The Importance of Having a Good Bed Frame: 5 Main Reasons

Bed Frames
November 4, 2021

We all know that guy who sleeps with his mattress on the floor. 

To put it bluntly, to many it doesn’t just symbolize a lack of class but also utter laziness (no offence). Especially when you consider the myriad of bed frame options selling for as little as $50. 

Despite how affordable a bed frame can be, there are a number of reasons why people choose not to invest in a bed frame. 

According to this article from Vice where a number of individuals were interviewed on why they slept with a mattress on the floor, here are some reasons why people don’t invest in a bed frame: 

  • Too expensive
  • Not caring much for marginal comforts
  • Preferring the support of the floor
  • No squeaking (unless you have squeaky floorboards, I suppose)
  • You can more easily weed out significant others who care more about your net-worth than you as a person.

However, the importance of having a good bed frame shouldn’t be overlooked.

A good bed frame provides ample support to help you sleep, and prevents your mattress from sliding around and becoming a tripping hazard. It also looks better aesthetically, and fends off any mold, insects, or dirt from getting in or on your mattress. Best of all, it's a great opportunity to store away things you use from time to time.

Here are the main reasons having a good bed frame is important in a bit more depth.

1. Provides support

I know, I know. What could provide better support than the floor itself? Well, probably not much. But there are a lot of very solid bed frame options out there that can very well compete with the floor. 

Plus, putting your mattress on a bed frame will prevent your mattress from potentially sliding around on the floor. Best to prevent that tripping hazard!

Putting weight on the Tic Tac Toe bed frame

2. Better aesthetics

Bed frames don’t just elevate your mattress, but they elevate the aesthetics of your room. Mattresses directly placed on the floor tend to look lazy and messy. Bed frames vary in a wide range of styles.

Here are some of the most common types, and what they say about the style of your room.

Tic Tac Toe bed


Wood bed frames convey growth and creativity. The beige colours of wood are also soothing and promote self-care.

Tic Tac Toe wood bed frame


Metal bed frames promote purity, cleanliness, and strength. It is also associated with clarity, precision, simplicity, joy, and integrity. 

Metal bed frame in bedroom
Photo by Antonio Caverzan on Unsplash


Upholstered bed frames promote comfort, happiness, and safety. Its soft edges and muted colours help the room feel calm.

Upholstered bed
Photo by Mo from Pexels

This is just scratching the surface on the different types of bed frames that are out there, but it’s good to think about what you want to express in your bedroom and how that fits with your personality. 

3. Prevents mold

We spend about 26 years of our lives sleeping. That’s basically a quarter of your life. 

This is going to sound gross, but our mattresses go through a lot. That includes having to deal with various (fluids) like sweat. After all, you don’t want this to eventually turn into mold which can have negative effects if you breathe that in for 8 hours every night. 

As a result, it’s important to allow air to circulate through our mattresses, and that’s one of the biggest benefits of a bed frame! 

Mattress companies generally recommend getting a bed frame that has slats that are 2.5”-3” apart. Do a little bit of research and see what spacing is best for you and your mattress. Ultimately, you’ll definitely want some air circulating through your mattress to prevent any mold from appearing.

Closeup of mold
Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash

4. Fends off insects

This is somewhat of an obvious one, but since bugs are usually crawling around on the ground, you’ll want to create some space between yourself and those critters. It’ll be less likely they will be crawling around you during your sleep (I definitely just shuddered a bit), and it will especially prevent any bed bugs.

Although furniture itself (especially old, used furniture) can result in bed bugs, it is also a higher likelihood they will invade your mattress if you leave it on the ground. Get a new, treated bed frame to prevent this from happening.


5. Storage opportunity

Who doesn’t want to take advantage of extra storage space? This is a big one for people who live in small apartments. You can store items that you need but don’t use frequently under here. Buy a bed frame that has built-in drawers or get containers with wheels that you can easily store underneath.

Storage box under bed frame

Conclusion: the importance of having a good bed frame

So there you have it: 5 solid reasons for the importance of having a good bed frame. Although a bed frame may not be for everyone, bed frames definitely reign superior in terms of preventing mold and providing extra storage space you just don’t get when you throw a mattress on the floor and call it a day. Beyond that, it helps prevent your mattress from sliding around and gives it a “home” (if you want to call it that), it looks more classy, and it will help avoid any insects that may be looking for a place to crash.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! What are your thoughts on sleeping with the mattress on the floor? Do you agree or disagree with these points? Contact us at