Bed frames are the traditional way of supporting mattresses and box springs. However, you may want something not so traditional for your bedroom. Foregoing a bed frame in favor of an alternative is a way to make your bedroom uniquely yours. It can also, in many cases, save you money as well as space.
The easiest alternative to a bed frame is simply to put your mattress and box spring directly on the floor. Many people opt to do this because they enjoy the aesthetic of having a bed without any storage space underneath. Floor beds are minimalistic and work well with similar minimalistic décor. In many cases, if your mattress is directly on the floor you can also enjoy cooler temperatures during the summer.
Buying a platform bed rather than a bed with a traditional frame is another alternative. Platform beds are low to the floor and provide good back support. They are a popular bed type in Europe and are currently gaining popularity in America. These beds lack under-bed storage, so this may not be an option if you need that storage space.
Captain's beds are beds with storage space beneath them in the place of a frame. These beds use either drawers or storage bins as a place to store whatever you need to store. They are higher off the ground than platform beds and provide the space that they don't.
Cinder blocks as bed support are a popular money-saving option. You would need to get at least five blocks for best support. Place one cinder block at each corner of the mattress, then put the fifth block in the center to support the bed's middle section. If you want extra support with your cinder blocks, you could lay wood planks across them to hold up your mattress. You may wish to place some kind of non-slip material beneath the cinder blocks to keep them from scratching your floor, especially if it is hardwood.
Stringing several milk crates together also works as mattress support if you're on a budget. Connect several crates together, depending upon the size of your bed. Make sure you have enough crates to support the center of your bed.