Thinking of buying a new bed? Which style or size you choose depends on the space it will fit into and the person who'll sleep in it. Beds come in many different styles and finishes, so here's a quick guide to five of the most popular types of bed.
The traditional framed bed is one of the most popular styles you can buy. Whether you choose wooden beds or those constructed from metal, the diverse styles in head and foot boards make them suitable for any bedroom. The mattress lies on wooden slats that run horizontally across the frame, providing support throughout its area. Framed beds are available in single, double and king sizes to accommodate all members of the family.
Consisting of a base on which the mattress stands and a headboard that may be either upholstered or not, divans offer flexibility in neat styling and storage options. Many are fitted with drawers built into the base, which makes keeping spare bedding tidy a simple task. The drawers may be either actual drawers that can be pulled out, or sliding doors that conceal storage spaces. Not all divans have storage, so check before buying if this option is important to you. Remember that because the base is raised off the floor only by the height of the castors, there is no natural space beneath the bed to use as storage.
Forever popular with children, bunk beds come in many different styles and, like framed beds, may be constructed from a variety of materials. Ideal for when two kids must share a room, having bunk beds frees up valuable floor space so the kids have more space to play. Bunk beds also provide a fun and practical solution for when kids want friends over for the night. Sleepovers are instantly doable, but the extra bed takes up no extra room.
Captain, High Sleeper or Loft Beds
When space it a premium, the captain bed provides a dual purpose piece of furniture that double as storage, an activity centre for homework or hobbies, or a wardrobe. In some captains beds you'll find the options for all three.
High Sleeper beds can be extremely stylish and are suitable for older teens or even adults. With built in stairs, book or display shelves, a desk area and filing drawers beneath the concealed upper bed area, this furniture is ideal for bedsitting rooms or studio apartments.
Making the perfect bridge between guest beds and additional seating, the day bed is an elegant piece of furniture that masquerades as a stylish sofa when not being used as a bed. The beauty of a day bed over a sofa bed lies in the ease with which it's converted from one to the other. Since the mattress forms the seat, there is no unfolding or other operations necessary. To convert from one to the other all that's needed is a pillow and a duvet.
Before making the final decision, remember to check that your choice of bed comes complete with a mattress. With some beds, the mattress is a separate option so that you can choose the firmness and support level that is best for your individual needs.