There are such a wide range of different types of beds, this can make it very complicated for those looking for their perfect bed. So we here at Guide Me To Bed have devised the ultimate guide to the different types of bed frames.

Day Beds:

Day beds are quite a unique design that brings a modern twist to the traditional sofa. At first glance, a Day Bed just looks like a couch instead of a bed. However, the Day Bed is actually both. It can be utilised as a sofa during the daytime, whereas at night it can be used as a perfectly normal bed.The Day Bed works by consisting of a headboard and two arm boards, similar to the style of a sofa.

Wooden Day Beds are ideal for those looking to minimise expenditure as we understand that furniture can be expensive. This is why Day Beds are frequently used in student accommodation, apartments and loft spaces, as this means that rather than having to spend a fortune on a sofa as well as a bed, you can essentially have a two in one. So this also saves space as well as money, which can prove vital for those living in smaller spaces.

Sofa Beds:

A Sofa Bed is practically a sofa that can be converted into a bed. This type of bed tends to be used in holiday homes or in smaller apartments where space needs to be maximised, this is because it works as a sofa in the daytime, similarly to the Day Bed. The main difference between a Sofa Bed and a Day Bed is that the Sofa Bed contains the metal bed frame underneath the couch cushions. Yet the Day Bed acts as the sofa and the bed all as one.

There are only two really recommendable types of mattresses for Sofa Beds. The Spring Sofa Mattress is a very common choice for those with a Sofa Bed, but it isn’t necessarily the best option as spring mattresses are more vulnerable to breaking than other types of mattresses. The other popular mattress choice for Sofa Beds are Memory Sofa Mattresses, the main benefit of these are their density, as well as their ability to mould to fit your body shape.

Platform Beds:

Platform Bed frames have risen in popularity over recent years, due to their unique yet contemporary appearance. A platform bed is a bed that doesn’t require a headboard, meaning that the bed usually consists of a rectangular horizontal solid frame, often with a section consisting of rows of flexible wooden slats or latticed structure meant to support just a mattress. This platform provides support and ventilation for a mattress by itself, meaning that you won’t require a box-spring or a second mattress to be used as the foundation.

Platform Bed frames are simple yet elegant, they work well in both contemporary and traditional bedrooms. The versatility of platform bed frame designs enhance master bedrooms and guest rooms alike. With no headboard, Platform Wooden Bed frames add a unique touch to any bedroom, making them a strong focus point for your room.

Bunk Beds:

Bunk Bed frames are a very popular choice for those that have young children, this is because you effectively get two beds in one. One of the beds sits low to the floor, whereas a ladder is included for you to reach the second bed which sits higher up. Bunk Beds are only useful providing that you have a fairly high roof, so it’s important to check measurements before ordering the first bunk bed that you see.

This type of bed frame tends to be unsuitable for children under a specific age due to potential injuries from falling as these beds can be fairly high dependent on its measurements. In some cases you can even have an additional bed frame to go with it similar to a sofa bed as the bed frame can slide out from underneath the bottom bunk), equaling a total of three beds in one!

Loft Beds:

Loft Bed frames are another choice that has risen in popularity over recent years, they are very similar to bunk beds as they require a tall frame in which a ladder will be required to reach the mattress. This type of bed isn’t as common as other bed styles as a bunk bed is the more frequent style of Loft Bed.

Loft Beds are useful for those that have a smaller bedroom but a high ceiling. This is because the room that sits under the bed can be used as a desk area or a storage area. Alternatively there are Low Loft Beds which sit lower to the floor than a standard height bed, again very useful in attic and loft spaces in which space is limited.

Storage Beds:

Storage bed frames are a standard bed except it contains a storage compartment under the mattress. The benefit of these beds is that it can prove very effective for those living in small bedrooms as if you have clutter scattered around your room then it can all be stored away under your bed.

This can be useful for storing away any clothing, as an alternative to buying a wardrobe as furniture is highly expensive so it can be useful to get an innovative bed frame as its unique features can end up saving your more money in the long term.

Low Beds:

Low Bed frames are fantastic for those living in loft or attic spaces in which space is limited. This type of bed sits much lower to the ground than a traditional standard height bed. Low Beds tend to be very popular in oriental countries and are used as the main centerpiece in bedrooms, this is because they provide a unique twist to the standard bed frame.

This type of bed is very beneficial to those that have a bedroom in which ceiling height is restrictive, therefore a low bed frame is the ideal solution. Also low beds are useful for use in children’s rooms as the low height of the bed is much safer for the child than a standard height or loft bed.

Four Poster Beds:

Four Poster Bed frames are quite a traditional design that dates all the way back to the 16th Century, but they are still being used to this day, with the demand for Four Poster Beds rising recently due to their prestige appearance and fashionability. Many of these beds have been innovated to suit modern day homes, even with the twist of being a Low Four Poster Bed.

This type of bed is only useful for those that have a fairly high ceiling as Four Poster Beds tend to be roughly 200cm tall. Meaning that they aren’t exactly suitable for loft spaces are small apartments. Although they are a fantastic choice for those looking to add a more contemporary look to their bedroom.

Space-Saving Beds:

Space-Saving Bed frames have become increasingly common over recent years as a unique way of minimising the space that your bed takes up. The difference between a space-saver bed and a standard bed is that space-saving beds have a slightly smaller bed frame, meaning that the mattress tends to rest on the legs as well as the slats on the bed. Whereas with a standard bed, the mattress will sit in the recess of the bed, the advantages of a space-saving bed is that it can save valuable room in your bedroom.

This type of bed is mainly designed for use within a loft space or smaller apartment in which space is limited. Mainly because space-saving beds have a smaller bed frame size, meaning that you are less likely to catch your toe on the posts of the bed as they will be more hidden.


Overall, there are a wide range of bed types all of which can be complicated to decide between. Many of the beds listed are particularly useful for those who are looking to maximise space in their bedroom. So whether it’s through the use of a Day Bed / Space-Saving Bed or the beneficial use of having the ability to store away your clothes with a Storage Bed. Perhaps you want the contemporary look of a Four Poster Bed or the unique appearance of a Low Bed frame. We hope that this guide can help you in your quest to find your perfect bed.

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