Traditional metal beds were hand crafted in wrought iron and brass but today they are mass produced in tubular steel. Although not as sturdy and durable they are a good deal more affordable and offer a practical alternative to wood bed frames. There are a few different styles available and the prices range from under £100 to over £400.
The beds featured below are all a regular single size and, unless stated otherwise, are not supplied with a mattress.
Kidspace Dexter Metal Bed – a great value traditional style metal bed available in black, white and silver. L198 x W98 x H85 cm. Buy the frame only or with a choice of mattresses £79 – £179 from very.co.uk
Harper Small Double Bed – bigger than a single bed but smaller than a double, the perfect size for teenagers. The metal frame comes in black, pink, mint or red and is available with or without a mattress. L196 × W129 × H111 cm. £119 – £219 from very.co.uk
The Basics Alpha Metal Bed Frame – a budget option made from tubular steel with a white or grey painted finish. L196.5 × W96.5 × H100 cm. £60 from johnlewis.com
Botanist Child Compliant Metal Bed Frame – a white, powder-coated Victorian style metal frame bed with wooden sprung slats. L200 × W99 × H122 cm. £225 from johnlewis.com
Julian Bowen Jemima Single Bed – you’ll find these whimsical style metal beds just about everywhere. Aimed at very young kids in distinct styles featuring pink hearts or footballs. L210 x W101 x H101 cm. Not the best quality but, at £108 or less, a hard to beat budget option. Available from most bed retailers and amazon.co.uk
Heart Single Bed – a similar style metal frame bed, in pink, with heart-shaped details. Available with or without a mattress. L196 × W98 × H95 cm. £99 – £189 from very.co.uk
Football Single Bed – or, what about this black painted metal frame with football detailing? Also available with or without a mattress. L196 × W98 × H95 cm. £179 – £189 from very.co.uk