Arguably one of the most important furniture pieces in your home, choosing the right bed to climb into after a long day takes some serious consideration. When picking a base for your mattress, it’s all about preference—its height, size, and aesthetic depend on your style and the size of your space. Then there are other details to think about when narrowing down options: Do you make your bed or keep your sheets and blankets loose? Are you a bedding minimalist or maximalist? And of course, how much are you willing to spend?
With so many boxes to check, you’ll want to do some shopping before making your purchase. But it’s worth the effort and the investment (although, there are some seriously great budget-friendly picks out there) since you use your bed every single night.
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What to Look for in a Bed
Beds can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, faux wood, and fabric. There are pros and cons to each in terms of durability, maintenance, stability, and cost. For instance, real wood is stronger and more durable than composite wood, but it’s often heavier. Think about your personal priorities when considering beds made of different materials.
When shopping for a bed, look at what kind of support it provides for your mattress. Some beds have a comprehensive set of support beams, allowing you to put a mattress directly on top of them. Others have fewer slats, meaning you’ll need to use a box spring.
Before making your purchase, you’ll want to consider the actual frame’s dimensions (as opposed to the standard measurements of your mattress). When measuring width, take into account any other pieces of furniture in the room—like side tables or a dresser—and be sure there’s plenty of space to navigate in between.
Can you attach a headboard to a bed frame?
Designers say that yes, you can typically add a headboard to your bed. Sempliner says to make sure they’re size compatible, and “for extra security, you can also attach the headboard to the wall.” (The latter may also be the best option depending on the bed frame.)
Adds Dunford, “This is actually a great way to update the look of your bedroom without investing in an entirely new bed. In fact, if you are someone who opts to leave your bedding a little more free-flowing, it’s rare that the entire bed frame is exposed. This gives you the option to go with a more simple frame and leave the drama for your headboard.”
How tall should a bed be?
As far as the height of your bed, a lot of this depends on your comfort level: Do you prefer to fall into a low platform bed, or do you feel cozier climbing into a bed that’s higher off the floor? Note that if you have a small room and/or low ceilings, you may want to opt for a shorter profile so it doesn’t overwhelm it, while a higher-set bed can make a lovely focal point for larger spaces with cathedral ceilings.
For a more concrete answer, “A good rule of thumb for the height of a bed is around 25 inches,” says Sempliner. “Regardless of the bed height, I always love to have the mattress height align with the nightstand height, for functionality, but also aesthetically as this will create a thoughtful looking and well-designed space.”
How do you style a bed?
It depends: Are you a bedding minimalist or maximalist? A bed frame with an eye-catching headboard will speak for itself amongst plain white linens. But if patterned throw pillows and bright duvets are your things, consider a simpler base.
Says Sempliner, “I personally like to use decorative pillows to add pattern and color to a bed, as well as a throw blanket, duvet, or coverlet for added texture and layering.”
For a less-is-more approach, “You can’t go wrong with clean white sheets, a neutral duvet or quilt, and a simple throw for the foot of the bed,” advises Dunford.
Why Trust The Spruce?
With over 5 years of commerce writing experience, Karen Tietjen knows how to identify the key selling points that make an item worth buying. As a “quality over quantity” consumer herself, she carefully analyzes the pros and cons of each product to find the best option at any budget. For this piece, she thoroughly researched different style beds and chose her top contenders based on materials, aesthetics, and value—the same process she’d follow if she were making the purchase, herself. Additionally, she was able to try out one pick in her own home: The Quest 2.5 Adjustable Base at Ergomotion.