Best Bed Frames (2023): Easy Assembly, Fabric, Wood, and Metal

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I’ve owned Thuma’s The Bed for three years now, and it feels as good as new. You don’t need a single tool to assemble this wooden bed frame. The company uses traditional Japanese joinery techniques, and it took me about 15 minutes to put the whole thing together. That means disassembly and reassembly when I had to move was so easy—there are but two thumb screws at the top and bottom edges of the frame, which you can hand-screw in once everything else is in place.

More surprising is how sturdy it is. I’ve gone through so many bed frames before the Thuma, and after a year or two, there’s usually a broken slat or bent metal rod here and there. Or the slats keep falling down, so you have to do that thing where you pull the mattress over your head as you try to shove them back in place (just me?). It doesn’t creak and never slides around. The foam Pillowboard is an additional expense, but it’s comfy. Thuma has since added a wood headboard, which is pricier, but that’s what I’ll probably upgrade to next, since it completes the look. A part of the problem is how expensive this whole bed frame is (the price has jumped since I first purchased it), but if it helps, the Thuma is made from repurposed wood, and it’s UL GreenGuard Gold Certified, meeting low chemical emissions. —Julian Chokkattu

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