Bedroom furniture

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Bedroom furniture, sometimes called a bedroom set or bedroom suite consists of a group of furniture in a bedroom or sleeping quarters. Pieces of furniture referred to as bedroom furniture usually include: beds, wardrobes, dressers, chests, nightstands, armoires, vanities, trunks, and mirrors. There are also many variations of these pieces as furniture styles have changed through time and as individual manufacturers have put their own spin on them.


Bedroom furniture is predominantly made of wood, but many bed frames are made of various metals as well. Bed frames include but are not limited to bed rails, foot-boards and head-boards. Foot-boards and head-boards are usually made up of a few materials including wood, leather, paint & other various fabrics. Steel or iron is usually used for bed rails.


Bed frames are most commonly built with support for a head-board (sometimes the foot-board as well). Knock down fittings are usually used for locking in the bed rails and frames to the bed posts. Knock down fittings are very easy to take apart. A few types of knock down fittings include:

  • Hook with pin fastener: mortise slots are cut in a vertical manner
  • Hook with plate fastener: eye plates are used instead of pins
  • Bed bolts: bolts are drilled into the holes in bed posts for fastening


Types of Beds Available

  • Air Beds
  • Bunk Beds
  • Cabin Beds
  • Canopy (Four Poster) Beds
  • Divan Beds
  • Feather Beds
  • Futons
  • Hammocks
  • Loft Beds
  • Murphy (Wall) Beds
  • Platform Beds
  • Sleep Number Bed
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Sleigh Beds
  • Sofa Beds
  • Space Saving Beds
  • Trundle Beds
  • Water Beds


Chart of Bed Sizes

Though the bed sizes explained in the following bed sizes chart may vary in different countries, cultures and even in different parts of the same country, the chart is an effort to provide standard information about various bed sizes.


American Mattress Sizes

Name Width Length Space Per Person Reviews
Standard Bunk 39" 75" 39" x 75" Small, for one adult or child; good selection for school-age children; upper and lower.
Narrow Bunk 36" 75" 36" x 75" Small, for one child; good for pre-teens; upper and lower.
Twin / Single 39" 75" 39" x 75" Small, for one adult; good for guest accommodations.
Twin Extra Long 39" 80" 39" x 80" Bed linens can be difficult to locate and purchase.
Full / Double 54" 75" 27" x 75" Wide enough for a large adult or two small adults.
Queen 60" 80" 30" x 80" Best selection for two adults but possibly too small for some.
California Queen 60" 84" 30" x 84" 4 inches longer than standard Queen.
Expanded Queen 66" 80" 33" x 80" 6 inches wider than standard Queen.
Super Queen 66" 80" 33" x 80" 6 inches wider than standard Queen, also thicker.
King 76" 80" 38" x 80" Standard King.
California King 60" 84" 30" x 84" Not as wide but longer than a standard King.
Grand King 80" 98" 40" x 98" For really large and tall people.


British Mattress Sizes

Name Width Length Space Per Person Reviews
Single 36" 75" 36" x 75" Small, for one adult; good for guest accommodations.
Bunk 36" 75" 36" x 75" Small, for one adult or child; upper and lower.
Double 54" 75" 27" x 75" Wide enough for a large adult or two small adults.
King 60" 78" 30" x 78" Wide enough for two adults.
Super King 72" 78" 36" x 78" Large enough for two adults; good for guest accommodations.

One of the common traits of quality bedroom furniture is drawers fashioned together using a method called dovetailing or English dovetailing. This method involves the interlocking of two pieces of wood, usually at a right angle.

More modern methods make use of materials such as MDF (medium density fiberboard) finished with a covering that mimics exotic and rare timbers. Man made materials such as these are often described as "The saviours of the rain forests" as they satisfy a need for quality and beauty without using the planet's valuable resources.

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