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Which is best: Wooden or upholstered beds?

Which is best: Wooden or upholstered beds?

It’s time for a new bed, but what type do you go for? If you’ve eliminated the idea of a metal bed frame, you’re left with two basic types – upholstered beds and wooden beds. But which one do you choose? And what type of bed frame is best for you?

On average, most people replace their bed frames every 10-20 years. As it’s a key investment, it’s important to make the right choice.

Why choose a wooden bed?

Wooden bed frames are a real favourite. One of the most traditional methods of making a bed frame, they’ve been in use for hundreds of years. If looked after properly, they can last for decades.

1. They suit any décor

Whether you’ve got a country cottage or an ultra-chic apartment, wooden bed frames suit almost any décor. You can go as ornate or as simple as you want. A stunning wooden bed frame can form the focal point of your bedroom interior design. It allows you to build your signature look around the largest piece of furniture in the room.

2. They are easy to keep clean

Every bedroom gets a little dusty. But these types of frames are super-easy to keep things clean. All you have to do is wipe the frame down with a damp cloth to pick up the dust. Then bring back the shine with furniture polish. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it keeps your bed frame looking as good as new.

3. They are eco-friendly

Wood is a renewable resource and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Look for frames made from FSC® Certified timber that has been sourced from sustainable forests.

4. They last for years

A good quality bed frame will last for decades if it’s looked after properly. They also tend not to squeak as much as metal bed frames!

Are there any cons?

Wooden frames can be heavy, so if you move house regularly, they could be a bit of a hassle to take apart and put back together every time. If you’re not sure how to put together a wooden bed, you can ask your delivery team to do it for you when you order.

Why choose an upholstered bed?

We’ve looked at wooden beds, but what do upholstered beds have to offer? Bright colours, soft fabrics and lots of different styles make them equally at home in both traditional and contemporary interiors.

1. They are colourful

While wooden frames have the advantage of the natural beauty of timber, upholstered bed frames can be any colour you want. They can also be upholstered in a range of different materials, depending on your preference. Go for soft pink to ultra-chic charcoal grey, cool blue or forest green – the choice is yours.

2. They are cosy

As with all soft furnishings, upholstered beds are soft, comfortable, and very snuggly. Top things off with an upholstered headboard and you have a cosy bedroom where you can curl up together, watch TV in comfort, or have a lazy Sunday morning reading the papers in bed.

3. They are lighter than wooden bed frames

Upholstered beds tend to be lighter than wooden ones. If you need to move them for any reason, it’s easier to do so. They are also easier to dismantle if you’re moving house. If you’re fitting a new bed into your bedroom, ask your delivery team how to put together an upholstered bed. Or better still, take advantage of an assembly service from your bed supplier.

Any drawbacks to upholstered beds?

The one drawback to upholstered beds is that they are not as easy to keep clean as a wooden bed. They’ll need hoovering regularly to keep the dust down.

If you’re asthmatic or suffer from allergies, it may be better to opt for metal or wood instead. You’ll also need to be careful not to spill that morning coffee on the upholstery, as it could be very difficult to get stains and spills out.

ConsiderationWooden bed frameUpholstered bed frame
Price£140-£1,800£130-£850
DurabilityLong lastingGood durability but not as long-lasting as wood
Cleaning Easy - simply wipe cleanCan be tricky to clean
Storage spaceDepends on the model – under-bed storage is availableSuper-flexible storage spaces including ottoman and divan styles
Easy to move No - heavy frameEasy – lighter than wooden frames
SupportVery supportiveGood support with additional comfort from upholstered headboards
DisadvantagesDifficult to moveHard to clean

What are the best bed frames?

With so many great styles on offer, and at so many different price points, it’s hard to narrow it down. However, we love the following for their looks, their practicality, and their styling:

Our top upholstered choice

The Birlea Lancaster Grey Fabric Bed – this classically elegant style works well in both traditional and contemporary surroundings. The soft grey colour works with almost any colour scheme, while the rolled headboard and footboard make it a timeless design.

The addition of divan drawers in the frame adds to its appeal, giving you that all-important extra storage space. It’s a mid-price bed that comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. It also ticks the green box, as for every order, we plant a tree to offset our CO2 footprint.

Our top wooden frame choice

We love the Bedmaster Malmo Oak Ottoman Bed. This gorgeous, mid-price-range bed has so much charm and style, with a simple yet classic design that really showcases the beauty of the gold-toned wood.

A slatted headboard and low foot end make it compatible with any type of décor, including contemporary minimalism.

The big advantage to this bed is the large capacity storage space underneath, accessed by a hydraulic ottoman top. It’s super-easy to lift, and as it raises from the foot end, it won’t encroach on your floorspace, making it a great choice for smaller bedrooms. As with all our wooden beds, we plant a tree for every order, to offset our CO2 footprint.

For even more information, check out our expert tips on how to buy a new bed, as well as how to measure a bed.

Author: Ryan Thaker

Ryan is a Marketing Executive, who joined MattressNextDay in October 2021. Having over 5 years marketing experience in higher education and recruitment, Ryan is looking to broaden his horizons and learn more about the mattress and online retail industries. He will be looking into the latest bedroom decor trends, sharing ways to sleep healthier and providing insights on products and the features they provide. If you have any questions for Ryan, please give him a call today!