Best Mattress for Platform Beds of 2018 & Buying Guide

An epitome of sleek, minimalist design, platform beds (also called cabin beds) are exactly what they sound like: platforms upon which mattresses sit, or low frames which the mattress is set into; sometimes there’s a ledge around the bed, and sometimes it sits flush with the mattress.  Headboards are included in some beds, while others don’t sport any.

These beds are designed with both comfort and visual aesthetic in mind—so finding the right mattress for your platform’s unique design can be a challenge.

This buyer’s guide will answer some questions for those considering platform beds, as well as those who already own them and are looking for a suitable mattress. We’ll also evaluate some ideal candidates in a range of prices and styles to begin your search.

Product

Quality

Our Rating

Price

Signature Sleep Contour

A+

LinenSpa 5

A+

Nature’s Sleep 8

Pure Green from Sleep on Latex

A-

Buying Guides

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What mattresses fit best with platform beds?

Memory foam or latex models are best, since they’re designed for solid surfaces anyway (versus boxsprings or slats).  Sometimes platform beds have slats, but are spaced so closely together, they resemble solid slabs.

As a general rule, all mattresses can work on platform beds, but some will suit your particular bedframe more than others.

Before you purchase a mattress for your platform bed, consider these components:

  • Weight–Platform beds come in a variety of styles and constructions.  Some are on legs, while others are solid boxes; they can be made from different strengths of wood or metal.  You don’t want to choose a heavy mattress when your platform bed is meant for lightweight ones.
  • Support–Your bed should have a solid surface or slats spaced closely together (no more than 3″ between them) to ensure a mattress will sit properly on top.  Memory foam beds work best with solid bases, and hybrids, latex, or innerspring models work well with either.   Consult the manufacturer’s Frequent Asked Questions, or contact customer support, if you aren’t sure.
  • Height–This is partially a stylistic preference, but mostly a health concern: your mattress should be tall or short enough so you can comfortably sit and stand when entering or exiting the bed.  Also consider the height of your nightstands and lamps if you sit and read or watch television before lying down to sleep.

Additionally, some mattresses are sold with matching foundations, so make sure it will work without that. Double-check the warranty, too: there are manufacturers who won’t honor it if the mattress is used without the foundation with which it was sold.

Signature Sleep Contour

Signature Sleep Contour

Do platform beds use box springs?

No—platforms utilize solid bases or slats for the mattress to sit upon, which means your bed can be varying heights.  This provides more storage options for some, can make getting in and out of bed easier, and make your bedroom look and feel larger than it is.

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It also eliminates the need to purchase a box spring with your new mattress and worry about carrying it inside and setting it up.

Is there a benefit to platform beds, or is it just a matter of design preference?

While it is nice to have a bed that suits your home’s design perfectly, there are other benefits to platform beds you won’t find in other styles.

Nature’s Sleep 8

Nature’s Sleep 8

Platforms can be low to the ground, which might be easier for disabled persons to get in or out of with minimal to no assistance.  Raised models can have storage underneath (either from the sides, or by lifting the base where the mattress sits, like a giant box).  They can also have closed-off sides, which means no more lost socks migrating into the shadows—and no dreaded “clean under the bed” tasks on your to-do list!

Generally, platform beds are cheaper, because they require fewer materials to construct and skip most of the ornate details traditional beds feature.

Depending on the mattress you buy, platform beds can also increase the overall support—which could make some models last much longer than if they were on a box spring, and might help those with persistent back troubles.

Do I need a special mattress for a platform bed if I don’t really care how the bed looks?

Other than the specified reasons above (weight, support and height), no.  If a mattress doesn’t have a “modern” or streamlined look, seems too high for the bed, or covers too much of the headboard, etc., but meets all your needs, you can decide the aesthetic elements don’t matter.  It’s important to like how your bed looks, but it’s more important to like how it feels.

That said, don’t assume you can’t find mattresses that provide both form and function.  Today’s mattresses, especially all-foam designs, are constructed specifically for platforms: with a little hunting, you can find one that looks every bit as great as it feels.

Pure Green from Sleep on Latex

Pure Green from Sleep on Latex

Best Mattress for Platform Beds Reviews

1. Signature Sleep Contour, 8″ Coil Model Review

Signature Sleep Contour

Generally speaking, innerspring models aren’t ideal for platform beds, since they were designed to be used on box springs or slats—but in the case of the Signature Sleep Contour, you can enjoy the stability of a traditional spring design without giving up your modern platform frame.

With pocketed coils and double-sided memory foam (meaning both the top and bottom have it), this model is almost a hybrid—or, perhaps, even better.

Pros

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    Affordable price overall.
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    Streamlined rectangular shape (no ornamental cording) will suit platforms well, design-wise.
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    The 8″ model is tall enough for comfort, but short enough to fit on or in platform bases without looking too bulky and disturbing aesthetic.
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    Though on the firmer side, this innerspring design will allow even solid-base platforms (essentially a solid “box” the mattress sits on top of) to be comfortable and have some give.
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    Faster expansion upon unpacking than most all-foam models, which means consumers can decide more quickly and accurately if the model works for their needs.  Takes 24-48 hours, but will do most of its expanding in the 10 or so hours after unpacking.
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    Also available in a 10″ model, for those who prefer a bit more memory foam and a softer surface.
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    Dual-sided design (i.e. memory foam is on both sides) means mattress can be flipped and rotated to extend lifespan and discourage depressions/sagging.

Cons

  • Foam is 1.6″ but split between top and bottom, so less than an inch of foam will be directly underneath you while you sleep.  Results in a very firm surface that side sleepers and some back sleepers might not find comfortable.

2. Nature’s Sleep 8″ Gel Memory Foam Review

Nature’s Sleep 8

Though it’s the same size as the Signature Sleep Contour, the Nature’s Sleep 8″ mattress is made entirely of foam—no springs whatsoever.  This creates a softer support, which side sleepers need to relieve pressure on their hips, spine, and neck.

Pros

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    2″ gel memory foam for comfort and body heat dispersal.
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    Quilted, washable cotton-velour cover resists bacteria and odors.
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    Performs best on flat surfaces like platform beds, rather than slatted surfaces.  The shape is uniform and sleek.

Cons

  • Gel foam is on one side only, which means—as with most memory foam mattresses—it can’t be flipped, only rotated to avoid depressions and sagging over time.
  • Designed in the USA, but manufactured in China.  The company is not particularly upfront with that fact in their descriptions.

We have mixed feelings about this brand.  The mattress itself, on the one hand, is designed well.  Sound construction and successful balancing of support and contour foam make it suitable for multiple sleeping positions, and its price is affordable.

However, we didn’t like that the company emphasized “designed in America” when it’s manufactured outside the US. While there’s nothing wrong with imports, of course, we wonder if it’s intentionally misleading.  Speculation and semantics aside, this bed is a great choice for platform beds if you and your partner are sided sleepers or sleep in different positions.

3. Pure Green from Sleep on Latex Review

Pure Green from Sleep on Latex

The Pure Green Natural Latex mattress is an all-foam model with a heftier price, but with good reason: its foam is 100% natural latex, and its wool-cotton blend cover offers superior moisture wicking and comfort.

The benefits don’t just come from the eco-friendly factor, either: it has millions of air channels (literally) that encourage ventilation, and offer three firm/soft variances (link above is to softest model) so you can customize your mattress to your exact needs and preferences.

Pros

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    100% natural materials, high-quality.
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    Naturally occurring air channels in the latex foam ensure proper ventilation and a cooler night’s sleep than most synthetic foams.
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    Incredibly durable with impressive resiliency and quick contour response (how quickly mattress adjusts to your body as you change position).
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    Available in a range of sizes, from twin to California king; XL “dorm sizes” also available.
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    Made in Chicago, IL, United States.
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    Choose between soft, medium, or firm for a more customized form of support and comfort.

Cons

  • Not within everyone’s ideal budget, but still affordable.  Lasts longer than most mattresses, so extra cost might “pay for itself” over time.
  • Could be too soft/have too much given for heavier individuals; consider the medium or firm options if you experience excessive sinking on foam models.

4. LinenSpa 5″ Gel Memory Foam Review

LinenSpa 5

For shoppers looking for a thin, firm mattress to complete their ultra-sleek bedroom design, the LinenSpa 5″ Gel foam model is a good choice.

It has 1″ of gel-infused memory foam and 4″ of a denser support foam, for just enough softness to relieve joint pain, but the firmness many backs and stomach sleepers require—with none of the bulk from more traditional models.

Pros

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    Thin design makes unpacking and setup very easy; weighs only 34 lbs.
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    The gel in top layer disperses body heat effectively (although thinness naturally diminishes ventilation, so hot sleepers might find this model too warm).
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    Will fit on solid-base platform beds well, allowing for a sleep and minimalist design.
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    Easy transport for those who move frequently or plan to use this in a guest room or recreational vehicle.
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    Very affordable.

Cons

  • Shorter than most mattresses, so inset platforms (where the base is set into the bedframe) should have less than 5″ depth—unless consumers want a completely flush look, where the ledge of the bed lines up perfectly with the top of a mattress.
  • Too firm for side sleepers.

If you enjoy firm mattresses and want the pressure relief of memory foam without the plushness, the LinenSpa 5″ is ideal.  It’s also great for anyone with a very low budget (although a mattress should only be purchased because it suits all your needs, not just price).

This mattress isn’t suitable for heavy individuals, people who run hot, or most side sleepers, so don’t fall in love with the thin, streamlined design (though we agree: it’s hard not to) if you fall under any of those categories.

To Conclude

The hardest part of buying a mattress for a platform bed is giving consideration to elements you might not even think about with built-in spring bases or box springs, such as mattress height, or the overall appearance of the mattress itself.

Platform beds are becoming increasingly popular.  Gone are the days of ultra-low or even ultra-modern; technically speaking, platform beds are any that have solid bases or slats and don’t require box springs, which means consumers can choose from a wide range of styles to suit their tastes.

While any mattress can do well on a platform, some are better suited for them than others.  Most manufacturers will include whether or not a mattress was intended for platform use in their descriptions.