There’s no denying the bed makes the bedroom. Not only is it the biggest thing in the room, but it’s the most purposeful, too – it’s where you sleep!
It’s easy to overthink things when buying a bed, but choosing the perfect style is easy once you know what styles you like. This article explores some of the main bed styles, helping you choose a bed that matches your tastes.
Let’s jump in!
Know your bed styles
Bed styles can be split into six categories – nordic/minimal, traditional, two-tone, sleigh, chic and ornamental beds.
Nordic/minimal beds have simple, clean lines and minimal ornamentation and sit low to the floor, creating a lounging feel.
We love minimal beds in small bedrooms and simple spaces. If you appreciate clean geometry and lines, a minimal bed is for you.
Traditional beds have a high headboard and footboard, a chunkier frame and a height-to-mattress of around 30cm.
Traditional beds are the most popular because they are easy on the eye and blend in with any bedroom. If you’re unsure what bed style you like, you can’t go wrong with a good old’ traditional frame.
Two-tone beds incorporate two colours to create a contemporary twist, bringing the bed frame to life. The contrasting colour accentuates clean lines and interesting design details, ensuring that your bed stands out.
We like two-tone bed frames in modern bedrooms, especially those that go down the urban industrial interior design theme.
Sleigh bed frames have a curved/scrolled footboard and headboard and can sit low to the floor or high off the ground.
Sleigh beds are super-versatile because you can get them with a wooden or upholstered frame. You can also get them as an ottoman bed with a lift-up base for storage – check out the Milan Bed Company Layla.
Chic style beds
Chic beds have an upholstered base with a fancy headboard such as a tufted, quilted or padded headboard with buttons.
Chic beds have a special place in our hearts because they feel homely. The soft, luxurious upholstery makes you super comfy when you get into bed. You can also get chic beds in faux leather if you prefer a leathery feel.
Ornamental bed frames can be wooden or metal, but metal beds are the most popular, with an ornate headboard and footboard.
Ornamental beds are timeless and add a sense of luxury to any bedroom. Black and brass are our favourite colours, but you can get metal beds in virtually any colour with a powder-coated finish.
What colour do you want for your bed frame?
Once you’ve decided on what bed frame styles you like, it’s time to consider what colour your bed frame should be.
Should you match your bed frame to your bedroom furniture? This will create design cohesion and balance your space. However, one colour for all your furniture can make your bedroom one-dimensional and boring.
Some people prefer a contrasting bed frame, such as a natural pine bed alongside white furniture or a grey bed alongside wooden furniture.
Does your bed need to have in-built storage?
Lastly, think about storage. You can get divan beds (built-in drawers) and ottoman beds (lift-up storage) if you need a clever storage solution. Otherwise, get a high bed and shove some boxes underneath to store shoes and clothes.
Ottoman beds are the best storage beds you can buy, but divans and slidestores are also decent options if you need a few cubby spaces.