Bedstead Basics: Choosing a Foundation for Your Bedroom
Your bed is the foundation of your bedroom. This article provides an overview of eight popular bed frames.
Build Your Foundation
You spend a third of your life in bed, so it just makes sense to create a bedroom where you can relax and rejuvenate. Choosing the right bedroom elements can make your days as heavenly as your nights.
The bedstead is your bedroom's foundation, so start there. After you have selected your bed frame, you can work on finding the right mattress and choosing the best pillows.
The bedstead is the framework that holds your bed springs and mattress. Usually constructed of metal or wood, it includes the headboard, foot board, rails and slats. No matter the age, size or style, your bed frame sets the design mood for your bedroom.
Bed frames are available in hundreds of styles, and each one has unique characteristics. While your mattress provides for your physical comfort, your bedstead addresses your mental comfort. And that is just as important for a good night's sleep. To choose the best bed for your needs, consider the design, location, use and price. The following bed frames are the most popular styles today.
1. Platform Beds
Platform beds are among the oldest styles around, but they are a trendy modern choice. Their sleek, straight lines work well with contemporary décor. Because they take up very little space beyond the mattress, platform beds are great if you need room for additional furniture.
Platform beds are usually simple designs, with no headboard or foot board. They are the perfect choice for clean, uncluttered bedrooms. They also provide a cooler sleep environment than most traditional designs, since they typically have a low profile.
2. Sleigh Beds
Sleigh beds were originally called French beds. The name comes from their gently curved, often scrolled headboards and foot boards, which resemble an old-fashioned sleigh.
Sleigh beds became fashionable in America in the early 1800s, as the French Empire style rose in popularity. Most sleigh beds have a rich wooden frame that creates a strong focal point. Their gentle curves add a graceful elegance to the bedroom.
3. Four Poster Beds
Four poster beds were originally intended to hold fabrics to shield sleepers from cold air drafts. Most corner posts are made from wood. Some posts are elegantly turned and decorated, while others are plain and simple.
The towering bed posts of four poster beds make a dramatic statement in the bedroom. These beds work best in rooms with high ceilings. Use them to create a visual center for your bedroom.
4. Canopy Beds
Canopy beds are four poster beds with crossbeams that connect the posts and support a canopy or tester. Also known as tester beds, canopy beds give your bedroom a romantic atmosphere.
Early canopy beds were made of solid wood and draped with velvet, brocade or lace. Modern beds typically showcase light and airy fabrics that contribute to the room's romance. Like four poster beds, canopy beds work best in bedrooms with high ceilings.
5. Low Post Beds
Low post beds have short bed posts. Generally, the corner posts do not exceed headboard or foot board height. They usually feature a decorative finial of some type.
Low post beds are ideal for most bedrooms of any size or style. They work equally well whether your room has simple, rustic elements or elaborate French designs. Some low post beds have foot board drawers for extra storage.
6. Upholstered Beds
If you watch interior design shows on television, you know that many designers prefer leather and upholstered beds. Hand button tufting and nail tacking, solid wood rails and quality fabrics make upholstered beds the benchmark of style.
If you choose to have an upholstered bed in your bedroom, keep two things in mind: the room architecture and your lifestyle. Whether your design style is modern or traditional, your upholstered bed should be one of lasting comfort and quality.
Daybeds are known for their split personality. They are sofas by day and mattresses by night. Because of this versatility, daybeds are ideal for guest bedrooms, family rooms and dens.
Transitional daybeds usually have a metal or wooden frame that encloses three sides of the bed. Some beds have a pop-up frame or drawer trundle for additional guest sleeping. Others have flip-up end tables and magazine racks.
8. Bunk Beds
Bunk beds are popular choices for children's bedrooms. Not only are they great space savers, but they also provide a lot of fun for kids.
Even if you're the parent of one child, a bunk bed can be a good choice. Some bunk beds have a built-in futon under the bed, and some are built with a desk and storage drawers underneath.
What is your favorite style of bed? Leave a comment below and join the conversation. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.
© 2012 Annette R. Smith
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