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Old 10-02-05, 12:00 AM
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What is the function of the bed frame?

My wife and I just bought a new matress. A big, fluffy, pillow top type. We got it home and put it on the bed frame, and it is now like a watch tower. It is way the hell up there. I need a ladder to get in bed.

So we thought about getting rid of the bed frame to lower it a bit. That feels very much like a hippy thing to do. Don't hippies have futon mattresses, and other bedding directly on the floor?

Anyway, if there an actual function of the bed frame, or is it safe to put the mattress and box springs right on the floor?
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The function of a bedframe is to provide a reason for women to buy something frilly to put around the base of the bed.

Otherwise, I think you are safe to put it on the floor.

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Well, there are two functions of the frame. First too hold a headboard and/or footboard on and second to elevate the mattress.
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Originally Posted by Brain Stew
...and second to elevate the mattress.
Is there a reason it needs to be elevated?
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According to my mother, if you put a mattress directly on the floor you'll ruin it forever and kill your back.
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The purpose?

To squeak... and annoy everyone in adjacent apartments.

*glances around and whistles*
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If your mattress were on the floor where would you put your suitcase/boogieman? Besides, that exercise machine you bought fits so conveniently under the bed that it seems a shame to even take it out, which of course is why you never use it.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Is there a reason it needs to be elevated?
Put's it at a more suitable height for getting in and out of (especially if you are old and rickety ).
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My bed is super high too--but for storage reasons. If I don't have it up high then I'd have to come up with a place to put everything that doesn't fit in my tiny apartment.

Here's some alternate ideas:
1) Make sure your headboard/footboard/bed rails are at their lowest settings
2) if it's a frame only, many of them are on casters which I believe are removable. You could remove them and lower it probably 3-5 inches.

When I first met ChitownAbs he had his mattress/box springs on the floor and I guess I just viewed it at the time as the college, bachelor thing to do.. now that he's got me, he has a nice bedframe
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It's just a bedframe. We have a small bedroom, but a large house, and lots of additional buildings, so we really don't keep anything under the bed. But I agree, it does remind me of college.
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For handcuffing your woman to during kinky sex... duh!
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"kvrdave doesn't care for the Bedframe Manufacturers Union"
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Putting mattresses on the floor makes dust bunnies cry, which seems right up your alley. It is kind of "hippy-like" though, so it's a tough call.

I have no idea what a bed frame is for and I think they're silly. The handcuff idea is the most logical, but since you can't even do that with some types, I think it really might be all about the ruffly bed skirt.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
Is there a reason it needs to be elevated?
YES! I'll have to see if I can find links to back this up, but my dr. told me that you get more bugs and dust if it's on the floor. Did you know that allergies to dust aren't actually an allergic reaction to the dust itself, but to the dust mites? So you're making it THAT much easier for creepy-crawlies to get in the mattress... yuck. Put it up on a low platform, at least.
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Our box spring scratched up our hardwood floors. We now use a frame, but it feels too high. Plus, our houserabbit won't jump up on the bed anymore (come to think of it, that's a good thing.)
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If you floor is really unlevel (old house) your back may get all tweaked out. I know mine did.

It is easier to adjust a bed on a frame for that problem.
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Bed looks nicer. Padded leather headboard prevents girl's head from banging against wall. You don't scratch up your floor or wall. Bed is elevated.
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I think traditionally it is to keep bugs and pests out of your nice warm bed. They like it in there and being floor level gives them an open invitation. My sister had to stay at a really bad hotel for a business trip and they warned her, "you might want to make sure your blankets arent touching the floor--we've had a problem with rats" lol
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An alternative would be to just buy a European style bed frame. It will negate the use of a box spring and the whole bed will rest lower to the ground. It looks much nicer. Bed frames are essentially lacking any real purpose, but it sure makes the whole room look a lot nicer.
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An alternative would be to just buy a European style bed frame. It will negate the use of a box spring and the whole bed will rest lower to the ground. Bed frames are essentially lacking any real purpose, but it sure makes the whole room look a lot nicer.
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I personally like the platform beds.
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Or you could just buy a European style bed frame, which essentially negates the use of a box spring.
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Hey, I hear that European style bed frames eliminate the need for box springs. You could just try that.
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I just bought a platform bed, its essentially a frame with wooden slats running across it for support, and it only uses a mattress, no box spring...Therefore its really low to the ground.
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I have my mattress on the floor and I'm not a hippy. My room is very nice and clean I posted pictures of in a thread here before even got a compliment as I recall. I always had a bed frame and going to sleep at night felt like climbing a mountain. We decided to lose the frame. I still have a headboard because my hubby mounted it to the wall. I have allergies and putting my bed on the floor has had no effect. I have had the best most comfortable sleep of my life since I did it.

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