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Bed Style Guide

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Your bedroom should be an oasis, a retreat from a chaotic life and busy schedule. To create a relaxing space, start with the focal point: the bed. The style and material of the bed that you choose can define how the rest of the room feels. We take a look at the eight most common bed styles to help make your choice a bit easier.
Maintain the life of your mattress with a box spring. If you have a platform bed, you won't need the support of a box spring; the bed comes with a wooden slate or a deck, so it doesn't require the extra support.

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Four-Poster Beds

 
A four-poster bed features four tall posts rising from each of the bed's corners. The tall posts, which can be topped with decorative finials, make a dramatic bedroom centerpiece. 

Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional design creates a more romantic and luxurious look in your space. 

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Low-Post Beds

 
Low-post beds have four small posts at the corners. Generally the height of these posts don't exceed the height of the headboard, as opposed to a four-poster bed where the posts are much taller. Posts can be topped with a decorative finial.

In comparision to a four-poster bed, a low-post bed is less dramatic, while still lending a hint of elegance and sophistication.

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Sleigh Beds

 
The scrolled headboards and footboards of sleigh beds are reminiscent of the curves of an old-fashioned sleigh. Substantially sized, a sleigh bed will be an eye-catching focal point.

Considered a more traditional style, a classic sleigh bed gives a bedroom an old-fashioned, antique feel. For a fresh take on the traditional style, consider a more modern sleigh bed that is less ornate.  

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Metal Beds

 
Metal beds can be made out of many types of metal, including wrought iron and stainless steel. This kind of bed is available in many styles including rustic, country, and industrial.

Consider investing in a metal bed for a boho style bedroom. It's the perfect option for mixing and matching with other furniture pieces in different materials, like an upholstered bench or wood end tables. Plus, it won't overshadow the rest of your favorite décor pieces. 

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Platform Beds


A platform bed is generally low to the ground and often does not feature a headboard or footboard. It can have a solid base or four short legs. This type of bed does not require a boxspring and offers a clean look. 

Add modern appeal into your space with this minimal design. The clean-lined style makes it easy to decorate with your existing décor.

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Upholstered Beds

 
Beds can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics, including velvet, leather, linen, and microfiber. Upholstered beds have a softer look than wood or metal beds, and therefore can have a romantic or feminine feel. The exception is a leather upholstered bed, which looks more masculine.

Upholstered beds are a popular choice because they come in an abundant amount of colors, patterns, and textures.

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Canopy Beds

 
A canopy bed is a four-poster bed with crossbeams that connect the posts. It can support a canopy of fabric above the bed, giving any room a romantic vibe. If desired, you can add drapes that pull closed.

For a grand, yet soft look, opt for a canopy bed. This style is ideal for larger spaces, and it's luxurious style will make a big statement. 

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Daybeds

 
A daybed is generally enclosed on three sides by a frame. Often used in family rooms, dens, kids' rooms, and guest rooms, this versatile bed has two uses: during the day it can be used as a sofa and at night it becomes a bed. Some daybeds come with a trundle bed that fits underneath and offers additional sleeping space.

This comfy, multifunctional design is commonly used for small space living. For more ideas, read our 6 Tips for Decorating with Daybeds.

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