The revolutionary idea of the bed has evolved over the centuries starting in the Neolithic period when the mattress and bed were invented. According to Canada’s Mattress Mart, the Neolithic period introduced the idea of when beds were raised off the ground to avoid dirt and pests. By 3600 B.C., beds in Persia were made from goatskins filled with water to create a more luxurious way of sleeping.
Fortunately, our mattress style has evolved and so have our bed frames. Today’s beds embrace both form and function to enhance the signature style of your bedroom. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which to choose? Here are five to consider.
Go for sophisticated, modern style with a platform bed in your master bedroom. It’s also an ideal choice for homeowners looking to skip the box springs and instead opt for just a mattress to save on space and money. The sleek look of a platform bed is raised and usually situated on a horizontal, solid frame with wooden slats. Platform beds are sophisticated and bring a modern touch to your room, but can also come outfitted with drawers and cubbies to add storage to a small room.
It can be challenging to turn a den into a guest room or fit a standard bed into a small bedroom, but a daybed offers versatility and comfort. During the day, a daybed serves as a spot to lounge and relax, and by night it offers the comfort of a real mattress and bed. Daybeds typically have a metal or wooden frame on three sides and often include a trundle underneath. Now when extra guests come to stay, you have both the daybed and trundle to accommodate both in the compact package of a daybed.
Homes with high ceilings that want to create an elegant bedroom should consider a four-poster bed. For an even more luxurious look, add tester rails in between the top of the posts and hang curtains on them to create a dreamy canopy bed. If you have lower ceilings but love the idea of a four-poster bed, you can opt for a frame that has shorter posters.
Like the name implies, sleigh beds resemble old-fashioned sleighs reminiscent of horses pulling along a couple on a cold winter day. Modern sleigh beds can be wooden, carved or even upholstered, and include some decorative flair with a footboard. Sleigh beds can stand alone without lots of flourishes and bedding, or can include bed skirts and deep duvets for an inviting look in your guest room or master.
Go ultra romantic with a French-style bed that everyone loves to sleep in. French-style beds often mimic the look of a platform bed that’s low to the ground with no box springs, and includes carved legs and upholstered headboards. Look for bolted, faux leather fabric and a curved back in slate gray or pastel blue. Add soft bedding and a throw blanket along with small, decorative pillows for a luxurious look for your master bedroom.
Remember, your bed frame can make a bold statement about your home and help give your signature style a boost. Whether you’re looking for the sleek sophistication of a platform bed or the romance of a French upholstered frame, you can create the look you want and revolutionize the concept of bedtime.