Types of Beds

Written by Zulekha Nishad

Last Updated June 6, 2024

When it comes to selecting the perfect bed, there are a plethora of options available in the market. From sleek and modern platform beds to cozy and traditional four-poster beds, the choices can be overwhelming. Each type of bed offers a unique set of benefits, and choosing the right one can make a world of difference to the quality of your sleep. In this article, we'll take a closer look at some of the most popular types of beds on the market and help you make an informed decision for your next bedding purchase.

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Key Takeaways:

  • It is up to the sleepers to choose the right type of bed according to their individual preferences and needs.
  • As beds come in standard and custom sizes, selecting the right size for a bedroom is important.
  • There are many types of beds, from traditional to modern, including some unusual ones such as sonic beds and magnetic floating beds.
  • A bed frame may be made of wood or metal and it may have additional features such as a headboard and footboard.

Different types of bed sizes

  1. Twin

It is the smallest of all bed sizes and measures 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. Twin beds are perfect for kids, teens, or single adults who are looking for a space-saving solution. They are also referred to as 'single beds.' Due to their compact size, twin beds are commonly used in smaller apartments, guest rooms, or college dorm rooms.

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  1. Twin XL

A twin xl bed is 38 inches wide by 80 inches long. This makes it 5 inches longer than a standard twin mattress, providing more legroom for taller individuals. Twin XL beds are often used in college dorms and are also a popular choice for guest rooms.

twin xl bed

  1. Full

The full size bed measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. This means it is 16 inches wider than a twin bed but still suitable for a single sleeper. Also known as 'double beds,' full beds are a popular choice for guest rooms and smaller master bedrooms, as they offer more space than a twin bed but don't take up as much room as a queen or king size bed.

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  1. Full XL

A full xl bed has the same width as that of the full size, but it is 5 inches longer. This means a full xl bed is 54 inches wide by 80 inches long. Full xl is not a standard bed size but can be a good option for single sleepers who are looking for a wider sleeping space and more legroom.

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  1. Queen

The queen bed measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. They offer more space for couples or single sleepers who want extra room to move around during the night.

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  1. California Queen

A California Queen bed is 60 inches wide by 84 inches long. It is a less common bed size and can be a good option for taller individuals who want extra legroom without sacrificing width. However, it's important to note that bedding and accessories for a California Queen may be harder to find than for more common sizes.

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  1. Olympic Queen

An Olympic Queen size bed is 66 inches wide by 80 inches long. This means it is 6 inches wider than a standard queen size mattress. The additional width provides more sleeping space for couples while still fitting comfortably in most bedrooms. Like California Queen, Olympic Queen beds are less common than standard queen or king.

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  1. Split Queen

The split queen beds are designed to accommodate two separate mattresses, each measuring 30 inches wide and 80 inches long. The main benefit of a split queen bed is that it allows couples to adjust the firmness and support of their individual sides of the bed without disturbing their partner's sleep. This can be particularly helpful for couples who have different sleep preferences or who experience discomfort due to differences in height, weight, or body shape.

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  1. King

The largest of standard mattress sizes, a king bed is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. It offers abundant room for families and couples to sleep soundly without disrupting each other's rest. It's worth noting, however, that due to their size, king size beds may not be suitable for smaller bedrooms.

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  1. California King

Also known as 'Western king,' the California king beds are narrower and longer than a standard king size bed. They are 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. These types of beds are often chosen by taller individuals who need the extra length.

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  1. Split king

A split king bed consists of two separate mattresses placed side by side within a single bed frame, with each mattress measuring approximately 38 inches wide and 80 inches long. These beds are popular among couples who have different sleeping preferences or medical conditions that require different levels of support or firmness. They are also often used with adjustable bed frames that allow each side of the bed to be raised or lowered independently.

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  1. Alaskan King

The largest of all bed sizes, the Alaskan king size bed measures 108 inches wide by 108 inches long, which is over 9 feet square. This bed size is a very luxurious and spacious option, ideal for those who want plenty of space to move around or share their bed with pets or children.

alaskan king bed

  1. Texas King

The Texas king bed measures 80 inches wide by 98 inches long. It is perfect for those who want extra space but don't want to go all the way up to an Alaskan king.

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  1. Wyoming king

A wyoming king size bed is 84 inches wide by 84 inches long and provides ample room for couples and even children or pets to sleep comfortably.

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Different types of bed designs

  1. Bunk bed

The bunk model has two or more beds stacked on top of each other. This allows two people to sleep in the same amount of space that one person would normally occupy. Bunk beds often come in twin over twin, twin over full, and full over full sizes. Many bunk beds are also made with a built-in ladder for easy access to the top bunk, as well as a guard rail for safety.

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  1. Round bed

Circular in shape, round beds are known for their unique and stylish design and can create a focal point in a bedroom. They are also sometimes used in hotels or luxury homes to add a touch of sophistication to the bedroom.

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  1. Futon bed

With a futon bed, you can enjoy the comfort of a mattress and the convenience of a sofa at the same time. Its uncomplicated design resembles a lounge chair and comes with an adaptable backrest that can be flattened. Futons are often used in small apartments or dorm rooms where space is limited.

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  1. Sofa bed

Also known as a 'slide away bed,' sofa beds are often used in living rooms or guest rooms where there is limited space for a separate bed. Unlike futons, in a sofa bed, the mattress is placed on a separate frame, often under the sofa seat.

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  1. Trundle bed

A trundle bed has a second bed stored underneath the main bed. The second bed can be pulled out and raised to almost the same height as the main bed, creating a larger sleeping surface. Trundle beds are often used in children's bedrooms or guest rooms where there may be an occasional need for extra sleeping space.

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  1. Loft bed

The loft bed is a type of bed that is elevated above the ground, with space underneath for storage or other furniture. The bed is usually accessed by a ladder or stairs and can create additional floor space in a bedroom. Loft beds are often used in small apartments or children's bedrooms where space is at a premium.

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  1. Bed with a slide

Have kids at home? Get them a bed with a slide. These types of beds are elevated off the ground and feature a slide attached to one side. They are frequently found in children's bedrooms, providing a playful and imaginative atmosphere.

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  1. Cabin bed

beds are practical but fun. They are designed to maximize space and are often used in children's bedrooms or small apartments.

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  1. Divan

Made with a specially designed base consisting of a wooden frame covered in fabric, divan beds come with a mattress placed on top. These are usually preferred by individuals who are limited in terms of space and love a clean and minimalist look. Divans can come with storage drawers and headboards built into the base.


  1. Platform bed

A platform bed features a simple, low-profile design with a solid or slatted base to support the mattress. The bed may or may not have a headboard or footboard and can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, metal, or upholstered.

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  1. Four poster bed

Four poster bed has four vertical posts at the corners of the bed, with a decorative panel at the top of each post. The posts can be simple or ornate, and the bed can have a canopy or curtains that can be drawn closed for privacy.

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  1. Pencil poster bed

Another one in the poster category is the Pencil poster bed. It has four thin, tall vertical posts at the corners of the bed, giving it a delicate and refined appearance.

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  1. Low poster bed

The four posts on the low poster beds are shorter than those on a traditional poster bed. The bed can have a simple or ornate design, with the posts adding a touch of elegance and visual interest to the room.

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  1. Half poster bed

The half-poster bed features four vertical posts at the corners of the bed, with a decorative panel at the top of each post. What makes this poster bed unique is that the posts on the foot of the bed are usually shorter than those on a four-poster bed, giving the bed a more understated and elegant look.

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  1. Murphy bed

One interesting thing about a Murphy bed is that it can be folded up and stored vertically against a wall when not in use. This allows the bed to be hidden away, creating more space in the room.

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  1. Novelty bed

The characteristic feature of novelty beds is that they are designed to look like a specific object or theme, such as a race car, princess castle, or pirate ship. These beds can create a fun and imaginative space for children and can be a focal point of the room.

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  1. Triple bunk bed

Triple bunk beds have three beds stacked on top of each other, with a ladder providing access to the upper bunk. They are often used in shared bedrooms or in spaces where multiple children or guests need to be accommodated.

triple bunk bed
  1. Ottoman bed

An ottoman bed typically features a storage compartment beneath the mattress. The storage area is usually accessed by lifting up the mattress, which is supported by a hydraulic mechanism. This type of bed is useful in rooms where space is at a premium since it eliminates the need for a separate storage solution, such as a dresser or wardrobe.

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  1. Canopy bed

This type of bed comes with four posts that support a canopy or drapes. The canopy may be made of various materials, such as fabric or mosquito netting, and can be used for both decorative and functional purposes. Canopy beds were popular in the medieval era, and today they are often used in romantic or luxurious bedroom designs.

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Different types of bed styles

  1. Traditional bed

A traditional bed is typically characterized by its classic and timeless design. It may have a headboard and footboard, often with decorative details like carved dark wood or metal accents. Different types of beds fit into this category, including canopy beds, poster beds, and more.

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  1. Country bed

Country-styled beds have a rustic charm that is often associated with country living. It may feature natural materials like wood or wrought iron and may have a simple design with minimal ornamentation.

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  1. Rustic bed

Designed to look natural, raw, and distressed, rustic beds may have rough or textured surfaces. It somewhat resembles the country look and are mostly found inside barns and cabin.

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  1. Modern bed

A modern bed is often characterized by its sleek, clean lines, minimalist and up-to-date design. They are not too flashy and are suitable for all kinds of homes.

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  1. Industrial bed

Inspired by the industrial aesthetic, these types of beds offer a rustic feel and give a contemporary look to your bedroom. Industrial beds may feature materials like metal, concrete, or reclaimed wood and may have a raw, unfinished look.

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  1. Cottage bed

An older style of bed that usually comes with unique carvings, cottage beds have unique headboards. They create a nostalgic feel and look great on farmhouses and country-style homes.

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  1. Distressed bed

The distressed beds are intentionally made to look aged or weathered. It may feature visible knots, cracks, and other imperfections in the wood, giving it a unique character.

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  1. French bed

Inspired by traditional French design, these beds look pretty much elegant. It gives a romantic feel and may have ornate tufted headboards with curved or scrolled lines.

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  1. Woven bed

A woven bed features a headboard and/or footboard that has been woven or upholstered with woven material, such as cane or wicker. This style of bed can add texture and visual interest to any bedroom.

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  1. Rocking bed

Rocking beds are designed to move back and forth in a gentle rocking motion. Similar to a rocking chair, the bed is suspended on a base that allows it to sway back and forth, providing a soothing and relaxing experience.

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Unusual types of beds

  1. Vertical bed

space and providing a new perspective on sleeping. The bed is typically attached to the wall with brackets and can be folded down when it's time to sleep.

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  1. Enignum bed

The Enignum bed is a canopy-style, sculptural bed designed by Irish furniture maker Joseph Walsh. It's made from layers of thin wood that have been shaped and molded into a fluid, organic form. The result is a beautiful and unique bed that looks like a piece of art.

enignum bed

  1. Sonic bed

Are you a music lover? Then this one's for you! Sonic beds are equipped with speakers and subwoofers that are built into the bedframe. It's designed to provide a fully immersive audio experience for the sleeper, with sound waves vibrating through the mattress and into the body.

sonic bed

  1. Magnetic floating bed

It's a futuristic type of bed that is suspended in mid-air using magnetic levitation technology. The bed is held in place by a series of powerful magnets that keep it hovering above the ground. It's a great option for those who want to create a truly unique and modern bedroom design.

magnetic floating bed

  1. Letto zip

A type of modular bed, letto zip, can be easily transformed into different configurations. The bed consists of several separate pieces that can be zipped together in different ways to create a variety of shapes and sizes of beds. It's a great option for those who want a versatile and customizable sleeping solution.

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Different types of bed frames

  1. Standard bed frame

They are simple type of bed frames made of metal or wood that supports a mattress and box spring. It typically consists of a headboard and footboard.

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  1. Metal bed frame

Made of metal, typically steel or iron, metal bed frames are durable and sturdy and come in a variety of styles and designs. They are solid, simple, and may come with/without a headboard.

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  1. Wooden bed frame

Thick and sturdy wooden bed frames are popular for their natural warmth, durability, and aesthetic appeal. These types of bed frames are easy to customize, and in most cases, you don't need a box spring. However, they tend to be on the heavier side.

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  1. Upholstered bed frame

An upholstered bed frame is usually covered in fabric or leather. They come with stunning headboards and may also feature embroidery or buttons for added visual appeal.

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  1. Brass bed frame

It is made of brass, a metal alloy consisting of copper and zinc. They are known for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and antique design. Brass is a versatile material that is available in various colors, ranging from a golden hue to a silvery yellow shade. Generally, the silver-toned brass bed frames are less expensive than their counterparts.

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  1. Platform bed frame

A platform bed frame typically sits lower to the ground and does not require a box spring. It s characterized by its thick and robust base to hold up the mattress.

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  1. Adjustable bed frame

An adjustable bed frame allows the sleep to adjust the head and foot positions of the bed. They are commonly used by people with medical conditions or those who want to enhance their sleeping experience.

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  1. Sleigh bed frame

Sleigh beds have a distinctive curved headboard and footboard, resembling the shape of a sleigh. They are often made of wood and are a popular choice for traditional bedroom designs.

sleigh bed frames

  1. Slat bed frame

These types of bed frames come with a series of wooden slats across the frame to support the mattress. They are popular for their minimalistic design and are often used in modern bedrooms.

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  1. Wrought iron bed frame

Made with one of the most durable materials that are malleable and easy to shape, wrought iron bed frames bring in a vintage appeal. They are known for their elaborate designs in both the headboards and footboards.

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  1. Wingback bed frame

The highlighting feature of this type of bed frame is that the headboard comes with curved sides that resemble wings. They are a popular choice for bedrooms with a classic or traditional design.

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  1. Spindle bed frame

If you want a bed frame with a timeless design, this one is a great option. A spindle bed frame features a headboard and footboard with vertical spindles or rods. It is often made of wood and is a popular choice for country-style or cottage-style bedrooms.

spindle bed frame

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Investing in a bed is an important decision that should not be taken lightly, given the long-term impact it can have on your overall comfort and health. With so many different types of beds available, it's important to research and understand the pros and cons of each type before making this major purchase. We hope this blog post has provided you with all the necessary information to help you make the best choice for your lifestyle and sleeping needs.

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