The two factors that we prioritize when choosing a new bed are style and budget. We want to get the most for our money but also prefer something that reflects our personality and taste.
Sometimes it can be hard to narrow down the options because we’re attracted to various styles and then have a tough time choosing.
I like both!
We know the feeling, which is why we have narrowed down the options for you to highlight some of the best beds in different categories.
Whether you’re looking for a master bed or child’s bed, a day bed or something with more storage, we’ve narrowed down the list to just 10 beds that are worth your moolah.
Top 10 Beds Comparison Overview
Important Things to Consider When Bed Shopping
Since there are so many styles of beds out there, choosing one is understandably difficult.
To simplify the search, here are a few important things you should keep in mind when shopping for one.
- Style. Modern, minimal, elegant or rustic. Do you have a preference?
Be sure that the bed you like matches any existing furniture (if you already have some), and if you are furnishing an empty room, be sure to have a color and style theme in mind before you start shopping. It will make the process so much easier!
- Storage. Beds these days can be very resourceful, and those with drawers underneath provide you with extra storage space for linens, bedding, and sheets.
We recommend removing the drawers a few times a year to clean underneath since mold and mildew can be a problem. There is much less airflow, so it is vital that you clean the area and let it air out occasionally.
Trundle beds are also another storage solution for an extra bed. They’re great for children’s rooms or the elderly when rolling off the bed is a potential safety hazard.
- Size. King and California King-sized beds make you feel like royalty, but will they fit in your room?
Avoid choosing a bed that ends up dominating the majority of your walking space and storage space. Will the bed be near a chest of drawers? If so, make sure you have enough room to pull them out and space for yourself, too. The same goes for opening doors; make sure you have enough room for the door to open fully.
Height is another thing to take into consideration. Platform beds are great since you have no box spring that lifts the mattress ridiculously high off the floor. Lower beds are safer for children and the elderly, and bunk beds can add a bit of fun to the bedtime routine for kids.
Top 5 Best Beds Reviews
- Style. Modern
- Material. Linen
Baxton Studio’s Favela Bed is a mix of modern and vintage. It has a slight 1960’s Mad Men feel to it, and the tufted headboard makes it versatile with a mixture of styles; not just modern.
One of the reasons that it is pricier than some of the other beds on our list is that the frame has been upholstered in real linen. The lines are clean and elegant; not too feminine but it would be easy to add a more feminine touch with some accent pillows and the right comforter.
The gray isn’t too dark nor too light. It is neutral enough to work with a variety of room themes and colors, and the tufting details were impeccable. The quality was impressive for the price, considering that so many beds at the same price are made with cheap materials that don’t hold up very well.
The only thing you need to remember with this bed is that the base is fixed, so you won’t be able to access the area below the bed for storage or cleaning. Cleaning is important to prevent mold and mildew growth, so if you’re willing to dedicate a little extra by moving the bed or sliding the mattress over so you can reach under with the vacuum wand, it won’t be too much of an issue.
- Style. Contemporary, Rustic
- Material. Wood
Zinus’s wood bed is light and welcoming, making it ideal for both contemporary and rustic bedroom styles.
As a platform bed, you don’t have to worry about the mold and mildew forming underneath (although the dust bunnies will probably accumulate, so be sure to vacuum under it regularly).
This bed does not have a headboard or a footboard, which might be a new concept to some of you. It is very clean and simple, with the entire platform measuring 12 inches high. Add your mattress thickness to that number so you have an idea of what the final height will be.
While we liked the price and the style of this bed, we weren’t used to the fact that there are no sides to prevent it from sliding around. The top of the platform is flat with nothing that will prevent the mattress from sliding slightly to the left or right, so if your bed is not pushed up against the wall, keep this in mind.
The wood also comes in cherry and espresso stains, so if pine doesn’t match your style or décor, see if the other ones will!
- Style. Modern
- Material. Faux Leather
Many love a luxurious leather bed, but since real leather is so expensive, faux leather is a great alternative.
This bed sits slightly higher off the floor than the previous platform bed did at 15.5 inches. It is also a platform, but this doesn’t have the flat top like the previous bed did. The mattress will sit down slightly on the slats so it won’t slide around when you sit on it.
Assembly is quite straightforward, and the size ranges allow you to use it in a master bedroom, guest room, child’s room or even college students who are renting a room in a house will find it to be stylish and comfortable to lean on and study.
It is probably one of the most popular options on our list, and while black isn’t always the best color for small spaces since it can make them feel smaller, you can certainly make it work if the walls are painted a lighter color and you have a keen design sense.
- Style. Traditional, Contemporary
- Material. Wood
A bed like this is only going to work in a very large master bedroom since the style is so heavy, but if you do have a lot of extra space, then consider it as an option.
We found the storage space to be extremely useful since there are two rows of drawers on each side and at the foot of the bed. The headboard does feel a bit like a library and is a bit dated, but if you put the right accessories there, it can work.
It is made from a mixture of wood pieces and wood veneer, and unlike the platform beds that sat closer to the ground, this one is quite high. It is actually a platform bed, too, so no box spring is needed.
- Style. Traditional
- Material. Metal
Our final suggestion is this neat little day bed from DHP. It comes in white, bronze or silver metal, so there’s something to match any décor scheme.
It is one of the best beds on our list for guest rooms and older children. Parents like it for younger children, too, since it boxes them in a bit more if the bed won’t be up against the wall.
Assembly was a bit of a pain, but once we got it up, we were pleased with the sturdiness and quality. Just remember that this will fit a full sized mattress only, so if you have a twin, this isn’t going to work.