Bought this bed thinking it was essentially a platform bed but it isn't really. It has cross braces that screw into a very smal
l piece of wood that runs along each side rail but there are only about four of them and they would not support a mattress by themselves, especially a memory foam one like mine. Thus, it is necessary to use some sort of box spring/foundation, but the side rails are low so only a low profile foundation will look good, otherwise it will stick up above the rail. I went to Home Depot and build a platform of my own that drops in to the frame on the cross-supports and allows the mattress to sit down just under the top of the cross rails so it looks nice. However, there is definitely some noise when moving around and I don't know how long the small wood pieces holding the cross braces are going to last, it's hard to tell. It looks very nice otherwise and is pretty simple to take apart if you are willing to take the screws out of those wood pieces (though I think it would weaken it once reassembled). It has lasted two years so far so we'll see!
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