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When it comes to a gorgeous bedroom design, few pieces of furniture make more of an impact than the bed. Beds take up prime visual real estate, so investing in a gorgeous bed frame is a simple and easy way to take any bedroom design to the next level.
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Four-poster beds have been making major waves in the interior design scene of late, and just one look at this beauty makes it easy to see why. Combining organic structure with textural upholstery, this bed frame can make any style sing. You can also choose from a variety of upholstery fabrics and wood finishes to create the perfect fit for your space.
According to Jennifer Walter, “This Thompson Canopy Bed from Maiden Home fits the bill for easygoing, statement-making pieces! We love it in a smaller room for max impact, filling the space with its high back and style.”
Equal parts simple, minimal, and elegant, this is the sort of bed frame that can truly live anywhere and look great doing it.
The bed frame’s rails are made of solid wood to provide optimal durability, while heavy-duty wooden slats ensure you’re well supported throughout the night. The mid-century modern inspired frame also comes in three neutral colors—Heather Charcoal, Papyrus, and Stone Gray—each of which can offer a timeless accent for just about any space. You can also choose to add an upholstered headboard.
Check out our full review of the Chorus Bed here. "The clean, minimalist design means it can easily match with a variety of colors, patterns, textures, and accessories so it’s a very welcome addition to my work-in-progress second bedroom," writes Cassandra Brooklyn.
“The Inside's Modern Wingback Bed is a classic and stylish option and a customer favorite,” raves Danielle Walsh. “We especially love this frame because it can make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel suite.”
The bed frame’s upholstery comes in a wide range of fabrics, ranging from 100% cotton to polyester-linen blends. Plus, you can choose from virtually any color or pattern you can imagine, whether you’re looking for a soft, solid hue or a bold pattern full of showstopping personality. Its wingback headboard is certainly an eye-catching statement piece for your room.
This low-profile bed frame features a padded headboard perfect for propping you up for your favorite book or enjoying late-night conversations with a loved one. It also comes in every size, from twin to California king, so it’s a great fit for everyone in the house.
And Medley’s co-founder Travis Nagle agrees: “Medley’s beautifully constructed solid wood and upholstered bed frames are handcrafted and built for a lifetime of wear. The headboards on our upholstered beds make an excellent backrest for slow Sundays, late-night book binges, and breakfast in bed.”
Inspired by the sand dunes of the Mojave desert, this bed frame features a sloped, split-back headboard that offers just the right amount of lumbar support for comfortable bedtime reading.
The heirloom-quality piece is made in an American factory and rocks a solid wood frame composed of kiln-dried hardwood, along with mortise-and-tenon joints designed to last a lifetime. It also comes in a beautiful range of colors and upholstery fabrics, whether you want a soft linen-cotton blend or a sumptuous faux shearling to help keep you warm and cozy. This frame comes with hardwood slats included, so no box spring (or foundation) required.
If versatility is at the top of your bed frame priority list, you’ll love this option from Apt2B. It comes in all kinds of gorgeous colors and upholstery materials that expand well beyond the basics. There’s even a Flamingo Pink velvet option.
You can also choose from several finishes for the solid wood legs, including Pecan, Espresso, and Natural. And the bed frame is as durable as it is gorgeous thanks to a solid wood frame that comes with a lifetime guarantee. This bed does require a box spring to provide the necessary support for your mattress.
This classic bed frame comes in twin, full, queen, and king sizes so it’s a great fit no matter your needs. And it features a padded and wood bed frame that combines structural durability with a soft, textural appearance.
The bed frame’s upholstery comes in six different colors, all of which are equally neutral and sophisticated. And you can choose from Black or White finished legs to find the ideal match for your color palette.
With its modern silhouette and warm pinewood legs, this platform bed frame is sure to make a statement wherever it lives. It also offers all sorts of upholstery materials, whether you’re in the market for a luxe velvet option or a breezy linen. And it comes in every size from full to California king, so you can stretch out just the way you like.
“The modern lines of this Lulu and Georgia platform bed make it a perfect option as a statement in any bedroom,” recommends Jennifer Walter. “It hits all the style notes on its own, so simple bedding and accented furniture is a no-brainer for letting the bed shine.”
Featuring soft rounded edges and a low-profile design, there’s everything to love about this upholstered bed frame from Castlery.
You can choose from a queen bed or a king, so it’s a stellar option for couples. And its breathable polyester-linen upholstery, complete with a foam and fiber filling, will look and feel great for years to come thanks to optional two-, three-, and five-year warranties.
Designed to be versatile and work with a range of bedroom aesthetics, Graham features a fully upholstered frame with piping details and rounded corners to give the bed a soft and welcoming vibe.
"Graham's beauty is in its simple and versatile design that works with any bedroom. In addition to a range of fabrics and sizes, we're loving the ability to further customize with contrast piping and storage functionality," Interior Define's Director of Merchandising Emily K told Living Cozy.
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Why You Should Consider an Upholstered Bed Frame
A major benefit of upholstered bed frames over wood and metal bed frames is that they come in so many different colors, textures, and patterns, so they can really help to anchor your design and enhance your color palette.
“Upholstered bed frames and headboards are an incredible way to add warmth and coziness to your bedroom,” says Paige Gray. “I love how different fabric and upholstery options can provide a broad span of style choices.”
“Upholstered bed frames and headboards are an incredible way to add warmth and coziness to your bedroom."
Upholstered bed frames also have a knack for making spaces feel warmer and cozier, which is a perfect fit for the tranquil vibes that so many of us seek in a bedroom design.
According to Becc Burgmann, “If a headboard is wrought iron or wood, while still lovely, you’d probably want to add a rug for visual warmth, otherwise the space can feel really cold, especially if it’s a larger room.” However, opting for an upholstered bed frame means that you’ll instantly have more warmth in your space, regardless of the rest of the elements. It also offers a textural base layer that you can build more warmth on top of using other design elements, like cozy throw pillows, blankets, quilts, and duvet covers.
Interior designer, Bridget Desroches adds, "[Upholstered beds bring] a soft feeling and visual effect to differentiate from the wood pieces such as end tables or dressers in the space. An upholstered bed can give the bedroom a sense of soft coziness perfect for a good night’s sleep. It also breaks up the textures in the room, so it doesn’t feel too matchy – matchy."
Plus, upholstered bed frames are amazing at elevating virtually any aesthetic thanks to their versatile designs. For instance, if you have a minimalist bedroom design, you can opt for a low-profile bed frame that features clean lines, airy metal legs, and chic upholstery material. Or if your aesthetic leans more glam, you can choose a bed frame with velvet upholstery or button tufting to make your space feel more luxe and sophisticated. Meanwhile, “A navy pinstripe headboard against a crisp shiplap wall can say country farmhouse or coastal Hamptons,” says Becc Burgmann. The possibilities are truly endless.
Pro Tips on Buying and Styling an Upholstered Bed Frame
When buying and styling a big bedroom furniture piece like a bed frame, it’s helpful to consider several factors, including your personal aesthetic, lifestyle, and functional needs.
If you have a small space, then an upholstered storage bed, complete with hidden storage drawers, can help you maximize your space while reducing clutter. On the other hand, Paige recommends that “For a larger bedroom with more space to freely place furniture, don't be afraid to add a bed frame with a little more volume.”
“For a larger bedroom with more space to freely place furniture, don't be afraid to add a bed frame with a little more volume.”
In addition to the size of your room, you should also consider the size of the bed frame in relation to the rest of your furniture. For example, maybe your room can only snugly fit a California king, but if having nightstands is important to you, a queen size or full bed frame with space for nightstands on the sides might be a better fit overall.
Of course, style is also a big factor, and your bed frame takes up a lot of visual space, so deciding on the right color is important and styling elements is important — for example a nailhead trim or tufted headboard or a bold, boho upholstery pattern can make all the difference to the feel of your space.
“Keep your upholstery neutral. Colors such as light gray, beige, and white are great backdrops for a beautiful bed set or feature headboard wall."
Eliety Perez recommends that you “Keep your upholstery neutral. Colors such as light gray, beige, and white are great backdrops for a beautiful bed set or feature headboard wall. These colors are also beneficial long-term as styles or color palettes.” A neutral bed frame is also great for guest rooms since they appeal to a wide variety of style sensibilities. However, you can also use your bed frame as a statement piece, opting for a bold color or pattern to make a big style splash.
Finally, consider the design of the bed itself and whether it’s built to last. “I prefer a whole bed box where the headboard and footboard are one assembled piece,” says Paige. “Look for reputable furniture manufacturers that focus on dovetail construction. That way, if your style changes over the years, the quality stays consistent so you can simply update the upholstery.”
Kelly Weimert is a writer, editor, and interior design expert with 10 years of experience writing about design and home decor. She's written for interior design publications such as MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, Domino Magazine, and Hunker. When she's not writing or editing, she's probably busy obsessing over how to beautify her home.
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