Types and Usage

A bed is a piece of furniture which is used as a place to sleep or relax.

There are many varieties of beds:

1. An adjustable bed is a bed that can be adjusted to a number of different positions. 

2. An air bed uses an air-inflated mattress, sometimes connected to an electric air pump and having variable, firmness controls.

3. A bassinet is a bed specifically for newborns.

4. A brass bed has a frame constructed from brass. 

5. A bunk bed is two or more beds one atop the other. Bunk beds are used for adults in military barracks and in some ski lodges. 

6. A loft bed is similar to a bunk bed, except there is no lower bunk. This leaves space underneath for storage, other furniture, a desk etc..

7. A canopy bed is similar to a four poster bed, but the posts usually extend higher and are adorned or draped with cloth, sometimes completely enclosing the bed.

8. A curtained bed is a luxury bed with curtains.

9. A daybed is a couch that is used as a seat by day and as a bed by night. Usually it has pop up trundle which is used as bed in the night.

10. A futon is a traditional style of Japanese bed using a mattress on a wooden frame. 11. A four poster bed is a bed with four posts, one in each corner, that support a tester.

A hammock is a piece of suspended fabric or netting, used on ships and in some homes.

12. A hideaway bed, invented by Sarah E. Goode in response to the needs of apartment-dwellers, folds up into another piece of furniture, such as a shelf or desk, when not in use.

13. A hospital bed is specifically designed to facilitate convalescence, traditionally in a hospital or nursing facility, but increasingly in other settings, such as a private residence.

13. A Murphy bed or wallbed is a bed that can fold up into a wall or cabinet to save space.

14. An Ottoman bed (in the UK) is a type of storage bed in which the storage area is placed underneath the mattress base and accessed by lifting the hinged mattress frame with the help of a spring or hydraulic mechanism.

15. A platform bed is a mattress resting on a solid, flat raised surface, either free-standing or part of the structure of the room.

16. A roll-away bed is a bed whose frame folds in half and rolls in order to be more easily stored and moved.

16. A sofabed (“pull-out” or “pull-out bed”) is a folding bed that is stored inside a sofa. 17. A state bed developed in Early Modern Europe from a hieratic canopy of state.

A toddler bed is a small bed for young children.

18. A trundle bed or “truckle bed” is a bed usually stored beneath another bed during the day. 

19. A vibrating bed (also known as a Magic Fingers bed) is typically a coin-operated novelty found in a vintage (c. 1960s-early 1980s) motel. For a nominal fee, the mattress vibrates for a duration of time. 

20. A waterbed is a flexible plastic mattress full of water. The plastic container needs a strong frame around it.


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