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Styles of beds
Beds are available
in a variety of styles, prices and sizes.
right size depends on the number of sleepers, the size of the
sleepers, and the available space in the room the bed will occupy.
In the UK the four sizes are:
- Single, 36” x 75” – designed for one person
- Double, 54” x 75” – designed for two people, but with less room
per person than a single
- King, 60” x 78” – slightly shorter than an American Queen size
- Super King, 72” x 78” – slighter shorter than the American
The most common bed
type includes a box spring topped with a mattress. This style may
also include a bed frame, upon which the box spring and mattress are
placed, and a headboard. A box spring extends the life of a mattress
by acting as a support and shock absorber. A bed frame provides
further support, and if it includes casters, or wheels, can make
moving the bed easier. Headboards are cosmetic.
An adjustable bed allows parts of the bed to be raised or lowered.
This feature can provide extra comfort to any sleeper, but is
especially useful for people with physical conditions that require
special positioning, such as particular support for a back ailment.
These types of beds are more expensive than standard styles.
Futons consist of a cushion placed on a frame that during the day
provides seating in the form of a couch or chair. At night, the
frame converts to a flat sleeping surface, and the cushion serves as
a mattress. Futons cost less than standard beds, and take up less
space since they are typically folded up as a couch during daytime,
but they can be less comfortable.
Daybeds are similar to futons, in that they provide seating in the
form of a couch during the day and a sleeping surface at night. But
daybeds do not fold down to convert to a bed. Instead, most daybeds
have a wheeled trundle that pulls out from beneath the daybed to
create two single-sized beds or one double-bed sized bed.
The most space-saving style is a Murphy bed. Murphy beds are framed
into a wall or closet so that the bed is folded up into the wall and
out of the way during the day and can be pulled down to the floor
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