ISSUE 43  |  Lessons from Japan

10 Easy Pieces: Wood Platform Bed Frames

October 29, 2014 9:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Is the platform bed the go-to option for the creative class? Ask any hipster gent which bed he prefers, and you can bet the platform has a spot on his list. For our purposes, we’re defining the platform frame strictly as without a headboard or footboard and just a beat or two off the ground. Here are our favorites that fit the definition, all rendered in wood.

N.B.: Prices quoted are for queen-size frames, unless otherwise noted.

Above: Philippe Allaeys’ PA02 Noah Bed has an extended frame that acts as a shelf at the head and foot. Made of oak in either an oiled or white-pigmented wax finish, it’s available at e15; contact for pricing and availability.

Above: The Jackson Platform Bed by Eastvold Furniture is birch plywood with a wash of walnut veneer and has three drawers along its sides (the twin has storage on one side only); $5,740 at Horne.

Above: Brooklyn workshop Urban Green’s maple Calvin Platform Bed is $899 for the king size (other finishes available).

Above: Italy-based German designer Katrin Arens makes the Ho Sognato di Te Bed with a custom mattress. For details, see our post A DIY Bed Made from Reclaimed Wood.

Above: The simple Solid Mahogany Natural Finish Bed Frame is $247.99 at

Above: Mash Studios’ LAX Platform Bed with Storage has an English walnut frame with eight rolling drawers and the option of a wall-mounted, floating headboard; $1,890 at Horne.

Above: The Boerum Bed Frame stands 15 inches tall and is made of mango wood in a dark brown finish; $499 at West Elm.

Above: Niels Bendtsen’s Frame Bed is produced in British Columbia and available in walnut (shown), wenge, gray oak, and white oak. The legs of the frame are inset to create the impression of a floating frame; $2,449 at Hive Modern.

Above: LA-based furniture designer Shin Okuda of Waka Waka creates custom frames, such as this Bed with 4 Drawers and 2 Cubbies of Baltic birch plywood. For more, see our post Tiny Altars: Furniture Inspired by Japanese Temples.

Above: Ikea’s Mandal Bed Frame has four storage drawers and is made primarily of birch; $399.

Above: The Viesso Buden Bed Base is made in LA of solid bamboo with the option of three different gradients of color stain; $1,872.

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