How To Choose A Bed

A good night's rest is essential for a happy and healthy life, so it is essential to choose a bed and mattress that support you while you sleep. Your bed is also the centerpiece of your bedroom and showcases your style. 

Follow our simple guide to help you find a supportive, comfortable, and stylish bed so you can create the perfect cozy environment to rest and relax.

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How to Coordinate a Bed with My Décor?

When choosing a bed, you are making a significant investment, so pick a bed that won't look out of place in your home. There is a range of styles to choose from, each offering distinct features to coordinate with your current bedroom furniture.

  • Traditional

Traditional style beds are typically constructed from wood and feature ornate embellishments inspired by historical design. Look for turned legs and carved headboards, or Mission style panels that accentuate the look of the wood grain.

You can give your bedroom a romantic twist by incorporating a traditional style bed into a contemporary aesthetic. Use the ornate bed frame as the focal point in your room and style with rugs, bedding, and other furniture that feature clean lines but coordinate using a similar neutral color palette.

Solid Wood Low Profile Traditional Bed
Wooden Platform Traditional Bed
Traditional Bed with Rope Twist Mouldings
Crafted Wood Traditional Royal Bed
Grey Wood Traditional Bed
Brown Solid Wood Traditional Bed
  • Modern

Modern design is streamlined and uncluttered with bed frames that use organic lines or sweeping curves as well as geometrical angles. Modern bed frames are often constructed from high-tech materials and make a dramatic statement piece for your bedroom.

Style your modern bed frame with minimal additional furniture, and complementary textured rugs and bed linen to allow the design of your bed to stand out.

Modern Bed with LED lighting
Grey and Wood Modern Bed
White Modern Upholstered Platform Bed
Chic Modern Bed with Stitched Square Tufting
Black and White Modern Sleigh Bed
Blue Modern Design Bed
  • Contemporary

A contemporary bed frame will focus mostly on function rather than form, using clean, minimal lines and materials such as steel or aluminum for durability. Many modern style beds offer functional features such as storage.

Style your contemporary bed frame with clean, monochromatic bed linen and furniture crafted from materials such as metal and tempered glass.

Contemporary Platform Bed with Steel Legs
Wooden Contemporary Platform Bed
Light Wood Contemporary Platform Bed
Contemporary Styled Upholstered Panel Bed
Grey Contemporary Upholstered Platform Bed
Contemporary Low Profile Bed
  • Country

Country design is a classically American-inspired style, so bed frames are typically constructed from natural materials, including wood or upholstered in linen, and are rich in texture

Choose a bed with a shiplap paneled headboard or frame with elaborate moldings and keep the rest of the bedding sleek and minimal to give your country bedroom a modern update.

Wood and Steel Country Style Bed
White Country Poetry Bed
Light Green Country Styled Bed
Brown Metal Country Platform Bed
French Country Styled Bed in Light Beige
Dark Wood Country Styled Bed

Which Type of Bed Frame Should I Choose?

  • Box Spring Bed Base

A box spring base consists of a metal or wooden frame containing tightly coiled springs and covered in upholstery. A box spring bed base is ideally suited to people with back issues as they offer flexibility and bounce for better support. They also give added height to your bed, making it easier to get in and out.

However, they are more expensive than other types of bed frames and are very heavy, so they can be challenging to move. So, they may be unsuitable for people who enjoy restyling and reconfiguring their bedrooms often.

  • Platform Bed

Platform beds typically feature a slatted base to support the mattress, with no footboard. They are also lower to the ground than many other types of beds, which may be unsuitable for people with back problems. However, this low profile gives platforms clean lines that blend well with modern and contemporary styles.

  • Canopy Bed

Canopy beds are a traditional style of bed that feature tall connected posts that were originally designed to accommodate curtains. However, the architectural lines and grand style make a canopy bed a stylish addition to a contemporary bedroom when styled with clean neutrals. They also coordinate well with traditionally inspired styles such as farmhouse and French country bedrooms.

  • Bunk Bed

Bunk beds are constructed to hold two mattresses, one above the other with the two frames connected by a ladder that offers access to the top bunk. They are perfect for children's rooms for siblings who share or to provide extra space for sleepovers.

There are a few variations on the bunk bed, including the loft which is a single elevated bed frame with room underneath for a desk or play space or a midsleeper that typically features storage under the slightly raised frame.

  • Day Bed

A day bed is an excellent option for a guest room or children's room. The bed doubles as a sofa for additional seating and often features storage under the frame for organizing clothes or bedding.

A wrought iron day bed styled with plush textured throw pillows, and neutral bedding makes a charming addition to a country-style guest room. Try a fabric upholstered design to make the bed appear more like a sofa for use in the living room.

Metal Box Spring Bed Base
Black Metal Platform Bed
Upholstered Canopy Bed with Golden Frame
White Double Full Bunk Bed
Grey Twin Daybed with Trundle
Day Bed with Metal Decorative Frame

What Bed Frame Materials are Available?

The material you choose for your bed frame not only sets the style tone for your room, but it also impacts the level of support and how the airflow regulates your body temperature.

  • Wood

Wood bed frames are typically more expensive than metal frames and offer different levels of strength and durability depending on the wood used. Choose dense hardwoods such as teak or walnut.

Wooden bed frames offer timeless appeal and come in a wide range of stains and finishes to suit the style and color palette of your bedroom. Dark finishes such as mahogany, walnut, and cherry wood look best in traditionally styled rooms, while light finishes including pine or distressed white as are an excellent option for coastal or country style bedrooms.

  • Metal

Metal bed frames are highly durable and can support more weight than most other bed frames, making them suitable for heavier mattresses and individuals. But look for powder-coated frames as they are more corrosion-resistant.

Standard metal bed frames are often designed to work with a box spring base to support the mattress. However, some styles use a wooden slatted frame for a more affordable, but less durable option.

Metal bed frames offer clean lines that naturally anchor the rest of your bedroom furniture and provide the perfect textural contrast to soft bed linens. Choose an openwork metal frame for a shabby chic or bohemian bedroom to complement wooden bedroom furniture, or place in an industrial-urban space to enhance the sharp contemporary angles of your room.

  • Fabric

Fabric bed frames consist of a wood or metal frame that is upholstered in padded material to give the bed a plush, cozy look. Fabric bed frames often feature button tufting to create additional texture and visual interest. They require more cleaning and maintenance than other bed frame materials; however, you can find beds upholstered in stain-resistant fabric to simplify the cleaning process.

Because fabric wears down faster than wood and metal, you may need to replace a fabric headboard or frame more frequently. Alternatively, you can have the frame reupholstered when it starts to show signs of fraying or patchiness.

Fabric bed frames are ideally suited to contemporary and transitional bedrooms but can add a touch of glamor to any style of room depending on the type of fabric you choose. Channel the style of Old Hollywood with velvet upholstery and gilded legs or keep it neutral with cream-colored linen for a French country room. Leather upholstery can add a unique texture to an industrial or mid-century modern room.

  • Plastic

Though not commonly found in adult-sized beds, plastic bed frames are a popular option for children's rooms as the malleable material can be molded and shaped into a variety of fun novelty designs.

Look for one-piece rotationally molded plastic beds as they offer better strength and higher weight capacity than multi-piece designs. Avoid placing plastic beds in direct sunlight as this can cause the material to fade and become brittle.

Standard Metal Bed Frame
Single Platform Metal Bed Frame
Upholstered Storage Platform Bed Frame
Upholstered Platform Bed Frame with Padding
Very Slim Wood Bed Frame
Standard Wood Bed Frame

How Can I Find the Right Size Bed?

Your bed needs to fit easily inside your room while still leaving enough space for you to move around freely. Many interior designers suggest choosing the largest bed that can fit in the room to give you the best sleeping experience and to allow the bed to create a focal point.

To find the perfect size bed for your room, measure the width and length of your bedroom and the proposed space you plan to place your bed. Allow for at least 2' of clearance either side of the bed. Note any windowsills, wall paneling, or molding that may create an obstacle for a higher bed.

You also need to consider the height of your bed. Beds lower to the floor create the illusion of a bigger room but can be uncomfortable for tall people to get in and out of. Taller beds offer extra space underneath for storage but need to be cleaned more often to prevent dust and debris from building up.

If you already have a mattress for your bed, you will need to select a frame that matches the size of your mattress. There 6 standard bed frame sizes:

  • Twin - 39"x75"
  • Twin XL - 39' x 80"
  • Full/double - 54" x 75"
  • Queen - 60" x 80"
  • King - 76" x 80"
  • California King - 72" x 84"

Choose a mattress that extends at least 6" beyond your height. For example, if you are 6' (72") tall, you need a bed that is at least 78" long. If you share your bed, you will need to ensure there is ample space for you to sleep comfortably with extra room if one of your tosses and turns in your sleep.

What is the Best Mattress for My Bed?

  • Memory Foam

Memory foam is supportive and comfortable as it conforms to the shape of your body while you sleep. It is ideal for side sleepers by providing ample hip and shoulder support. Unlike traditional spring mattresses, memory foam does not need to be flipped because the multiple layers of foam resist sagging.

However, for people who are sensitive to heat while sleeping memory may be unsuitable as the foam does not breathe easily.

  • Gel Foam

Gel foam mattresses are a great alternative to memory foam. They consist of a gel layer incorporated into the foam and offer the same contouring support features while also providing heat dissipation technology to help regulate your temperature while you sleep.

They have a slightly different texture to a memory foam mattress, which can take some getting used to. It is recommended that you lie on a gel foam mattress before you buy to find out whether it feels right for you.

  • Pillow Top

For people who prefer a softer mattress, pillow tops are the ideal solution. A pillow top mattress has an additional layer of padded upholstery on top of the mattress that adds an extra level of softness.

People who sleep on their sides might enjoy the sinking and enveloping feeling offered by a pillow topper; however, for people who need firm support a pillow top mattress may not offer the right level of comfort.

  • Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are a traditional style of mattress that uses metal coils inside to provide support. The level of support is determined by the number and size of the coils inside, as well as the shape of the coils and the gauge of the metal. The coils adjust as you move making it an excellent option for people sharing a bed as it minimizes the amount of disturbance felt by the other person.

Most innerspring mattresses offer firm support. However, you can find hybrid foam-innerspring mattresses that provide a soft cushioned surface with the flexible support of an innerspring.

  • Latex Foam

Latex mattresses are a suitable choice for people allergic to the synthetic materials used in memory foam mattresses. Latex mattresses come in a range of different support levels, and because it is less dense than other foams, it offers better heat regulation.

Which Additional Features Do I Need?

  • Central Supporting Legs

For added durability and better support, look for a bed frame that features central supporting legs. These legs should be positioned diagonally opposite to the standard bed frame legs for even weight distribution. This also helps to minimize noise when you move around at night.

Although this can make it difficult to store items underneath the bed frame, supporting legs are recommended if you are using a heavier mattress as they will prevent the mattress from sagging.

  • Storage

Storage beds are an excellent choice for bedrooms with limited space. They make the most of the wasted space under the bed by incorporating drawers or cabinets underneath the frame.

Most storage beds use a smooth gliding mechanism for soft-closing drawers, while others have hinges and gas struts between the top of the frame and the base. This enables you to lift the top of the bed to access the entire storage space without disturbing the covers and pillows.

  • Bookshelves

Bookshelves built into the headboard are an excellent addition for storing reading material, lighting, and small electronics. They also provide ample display space for photos and keepsakes, allowing you to express your style and personalize your sleeping space.

  • Casters

Casters attached to the bottom of the bed frame allow you to move the bed easily around the room. This can make cleaning under the bed simpler and lets you reconfigure your bedroom, as necessary. Choose a mobile bed with locking casters to prevent the bed from shifting while you sleep.

  • Adjustable Positions

Adjustable beds are a suitable option for people with mobility issues or for people who suffer from back pain while sleeping. The frame and mattress position can be automatically adjusted at any time with convenient bedside controls.

For couples sharing a bed that requires different levels of sleep comfort, a bed that features independently adjustable sides can be the perfect solution to allow each person to find their specific level of comfort.