Bed Buying Guide Get the design scoop from A to Zzzs

Need some bedroom ideas create your dream escape? It all starts with choosing the right bed. The most important part of any retreat, the bed sets the stage for the function and style of the room. But if you’re already feeling the pressure about choosing the right one, let us help with our handy bed buying guide.

Choose your style:


Start by browsing online, looking on Pinterest, and visiting local furniture stores to see what speaks to you. When it comes to personal style, the only rules are choosing what you like and feeling confident in your decision. Whether you lean towards modern, glam, or farmhouse chic, it’s all about choosing décor that makes you feel happy.

Keep your look cohesive by choosing coordinating pieces in similar style, like the dresser, nightstand, and media chest. Luckily, most beds come with a matching bedroom set, which takes the guesswork out of getting it right. Of course, it’s perfectly okay to design outside the box if your taste leans more eclectic.


Choose your profile:


When choosing your bed, it’s important to think about the profile height that works best for your bedroom:

High-profile beds: A high profile bed is anything that stands 30 inches or higher above the mattress. Canopy and poster beds are common designs, as well as extra-tall panel headboards.

This look works bests in medium or large bedrooms, as they tend to overwhelm a small space.

Medium-profile beds: Medium profiles generally fall anywhere from 12 inches to 29 inches above the mattress. Pretty much anything that’s a standard panel bed falls under this category, and this happy medium can work in essentially any room.

Low-profile beds: Most commonly known as platform beds, these are classified as anything that stands less than a foot over the mattress. They’re perfect for small and studio spaces, and most often don’t require the need for a box spring.


Choose your material:


Another factor to consider is the type of material you prefer. Wood has long been the most common, thanks to its versatile and durable nature. The maintenance is also easy, usually only requiring a light dust or polish from time to time.

However, upholstered headboards are also on the rise. The fabric alternative is great for people who love to sit up in bed, thanks to the extra padding, and it pairs well with nearly any style of coordinating bedroom furniture. This can make it easier to update your room one piece at a time, as you don’t have to worry about matching wood finishes, versus committing to an entire bedroom set.


Choose your extras:


Who says the bed’s only purpose is a providing a place to sleep? Turns out, you can pack a variety of function into your design, starting with under-bed storage drawers. This is a great way to free up closet space and keep your bedroom, and it all stays neatly out of sight.

You can also take the storage to the top by option for a bed with storage panels. Often called a wall bed or spread bed, there are many styles that come with built-in shelves for holding books, décor, and your nighttime water glass.

Additionally, if you’re an avid fan of reading or watching TV in bed, you might want to consider a light-up headboard. This solution provides just the soft light you need at the touch of a hand.


Choose your size:

Last, but certainly not least from our bed buying guide, you’ll need to choose your size. This will likely come down to if you’re sleeping solo or with a partner, and how much room you prefer to have.

Twin: Ideal for children

Full: Recommended for adult single sleepers

Queen: Great for couple or adult sleepers

King: Best option for couples who prefer extra room

Florida King: Perfect for those with kids or pets that often sleep in bed

Need the mattress to go with the bed? Read our mattress buying guide to help find the right one.