Platform beds were poplar in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but then fell out of fashion. A renewed interest in the simplified lines of European-styled furniture has led to a return of platform beds, which are widely available at furniture stores and mattress dealers.
A platform bed is a solid wood or metal wood frame that sits off the floor. The mattress rests directly atop the frame with no box spring or foundation.
Platform beds are available in standard mattress sizes, including twin, full, queen and king. Some makers produce platform beds in twin or full extra-long, a bed with standard width but five extra inches of length like a queen, and California king, which is four inches narrower but five inches longer than a standard king.
Some platform beds are called storage platforms due to drawers beneath the platform that can be used to store items. Another type of platform bed is the low-profile, which sits lower to the ground.
For small rooms, the added space of a storage platform bed helps minimize clutter. Additionally, not having to buy a box spring or a foundation has the potential to save you between $250 and $400 off the price of your mattress, according to PlatformBeds.com.
Because they are made of solid wood or metal, platform beds make mattresses firmer. For those who sleep on their sides, a firm mattress often creates too much pressure, resulting in soreness and poor circulation, making platform beds less than idea for those who prefer side-sleeping.