It's no secret that most people don't get enough sleep. But for some, it's not as simple as not getting the recommended 8 hours. They also have trouble finding a suitable mattress and bed frame. If you're overweight, your body may not be getting enough support from a standard bed frame, which can lead to pain in the hips and back. Here, we answer the question 'what is the best bed frame for an overweight person?' and list some factors to consider.
What is the best bed frame for an overweight person?
If you're looking for a bed frame that is heavy, strong, durable and stable, then a metal or steel frame is your best bet. The reason for this is simple: metal and steel are dense materials that can support more weight than other types of materials.
Metal and steel frames also have several other benefits. For example, they are easy to clean because they don't collect dust as easily as wooden frames do; you can wipe them over with soap and water or even a disinfectant if necessary.
Now you know which type of bed frame is best, here are some other factors to consider:
Get a bed frame with more than 4 legs
A lot of people make the mistake of plumping for a bed frame with the standard four legs, but there are options out there which come with more, providing extra support and stability. Beds with 4 legs tend to be a lot weaker and aren't as solidly built. You'll also get greater weight capacity from the extra legs since they distribute the weight more evenly.
Product: Mandy Bed
Think about your combined weight
If you are overweight and share a bed with someone else, you want to make sure the bed can support both of you. If a bed has a 300-pound weight capacity, for example, but two people weighing 250 pounds each sleep on it every night, then it won't be providing the support that either of them needs, impacting their quality of sleep. When shopping for a new frame, make sure that its maximum weight capacity meets or exceeds the combined weight of you and your partner.
If you're purchasing a wooden frame instead of an adjustable base, remember that most wood frames only have a maximum load limit of 250 pounds per square foot.
Don't forget about your mattress!
You might be tempted to buy a mattress that’s as cheap and thin as possible, but if you've just spent money on a suitable frame, you need the mattress to be right as well. It's worth bearing in mind that the bed frame should also be strong enough to support the weight of the mattress too. Here are a few things to consider:
Think about the height of the frame
To make getting into bed easier, especially if you have reduced mobility, it’s worthwhile considering a frame with extra height. While this shouldn't be so high that you're having to essentially jump to get onto the bed, it should be high enough so that you can sit down on it without having to squat too low. As a guide, your legs should be resting on the floor when you're sitting on your bed - if they're dangling off the floor, the bed frame is too high.
Some final things to consider
If you're carrying extra weight, it's important to make sure that your bed frame can support all of that weight. This may mean getting extra support for your back, hips, neck, shoulders and knees. It also means making sure that the frame can handle the added pressure on each part of your body as well. If you're overweight or anticipate gaining weight, such as with pregnancy, then it's important to get a suitable bed frame.
Now you know what to look for in a bed frame, here are some to consider.
Strong bunk beds
You may think bunk beds are just for children, but they’re not! We provide heavy-duty bunk beds for adults and children alike. We offer them in all different styles and colours to suit any style of room.
Heavy duty divan beds
When you think of heavy-duty beds, you probably imagine heavy steel frames with no style. However, we offer a range of styles, including divan beds for optimising storage in the bedroom. A heavy base offers good support for your body, with some of our divan beds even offering orthopaedic support.
Product: Heavy Duty Divan Base
Heavy duty sofa beds
We also have a range of heavy-duty sofa beds here at Reinforced Beds. Our sofa beds are perfect for spare rooms, guesthouses and hotels. You can also choose from a wide range of upholstery that matches the style of your room in your home or guesthouse. We also offer 2-3 seater sofa beds for more guests. There’s also the option for a pull-out guest bed underneath a double bed.
We hope that with this article, you have a better idea of what to look for in a bed frame. At Reinforced Beds, we provide lots of options, specially designed for those of us that need more support from our beds. For more information, contact our friendly team today. If you have more questions like 'What is the best bed frame for an overweight person?', we're happy to help.