A bed is generally the most prominent piece of furniture in the bedroom and can set the mood for the entire space. Beds can also be a big purchase, and one that will last for a considerable amount of time. Consider the type of feel you want to create in your bedroom as well as the amount of space, and use that as a guide to help you choose a new bed.
What size should you buy? Not only do you need to think about who will be sleeping in the bed, but also the space you plan to place it. In terms of the former, whether you’re sleeping solo or with someone else, consider your preferences and how you sleep. Do you tend to move around a lot, or do you tend to curl up and stick to one spot for the night? Height is also an important consideration: there’s a 5 inch length difference between standard full beds and kings. Even if a king seems like your optimal choice for sleeping, carefully measure your bedroom to be sure it’s going to fit. You want to be able to walk comfortably around the bed and have easy access to your surrounding furnishings.
Are you buying for the kids? Whether your toddler has outgrown his crib or your teenager has worn out his current bed, it’s likely you’ll need to consider new beds for your children at some point. Twin beds are usually the most common option for younger children, plus they take up less space. However, you may consider moving your toddler into a full bed to lessen his chances of falling out; plus, he or she will surely grow into it. If you have kids sharing a room, bunk beds are a great space saver. Choose a set that you can break down into separate twin beds if they grow out of the style down the road.
What style will work best? The bed is often the focal point of the bedroom, so think about what kind of tone you want to set. Do you want a traditional, eclectic feel? Consider an antique wrought iron bed. Searching for a timeless look? Wooden or brass bed frames will do the trick. Want to create an escape reminiscent of a vacation getaway? Get cozy with a four-poster canopy bed.
Need a bed but short on space? Futons, sleeper sofas and Murphy beds are great solutions if you need to squeeze a bed into a cramped space. Live in a studio apartment? Either of these options will help you easily transition from living area by day to bedroom by night.
Is your bedroom short on storage space? Search for a higher bed frame so you can utilize the space beneath the bed for extra storage. If this is the case, you may want to consider a bed skirt to disguise your bed’s double duty.