When choosing a low bed frame, your first consideration should be whether or not you will be using a box spring in conjunction with a mattress. Some frames are designed to accommodate both the box spring and mattress, while others are designed for use only with a mattress. Generally, an inexpensive low bed frame made from steel will accommodate both a mattress and box spring, as the box spring will be necessary to provide a flat surface for the mattress. Platform beds made from wood or even metal will provide a flat surface for the mattress, eliminating the need for a box spring.
Consider, too, your budget for purchasing a low bed frame. Simple collapsible steel frames are generally quite inexpensive, though they are not exceptionally beautiful. Platform beds made from wood or metal are generally more aesthetically pleasing, but they are also bulkier and far more expensive. If aesthetics are important to you, consider a platform bed; if price is the biggest determining factor, choose a simple, collapsible metal frame.
Platform beds can come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and designs. When considering such a low bed frame, think about the aesthetic of the room as well as the features you value in a frame. Some low bed frame models, for example, will feature headboards and footboards, while others may not feature either. Some models will feature slide-out drawers for storage underneath the mattress for added convenience and storage space in small rooms. This is an especially important feature in loft bedrooms that may not have closets or other storage options.
Of course, the most basic consideration when choosing a low bed frame is the size. It is important to think about who will be sleeping in the bed as well as how much space is available in the room. A twin size bed, for example, will accommodate one adult, though such mattresses are usually intended for children. Queen size beds are larger and can accommodate two grown adults; king size beds are extremely large and can accommodate two grown adults with room to spare. The low bed frame you choose will need to correspond to the size of mattress you own or intend to buy. Sometimes the frame is adjustable to accommodate more than one size of mattress, but in most cases, the frame will be designed for one specific size only. It is sometimes possible to buy a frame and a mattress together to avoid complications.