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Our beds are one of the most important pieces of furniture in our homes. With the average person spending around a third of their lives sleeping, it’s easy to see why it’s important to invest in a quality bed and mattress. A good bed will last for many years, benefit your health and well-being and underpin the decor of your bedroom. Therefore, we recommend that you take your time, read the following tips and you’ll end up with a bed that will provide you many a blissful night’s sleep.

What size bed should I buy?

When deciding on a bed size you need to make sure that your room accommodates the bed, and the bed accommodates the person (or people) in it. It may sound basic, but it’s often easy to get preoccupied with one or the other. The implications of space include not only floor space on which to place the bed, but also room to move around it and access wardrobes and other furniture. Small single beds and regular single beds and are often reserved for children or rooms where space is at a premium. If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a larger bed, you might want to consider a queen size bed (also known as a small double bed) or a standard double bed for added comfort. For greater length, opt for a king size bed or super king size bed – these are ideal particularly for taller sleepers, as beds should be 4-6 inches longer than the height of the tallest sleeper.

Bed Sizes

  • Small single bed - 2'6” x 6'3"
  • Single bed - 3' x 6'3"
  • Queen size bed - 4' x 6'3"
  • Double bed - 4'6" x 6'3"
  • King size bed - 5' x 6'6"
  • Super king size bed - 6' x 6'6"

What are the best kids beds?

The trickiest part about buying anything for children is that they grow so quickly. Fortunately, an oversized kids bed is more practical than too-big clothes, so once they have outgrown their toddler beds, you can buy a bed that your child can grow into years in advance. While teenagers will appreciate double beds, single beds and day beds are plenty spacious enough until your kids are older. Twin beds and bunk beds are the ideal solution for shared rooms, cabin beds and captains beds are an excellent use of space, and trundle beds offer an extra bed for sleepovers.

What style bed should I choose?

Style-wise, bedsteads offer the most choice. Metal bed frames are a sturdy and durable choice, with wrought iron bedsteads and brass bed frames varying in style from dramatic to elegant. Wooden bed frames come in a huge range of styles including contemporary platform beds and leather beds, and traditional styles such as four poster beds, canopy beds and sleigh beds. If you’re looking for practicality, divan beds and ottoman beds are your best bet for built-in storage, paired with headboards for added versatility. Whether you prefer storage beds or a bed frames, select a style that complements the other furniture in your room, and accessorise with bedding that transforms your bed into the veritable lap of luxury.

What types of beds are best for small spaces?

Sofa beds, futons, single beds and day beds are practical options for rooms without space for a full bed. These are great solutions for both guest bedrooms and studio apartments, or simply as spare beds that can be placed anywhere in the house.

Regardless of whether you’ve decided on a king size bed, toddler bed, bunk bed, storage bed or something else entirely, you’ll be sure to find your perfect bed on Houzz.
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