If you really think about it, your bed is one of the more important spaces that you regularly utilize. On average, every person spends at least 8 hours a day in their bedroom—the majority of time spent sleeping, and another few hours relaxing. Taking this into account, it is no wonder that there are so many different and amazing ways to make your bedroom your space. Even so, many focus on the room décor itself as a primary identifier of the style. Take this in comparison to the many others who believe that the bed is the ultimate signifier to the caliber of style within a room. We believe this makes a lot more sense, as a bed is going to be the largest piece of furniture in the room after all! So why not make it eye-catching and special? We have some fresh ideas on your bed design, so without further ado, here is our bed buying guide to creating the perfect space.
Make the Most of Your Space: Size of Bed
When buying a bed, the first major hurdle is deciding the size of the bed; based on the bed’s size, you will position it within a room. This is important, as you want your bed to serve as a centerpiece and yet still be as unobtrusive as possible. In general, when envisioning the space, you will want to ask yourself a few simple questions designed at getting to the root of your décor desires. Some of these things include:
- Who do I imagine using this room?
- How often will this room be used?
- If I were to sleep in here, how can I make the available space work for me?
- If I wanted to use this room for something else besides a bedroom in the future, what changes would I have to make?
- What is the optimal mattress size for this space?
- What other furniture do you plan to have in the room?
Twin or Full
Even though the twin and full size are different by a few inches in width, they can still be thought of as the smaller end of beds. Usually, these serve their purpose in a child’s bedroom, which is important to consider when creating this space. Kids need a lot of floor space to play with their toys and run around without having to go around a large piece of furniture. In some situations, having a bed too close to a wall can even be a danger to the child. Because of this, many opt to put the long side of the bed against the wall. This makes it difficult for a child to fall out of bed in the middle of the night and makes it a more secure and safe sleeping space for smaller children.
Queen or King
King and Queen beds are usually used for two individuals who simply will not fit into a twin or full bed. To add, queens are almost never inhabited by children, so you do not have to necessarily keep safety at the forefront of your mind when considering layouts for this space. In these situations, you probably do not want to place the bed against a wall, as this hinders getting out of bed and may result in the user feeling cramped and claustrophobic for most adults. Because of this, putting the head of the bed against the wall is an optimal use of space. Not only does it allow both users to get out of bed easily, but it may also provide you with ample space to fit a bedside table or dresser.
Make Your Space Truly Reflect You: Design of the Bed
Now that we have gone through the optimal layouts for the different size beds, we can move on to the fun part of bed buying: the design elements surrounding it. In general, beds are viewed as statement pieces as much as they are regarded as functional furniture pieces. As such, there are a lot of options available to you when considering design styles.
Bed Frame and Headboard
The bed frame and headboard make up the personality of the bed, as they are somewhat unchangeable elements of a room. Even more important, these often make up the character of the bed, which is why it is so important that you choose materials for the headboard that match the overall style and feel of the room. In general, you can expect to come across two different types of materials when looking at the design elements into two areas: wood and metal.
When using wood, you are most likely seeking a more natural and lighter feel in the room. Moreover, wood lends itself to warmer, darker tones, which is why a wooden headboard might be the perfect fit if you are going with a darker color scheme. Not only do these look great, but they also last a very long time and require little to no upkeep, as they are typically pre-treated. For those who are more of a DIY person, you can even make your headboard to your desire using anything from heart of pine to pallet board. In fact, there are many ideas for you to reference online that are just a few clicks away.
If your bedroom is going for more of an industrial or grey feel, metal is certainly an elegant material to rely on. In the realm of metal, some headboards range from metal slats to wrought iron curls. In any case, metal tends to give off a more serious and refined feel—especially if the bedframe has sharp linear corners. Even better yet, metal bedframes and headboards are often light and are easily taken apart, resulting in the benefit of portability.
No matter what type of space you are designing, always keep in mind the intended audience and your own design tastes. After all, the last thing you would want is an unusable room due to the size of the bed or the décor in the room. We hope that this bed buying guide to create the perfect space has enabled you to put together the room of your dreams! If you are looking for bedroom sets for sale, the great American home store has a vast selection of the finest brands of all things mattresses! Please give us a visit next time you’re nearby or visit our online store for more information on locations and pricing.