Do you wish you had more storage space in your bedroom… like under your bed? Some bed frames are too short to accommodate large enough storage bins. Many platform beds, although they look nice and stylish, don’t include any practical storage. If you have a mattress on the floor, you don’t have any storage at all. ZINUS solves that problem!
A couple of weeks ago we purchased a twin-sized ZINUS SmartBase® Compack® Mattress Foundation on Amazon. It’s 14 inch metal bed frame, with a full 13 inches of clearance space, so there’s room for tons of stuff underneath it. Laundry basket, Lego bin, out-of-season clothing, bankers boxes, milk crates, etc. And that’s just the twin size – imagine how much more you could store under a full- or queen-sized one!
Incidentally, if you don’t store anything below the bed, it’s roomy and sturdy enough to comfortably take shelter under there in case of an earthquake! Seriously, this innovative mattress foundation, with its multiple support legs crafted from thick durable steel, provides even more stability than a traditional bed frame.
The steel frame really is sturdy and won’t bend like cheaper metal. I know from experience, because the last bed frame I got was a cheap metal one on wheels, and the metal bent just by sitting on the corner of the bed. Once it bent the first time, it was permanently weakened and that corner kept bending down. I tried to prop up the bent leg with a block of wood and hold it in place with tie wraps, but it didn’t work very well and looked terrible. I hated that stupid bed frame ever since!
The ZINUS bed frame is so much better! It has a modern black minimalist design that doesn’t look unfinished like some bed frames, so you don’t have to hide it behind a bed skirt. Another reason for getting this one is that the legs have rubber feet for protecting the floor. You can also attach a headboard.
The long, flat box that the product came in was actually a lot smaller than I thought it would be. The bed frame had to be assembled, of course. The illustrated step-by-step assembly instructions that ZINUS provided were great, and any Lego or K’Nex fan in your family will happily help you put it together in no time. It will be kind of like putting together a full-size model, and if it’s going to be their own bed they will be able to sleep comfortably on something that they built themselves.
For most mattresses, a box spring or bunkie board will not be required, just place the mattress directly on top of the metal slats. (The slats even have pull-off stickers to keep the mattress from sliding out of place.) However, the new memory foam mattress that we bought at Costco specifically said that if the slats are wider than 2 inches apart (which these are), you will need a box spring or foundation of some sort (or I imagine the soft memory foam will squeeze through the gaps). We contemplated just using a piece of plywood, but we were able to find a twin box spring on sale at Big Lots, and it was a nice black color to go with the frame, so we bought that instead.
Now, with the bed frame being 14 inches off the floor, just having a single mattress on top puts it at the normal height for getting in and out of the bed. But if you do add a box spring (the one we got was 9 inches deep), it will make the mattress sit really high! Which is okay as long as you don’t mind climbing in and out of bed. If you’re short like me, a little step stool on the side of the bed will help. 🙂
Trade in your old bed frame and trade up to the ZINUS SmartBase® Compack® Mattress Foundation.
NOTE: The above product was NOT provided for free or at a discount in exchange for a review. This item was purchased by a homeschooling family at their own expense.