Bed Buying Guide
Types of Beds 1
Iron & Metal Beds
Types of Beds 2
Low Profile Beds
Bed Buying Tips:
• Shop for great value
• Consider how your new bed will complement your bedroom’s decor
• Know the exact measurements of where you plan to place your bed
• When researching beds online, bookmark your favourites to shop as a family
Bed Posts +
Bed posts are a mark of classic bedroom decor. The iconic four-pillar structure is a symbol of elegance, tradition and fine craftsmanship. From clean and contemporary to rustic and regal, bed posts come in a wide array of designs, colours and materials. Some posts have storage hooks fastened to them, so you can easily keep towels or pyjamas close at hand.
Like beds themselves, headboards come in a variety of shapes, colours, sizes, and styles. Headboards are a key style feature in many beds, but they can also play an important functional role. Some headboards have built-in storage, giving you easy access to books and magazines for light reading before sleep and your alarm clock to rouse you in the morning.
Similar to headboards, footboards are in important style feature in many beds. A bed's footboard typically looks similar to the headboard, but it's generally smaller and less detailed. If your bedroom is short on storage, you can choose a headboard with built-in shelving or drawers.
Storage Capacity +
Beds with built-in storage are a practical choice for bedrooms with limited closet space. A mate's bed features a row of pull-out drawers under the mattress, while a captain's bed has two rows of pull-out drawers. You can also choose a bed with built-in storage in the headboard and footboard. If you choose a post bed, consider a model with attached hangers for holding towels, pajamas and other items.
If you buy a bunk bed, you're going to need a good ladder. In general, every bunk bed comes with its own ladder. The most important thing to consider is whether the ladder is sized appropriately for the person using it. Some bunk beds have ladders set at an angle. This type of ladder is easier to climb than those positioned perpendicular to the ground. Another factor to consider is whether the ladder is detachable or adjustable. All ladders are designed to be safe and user-friendly, but it’s still important to check product descriptions for any age or height restrictions.
Hardware such as handles, knobs and hooks can make or break the look of your bed and help determine whether it complements your other furnishings. Beds with visible hardware are often sold with multiple hardware options, allowing you match the look to your existing bedroom decor. Don’t be afraid to shop down to the smallest hardware details when selecting your bed.
Bed size refers to the width and length of a mattress. The exact dimensions differ from one manufacturer to the next, but the traditional mattress sizes are as follows: • Single bed/twin bed: 96.5 x 189 cm • Single bed/twin bed, extra long (aka twin Long): 96.5 x 202 cm • Double bed/full bed (aka standard): 134.5 x 189 cm • Queen size bed: 152.5 x 202 cm • California King (aka western king): 183 x 213 cm • King size bed (aka eastern king): 193 x 202 cm The size of the bed you buy should be determined in part by the amount of space you have in your bedroom. In general, beds function best when the mattress is 10 cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it.
Typically, beds are made of either wood or metal, or a combination of both. Hardwoods provide durability and added elegance, while metal frames complement a modern decor theme. Consider the design elements you’ve already established in your home decor. As a centrepiece of a bedroom, a bed should complement your existing style and stand out in its own right.
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Bed Maintenance Tips:
• Where an Allen key is required, tape the appropriate Allen key to underside of bed for future convenience
• Contact the manufacturer for replacement parts or warrantee inquiries
• Fix soft material to the bed's feet to avoid scratched floors or worn carpet
• Remove mattress and dust hard-to-reach spots on a regular basis