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Why You Should Consider A Low Bed

Updated on October 6, 2015
Low beds are a popular choice for more modern looking bedrooms.
Low beds are a popular choice for more modern looking bedrooms.

What Are Low Beds

Low beds are an exciting alternative bed style that brings an all new contemporary look to people’s bedrooms. The modern and unique design appeal make them the perfect choice for new builds, and the range of styles now available provide plentiful choice to get the right one for you.

There are many benefits from having a low bed, and some may surprise you. So here is my guide on why you should consider a low bed for your bedroom.

1) The Design

Low beds are a contemporary, modern twist on the Japanese traditional bed style. Traditionally, the Japanese practised near floor sleeping and it’s still quite common these days too! The term near floor sleeping is pretty self explanatory, but the reasons behind this sleeping method still apply to the low bed, including the design.

While low beds take inspiration from the traditional Japanese beds, that’s where the similarities end. Low beds are, as previously mentioned, mostly contemporary and have been adapted to appeal to a more western market. They fit well into almost any home in the western home and they complement most bedroom décor and style. The major attractive quality of low beds is that they’re unique, they’re different and this makes low beds become more noticeable in the bedroom. Often many people prefer having their beds take the centrepiece of their bedroom and a low bed delivers this, being more noticeable because it's different to our schema of what we expect a typical bedroom to look like.

The low bed design is actually relatively modern, and sits well with current design trends. Low beds bring a cultural element to bedrooms in an industry that is dominated by plain beds that have similar designs and feel to them, which is derived from mass-production to reduce costs. This has added to the popularity of low beds, people always love designs that are different to the status quo. Its design appeal is therefore taken up by those who are seeking to personalise their bedroom, which symbolically is one of the most important spaces of your home.

"How small is a low bed?" Pictured: A low bed leg compared to a one-pence coin. Notice there is little space underneath the bed frame for low beds, which makes them a poor storage solution.
"How small is a low bed?" Pictured: A low bed leg compared to a one-pence coin. Notice there is little space underneath the bed frame for low beds, which makes them a poor storage solution.

2) Makes Your Room Feel Spacious

Now another benefit of low beds here is naturally their height. An issue many people have when choosing a bed for a bedroom, is that standard height beds are just inappropriate for the space. This is most prevalent in attic or loft bedrooms (note, loft conversions are the most popular home improvement!). If the standard height bed does fit, but the room is cramped, it may promote a cluttered atmosphere.

This is where the low bed holds an advantage, in terms of its physical height, which has a subconscious attribute. This is where human science comes into play with low beds as an alternative option. If you have a standard height bed, with an accompanying large headboard and bed frame, it draws your eye from being at the same level. This creates a marker that the object is large, takes up more space in the room and more of a task to get on it. This effect is why camera angles are very important in photography. The thing about low beds is that they usually have two qualities that negate this effect, and can leave you feeling like you've got more space in your bedroom.

Firstly, the height of a low bed is very low in comparison to your standard height bed. This may seem obvious and irrelevant, but it does make a difference. When you walk into a room, if you’re not immediately met with a large headboard at eye level and a 'bulky' bed just below that, you feel like you've got more space in the room. Low beds make your bedroom appear more spacious, and its low height also helps to lighten up the place by not blocking light, which often standard height beds often do. This naturally can improve the appearance of your bedroom, and your emotional state (although that's something I personally find for myself, and I have heard many people reporting the same thing).

Secondly, the design of low beds have often played on the strength of its height. The most popular retailers now use a more minimalist bed frame design for their low beds. This builds on to that 'spacious feeling' we mentioned earlier, but it also helps with in a number of other ways. This includes being able to fit into more tight spaces, easier to transport into tricky bedrooms (such as attic or loft bedrooms) and being lightweight. This is why the low bed is a great solution for you if you are dealing with a cramped bedroom.

Pictured: low bed leg with padding. You should always get padding for your low bed, this prevents the bed from scratching your flooring, especially those with laminated surfaces in their bedroom.
Pictured: low bed leg with padding. You should always get padding for your low bed, this prevents the bed from scratching your flooring, especially those with laminated surfaces in their bedroom.

3) Ceiling Height Restrictions

As previously mentioned, loft conversions are the most common home improvement. This has created a large niche market in the bed manufacturing sector for loft and attic beds, which are adapted to the restrictions of loft and attic bedrooms such as low ceiling height. The problem, you may of noticed, is when you readily convert a standard height bed to a lower height, the design looks off, in other words, it negatively affects the bed’s appearance. The low bed however doesn’t suffer from this, as the bed design was made around the height. This provides a superb appearance that looks more pleasant, and makes the minimalist looking design that are more sought after than other standardised designs you may find.

There’s a large range of low beds available, with most of your highstreet stores stocking them. What’s great about this is you have more options when it comes to selecting the right low bed for you, such as low the bed frame is needed to be to fit in your bedroom. It’s important you consider not rushing to purchasing a low bed, as from experience, everyone has a different expectation of how low is too low.

If you’re struggling for space, you can also get creative with the way you utilise the storage space that is created from having a low bed. ideal for bedrooms with low or sloped roofs, you have a way to implement overhead storage, while avoiding hitting your head when you get up in the morning. There tends to be more options available to you with a low bed than what’s on offer from a standardised bed.

There are a number of different styles now available in a low bed design.
There are a number of different styles now available in a low bed design.

4) Suitable For Children

By far one of the most popular reasons for people getting a low bed tends to be that they are great and safe for children. Most parents worry that their child tosses and turns in their sleep or jumping on the bed for fun, both of which often lead to injuries. Low beds are therefore seens as a safer option for children, where its shorter distance of the fall reduces any impact. It’s also easier for the child to get into the bed without having to have assistance to get in bed.

However, something to consider is that there can be an annoyance when toys, books and clothes are more difficult to retrieve when they’ve gone under the bed. While a standard low bed generally has three inches of underbed space (for the mattress to have room to expand when under pressure), it’s increasingly difficult to retrieve items without having to lift the mattress. Therefore a popular way of preventing this, I’ve been told, is to place a rug at the edge of the bed which grips such loose items!

Final Thoughts

Low beds are a stylish new addition that you can use to really personalise your bedroom. They’re not mainstream, and the unique and contemporary design provides a fresh appearance that have been popular for many people. While it grows in popularity, the more choice available to you increases. Popular bed stores such as John Lewis, Dreams and Silentnight have expanded their catalogue of low beds and the cost of such beds have been going down as manufacturing becomes more streamlined. With near floor sleeping becoming more of a relatively new trend, is this something you think would be right for you and your bedroom?

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