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How Do I Choose the Best Pine Bed Frame?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Bed frames are available in a wide variety of materials, from hardwoods and softwoods to steel and aluminum. A pine bed frame has several advantages, some of which include aesthetic appeal and moderate cost. If you are considering purchasing a pine bed frame, it is important to keep in mind that pine is a softwood that can be susceptible to various types of damage such as splitting, cracking, warping, and even rotting, so when choosing a frame, be sure to find out whether the pine has been treated in any way to resist such damage, especially if the bed frame will be in a room with a fair amount of moisture.

Sometimes the pine bed frame might be designed as an unfinished piece of furniture, which essentially means the wood itself has not been treated in any way other than drying it to help prevent warping. Unfinished furniture often has a rustic feel to it that can create a pleasing aesthetic in a room, but you will need to care for this furniture more carefully, as pine will be susceptible to denting and cracking if it is unfinished. You may want to consider staining, painting, and/or sealing the wood to help prevent such damage to the pine bed frame. If you like the look of the unfinished pine, it is possible to buy clear sealants that will preserve the look but enhance durability.

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As with any other type of bed frame, it will be important to choose the correct size of pine bed frame for your bedroom. Some pine frames can be quite large, even if the mattress itself is small. Footboards and headboards will take up more space than frames without these additions, so if you like the aesthetic appeal of headboards and footboards, be prepared to dedicate more space in your bedroom to the frame. Think, too, about any additional features you want included with the frame, such as drawers, shelves, cubbies, or even trundle beds.

Be sure to pay attention to the hardware included with the pine bed frame. Each piece must fit together snugly, and this is usually accomplished by using bolts, plates, or other connecting methods. Look for thick gauge steel bolts or plates, and avoid flimsy, thin gauge steel. If the pine bed frame features joints made from the pine itself, make sure the joints fit snugly together so there is no play in the bed.

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