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18 Slatted Bed Bases that do Not Require a Box Spring

Tim Sumerfield

Tim Sumerfield


In this post we have listed our favorite bed frames that come standard with built in bed slats. This means you do not need to use a box spring, as the bed slats provide the same support of a box spring.

As buying a mattress online has come more mainstream, so has the need for customers to find a bed frame that doesn’t require them to purchase a bulky box spring. Slatted bed bases or “platform beds” allow you to simply put your mattress directly on your bed frame without a box spring. This not only saves you money but also gives your bedroom a sleek modern appeal and gives you a lower sitting bedframe. 

What is a slatted bed base?

A slatted bed base is simply a bed frame that comes standard with built in bed slats . These bed slats take the place of a box spring and allow customers to place their mattress directly on top of their bed frame. Bed slats provide the same amount of support as a box spring and can be used interchangeably with each other. 

Benefits of slatted bed base

A bed with a slatted frame not only looks aesthetically pleasing and minimalist, it also provides many benefits within your bedroom and sleeping environment. 

  • Sleeps cooler – Hot air rises, so the lower your bed sits the cooler air you will be sleeping in. 
  • Fits rooms with lower ceilings and actually gives the illusion that they are larger
  • Easy for shorter individuals to sit on the edge of the bed
  • Expands the utilization of your floor space. When your bed is closer to the ground you will find yourself utilizing your floor space to your advantage. For example, you can get away without purchasing a bedside table and can let the floor act as a minimalist side table. 
  • Cost effective – By not having to purchase a box spring with your mattress you are saving hundreds of dollars. 

Slatted bed vs standard bed frame

The main difference between a standard bed frame and a slatted bed is that the slatted bed base comes with bed slats built into the frame. This is essentially a built in support system that doesn’t require you to purchase a box spring.

Slatted Bed Base

Standard bed


18 Slatted Bed Bases


What we love: Luxurious modern look. Appearance of hovering above the ground.

From $3699

This Floating Bed gives a modern minimalist look that is meant to give the appeal of hovering right above the ground. This low sitting bed frame is handcrafted with solid wood and built to last. It comes standard with bed slats built in and does not require you to purchase a box spring. Your mattress will sit lower into the frame for a sturdy base and support. 


What we love: Organic and simple minimalist design.

From $999

The Malibu platform bed has a simple minimalist design and hovers right above the ground. It is made with 100% maple and has the option to have no headboard or to choose from 2 different headboard sizes that can be added on. Avocado introduced the Malibu bed frame as one of their most recent additions and it has quickly become one of their most popular sellers. 


What we love: Beautiful simple design and affordable

The Zinus Suzanne platform bed brings affordability to the low profile bed market. This bed frame allows you to get the low bed style while not having to spend very much. This bed won’t last as long as some of the more expensive options but is a great buy to utilize for a few years. 


What we love: Great price for the quality

The Zinus Justina offers an all in one classic bed design. The legs coupled with the box spring style platform will give your mattress a minimalist look, almost as if they are floating above the ground. This bed is affordable and ships quickly. It may not hold up as long as the high end beds on this list but it is a great option for an entry level budget friendly bed. 


What we love: Minimalist low sitting design. Affordably priced.

From $379

This eluxury platform bed is one of the most popular platform slatted bed frames on the market. Not only is it sturdy and modern but it also is very affordably priced. This bed is available in a variety of different finishes in order to match a variety of styles and bedrooms. 


What we love: Sits low and sturdy design

The Platforma bed frame is simple yet makes a statement. The metal coupled with the simple design brings in an industrial feel while also keeping with the minimalist modern trend. This bed frame is extremely affordable and comes standard with slats and does not require a box spring. This bed is also very sturdy


What we love: Modern simple design. Affordably priced.

The Stella bed by InStyle is available in multiple colors and finishes. Its clean lines and low set platform give of a Japanese inspired minimal vibe and is perfect for making a bedroom feel open and airy. This frame is one of the more affordable beds on the list. 


What Customers love: Low modern look. Soft cozy feel. Available in a variety of high end fabrics.

From $2899

The Tufty Time bed is sure to turn heads. This low sitting soft bed is unlike anything in the industry. Its tufted headboard is cozy and warm and the perfect place for snuggling up and reading a book or watching a show. 


What Customers love: Elegant minimal design. Low platform setting. Multiple finishes.

From $290

The Minimo is exactly as its name suggests. A low sitting minimal slatted bed frame. This bed frame will fit into any space and is elegant looking without being flashy. The Minimo is also one of the most affordable beds on this list. 


What Customers love: Classic natural wood bed frame. Affordable and easy snap together assembly.

From $645

Avocado produces quality mattresses and bed frames and the City Bed is no exception. This bed frame is made of solid wood and comes standard with 1 1/2 thick bed slats. This bed is sturdy and well made and is sure to make a statement in any room. 


What we love: Simple sturdy and affordable

This steel framed Platform Bed by Zinus features wooden slats that provide strong support for your memory foam, latex, or spring mattress. Low profile 10 inch height with 7 inches of clearance under the frame. Openings in two of the legs allow for attaching a headboard to this Platform bed. 


What Customers love: Each handmade with a 100% heavy duty solid wood frame. All natural materials. No assembly tools required.

Starting at $645

Avocado prides themselves on providing customers with high end organic and natural sleeping products. Their bed frames are built with solid pieces of reclaimed wood and don’t require any tools for assembly. The price for their products is mid-range for the market but for the quality it can’t be beat. Their bed frames are built to last and will be one you could hand down to your grandchildren. The benefit of purchasing a bed frame like this is that it is built with quality sturdy materials that won’t break down or loosen over time. The bed comes with no screws or nails. You simply fit the pieces together and poof you have a high end sturdy bed frame that will last for years and it easy to disassemble and reassemble should you need to move it. If you have the budget for it we highly recommend the Avocado bed frames as our favorite sturdy beds on the market. 


What Customers love: Solid sturdy base and headboard that won't budge.

PRICE: From $1595

The Amalfi bed has world class construction at an affordable price point. The side rails are built with solid hardwood and are reinforced at the joints for extra stability. The tall headboard braces against the wall and will not move. You will not find this bed swaying or banging like you do with a typical bed/headboard set. Saatva prides themselves on providing luxurious products at affordable price points and the Amalfi is proof of that. You will not find a luxury bed set like this at a better price. Available in 3 different fabric finishes. The Amalfi has optional bed slats that can be included or not included. 


What we love: Solid steel frame and steel slats for heavy duty support. Affordable price.

This 9″ Metal platform bed frame features heavy duty steel construction with metal slat support for stable and comfortable support without the need for a traditional box spring. 9 inch low profile modern design allows you to easily get in and out of the bed. 


What Customers love: Designed to be quiet. Soft cushioning design cradles the mattress to prevent and movement.

Puffy has won a variety of awards for their sleep products. Their bed frame is a solidly constructed platform bed that cradles your mattress a few inches down to prevents any movement, rocking or noise. The solid slats are included with your purchase and take the place of a box spring. 


What we love: Low to the ground and made with solid steel

This Mellow bed frame is made with solid steel border and slats and is built to withstand anything. The assembly is slightly more than the other bed frames above but the price makes it a great option for an affordable sturdy bed. 


What we love: Rustic design. Low to the ground. Made with solid acacia wood.

Natural woodgrain and strong handsome steel take center stage with the exquisite Brock Metal and Wood Platform Bed. Artfully crafted with 100% solid acacia wood, each piece features its own unique distinctive knots and patterns. This design makes a statement with clean lines and a striking slatted headboard with metal and brass-finished hardware. In addition to its sophisticated modern-industrial look the Brock is the ultimate in strength and durability. Skillfully constructed completely from solid wood dependable steel and plywood slats, for unparalleled mattress support. This low-profile piece is built to last and promises to pull together your bedroom beautifully.


What we love: Simple sturdy platform bed. Holds over 3,000lbs.

A high quality heavy duty metal bed frame combined with seamless welding and an elegant black finish. This bed frame is built to last and will give you comfort and consistency for years to come.

How to get rid of an old bed frame?

If you are purchasing a bed slatted bed frame online, chances are you probably have an old one to get rid of. Unfortunately most of the online mattress retailers will not take your old bed away for you. Luckily we do just that! A Bedder World has mattress disposal and recycling services throughout the country. You can book a pick up online, put your items outside and let us take care of the rest!

Overall, finding a bed frame with bed slats is common on the internet today and there are a variety of options to choose from. Any of the options on this list will come with bed slats and will not require you to purchase a box spring for support.