Our Rating: 4 / 5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Floyd’s product catalogue is designed with modularity and/or sustainability in mind
- Products are manufactured in the US with mostly Forest Stewardship Council certified American-grown wood
- Customizable options ultimately result in less waste when something breaks and can be individually replaced
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Materials:||Mostly FSC certified wood, light clear coat, nylon straps|
|Certifications:||Forest Stewardship Council|
Floyd’s ethos is that “furniture should be made for the home, not the landfill,” and we couldn’t agree more here at Leaf Score. This company makes beds, sofas, tables, storage, and accessories, all of which are designed with modularity and/or sustainability in mind. This review is for the Floyd Bed, which John is fairly smitten with (his personal endorsement in the comments below).
Floyd take a number of steps to keep it eco-friendly, which is why they’re on our radar. For example, the company keeps transport emissions low by manufacturing their products in the US using American grown wood that is mostly Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Floyd furniture is also stylish but simple, with a modular design that means it can change to accommodate changes in your lifestyle and space. The bed frame, for instance, can go from a Queen to a King size with their Bed Expansion Kit and just a few adjustments, for instance.
The pieces are designed to be serviceable too, so you can replace parts individually if needed, rather than having to trash an entire item just because of a broken slat or wonky foot.
The company is also taking other steps to be more sustainable, having laid out 5 sustainability goals for 2025:
- Launch a Floyd Resale and Refurbishment program to extend the useful life of their products
- Ensure 70% of material comes from either recycled or renewable sources
- Minimize packing materials and eliminate single use plastics
- Use 100% FSC certified wood across all products
- Measure, disclose, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their supply chain.
The idea is for Floyd to create more durable pieces in an energy efficient manner and to create a circular market for their products, so less furniture ends up in landfill and fewer new resources have to be used to make new items.
Enough about the company! What about the bed?
I have to be honest, upon first glance I wasn’t overly impressed by the Floyd bed. Sure, it looks beautiful, and I do like a good platform bed, but it’s made with plywood with wood veneer, which I’d usually not recommend at Leaf Score.
Floyd tries to make out that their bed frame is better than other plywood frames because the panels are TSCA Title VI certified. As of March 2019, however, all composite wood products must be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant, including hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard.
In short, there’s nothing particular special about Floyd’s plywood, though it is nice to know that it meets mandated regulations for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the adhesives used to stick plywood together.
The good thing about these panels is that they are designed to be a bit more durable and sturdy than regular plywood, but they are also light, thanks to Floyd’s proprietary engineered honeycomb core design. And, while made with birch plywood, the panels look like solid wood, thanks to the birch or walnut veneers.
The Walnut panels are also finished in American-grown, FSC certified black walnut (Juglans nigra). Panels are UV sealed with a light clear coat, however, so can’t be sanded or otherwise altered without voiding the warranty and damaging the structure.
I’ve asked the company for more information on VOC testing and certifications, such as if they’re pursuing Greenguard Gold certification or similar, as well as for more information on their UV coating.
Floyd also use supports made from powder coated steel which, again, makes for a sturdy structure. Each steel support is made from a single piece of steel, which helps reduce waste during production.
Finally, Floyd use a ratchet system of nylon straps instead of screws, meaning you don’t need tools to put this thing together or take it apart. The straps ratchet to secure the parts and make the bed hold up to (as Floyd claim) whatever strenuous activity you have in mind. And because there are no screws or weird wooden plugs or other bits and bobs to go missing, get misshapen, or just plain not fit, this bed isn’t like typical flatpack furniture that often fails to withstand multiple moves and reassembly.
Sizes and options
The Floyd Bed is available in Twin, Full/Queen, Full/Queen + Headboard, King + Headboard, and King. You can choose either Birch or Walnut veneer and black or white hardware, and you can add underbed storage on one side or both sides as needed. And if you decide to upgrade to a King size, you can just add on extra pieces to the Queen frame, helping to keep costs down both for you and the environment.
The Full/Queen bed measures 67 in. W x 86 in. D x 7.5 in. H, with 6 in. clearance. It weighs 130 lbs. and can accommodate up to 600 lb. The platform bed comes in three packages (if you’re getting the headboard option), two of which weigh under 30 lbs. and one (with the panels) which weighs 105 lbs. This makes it a bit easier to take delivery and move pieces into place for quick assembly. Indeed, Floyd state with confidence that the bed can be put together in 20 minutes by two people.
What else we like about the Floyd Bed
Floyd won’t let you totally MacGyver your bed into something new, but they do offer panels for purchase to replace any that get banged up or broken over the years. And those panels are produced to emit very low, to no, VOCs.
Floyd offers a 10-year Platform Bed Warranty that covers the headboard and underbed storage as well as the frame from defects in material and workmanship for 10 years from purchase. The company will repair or replace any defective parts at no cost to the customer, with some caveats, of course.
There is one other thing to consider before buying a Floyd Bed, and that’s whether you live somewhere especially humid. This platform panel style bed frame means less air circulating around your mattress than with a slatted bed frame, which could mean your mattress struggles to breathe in an extremely humid climate. For most folks, this isn’t going to be an issue though, just clean up and air out any spills and maybe use a dehumidifier if you’re especially concerned.