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Teak Versus Metal Bed Frames

Teak FurnitureA bed is probably the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. From teak to metal, bed frames come in a wide variety of materials and sizes, offering home owners endless possibilities for choosing the most comfortable, visually-appealing and cost-effective bed to suit their tastes. While teak beds tend to be durable and last for generations, metal beds look more stylish and can withstand a lot of weight. Choosing between the two is oftentimes a challenge, especially if you are shopping around for beds for the first time.

Check out the comparison guide below to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of both teak and metal bed frames.

1. Comfort

When shopping around for a bed frame in Singapore, comfort is one of the most important factors pertinent to decision-making. Teak beds tend to be comfier than metal ones, specifically because they can conveniently accommodate most types of mattresses – e.g. memory foam mattresses. Furthermore, teak beds can convey a feeling of warmth that is missing in metal beds, which makes them just perfect for customers looking specifically for comfort when matched with the perfect mattress.

2. Longevity

Although both teak and metal bed frames can last very long, teak ones stand out through their longevity, specifically because both grade-A and grade-B teak beds are made of the heartwood section of the teak timber – which is strong and naturally resistant to elements. Moreover, the surface of teak bed frames is usually very dense in protective oils, which enhances their resistance even more. The paint or finish on metal frames tend to fade or chip off pretty fast, so you might need to recoat the paint every once in a while. Although this is not necessarily costly, it can be very inconvenient due to the effort it entails.
Note that teak bed frames may be prone to insect and mould depending on the environment, which can result in permanent damage that will lead to a possible replacement - which will be very costly.

3. Appearance

In terms of appearance, teak beds are obviously the most visually-appealing option. With a warm honey colour that gives buyers a sense of comfort and antiquity, teak beds can sport a wide range of styles, and they are more appealing due to their distinctive grain. Besides a simple frame design with no headboard, there are also designs featuring ornate carvings, built-in shelves, and even posts for a canopy. However, metal beds are also quite visually-appealing, and can be wonderful pieces of furniture when it comes to decorating industrial style bedrooms.

One factor that makes metal beds better than teak ones is weight – teak bed frames are heavy and can be very difficult to move even when disassembled. On the other hand, metal bed frames are lightweight, can be dismantled easily, and can be easily transported from a place to another with half the struggle needed to transport teak ones.

4. Cost

Despite resistance, visual appeal, and comfort, teak beds can be expensive, especially if you opt for grade-A teak. Grade-A teak beds usually cost upwards of $1,500, and can be even pricier if you choose a queen- or king-sized bed, or if your bed has ornate carvings or even posts for a canopy. Metal bed frames, on the other hand, are rather inexpensive, and can cost as little as $400. At the same time, metal beds require little maintenance, as they cannot be damaged by mould or insects, as teak beds can. However, you might want to watch out for tarnishing or rusting on metal.

Final Thoughts

Weighing the pros and cons of each, you might see that teak bed frames are better overall as compared to metal ones. Although their price tends to be higher, don’t forget that teak beds can easily resist a lifetime if properly cared for, which will make them an excellent investment for the generations to come.

Author’s Bio

Cheryl Lim writes for Scanteak – a renowned brand that sells beautifully designed and lasting teak furniture in Singapore and around the world. At Scanteak, we pride ourselves on over 40 years of crafting Teak, a prized tropical hardwood, into furniture of timeless, classic designs. Our Scandinavian ideology maintains that furniture should complement our lifestyles, so that we’ll always have time for the things that truly matter – friends, family, and feeling at home.


May 2015  •