To enjoy our much-needed sleep, you need to find the right bed. Aside from the support and comfort that the bed can give you, one important consideration that you should keep in mind is its style.
After all, you would want to make your bedroom your sleeping haven, right? Well, doing that involves choosing a bed style that would suit your personality and the look of your room the best.
Well, I have both good and bad news for you. The good news is, there are lots of different bed styles in the market. The bad news is, there are so many of them that you would surely find it difficult to choose one that would suit your needs the best.
Well, don’t you worry. In this article, you will get to know the differences between these bed styles along with their pros and cons:
The Different Bed Styles Available in the Market
Below are some of the widely available bed style options that you can find:
1. Box Spring Bed
Let us begin this list with the most traditional bed style of all—the box spring bed. The bed features a wooden frame covered with cloth. This type of bed uses a box spring for its support system. A good thing about using box spring is it gives a consistently flat surface for the mattress on the market to be placed on.
Another function of the box spring is to absorb the impact and shock as well as reduce the wear of the mattress.
When the height of the box spring and the thickness of the mattress are combined, it also gives the bed a significant amount of boost on its elevation. The increase in height makes it easier for the user to get in and out of their beds.
But if you don’t like your bed to be elevated, you will be glad to know that box springs usually come in different heights, ranging from high profile to low profile.
If you have a few questions about the use of box spring, please watch this video:
2. Platform Bed
Let us second that with the simplest and most common style of all—the platform bed. This bed style features wooden slats that will uphold your mattress without any need for box spring so fundamentally, and it is a lot lighter and more affordable than the traditional bed.
Another advantage of this bed style is it delivers flexible support to the mattress, increasing the mattress’ breathability and at the same time, airing out unwanted odor from the mattress. These simple benefits allow the mattress to stay at its tip-top shape for plenty of years to come.
3. Panel Bed
The panel bed similarly looks like the platform bed. However, this one has a footboard and a headboard that is made of flat panels of wood. Just like the platform bed, this does not utilize a box spring, so it also offers the same benefit as the first bed style.
They only differ with their appearances. The panels of this bed are framed using raised grooves or molding that resembles the appearance of traditional wood paneling. This bed style is available in both wood-stained or painted finishes.
4. Sleigh Bed
If there is one bed frame that you would call classy and elegant, this is definitely it. Its height and construction are almost the same as a platform or panel bed. The only difference is that its headboard and footboard are curved outward, making it look like a horse sleigh.
This bed style is made from different materials, but the most common material would be wood. It is also made from different wood variations ranging from light oak wood to dark mahogany wood.
5. Four-Poster Bed
If you need a majestic and royalty-looking bed, the best options for you would be the four-posted bed. It is called as such because it features high posters on the four sides of the bed.
These beds are popular in the early centuries and can undoubtedly make a great statement in your bedroom. But one thing that you should keep in mind when choosing this bed style is the fact that it will consume too much space and is, therefore, not suitable for rooms with small spaces.
6. Pencil Poster
This is a modified version of the four-poster bed. Just like the previous bed, it also has high posts on the four sides of the bed. However, this one has posts that are thinner at the top and broader at the bottom.
The pointed top allows the designer to embellish the poles in any way they want. The design of the bed’s footboard and headboard can be anything you want.
7. Canopy Bed
This is the modern version of the four-poster bed. For this bed style, the four posters are connected with a beam to make them look connected and to create a frame around the bed. Oftentimes, this bed frame is draped with different types of fabric to cover the bed from all sides, giving the user privacy.
This bed style is known for its romantic and fairy-tale appeal which makes it most popular with girls’ rooms.
Have you seen the beds in the room of a princess or a queen in TV shows? Well, that is what a canopy bed is. But instead of wood, most canopy beds that you can find nowadays are made more modern with the use of metal.
For more decorative ideas for your canopy bed, watch this video:
8. Modern Canopy Bed
Traditional canopy beds have thick frames. Well, the contemporary canopy beds that you can see nowadays have thinner frames. Since these are thinner, you cannot expect them to have as many decorations as you can find in most canopy beds. Because of this, this type of bed is perfect for minimalists.
9. Metal Canopy
In addition to thinner wooden frames, you can now find canopy beds made of metal. If you can’t expect thinner wooden frames to look decorative, then it is impossible for the manufacturers to engrave something on thin metal frames.
So instead of embellishments, the manufacturers decided to be creative with the materials used by adding curves to the metal design of the bed instead of the simple box shape that most canopy beds have.
10. Half Tester Bed
Many people consider this to be a part of the canopy bed family. However, it looks much different from most canopy beds because it only has high posters on the upper sides of the bed.
This bed has a rectangular wooden box on top of the poles. This covers only 1/3 to ¼ part of the bed. This entire portion is covered by majestic-looking curtains like the ones you can find in the movies.
You may not see this bed style quite frequently these days because it was a favorite way back then—during the Victorian era. This is a perfect option for those people who want to take advantage of the beauty of the canopy without consuming too much space.
This a bed style that has become quite popular during the 19th century. It was initially used in decorating chairs and living room furniture, but after a few years, it has invaded the bedroom furniture industry too.
The mission design focuses on the horizontal and vertical lines on flat wooden panels. It is meant to highlight the grain of the wood, especially that of the oak. You can find these designs on both the floorboard and headboard of the mission-style beds.
12. Cottage Bed
From its name, you know we are referring to beds that feature a cozy, warm and old-fashioned appeal. The good thing about cottage beds is that they are mainly made of wood, and this material is most likely painted.
Most of these beds come in the color white, but you can also find them in pastel colors, making it a perfect option for a nursery or a little girl’s room. When it comes to carvings, cottage beds are kept as simple as possible which has become a big part of their appeal.
13. Vintage Bed
No, the bed does not necessarily have to be vintage, but manufacturers have found a way to make the bed look more vintage. They do this by copying the curvatures of vintage beds. Oftentimes, these beds come in washed/ off-white color.
14. Coastal Bed
If you want your bed to give you a feel of the beach, then the coastal style is what you need. Coastal beds are wooden beds that have vertically arranged wooden slats at its headboard and footboard.
15. Industrial Bed
Industrial style is another trend that is conquering the home industry. These are made of industrial metal—not the polished ones. That is why these beds look unfinished and pretty basic. In fact, it looks like the beds are made of water pipes that have no frills or embellishments.
If you like the industrial feel, then this is the bed for you. If you also want to do DIY projects, this is one project that you should give a shot.
16. French Bed
Paris is the most romantic city in the world so you can expect the French bed to be the most romantic looking bed of all. Instead of a pure wooden headboard and footboard, this bed has upholstery on those parts.
To make the bed look as romantic as possible, makers incorporate a few buttons and accents on the sides or around the frame of the bed.
17. Santiago Bed
If you are into old-world designs, then this is one bed that you may want to consider. This bed design is probably one of the most majestic beds you can ever see simply because its footboard and headboard takes on a shape of the crown.
This type of bed is perfect for a classic- looking room with only minimal decorations since the bed, in itself, is already a piece of art, won’t you agree?
18. Adjustable Bed
Are you a combination sleeper? Do you usually toss and turn at night? If so, then the adjustable bed is the right one for you.
The great thing about adjustable beds is that it allows you to adjust the mattress to customize the support and position of the mattress. Under the mattress is a mechanism that enables the user to raise or lower either or both the foot- and head- end of the bed.
This bed style is typical in hospital settings but has also become popular in the home industry. Aside from the support, it can also help the person maintain proper spine alignment which makes it suitable for people suffering from muscle, back and neck aches.
19. Storage Bed
If the last two bed styles that we have tackled are not meant for small spaces, the storage bed is exclusively designed for small rooms. From its name, this bed is developed to provide extra storage to the owners.
Instead of leaving the bottom part of the bed empty, manufacturers incorporated drawers and other storage solutions under the bed. You can place towels, bed covers, pillow sheets and underwear in these extra storage spaces.
Some manufacturers go all out by designing storage beds that have storage solutions in the full length and width of the mattress. All that you have to do is pull the mattress up, and you will already have access to the storage underneath it.
To maintain the stylish look of the bed, they wrapped these drawers with faux or real leather.
In short, the storage bed is a traditional bed with storage capabilities. Because of this added feature, storage beds are considered to be more expensive than platform or panel beds.
20. Sofa Bed
Another multi-functional bed style on our list is the sofa bed which can perform the functions of a sofa in the day and that of a bed at night. The entire bed is built inside of the couch, and when night time comes, all that you have to do is to pull the mattress out and fold it down.
This is the bed of choice of people living in condominiums and small houses. It is also a recommended bed style if you love to have guests over, but you do not have a spare room for them at your home.
21. Ottoman Bed
This has a unique design and is far different than that of the sofa bed, but they have the same purpose—to save space.
During the day, the bed looks like the usual ottoman/ footrest. At night, it can be converted into a thin but supportive bed. This is done by removing the cover of the ottoman and pull out the folding bed placed inside it. Pretty neat, right?
The ottoman can be made from different materials. The most common materials used are leather and microfiber.
22. Day Bed
Daybeds are similar to sofa beds in the sense that it can also serve as a couch in the morning and a bed at night. The only difference is that the daybed does not have to be transformed or shifted to a couch.
With its headboard, a day bed looks like a typical bed that is cut in half crosswise. Another difference is that this bed style has armrests too which would come handy when it is used as a couch.
With the size of this bed, it is the bed of choice for home offices, guest rooms or other spare rooms in the house.
23. Murphy Bed
Named after William L. Murphy, another successful attempt at space saving bed styles is the Murphy bed. Thanks to its foldable nature, you can easily conceal this bed in the morning by folding it into your walls, cabinets and the likes. In this way, you can take advantage of the extra space that it creates when it is not in use.
At night, all that you have to do is to pull down the bed, and you can enjoy its massive space and comfort.
To know more about murphy beds, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8trJEydqNM
24. Bunk Bed
Also called as mid sleeper, this bed style is designed to save horizontal space and at the same time, accommodate many people inside a small area. This is made up of two layers of bed frames placed atop of each other. The top frame is supported by a ladder which also provides the user with the access he needs.
Many parents opt for this bed style for their kid’s rooms. If you plan to invest in a bed that you can use for a long time, you can go for ones that have the option to be separated into two single beds—a feature that would come handy for you in the future when the kids have all grown up.
25. L-Shaped Bunk Bed
An updated version of the bunk bed is the L-shaped bunk bed. Just like the bunk bed, it has two beds. But instead of two beds on top of each other, the two beds are both on top and arranged in an L-shape manner.
At the bottom part of the bunk, there can be two more beds, but most users opt for a futon that can turn into a single massive bed.
Again, this is one great choice for a room with plenty of kids.
26. Twin Over Full Bunk
The bunk bed is one of the most common space-saving bed designs in the market and because of its effectiveness, bed manufacturers have created updated versions of the classic bunk bed design and the Twin Over Full Bunk Bed is one of them.
Just like the bunk, it accommodates two to three sleepers at the bottom part and a single sleeper on the top. This is recommended for units with one bedroom (the couple can sleep at the bottom portion while they kid sleeps at the top part).
27. Futon Bunk
This type of bunk has a twin bed on top and a futon at the bottom. The good thing about having a futon at the bottom is that you can use it for sitting in the day and a bed at night.
This bunk is ideal for rooms with limited space but is in need of both sitting and sleeping areas.
28. Trundle Bed
This type takes the bunk bed into a whole new level. Just like a bunk bed, this bed style has two beds placed on top of each other. But the biggest surprise is, the lower bunk bed has another bed stowed underneath it. So it is like having three beds but consuming only the space of one.
After all, you can just push the stowaway bed under the lower bunk bed when you no longer need it.
29. Bunk with Trundle
This is the crème de la crème of all the bunk types that you can ever see in this list. Why is this so? Well, this is because it can not only help you save horizontal space—it can also provide you with extra storage solutions as well.
This bed features the classic bunk design (two beds on top of each other). Its only difference is it has another pullout bed at the bottom of the lower bunk bed.
30. Cabin Bed
This belongs to the same family as the bunk bed. In fact, they are designed almost the same way with a top bed and all. But instead of having another bed in the lower portion, the cabin bed has storage cabinets or drawers.
Since the design of this bed helps to save on horizontal space, this option is perfect for a small kid’s room.
31. Loft Bed
Another addition in the horizontal space-saving beds is the loft bed. This looks like a bunk bed but with only one bed frame that is supported by either wooden or iron rods. The top bed frame is placed higher than a bunk bed. In fact, it is positioned almost half of the horizontal space of the room, making it look like a second floor.
This design allows the user to free the space underneath the bed so he can use it to his liking. The most common options would be to place either a study table, futon or sofa or a wardrobe.
Just like the bunk beds, the user is provided access to the top bed through a stair or ladder.
32. Air Bed
Do you love to camp or sleep in the living room? If yes, then you may want to invest in an air bed. These beds are inflatable and covered with fabric-reinforced urethane plastic. These do not have frames so they are highly portable and can be placed anywhere inside your home or you can bring it when you camp out.
33. Water Bed
This type of bed has no frames and features a sleeping pad that is filled with water. The waterbed has healing elements that can treat various issues like sleep disorders, back problems, and even, asthma.
Thanks to the water inside the bed, it can deliver enough support to the critical points in the different muscles in our body.
This type of bed was initially developed for medical therapies, but now it has garnered popularity in the domestic section.
34. Feather Bed
Do you like your bed to be incredibly soft and comfortable? That is what the feather bed is for. This is a type of topper that is placed over the mattress to make it a lot softer and comfier. Some users claim that the use of this bed topper makes them feel as if they are sleeping on a cloud.
One problem with using a feather bed is that it needs to be fluffed often. This is because feathers tend to stockpile on specific areas, primarily when used excessively.
This is a bed style that is not commonly found in most homes, but you may usually see it on camping sites. It is also one of the unique bed designs that you will ever see.
Just like the ones in the camping site, the hammock bed design is made of a stretchy material that expands when the user lies on it. But instead of hanging on a tree (just like in campsites), the hammocks that you can find on most homes are attached to a makeshift frame.
36. Hanging Bed
Do you know what a hammock is? Well, a hanging bed is similar to it except for the fact that instead of just a thick fabric, you have a full-sized, highly supportive and comfortable bed hanging on the room.
This is an actual bed that is attached to the ceiling through a rope then connected to the floor with a ladder.
The best thing about this bed is that you can customize its height. If you build it high enough, you can place a desk or bookshelf underneath it. But if you don’t want it to be too high, you can hang it lower to the ground.
One unique thing about this bed is that it adds a tropical resort-like vibe to the room.
37. Sleeping Bag
Let us not forget about the most basic bed design of all—the sleeping bag. Just like the hammock, you can also usually find it in camping sites. Thanks to its portability, it is generally used by travelers when they are camping and hiking.
The sleeping bag in campsites is different from that in houses. At houses, the sleeping bags look similar to that of a zipped blanket that has built-in cushioning in the head and neck area. If the support in the neck area is not enough for you, you can use neck pillow for bed.
These sleeping bags, nowadays, come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. The vast array of playful options make it suitable for toddlers.
38. Cot Bed/ Crib
This is another bed that is specially designed for babies and toddlers. This bed style is different from all the other styles in the sense that it has a high boundary at its edges. The height of these edges is designed to deliver protection to kids so they won’t fall out of the bed.
These beds are usually made with wood, but you can now find that some of them are manufactured from metals. To make the cot more comfortable and entertaining to its user, most parents decorate it with dangling rattles and toys.
39. Folding Bed
Folding beds can also be referred to as cot, but the cot that we previously mentioned is a lot different from a folding bed. This bed style features a thin mattress (either single or double size) attached to a thin, foldable metal frame.
This space-saving, portable bed comes handy when you have guests over for dinner and can only be folded and stored in a small part of your home when not in use. Same with the sleeping bag, a folding bed can also be used in campsites.
Wow, almost 40 bed styles made it into this list (and I firmly believe that there are more to it than we know)! When you are faced with so many styles, designs, and shapes, it can be challenging to choose which bed to choose for your home.
To help you with choosing the right bed type, we would like to remind you of the few factors that you should take into consideration. Such factors include the space in your home, the interior design of your home, the level of support and comfort that you are looking for, who will be using the bed, and of course, the budget that you have.
We do hope that this simple reminder and the comprehensive information about bed styles that we have provided you will help you find the best bed style or design for your needs. We wish you the best of luck with your search!