Platform Bed Styles
Platform Beds are one of the oldest forms of bed frames in the world. The basic use of a platform bed is to raise a mattress off of the ground and rest it on a flat or slatted platform. Platform beds have been used for over a thousand years and still remain a major furniture category worldwide. Of the many platform bed styles, the most common include, contemporary, traditional, Mission, space-saving, and eco-friendly.
A contemporary platform bed style has been used synonomously with Scandinavian or Minimalist styles. It is identified by its simplistic, straight lines and low profile. Contemporary platform beds are absent of embellishments added for pure asthetics. Simplistic form that supports the function is the hallmark of contemporary design. These platform beds generally com in oak, mahogany, or maple.
Like any traditional furniture, a bed of this style echoes the timeworn visual touches that have stayed with us for centuries. Traditional style platform beds tend to be more ornate with possible carvings or intricate designs.
Modern design refers to design style that was created in the 1920′s – 1950′s. Platform beds in this style are recognizable by their clean, unadorned sleek, flowing lines. Use of natural materials such as wood, leather, teak and linen are prominent. Furniture is very open and raised off the floor allowing for an airy feeling., it is a This style is defined by sleek lines With modern style, there can be a lot of crossover with contemporary beds. The idea is that a piece of modern furniture has an up to date design, and is most definitely not traditional or old fashioned.
Mission style emphasizes simple horizontal and vertical lines and flat panels, accentuating the grain of the wood. Mission platform beds are recognized for their strength, beauty, and permanency.
The space saving platform beds, also called storage beds or captain's beds contain a set of shelves or drawers underneath the mattress. These beds can be designed in all types of styles and may be raised higher than traditional platform beds to accommodate extra storage space. Keep clothes, shoes, and other personal necessities in the drawers for close and easy access and create a feeling of efficiency. Space-saving platform beds may also include, bunk beds, loft beds, and cabinet beds. Each of these examples maximize efficiency by minimizing space.
Eco-friendly Platform beds may encompass any particular style, but focus on materials and manufacturing that are eco-conscious. Using plantation grown woods, bamboo, or reclaimed wood offers less of an environmental impact. Further, eco-friendly or Natural platform bed frames do not contain harmful VOC's found in many finished wood or metal platform beds, or heavy glues and other adhesives. Eco-friendly platform beds are generally more sturdy and durable as they are made from solid natural woods rather than "manufactured" woods which are very brittle and sensitive to temperature and humidity.