A Complete Bed Buying Guide: Bed Styles, Types of Bed Frames and Choosing Your Size

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When it comes to investing in a new bed, there are a variety of things to consider before making your purchase. From bed styles and types of bed frames to finding the right size, it can be hard to know which one will suit you best when there are so many different options to choose from. To help you make an informed decision and find the perfect addition to your bedroom, here at UBER Interiors, we’ve created a definitive bed buying guide with all you need to know.

Types of Bed Frames 

One of the biggest factors in choosing your new bed is deciding between the range of different types of bed frames – also known as bedsteads –  available. Bedsteads are available in both modern and traditional styles in materials ranging from wood and metal to upholstery. We’ve broken down some of the most common bed styles for you to consider.

  • Four-Poster Beds

One of the most traditional types of beds is the classic four-poster bed. Named after its distinctive design, four-poster beds feature tall, vertical posters at each corner and often a connecting beam at the top. Four-poster beds traditionally hold long curtains that surround the bed, though they are nowadays frequently found without curtains. The grand appearance of four-poster beds has historically been seen as a sign of status and wealth and favoured by royalty through the ages. 

  • Canopy Beds

The close cousin of the four-poster is the equally grand canopy bed, which was historically used by noblemen in medieval England. Canopy beds also feature four large pillars but have fabric draped across the top of the pillars, thus creating a canopy ceiling above the bed.

Note: be sure to measure the height of your room if you do choose to opt for these stunning types of bed frames!

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  • Sleigh Beds

Traditionally found in wooden and sometimes upholstered designs, sleigh bed frames are characterised by their outward-curving head and footboard that mimic that of a sleigh. This classic design is a result of the 19th century French and American Empire influences and looks perfectly at home in both traditional and modern interiors.

  • Platform Beds

A platform bed is a simple bed design, usually lower in profile than standard types of bed frames. They are also characterised by using slats or a solid piece of wood, as opposed to box springs. Popular bed styles include floating platform beds that give the illusion your bed is floating above the floor.

  • Storage Beds

If you’re in need of additional storage space in your bedroom, a storage bed offers an excellent solution. Storage beds come in a few different forms, the most common of which include simple drawers built into the bed frame that are useful for storing away bed linen and other belongings.

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Types of Bed Bases

Alongside the types of bed frames available, when it comes to types of beds, you can also opt for a standard bed base upon which to place your mattress. Rather than a full bedstead, you can simply place your mattress upon a bed base and have the option of combining it with a separate headboard, depending on your chosen aesthetic. Divan bed bases are the most popular style used in the UK and come in three different types.

1. Platform Divan Bed Base

Platform divan bed bases have a solid top panel which is often made from hardboard. Made without padding or springs, this rigidity makes platform divans the firmest and most inflexible of all the divan bases and ideal for those who like a firm sleep surface. 

2. Sprung Edge Divan Bed Base

Considered the most luxurious option when it comes to divan bed bases, a sprung edge divan features an open coil or spring unit which covers its entirety from edge to edge. These springs create a softer, more cushioned feel and provide a supremely comfortable and supported night’s sleep.

3. Firm Edge Divan Bed Base

Very similar to a sprung edge, a firm edge divan bed base has a spring unit. However, rather than covering from edge to edge, the springs are enclosed in a wooden frame around the sides of the bed. This firm edge stops the sides from dipping and prevents the sensation of rolling out of bed.

4. Slatted Bed Base

Alternatively to divan bases, you can also find slatted bed bases. Slatted bed bases are mostly found with bedsteads and are generally made from flexible, laminated wood that is able to support your movement while you sleep. As a general rule, it’s best to ensure the gap between slats is no greater than three inches in order for it to efficiently support your mattress.

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Types Of Headboards

If you opt for a headboard, there are several options you can choose from to suit the theme of your bedroom and the needs of your space.

  • Wooden or Upholstered Headboards

One of the first things to consider is the material of your headboard. Solid wood is one of the more traditional materials used and lends itself well to both classic or contemporary bedroom interiors. Alternatively, you can opt for an upholstered headboard in materials such as leather and suede or plush fabrics such as velvet. The benefit of upholstered headboards is that you can reupholster and refresh your headboard whenever you redecorate.

  • Oversized Headboards

If you’re looking to add statement features to your bedroom or create a focal wall, an oversized vertical headboard provides an excellent opportunity to do so. Oversized headboards are taller than standard headboards and may even cover the entirety of the wall above your bed. They can be merely decorative or form part of a functional cabinet and are typically mounted on the wall itself rather than the bed.

  • Extended Headboards

Alternatively, you can opt for an extended headboard, which is characterised by extending past the width of your bed to cover more space along the length of the wall. Extended headboards typically cover the length of a bedside table at each side of your bed, creating a stylish and well-coordinated bedroom aesthetic. 

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Bed Sizing

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Alongside bed styles and types of bed frames, another key factor in choosing your bed is the size. There are several sizes you can opt for:

  • Single Bed – 3’0” x 6’3” (90 x 190cm)
  • Small Double Bed (Queen)  – 4’0” x 6’3” (120 x 190xm)
  • Double Bed – 4’6” x 6’3” (135 x 190cm)
  • King Size Bed – 5’0” x 6’6” (150 x 200cm)
  • Super King Size Bed – 6’0” x 6’6” (180 x 200cm)

Note: Before purchasing your bed, remember to measure the length and width of your room to ensure you pick the right size bed and headboard for your available space.

Now you know the essential information you need before you invest in a new bed, you’re ready to start choosing! You can find a large range of luxury designer beds and headboards to suit every bedroom aesthetic within collection here at UBER Interiors, including made-to-order bespoke designs to complement the rest of your bedroom furniture.

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