Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

Include a simple platform bed into your sleeping quarters and you may find that box springs are merely tradition. In many places around the world, box springs under a mattress makes little sense when you have a mattress already. No huge boxspring or shin-cracking iron bed frame necessary, plenty of modern bed fans everywhere have turned to the beauty and simple design of platform beds to do the trick. In this week's round-up of minimalist platform beds, we take a look at the upholstered, the leather, the wood, and even the concrete best of the nightly nest.

Platform Beds Get Rid of Box Spring Hoopla and Take Modern, Minimalist Design to the Stage

1. Lax
PRICE: $1,040- 1,250
Dimensions: Queen or King size; 91" L x 72"- 84"W x 6" H

Made using english walnut (shown), birch plywood or espresso european birch, the wall-mounted headboard of the Lax bed by Mash Studios also comes with 1/8-inch thick aluminum sliding doors that are powder-coated in white. Minimalist style with a low profile and natural oil finish, the Lax has extra storage space inside its headboard that acts as a hidden nightstand.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

2. Nook
PRICE: $1,199- 1,599
Dimensions: Twin, Double, Queen, or King size; 44"-82"W x 86"L x 33"H

"What do you get when a curved, upholstered headboard flows into a slim, padded frame? One seriously good-looking bed. It's enough to make you want to leave the lights on." Since clever writing is the name of Blu Dot's game, we leave the Nook bed description up to the designers themselves. Available in chalk, dark roast, or guacamole wool/poly blend upholstery resting on a padded, solid hardwood & plywood frame, it exemplifies the reason we keep going back for more.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

3. Concrete
DESIGNER: Eric Weil of Oso Industries
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: Full, Queen, King, or Custom sizes; 89"L x 72"- 88" W x 42"H

With concrete in the bedroom, don't think dank cellar - think warm and inviting. Eric Weil uses "troweled concrete" in his simple rendition of a platform bed that rests atop brushed metal, wood, or plexi legs. With or without an extension, the Designlush bed wows with custom sizes available.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

4. Astrid
MANUFACTURER: Copeland Furniture
PRICE: $1,819.40 - 2,255
Dimensions: Queen, King, or California King sizes; 66"- 82" W X 86"- 90" L X 14.25" H

Reminiscent of trademark front pearly whites - like those of Lauren Hutton - Copeland describes their solid cherry hardwood frame as "producing dramatic cantilevers, the Astrid Bedroom is an engineering feat that defies expectations and inspires a sense of possibility." The platform bed and collection of furnishings that go along with it come in four different finishes with a variety of knob or pull options.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

5. Wynd
PRICE: $1,795- 1,994
Dimensions: Queen, King, or California King; 75.5"- 91.25"W x 90.25"- 94.25"D x 41.25"H

The Wynd platform bed is made out of a natural veneer in a cherry finish and comes attached to a set of nightstands with lights fixed overhead. The wooden panels of the headboard can also be ordered in a white or brown leather finish (for an additional cost) and/or completed as a full bedroom set with the matching cherry wood 5-drawer lingerie chest, armoire, or stand-alone mirror to match.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

6. Lazy Night
DESIGNER: Patricia Urquiola
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: 52"- 83.5"W x 87.4"L x 9.8"- 44.5"H

Defy the norm with a double or single version of the Lazy Night platform bed - made from tubular metal supports and a metal mesh with beechwood slats - by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia. Known for creating private space between his and her bathrooms for Axor as well, Urquiola appreciates the comfortable sharing of space with a doubled up approach. A cushioned headboard with an elastic strap and pillowback plays with contrasting fabric and leather upholstery. By making them adjustable, coordinate the pillow height to your personal TV watching and book reading preferences.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

7. Campo
MANUFACTURER: Room and Board
PRICE: $899- 1,399
Dimensions: Twin, Full, Queen, King, or California King size; 45"- 78"W x 81"- 90"L x 10"H

Using an ultra low-profile, the Campo platform frame uses six feet to create the ultimate base to lie your head. Crafted out of natural, solid cherry wood and cherry veneer, the small footprint of this well-made frame comes in three finishes and five different sizes to suit your every need. Lacquered for long-lasting durability, the Campo by Room and Board is the solid choice  for loft, apartment, or minimalist living that is made in the U.S.A.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

8. 216 Bergére
DESIGNER: Seyhan Özdemir & Sefer Çaglar of Autoban
PRICE: $11,045
Dimensions: Queen, King or California King size; 63.3"- 79.3"W x 93.5"- 97.5"L x 7.9"- 43.3"H

Made using walnut or oak and fabric or leather, the majestic sloping headboard of Autoban's first bed design for De La Espada was all about luxury through simplicity. Based on the design duo's iconic Bergère armchair, the Bergère Bed has a rich, solid wood shell with a soft, inward expression using the fabric or leather. Finished with a danish oil or a white oil to keep it looking amazing for years, its the ultimate platform bed by the modern design and manufacturing powerhouses hailing from Istanbul and Spain/Portugal.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

9. Royal Prince
DESIGNER: Stefano Cavazzana
PRICE: £4,070+ (approx. $6,585)
Dimensions: Queen, Euro King or Super King size; 72"- 87"W x 89"- 91" L x 15"- 40"H

"Emery leather-covered headboard with unusual quilting, gives it a new, elegant look," says the product description of the Royal Prince platform bed by Stefano Cavazzana for Bonaldo. Part of a collection of leather furnishings to match, the Italian design uses matching stitching on the wooden base to create a smooth effect from top to bottom. Identical to the Royal bed, only with a quilted headboard, the ultra European design comes in white, black, dark brown, light beige, mid beige, tan, red, cognac, charcoal, yellow or metallic gold leather.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

10. Andover
PRICE: $689.95- 919.95
Dimensions: Twin, Double, Queen or King sizes; 79.5"L x 43.5"- 80.5"W x 46"H

Made using a solid, North American ash, this ultra sleek hardwood Andover bed by Furnature is embellished by no more than its deep and beautiful wood grain. Created by a company whose values include organic, solid construction, the durability extends into the hardwood slats that provide excellent mattress support under the surface. Additionally, they've included metal-on-metal corner connections to top off the sturdy design of the curved headboard and footrest.

Top Ten: Minimalist Platform Beds

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of the Top Ten of Minimalist Platform Beds!

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Posted March 2, 2011 by Sonja Hall

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