When attempting to improve the aesthetic of a bedroom, it's hard to beat including a leather bed frame into the mix. These types of bed frames are generally made primarily from hardwoods, which are exceptionally beautiful and durable; the headboard and possibly even the footboard will then be covered in leather, which is usually cushioned with some type of batting. The leather bed frame adds a distinct aesthetic as well as comfort to any bedroom space, but this material is not without its disadvantages.
A leather bed frame may require a bit of upkeep to ensure it stays beautiful in the long term. Conditioning the leather with various types of conditioning oils is recommended, though this does not need to be done too often. Ensuring the leather stays clean is another way to ensure long life; if the leather does become dirty or dusty, it is a good idea to buy leather furniture cleaner that can be used safely on the leather without discoloring it or drying it out. Dry leather has a tendency to crack, which can ruin the aesthetic of the leather bed frame.
Otherwise, leather is an exceptionally durable material that is likely to stand up to years of use. One of the biggest advantages to a leather bed frame is the tendency for the leather to improve in aesthetic value as it ages. The leather can wear in and change in tone slightly, and if certain oils are applied to the leather, the tone can be changed intentionally. Leather is also almost always in style, so even after many years of use, the leather bed frame will still fit well into various bedroom decor styles.
The cost of a leather bed frame is one of the most significant disadvantages. Leather generally comes in different grades or qualities, and high-grade leather can be very expensive. When the bed frame itself is made from hardwoods, the price of the unit is likely to go up even more, since hardwoods tend to be far more expensive than softwoods and other frame materials. Hardwoods tend to complement the color of leather, so these two materials are most often paired together. Softwoods such as pine can certainly be used as a frame material, though since most buyers are looking for a high-end look when purchasing a leather frame, hardwoods are more likely to be used.