So you may have just purchased a brand new mattress and is currently looking for a bed frame. But this “naughty thought” comes across – Are bed frames even necessary? Why not just put the mattress on the floor? Surely, that must be more stable than a frame, and it saves money!
But take that with a pinch of salt – Bed frames are invented for various reasons. They lift the mattress to improve air circulation below, and you don’t have to eat as much dust off the ground… So frame or no frame? Read on to find out more!
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WHY USE BEDFRAMES?
Yes, bedframes are not just for decoration. Here are some of the main reasons why it is smarter to have a bedframe.
Placing a mattress on top of a box spring is all fine, or is it? Think again, box springs are usually made out of wood and metal. Without a bed frame or foundation, the box spring will be scraping against the floor when the bed… moves.
The bed frame not only prevents scratches but also “boxes” the mattress in – This stops the mattress from sliding off the box springs, adds a little more to the support and stability.
EXTENDS MATTRESS LIFE
A mattress rubbing against the floor. Friction is eventually going to take its toll, wear-and-tear will happen a lot faster. Having a bed frame will “absorb” some of those damages, help the mattress last longer.
ADD WARMTH OR KEEP COOL
A mattress on the floor also means that it is subjected to absorbing and losing heat to the ground. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you can control it well enough – Absorb heat during the day and have a warm mattress at night, or quickly disperse heat on a warm night.
But this is also a double-edged sword if not managed well enough; The bed frame does lift the mattress off the ground and serve as “climate control”.
HYGIENE & CLEANLINESS – PREVENTS MOLD & INSECTS
While we are still on the topic of “mattress on floor” – That is where all the dust and dirt settle, where insects and “goodies” crawl. If putting the mattress on the floor still sounds “clean” enough, then consider the fact that there is no air circulation below the mattress. That could result in moisture build-up over time, and eventually, attract insects and mold.
EXTRA STORAGE SPACE
The space below the bed frame can be used as additional storage space if you like. Good for keeping stuff such as off-season pillows, blankets or other bedding furnishings which you do not need to use right now.
Captain Obvious, a nice bed frame can be a good “eye candy” addition to the room.
SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR
Not having a bed frame and/or sleeping on the floor does not equate to uncomfortable. Futons and some memory foam mattresses are made to be placed on the floor directly. Pretty sure many people can share and vouch for their comfort level.
KEEP WARM OR COOL
Remember from 5 minutes ago? Sleeping on the floor is a double-edged sword. But if well-controlled enough, sleeping on the floor can help to cool down faster, or keep the warmth longer.
NOT PROVEN – BUT SUPPOSEDLY GOOD FOR BACK
This has not been scientifically proven, but many people will rave about how sleeping on the floor has cured all their back problems.
SAVES SPACE & EASY TO CLEAN
When not in use, roll the futon or memory foam. Keep it into the wardrobe to free up space. The mattress is very easy to clean too, just change the sheets, bring it out to dust and sun once in a while.
YOU CAN’T FALL!
Yep, you are already sleeping on the floor. Can’t fall off the bed if you are the type to toss and turn during sleep.
THE END – FRAME OR NO FRAME?
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. Bed frame or no frame – It’s kind of a common sense and issue with personal preference. If you are using a heavy mattress, then it is better to go with a bed frame.
If you are using a futon, it is fine to sleep without a bed frame. We hope this guide has helped you. Stay healthy and have good nights of sleep!
LINKS & REFERENCES
- Why Do You Need a Frame for a Bed? – Hunker
- Types of bed frame – Which?
- Different Types of Bed Frames – Fairfield Galleries