17 Best Bed Frames of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

Material: Hardwood frame, fabric upholstered headboard

Bed Frame Examiner: MacKenzie Chung Fegan, Contributing Writer

What drew you to this bed frame? I’ve always been Team Headboard, but when I moved in with my partner three years ago, I made peace with her minimalist, metal-framed platform bed. But after years of wear, our bed gave way, creaked and wobbled and damaged our hardwood floor with an overloaded center post. By contrast, Burrow’s Circa frame looked sturdy and solid – and I was looking forward to having a headboard in my life.

How was the delivery and assembly? Things have started well! My bed frame arrived in three boxes – the headboard in one, the frame itself split between the other two – each weighing over 50 lbs. I unpacked the pieces on the ground floor and was able to carry each piece individually up two flights of stairs without too much trouble. The top, bottom, and side rails of the bed fit together by inserting a prong on one piece into a slot on the other (I’m not a carpenter, can you tell?), but when I started assembling the frame, it became clear that I had been sent the wrong part. A side rail had teeth where the slots should be and slots where the teeth could be, making it impossible to attach to the top and bottom pieces.

I emailed Burrow customer service on a Saturday night, got a response Tuesday, and my replacement part arrived Friday. Once I had all the right parts, it was a breeze to put together – this Japanese-inspired joinery locks into place. This could possibly be a one-person job if it wasn’t for the fact that you had to flip the entire frame, which definitely required the help of the spouse. As someone who might lose this little IKEA hex wrench, I appreciated that assembly required no tools except for a screw that I tightened a quarter. The whole thing took about 15 minutes.

Did the bed frame meet your expectations? It was exactly as advertised. I ordered the oak frame with a Papyrus headboard, a light taupe color with a subtle sheen. The frame is sturdy and stable – no more creaking – and elevates my mattress slightly higher (24″) off the floor than my previous frame. Overall, the minimalist design and solid wood construction makes me feel like finally have an adult bed.

How would you rate the sturdiness of this bed frame on a scale of 1 to 10? I would give it an 8/10 in terms of durability. This is my first solid wood frame, and certainly compared to metal or particle board, it feels stable, like a bed of stuff. Due to the interlocking joinery, there are no screws that could loosen over time (other than the one that holds the center post in place) that have to support the weight of two sleeping humans and sometimes a dog .

Would you recommend this bed frame to a friend? I recommend it, but with some reservations. One of the side pieces arrived with a noticeable ding on one corner. This isn’t a Burrow-specific issue, though – when you order bulky furniture online, you run the risk of it being damaged in transit, and judging from my customer service experience, I’m sure Burrow would quickly send a replacement.

I think most will be happy with the purchase. The bed is not flashy. The headboard colorways are all muted tones and there are no extraneous frills to the frame. It’s not a statement. It’s ideal for those who want their bed to do its fucking job, but otherwise blend into the background and not fight for attention with their high-quality patterned sheets.