No matter how big or small your bedroom is, the bed is the focal point. What is a bedroom without a bed? Well, not a bedroom, for a start. When you're thinking about planning your bedroom, the bed is obviously one of the most important pieces of furniture, but the art of good bedroom design lies in making your bed the focal point of the room without it being overwhelming. Of course, there are designers who think that an overwhelming bed is the ultimate in bedroom chic - a huge canopy bed, hung with fabulous fabrics and placed in the middle of the floor, for example. For most of us, however, space and money restrictions mean that we need to be a little more careful when it comes to placing and dressing the beds that we buy. Whether we're shopping for kids' beds, guest beds or beds for our own rooms, we need to think carefully about the space we have and the price we can afford. Here are the most important things to consider: ? Space - unless you're trying to make a real design statement, you need to find a bed that fits into the space you've got without dominating it. Take measurements before you go shopping so that you know which beds can fit in. ? Height - it's important to consider the height of your room - particularly if you're considering a four-poster or canopy bed. These beds should fit into your room with a clearance of at least 6". ? Comfort - You spend around one third of your life in bed, so it's important that you're comfortable. Try out various bases and mattresses until you find a combination that you're happy with. ? Bedding - one of the easiest ways to create a focal point with your bed is to use a variety of bedding and accessories. Use throws, cushions and bolsters for accent colours and to give your bed a more welcoming look, rather than a utilitarian one, and use lighting, ornaments and candles to create an inviting atmosphere. 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.