After a long day, most people crave the comfort of a warm, cozy bed. You spend eight hours (more or less) a day sleeping on it, so it should be above all comfortable and functional. That being said, beds are also the centerpiece of your bedroom, so it should be stylish and set the tone for the rest of the space. Whether you're looking for a platform bed, canopy bed or sleigh bed, there are beds out there that will complement your space.
What size bed should I buy?
When determining size, you need to think about who will be sleeping in the bed, as well as what will fit in the space. In terms of the former, whether you’re sleeping solo or with someone else, consider your preferences and how you sleep. Do you tend to move around a lot, or do you tend to curl up and stick to one spot for the night? Height is also an important consideration: there’s a 5 inch length difference between standard full and kings. Even if a king seems like your optimal choice for sleeping, carefully measure your room to be sure it’s going to fit; queen size
may be a more viable option. You want to be able to walk comfortably around the piece and have easy access to your surrounding furnishings. Check out our Mattress Size Guide
for more info about making the best choice.
Should I buy a platform bed or sleigh bed?
Although it seems like a no-brainer purchase, there are many different styles that you'll need to consider. First, determine your preferred style. Do you like contemporary or traditional? Eclectic or mediterranean? This will help you decide on a final purchase. For a traditional option, try a sleigh or canopy bed. If you like sleek modernism, opt for a platform piece or just a simple bed frame. Material alone can also make a difference. Consider an antique wrought iron bed for classic elegance, or use a reclaimed wood frame for a more contemporary look.
Beds take up too much space — what else is available?
Need an extra sleeping spot but have nowhere to put it? Opt for a Murphy bed, which is conveniently stored up against the wall and can be turned down only when needed. Or maybe buy a trundle bed, which takes up the space of a twin — with another twin underneath. Don't have room for any of these options? Futons and sleeper sofas are always a popular alternative.