Beds 101

Arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture you’ll ever purchase, a bed can often make or break good sleeping patterns. Of course the mattress is key, but catching some z’s will be challenging if your headboard shakes, rattles and rolls every time you make the tiniest of moves. While it wards off sleepless nights, it’s also one of the main design features in your bedroom. While sleigh beds and four-poster beds are classic romantic, platform beds and tufted headboard are trendy and contemporary. Your bed makes a statement, so think about what you’re going for and make sure your choice reflects your style. As you get ready to make the purchase, here are some styles, sizes and overall tips to consider.

What size bed should I get?

If you aren’t replacing the mattress, your new piece will have to be the same as your current size. If you’re looking to upgrade from a queen to king (or even California king), be sure you have the space. Measure your bedroom and ensure there is enough wall space and walking room to accommodate it; if your preferred bed has a headboard or frame that expands past the mattress, be sure to keep that in mind. For younger kids, a twin is ideal, though they will probably want to upgrade to full or queen as they get older. When it comes to a guest bedroom, beds should be at least a full, preferably a queen, for ideal comfort. 

What kind of bed works for my master bedroom?

Even if you are a budget hunter, this is one purchase where you shouldn’t count your pennies. A bed’s quality (or lack thereof) can make or break your ability to sleep, since a cheap piece is more likely to creak, groan and move when weight is applied. Think high-quality and durable first and foremost, and then consider the style. If you love a traditional, timeless look, a sleigh, four-poster or canopy bed is a great option; for a cost-efficient option, try an ornate wood headboard with a standard frame. If you’re on the cutting edge, opt for an upholstered headboard with nailhead accents, patterned fabric, unique shape or tufted design. A modern platform unit is great too, especially since you won’t need to buy a foundation or box spring. 

What bed works best for kids and guests?

Because kids’ bedrooms often lack space, bunk, trundle and loft beds are popular space-saving options. They work great for a shared bedroom and come in handy during child sleepovers as well. When it comes to your guest bedroom, be sure the piece is big enough to accommodate a couple, but add a futon or daybed to fit more than two. If you only have an office to work with, try installing a murphy bed, which pulls down from the wall when needed, but is otherwise out of the way. And if all else fails, a pull-out sofa always does the job!

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