When it comes to the ultimate comfort items in the home, the bed comes to mind. Most people will spend an average of eight hours a day in their beds. This makes finding the right one a priority.
Most people have a good grasp of the basic mattress sizes for the bedroom. However, not everyone has a thorough understanding of the many different types of bed frames that are available through their local furniture retailer.
There are dozens of bed types, but only a few of them are widely-known. Here’s a quick list to help you identify some common bed styles and learn more about the benefits they offer:
A very popular option in the United States, the platform bed features clean lines and a headboard but no footboard. Platforms also sit lower to the ground than other bed styles. They utilize wooden slats to support the mattress without requiring a box spring.
Panel beds are almost identical to the platform style. However, their design enables the use of both a box spring and a mattress.
The sleigh bed is named after its curved headboard (and footboard if it has one). This style resembles an old-fashioned wooden sleigh. Most examples of this style also feature large side panels that further accentuate the “sleigh” feel.
It is important to note that these side panels also limit the storage space under the bed. While they aren’t designed to provide storage, sleigh beds offer a distinct look that will stand out in any bedroom. They also come in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and even leather.
Unlike the sleigh style of beds, divan beds are designed with storage in mind. Although these beds sit directly on the floor, they typically feature drawers built into the base.
Along with providing a space-saving storage solution, the thick base also adds to the overall sturdiness of the bed. Another attractive feature of the divan is its cushioned headboard. As a result, this style is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of reading or television before falling asleep.
Another option for those who enjoy some entertainment before sleep is the TV bed. This modern style features an oversized footboard that discreetly hides an LED television inside.
Depending on the model, the TV lifts out of the frame either manually or electronically. Some also include built-in speaker systems and space beneath the mattress for media players and game consoles.
Along with accommodating movie and TV lovers, these beds are great for those who are tight on bedroom space.
While they are very similar to a traditional bunk bed, cabin beds are lower to the ground and only include a single sleeping bunk. Instead of a second bed, this style features space beneath the bed frame that is typically used for drawers, shelves, and other storage solutions. Cabin beds are the perfect option for parents looking to control clutter in their child’s bedroom.
Another member of the bunk-bed family, the mid-sleeper is a raised bed with a detachable ladder leading to the mattress and tall sideboards around the frame to prevent children from falling off.
Like the cabin bed, mid-sleepers feature storage under the main frame. They also offer additional space underneath to accommodate a desk or provide an extra play area.
Featuring two beds in one, the trundle includes a second mattress that tucks neatly under the main frame. Trundle beds are great for bedrooms housing kids and teens. They also work well in guest rooms and cramped apartments.
The poster bed is easily recognizable thanks to the four vertical columns located at each corner of the frame. These beds come in several different styles.
Poster bed styles include the pencil poster, which features tall, thin, and pointed posts, and the low poster, which has posts that are only a few inches tall. The half-poster bed is another option. It has tall posts on the headboards and much shorter posts attached to the footboard corners.
The ultimate space-saver, the Murphy bed has grown in popularity in recent years as more people embrace smaller living environments. These hideaway beds fold up vertically and can be stored against a wall or tucked into a closet.
The Murphy bed is named after William L. Murphy, an inventor who patented the folding bed design in the early 20th century. Similar folding beds, however, date back to Thomas Jefferson’s time.
Another option for those with cramped sleeping quarters is the ottoman bed. This style comes with a large, hidden storage compartment underneath the main bed frame and mattress.
Thanks to a convenient lifting system with gas struts, these beds can be opened easily to access the storage space below. There are also innovative ottoman bed designs that look like an ordinary footrest but unfold into a twin or double bed for guests.