Published on October 24, 2018

If we had to name the single most underrated item in the bedroom, it’d be a proper bed frame. Setting the scene for both a memorable slumber and the overall decorative tone of your personal retreat, until you’ve enjoyed the luxury of owning an above-average headboard or frame, you haven’t experienced your bedroom to the fullest.

That said, bed shopping is hard. And while it can be tempting to settle for a $99 Ikea alternative (hey, it gets the job done, right?), contrary to popular belief, beds don’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are a slew of style-forward choices out there that will not only effortlessly complement your style, but fit your budget too.

Whether you’re a maximalist with a penchant for velvet or a contemporary minimalist who prefers pared-down birch, we rounded up our favorite bed buys at every price point so you can sleep a bit easier knowing you made the right investment.

Under $500

Channel Tufted Headboard, West Elm, $249

Everything about this elegant gray headboard epitomizes sophisticated living. The subtle ripple effect created by the tufted channels not only promise to extend texture and dimension to the bedroom but also give your head a cushy spot to land. Coming in at under $300, we’re putting this ultra-chic headboard down in our book as a total steal.

Riley Platform Bed, Urban Outfitters, $449

Keep to a streamlined palette and clean lines with this cozy, neutral platform that features pinewood legs and a warm taupe upholstery. Whether surrounded by calm woven wall hangings or topped with a graphic duvet, a piece as timeless and versatile as this is worth having in the bedroom.

Folkland Elsie Upholstered Headboard, World Market, $549

Who needs story time when your bed tells quite the tale? Featuring a whimsical illustration of woodland creatures, this magical headboard sets the scene for a maximalist-approved bedroom scheme. We especially love how the arched silhouette picks up on the playful character of the print.

Rainbow Iridescent Headboard, Urban Outfitters, $399

There’s nothing quiet about this glowy headboard. For small-space dwellers with little square footage to spare, this mirrored option—which, unlike traditional headboards, hangs directly from the wall—won’t soak up precious floor space. Your dreams will never be sweeter.

$500 – $1,000

The Bed, Floyd, starting at $650

When Detroit-based furniture company, Floyd, officially debuted their sleek birch wood bed frame a little over a year ago, they subsequently fulfilled the wildest dreams of minimalists all over the world. Their beautifully composed platform, which sits fairly low to the ground, is a true testament to one of our design favorite mantras: Less is more.

Balboa Headboard, Serena and Lily, $798

Crafted from a solid mahogany frame and finished with a woven rattan surface, this coastal-cool headboard will speak to anyone with a preference for perforated finds. Go full-on beachy by finishing your space off with light woods and pops of turquoise or embrace your inner bohemian with a shaggy area rug and a pile of printed pillows.

Modern Platform Bed, The Inside, $799

When we heard the news that Christene Barberich was teaming up with The Inside for an epic home decor collab, we had no idea that it was going to mean so much for our bedrooms. While this graphic, quilt-like print is loud by most standards, the blue-meets-burgundy scheme helps tone the look down while also lending a fashion-forward edge.

Piper Bed, Room and Board, $999

Fancy upholstery and elaborate cushioning not your cup of tea? Finished with a glossy powder-coating, this blossom pink steel frame might just be the straightforward buy you’re looking for. Though simple in form, this bold frame stuns strictly by way of color.

$1,000 – $1,500

Nook Twin Bed, Blu Dot, $1,119

Beds, by nature, happen to be cozy havens. So when your place of rest also doubles as a snug nook, it’s essentially impossible not to relax. With subtle nods to mid-century design, this blush bed frame creates a cubby-like hideout within the safety of its winged headboard.  

Ditto Bed, Blu Dot, $1,279

For a bed that feels slightly Nordic and a touch mod, look no further. Merging the comfort of an upholstered headboard and the timeless look of a traditional four post frame, this elevated option is both structurally captivating and completely understated.  

Deco Bed, Anthropologie, $1298

Pulling from the same inspired shapes and tiers that long informed Art Deco buildings, this glamorous iron bed frame exudes luxe with its curved frame and pops of brass that earmark each point of connection. Top with checkered quilts for a shabby-chic feel or go simple and feminine with more delicate tones, like white, marigold, and lilac.

$1,500 – $2,000

19th C. French Iron Canopy Bed, Restoration Hardware, $1,871

Channel French-country chic with this iron canopy bed, which was seemingly inspired by the romantic elegance and rustic allure of an old-world European retreat. Its linear silhouette not only brings the drama, but will provide much-needed structure to any cluttered space lacking in balance.

Landscape Bed, Cb2, $1,599

A live-edge frame with this much detail will never cease to turn heads. Crafted from planked acai wood, finished in a whitewash, and brought to life with natural knots and detailed markings, this earthy bedroom addition was made for a solid night’s sleep.

Argos Headboard, Light Saddle Leather, One Kings Lane, $1,995

Bound by a simple hardwood frame, the intricate weaving of this laced up headboard stands to rival its warm tones. When complemented with hints of brass and cool grays, the material will feel far from its masculine stereotypes. 

$2,000 +

Saba Amelia Upholstered Bed, Abc Home, $4,995

If you’ve ever really wanted to know what it’s like to crawl into a giant cloud, this sink-worthy spot will get you pretty close. Given its low-sitting stature, the Saba Amelia bed—available in eight inspired colorways, including a burnt red and icy blue—makes it easy to fall in bed, no effort required.

Taylor Bed by Calligaris, Y living, $2,537

Calling all bibliophiles: We have officially discovered your dream bed. Not only is this perfectly plush pick boast extra cushy back support for those late nights when you just can’t put down your of-the-moment read, but the divided headboard ensures that everyone knows whose side belongs to who.

Feather Collection Bed, Anthropologie, $2,498

When in doubt, leave it up to the bed to be your one and only statement piece. Blurring the lines between a seashell and feathered fan, this luxurious bed frame (also available in a deep marine blue and light gray) is one surefire way to impart an Art Deco ambiance.

Min Bed with Headboard, Design Within Reach, $2,295

A sleek and splurge-worthy way to end every day, the gently curved composition of this Italian-made bed frame (which boasts a birch veneered, clip-on headboard) will add shapely ease to any contemporary bedroom setting.

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