Bed Buying Guide
by Staff Writer
Published April 28, 2010 | Updated February 6, 2015
Your bed is more than just the furniture that holds your mattress. It's the focal point of your bedroom, and the style of bed you choose will set the tone for the rest of the room. If you're ready to upgrade from a plain metal frame to something more stylish, but you're unsure about which style you want, then this bed buying guide is for you. Consider these bed styles and how they would look in your home to find the one that is right for you.
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- Metal beds have a timeless look
Metal beds can have a feminine feeling if they feature scrollwork, while a metal bed with clean, straight lines feels more masculine. Traditional Victorian wrought-iron beds were made by hand. Today, these antique-style beds are mass produced in all standard mattress sizes, making them more affordable. Antique-inspired brass beds are also a classic option. Classic bed styles like these never lose their appeal.
- Canopy beds create a romantic atmosphere
Canopy beds have four posts that are connected together at the top with rods, which can then be draped with sheer fabrics to create a dreamy, romantic look. The posts and drapery of the bed draw the eye upward, making the bed seem bigger and the ceiling appear higher. Many canopy beds are made from metal, usually featuring sleek square posts, but they can also be found in classic wood with more ornate designs.
- Sleigh beds have a traditional style
Sleigh beds became popular in the 19th century, and they have a traditional feeling that is perfect for creating a cozy bedroom. The headboard is typically taller than the footboard, both curving upward and outward, just like a sleigh. Sleigh beds are usually made from wood and can feature simple contours or ornate inlays, flourishes, and rich finishes.
- Platform beds give a contemporary feel
Platform beds are ideal for modern and minimalist designs. They are low to the ground, and the mattress is supported by the platform, eliminating the need for a box spring or other mattress foundation. It may have headboard, but the main element that makes them platform beds is their low profile. Platform beds are made from all kinds of materials, but whether you choose wood, metal, or leather, it will create a contemporary feeling in your bedroom.
- Upholstered beds add luxury
Upholstered beds are covered with fabric that adds texture and a luxurious feeling to your bedroom. For a sophisticated look, try a leather-covered bed. For homes with a vintage-inspired look, a tweed or textured cotton bed adds impact. Linen lends a modern luxe to a bedroom.