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Guide to Bed Design

Panel

A panel bed consists of a headboard and footboard made from flat panels of wood. The panels are framed with raised moldings or grooves that mimic traditional wood paneling or wainscoting. The headboard and footboard are connected by wooden rails. Manufacturers offer panel beds in both painted and wood-stained finishes. Some also offer headboard-only versions.

ODEON King Bed Set

Sleigh

The sleigh bed features curved or scrolled foot and headboards, resembling a sled or sleigh. Often made of heavy wood, this style is a result of the French and American Empire period of the early 19th century. Today’s sleigh beds are made from a variety of materials including wood, iron, steel and aluminum, and often possess less exaggerated curves of the foot and headboards.

RAYWICK King Bed Set

Poster

A poster, or more commonly four-poster, bed is built with four vertical columns, one in each corner, sometimes supporting an upper panel. Traditionally these beds were highly ornate and made of carved oak, but now come in a variety of materials and configurations.

FAYETTE King Bed Set

Upholstered

An upholstered bed is any bed that is covered in soft materials rather than just being constructed from wood or metal. In most cases, the bed upholstery is placed on top of additional padding. This creates a plush headboard that is softer to the touch and more comfortable. Decorative elements such as beadings or buttons are often added to give upholstered bed frames a more luxurious look.

GARDINER King Bed & Nightstand