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Bedroom Furniture - Are Leather Beds a Good Choice?
There is a wide range of leather beds for purchase on the market. Like many other items made of leather, a leather bed is seen as being elegant and sophisticated. Leather beds are available in different sizes ranging from singles to super king-size. Because leather can be dyed in any color, you will find that beds are available to match any existing decor in your bedroom. It is however, a good idea to consider bedroom furniture that is a neutral color such as beige or black, as this will match any wallpaper or paint color that you decide to use in the future. Because the bed is usually the focal point of a bedroom, you will need to consider the style of your bed carefully. Leather beds come in several different styles such as Ottoman beds, contemporary beds and sleigh beds.
Leather sleigh beds
A leather sleigh bed has a scrolled shaped head and foot board, that gives the bed an appearance somewhat similar to a sleigh. This is a popular style that comes from the French Empire period of the 1800s. A variation to a sleigh bed is one that has a curved headboard, but the foot end is lower; this allows taller people to stretch out over the end of the bed, which is not possible with a regular sleigh bed.
A leather Ottoman bed provides you with extra storage as well as making your room appear elegant. Ottoman beds have a simple mechanism which enables you to raise the entire base of the bed up giving you access to the storage room beneath the mattress, which is ideal to store bedding or clothes that are out of season.
Types of leather
Once you have decided you're going to purchase a leather bed, you will need to decide if you want genuine leather or artificial faux leather. Artificial leather is more liable to crack and may deteriorate with time, but it is far more economical than real leather, which is very durable and also more comfortable and flexible.
Although less durable, faux leather beds are attractive and a contemporary piece of furniture that will enhance the look of any bedroom. Very often you will find faux leather beds in black or white, as this type of furniture has appeal for the younger market, who enjoy a minimalistic bedroom design. Whether you decide on real leather or faux leather, you will find that both options are extremely comfortable, and you can be sure that any visitors to your house will comment on your choice of bed.