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Finding the ultimate bed

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Along with your couch, the bed is one of the biggest furniture purchases you’ll make—and finding the right one seems fraught with peril. Of course it has to be comfortable for one or more sleepers—plus maybe the dog—but it also has to fit the space you have.

You might want to match your bed to your home’s style, too, but price is truly the ultimate decider.

Just don’t let others tell you what you want in terms of a bed because it’s already difficult enough to find the right one, says Michael Diaz-Griffith, an art consultant and founder of Material Cult.

The bottom line: Do your research and shop hard for the right models.

Design influences and trends aside, if you love a certain bed look, you can probably make it work with your decor. For some help with this all-important sleeper, here are the top 10 picks for your bedrooms.

Four-poster bed

The familiar four-poster bed is timeless and packed with drama.

“If you select a genuine antique or a new piece with classic lines, your four-poster will never go out of style,” says Diaz-Griffith.

Canopy bed

This midcentury pick offers clean lines and an airy lightness, plus it comes in two stylish finishes, acorn or pebble gray. You’ll also feel good about this bed purchase as it’s made with sustainable wood and it’s part of a fair trade consortium.

Platform bed

Diaz-Griffith recommends a platform bed if you run hot at night.

“You’ll achieve a cool, open feeling when you sleep in this type of bed,” he adds.

This affordable, sleek look sports sturdy wood slats to support any mattress you choose, such as memory foam, latex, or spring, sold separately.

A word of caution: This lowrider may be tough to climb out of—if you’re creaky in the morning, skip it.

Sleigh bed

Sleigh beds feature a curvy headboard and footboard, and both wood and upholstered options are easily found. This style channels a warm vibe, though it’s also a bit dated and may not appeal to every homeowner.

“Sleigh beds were all the rage about 10 years ago, but there’s not much interest now as they take up way too much space,” says Kendra Kearing, an interior decorator at Home Decor in Westfield, MA.

A large bedroom can hold a sleigh bed nicely, though tall sleepers may be cramped and hit the footboard when they roll over.

Murphy bed

A Murphy bed is a neat trick—everyone will want a turn at pulling it down and then flipping it back again.

For a space-saver and storage unit in one, this pick is rather amazing. Choose from gray or brown, and then arrange your clothes, shoes, and books alongside this smart sleeper.

Trundle bed

Here’s another versatile pick for a small space or a kids room. Just like a divan, a trundle bed can stand in for a sofa during the day and then transform to a sleeper at night.

An extra sleep spot slides out below, but you could nix the mattress and use the space below for storage baskets or stacks of books. This steel-framed pick is well-priced and easy to assemble (no tools required).

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Mission bed

The Mission look is an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts school, and features thick legs and heavy construction.

This bed is an ideal addition to a Scandinavian or modern farmhouse bedroom. Bonus: The lower footboard here is easier for those with long legs to navigate.

Bunk bed

Whether you choose a twin-over-twin style or this twin over a full, bunk beds are playful as well as space-saving. Solid-wood construction and an easy-climb, four-step ladder make this piece a worthy kids room addition.

Daybed

Choose from pretty linen or velvet fabrics for this smart-looking half-bed, half-sofa combo. A daybed works in a studio apartment or home office as seating during the day, a spot for late-afternoon naps, and as a sleeper for occasional overnight guests.

Metal frame

A metal frame straddles a few room styles, including industrial, vintage, and farmhouse looks. The generous clearance under this bed means you can slide storage boxes, bins, and little-used items out of sight.

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