“Hollywood” is a trademark for a metal frame system with legs in which a box spring can be inserted and to which a headboard can be attached. The Hollywood Bed Frame Company began manufacturing solid angle systems in box springs for box springs in 1925. Much like the Kleenex brand, it is synonymous with face wipes; Many people came to associate boxspring frames with the Hollywood-based company, simply calling them “Hollywood” frames. You may also hear this bed support system called “Harvard Frame”. Again, this is a case where the name of the manufacturer of the product became a household name. Harvard Manufacturing was a manufacturer of this type of bed in the 1950s, but I do not think this company is still active. However, the brand name remains.
A wide range of frames is available; you can find those that raise your bed and offer storage space, and those that can lower your bed if your mattress is too high. Since 1925, this style of metal bed frame has become a staple in many American homes. Compared to wooden beds, these are generally much cheaper and offer superior support for today’s ultra-thick and often plush mattresses. Mattress frames of this type can usually be found for less than $ 100. In addition, frames of this type are generally easy to assemble, easy to transport and extremely versatile. In fact, you can buy styles that are adjusted in width to work with any mattress size.
It would be difficult (or impossible) to find a wooden set at a comparable price with that kind of versatility. The Hollywood Company is still active in Commerce, California, but today many companies manufacture similar items from robust and durable angle iron. Several manufacturers with comparable products are Leggett and Platt, Mantua, Knickerbocker and Glideaway, all with manufacturing facilities still largely located in the United States. This is a product where imports are not as attractive as other goods due to the cost of transporting such heavy, bulky items from abroad.