The Bed Store by Home Gallery Stores carries a wide variety of quality, stylish, comfortable beds. It’s estimated that you spend a third of your life in bed, so why not invest in a bed that you will love lounging in? At Home Gallery Stores, we carry all different styles from traditional to modern and everything in...
between to help you outfit your ideal bedroom. When shopping for a bed, there are dozens of considerations for finding one that suits you. First thing is to decide what size bed you are looking for — everything from a single twin bed all the way up to a California King. Standard mattress sizes are as follows: Twin — 39x75“, Twin XL - 39x80", Full — 54x75“, Queen - 60x80“, King — 76x80“, and California King — 72x84“.
Please note that you can not base the measurement of your bed off of the mattress size. Bed frames will be slightly larger to accommodate the mattress. You also need to account for the measurements of the footboard and headboard when deciding if your new bed will fit comfortably in your bedroom.
After deciding on a size, now it’s time to pick a type. The different types of beds are not just distinguished by aesthetics but also about functionality.
Panel Beds: Perhaps the most common type of bed, panel beds are defined by the paneled side rails and come in all different styles. Ranging from highly decorative, formal looks to simple and modern, panel beds are going to give you the most variety to choose from. You can find panel beds with or without storage, in all materials, and of different scales to give you the exact style that you want.
Poster Beds: For those with tall ceilings and large bedrooms, a poster bed could be the exact style to help complement and fill your space. Poster beds have posts of differing heights, so if you love the style but have a smaller room there are options for you that will not overwhelm your bedroom. You can choose from all four posts being tall, all four being low, or a mix of high-low posts. Generally speaking, queen, king, and California king sizes are most common.
Canopy Beds: Similar to poster beds, a canopy bed has the posts but also includes connecting rails at the top. This can be four connecting crossbeams at each corner creating a rectangular shape or beams that stem from the corners and meet in the center of the bed. Originally canopy beds were designed for fabrics to be draped over top for a more commanding presence but many are now so ornately designed that they have just as handsome look with or without the fabric. Generally speaking, queen, king, and California king sizes are most common.
Platform Beds: With a platform bed, you will not need a boxspring. Along the bed frame, wooden slats are laid horizontal for extra support, meaning you will just require a mattress. It’s recommended that bed slats are placed no more than 3 inches apart to ensure your mattress does not wear out more quickly than is necessary. This can also be a better investment in the long run because without having to spend money on a boxspring, you can maybe choose a higher quality mattress that will have a long life. Platform beds are usually have a minimalist, contemporary style and are close to the ground.
Sleigh Beds: Characterized by their curved, scrolled headboard and/or footboard so that it resembles an old-fashioned sleigh. The look of sleigh beds is usually more formal and is built to a larger scale. Typically speaking, a sleigh bed will look best in a bedroom with more space but again, measure beforehand to see how the style will fit with your room. Sleigh beds are usually a traditional style and look best in a more formal bedroom.
Storage Beds: For when you need a little extra room, having the option of underbed storage is helpful. You can choose rails with storage drawers on one or both rails or storage drawers in the footboard. All types of beds, such as panel or poster, can include storage as a feature. Many beds will have two versions – one with and one without storage, so if you have questions about which one you are buying, it is best to contact the retailer where you are purchasing from. When buying a storage bed online, be sure to carefully read the product description and features. A manufacturer may only have photos of the bed with storage and this photo will be used for both bed options, so do not buy based on the photo alone.
Bunk Beds: The quintessential children’s bed, bunk beds are a great option for when you have multiple children and not a lot of space. Bunk beds come in several sizes; twin over twin, full over full, or twin over full. The size you choose depends on how long you are planning on keeping the bunk bed style for your children. If you know you are going to have them share a room for awhile, getting a full over full will last longer as they grow and need more space.
Loft Beds: Similar to twin bunk beds but different in the fact that instead of a bed underneath, there is an open space. Many people will use this space to put a child’s desk and have a designated homework area. You could also use that space to place bean bags and toys as an area for hanging out with friends or to place an extra dresser or chest.
Low Profile Beds: Best for those who want a simple, minimalist look, low profile beds are close to the floor and have little to no decorative elements. A low profile bed usually has a square headboard and square frame to create clean lines for a truly modern look. This is also a good choice for people who have limited space or a loft because the small scale of low profile beds is going to complement the space best. The look is similar to a platform bed but low profile beds may require a boxspring.
Day Beds: Similar to twin size panel beds, except with a back on one side. Day beds are a great transitional bed for kids and teens when there is limited space in the bedroom. Some people also will use a day bed as casual seating for a reading area.
Slat Beds: Defined by their design characteristic of slatted headboard and/or footboard, slat beds are a casual look and usually made of solid wood or metal. Typically, slat beds have minimal decorative elements and are of a medium scale, making them good for guest rooms or a smaller master bedroom.