If you notice carefully, we spend one-third of our whole day on our beds, mostly sleeping. And the thing that ensures peaceful sleep is a comfy bed in your bedroom. The bed is also the piece of furniture that takes up the most space. This makes it have a massive influence on the overall bedroom decor. Some people like high beds, some like low, minimalistic beds, and there are many who look for convertible beds that can function as sofas when not in use. Most of us have heard the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Today, we will be putting on Goldilock’s shoes and trying out seven different types of beds to find the one most suitable for us.
Four Poster Bed
The four poster bed has four posts on each corner, which allows for the hanging of curtains or mosquito nets. It gained prevalence in the sixteenth century. Interior design experts say that this style of bed originated from Mainland Europe. But it was also very popular in Britain and had been used for hundreds of years. During the colonial period, the four poster bed gained relevance in the Indian Subcontinent. Some say the British introduced it, and others say that local carpenters came up with the idea. What differentiates the local design from foreign ones is the height, size, and intricate designs present on the bed.
As these beds were mostly seen in the house of royals, zamindars, and other aristocratic families, they were made to be large and luxurious. Our subcontinental version of the four poster bed is called the ‘Palonko’. If you ever visit the Bangladesh National Museum in Shahbag, you will see these large, royal Palonkos. Nowadays, modern four poster beds are not made to be as big as the Palonko. For those who want to add a touch of Bengali aristocracy to their homes, the Palonko is the best out of all the types of beds.
Out of the different types of beds, the Platform bed has one of the most simple and minimalistic designs. It basically has legs, a headboard, and a platform for laying down the mattress. Before beds with storage became all the rage, the platform bed was the most popular of all the types of beds. It is still one of the most used types of beds in the world. Many people attach storage boxes into old platform beds to increase functionality. These beds are also minimalistic in design, mostly having geometric patterns etched onto them. Nowadays, platform beds also come with detachable legs, allowing you to remove them if you want your bed height to be lower.
For those with a small bedroom, the box bed is the most suitable out of all the types of beds. It allows the bed to not only function as a bed, but also as storage space as well. Most people attach storage drawers in box beds, but there are also many who use top opening or side opening storage. And unlike platform beds, there’s no need for cleaning under the bed. This makes it a lot easier to clean rooms that have box beds, which is especially great for those who have two to three bedrooms in their home. You can store winter clothing, blankets, extra pillows, and many other things inside storage spaces in box beds.
Those who have seen the popular 90s sitcom ‘Aaj Robibar’ will remember the two storied bed that sisters Titli and Konka had in their room. That is what we call a bunk bed. This type of bed is perfect for siblings who stay in a single room. When using bunk beds, the top bunk becomes a matter of contention between siblings. However, you will have to keep an eye on safety, especially if it’s being used by children. You have to ensure that the top bunk has railings and that the ladder is secured tight. Colorful bunk beds can add a fun vibe to a kids room. Overall, the bunk bed is one of the types of beds that’s most suitable for siblings to share.
The canopy bed is a lot like the four posted bed that we mentioned in the first subheading. Similar to four posted beds, they have stands on all corners where you can hang curtains and mosquito netting. But it has a more luxurious and comfortable feel to it, much like the Palonkos of Bengal. But unlike them, canopy beds focus more on luxury than showmanship. These beds originated from Great Britain and Mainland Europe in the seventeenth century. The luxurious aspect of the canopy bed makes it really popular for use in resorts and holiday villas. It goes really well with vintage European decor.
Low Height Bed
The low height bed is great for those living in compact homes with a low ceiling. It makes the rooms appear bigger and more spacious. But recently, it has been seen in houses with contemporary modern decor as well.
The convertible bed stands out from all other types of beds because of how different it is. They serve many different functions, including saving space in small rooms, adding to minimalist themes and decor, as well as many other purposes. We’ll be taking a look at a few different types of convertible beds.
The folding bed can be folded up and kept aside. This comes in handy for compact homes.
These beds can be used both as a sofa and a bed. When folded up, it functions as a sofa, allowing you to entertain guests. After the need for the sofa is gone, you can fold it open and it turns into a fully functional bed.
The futon bed was invented in Japan. It looks a lot like a sofa bed but is lower in height. It isn’t used in bedrooms, but as a relaxing sofa inside living rooms that can be converted to a bed.
Today’s article on the different types of beds would be helpful for those that are moving into a new home, and also those looking to upgrade their bedroom furniture. Remember to check your requirements before deciding what type of bed you want to buy. Leave a comment to let us know your favorite type of bed.