You may have guessed but we think beds are great. After a long hard day we all dream of getting into our nice cosy beds and forgetting all our troubles. We have literally hundreds of bed to choose from here, and we’ve been thinking about different styles of beds and how they have come to exist. We’ve compiled this list of some regular and some more unusual style beds and where they come from. We hope you find it interesting –
The Japanese Futon
A futon is traditional Japanese bedding made up essentially of a padded mattresses and quilts, which can be folded up and stored away during the day. This style of bedding exists to allow the room to serve purposes other than as a bedroom during the daytime. The popularity of the futon in the eighties and nineties drew attention to the simplicity of Japanese style. We associate Japanese style with this simple low level sleeping, and futon style beds are still popular throughout the Western world. Futons are thought to be good for body and mind as they are thin, which means they’re usually harder than a firm western mattress. Japanese people believe that a soft bed makes your body soft.
The humble Divan
A divan bed is the most popular and uncomplicated style of bed there is – and there are numerous varieties to choose from. In effect a divan is a simple box base on to which you add a bed mattress. There are two types of divan base available. A pocket sprung divan which has springs in the base which offers a softer top and extra comfort. A platform top divan has a simple hard top and gives firmer feel, though the overall firmness of the bed will depend on the mattress. We pride ourselves on the wide range of quality Divans we have on offer.
The four-poster bed
For centuries, the bed has been a sign of wealth – the richer the man, the better the bed. To this day people still aspire to owning a four poster bed for their luxurious feel and grand appearance. Introduced in the 15th century it features vertical columns in each corner that support an upper panel. There are a number of antique four-poster beds in existence dating to the 16th century and earlier, many of which are highly ornate.
When we think of a hammock we usually picture a desert island, palm trees and a stretching coastline, but they were actually developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America for sleeping. A hammock is essentially a sling made of fabric that is suspended between two points and is used for swinging, resting or sleeping. They were used as beds on ships by sailors to provide a comfortable place to sleep while maximising space. They were also used by explorers or soldiers travelling in wooded areas as comfortable above-ground beds. These days they are popular around the world for relaxation and are commonly used as a lightweight bed on camping trips.
The Bunk bed
The ingenious result of stacking one bed frame on top of another, allowing two or more people to sleep in the same room while maximizing available floor space. They are most commonly used in places where bed space needs to be maximized, such as dormitories, hostels, children’s bedrooms, prison cells, or university halls of residence. A variation of the bunk bed is the loft bed which is elevated like a bunk bed, but without the lower bed freeing floor space for other furniture. Bunk beds also originate from ships where they were used to maximize space.
The Water Bed
A form of waterbed was invented in the early 19th century by the Scottish physician Neil Arnott to prevent bedsores harming the disabled or ill. It comprised a bath of water and a rubber canvas covering, on which bedding was placed. Arnott did not patent it which meant anyone to make a bed with this design. The modern waterbed was created by Charles Prior Hall in 1968. The water bed shapes exactly to the body which can help to minimise pressure on the joints and removes pressure from the spine.
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