I recently moved house and I didn’t fancy carting my old Divan bed base with me so I decided to buy a new frame entirely.
Initially, I was going to buy a compatible frame and mattress at the same time from Bensons for Beds but after my failed negotiations with the sales rep, I decided to go for the cheaper combination of buying the mattress and frame separately.
In the end, I got a cheap open coil mattress from Argos for £109 (bought in person) and paired it with this Panana Wooden Double Bed Frame that I found online and bought for £79.99.
And in this Panana Bed review, I’ll be sharing my experience of setting up and sleeping on this bed to find out if it’s one of the best cheap double bed frames that you can buy for under £80.
To prove that I’ve actually bought this bed frame, here’s my online receipt that confirms my Panana Double Bed Frame purchase:
Panana Double Bed Frame Review
So is the Panana Double Bed Frame the best cheap double bed frame to buy for under £80?
Overall, the Panana Double Bed Frame is likely the best cheap double bed frame to buy for under £80 if you’re shopping on a budget and don’t want to sacrifice on quality too much.
See my Panana Double Bed Frame review below for more details.
Panana Double Bed Frame
The Panana Double Bed Frame offers a balance between affordability and quality that should suit a wide range of sleepers including single adults, couples, teenagers, and children.
Panana Bed Frame Video Review
Check out my Panana Bed Frame video review below that I uploaded to our YouTube channel to hear of my personal experience setting up and using this bed frame:
Below are the key product specifications for the Panana Double Bed Frame:
|Place of manufacture:||China|
|Support:||Slats with centre support beam|
|Assembled dimensions:||H: 82 cm L:196 cm W: 148 cm|
|Package dimensions:||H: 13 cm L: 196 cm W: 27 cm|
|Package weight:||29 kg|
|Maximum weight capacity:||Unknown|
|Additional tools required:||Rubber mallet, electric screwdriver|
|Storage space:||22 cm under-bed clearance|
How to Assemble the Panana Double Bed Frame
The instructions that come with the Panana Double Bed Frame show you how to assemble the bed frame in 7 steps.
However, if you need additional help assembling the frame then you might find it useful to reference my own assembly notes listed below with pictures for extra clarity:
To assemble the headboard, take the white number 10 beams and insert 2x Y pegs into each end and attach the ends to the 22 and 21 beams – you may need a rubber mallet to tap them into place to get a tight fit.
The next step is to attach the number 1 and number 2 legs to the sides of the 22 and 21 beams – make sure you put them on facing the correct way with the 3 holes facing inwards (see the picture below) so that you can attach the number 5 slat rails and centre support in the later steps.
Make sure that you attach the decorative finishing piece of wood to the top of the 22 beam now (it’s missing in the picture below) – it’s much harder to do once you’ve assembled the entire bed because the screw holes are facing downwards.
The steps to assemble the footboard are essentially the same as those to build the headboard – just make sure that you’re using the shorter connecting slats as shown in the picture below (however, the decorative top rail is not attached as it should be and the attachment hole should be on the bottom):
3: Centre Support
The centre support beam requires you to first attach the three support legs before securing it to the head and footboards (you may find it easier to first attach the side slat rails first for stability).
Make sure that you don’t accidentally hammer a support peg into the hole where the screw is supposed to go like I did (one of them got stuck and I couldn’t get it out).
4: Slat Rails
When you first try to use the A screws to attach the slat rails to the legs of the head and footboard, you’ll likely notice that they won’t screw in – this is because you MUST pop in the B screw eyelets into the holes on the inner part of the slat rails FIRST so that the A screws can bite into the thread.
Also, the instructions don’t specify if the deeper lip of the side slat rails should face upwards or downwards – I chose upwards so that it gives more support for the mattress so that it won’t slide off the bed.
The slats don’t come with guide holes or markers that indicate how far you should space out the slats before screwing them to the slat rails.
In the end, I just eyeballed it as I’d run out of patience and couldn’t be bothered to measure the exact distances – the end result was fine as per the picture below.
Below are my own thoughts on the key performance areas related to the Panana Double Bed Frame based on my own personal experience of setting up and using this product:
The package arrived at my doorstep by courier so I didn’t have to try and transport it myself.
However, I did have to carry it from my doorstep upstairs to my bedroom – this was relatively easy for myself (average strength) but the box was nearly 2 meters long which made it a bit tricky to angle around the steps and the adjacent upstairs doorway.
I would advise that two people are present if you need to carry this package upstairs and you aren’t confident in your own strength.
2: Ease of Assembly
As someone with little to no DIY skills, I found the Panana Double Bed Frame somewhat challenging to set up at first – mainly due to the pieces of wood not being clearly numbered for easy identification.
I recommend separating the pile of wood into groups (such as the headboard, footboard, side rails, and slats) for clarity before you begin assembly.
One part that had me stumped for a little while was trying to attach the slat rails to the legs of the headboard and footboard – I didn’t realise that you have to insert the B screw eyelets first so that the screws could bite securely.
3: Assembly Time
It took me just over 3 hours to assemble the Panana Double Bed Frame on my own – I’m no DIY expert but I would advise that you set aside part of the day to tackle the setup process in full.
4: Tools Required
You will need the Allen key provided and your own pozi/Phillips-head screwdriver to assemble the Panana Double Bed Frame (I would go with an electric one to save your hands) – I also recommend a rubber mallet for knocking the pegs and wooden beams together.
5: Clarity of Instructions
The instructions themselves are fairly easy to follow, however, the real problem was that the corresponding pieces of wood were either not labelled clearly (smudged ink) or not labelled at all – which means that you’ll have to apply a bit of imagination to figure out which bits go where if you end up with a bed frame with similar issues.
6: Quality of Parts
The parts in my box were of good quality – nothing was lost, broken, or unusable.
7: Quality of the Finished Product
Despite having to miss out some screws due to me splitting the wood on one of the legs (I resorted to the ‘hit it with hammer’ approach when a screw wouldn’t bite), and mistakenly hammering a peg into a screw hole and not being able to get it out, the end product is very sturdy and can easily support my 82 kg of body weight.
8: Décor Suitability
The white laminated finish makes the Panana Double Bed Frame suitable for a wide range of decors – especially children’s rooms and modern decors – in my opinion.
I wasn’t able to find out any information regarding the warranty for the Panana Double Bed Frame.
The return policy for the Panana Double Bed Frame may vary depending on the retailer that you order from.
Here are what I feel are the positive aspects of the Panana Double Bed Frame based on my experience of buying, assembling, and using it:
- Sturdy – even though I split one of the legs and missed out some screws, the final bed frame is surprisingly sturdy in my view.
- Well priced – the Panana Double Bed Frame was the cheapest double bed frame that I could find online.
- Relatively good quality – the overall quality relative to the cheap price point is surprisingly good based on my experience.
- Poor labelling – the pieces of wood included in my purchase either had smudged ink or no labelling at all which initially made it harder to ensure that I wasn’t attaching the parts the wrong way around (make sure that any connecting holes are facing each other).
Who Should Buy The Panana Double Bed Frame?
Based on my own experience, I would say that the Panana Double Bed Frame is at least suitable for a single average weighted (82 kg) adult male and is likely strong enough to support an average weighted couple – meaning that the Panana Double Bed Frame could be an excellent buy for adults, teenagers, and children.
Conclusion: Surprising Quality at a Great Price
I’m actually very impressed with how strong and sturdy the final Panana Double Bed Frame turned out to be after some initial confusion with the set up and me accidentally partially breaking one of the wooden legs.
Overall, I’d say that the Panana Double Bed Frame is likely the best cheap double bed frame that you can buy online for under £80 at the time of writing if you’re shopping on a budget.
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