The average person looks to cut costs where they can when buying furniture — I know I do. If you’re buying a new mattress or accessories, you don’t need to splurge for the high thread count sheets, nor do you need a fancy, fluffy duvet cover. However, it’s strongly encouraged that you get a bed frame. 

There are plenty of reasons why a bed frame is a key part of your bedding setup. A bed frame’s purpose is to protect you and your mattress from the downsides of sleeping on the floor. Not only that, but mattresses are expensive. Storing yours on the floor is like leaving your watch or phone on the floor. You could, but you can’t be surprised when something inevitably goes wrong. 

Below, I explain what can happen if you leave your mattress on the ground and offer affordable bed frame options you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg on.  

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What is a bed frame?A bed frame is the main support structure for your mattress and your box spring (if you have one). It keeps your mattress up off the floor, and protects from moist, dust and general floor gunk. There are a variety of different bed frames, from basic to decorative and functional. Some even come with a head or footboard. 

Here are some of the most popular bed frame types:

Platform: Common bed frame ma
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