With countless choices available here's how to balance style and comfort by choosing the right design to suit your space and sleeping habits
Above Left: For a luxurious focal point, try the Yarnbrook upholstered bed in iron matt velvet, £1,100, by Willow & Hall Above right: Ideal for more compact spaces, the mid-century platform bed, from £999 at West Elm, is a simple yet stylish statement
With the average person spending a third of their entire lifetime sleeping, choosing the correct bed frame has to be one of the most important decisions you’ll make when it comes to your home. From the shape of the frame to the material it’s made from, there are several factors to take into account in order to pinpoint the right design for you, as well as finding a piece to suit your interior scheme. A bed is the focal point of any bedroom and often dictates the look and feel of the whole space, but it’s important to start your search by considering the practicalities of each style and whether you need a design that offers features such as storage. Ottoman bases are designed with a hinged frame that lift up to provide storage underneath the mattress, while divans come with in-built drawers depending on the amount of space you need. Remember to carefully check measurements before buying a bed frame, too – not just for its size within the room, but also the length of the bed if you’re tall. Sleigh beds or beds with high footboards can be restricting for taller people so testing out different designs in a showroom is a great way to make sure you’ll be comfortable.
Below Left: Lay down in the Gladstone king size bed in Designer’s Guild Delahaye Emerald fabric, £2,262, by Delcor
Above Right: Shown here in antique brass and lacquered steel, it’s from £1,825 from And So To Bed, and available in four other finishes to suit a wide range of schemes
Depending on the size of your bedroom and the look you want to create, choosing the shape of the frame comes next. Four-posters or sleighs are often chunkier in their design compared to bedsteads with a low footboard for example, so decide on how much space you’re willing to work with and, if limited, consider using a statement headboard on a slim frame that won’t eat into floor space but will still add wow factor. Investing in the right frame to offer both the style you want and the support your body needs can be a time-consuming process and one that should be given plenty of thought, so we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded-up some of the top points and styles to consider while shopping.
Below Left: Clean lines and soft grey upholstery make the Holly double bed frame in Pumice, £975, from Button & Sprung an obvious pick for a laid-back, modern bedroom scheme
Above right: Made from 100 per cent reclaimed teak, the Cube bed shows off the wood’s natural grain. The low frame offers an informal look, great for a boho-inspired scheme, and it has a fully slatted base to allow air to circulate beneath the mattress. It’s from £1,818, from Raft Furniture