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Modern Beds for the Contemporary Home

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Written By Anđela Rajković

Certified Sleep Consultant

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29 March 2024 3 min read

Goodbye restless nights and hello sweet dreams! If you're on the hunt for the perfect blend of style, functionality, and comfort, look no further than the world of modern beds.

In this article, we embark on a fascinating journey through time, comparing the beds of yesteryear to the marvels of modern-day slumber. We'll explore the defining characteristics of modern beds, shedding light on their evolution and the innovative features that make them truly exceptional. From sleek and minimalist designs to state-of-the-art technologies, we'll uncover the secrets behind these contemporary sleeping sanctuaries.

And fear not, at the end of our exploration, we'll unveil a curated selection of the best modern beds available in the UK market, helping you transform your own bedroom into a haven of modern comfort and style. So, let's dive in and discover how modern beds have redefined the art of sleep.

What were ‘Modern' beds like in the past


Throughout history, beds have served as more than just a place to rest; they have been symbols of status, comfort, and craftsmanship.

One of the most prominent materials used in constructing beds of the past is wood. From intricately carved wooden bed frames to ornate headboards, wood was a popular choice due to its durability and versatility. Bedrooms were adorned with exquisite wooden furniture pieces, showcasing the artistry and skill of craftsmen who painstakingly created these timeless treasures. The use of wood allowed for a seamless mix of functionality and beauty, creating beds that were not only practical but also visually striking.

In addition to wood, fabric played a significant role in the design of beds throughout history. Elaborate draperies and canopies made of luxurious fabrics transformed the bedroom into a regal sanctuary. These fabric additions provided a touch of opulence and privacy, enveloping the bed in an air of grandeur.

As for other materials, a wide variety was used in creating bed frames and finishes. Leather, with its rich and luxurious appeal, found its way into the design of beds. It often adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. Drawers and storage compartments were cleverly incorporated into the bed frames, offering practical solutions for space utilization in bedrooms. These functional additions allowed for a seamless blend of style and storage. That's because they make beds not just a place to sleep, but also a practical furniture collection.

While the specific styles and materials of beds have evolved over time, you can still see the influence of these historical designs in modern beds. Contemporary bed designers often draw inspiration from the past, combining traditional elements with innovative materials and finishes.

What defines a modern bed now

A modern bedroom with white sheets on a bed

In the realm of contemporary beds, the defining characteristics revolve around clean lines, minimalist aesthetics, and seamless integration of form and function. Modern beds are a reflection of the sleek and sophisticated tastes of today's design-conscious individuals. From king-size beds that offer ample space for a truly indulgent sleep experience to designer beds that elevate the bedroom into a realm of luxury, these modern creations cater to those seeking the perfect night's sleep in style.

When it comes to materials, modern beds showcase a wide range of options. High-quality wood, such as oak or walnut, is often used to create a warm and natural ambience. Additionally, metal frames with a sleek finish bring a contemporary edge to the bedroom. Upholstered beds in fabrics like linen or velvet provide a touch of elegance and comfort, while leather beds exude a luxurious appeal. These material choices allow for a variety of textures and colours, enabling individuals to personalize their beds to match their desired aesthetic.

Contemporary designs also pay great attention to the details. Modern beds incorporate thoughtful elements that elevate their visual appeal. They include intricate stitching patterns on upholstered headboards as well as unique frame shapes and geometric accents. Additionally, modern beds come in a range of sizes to suit different needs and room dimensions. Whether it's a compact single bed for a cosy nook or an expansive California king-size bed for a grand statement, modern beds offer options for every space.

What about innovation?

In the age of modern technology, we need to consider the effects on sleep quality in the design of contemporary beds. Many modern beds come equipped with advanced features to enhance comfort and promote restful sleep. From adjustable bases that allow personalized positioning to mattresses with cooling technologies or pressure-relieving foams, these innovations cater to the needs of individuals seeking optimal sleep conditions. Moreover, modern bedroom ideas often incorporate bedroom gadgets such as smart lighting systems, sound machines, or sleep-tracking devices. They further enhance the sleep environment and aid in relaxation.

Overall, modern beds encompass a blend of style, comfort, and innovation. With their contemporary designs, choice of materials, attention to detail, and consideration for the impact of technology on sleep quality, these beds offer a multitude of options for creating a bedroom space that is both visually captivating and conducive to a restorative sleep experience.

Some modern beds to consider

So, if you are a modern person looking for a modern bed, there is an extensive range of them out there. However, having an extensive range of modern beds on the market can be both good and bad. It's good because you will certainly find something for yourself. But, it's also bad because, sometimes, you can easily get overwhelmed by all those choices. Don't worry – that is why we are here. We will share with you some interesting examples of modern beds that will certainly tickle your fancy.
    Bed Frames 1
    a product image of BESTWANTED Ottoman Storage Bed
    BESTWANTED Gas Lift Ottoman Storage
    Bed Frames 2
    a product image of Furniture Express Felthorpe Ottoman Ottoman Bed
    Furniture Express Felthorpe Ottoman Ottoman Bed at Mattressman
    Bed Frames 3
    a product image of Luxury King Size Bed Euro Frame Padded Headboard LED Light USB Cahrges Bedside Cabinets Oak Black Kassel
    Luxury King Size Bed Euro Frame
    Bed Frames 4
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    Birlea Frankie Midi Sleeper With Slide Children Bed

BESTWANTED Gas Lift Ottoman Storage

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What can be more modern than a bed with built-in LED lights? This kingsize bed is made of engineered wood and upholstered with soft faux leather. It has an elegant gas-lift system that enables you to effortlessly store pretty much anything in its storage area. And, the best part about it – there are 16 different colour options and 4 flash effects to choose from.

Furniture Express Felthorpe Ottoman Ottoman Bed at Mattressman

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The second place goes to another great storage bed. It has a modern and elegant design that will elevate the look of any bedroom. But, what makes this particular bed so special is its way of ‘opening'. Namely, this two-fold bed has a very smooth opening mechanism that allows you to open it from the side and easily store your belongings.

Luxury King Size Bed Euro Frame

a product image of Luxury King Size Bed Euro Frame Padded Headboard LED Light USB Cahrges Bedside Cabinets Oak Black Kassel

However, if you want to achieve that look of modern mixed with vintage, this bed might be a thing to consider. Its colours and patterns make it look vintage, but, its modern features such as built-in lights and chargers make it look (and feel) modern.

Birlea Frankie Midi Sleeper With Slide Children Bed

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And, let us not forget about our little ones! Children deserve modern beds too! This does look like a bunk bed – but it's not! Yes, the upper bed is a bed. But, underneath it, you have an area for studying or playing. And, that is not all – besides the ladder for going up, you also have a slide for going down.


In a nutshell, this article explored the journey of modern beds, highlighting their past and present appearances. From their humble beginnings as simple sleeping platforms, they have undergone a remarkable transformation into the sleek and innovative designs we see today. Combining aesthetics, technology, and comfort, modern beds have evolved into more than just a place to rest. With clean lines, space-saving features, and the use of cutting-edge materials, they embody style and sophistication, taking the sleeping experience to new heights.

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Anđela Rajković
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant and well-practiced sleep enthusiast, I find a lot of joy in bringing my expertise to our readers – preferably those who love to sleep. With a background in the English language and literature and a love of research, I'm always seeking new ways to share the latest sleep science and bed-related findings. And, when I'm not connecting with my readers, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, or, well, curling up in bed.
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