It's easy to fall for the graceful lines and warm tones of wooden beds. Many people choose wooden bed bases, frames and headboards. Wooded beds, even contemporary designs, give off an air of tradition, whilst blending in seamlessly with modern designs. What is it about wood that makes it so attractive to the designers and makers of beds? Variety The variety of wood that can be used to create furniture is one of its many appeals. From Beech to Mahogany, wood gives you a range of colours and grains that makes each piece completely individual - even if it's made to a common design. Durability The wood used to make substantial pieces of furniture such as beds must be durable. If it's properly harvested, professionally cut and worked and finished and polished correctly, a wooden bed frame should last for many years, and still look as beautiful as it did the day it was purchased. In addition, wood is a strong material, making it ideal for supporting weight. Flexibility Designers love wood because it can be so well manipulated. From simple turns to elaborate curves and carvings, wood can be treated in many ways in order to achieve many and varied results. From knotty, untreated pine to the smoothest walnut, there are wood types and finishes to suit everyone. Effect The type of wood used in the construction of beds can have an immediate impact on the room they are in. A lighter wood helps to increase the perception of space and, complemented with the right bedding, can make a dark room seem much brighter. Medium colour woods are often used in contemporary settings; their varied colour tones catching the light and inspiring colour choices for soft furnishings and accessories. Dark wood is considered to be more traditional, but with the right design, can also retain a cool, modern look and feel. Care You should always take care of your wood bed. Keep it clean and remove marks and stains as soon as you find them. For really good wood, try waxing the furniture once every 4-6 weeks or follow the care instructions that accompany your bed when it is delivered. Bed Next Day sells a range of traditional and contemporary single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.