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.
Signature Sleep Contour
Nature’s Sleep 8
Pure Green from Sleep on Latex
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Mattress for Platform Beds Reviews
1. Signature Sleep Contour, 8″ Coil Model Review
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.
The Signature Sleep Contour 8″ is one of the very few innerspring models that will function well with or without a box spring, which makes it ideal for platform beds. It’s pretty firm, so this is best suited for stomach and some back sleepers. Side sleepers might consider the 10″ model which, though more expensive, is more supple.
2. Nature’s Sleep 8″ Gel Memory Foam Review
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.
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
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.
Honestly, even the price isn’t necessarily a con when it comes to the Pure Green mattress, since the quality of materials and construction you’re paying for are clearly evident.
It’s a soft but supportive design that’s ideal for platform beds and all sleeping positions, thanks to multiple softness/firmness options. If the price is within your budget, the Pure Green should meet—or even exceed—all the expectations you’d have with a mattress at this price point.
4. LinenSpa 5″ Gel Memory Foam Review
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.
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.
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.