About Central City Bed


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The Central City Bed was created by Central City Concern staff and a local steel manufacturer in response to a persistent and costly problem – bed bugs!

As a nonprofit developer and operator of affordable housing since the early 1980s, Central City Concern is a diligent steward of more than 1,600 units of housing. The agency works to keep tenants comfortable, costs reasonable and operations as sustainable and green as possible. In the early 2000s, bed bugs infested buildings across the country and Central City Concern buildings were affected. Although maintenance staff rapidly mastered pest control practices, hundreds of its standard wooden bed frames ended up in landfills because bed bugs could not be permanently eradicated from them.

In 2009, Central City Concern was in the market to purchase 220 beds for its new Madrona Studios building. The agency searched for a sustainable, bed bug resistant bed frame without success. In collaboration with a local steel fabricator and mattress manufacturer, Central City Concern staff tackled the problem themselves, designing a bed with features unwelcoming to bed bugs. Read more about the evolution of our products in this recent article from the Portland Business Journal.

Profits generated by the sale of Central City Bed products go to Central City Concern’s employment programs that help people permanently end their homelessness and create self-sufficient lives.

About the Furniture

When combined with our bed bug resistant mattress, the Central City Bed helps reduce the occurrence of bed bugs and increases rate of early detection if bed bugs hitch a ride from elsewhere. Design elements that make a difference include:

Made Of Steel

Never throw away another bed frame due to pest control challenges! Central City Bed is very durable and easy to clean. If bed bugs get onto the product, it is easily treated and ready to be put back into usage. Frames are stackable for easy storage.

Angled Metal

There are no tubular metal components that serve as a place for bed bugs to hide.

Platform Frame

A metal, mesh frame eliminates the need for a bed bug friendly box spring made with wood and stitched crevices that bed bugs can penetrate.

Splayed Legs

Our frame and table products feature splayed legs that sit away from walls, making it difficult for bugs to travel from a wall to bed.

Product shot of central city beds bed frame without a mattress


Central City Bed products have been sold to organizations across the United States. Among our satisfied clients:

  • Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Oregon
  • Home Forward, Oregon
  • REACH Community Development, Oregon
  • Catholic Community Services, Washington
  • Mercy Housing, California
  • Community Solutions, Inc., Connecticut
  • Thresholds, Illinois

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