How to Find the Best Bed for Your First Apartment

How to Find the Best Bed for Your First Apartment

When you’re renting your first apartment, finding the right bed is essential. The best bed for any first apartment is comfortable, stylish, affordable, and has convenient delivery and assembly. Finding the right bed for the right price can feel like a daunting task.


With so many factors to consider from size to style to mattresses, the process can feel overwhelming for anyone furnishing their first apartment on a budget. That’s why we have put together this guide to help you find the best bed for you that won't break the bank.


We discuss everything from twin, full, and queen bed frames to mattress options so that you can pick the right bed to make your new apartment feel like home.


Choose the Size of Your Bed

When shopping for a bed for your first apartment, it's important to choose the right size bed for your space. Try not to choose a bed that's too big for your bedroom - this will make the space look cramped and cluttered.


Also take into account how many people (and pets) will be sleeping in the bed. You want to choose a bed that's big enough for everyone to feel comfortable.


Depending on the size of your bedroom, you might opt for a full size bed, queen size bed or king size bed.  A double or full size bed is great for an adult sleeping alone or with a pet, while a queen bed is great for couples and a small pet. A king bed has plenty of space for 2 people and their furry friends of any size.



modern bed frame and nighstand set of 2



Choose Your Bed Frame

The next step in finding the right bed for your first apartment is to choose your bed frame. There are two types of bed frames – bed frames with box springs and platform beds.


A box spring is a fabric-covered wood frame with springs inside that provides support for your mattress. Platform beds feature wooden slats that attach to the bed frame to support a mattress without the bulk of a box spring.


Platform beds are more affordable, easier to assemble, and usually have more convenient delivery than if you were to purchase a separate box spring. They also provide better mattress ventilation and create a more hygienic sleep environment.



queen platform bed frame



The material your bed frame is made of is also very important. Most bed frames are made of wood or metal and some have a top layer of upholstered fabric.


Twin, full, and queen solid wood bed frames are a great choice for any bedroom because solid wood construction creates a strong design that will last. Modern solid wood platform beds are durable, easy to clean, and complement almost any décor style, making them the perfect choice for any apartment.



walnut queen bed frame with 6 drawer walnut dresser and bedside tables



Pick the Style of Your Bed Frame

When you are shopping for a bed frame, style is a key factor to consider. Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, so it's very important to choose a style of bed frame that you like.


From traditional and modern bed frames to Scandinavian and rustic bed frames, there's tons of styles to choose from - you're sure to find one that fits your aesthetic and budget.



contemporary queen size bed frame with tall dresser and two night side tables



It's also important to decide if you want a bed frame with a headboard or a bedframe without a headboard. A headboard is a key feature of any bed frame's style.


A queen size bed frame with headboard is an easy way to add visual interest to any room, while a modern full size bed frame without a headboard creates a more minimalist look. No matter your style, there's a bed frame that will fit any bedroom's décor.



contemporary bedroom set with 2 nightstands



Other Factors to Consider

Price and assembly are also important factors to consider when choosing a bed for your first apartment. Many first-time renters don't have a huge budget, so it's important to find a good quality bed at an affordable price.


There are many bed frames with great value, and some require self-assembly. Self-assembly doesn't have to be difficult - there are many easy-to-assemble bed frames on the market.


It's a good idea to do a little research before buying to see how easy the assembly is for the bed frame you like. Check what hardware and tools are included or if you need to have your own tools on hand for proper assembly.


With the right research and preparation, finding the best twin, full, or queen platform bed frame to furnish your first apartment on a budget becomes easy and stress-free.



farmhouse bed frame with rustic bedside table and 6 drawer dresser



Research Mattress Options

The final step to finding the best bed for your first apartment is to research your mattress options. Memory foam mattresses are great for people who want a softer mattress or are suffering from back pain as memory foam relieves pressure points by forming to the shape of the body, while spring mattresses are ideal for people who need the support of a firmer mattress.


It's also important to consider delivery options. Bed in a box mattresses are becoming increasingly popular - most are sold online and can be shipped directly to your door in one box. All you need to do is unpack the mattress in a box and let it air out for several hours, and then it's ready to go.


With so many mattress options available, you're sure to find the best mattress for your first apartment.


queen size bed frame with memory foam mattress


Finding the perfect bed for your first apartment can feel overwhelming, but with the right knowledge and preparation, you can find exactly what works for you. From style to comfort, your bed should match your style and give you a good night's rest.


Make sure to look into size, bed frame type and style, as well as other factors like price, delivery, and assembly when making your decision. And don't forget to research mattress options too - it makes all the difference in creating the ideal environment for a sound sleep.


With these tips in mind, you can enjoy a comfortable and stylish new bed for your first apartment.


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