Who Needs a Conventional Bed? Try These Alternatives

When we’re looking for new bedroom design ideas, all of us want something a bit different and unique, I’m sure you’re no different. And your bed is the focal point of the room, it’s central to the whole plan and design of the room. So, why not go for an unconventional bed?

A lot of people will be reluctant to even consider this, but it can be a really great idea. I decided to try something new after the frame of my old bed started to break. And I’ve never looked back. Here are a few great alternatives to the conventional bed, enjoy!


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Japanese Futon

There are two different types of futon. Firstly, there’s the original Japanese type of futon, and secondly, there’s the western type. Japanese culture is very floor-centric! If you go to Japan, you’ll sit on the floor, eat on the floor and sleep on the floor.

The original futon is a thin mattress that sits on the floor and can be easily folded away during the day. It’s a great idea for those of you who are going for a more minimalist look in the bedroom. I’ve always liked the idea of sleeping low down, close to the floor too. The adapted western versions aren’t as good in my opinion.


You might think sleeping in a hammock is a bit weird. They’re good for relaxing in on a beach, but are they practical enough to replace a bed? Well, if you ask me, I say yes! It’s not just weirdos and hippies who sleep in beds. They are becoming increasingly popular with all kinds of people.

When installing a hammock, it’s best to position it in the corner of the room. Stretch across from one wall to the other. There are a few things to be aware of before you start though. Your walls need to be able to take the weight, so do research into this before you install one.

Bean Bag Bed

You’d be seriously surprised at how comfy a bean bag bed can be. If you’ve never tried sleeping on one, you should try it as soon as possible! There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s quite difficult to explain!

They can be found pretty cheaply too. One of the best things about bean bag beds is that they can double as a sofa too. During the day, you can roll them up and sit on them to watch tv on. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love furniture that has multiple uses!

Make Your Own Bed

There’s no reason why you can’t make your own. A DIY bed is the best way to get something completely unique. No one will have the same bed as you if you make it with your own two hands.

There are loads of different ways in which you can make your own bed. You could buy a load of timber and build your own structure or do something more creative like making it out of crates or stacks of old books. The possibilities are endless!


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Published on: March 16, 2015

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