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How Do I Choose the Best Folding Bed Frame?

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Sometimes a folding bed frame is the best solution for sleeping arrangements in tight rooms or homes that do not feature guest rooms. Choosing the best folding bed frame starts with determining how much space you have to spare for storing the unit when it is not in use, as well as figuring out how many sleepers you want to accommodate at one time. Most folding beds feature twin mattresses that are suited for one person, but other units may be able to fold out into a full or queen size, which are suitable for two people.

The least expensive option for a folding bed frame is a steel unit that folds in the center. The mattress will fold along with the frame, basically cutting the unit in half. The bed can then be stored in a large closet fairly easily. Try to find a folding bed frame that features casters or wheels so you can easily move the unit when it is being transported for storage. Such folding beds will not feature a box spring, so make sure you choose a unit with adequate support for the mattress; otherwise, the mattress can sag while a person is sleeping on it, which can be uncomfortable.

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Some wood units are available as well. A wood folding bed frame is likely to be more attractive than a steel unit, meaning the frame will be a good choice if the folding bed will be stored somewhere in plain view. Wood is more susceptible to damage such as rotting, chipping, and splitting, which means it may not be the best option if the unit will be stored in a damp location such as a garage or basement. Wood can also be more expensive than steel units, depending on the type of wood used to make the frame.

Another solution to sleeping accommodations is the hide-a-bed couch. This type of couch can be placed in a living room for daily use, and when sleeping accommodations are needed, it is possible to remove the cushions and pull out a folding bed frame stowed in the unit. This is a very convenient option that does not require the user to store the bed off-site when it is not in use. The downside to this type of folding bed frame is the weight: a hide-a-bed couch can be extremely heavy, making the unit difficult to move.

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