Choosing the right bed can be a complicated affair. Aside from considerations of comfort, size and mattress preferences there are stylistic and design issues to account for. The bed will most likely be the largest single item in any room. It functions not only as a place for sleep and rest but also as the centerpiece of bedroom décor. Interior design concepts have fostered a demand for multiple styles and models of bed construction in both frame and mattress. Every architectural and interior design era has an accompanying bedroom style and the beds themselves have undergone a series of changes to reflect popular concepts. A platform bed is a great option if you are looking to add some style to your bedroom.
From four-poster frames to elaborate brass head and foot boards, functional futon arrangements to space saving bunk beds for children, options for bed size, shape and use are limitless. There are many choices in classic or antique styling. A standard frame and box spring provides a good starting point for creating an over all feel to a bedroom. For a modern look that feels updated and provides great versatility for room design, consider a platform bed.
The modern platform bed differs from traditional bed set-ups in that it typically uses a solid wood or metal platform bed frame as the foundation for the mattress. There is usually no box spring involved. By design, the bed is to appear flat and simplistic. Incorporated into interior fashion, the platform bed is superior for creating space and freeing a room of visual clutter. Conceived as being ideal for lofts and apartments where space is at a premium they do indeed accomplish this task. The clean lines and orderly feel achieved from their basic construction allows smaller room accents to stand out. Throw in a hip retro chair to make the room totally far out. Can you dig it?
Not that the beds themselves cannot be works of art. The Japanese platform bed style is commonly seen accompanied by Asian themed decor such as vases and tatami mats. The overall effect can be stunning for all its simplistic beauty. Ornate wall hangings and small photo prints complete the look. The bed design creates a feeling of openness throughout the room. It visually enlarges space and allows for ease of movement about the room.
Simplicity is the concept but many models incorporate ornamentation into the framework and add a degree of artistic interest. A king platform bed or a queen platform bed can include a short head and footboard with padded material or carvings. This creates a more luxurious feel without largely increasing the actual bed size and thereby losing the inherent value of the low profile design. Having a subtly enhanced frame helps this type of bed fit into interior concepts otherwise reserved for bulkier styles.
A twin platform bed is ideal in a child’s bedroom. The small, low-lying frame creates more space for play and incorporates well with all the fun trappings of a youth-inspired room design. With flat, usually wooden construction the application of any color paint or stain is easy and adds great accentuation to the room. This is true of wherever you place these beds but especially so in a child’s room because the broad lines of the frame really showcase bright, fun colors.
By way of comparison, a single bed is often hard to get creative with. In a lot of examples, this size is reserved for guest rooms or areas of little daily use. A full platform bed will inspire interior design ideas to get full enjoyment from any room. This is the perfect bed and size for smaller rooms, single sleepers or bedrooms that accommodate a lot of additional activity besides sleep.
Platform beds gain space with sacrificing the comfort you would expect from larger beds. Sleepers preferring firmer mattresses with a lot of support will find these ideal without a box spring. Of course, a complete mattress set will allow those with softer preferences to enjoy this style, too. Mattress size is consistent with other beds.
Originally intended to retain as low a profile as possible today’s makers also have available models that are raised higher off the floor. This is ideal for sleepers who may have issues getting in and out of low beds. In addition, many organizational concepts have been included in the higher sitting designs. Some frames contain hideaway storage drawers for linens and bedclothes. Others have shelving built into head and foot boards for candles, music players, books, lamps and other items you may want close by at bed time. Some frames extend fully to the floor and have an enclosed look and feel. Others may rest on legs or side rails and expose the area between the floor and platform. This space can be used for additional hideaway storage or left vacant to add extra openness to the room’s feel.
Platform beds make it easy to bring character to any bedroom. While not uncommon, they look and feel unique. It is impossible to overstate the value of the clean lines and simplistic organization gained by selecting one of these for your home. There are numerous manufacturers and brands to choose from. Each provides its own variations on design and functionality. Some representation of the style can be found at most furniture and bed retailers as well as online catalogs.