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Zinus Bed Frame Review (SmartBase)

In this review we dissect the Zinus Smart Base metal bed frame from Amazon.

In this post, we review the Zinus SmartBas bed frame. This is a simple, black metal bed frame/platform bed. Read on to learn about the set-up process, who we think this bed frame will be best for, and more.

Who Is This Best For?

  • College students and anyone working with a limited budget
  • People that want a bed frame that doesn’t make any noise
  • Individuals that are moving or plan to move (the Zinus SmartBase is easy to assemble and disassemble)
  • Bed-in-a-box mattress owners (most are compatible with this bed frame)

Who Won't Love It?

  • People that want a bed with a headboard included
  • Individuals that a nicer bed frame and aren’t that concerned with price


Free Shipping

100-Night Trial

5-Year Warranty

Noise-Free Design

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Zinus SmartBase Review: Overview

Unfortunately, it’s not really socially acceptable (or sanitary) to just have your mattress laying on the floor. You’re going to need a bed frame to prop that thing up. Bed frames not only properly support your mattress to extend their life, they add an extra touch of personal design so that your bedroom truly reflects you.

Buying The Zinus SmartBase Platform Bed

Zinus is a very popular brand on Amazon, selling popular beds like the Zinus Green Tea mattress. Their Zinus SmartBase bed frame is available both on Amazon and through their own website. Whichever you decide, you can expect free shipping via FedEx.

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The Zinus SmartBase is the perfect I’m-on-a-budget bed frame

From the day of delivery, you’ll have a 100-night trial to try out your new bed frame to decide if it’s right for you or if it looks nice in your room. If you’re not completely in love with it, no need to worry, because you can return it for a full refund. Just show your proof of purchase, and Zinus will send you a prepaid return label and instructions for arranging a FedEx pickup. You should receive your refund 2-3 days after.

If you decide to keep your bed frame, it will be backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Zinus SmartBase Details

The Zinus SmartBase has a sub-10-minute assembly process because it doesn’t require any tools. In fact, Zinus says that the hardest part of the assembly is removing the Zinus SmartBase from the box. Simply tighten here and there according to the instructions, and you’re done. The disassembly process is just as simple, making this a great bed frame for those who move frequently.

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The Zinus SmartBase comes in multiple sizes and heights

As for dimensions, we got the Zinus 16” tall SmartBase, which gives just over 15” of clearance under the bed for storage. This same Smart Base is also available in a 14” tall model, if maybe you have a dog that can’t jump as high or just don’t need the extra room under your bed.

A full, queen, or king size Zinus SmartBase can support up to 500 lb. A twin will support 250 lb max.

Just so it’s clear, although this product is called a SmartBase, it doesn’t have any smart technology or extra features. It’s main focus is to provide support for your mattress, which it does well. It does come with two non-slip pads for increased mattress stability, though.

Zinus SmartBase Function

The Zinus SmartBase is a simple metal frame. It’s core composition is made up of steel frames and wires, making it strong. It’s constructed with a center bar for increased support and safety, and then reinforced with support wires that are spaced three inches apart. This is a good distance for mattress support, because some mattress companies state that if you keep your bed on a bed frame with more than 4” between slats, it could void your warranty. The SmartBase currently only comes in one color: black.

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A closer look at the metal frame

This SmartBase frame is meant to be used without a boxspring, so no need to get one. If you want to use one, that’s fine, but just make sure that the boxspring, mattress, and your body weight don’t pass the weight limit.

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The Leesa mattress on the SmartBase

This bed frame definitely has more of a minimal and purely functional design. We would recommend you go for this bed frame if you have an amazing headboard that you want more focus on, or if you want a really clean and minimal look to your room. Again, the storage space under the bed is great as well, and you can always get a bed skirt, which would hide the entire frame and all that you’re storing under it.

One overlooked feature of the SmartBase is that it’s virtually noise free, if it has been assembled properly.

Zinus SmartBase Price

True to the rest of Zinus’s sleeping and bedding products, this bed frame is on the budget end of the spectrum. That doesn’t mean this is a cheaply made bed frame, though, as we’ve had ours for about a year now and have used it with multiple beds and it has always done right by us.

Below is a price chart with rough average pricing for this bed frame based on historical Amazon data.

SizePrice (MSRP)
Twin$59
Twin XL$79
Full$90
Queen$100
King / Cal King$120

Because they are a budget brand, Zinus doesn’t offer discounts or sales frequently, but feel free to check out our Mattress Deals page. Through Amazon, however, you will see the price fluctuate quite a bit.

Zinus SmartBase Verdict

If you’re looking for a simple bed frame without any bells and whistles, this one is a strong contender. We love how easy it is to set up, which is nice for people who live alone or move frequently. It also offers a lot of space under the frame which is great for storage. Besides that, the price doesn’t put too big a hole in our paycheck so we have more money to spend on a quality mattress.

If you’re looking for a simple bed frame that you don’t need to be the main feature of your room, we think you’ll be happy with this one.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

reynoso

Jack Reynoso

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

JD

JD Christison

Combo Sleeper

FAQs

How did SY get the Zinus SmartBase bed frame?

We purchased the bed frame on Amazon. We needed something simple and sturdy to test mattresses on.

Can I attach a headboard to this bed frame?

Yep! But you’ll need to get some SmartBase brackets to attach it, which are available on Amazon.

Is the Zinus SmartBase just for Zinus mattresses?

Nope! The Zinus SmartBase can be used with any foam, spring, or hybrid mattress, even if it’s from another mattress company.

Does the bed frame leave marks in the mattress?

Yes, but nothing that seems permanent or damaging—it just leaves little impressions.