Article Tessu Bed
The Article Tessu is a handsome frame in a pared-down style that’s designed to blend in rather than stick out. It’s also the most budget-friendly of our picks here—the sort of piece you might get to inaugurate your first home or apartment. It has a crowd-pleasing, subtle mid-century style, with tapered legs, clean lines, and a linen-blend upholstery fabric (which is available in two neutral hues). The Tessu features an unfussy design that should look good in a wide variety of bedrooms, as long as you have room for a queen- or king-size frame (it doesn’t come any smaller).
Although in our tests the entire process of assembling the bed, including unpacking and cleanup, took over an hour for two people to complete, once you’re done you have a comfortable bed frame that looks terrific, doesn’t creak, and is covered by a one-year warranty. The 16 pine slats—which measure ½ inch thick and, like the slats on all the beds we recommend, are no more than 3 inches apart—feel as comfortable and supportive as those on any other bed we tested.