Wood vs. Upholstered Bed: Which Is Better?

By Alex Konrad | December 28, 2021

One of the most foundational pieces of furniture you’ll place in your home is your bed. It’s likely the first item you ensure is set up and ready to be used when you relocate. 

The type of bed you choose is determined largely by a few important factors. We’ll cover those and help you decide whether a wood or upholstered bed best fits your needs.

All About Wooden Beds

Wooden beds are the classics. The first beds that were raised from the floor were crafted by ancient Egyptians and made from wood. As the modern bed has evolved, so have the types of wood with which a bed can be crafted.

Today, you can find bed frames made from oak, maple, mahogany, and also from lighter materials like bamboo and birch. 

Wood Bed Pros

Structure, detail, and classic design are the hallmarks of a wood bed.

Here’s what makes them an ideal choice:

Wood Bed Cons

When considering a wooden bed, remember that the headboard will be solid wood. This gives your bed an impressive, structured design, but it might affect your overall comfort.

Here’s what you should know: 

All About Upholstered Beds

At the opposite end of the bed frame spectrum is the upholstered bed. Upholstered beds are fashion-forward, elegant, and inviting.

Here’s why you might consider one:

Upholstered Bed Cons

You may be overcome by their comfort, but upholstered beds require a bit more upkeep than a wooden bed, which may make it a non-viable option for some. 

Consider these notes:

Which One Is Right for You?

Both wood beds and upholstered beds make convincing arguments for the sleep space in your room.

Here’s how to decide the case:

  1. How much space do you have? If you have a small room, an upholstered bed may not be an option. Generally, the headboard of an upholstered bed is much larger than a standard wood bed. Alternatively, a small wooden bed may be a little too shaker for your tastes or style. 
  2. Do you have time for upkeep? A wooden bed will require less upkeep than an upholstered bed, but if you have a cleaning service, this might not be an issue for you. Wooden beds will still require maintenance, and that may require a professional.
    If you’re a DIY expert, you can attempt wooden bed maintenance on your own. 
  3. Which do you love? More often than not, one style appeals to you more than the other. Go with that style and build your room around it, if possible.
    When you trust your stylistic instincts, you’ll find you have a better chance of creating a room that beckons you to linger just a little bit longer. 

Choose Modloft

Modloft offers both wooden and upholstered beds that are designed to preserve the integrity of your favorite space. Our pieces are durable, crafted with unexpected accents, and available with matching bedroom furniture to make sure energy flows effortlessly in your space. 

Whether you choose wood or upholstery, Modloft makes it easy for you to get a dreamy night of sleep on a bed you’ll absolutely adore. 



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How to Fix a Cracked Wooden Bed Frame | Do It Yourself 

Updating an Upholstered Headboard | Home Guides.SFGate