July 05, 2021 3 min read
Wooden bedroom set or upholstered headboard: it’s the eternal question when it comes to choosing a bed. Which is better? Should you go for practical or plush, luxurious or minimalist, dreamy or industrial, comfy or sleek? And – more importantly – does it always have to be one or the other?
Being cushioned and wrapped in fabric, an upholstered bed lends a lovely softness to the bedroom. Inviting and warm, they beckon you to sink in and relax. If you’re drawn more to cozy than sleek, an upholstered bed is probably your jam.
If you’re anything like us, reading and watching television in bed is a key activity for life happiness. An upholstered bed offers a soft-yet-firm backrest to prop pillows against so you can sit up in comfort.
With so many different shapes and fabrics to choose from, an upholstered bed can take on literally hundreds of permutations and looks. First, to narrow this down, you’ll want to choose the shape that suits your taste and style.
Grand. Warm. Glossy. Rustic. Painted. The list of ways we could describe wooden beds is long and varied, but overall, we can say one thing about all these options: they have stood the test of time.
Wooden beds have been around since the days of Pharoahs and. For centuries, simple wood platforms were piled with folded blankets to provide a warm respite for royalty or the wealthy, until, eventually, modest versions began appearing in middle class homes. Headboards were added in the sixteenth century to keep out drafts. Today, wooden beds have evolved exponentially into a dizzying array of options.
Being made from an elementary natural material, wooden beds possess soul and warmth that is grounding. Even the most delicately carved or painted version adds gravitas to a bedroom.
In the years following World War I, as France and other countries worked to solve the terrible housing conditions brought about by the war, modernist design emerged to heed that call. Pioneers like Le Corbusier designed furniture made of wood, steel, and metal not only because these materials were less fussy, but also because they were more hygienic, practical, and easier to reproduce. Thus wood and metal beds became a style still embraced by today’s fans of modern furniture.
Wooden beds are arguably easier to clean and maintain than upholstered versions. Just a quick swipe of a dusting cloth now and then will keep your bed pristine. You don’t need to worry too much about spills or pet hair, either.
From swooping sleigh beds to modern platforms, simple panel beds to elegant four-poster classics, wood beds are every bit as varied as upholstered ones – if not more so.
The variety and finishes of woods available also ensure there’s one right for every décor. Driftwood, for instance, works great in a beach house for a coastal vibe, whereas walnut is the wood of choice for most mid-century modern rooms.
If you’re someone who likes to change things up often, a wood bed is much more versatile than an upholstered one. Simply change your bed linen and scatter cushions and it will look like a completely different bed