What is a Platform Bed?

A platform bed is a modern, low profile bedroom furniture design where you typically only use the mattress instead of a mattress with a traditional box spring or foundation.

Platform beds are typically made of wood, and contain a series of wood slats that run across the bottom that take the place of a box spring.  They also sometimes use a flat piece of wood in place of slats to create a flat surface.

They may or may not have a headboard, and the majority of platform beds do not have a footboard.  It’s a very sleek, modern look that many people are moving towards over the more traditional bed styles.

The majority of mattresses produced today are compatible with platform beds.  Some innerspring mattresses will feel just a bit firmer on a platform bed, but that’s only the case with most connected coil systems.  Spring-free mattresses (memory foam, latex) and innerspring mattresses made with pocketed coils will feel the same.

If you’re planning on purchasing a new mattress to use on a platform bed, don’t order the foundation/boxspring.  Just put your mattress right on your platform!

The look and style of your platform bed will influence the overall “ambiance” in your bedroom.  So if you’re trying to create your own personal relaxation sanctuary or haven to retreat to, spend some time visualizing and planning out the look you want to create.  It will have an impact on how quickly you’re able to relax when getting into bed.

I look at it like this:  In Japan, they believe that you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth.  As a result, chefs spend quite a bit of time just on presentation alone.  This is why sushi looks the way it does, the reason why they’re careful to include certain colors, and why they often give each item of food their own plate.  They believe that the perception of the food is going to influence how enjoyable the meal will be.

You can apply this same principle to your bedroom.  The more effort you put into creating a super relaxing and inviting space to sleep in, the better your sleep will be.

Imagine the difference in how you would feel if you were to walk into a messy bedroom with clothes all over the floor with a horrible old mattress with springs popping out, versus entering a carefully designed zen-like bedroom that looks like something out of a 5 star tropical resort with an amazing eco-friendly mattress sitting on a sleek platform bed with super soft organic cotton sheets.  Which one is going to be easier to relax in?

– Sean