Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Finding the perfect bed

The foundation and pièce de résistance of any good bedroom is the bed. You will, or should, be spending eight hours in your bed every day, so don’t dismiss it as just another piece of furniture you need to buy. 

The bed is the focal point of your bedroom, so keep in mind that its style can make or break your bedroom’s overall design.

If you put in the time and effort to consider the different options in finding the perfect bed for you, it will surely be worth it. 

The bed is the focal point of your bedroom, so keep in mind that its style can make or break your bedroom’s overall design. Think of it as an investment, a piece that should stand the test of time. 

Consider your own style preferences, and pick out a design that you think you’d be comfortable with for a long period of time. 

As a general guide, here’s a list of basic bed designs you can choose from on your bed-shopping trip. 

Platform bed

Great for a clean, modern look in your bedroom, the platform bed is minimalist and unobtrusive with its low height, lack of footboard and simple headboard. 

Low-post bed

The low-post bed is a bed with four posts on each corner, but each post usually does not exceed the headboard or footboard. This is a more decorative alternative to the platform bed, since it is decorative but not too intimidating. 

Another thing to consider when you’re shopping for your bed is its proportion to the size of your bedroom. Make sure it isn’t too big that it’ll overwhelm the limited space.

Sleigh bed

Evoking the shape of a sleigh, the sleigh bed has a curved headboard and footboard. This style can also become a great focal point in your bedroom. 

Four-poster bed

The four-poster bed adds a sense of formal elegance to any bedroom with the vertical lines the posts create. These posts may be simple and modern, or traditional with intricate turnings. 

Canopy bed

Similar to a four-poster bed but with crossbeams connecting the four posts, the canopy bed is another style that can bring a sense of formality to a bedroom. Fabric may also be draped on the beams for a delicately romantic effect. 

Upholstered bed

Offering the most comfort out of all the bed styles is the upholstered bed. With its headboard upholstered, you won’t need to stack pillows behind you to read a book before going to bed. The upholstery fabric will also add character to the room. 

Daybed

Perfect for dens and guest rooms, the daybed has frames enclosing three sides, and it can look like a sofa when dressed properly with throw pillows. However, it still functions as a bed with a twin-size mattress. 

Another thing to consider when you’re shopping for your bed is its proportion to the size of your bedroom. Make sure it isn’t too big that it’ll overwhelm the limited space. If you live in a condo unit, think ahead and know whether the bed can fit the service elevator and doorways as well. - Aislinn Kee 


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