12 Sturdy Bed Frames for Active Couples and Heavier Individuals

Liz Dorian

Liz Dorian

Sleep Expert and Blogger


A bed frame should hold up to everyday bedroom activities. It shouldn’t slam, squeak or rock back and forth. It shouldn’t require you to tighten it every few days. It should be sturdy and solid. Unfortunately, too many bed frames on the market are crafted poorly and are not ideal for heavier individuals or active couples. If you are looking for a sturdy bedframe that was meant to hold up to to your “active” lifestyle then you have come to the right place. We have researched and reviewed all of the best bed frames on the market and have put together a list of the absolute sturdiest beds on the market. 

Features to look for when purchasing a sturdy bedframe

One would assume that all bed frames would be sturdy. Unfortunately this is not the case. In fact, the majority of bed frames are not ideal for bedroom activities. When you are shopping, there are some features you should look for to ensure you purchase a bed frame that won’t rock, squeak or sway. 

Features to look for in a sturdy bed frame: 

  • Quality Material – Solid thick wood or steel frames are ideal. You can tell pretty quickly by looking at a bed frame if it is well made or not. Frames from Ikea or Walmart look much different than those you find at a higher end furniture store. 
  • Sturdy Wide Feet- The feet of a bed frame should be thick and sturdy. If you purchase a frame with thin feet it is much more likely the frame will rock or sway on uneven ground. 
  • Comes in Larger Pieces. The Less Assembly the Better – We have all purchased something cheap from Ikea or Walmart that arrives in 100 pieces. Generally you put the piece together and within the next year it is wobbling or slowly coming apart. If you are looking for a sturdy bed frame you want to find one that comes in the least amount of pieces possible. The larger the pieces the less room for movement and the more solid the entirety of the bed will be. For example if you somehow made a bed frame out of one single piece of steel you would likely have no movement at all because you have no “joints” or seams to create any give. 

12 Sturdy Bed Frames For Active Couples

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: Snaps together with zero hardware. Much sturdier than standard metal frames

PRICE: From $179

The Plushbed metal bed frame takes the standard metal bed frame to the next level. The wide feel and tongue and groove assembly create a solid sleeping platform for the heaviest and most active sleepers. Keep in mind a metal bed frame is meant to have a box spring (foundation) on top of it and then a mattress on top of that. This frame does not require any tools or hardware for assembly and simply snaps together. This means you don’t have to worry about loosening screws or parts that squeak or sway over time. Easily attach any standard headboard as well. 


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. 


What Customers love: Minimalist design. Holds over 2000lbs. Variety of finishes available.

From $290

Keetsa’s line of steel bed frames are simplistic and minimalist in their design but they are built to be sturdy. These bed frames hold over 2000 lbs and do not squeak or sway under pressure. The low center of gravity and solid steel design make them aesthetically pleasing as well as functional and easy to assemble. If you are looking for an affordable sturdy platform bed frame then it doesn’t get much better than Keetsa. The Keetsa frame is a platform bed which means you do not need to purchase a box spring. 


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

PRICE: From $100

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: Affordably priced. Low-minimalist design.

From $379

This wood frame comes in a variety of color options and is designed with a modern aesthetic to compliment any bedroom. The usage of solid wood slats and sturdy wide legs make this bed a great option for heavier sleepers and individuals looking for a bed that won’t squeak or move. The low center of gravity and the fact that this bed doesn’t have a headboard means there won’t be any room for movement or swaying. 


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. 


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

Queen $136

This Mellow bed frame is made with solid steel 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 Customers love: Our pick for the sturdiest adjustable bed on the market.

From $1099

The Brooklyn Bedding adjustable bed is a great option for active couples or heavier sleepers. It is not only extremely heavy duty and sturdy but it also comes with adjustability features, a massage option and much more. Adjustable beds allow for a variety of sleeping and resting positions and are great for back pain or surgery recovery as well. 


What Customers love: A sturdy wood frame made of solid maple.

PRICE: From $3095

The Palder Bed has a reclining headboard supported by an solid wood frame. Your bedroom will be enhanced with modern frame and a base that appears to float off the floor. The open spacing of the headboard gives the overall appearance one of being light and open. The modern bed has a sturdy but lightweight frame that gives it a unique, timeless look, and the sleek design will give you a satisfying night’s sleep. Medley offers multiple options for size and wood finishes. 


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

PRICE: From $199

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

PRICE: From $116

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 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 sturdy bed frame is simple but generally means purchasing a more expensive higher quality product. Any of the ikea or mosrt Amazon products are going to be cheaply made and will squeak and creak as they loosen and get older. Any of the bed frames listed above will be great for sexually active couples or heavier sleepers to enjoy.