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What Are the Pros and Cons of a Leather Bed Frame?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

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.

Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make bed frames.
Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make bed frames.

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.

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The most amazing bed I've ever seen was a dark brown bookshelf bed with matching dark brown leather bed frame. It was great and everything I could ask for. I think dark brown leather is the most elegant of them all. Leather does look dull with time and needs to be polished with natural oils. But I don't think that's a big disadvantage with a leather bed frame. Considering how long it's going to last, that's a minor point. Beeswax can be used to polish leather. It works great and smells good too.


@fBoyle-- Actually many of the modern leather bed frames are white and tufted. They look very elegant and beautiful. And since white is the preferred color for bedrooms and bedding, it fits in nicely with everything else. I'm sure you would feel the same way after seeing a white bed with a white leather bed frame.

I'm getting married soon and I've told my fiance that we must have a white leather bed frame and a white cabinet. It's my dream bedroom.


I do love leather but I can't really imagine this as a be fabric. I think leather better suits the living room or the study. And like the article said, leather is durable but it can crack or get damaged fairly easily. I remember we had a leather couch in our living room grown up. My brother and I had basically ruined it, spilling things on it. And it even got a few holes while we were playing with toys. Wood is better for a bed in my opinion.

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    • Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make bed frames.
      By: Jim Mills
      Bonded leather, which is sometimes used to make bed frames.