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Buying Guide for Beds

#1 Zinus Abel 14 Inch Metal Platform Bed Frame with Steel Slat Support, Mattress Foundation, Queen
by Zinus
7.7
7.7
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#2 Zinus Moiz 14 Inch Wood Platform Bed / No Box Spring Needed / Wood Slat Support / Natural Finish, King
by Zinus
5.5
5.5
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#3 Zinus Shawn 14 Inch SmartBase Mattress Foundation / Platform Bed Frame / Box Spring Replacement / Quiet Noise-Free / Maximum Under-bed Storage, Queen
by Zinus
4.6
4.6
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#4 Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen
by Zinus
4.2
4.2
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#5 Classic Brands Adjustable Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage, Wireless Remote, Three Leg Heights, and USB Ports-Ergonomic Queen
by Classic Brands
4.1
4.1
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#6 Ashley Furniture Signature Design - 12 Inch Chime Express Memory Foam Mattress - Bed in a Box - Queen - Firm Comfort Level - White
by Signature Design by Ashley
4.0
4.0
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#7 Zinus Shalini Upholstered Diamond Stitched Platform Bed / Mattress Foundation / Easy Assembly / Strong Wood Slat Support / Dark Grey, Queen
by Zinus
3.7
3.7
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#8 Linenspa 8 Inch Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress - Medium-Firm Feel - Twin
by Linenspa
3.6
3.6
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#9 Zinus Suzanne Metal and Wood Platform Bed with Headboard / Box Spring Optional / Wood Slat Support, Queen
by Zinus
3.4
3.4
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#10 Queen Mattress, Molblly 8 inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress with CertiPUR-US Certified Foam Bed Mattress in a Box for Sleep Cooler & Pressure Relief, Queen Size
by Molblly
3.3
3.3
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How to Choose the Right Bed

A bed just doesn’t look like a bed until that mattress is off the floor and cradled within a quality frame. A headboard, foot-board, and frame gives a bed structure, presence, and personality. There are many different types of beds for your design aesthetic, room size, and living situation. Take time to consider these factors before you buy, so you are pleased with your purchase for years to come.

Platform Beds

A platform bed is, as the name implies, largely a platform for the mattress, elevated above everything else associated with the bed frame and hardware. There are typically no rails or other raised elements on a platform bed – just the platform itself (which may have a solid base, slat base, or require a box spring), and the mattress on top of that. Headboards and footboards may or may not be used.

Sleigh Beds

A sleigh bed is similar to panel bed (described below). However, rather than distinct headboard and footboard elements that are largely straight pieces of wood panels, sleigh beds have curved, sleigh-like footboards and headboards. The overall appearance of the bed, with footboard and headboard attached, is not dissimilar to that of a classic sleigh, which is where the name derives from.

Panel Beds

A panel bed is like a platform bed, though it usually has raised rails or small sides above the frame on the lengthwise run of the bed. However, a panel bed always has a headboard, and most often a footboard. These are made from wooden panels that are often worked elaborately with carvings and designs.

Four Poster Beds

A four poster bed is like a platform bed to some extent, regarding the interface between the frame and box spring or slats, and the mattress on top. However, a four-poster bed has four posts – one at each corner – that connect from the frame and go upwards, usually several feet above the bed.

This allows a corresponding frame to be attached to the top of the posts, and curtains or drapes to be hung from this frame, allowing for privacy, increased warmth, darkness, and/or aesthetic style with this kind of bed.

Canopy Beds

Canopy beds are often confused with four-poster beds. They are similar in accessories but distinctly different in design. While a four poster bed has posts connecting to a frame, on which curtains or drapes can be hung, a canopy bed usually has a canopy attached to the wall at the head of the bed, which may then have a frame or rods on which curtains and drapes can be attached down, around, or on all sides of the bed.

Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds are often thought of in an institutional setting, such as hospitals or retirement homes. But, more and more often, they are now available beds to buy for everyday consumers. These beds often have motorized mechanisms that raise and lower the angle of the bed and mattress, to make reading, getting in and out of bed, and going to sleep more convenient and comfortable. The adjustment is usually managed by a control, either wireless/remote or hard-wired to the bed.

Murphy Beds

Murphy beds, also known as fold up beds, are a great choice for consumers who occasionally need an extra bed in their home, but have other uses for that same space when the bed is not being utilized. They fold up into a vertical position when not in use, and are stored in either a recess in the wall or a special cabinet or closet. They’re relatively low-cost, and help keep floor space available – great for apartments, for example, where space is at a premium.

Daybeds

Daybeds often convert to a couch when not in use as a bed. They are forerunners to futons, but function in a distinctly different manner. In most cases, daybeds use bolsters as the “back cushion” element, rather than the mechanical folding of a futon. Like Murphy beds or fold up beds, these can be a great option for occasional additional bedding needs that can be used as other furniture and not take up extra space when not in use as a bed.

Planning for Your New Bed

You can assemble a frame with everyday tools, so don’t worry about the setup that comes with more elaborate designs. Just select one that’s durable, dependable, and showcases a style to match your taste.

Designing or refurbishing your bedroom does not have to be overly expensive if you do it correctly. That’s why it’s important to have a budget plan in mind before you start buying pieces of bedroom furniture to complement your style. Buying your dream bed and then not being able to afford the amazing bedding is disappointing. Keep in mind your overall budget and the cost of the items (including all of the decorative elements) before starting, to ensure you have the right pieces at the right price.