Our Editors Reviewed The 4 Best Bed Frames of 2023 - Thuma, Pottery Barn, Floyd, and West Elm

Our Editors Reviewed The 4 Best Bed Frames of 2023 - Thuma, Pottery Barn, Floyd, and West Elm

A bed is more than a piece of furniture; it’s where we get our much-needed rest. And while you might think having the right mattress is most important, a good night’s sleep starts with a quality bed frame.

But finding the right one can be overwhelming. Should you opt for a simple box spring? A platform bed frame with extra storage underneath? A classic four-poster?

Once you decide on a style, there are many other factors to consider, including the price, quality of materials, and perhaps most importantly, the assembly process — not all of us are DIY pros!

Our editors researched several of the best-selling Queen-sized bed frames on the market. Here’s what we found.

EDITOR’S PICK: The Bed, By Thuma | $1095

Crafted from genuine, upcycled wood — with no veneers or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) — The Bed has a simple, sleek, design that’s both timeless and minimalist, and is designed to last a lifetime.

Each bed frame is a unique, one of a kind piece that showcases the natural grains and knots of the handcrafted, repurposed wood. Finishes include Walnut, Natural, Espresso, and Gray, while the sizes range from Twin all the way up to Cali King.

The Bed, By Thuma is also GREENGUARD Gold Certified — which means it meets some of the world’s most intensive chemical emissions standards after rigorous testing.

But perhaps the best part of this frame is its assembly process, thanks to a technique called Japanese Joinery. The bed frame arrives in just 11 pieces that are quick and simple to assemble by joining each rail together and locking the slats into place. In all, just two hand-tightened screws are required for set-up — no tools needed.

The Bed, By Thuma comes packaged in 3 recycled, styrofoam-free, easy-to-carry boxes that fit through hallways, doors, and around corners. No need to bribe a friend to help you move it into your space.

There are also two add-ons designed to perfectly complement this bed frame:

  • The PillowBoard, By Thuma, is a headboard + pillow hybrid. Filled with a CertiPUR-US® certified foam and interchangeable, washable cover, it creates the ideal lounge environment.
  • The Headboard, By Thuma, is an understated yet elegant solid wood upgrade that was designed to make your bed a centerpiece.

The Farmhouse Bed, By Pottery Barn | $1599

Pottery Barn has a range of bed frames, but the Farmhouse Bed is a bestseller. Crafted from kiln-dried solid pine wood, poplar wood, engineered hardwood/pine veneers, and MDF, the Farmhouse Bed features a streamlined silhouette with decorative molding — hence the price tag.

This bed frame is GREENGUARD Gold Certified and has been screened for over 1,000 chemicals. It comes in different shades, including Montauk White, Sienna Brown, and Espresso and has an attached headboard.

Pottery Barn offers “White Glove Delivery,” where the bed is delivered by appointment and assembled by a skilled two-person team. For an additional fee (based on location), they'll take care of everything — from unpacking to assembly to recycling materials.

While the GREENGUARD Gold certification is a big plus, we didn’t love all the hardware that comes with The Farmhouse Bed, By Pottery Barn. While this frame is designed to prevent warping, splitting, and cracking, the hardware may loosen over time and may require re-tightening.

The Bed Frame, By Floyd | $956

Floyd’s The Bed Frame is made from wood veneer and finished steel, with clean geometric lines that lift it up to create its unique look. Designed for longevity, this bed frame is entirely customizable, so you can add or remove extra slats depending on your desired size, from Twin to King.

This frame is made of wood veneer (not solid wood), so it may not last a lifetime. Finish types include Birch, American Oak, or Walnut, and you can opt for add-ons, such as the Upholstered Headboard to add a special extra design touch.

Shipping is also quick (2-4 days), and assembly instructions can be accessed via PDF — although that means you’ll need an internet connection or printer on-hand.

What we didn’t love about The Bed Frame, By Floyd was the assembly process. There are also quite a few parts to assemble, including end and middle supports, cork pads, tensioning straps. We also wished that the instructions were clearer and more easily accessible.

The Anton Solid Wood Bed, By West Elm | $1699

Crafted from kiln-dried, sustainably sourced solid mango wood with pine wood slats, The Anton Solid Wood Bed is a modern take on rustic farmhouse style.

Each frame is a one of a kind piece that can be used with or without a box spring, and select styles include extra mattress space to make room for bedding to be tucked underneath. Available in Burnt Wax and Cerused White, the natural wood variations add warmth and elegance to your bedroom.

West Elm makes their beds in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory, which empowers workers and manufacturers to meet the demands of residential use. Just like Pottery Barn, West Elm offers a “White Glove Delivery” service that covers unpacking, assembly, and packaging removal/recycling.

The Anton Solid Wood Bed, By West Elm is absolutely beautiful, but one worry is that the wood can be affected by heat and humidity — which can cause things like hairline cracks — so it’s best to avoid direct contact with AC units or heating vents.

Our Pick

Given how much time we spend in bed, investing in a beautiful, high-quality bed frame is essential. After reviewing several popular options and taking price, assembly, quality, and sustainability into consideration — The Bed, By Thuma is our top choice for the best bed frame on the market.

Not only is it backed by a lifetime warranty, we also loved that The Bed, By Thuma is:

  • Made from 100% real, upcycled wood.
  • GREENGUARD Gold certified for low chemical emissions.
  • Simple to assemble with no tools.
  • Available in four signature finishes for every aesthetic.
  • Comes with two upgrade options: The PillowBoard and The Headboard.

With four finishes in 6 sizes, The Bed, By Thuma, is the editor’s pick for a beautiful, easy to assemble, and quality bed frame.