8 Of The Best Mattresses For A Platform Bed You Need To See
A platform bed is essentially a bed frame with a built-in foundation. This is different from a box spring bed base, which needs to be placed on an existing bed frame. As these bases differ, so may the type of mattresses that you need to use with them, so consideration is required to achieve an ideal fit and the best level of comfort and support.
Here, we review the best mattresses for platform beds, outline the key features you need to consider before you make a purchase, and answer a few of your frequently asked questions. If you already have a platform bed, this guide will advise you on choosing a compatible mattress. And if you don't already have a bed, we highlight a few points that will help you select both a bed and a mattress.
Quilted mattress cover
Three layers of memory foam
Anti-slip bottom mattress cover
365 night trial period
Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress – Best Choice
The Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Mattress is made with three layers of foam, plus a quilted cooling Tencel cover that draws heat away from your body. It is designed as a medium-firm mattress, giving you an excellent level of balance and support throughout the night while also relieving any pressure point pain. It works perfectly as a queen platform mattress without the need for added box springs.
Included in this product are two layers of foam, designed to minimize motion transfer even on a slatted bed. This means that if you or your partner, toss and turn a lot, the other person should not be interrupted.
The middle foam layer of this mattress is an adaptive response layer, so while you get a reasonable amount of contouring around your body, sinkage is prevented. On the base of this mattress for a platform bed, there is a cover that encases all the layers of foam, ensuring it doesn’t slip around, whether you have a slatted or solid bed frame.
The Nectar Memory Foam mattress comes tightly packed up in one box, so stand back while you open it and then be prepared to wait for approximately 48 hours for it to expand to its full shape. Once fully expanded, it will measure 25cm (10inches) in-depth and is also available as a twin, California king or king platform mattress.
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Variable support levels
Cooler sleep experience
Flippable mattress design
Layla Memory Foam Mattress – Best Value
The Layla Memory Foam Mattress is one of the best mattresses for platform beds if you want flexibility with your sleeping surface. The Flippable Firmness concept gives you a plush, soft mattress on one side, that works best for side sleepers, and then a firmer side if you flip it over. The firmer side is usually preferred by back or stomach sleepers. As this memory foam mattress comes with a 120night trial period, you can use this time to check if one of the sides suits you, and if not, return it. Both sides have Thermo-gel cooling technology which adapts and reacts to your body temperature to prevent you from getting too hot.
Within the cooling mattress cover, you find two layers of copper infused memory foam. Copper-gel foam can provide variable support (hence the flip concept) while offering antimicrobial odor control. This type of mattress will slightly cocoon you, but it won’t retain your body heat as much traditional memory foam materials thanks to its cooling gel features. At the core of this mattress, there are a further 4inches of foam which give it minimal bounce, reduced motion transfer, and maximum durability. The Airflow Support Foam also within this core helps to enhance the cooling and customized support features. The Layla Sleep memory foam mattress has a lifetime warranty.
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Natural latex mattress
Bed in a box design
Natural and organic
365-day sleep trial
Spindle Natural Latex Mattress – Premium Pick
The Spindle Natural Latex Mattress is a natural latex mattress for platform beds that incorporates organic cotton and eco-wool to give you an environmentally friendly good night of sleep! No harmful chemicals or synthetics are used in its construction so it is great if you suffer from related allergens. This mattress is available in king, queen, twin or full sizes, and the level of firmness can be fine-tuned according to your needs, giving you an even more comfortable rest without a box spring.
The construction of this product is relatively simple compared to other mattresses for platform beds. It gives you a fabric cover made from organic cotton and eco-wool, and then an interior of 9-inch thick natural Dunlop latex, divided into three layers. This latex is made from the rubber tree, instead of being an artificial synthetic material and it provides a high level of pressure relief around your hip and shoulders, but with minimal sinkage. Without additional box springs, you get more than enough support.
The medium firmness level is recommended as a starting point for most sleepers, although with Spindle you do have the option to input your sleep preferences, positions, and body weight so that it will give you a more tailored recommendation. During the 365 night trial, you can ask for the construction to be altered to make it more or less firm to suit your style. Spindle adjust the firmness by changing the order of the latex layers and also offer a 25-year comfort life program. This means that over time if your latex mattress no longer meets your comfort needs, you can replace the layers at a discount. This is in addition to the 10-year warranty.
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Firmness level: plush soft, luxury firm and firm
White glove delivery
Innerspring and foam
Euro pillow top
Antimicrobial fabric treatment
The Saatva Classic Mattress is available with three different firmness levels; plush soft, luxury firm, and firm. The Luxury Firm measures 5-7 on the firmness scale and is the most popular style as it suits most sleeping positions. This is one example of the hybrid mattresses that combine regular foam with an innerspring mattress.
This mattress offers a balance of comfort and support and is compatible with all bed frame types and foundations, including platform beds. Unlike the other mattresses, this comes with white glove delivery, fully expanded and not in a box, so you should plan for this when ordering. The 3-inch Euro pillow top has thick cushioning wrapped in organic cotton covering and with an antimicrobial treatment, and this comfort top layer protects your joints and feels soft around your body. The high-density foam that runs around the perimeter of the mattress prevents sagging when you lean on the edges.
Within this innerspring bed, you get over 800 individual steel coils designed in a dual coil system, so it responds to your body while allowing for airflow to maintain freshness and coolness. The added layers of memory foam create spinal zone technology which gives you pressure relief and back support. The base level of this Saatva platform mattress has steel support coils which add to its durability and a fifteen-year warranty is included.
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Titanium infused memory foam
Individual pocketed coils
Base support foam
Quilted thermic phase change fabric
The Alexander Signature Hybrid bed from Nest Bedding comes in three different firmness levels. One a scale of 1-10, with ten being the firmest, the Plush model scores two, their Lux Firm scores eight and their Medium is a level four. All models of this hybrid mattress will work on a platform bed, and the medium is the most popular selection.
The manufacturers have designed this titanium infused memory foam mattress with sustainability and the reduction of landfill waste in mind. As a result, if you need to change just one aspect of the bed at any point, there is no need to change the whole product! You can unzip the cover, change the internal comfort layers to a different firmness, flip the layers around every few months, or even replace an extra comfort layer in years to come. This approach makes it an appealing mattress for platform beds from a cost, sustainability, and comfort perspective. This mattress from Nest Bedding gives you a 100night trial, during which time you can switch and add comfort layers, so you can test plush, medium, and firm before fully committing to one.
There are six layers to this bed, with a combination of steel coils and foam. The cover is made from reinforced polyester, and under this, you find a one-inch layer of high-density support foam that weighs 3lbs. Above this, there are individually pocketed coils with reinforced edge support, and the SmartFlow Support Foam lays on top of this. The two upper layers are made from TitanChil Endurance Foam and luxury memory foam to relieve pressure points while giving you comfort and support throughout the night. The thermic phase change top layer will help to control your temperature and stop you from overheating.
The Alexander Hybrid mattress has one additional feature that distinguishes it from many other platform mattresses. The King and California King sized mattresses offer a dual firmness feature, which is created by an internal split. This means you can customize each side of the bed, so if you want a soft, plush mattress, but your partner requires a firmer surface, this can be easily achieved.
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Memory foam and innerspring coils
365-night trial period
Edge to edge coils
With the Premier Mattress from DreamCloud, you get six layers, creating a comfortable hybrid platform bed that has no need for box springs. The medium-firm feel with a pillow top and high-density foam is suitable for side, front, and back sleepers.
The base of this mattress is made from high-quality foam and designed to stay securely in place, regardless of the bed frames you fit it on. Above this, there are individual coils that run all the way to the edge to prevent sagging. The two foam layers on the top minimize transfer and relieve your pressure points, particularly around your hips and shoulders if you are a side sleeper, and a Trueloft memory foam cover sits above these layers. The top is the Dreamcloud signature cover, with Mongolian cashmere that adds to the soft, comfortable feel and balances the heat of memory foam with a cooling surface.
Its total depth is 15inches, making it one of the thicker hybrid mattresses for platform beds, so it raises you higher from the base and eliminates the need to use a box spring even further. The company offers a 365-night trial and a lifetime guarantee on this hybrid mattress.
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Various levels of firmness available
Soft Touch Design for increased airflow
100-night sleep trial
The Helix Collection includes a wide range of mattresses at different firmness levels, suitable for everyone and all named after times of the day. The Helix Dawn is the firmest option available, and the softest is the Helix Sunset. For most beds, including a platform bed, the Helix Midnight or Helix Dusk are the most common as they have a medium firmness which makes them suitable for most sleeping positions and combination sleepers. This type of mattress also gives a great balance of comfort and support for a relaxing night and pressure relief without a box spring.
There are no harmful chemicals used in the construction of Helix mattresses, and they are certified by CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX. They also come with a Soft Touch Design, which encourages airflow throughout the various layers, keeping you cool at night while being soft to touch. All the mattresses are constructed with Memory Plus Foam and Helix Dynamic Foam, which mould around your body and provide motion isolation. The individually wrapped steel coils, which contribute to the hybrid mattress construction, are configured to give extra edge support, and there is a reinforced perimeter to prevent sagging.
At the very bottom of the Helix, you find another layer of high-density foam, which supports the top layers and enhances the durability of the mattress. Whichever Helix mattress for a platform bed you opt for, they will all fit securely on the frame, and you get a 100night trial to test it out.
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Firm or medium option
Copper-graphite gel-infused memory foam
Smooth top weave
Four foam layers
Smooth top weave
120-night free trial
DreamFoam Copper Dream – Budget Pick
The DreamFoam Copper Dreams bed from Brooklyn Bedding is one of the full foam mattresses, and it combines the best features of memory foam, with the cooling effect of copper and graphite.
With this mattress, you get four layers of high-quality foam with a smooth top weave topper. The first layer, which has the copper infusion, will draw heat away from your body, helping you to maintain the optimal temperature throughout the night. Below this, the soft layer of memory foam provides targeted pressure relief. Then follows a two-inch intermediate foam layer, followed by a thick (six-inch) high-density foundation layer.
The Copper Dreams bed is available in two different comfort levels; a 12-inch firm support level and a 13-inch medium-firm option. They are compatible with any bed frame without box springs, and a 120night sleep trial is included. This mattress comes in a box and is available in seven different sizes.
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