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We put Simba’s 10-minute bed frame assembly time to the test

·4-min read
Photo credit: Simba
Photo credit: Simba

Mattress-in-a-box brand Simba has followed in fellow luxury sleep brand Emma's footsteps and released a range of stylish bed frames. And it's good news if you're not a DIY fan: this new collection has been designed to fit together in 10 minutes flat, all without the need for tools. We gave one a try to see what we think – and test whether it can live up to the speedy assembly claims.

The aesthetic

This is an area where Simba has an edge on the Emma bed frame we tried. Where Emma offers just one style in two grey hues (plus a version sans headboard), Simba has three offerings, each available in three colours. You can also choose from two leg shapes in three shades and two types of slat. There should be a combination that fits with your room's scheme – which might not be the case if you're tempted by the Emma.

In this case, we tried the Orion bed in the shade Cloud – a pearly pale grey – with beech legs. This is a simple design with a slightly curved headboard with subtle tufting, finished in soft, quality stain-resistant linen. In keeping with its minimal vibe, it's available in two grey hues and a very on-trend pale green. It looks lovely against my white walls and pale wood bedroom furniture but, really, it would suit the vast majority of bedroom schemes.

The other two designs are a little grander. There's the Pegasus, which has a dramatic winged, wraparound headboard, and the Sirius, with its classic Chesterfield-style tufted design. These two are available in bolder shades – we love the deep navy (Inkblot) and teal (Peacock) options, especially.

The assembly

The bed arrived in several large boxes and I was immediately dubious of the 10-minute claim. Nonetheless, the instructions were clear and easy to understand and we whizzed through the first part of the assembly. The upholstered pieces slotted together easily and firmly and it looked as though we were comfortably going to hit the goal.

Unfortunately, we ran into some trouble when fitting the slats to the frame due to a rogue fixing. We resolved the problem quickly – you can find Simba's customer service details here – but it did mean that we didn't meet our 10-minute goal.

Now the issue is resolved, I felt relieved that when I leave my current place, taking the bed apart and reassembling it won't be the endeavour that it usually is. Anything that makes moving home go more smoothly is a real plus point.

The feel

This frame was very comfy to sleep on and does look lovely – generating lots of compliments. Paired with my Simba mattress and topper, I slept very well. The slats around the shoulders (which see the most nighttime movement) are narrower, with extra cushioning, while those around the lumbar area (that's your lower back) are firmer and wider, designed to provide more support.

I will say that it made a less firm base than the Emma; if you like a softer bed, this is the one to choose. For those who like a really firm feel, the Emma should be your choice.

Take note

This base is very low to the ground. It creates a stylish, modern feel when assembled but meant that my under-bed boxes didn't fit underneath. I opted to raise the bed up onto some risers for a quick fix but, if you're going to invest, make sure you've got some narrow under-bed boxes so you can enjoy the aesthetic properly – or store your bedding elsewhere!

Simba bed frame review: The verdict

Overall, I'd recommend this bed frame. It's seriously comfy and it comes in a range of colours and sizes, making it easy to get something you'll love for years to come. Three months later, the bed still looks fresh out of the box. After switching my previous frame for a top quality option, I've realised the difference that a well-constructed frame can make – so if you've splurged on a lovely new mattress (or bagged a deal in one of the recent sales), it's worth making the investment.

Stylish, chic, comfortable and top-quality engineering? This frame definitely wins those points – but don't hang too heavily onto the 10-minute setup time. You can buy one of these frames on the Simba website here.

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