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The Thuma Bed frame has been all over Instagram this past year and to be honest, I thought it was all a bunch of hype. It’s easy to make a product look good in a photo studio and give customers the impression that a bed is easy to assemble. Trust me, I have been disappointed with more products than I would like to remember. Finally, after getting questions over and over again from people about the Thuma, I broke down and purchased one to see if it lived up to the hype. Below are my findings. In short, this is the best quality and most easy to assemble plaftorm bed I have reviewed but it does come at a price. At $1,095 for a queen-size frame, it is an investment but if you want something that will last a lifetime and can be set up and taken down with ease, this is the bed you have been waiting for.
Ordering & Assembling the Thuma Bed Frame
Currently, the Thuma Bed is only available to purchase through the Thuma website. While their signature wooden bed is by far the most popular product, they now have an assortment of bedroom furniture, including nightstands and headboards to complete the look. It only took a week for my bed to arrive after placing my order. It was delivered by FedEx in 3 boxes.
To be honest, the longest part of the assembly is just unboxing and removing all the packaging. Once that is complete you can start lining up the legs and sides.
Assembly is a piece of cake but just make sure you read the directions carefully. It’s easy to install the parts backward if you aren’t paying attention like I did. Here’s how not to do it. As you can see I have the sides upside down and inside out.
It isn’t hard to correct since there aren’t any screws needed at this point. Here’s how it should look:
The last step is to screw in the two ends of the center support rail and lay the slats across the top.
My Thuma Findings
There are some very significant differences between the Thuma and most of the platform beds you will find online. First, the frame is made of solid wood. This makes the bed sturdier and just looks better than one made with engineered wood. The Thuma is rated to hold 1,500 lbs. making it an ideal frame for heavier people or people that want to use an adjustable bed on a modern, minimalist frame like the Thuma.
There are no tools needed to assemble the Thuma, all the legs are held together through traditional Japanese joinery. As I said, it only takes minutes to assemble and disassemble. The wooden slats don’t require screws either. The only screws needed are for the head and foot of the middle support board.
Most of the slat beds I have received for review or just purchased myself have slats that feel flimsy. The slats on the Thuma are thick and even have padding on the end so they don’t make noise or scratch the frame itself.
The Thuma Price, Trial and Warranty
It’s still rare to get a trial period for a piece of furniture but the Thuma comes with a 100-night trial. That means you get to experience the Thuma in your house and if you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund. They just ask that you keep the original boxes to pack it back in and they will send pre-paid shipping labels. Once it is received by the shipping and scanned in their system, Thuma will process a full refund. Since this bed is so easy to take apart, returns should be easy too.
While the price may seem high for a slat bed, keep in mind that you are paying for quality. There’s no reason this won’t last a lifetime and it has a timeless look that can go with just about any other furniture. I’m tired of buying cheap furniture that doesn’t last and ends up creating more waste. A king size Thuma frame is $1,195 which is only $100 more than the queen size and if you are a someone who tends to move every few years like I do, this makes moving so much easier. I couldn’t find much information on the Thuma warranty other than it’s a lifetime warranty. So I assume that as long as you own it, they will cover against any manufacturer defects. Since this is such a simple piece of furniture, I really don’t know what could go wrong with it.
My Thuma Recommendation
Thuma is becoming an incredibly popular bed and it’s definitely worth the hype. Cheaper furniture from Ikea and Wayfair has it’s place but Thuma is an investment in quality and sustainability.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Thuma check out the Charm 2.0 from Valyou Furniture. I can’t tell the difference and it is about half the price of a Thuma with different color options.