So, you’re having trouble sleeping.
You toss and turn all night and can never seem to get the rest you need to feel your best the following day.
While this is an incredibly frustrating experience, it’s a common one to have.
In fact, 1 in 3 American adults don’t get the sleep they need to function at an optimal level.
Poor sleep can be the result of a multitude of issues, from chronic pain to insomnia to bad sleep habits.
But sometimes, the answer is simple: you need a new bed.
Believe it or not, your bed greatly impacts your quality of sleep, which is why it’s important to upgrade every now and then.
If you feel a bit lost in the sea of different types of beds, you’re in the right place!
Read on to learn everything you need to know when shopping for a new bed.
The first step in choosing a bed is to pick the size that suits your needs and your room best.
While going with a custom size bed is an option, there are six options that will be available at any mattress store.
Listed below are these general options, along with their measurements (written as width by length in inches):
Twin/Single: 38″ x 75″
Twin XL: 38″ x 80″
Full/Double: 54″ x 75″
Queen: 60″ x 80″
King: 76″ x 80″
California King: 72″ x 84″
The type of bed frame you purchase is important to note, as it will determine whether or not you need a box spring to go along with your mattress.
There are three types of bed frames:
Standard bed frames are typically low to the ground with minimal support beams.
They come with a head and footboard and require a box spring.
Minimal, or simple, bed frames are the most basic.
These frames are simply four legs that hold up a panel of support beams, head and footboards are not included.
Simple bed frames offer the most creative freedom, as you can mix and match your frame with any headboard you like.
Depending on the model you purchase, you may need a box spring.
The product information should tell you if you can get by without one or not.
Platform beds do not require a box spring, the mattress sits directly on top of the bed frame.
What sets platform beds apart from the other types is that the support beams are much closer together and level with the top of the frame.
They don’t usually have a footboard, but you can often find platform beds with stylish headboards (or choose your own!).
At this point, you have the size you’re looking for in mind, and you know what frame types to look out for, it’s now time to choose your design.
There are countless designs available on the market, from the no-nonsense and sleek to downright wacky.
We’re going to outline six of the most common.
There’s something about four-poster beds that make them feel regal and elegant.
With their decorative posts rising up from the corners of the bed frame, four-posters come in all shapes and sizes.
You can find simple four-posters whose posts only come an inch or two above the frame or intricate and ornate beds with posts that touch the ceiling.
It all comes down to personal taste.
Like four-poster beds, canopy beds have posts rising from the frame.
The difference is, the posts are connected by beams above the bed on all four sides.
To create a romantic feel in the master bedroom, add curtains to the beams!
Or, make your child’s princess dreams come true with a delicate, sheer canopy cloth.
Perhaps the most basic of bed designs, panel beds come with a panel head and footboard.
The panels themselves, of course, come in a variety of shapes and styles, but if you want to take it up a notch, consider a sleigh bed.
These resemble panel beds, but the head and footboard are curved, giving a sleigh-like appearance.
Beds With Bookcase/Storage Included
Beds with a bookcase or storage area included are ideal for those in smaller spaces.
They can eliminate the need for additional furniture items, such as dressers, opening more space in your room.
Not to mention, who wouldn’t love to have their favorite books within arm’s reach of their pillow?
For people with even more limited space, such as those in studio apartments, Murphy beds are a perfect choice.
This is because Murphy beds fold up and into the wall, opening up the area beneath for daytime use.
For maximum utility, look for Murphy beds that come with a desk, bookshelf, or other storage components included in the wall mount.
If you suffer from chronic pain, the benefits of adjustable beds are many.
They are motorized, giving you the ability to raise and lower the height of the head and foot of the bed with the touch of a button.
You can even find adjustable beds for couples that allow you and your partner to sleep in two different positions!
Use This Guide on the Types of Beds When Purchasing Your Next Bedroom Set!
Whether you’re in the market for a new mattress or a new bedroom set entirely, this guide on the types of beds can help you choose the perfect one for you.
The best thing you can do before starting out on your search for a new bed is to measure your space.
A California king bed might sound great, but if your space is simply too small to fit it, or the bed takes up the entire room, you’re going to be unhappy with your purchase.
Knowing your room’s limitations can help to narrow down the list.
Once you have your bed size in mind, you can move on to the fun part: choosing your frame and design!
If you’re looking for a bohemian vibe, consider a bookcase bed and mismatch the remaining pieces of furniture.
Or, for a more polished look, try a panel bed that comes in a set — the matching furniture will instantly make the room look put together.
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