Here's What Happens When You Don't Buy Solid Wood Beds

Sleep is supposed to be easy. It must be, it's not exactly a skill you learn. Then again, everyone has a friend that can sleep anywhere. 

For those that can't sleep anywhere, a proper sleeping surface is key. In this mass-produced world, too few people enjoy the benefits of solid wood beds.

Instead, they wake themselves up with squeaking and rattling frames. They wake up cranky and sore from bowed structures. 

There are many types of beds but some offer more value than others.

Frame Forces

Several forces act on your bed frame. These forces are the reason your choice of bed frame affects your sleep. 

Metal frames, pretty much across the board, fail faster under the pressure of these forces. 

But wait, isn't metal stronger than wood? In some configurations and in some compositions. 


Offsetting weight is the primary job of a bed frame. The weight of you, the bedding, and the mattress, box spring, dogs, children, and more all need to be supported. 

A solid slab offsets weight well but crossbeams do a better job at a cost of less material. This is why both house and bed frames utilize a series of crossbeams and slats to carry weight.


Of course, holding together all of these pieces requires joints and connectors that don't come apart easily. 

In the case of solid wood furniture, centuries of joinery go into the crafting effort. Wooden joints press against each other and rely on the slight give in wood to absorb and mitigate vibrations.

Metal frames send all their vibrations through the crosspieces into the bolts and screws which loosen bit by bit. 

Tensile Strength

When someone talks about the strength of metal, they tend to be talking about a combination of density and tensile strength. Density is important for absorbing force without coming apart, which makes metal great for vehicles. 

Tensile strength is the more important element in bed frames. That's where metal does a poor job, sagging over time from repeated applications of weight. 

The springiness of solid wood bed material helps it return to its natural shape time and again, providing a boost to the longevity of the supports. 


Properly treated wood lasts for centuries. Properly treated metal needs to have treatments reapplied every few years to stave off the oxidation and rust that turn scrap yards into dust while lumber yards stand by. 

Even when metal frames aren't corroding, they get scratched and chipped easily. The non-porous nature of metal makes it difficult for anything to stick to it for too long. 

One of the great things about a solid wood bed is the richness of colors and stains available. 

Solid Wood Beds

If you want a bed that lasts a lifetime without coming apart and needing to be tightened constantly, solid wood beds deliver.

Our Murphy cabinet beds offer longevity, class, and storage in one package. don't compromise your sleep when you can upgrade your life with a better bed.