Beds come in many forms; from a mattress on the floor, to crashing on the sofa at a friend's home, to the a luxury of a five star hotel to many other options in between. A place to get a good night's rest is a necessity in life. Not only do beds need to function, they can also completely change how a room looks. Unlike a bed frame that you don't see, a bed with a headboard changes a room. The headboard dresses it up and takes a room to that next level.
Beds are a big purchase. When making a big purchase I like to educate myself and know all the options because it's likely I'll have to live with that purchase for a while, I do this for clients too because I need to know what's out there before I find the perfect thing. The last thing I want after a big purchase is to come across a better find a month later.
When making big purchases like this, I usually take a more conservative route. Boring, I realize but a bed is something I want to have for many years. It needs to work as style and taste transition over the years as well as hold up to around 3,500 nights of sleep (that's around about 10 years). Just like a car, the same rule of thumb holds for a bed, buy the best you can afford. You don't want it falling a part when you move homes, have a good romp, or maybe you have kids and beds become trampolines regardless of house rules. Look for quality construction; solid wood and if you aren't using a box spring, look for wood support slats. A good mattress is also just as important and worth spending an afternoon testing options.
Upholstered beds are great because they add a bit of softness and texture to a room. I like them in raw, loft like spaces where warmth is needed because there is so much concrete or a lot of wood. I also like them when there are multiple wood pieces in the room. An upholstered bed won't compete with all the wood varieties.
Things to keep in mind are the details.
- What kind of fabric is being used? Something with a little bit of texture is my favorite. Stay away from micro suede as it reads cheap.
- Platform beds are overall more modern than using a boxspring.
- Tufting, nail heads, and curved headboards make for a more traditional looking bed.
- If you don't want to commit to a full upholstered bed, look at headboards. There are so many DIY's out there too.
- And if you're looking for a guest room, you could go with something a little more risky because it's not something you'll look at every single day. But make sure it flows with the rest of your home.