Thuma vs Zinus Wood Bed Frame Comparison: Gloves Off!


I spent a couple of days comparing three sturdy platform bed frames from two very popular companies. I am happy to say that I have finally finished my analysis.

The Zinus Alexia is rated a 3.6,  its Vivek model 3.5, and Thuma rated 3.3. 11 criteria were evaluated, and despite Thuma being strongest some issues lowered its score including price, customer service, website, and color options. Thuma outperformed with its assembly, wood, and weight capacity.

Thuma vs Zinus Wood Bed Frame Comparison Summary

Summary of the ratings that I feel each product and company deserves. Please feel free to let me know if you disagree with any of the ratings. Thanks.

AspectThumaZinus
Alexa
Zinus
Vivek
Price355
Sturdy4.543.5
Design444
Assembly544
Wood4.53.53.5
Weight
Capacity
543
Color
Options
133
Warranty333
Customer
Service
133
Website3.544
Made in
USA
222
Scott’s
Average
Score
3.33.63.5

Wow, I am a tough critic!

Scott Boyd

Introduction

Thuma and Zinus are two top leading brands providing consumers access to sturdy, durable, and comfortable bed frames.

Platform foundations are the perfect way to enhance your sleeping time as they eliminate the need for bulky box springs by providing a sustainable slat. Since mattresses aren’t as heavy and thick, platform beds have been growing in popularity.

Both brands offer high-quality products manufactured from quality materials like wood, metal, and upholstery to meet the needs of a diverse audience.

Zinus offers a five years warranty, whereas Thuma provides a lifetime warranty, but I am not sure where they process returns since they operate out of a Post Office Inc. company and an apartment (see below for more information I discovered while doing research for this article).

Here we explored frames of both brands:

Zinus

Zinus is a well-renowned brand always looking for ways to improve and enhance its product line. By combining high-quality craftsmanship with state-of-the-art tech, this revolutionary brand unlocks a world of quality bed platforms. Here’s what makes them perfect for you:

Product Line

Zinus engineers a diverse range of metal and wood models to suit your varying needs. But we will focus on two models that are similar to the looks and design of the Thuma bed.

ZINUS Alexia Wood Platform Bed

The Zinus Alexia is a huge seller like the Vivek below, but it is closer to the Thuma as it is designed and built more sturdy. It also costs a little more for the extra 200 lbs of capacity at about $266 on Amazon here for a queen size.

ImageTitlePricePrimeBuy
Product ImageZINUS Alexia Wood Platform Bed Frame with headboard / Solid Wood Foundation with Wood Slat Support / No Box Spring Needed / Easy Assembly, Rustic Pine, QueenPrimeEligibleBuy Now
Product ImageZINUS Becky Wood Platform Bed Frame / Wood Slat Support / No Box Spring Needed / Easy Assembly, QueenPrimeEligibleBuy Now
Product ImageMellow Naturalista Classic - 12 Inch Solid Wood Platform Bed with Wooden Slats, No Box Spring Needed, Easy Assembly, Full, Natural PinePrimeEligibleBuy Now
Product ImageZinus Adrian Wood Rustic Style Platform Bed with Headboard / No Box Spring Needed / Wood Slat Support, QueenPrimeEligibleBuy Now
Product ImageZinus Vivek 12 Inch Deluxe Wood Platform Bed with Headboard / No Box Spring Needed / Wood Slat Support / Antique Espresso Finish, QueenPrimeEligibleBuy Now

Prices pulled from the Amazon Product Advertising API on:

Alexia Dimensions
SizeDimensions
L x W x H
Weight
Lbs
Twin76.25 x 38.2 x 1233.3
Full76.25 x 53 x 1245.1
Queen81.3 x 59.5 x 1250.6
King81.3 x 75.7 x 1258.3
Alexia Costs and Weight Capacity
SizeCost on
Amazon
Weight
Capacity
Twin$230350
Full$222700
Queen$266700
King$211700

Vivek Bed Frame

The Zinus Vivek is a huge seller on Amazon (only $198.79 for a queen here) and is also listed as an Amazon Choice so I thought I should include this model for those with a smaller budget.

Zinus Vivek Dimensions
SizeDimensions
L x W x H
Weight
lbs
Twin74.5 x 38 x 1243.5
Full76.25 x 53.7 x 1262
Queen79.5 x 59.5 x 1260.1
King79.5 x 75.5 x 1270
Vivek Cost and Weight Capacity
SizeCost on
Amazon
Weight
Capacity
Twin$159250
Full$173500
Queen$117500
King$189500
Alexia and Vivek Features:
  • Four stain colors to choose from
  • High ratings from many thousands of customers
  • Excellent center support design  
  • Multiple sellers such as Zinus.com and Amazon.com
  • Made with pine wood
Vivek Design
Center Supprt

The highlight of the design is the center support with three legs and rail that greatly increase the strength of the middle section of the bed. This design reduces slats from sagging over time.

Legs

The four corner legs are strong and sturdy using thick pine wood. I love seeing the two extra leg supports in the middle of the two side rails as that is a long span that can easily sag over time.

Frame Rails

A creative fastening system has two dowel-type steel threaded receivers installed in one frame rail near the leg. The overlapping foot and head rails attach to the side rails with two long bolts that screw into the dowel type thingys.

One concern I have is that pine is a soft wood and having two bolts near the end of the board can result in splitting of the wood over time or if the bolts are over-tightened.

I do like having the frame rails sit on the legs in an area that is notched out. This provides the strongest possible joint for resisting downward force (weight).

Slats

The slats could be stronger and the gaps could be reduced to improve the sturdiness of this frame. The gap of 3.5″ on queen and king-size may void the warranty for some mattress companies.

From the foot of the bed, there is a 3.5″ gap before the first slat. This is a weak spot for anyone who sits on the edge at the foot end. This can cause plush and thin foam mattresses to sink along the foot of the bed between the rail and the first slat.

Thuma

Thuma is a famous brand known for fabricating mattresses and bed frames perfect for lounging around on. A combination of high values and thoughtful craftsmanship allows it to provide customers with luxurious and stylish frames.

But they only have one bed and it seems they are just a drop shipper as the bed is constructed in Vietnam.

Product Line

Thuma engineer’s state-of-the-world bed frames provide sleeper’s a comfortable platform to lay on, including:

Rubber Wood Bed Frame

Thuma believes in providing simplicity and sophistication. It is reflected in their high-quality rubberwood frame. The first-rate Japanese craftsman technique matched with environmental-friendly and repurposed rubberwood makes your sleeping time all the better.  

Quick Specs
  • 9-inches clearance
  • Japanese joinery
  • Upcycled and repurposed rubberwood
  • Walnut color only
Thuma Dimensions

Under the specifications for each bed size, they show the same diagram! I am assuming it is showing the dimensions for the queen at 85 x 65 x 13″ to the top of the rail. It has 9″ of clearance with a center support leg in the middle (so don’t hit it when storing your surfboard!).

The Thuma is a little wider and longer than most bed frames due to the thick legs protruding into the mattress area.

Pricing
  • Twin-Size Frame: $695
  • Full-Size Frame: $895
  • Queen-Size Frame: $995
  • King-Size Frame: $1,095
  • California King Frame: $1,095
Features
  • Made of repurposed wood, premium quality wood, and recycled plastic felt
  • Japanese joinery and anti-locking
  • Attractive walnut stain
  • Felt wrap slat to reduce noise
  • Sturdy and strong
  • Minimalistic design
  • Greenguard certified
Weight Capacity

The Thuma weight capacity is 1,500 lbs and that is a reasonable claim by the manufacturer. It is very sturdy and strong and the center support leg certainly increases the amount of weight the bed can handle.

Design

One of the main highlights that everyone will read about is the Japanese joinery (Sashimono) for the four corner posts. This is a good design and makes a strong and quiet fastening method. And it is lightning fast to assemble as there are no fasteners to install. The legs and rails are a puzzle that anyone can install in minutes.

One disadvantage of this style of joinery is that the ends of the rails have a big U cut out of them. This only leaves about 1″ of wood, which is a weak spot and these can break quite easily. Well, more easily with lumber as the break would happen along the wood grain.

This is not as big a deal with the Thuma bed because they use strong rubber tree wood pieces that have been laminated like plywood. Therefore there isn’t weak wood grain as a weak spot.

One solution to make this design stronger is to extend the length of the rails 1″ so there is a total of 2″ of wood, which is much stronger. The disadvantages include:

  • More material equals higher cost to manufacture
  • More weight and length means higer shipping costs
  • An excellent object for smashing shins
Thuma Customer Service Review

The customer service is terrible.

Online Chat

The website does not have a chat feature so this gets a 0 rating.

Phone Number

0 stars for this fail.

Physical Location

The website lists the location as 1592 Union St. San Francisco, CA 94123 and the BBB lists the street address as 1770. 1592 is a post office mailing company. Sending snail mail to a post office box company is one of the two options to contact Thuma, wow!

And 1770 is an apartment. So a teenager might be the mastermind behind this company. In the photo below the address is in the building on the right.

Source: Google Maps

And below is a photo of the Post Box Inc. address:

Source: Google Maps

So I think this deserves another 0 rating. Let me know if you disagree.

I find it funny that near the bottom of the website, under the reviews, it says “Let’s Keep in Touch” haha, but they don’t make that easy at all. I rate their customer service a 1.

Email

Good luck getting a response. I feel generous so how about a 1… whoo hoo, an improvement.

Website

The Thuma website is decent. There is a good explanation of the production process with quality photos of the wood and workers in the Vietnam factory that they use to supply the bed rails, legs, and slats. It really should have a chat feature but I already hit them with that deficiency.

I see more than 5,800 reviews claimed on the website. I know one lady who filed a complaint with the BBB stated that her negative review was deleted. I would not factor this information into your buying decision with any of the companies that post customer reviews and ratings

I think the website deserves a 3.5. I really don’t like the navigation as you get bounced around and there should be more information available in a well laid out manner.

Overall Brand Comparison:

Trials and
Warranties 
ZinusThuma
Trial Period100 night100 day
Warranty
Period
5 yearsLifetime
Return &
Refunds
Return
Policy
100-day full
return policy
100-day full
return policy
RefundsLess $79
transportation
fee
100% refund
Materials
Material
Types
Wood, metal,
upholstery
Repurposed
rubberwood
Shipment
Processes
Free DeliveryYesYes
White-GloveNoNo
Delivery Time5 to 12 days1 to 10 days

Conclusion

Although both companies offer top-notch quality bed frames (and not so much for some Zinus) for a wide range of customers, there are pros and cons of both. With Thuma, you can enjoy an eco-friendly and comfortable bed frame manufactured via high-tech and skilled craftsmanship.

The Thuma also is more sturdy and has a higher rated weight capacity, which seems legitimate (some companies claim unrealistic weight capacities).

Check out my articles Zinus Shawn Bed Frame Review, Zinus Mattress Smell, Zinus BBB Complaints, Is Thuma Worth It and Thuma Alternatives, and Thuma Bed Review for further reading.

Scott Boyd

BUT you will likely have problems… if you have problems.

On the other hand, Zinus offers you a broader selection to choose from with a wide price range from cheap to pricey. You can sift through millions of materials, styles, and sizing options to find the one that matches your needs perfectly.

And if you buy Zinus products from Amazon you can feel very comfortable that you will receive good customer service.

So for my pennies I would good for the cheaper options and spend the savings on something important, like beer and pizza.

Scott Boyd

A semi-retired workaholic in Thailand is a challenge. It is too hot to keep building adobe and earthbag buildings so a new project was needed. I became interested in bed frames after purchasing a bamboo bed frame from a local supplier here and I learned there is little information about them on the Internet. So now I spend my days researching, testing, and reporting my findings to help others while having an occasional beer and istening to 60s and 70s B side rock, blues, and much more.

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