are likely to spend one third of your life sleeping, so I am glad you are giving so much thought to buying new beds. The right one can mean eight hours of bliss and waking up to a fresh new day, while the wrong bed can mean a disturbed night, followed by a grumpy day. Before you go shopping measure the space available for the bed. It shouldn’t overcrowd the bedroom – try to leave enough space so that you can move around to make the bed and to clean the floor. If you’re looking at changing only the bed, make sure it fits into the existing bedroom decor style, colour and tone. Here are a few things to consider:
Beds can be classified into five broad categories, namely:
The rectangular platform bed, where the mattress fits into the frame itself. This is simple and functional, ideal for smaller spaces.
Panel beds, which are a variation on the rectangular platform bed, featuring a tall headboard as well as side rails.
The canopy bed is more elaborate, with a decorative head and footboard and four tall bedposts with connecting crossbeams.
The four-poster bed is a canopy bed minus the crossbeams.
The sleigh bed features tall curved headboards with a lower footboard and looks like a sleigh. Beds can be made of everything from wood and MDF to metal, including forged/wrought iron and brass. Or they can have a mix of materials, like a wooden bed with metal legs. Decorative headboards can be made of wood, scrolled metal and even upholstery. Choose the material that fits into your lifestyle and budget.
For your master bedroom, consider a king or queen size bed if space permits. I’d suggest a simple modern bed for the master bedroom, if space is limited. You could also look for a bed that has sliding drawers underneath, to add to your storage space. If you have more space and money to spare, get yourself a bed with a dramatic headboard.
For your eight-year-old son’s room, look for something fun. You could either get him a single bed inspired by his favourite cartoon or film or a bunk bed-desk combo.
If your teenage daughter loves frills and glitter, splash out on a four-poster bed, then drape it with lace curtains in her favourite colour. If she is into a goth phase, get her a dramatic black and white panel bed. For your children’s rooms, get beds with storage space.
This is key to your night’s rest, so it’s best to stay with proven brands such as King Coil. There are several materials available, from inner spring and gel to foam and orthopaedic. Choose a thick strong mattress for your bed and something springier for your kids.