Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Depending on where you live, you might have dozens of choices on bed frames – or none at all if you live in small towns. But hey, this is where TreasureBox NZ comes in – you could shop quality bed frame with us just in a few clicks.

No matter when you go to your local furniture stores or to shop bed frames online in NZ, you could still struggle right and most of the time, the most certain thing in your mind is probably just size. Apart from that, you might be struggling with bed frame features, upholstery materials and quality.

What we like to always ask you to think about before buying a bed frame just for you:

1. Size:

The most certain point right? If you bought wrong size bed frame you might have also bought wrong size mattress and….ouch! That’s going to be a pain. So do take a look at where you want your bed placed and how much space do you have? Do you want to place in bedside tables as well? If so, how many? one or two? Are there going to be free-standing wardrobe or any other bedroom furniture that would take up floor space? By counting all that in, how much space do you have left for just the bed while you could still leave cozy space around the bed? These basic questions should give you an idea on what bed size are you getting.

2. Features:

Are you a fan of simplicity? Or you need extra storage under bed? If you do, do you want it to be in drawers? Or to lift the whole bed up? Do you require your bed to be combined with headboard? Or you are keen to have a fancy bed combined with bedroom furniture? Lift up bed also requires bigger spaces too as they are generally longer and wider than standard mattress size.

3. Under-bed Clearance:

Most of the time, the higher the bed would give you more under-bed clearance. The overall height of the bed would be very personal as it would be different for everyone. Under-bed clearance allows more efficient cleaning or allowing robot vacuum cleaner to get in. Otherwise you might prefer to have no under-bed clearance at all.

Wooden bed frame is constructed by connecting headboard piece and foot board piece together with under-bed clearance. Most essential point to look for is whether or not it comes with centre support poles for enhanced sturdiness.

4. Material:

It is about the look right? As most likely, your bed would be the very centre piece of furniture in your bedroom so yes, look is very important and material could greatly influence that. Other than the look, I would also suggest for you to think about how easy maintenance this would bring you. For example, velvety material would give you that warming and soft touch BUT it could be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning – especially if you’re an OCD and want it completely dust-free.

Wooden bed frames tend to be my most favoured because of the sleek and straight edges, they are relatively easy to clean as well. Mostly need to worry about dust build up but because it is not rough and porous, there is no place for dust to hide, simply wipe it off or dust it off would do. Not much maintenance I could think of.

PU leather beds would be ranked right after. With PU leather upholstery, it is softer than wooden bed with warmer touch. They are quite easy to clean but dust could be seen easily even you just wiped it off yesterday, especially if you get a darker coloured bed.

5. Budget:

This is mostly affected by material chose, design and craftsmanship. Hand made bed for example would expected to be at higher price end. Same if you’re looking for bed made with special wood such as Kauri.  A whole bed without having to put together would be definitely more expensive than DIY beds with assembly required.

If you are looking for wooden beds, top choice would always be beds made with solid wood. Wooden boards like particle boards or MDF are not recommended when it comes to bed though.

If you are more fussy about noise then avoid choosing beds that need excessive assembly – like headboards are joint by 2 separate pieces and also avoid choosing beds with features – like lift beds.

 

Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide – Pros and Cons on Steel

BetaLife Outdoor Furniture – Pros and Cons on Steel

Although I should probably be posting on the 2018 summer new styles that we got in just last week on these awesome BetaLife Outdoor Furniture, but I got countless times on the question asked by our Customer Service ladies:

“Why does our outdoor furniture framing needs to be steel? Why don’t we use other material like aluminium or plastic even?”

I am always aware these questions don’t just came from nowhere (although it could be random sometimes XD) but mostly would be voices from our customers, so I decided to share a little info on these steel framing first.

Because synthetic rattan furniture don’t really come with plastic or wood material – and you probably don’t want to see these combinations anyway, so I am going to rule these out and to focus on steel and aluminium for example.

PROS

  • Using steel is strong and sturdy, and it can withhold higher temperature.
  • Less likely to change in shape with force and less bendy when comparing to aluminium
  • Being heavy – this could really be both pros and cons, good thing about being heavier would help on weighing itself into the spot with a degree of wind.
  • Most affordable – steel outdoor furniture can be much more cost effective than aluminium which this is the main reason we brought in BetaLife Outdoor Furniture, we want to make it possible for everyone to own a beautiful set of these at your yard.

CONS

  • Prone to rust – This would probably be the only cons in my mind and could be an issue to people especially around coastal area.

At the end, being an outdoor furniture does not 100% means you could just leave them out there and expect it to last for decades. Whichever the outdoor furniture material you have, you need to take some time to know what it really is and how it is going to cope with your living environment. ie: If you live in a coastal zone, you would want to consider a more costy aluminium outdoor furniture set.

Natural material such as wood and wicker would be even harder to maintain even though they are made to be placed outdoors.

Just keep in mind always that everything will need a certain degree on maintenance, even for rust-free aluminium frames, you still would have to wax them annually, dust them or clean them from time to time. For steel framed outdoor furniture like the ones from BetaLife would need more attention yes, but think about the affordability then everything would still be worth it.

I always like to mention that nothing would really last, especially in NZ weather – very moist and lots of rain during winter and sizzling hot summer sun. Even when people tell you it is okay because it is UV treated and all sorts, but still we would always recommend to cover it up with outdoor furniture cover whenever something is not in use. Your BBQ stove, your empty pet cage, outdoor fire pit and definitely your wonderful set of outdoor furniture.

Don’t be surprise to see our display unit BetaLife Rattan Outdoor Sofa 4PCS Set (#21409) being covered up when you visit us, simply ask our receptionist to reveal it for you.