Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Foundation

Last updated date: August 28, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6

Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Foundation

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Overall Take

The process of putting this bed foundation together is both simple and quick. The results are a sturdy frame with subtle diamond patterns, suitable for any home. The structure offers ample support for the mattress. In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the Zinus Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Foundation placed 1st when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 28, 2020:
Checkout The Best Bed Foundation for a detailed review of all the top bed foundations.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
11,477 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Easy to assemble, attractive and appealing. Extra soft and comfortable to lean on.
- Trendy Reviewed
Beautiful design, quick assembly and moderate storage space. It's noise free and reasonable price.
- SuperComfySleep.com
Comes with a five year warranty, sturdy design and affordable price.
- Nest Maven
Stylish diamond patterns, simple and sturdy. Easy to put together and extended support.
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What experts didn't like
Not very stable.
- Trendy Reviewed
Side legs get into the way.
- SuperComfySleep.com
Comes in a heavy box.
- Nest Maven
Double check the legs and slats and be careful of bed bugs.
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From The Manufacturer

The Shalini Platform Bed is your ticket to a total bedroom transformation. With its sophisticated stitching, button tufting and neutral-toned fabric, this foundation makes an impressive centerpiece that can really pull a room together. The Shalini is equipped with a wood slat platform designed to support any mattress without a box spring and a reliable steel frame that will hold up to years of sweet dreams. A worry-free 5 year warranty is also included, along with the confidence you get from its thousands of happy customer reviews. Plus, it’s shipped to your door with everything you need to assemble it in the back of the headboard, saving you hassle, headaches, and best of all, time!

Overall Product Rankings

Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Foundation
1. Zinus Shalini Upholstered Platform Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 4
Olee Sleep Steel Slat Bed Foundation
2. Olee Sleep Steel Slat Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
AmazonBasics Smart Box Spring Bed Foundation
3. AmazonBasics Smart Box Spring Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
Simple Houseware Metal Platform Bed Foundation
4. Simple Houseware Metal Platform Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
Classic Brands Hercules Metal Platform Bed Foundation
5. Classic Brands Hercules Metal Platform Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 2
Zinus Justina Quick Snap Platform Bed Foundation
6. Zinus Justina Quick Snap Platform Bed Foundation
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Bed Foundations

Once we move into a house, the first thing we do in the bedroom is usually to plop that mattress on the floor. But that house doesn’t feel like a home until you’ve assembled the bed foundation and put that mattress in its proper place. Chances are, you’ll sleep better too.

That’s because a good bed foundation does a lot more than just make your mattress appear presentable. In many cases, that foundation has just as much to do with your comfort as the mattress does.

The first thing you’ll need to know is what a bed foundation is. It’s important to note that it is not a box spring, technically speaking. A box spring sits between the mattress and the bed frame, and the springs embedded inside of it provide an extra, subtle touch of bounce to the bed. Many modern box springs don’t have the actual springs inside but are constructed in such a way that the bed still has a bit of “give” underneath. Unfortunately, box springs can be harmful to the memory foam mattresses that are in common use today, so check the specs on your mattress if you plan on getting one. They can even invalidate your warranty in some cases.

A bed foundation is a more sturdy solution, made of either wood or metal in a variety of configurations. A basic metal frame has a series of slats that are meant to support the bed, and still need to be set inside a frame.

A platform bed is an all-in-one setup that incorporates the foundation right into the frame. It may have slats or just a long, flat surface that you set the mattress on directly. One big advantage here (aside from the lack of extra parts) is the height. Many platform beds are higher up off the ground and can rest either on legs or a solid base. These latter models might even incorporate slide-out drawers underneath so you can better organize your things, but you can expect the price to be a bit higher (and the assembly time to be longer).

The best bed foundations will provide a lot of stability and maybe a bit of bounce if your mattress calls for it, but they have many other benefits. Keeping your mattress off the ground protects it from mold and dirt that can accumulate under any large object that sits on a floor for too long. It can even make your bed cooler, especially in the case of memory foam mattresses that need a bit of airflow underneath.

And of course, their looks are important. Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, after all.

DWYM Fun Fact

Mattresses can be made of just about anything softer than the bare ground, so in that sense, they’ve been around for as long as humans have been sleeping on leaves and grass mounds. But the first people to lift their beds up off the ground were the ancient Egyptians, who constructed raised bed frames with ornate animal feet for pharaohs and other royalty. Raised beds were especially practical in those days and in that region of the world, where snakes might be likely to snuggle up with a body for warmth during the cold desert nights.

The Bed Foundation Buying Guide

We all know your bed should be up off the ground, but exactly how high up should it be? When buying a bed foundation, consider your own height. Standard bed heights range from a foot and a half to two feet. The ideal level should allow you to sit on the edge of the mattress and rest your feet on the floor with your legs at a 90-degree angle.