An American spends an astounding 36 years of their life in bed, and why shouldn't they? Lying on the bed allows a person’s body to rest and repair its internal system from the stress and strains of daily life. It is an important and perhaps the most luxurious piece of furniture in our homes. Most contemporary beds are wooden or metal frames with a soft, cushioned mattress. The mattress generally rests either on a flat base or a spring base.
Choosing a new bed is a tricky affair simply because of the wide range of designs and sizes to choose from. This guide will familiarize you with the various types of beds.
Types of Bed Designs
Bed designs come in a wide range of varieties. From the simple yet royal divan to the strange hanging bed, below is an extensive list of types of bed designs that will help you find your perfect match!
A futon is an innovative and reliable option for smaller spaces or apartments. Futon serves both as a bed and a couch, depending on your requirements. The foldability of the futon makes it easier to store it when not in use and move it around as and when required.
2. Murphy Bed
The quintessence of the murphy bed is that it can be folded into your wall. Thus, it is also known as a wall bed or a pull-down bed. Murphy beds rest on a hinge at one end that enables you to push them up against the wall. These beds are super space savers and ideal for studios and tiny apartments.
A daybed features intrinsic versatility due to its clever design. You can call it a bed cum sofa cum bench. It is similar to a futon, but it offers extra variety and shapes. Day beds fit perfectly inside small rooms or even patios.
Though not many individuals' first preference, a cot comes in handy in unforeseen circumstances, such as when you have unexpected visitors who are willing to stay overnight. They are light, can be folded, and stored easily when not in use.
5. Upholstered Bed
Upholstered beds are popular with customers looking for a bed that would let them sit comfortably for work or reading purposes. The all-important headboard contains a layer of soft padding covered with upholstery of velvet, suede, or faux leather.
Waterbeds, as the name suggests, contain water inside them. They are particularly beneficial for people suffering from sore muscles or undergoing physical therapy. They might not be as popular as other kinds of mattresses (like memory foam or springboard).
7. Round Bed
Round beds are designed round like a circle. The size of a round bed compares to king-size mattresses' length. This bed category is exceptionally apt for reclining and matches nicely with TV rooms or mini theaters.
A divan bed is the best choice for people looking for a bed and a mattress together. Divan beds feature built-in storage, usually in the form of drawers, which provide extra space for storage. Divan beds also have a soft headboard that makes sitting convenient.
9. Four Poster Bed
Four Poster beds come with four different vertical bars or posts, each post in a discrete corner. They come in various forms and sizes, and each gives a feeling of strength and sturdiness. This style of bed goes well with pretty large bedrooms.
Airbeds are not to be confused with air mattresses. Airbeds have been made a permanent feature in bedrooms and are not meant for outdoor applications. You are free to use them as pull-out couches or regular beds.
11. Hanging Bed
A hanging bed is a conspicuously strange bed style. Just as the name suggests, a hanging bed hangs from the ceiling and lets you float in the air while you lie on it. This bed type is preferable for those who like to be rocked while sleeping.
12. Convertible Bed
If you love convertible stuff in life, why not bring home a convertible bed as well. Use it as you wish! A sofa, a bed, or vice versa. They come in very handy in guest rooms where you might not have separate furniture for sitting, couching, and sleeping.
13. Panel Bed
Panel beds are generally provided with wooden railings along the head and foot. The base of the panel bed features wooden slabs that help maintain airflow across the mattress and thereby increase its longevity. Panel beds are available in various designs and colors.
14. Ottoman Bed
The Ottoman-style bed originated in present-day Turkey (the center of the erstwhile Ottoman empire). A hydraulic lever to uplift the base is the characteristic feature of ottoman beds. This kind of bed is perfect for you if you are looking for compactness and comfort at the same time.
15. Bookcase Bed
You will instantly fall in love with a bookcase bed if you are a book lover and like to read yourself to sleep every night. The headboard in such beds comes with a dedicated compartment for holding books so that reaching books can become as fun as reading them.
16. Sonic Bed
Attention all the music lovers! This bed is precisely made with music in mind. The sonic bed looks like a giant wooden cube, three feet from the base to the top. A mattress can be laid on top of the frame with built-in speakers around the wooden walls that surround you.
17. Indoor Hammock Bed
Although associated with outdoor campaigns and gardens, indoor hammock beds have become a popular choice. Made with canvas, an indoor hammock bed can be suspended from the ceiling with the help of a rope.
18. Magnetic Floating Bed
The magnetic floating bed is "out-of-the-box"— personified. This bed style uses magnetic properties to levitate or float above the ground. The bed employs opposing magnets that can support a significant weight while floating(nearly 900kgs). However, it is quite an expensive purchase.
19. Rocking Bed
The rocking bed has an oval outer frame with a base in the middle. The rocking bed is installed with a motor that automates the rocking process while you can drool yourself to sleep.
20. Half Tester Bed
Half-Tester beds may not be a common sight today, but back in the days around the 18th century, they were pretty widespread. They are particularly low feet. Therefore, they are more likely to be found in traditional homes.
21. Wave Bed
The wave bed is true to its name, at least in structure. The wave bed is perfect if you are looking for something sleek and smart. The sides of the frame resemble waves. The frame can be found in various materials, such as leather or wood.
22. Open frame Bed
An open frame bed resonates well with minimalists. Generally, the frame consists of metal. The base is usually provided with wooden ply to support the mattresses. Most styles of metal bed frames look elegant and fit well with modern settings.
23. Low Poster Bed
As you can imagine by its name, a low poster bed is like a poster bed but with lower posters. The lower post makes the overall appearance less imposing, making lower poster beds more prevalent than the traditional styles of poster beds.
24. Traditional Canopy Bed
Originally, canopy beds were designed to offer privacy and conserve warmth inside the bed. Nowadays, they remain in vogue due to their sumptuous outlook that raises eyebrows in the first instance. The canopy bed has four vertical posters and fabrics draped around the posters on all sides. Rooms with tall ceilings accommodate traditional canopy beds the best! They can also be considered successors of four-poster beds.
25. Contemporary Canopy Bed
The modern design of the bed makes it suitable for various kinds of rooms. A contemporary canopy bed is the upgraded version of the traditional canopy bed, an older style of bed. The frame, in this case, is relatively thin and can be made of a variety of materials to offer you different options to choose from.
26. Enignum Bed
The enignum bed is a unique canopy bed invented by Joseph Walsh, an Irish designer. The bed was designed to both comfort and protect the sleeper at the same time. The bed has an aesthetic feel, with a thin piece of an overhead arch on either side of the headboard with hanging silk curtains to enchant you further.
27. Pencil Poster Bed
As a regular poster bed, pencil poster beds also feature posts on all sides, except that the posts resemble pencils with the sharp side up. Contemporary buyers may not rank it among the favorites. Nevertheless, it was prevalent back in the day.
28. Half Poster Bed
The half poster bed is a variation of the poster bed family. The unique feature of this type of bed rests in the posts. The posts at the feet are unusually short, whereas those on the opposite side are as long as the regular-sized poster beds.
29. Lighted Bed
You can purchase a lighted bed if you are looking for a bed that has a headboard with built-in lights. The lights can help you read while in bed or set the mood with dim lighting.
Different Bed Styles
Now, let us skim through the different bed styles to choose from.
30. Modern Bed
Modern beds ooze simplicity, sophistication, and practicality - all at once. Though they are not too flashy, they are suitable for most rooms. The elegant and smooth design makes it popular with many buyers.
31. Mid Century Bed
Mid-century beds come from a family of furniture belonging to the mid-20th century. The design of the beds is a direct reaction to the changed environment post World War II. Wood is the usual material used over here. The design generates a vintage appeal due to the associated history.
32. French Bed
French beds are the epitome of beauty and luxury. The highly conspicuous and beautified upholstery on the head and footboard are the central feature of french beds. French beds go a long way in adding extravagance and charm to any type of room.
33. Rustic Bed
Rustic beds are a popular choice for older-style homes and cabins. A rustic bed tries to recreate the country look. The raw and aged look that comes with it is something that many seek.
34. Scandinavian Bed
Scandinavian beds infuse Nordic elements of simplicity and cleanliness into themselves. They fuse well with modern homes. The boards of these style beds are impeccably clean and are made with solid wood.
35. Industrial Bed
Being factory-inspired, an industrial bed has a rough and tough feel. Generally made of wrought iron, it is composed of iron and wood, and it has a rustic feel to it. You can purchase it as a statement piece that goes well with present-day homes.
36. Woven Bed
'Woven bed' is a reasonably sophisticated term for the popular wicker. It is one of the oldest bed styles. However, lately, it has gathered a lot of popularity with modern homes, especially villas, as they add to the aesthetics of the place and are eco-friendly.
37. Mission Style Bed
Vertical and horizontal wooden lines can identify a mission bed on the head and footboard. They go well with most types of bedrooms and thus, have found popularity among the masses. The use of natural timber renders it a bold and natural look.
38. Cottage Bed
Cottage beds are peculiarly small and distinguished by an overtly decorated headboard. What makes them so attractive is their simple yet sophisticated design. They are a perfect find for country homes or farmhouses.
39. Traditional Bed
Any unique characteristics or designs can't describe a traditional style bed. The conventional style of beds encompasses a variety of designs such as canopy beds, poster beds, and more. Dark wood is the most frequently used material to render the furniture a timeless aura.
40. Country Bed
A country-style bed comprises pure timber. It can be distinguished by the flat panel boards at the head and foot. Such beds are simple in design and are modified according to personal preferences. You can also add posts to country beds to hang drapes if you need privacy.
41. Retro Bed
Retro beds belong to the family of retro furniture from the 1950s to-1980s. They can be designed as both old-fashioned and modern to meet the varying demands of contemporary homes.
42. Distressed Bed
Distressed beds are so-called because they are treated to look worn-out and old. People love such furniture for its perfect imperfections, while others may find it weird. If you are good at art and craft, you may consider giving your regular bed a classical distressed look with the help of sandpaper or a paint remover.
Types of Beds for Kids
Kids love fun! And beds are their favorite place to play and perform all kinds of activities. Beds for kids come in several designs. Let's see some of the popular types of beds for children.
43. Bunk Bed
A bunk bed is one of the most popular among different types of kids' beds, especially those sharing rooms. A bunk bed features one bed on top of another that can be accessed through a ladder.
44. Loft Bed
A loft bed can be imagined as similar to the bunk bed, as it also has a ladder to reach the top mattress. However, unlike a bunk bed, a loft bed doesn't have a bed space underneath. Instead, the lower room is secured for placing a desk or just as a play area for kids.
45. Trundle Bed
Contrary to bunk beds, trundle beds have an in-built bed that comes out from underneath. You can imagine them as a mattress resting on rollers. They can be used as an alternative to bunk beds, especially if kids aren't comfortable with height or using a ladder.
46. Triple Bunk Bed
As the name indicates, triple bunk beds contain three beds. They are placed as stacks, one on top of another. They can be made of both wood and metal. Triple bunk beds are available in full, twin, and queen bed sizes for kids of all ages.
47. Built-in Bunk Bed
When bunk beds are attached to the room's walls, they are called built-in bunk beds. They are highly desirable if you want to save space and create space for kids to play and do other activities in the room.
48. Single Bed
Twin is a smart choice for small kids or even toddlers. While it is not specially made for kids, a single bed is commonly found in their rooms due to its smallness. It measures 36 inches by 75 inches, making it inferior to a twin's size.
49. Futon Bunk Bed
Futon bunk beds simply have a futon placed beneath an overhead bed. They allow you to use limited spaces smartly. Their versatility makes them just as popular as any variety of bunk bed.
50. Bed with Slide
If your kids love sliding, buy them this sliding bed, and they will love it! A bed with a slide is a bunk bed with a built-in slide on one side.
51. Treehouse Bed
A treehouse bed is a perfect gift for little philosophers or scientists who love contemplation. It can also be used as a bunk bed if you have more than one kid. A treehouse bed rises above the floor and looks exactly like a natural treehouse.
52. Car Bed
The car bed is a perfect bed style for car-loving kids. Just as with the seats of standard cars, the bed is close to the ground so the kids are safe inside it. You have a variety of designs to choose from, such as formula one cars to Jeeps.
53. Cabin Bed
Like treehouse beds, cabin beds resemble an actual cabin. They are made out of timber and are raised a little. They even feature a roof and windows so that kids can enjoy the coziness and pretend as if they were in a forest.
54. L-shaped Bed
Going by its nomenclature, L-shaped beds are L-shaped. They are an amalgamation of two beds fitted into a corner. It is a fantastic option for a kid's bedroom simply because it saves room and lets siblings sleep right next to each other.
55. Novelty Bed
A novelty bed is not like an ordinary bed for children. Novelty beds can be molded to resemble other shapes, such as space ships or airplanes. They are beds shaped like a regular boat or even a pirate ship. Kids will love going to bed if their bed looks so unique and extraordinary.
Types of Bed Frames
Bed frames provide skeletal support to the mattress and add beauty to your room. There are different types of beds and frames available in the market to confuse you. Below are the different kinds of bed frame styles you would need to know about.
56. Standard Bed Frame
A standard bed frame is placed at a comfortable height (25 inches) from the ground. Usually, it features both a headboard and footboard. This bed-type frame requires box spring mattresses.
57. Platform Bed Frame
The platform bed consists of a solid base, usually in the form of wooden bars, to support the mattress; this saves you the cost of buying a mattress foundation to provide support to your mattress. Being low in height, you may have to consider adding a layer of foundation to increase the height a little.
58. Adjustable Bed Frame
Adjustable bed frames allow you to alter the frame's position according to your needs with the help of an attached remote control. It can help relieve discomfort while sleeping or let you enjoy reclining while watching TV or using your laptop. Some adjustable beds can bend at both ends.
59. Metal Bed Frame
As the name explicitly suggests, the metal bed frame is made of metal. Being made of metal, they are lighter, stronger, and more durable than their wooden counterparts. However, you may miss the coziness and familiarity of a regular wooden frame when you start using a metal bed frame.
60. Wood Bed Frame
If you are looking for a robust and traditional frame, then a wood frame is for you. It is customizable. Made from original timber, the bed frame can turn out to be heavier than you think. Generally, you would not require a box spring to support your mattress (nevertheless, always read the product description before purchasing).
61. Upholstered Bed Frame
An upholstered bed frame is a type of frame that is wrapped in some kind of fabric. The fabric incorporated in the upholstery can include faux leather, velvet, suede, etc. Such bed frames are available in different designs.
62. Sleigh Bed Frame
Sleigh bed frames are characterized by curved endings on the headboards and the footboards. The entire frame is made of wood. The structure gives a classy vibe and hail from the traditional frame designs of the 1900s.
63. Brass Bed Frame
A brass bed frame is made from an alloy called brass(a combination of copper and zinc). The proportion of individual metals can be altered to get the desired shade ranging from golden to silvery yellow.
64. Wrought Bed Frame
Wrought bed frames are made from metal, especially iron. The structure appears sleek and simple. It takes up little space and is very popular among newer generations. Also, it's lightweight, so they are easier to move around or even relocate without damage.
65. Spindle Bed Frame
If you just recalled your cell-division lesson in biology as soon as you read the word spindle, it might help you understand the design of Spindle bed frames. The vertical strands or spindle placed in the bed frame makes it special.
66. Wingback Bed Frame
Wingback bed frames are famous for their unique headboards. Instead of a regular flat headboard, here you'll find headboards featuring curved lines and projecting sides. They can be made up of various materials, including leather and velvet.
67. Slat Bed Frame
The slat bed frame is among the simplest types of bed frames you'll find. It consists of wooden planks held together by a rubber holder and a base to lay your mattress.
68. Standard Bed Frame
A standard bed frame is a simple structure. Generally, it features both a headboard and footboard. It is relatively close to the ground. Box springs are a must for this type of bed frame.
69. Ornate Bed Frame
Ornate bed frames are studded with intricate patterns in the headboard and the footboard. They are carved out of various materials, such as iron, steel, etc. They are highly complex and add a new dimension to the decor of your room.
Types of Bed Sizes
There are different types of beds available in the market. However, each of them has different dimensions, and you should be aware of your needs before finalizing anyone.
The twin-size bed measures 72 inches by 42 inches. This type of bed is a little broader relative to Single-size beds. It is Ideal for use by single adults or tight on space. The room should measure at least 10.5 feet by 8.5 feet for a twin-size bed. A twin-size mattress allows you to stretch a little more freely while sleeping.
71. Twin XL
The twin XL bed size is slightly longer than its regular counterpart. The twin XL bed is the most likely to be used in dorm rooms. Its length is five inches more than a twin, at 38 inches by 80 inches.
For upcoming teenagers and occasional guests, a full bed works ideally. The dimension is 54 inches by 74 inches; it is an advanced version of the twin XL.
The queen bed is undoubtedly the most liked type of bed size among couples. The queen-size bed measures 72 by 60 inches. The room size should be 10 by 10 feet for the bed to fit well. Queen beds can also fit well into a master bedroom. However, things might get congested if both the sleepers tend to move around the bed while sleeping.
A King-size bed is the first choice for a master bedroom at least 11 by 11 feet. The extra sleeping space causes minimal disturbances even when your partner frequently changes sleeping postures.
75. California King
California king beds measure 72 inches by 84 inches; this takes longer than a king-size bed by 4 inches. It is the most extended bed size available and allows a room of 36 inches for each occupant.
How to Choose the Right Bed
Do not just purchase a bed because of its looks or the price tag. You must ensure the quality before buying a new bed. So, search for a bed that is worth the price and would be durable. You can look upon the web for bed brands and choose the one which ticks all the boxes.
After choosing a bed, pair it with a compatible type of mattress. Ensure that it's comfortable for you. After all, nobody would want to invest in a bedding that fails to turn out as comfortable as expected. So, choose and shop smartly. You can even ask for a trial at the store to check if it works for you.
Well, that's it! These are types of beds, styles, and frames. Did you ever realize that there were so many different kinds of beds available? Having those many options may be perplexing, especially if you are unsure how to set up the room. Still, on the contrary, if you are almost over with decoration and need a bed to be the icing on the cake, probably you'll successfully find the perfect match, a bed where your soul wants to keep coming back!