Buying a new bed frame can be tougher than it sounds, with so many factors to consider, it’s hard to know what type of bed to choose. One of the main things that stumbles people is knowing which material they want their bed frame to be made out of, so what are the most popular materials used in the manufacturing of beds?

Wooden Bed Frames

This is possibly the most common material used in the manufacturing of bed frames, wooden beds tend to be sturdy, reliable and are less prone to noise issues. Wooden bed frames can be easily painted to match your bedroom decor. This works well in bedrooms that need to be colour coordinated. One of the most common woods used in bed manufacturing is Pine, this is because it is sturdy and can be painted with ease. Alternatively, you can get beds made of hardwoods such as oak. This is better for those that may have other oak furnishings in their bedroom.

Upholstered Bed Frames

The base structure of upholstered beds tends to be made from wood, the wood is then wrapped in a soft fabric, this makes the bed much softer to the touch. Upholstered headboards tend to be a popular yet expensive choice. They are ideal for people that enjoy reading and watching television in bed. The main downside to upholstered beds is that they regularly need vacuuming in order to prevent it from getting overly dusty.

Metal Bed Frames

Metal beds are another popular choice when it comes to buying a bed frame. We personally would advise against metal beds, although they can be painted to match your bedroom decor, paint work on metal beds soon fades or chips away. Metal bed frames are also more vulnerable to becoming squeaky.

Overall, the most popular materials used to manufacture beds are wood, upholstery and metal. Although it comes down to a matter of preference and what you think would suit your bedroom the most, we’d personally recommend wooden bed frames. Wooden beds are robust and can withstand the test of time, this is why wooden beds tend to come with a long guarantee.


24 and living in London. Production manager within the bed industry. I have a strong passion for beds and football. In my spare time I love going on long car journeys around Europe with my lovely wife, Cara.

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