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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.

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