There is no better way to relax at the end of a hard day than to lie in that perfect bed. Beds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles. They also serve different purposes based on different consumer needs. Beds can be simple, elaborate, functional or practical. Regardless of the type, all beds have the same purpose: to provide you with a wonderful night of sleep.
Bunk beds are common features in children's rooms, dorm rooms and overnight camps. They are effectively designed to sleep several people in smaller quarters. People who sleep on the top bunk bed access it either by ladder or by stairs. While bunk beds are efficient space savers, they have their drawbacks. People moving in and out of bunk beds can awaken somebody sleeping above or below.
Canopy beds are large and elaborate. They have four high posts that are designed to hold a curtain above the sleeper. Canopy bed curtains can be simple with small, decorative ruffles, or they can be long enough to completely enclose the bed on all sides. These beds are large and require a lot of space.
Daybeds are enclosed on three sides and are common in little girls' bedrooms and in guest bedrooms. They can be made of wood or metal. Many daybeds are designed with a separate storage compartment or trundle that rolls out from underneath the bed. They are smaller than canopy beds.
True to name, water beds have mattresses that are filled with water. Water beds are luxurious and people lying in water beds feel like they're floating. Unfortunately, these types of beds also have a number of drawbacks. They are extremely heavy and difficult to move. Water bed users also have to learn how to fill the mattress and how to care for it.
Like bunk beds, loft beds are common in children's bedrooms and dorm rooms because of their functionality. They are designed to sit high above shelves, desks, or other furniture. Elaborate loft beds have shelves and desk space built straight into the bed frame. Smaller loft beds simply have ladders that lead to a raised bed platform.
Futons are pieces of furniture that can fold into a couch or into a bed. Some futon mattresses bend with the furniture frame. Other futon mattresses are divided into separate sections. Some futons are small and simply built. Others have large mattresses and arms that make them look like regular couches.
Like futons, sleeper sofas serve a dual purpose. The bed of a sleeper sofa folds out from beneath the seat cushions. Sleeper sofas are more elaborately built than futons and are more expensive. They are also bigger and tend to be more comfortable. They can be just as stylish and classy as modern living room furniture.
While hammocks do not have traditional mattresses, they are used as beds by millions of people around the world. Hammocks evenly distribute a sleeper's weight, so even though hammocks do not require mattresses, there are no pressure points. They weigh less than typical beds and are easier to transport. The cost of a hammock varies from a few dollars to several hundred dollars.
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