Beds and Headboards
What size bed should I get?
Single beds, bunk beds and small beds are ideal for children or smaller bedrooms with limited space. If it’s time to upgrade your small double or double bed, make sure you’ve measured the wall space to check that there’ll be enough space to walk around the bed and access furniture. King size bed and super king size beds (also known as queen size beds) make a considerable difference to surface area because they’re longer as well as wider. Be equipped with the right measurements and check these against those of the bed frame itself - and the door frame, as you want to make sure you can actually get your new bed into the bedroom!
How often do I need a new bed?
If your bed or mattress is more than ten years old, it’s likely to be time for a new one. Nightly use will, over time, deteriorate the condition of bed frames so they becomes worn and unstable, and the quality and hygiene of mattresses particularly will be compromised over time. Even more so than beds, headboards display signs of wear and tear and may make your room appear shabbier than it is. Because beds are the focal point of bedrooms, replacing the bed in a dated bedroom is one of the best ways to lift your bedroom furniture. Finally, if your bed is so uncomfortable that you’re losing sleep, then it’s definitely time for a new one!
What kind of bed works for my master bedroom?
If you’re springing (so to speak) for a new master bed, this is a weighty decision worthy of the investment. Be sure to prioritise quality and durability when choosing your master bed, because it should stand the test of time. Being the largest bedroom, a master bedroom should be able to accommodate grander styles so choose the most sizeable option you have room for - upgrading from a double bed to king size bed can be surprisingly luxurious. As well as the size of the frame, a statement headboard will really make a master bed; no one likes a creaky headboard, so make sure this too is extra sturdy.
What bed works best for kids and guests?
Kids beds depend on their age, but once they are ready to move on from their cot bed as a general rule it’s a good idea to opt for a bigger size such as a small single bed or a single bed that they can grow into to save replacing their beds regularly. For added storage and utility, cabin beds and captain beds are an excellent solution. Twin beds and bunk beds are the go-to choice for kids who share a room, and trundle beds offer additional sleeping space for sleepovers. Guest bedrooms have some versatility but the beds should provide comfort; if you are anticipating more than one guest at a time, you could have one small double bed with an additional daybed or folding bed in the room. For minimal space, futons, chair beds and sofa beds offer the most practical solution.