image: Lily Bed in Walnut & Blue
After downsizing and remodeling our mid-century modern ranch in 2016, my husband and I have been slowly curating the pieces in our home to give it just the right look and feel. We've been carefully choosing what we love, what fits the space, and items that make sense in terms of functionality with kid-pet-circus. So far, we're pretty pleased with our selections.
We've finally made our way back to the master bedroom, which always seems to be a bit neglected because, well... it's never on display. But, we want our room to feel like a retreat, so we've begun the task of finding the perfect bed to be the focal point of our bedroom. We decided to go with a platform bed for several reasons, which we'll get to!
In case you're ready to make your bedroom your own personal refuge, here's an outline of the modern beds we're talking about below, listed (roughly) in order of price. Whether you're looking for a Queen or King platform bed, you're bound to find a design you love below. Feel free to click and skip ahead!
The 15 Best Modern Platform Beds
- Harper Platform Bed
- Jane Platform Bed
- Girdwood Acacia Wood Platform Bed
- Emma Upholstered Bed
- Ludlow Bed
- Salk Solid Oak Bed
- Thompson Bed
- Rivington Bed
- Park Avenue Bamboo Bed
- Monroe Bed with Nightstands
- Haru Mid Century Bed Frame
- Mercury Mid Century Mod Bed
- Lily Platform Bed
- Azara Bamboo Platform Bed
- Trenton Storage Bed
Before we get in too deep, let's set our ground rules for what qualifies as a "platform bed." Maybe you're picturing a bed frame that rests on the floor without a headboard like something you'd see in an urban loft, or even something a bit more retro that would be found in a swanky hotel room during the 60's.
Actually, you're right on both accounts! But platform beds are so much more versatile these days, even more so than you probably realize.
A platform bed is simply a bed frame that includes a built-in slat system so you don't need a boxspring. This simplicity usually means that platform beds skew towards a minimalist or modern design aesthetic.
If it's not obvious, that gives you a sleeker design, without compromising on comfort and functionality. And because you don't need to buy a boxspring, you end up with less bulk and more money to spend on decor (hint: Bohemian Rugs!).
As it turns out, all of the modern bed frames we carry are platform beds, which goes to show you just how much we like them, and how popular they've become.
What Kind of Mattress Works on a Platform Bed?
There's a common misconception that you need a special mattress for a platform bed. In fact, the slat systems that rest atop the bed platform replicate the utility and functionality of a traditional boxspring. In other words, any standard innerspring, foam or memory foam mattress is perfect for a platform bed.
What types of Platform Beds are out there?
Now that you know what a platform bed is and what we liked about them going into this, let's discuss the different styles and finishes they come in. Our hunt found four types of platforms we liked:
- Platforms with Attached Nightstands
Wood Platform Beds
Just like most types of furniture, wood is the most popular material for construction because of its durability, versatility and overall beauty. Our selection ranges from planked Acacia wood to muted gray oak veneer to an intricate Sheesham wood design. We've also included sprinkling of our favorite bamboo beds (even though they're not technically "wood").
All of these woods offer their own unique personalities, grains and textures to give each bed a different feel to fit your tastes. Whether you choose a wooden platform bed that has a cool mid-century vibe or a low profile look to fit your minimalist lifestyle, there is bound to be one that is perfect for you and your bedroom.
Upholstered Platform Beds
Second to wood beds - in terms of popularity - are the upholstered styles. Particularly over the past five years, they've been gaining in popularity for two reasons:
- Upholstered beds offer an inherent softness perfect for the bedroom
- The array of colors and fabrics you can choose from far surpass woods
We carry a selection of upholstered beds in luxurious blue velvet, soft gray linen and even chic white eco-leather to fit a wide range of tastes and preferences. Plus, these upholstered beds have various detailing that gives them each their own feel, from weaving and channel tufting, to intricate stitching and even button tufting for a vintage vibe.
Even though wood has been more prominent in years past, we're seeing these upholstered beds more and more in modern decor because of the endless options that really allow you to personalize your space.
Lacquer Bed Frames
Another material gaining in popularity, especially in the Italian modern side of furniture, is lacquer. For the uninitiated, lacquer is a smooth (usually high-gloss) finish that gives your bedroom a modern look. Lacquer makes a statement because of its ultra modern styling and glossy finishes that can transform a space.
You can choose from standard colors like black, white and ivory or go bold and select one in red to add some color. Many of our newest lacquer platforms have optional LED backlight kits that can be added to make it even more striking. One of these beds would be perfect if you're furnishing a modern penthouse overlooking the city lights or an industrial converted warehouse where it will add a bit of contrast.
Since we're looking for more serene and less drama (kids are enough drama, amirite?), we didn't think this style would work for us. Nevertheless, we know it can be just right for someone looking to catch some compliments and add a statement platform bedframe to their room.
Platforms with Attached Nightstands
Another option for a larger bedroom is one of our platform beds with attached nightstands. These beds have a large footprint and presence that is just what you need if you're looking to fill the space of a larger bedroom. In fact, our favorite Japanese bed includes attached nightstands.
The variety of finishes like rich wenge, classic walnut or cool gray oak and optional comfy back rests or upholstered headboards give you plenty of choices to match your preferences and decor. Our bedroom is on the smaller side so unfortunately, these designs don't work in our space. Nevertheless, they're a lovely option for someone with more square footage. (And we've included the best in this guide!)
Our Top 15 Modern Platform Beds
Our budget-friendly first option, the Harper Platform Bed blends classic design elements into a sturdy bed frame perfect for your bedroom! The classy Walnut colored base features mid-Century inspired legs and, of course, a built-in slat support system. But Harper's headboard is where it's really at! This queen platform bed is a modern take on the wingback design, showcasing a bold tufted headboard in your choice of Gray, Beige or Blue.
She digs: For me the Harper Tufted Bed is the ultimate blend of modern and traditional styling, giving it a classic feel that won't go out of style. It's eye-catching, yet approachable and just begging to be cuddled upon. Plus, the price is right too!
He digs: First off, Harper is a fantastic value, and by far the least expensive bed on this list. Second, I think the Harper is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine. The tufting and low-profile design is definitely modern, but the fact that it's still an upholstered bed softens it. Another one of my favorite things about upholstered beds, including Harper, is that it leaves the rest of the room open to different pieces. It would contrast really well with an antique nightstand, or pair perfectly with something more modern like a white lacquer dresser!
2. Jane Bed
Low profile, high style is just how we'd describe our Jane Bed. A steel frame that is cushioned and then upholstered makes Jane sturdy and soft at the same time. Minimalism at its best, Jane offers a straightforward design that will give you a calming place to rest your head. Would you make this platform bed frame queen or king of your bedroom?
She Digs: The Jane Bed is exactly what I would picture finding in a luxury beach hotel with wispy curtains that blow in the wind. And because of that, I like it a lot. Although I would LOVE for my home to feel that way, I'm not sure the style is quite right for us. But, I look forward to that vacation!
He Digs: I really like Jane! In queen or king size, it's just a stunning low profile bed frame. The minimalist design is really cool, and the neutral colors make it easy to blend into any bedroom. I'd put the slate gray near the top of my favorites for sure!
Looking for a cabin-chic style? Then the Girdwood Bed is the one for you. With the Acacia wood planking that makes up the headboard and base of the bed, you get the rich look of wood grain that is contrasted by a modern silhouette. Top it all off with brass colored legs and you end up with a bed that adds a natural element to your bedroom.
She Digs: I wasn't sure what I thought about this bed when I first saw it because the wood grain felt a bit too rustic for my taste. But, I keep coming back to it because I really like the style and who doesn't want their bedroom to feel like a cozy cabin in the woods?
He Digs: I would probably put this design on the manly side of the spectrum, which is a plus for me. I think the rustic element of it is cool, and would create a really great contrast with some other more modern pieces. That said, I don't think I would want the bed AND the matching dressers. That would definitely feel too off-the-grid for me.
Velvet is big right now, in fashion and home decor and the Emma Bed will help you to keep your bedroom looking current. The Emma has a classic style with its channel tufting and the five and a half foot tall headboard adds a regal feel to any bedroom. With the choice of either gray, blush pink or sea blue velvet, you can't go wrong.
She Digs: I've never owned a velvet piece of furniture and I think this Emma Bed might be a fun first. The blush pink color is my favorite, but I'm not sure it will be as easy to coordinate with as the grey color. This bed would definitely make a statement and add some softness to our bedroom!
He Digs: I totally agree, actually. I don't know why, but I think the sea blue color is awesome. It's bold, and would make the bed a true statement piece in the room. I've never owned a piece of furniture that bright, so pulling the trigger on that one would make me nervous. I think if we chose this bed, I would want to go bold and blue.
5. Ludlow Bed
Masculine and striking, our Ludlow Bed will sweep you off your feet. With an ultra modern style and a soaring 5-foot headboard, the Ludlow is a man among men. The classic button-tufted headboard is wrapped in eco-leather, and framed by a walnut, wenge or gray oak veneer and the pine-slat base with matching wood trim gives the Ludlow Bed its solid appearance.
She Digs: I can get on board with a dramatic headboard, so Ludlow's stature is impressive to me. Unfortunately, that and the eco-leather (*think easy-care) are about all that grabs me. That's not to say this bed isn't just right for someone else, just not what I would choose, personally.
He Digs: I like the Ludlow! It's definitely more modern than some of our other designs, but that's probably what makes it one of our best-sellers. I particularly like the white eco-leather - it would look great against a dark wall.
Like a piece of art the Salk Solid Oak Bed's understated design is organic yet architectural, in nature. Salk combines a solid oak frame and built in nightstands with handcrafted gray concrete legs to give it a true industrial style. And to soften things up a bit, Salk's upholstered wrap-around headboard offers a cozy backdrop, striking the perfect balance between form and function.
She Digs: I like the simplicity of the Salk bed and although this one is quite modern, it feels a bit softer than some. This bed would certainly make a statement, but might be out of place in our more eclectic feeling Mid-century home. That being said, I think I could make it work with the right accessories.
He Digs: If you're looking for industrial modern, it's hard to wrong with Salk. The concrete legs make it a statement piece, especially with the additional nightstands. I agree that's it's probably too... cold for what we're going for in our home.
7. Thompson Bed
If you've ever dreamed of sleeping on a cloud, then the Thompson Bed might be perfect for you. Thompson's hardwood construction is completely encased in dense padding and finished off with plush square tufted basket-weave upholstery. For a light and ethereal look, choose the Luna color or go dark and moody with the Carbon shade. Whatever you choose, the Thompson Bed will surely put you on cloud nine.
She Digs: The Thompson Bed is so bold and interesting. I like that it really makes a statemnt and it looks so cozy. However, it doesn't have the look I'm going for when it comes to our bedroom. I prefer calming to dramatic, but that's just me.
He Digs: Thompson is probably our most dramatic platform bed. I agree it's not quite the look we're going for in our home, but the high-impact design and presence of this bed would be just right for so many.
If you're looking for the quintessential modern bed, the Rivington is it. With its black powder coated steel legs and inlayed gray oak wood veneer headboard and frame, the Rivington Bed checks all the boxes. You'll notice that the beauty of this piece is in its lines, angled legs, angled wood grain and even an angled headboard to provide the perfect spot to relax.
She Digs: While I prefer wooden legs to black powder coated steel, I like the simplicity of this bed and the monochromatic motif because it feels chic and a little bit sexy. It can be placed against a white or colored accent wall (which I'm pushing for!) or surrounded by a gallery wall of pictures to make it stand out a bit more.
He Digs: I like the black powder coated steel legs! They give Rivington a minimalist aesthetic without taking it too far. The Rivington would work in many different bedrooms due to its clean, understated design. I could especially see it adding contrast to a stark white space.l
Another green product made of eco-friendly 100% solid Ruby bamboo, the Park Avenue Bed offers a stylish and modern take on an upholstered wood bed. The Park Avenue's angled headboard has removable back cushions that give you all the support you need as you read yourself to sleep. This Greenington bed offers a twist by combining black steel legs and footboard with Ruby bamboo side rails and trim for a refined and sophisticated feel.
She Digs: An eco-friendly bamboo bed like the Park Avenue would be great and fits with our green preferences since we already have bamboo flooring. The cushions give this bed a more casual feel than a solid headboard and I like the redish color that makes for a relaxed vibe.
He Digs: So, like the Mercury, the Park Avenue definitely has the sustainability aspect of bamboo furniture I like. The upholstered headboard and black steel legs give it a subtle but modern vibe. I also like the Ruby finish - there's a reason Park Avenue is our most popular bamboo bed. It's a classic design that would fit into any home.
10. Monroe Bed
The Monroe Bed is the quintessential platform bed with its low profile hardwood veneer frame and individual upholstered backrests attached to the headboard to give you both form and function. With a platform height of 14-inches and the addition of two attached nightstands, the Monroe Beds will make a statement in any bedroom. And since Monroe is available in a myriad of colors and finishes, it is sure to complement your decor and lifestyle, too.
She digs: Surprisingly (since it's not MCM), I really like the Monroe Bed for its minimalist appeal and the presence that it has. I'm not sure it is the right choice for our space, but I think it would be amazing in a larger bedroom where it can truly shine.
He digs: Well, the Monroe Bed is on this list because it's one of the most popular platform beds we've ever carried! The super low profile really appeals to a modern aesthetic, and the blending of materials gives it a classic appeal. Something about the wood veneer frame paired with the upholstered headrests makes it look and feel high-end.
11. Haru Bed
If you're into hugs (and let's face it, who isn't?), you'll love our Haru Bed. Like being embraced, Haru's headboard gently wraps around the frame to create a soft curve that is complemented by its solid wood frame and angled conical legs. Haru marries Mid-century modern styling with classic elements and the result is a perfect blend. Choose between a queen or king size platform bed frame and make Haru yours!
She Digs: I love the Haru Bed because it feels fresh and modern, but also cozy and comfy. That's no easy task and Haru seems to do it with ease. Not fussy, but so sophisticated, I think this bed would go perfectly in our home. To put it simply, there's nothing I don't like about it!
He Digs: Haru is my favorite platform design to come along in a long time. It's the perfect mid century platform bed! I love the blend of elements, wood and upholstery. It's still modern but not too modern. It reminds me of our Salk Solid Oak Bed, minus the nightstands. We're in total agreement - there's nothing to dislike here!
12. Mercury Bed
With a combination of eco-friendly bamboo and soft grey upholstery, the Mercury Bed is an example of classic mid-century styling at its best. A more modern choice of bamboo, rather than a more traditional wood material brings the Mercury Bed into the 21st century and gives you a sustainable product that you can feel good about. The sophisticated feel of this bed will take the look of your bedroom up a notch.
She Digs: Another mid-century modern gem that adds the element of bamboo, which I appreciate. I am loving the look of the Mercury Bed and can even picture it with a lucite side table or maybe something more practical with a little storage. I like that you get the best of both worlds, the beauty of bamboo and the softness of upholstery.
He Digs: This is definitely one of my favorite platforms. I like everything about the design: from the bamboo construction to the tufted headboard and curved legs. It's a great mid century bed frame... easily my favorite bamboo bed, and the sustainability aspect is another notch in its cap. The more I look at it, the more I like it!
The Lily Platform Bed is like a breath of fresh air and when placed in your bedroom will feel cozy and inviting. Lily's solid wood frame and polyester upholstered headboard are perfectly balanced and give it a modern sleigh bed feel. Our most versatile platform bed on the list, Lily comes in eight different fabric colors (some bold and some neutral) and two wood finishes to give you ultimate customization. The Lily Bed effortlessly marries sophisticated style with relaxed vibes to appeal to many different tastes at a great price.
She Digs: I really appreciate how the Lily Bed looks a bit more feminine than some of the wood beds we have picked and the wide range of colors is certainly unique. The classic design combined with the interesting wood silhouette is exactly what I like. It's unexpected!
He Digs: This is a surprising design for me, too. I don't see it as feminine, though. Well, I see how people could see it as feminine, with the angled legs and narrower frame. But I interpret it more as mid-century, and I really like the design.
If you're into the natural wood grain look but appreciate an eco-friendly option, the Azara Bed might be just what you need in your life. This 100% solid bamboo bed's headboard shows off an eye-catching Tiger accent on the slatted design, an element that evokes the natural feel of wood. And a choice of carmelized or sable finishes allows you to choose the best fit for your space.
She Digs: This bed is like a piece of art and because each Azara is unique, it makes it one of a kind. The bamboo Tiger accent appeals to me and I think with a bohemian rug and a macrame wall hanging, I could make this slatted bed work for me.
He Digs: Another design that's definitely in my top 3. Maybe even my favorite... I don't think I would change anything about the design. This "green" option is a bit pricey, but in this intance "you get what you pay for." The blend of mod styling with the Tiger accent headboard is amazing.
By looking at our Trenton Storage Bed, you'd never know the secrets lying beneath. On the surface, Trenton's high-end European-design, with upscale upholstery and style scores in the looks department. You'd never expect to find a slat system that boasts high-resistance steel actuators and gas springs to allow for easy access to storage space beneath. A platform bed with storage? Sneaky!
She Digs: You had me at bed frame with storage! With a smaller home, you must be mindful of storage space and Trenton certainly has that in its corner. Plus it looks great too. I like the simplicity and softness in appearance and could see it being a top contender for me.
He Digs: I like almost everything about Trenton: quality, shape, functionality, the fact that it's a platform bed with storage. I don't dig the upholstery. It's super cool and durable, but just too... much for our small-ish bedroom. Personally, I picture the king size version in a bigger bedroom where it can stand out instead of take over.
Well, there you have it! As you can see we have similar tastes in furniture, with a mid-century modern leaning and a fondness for clean and classic pieces. His style is decidedly masculine with a preference for dark, rich woods and edgier touches. And I like a more soft and feminine feel that combines my love of modern and bohemian designs.
Now we're left with the difficult choice of which one of these beautiful beds to bring home. But you can rest assured (pun intended), we've chosen the best modern platform bed that will be the perfect blend of both our styles... "We'd like the Haru Platform Bed, Queen please!"
I can't wait to get started on our bedroom now that we have the most important decision made. And with just a few more touches like paint, a rug, nightstands and a few modern accent chairs, our bedroom will be complete and ready for relaxation!
Other Common Questions
How do I keep my mattress from sliding on a platform bed? A vast majority of our collection features bed frames with an inset that wrap around the mattress to keep it in place. The two best methods to keep your mattress secure on a platform are:
- Placing an inexpensive rug pad between your platform and mattress
- Installing strips of velcro to the underside of your mattress and the top of your platform. Note that this method only works on non-flip mattresses!
Post written by Meagan Sykes with contributions from Kevin Sykes. Meagan is the Creative Director, and Kevin is a Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Modern Digs. Meagan and Kevin live in Austin, TX and love all things mid-Century modern.
posted on 7/9/2020