A bed is something more than just furniture to sleep on. If this were the case, a mattress on the floor would be a bed. A bed is really a statement, a comfort, and art all at the same time. Personally, I am a minimalist. I like platform beds, and the simpler the bed, the better. My logic is that the less I have to coordinate my furniture, the more options I will have when I add new furniture to my bedroom. This is a perfect example of minimal yet functional furniture. As a bonus, this platform bed features storage drawers for whatever you may need to store there.
The platform bed pictured here is from South Shore, but represents a style used by many different manufacturers for this simple and effective design. The mattress sits atop a solid wood base (solid versus slatted, some platform beds use a type of plywood for this surface which is still a solid piece), and under this base are several drawers. The drawers make use of the ample space available under the bed without the hazard of things getting pushed so far under the bad that you would need to get on your hands and knees to get them out.
This particular design is about 1 inch wider on each side and 1 inch longer on each end that the mattress size it is intended for. I consider this a hazard, since walking too close to the corner of the bed late at night could prompt you to want to keep band-aids on your nightstand. Personally I own a very similar design to this one, only the platform is actually ½ inch smaller all the way around than the mattress, so if I bump the corner, I bump the foam, not the wood.
What I love most about the simplicity of a platform bed is the number of options you have for décor in your room. With a good platform, you can focus on linens and bedding, drapes and curtains, and fixtures in the room without the hassle of the coordinating the headboard or footboard design. In my case, the headboard is semi-custom, and makes no impact on the overall décor of the room. I coordinated the oak curtain hardware with oak dressers, a pair of oak nightstands, and finished out the room with antique brass lamps and hardware. If I (or more appropriately, my wife) decided to change the furniture in our room, a simple replacement headboard would suffice, for around $200-$300. This could save us $1000 or more on a complete new bed.
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