re very difficult to move—especially if you live in an apartment or want to put the bed frame in an upper-level bedroom. Production of wooden bed frames can also be harmful to the planet due to the high volume of trees that need to be cut down.


Like wooden bed frames, metal frames come in many styles. From minimal, modern pieces with clean lines to vintage styles with quaint decorative details, there are metal bed frames that effortlessly complement any decor style.

Unlike wooden bed frames, metal frames are typically lightweight and easy to move. Even larger, canopy-style beds can usually be moved without a lot of strain, making them perfect for those who move frequently or want their new bed frame in a room that requires moving the piece upstairs.

While some metal bed frames are particularly durable, they aren’t often as durable as their wooden counterparts. The metal frame is often hollow, which means it may be dented or bent over time—and can also lead to excessive squeaking as the frame ages. Metal feet also tend to scratch floors, making them especially risky for those with hardwood flooring.


Though leather bed frames are less common than wood or metal, they are an equally luxurious option that will add an air of opulence to any bedroom. These statement-making styles often become a focal point in a bedroom, adding a rich, indulgent piece that instantly draws the eye when entering the space.

Often made in a tufted style, leather bed frames are truly timeless. They are versatile enough to work well with any color palette or interior aesthetic, making them perfect for those who like to change up their space often. Leather is also very durable—and even sometimes looks better with age—ensuring that the bed frame will hold up well over time, even after years of use.

While leather offers a luxe feel for the space, it comes with a sky-high price tag. Genuine leather is costly, and can quickly turn a bed frame into a significant investment. Some leather also stains easily when exposed to water, oil, or other liquids, so it may not be a practical finish for those with children or pets.


Upholstered and fabric bed frames are arguably the most versatile option, as they come in nearly endless colors, fabrics, and styles, allowing you to find a piece that perfectly complements your space. From cozy white boucle to black linen-look textiles, you can completely customize the look and feel of your fabric bed frame to achieve any aesthetic. Ideal for those who love to luxuriate in bed, fabric styles are a plush and comfortable alternative to wooden or metal.

There are also new upholstered bed frames, like those from SoftFrame® Designs, that take traditional fabric bed frames to the next level. SoftFrame® bed frames do not have a wooden base like most other designs. Instead, they use your existing box spring as the base to make transforming your bedroom fast and simple. Just place your SoftFrame® bed frame over your bed frame, rest your mattress on top, and you have a soft, 100% foam-based design that is equal parts functional and stylish. The high-density foam construction also makes the SoftFrame® bed frames safer—so you’re less likely to get hurt—and is extremely easy to move, making it an especially practical option for upper-level bedrooms.

Though some fabrics can be a bit delicate and show wear quickly, choosing a durable fabric can help to ensure your fabric bed frame lasts for years to come. SoftFrame® Designs offers a wide collection of polyester fabrics that are known for their durability, ensuring that even with pets, children, or accidental spills, your bed frame can stand up against your lifestyle.

Choosing Your Bed Frame Material

While choosing your bed frame is a personal choice, weighing the pros and cons of each material can help you make a more informed decision. From considering the aesthetic appeal to the durability of each design, finding the right bed frame will help you transform your space into the calming oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

If you love upholstered or fabric bed frame styles, SoftFrame® bed frames are a luxurious, durable, and versatile choice to complete your space. From sleek, ultra-modern styles with plush headboards to simple fabric bed frames, discover options to suit every budget, style, and bed size.

Find the perfect SoftFrame® bed frame today to completely transform your bedroom.

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