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One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make when furnishing your bedroom is your bed—and we’re not even talking about the mattress. When it comes to selecting a bed, there are many variables to consider: Do you want just a headboard to dress up a frame you already have, a new frame to be paired with a box spring, or a platform bed? How about the material—wood, metal, upholstery?
Upholstered beds are a popular pick for those looking for extra comfort—that is, something plush to lean on when sitting upright in bed. Whether you’re looking for a traditional silhouette with tufted velvet or a modern profile with buttery leather, there’s quite a range of styles from which to choose.
Here, the best upholstered beds.
West Elm Wright Upholstered Bed
For lovers of mid-century modern style, the Wright Upholstered Bed from West Elm is an ideal pick. The frame is made from sustainably-sourced, kiln-dried wood in a deep walnut hue and sits on tapered legs, making it an excellent choice if you want a bed that's not totally upholstered.
The headboard, which is upholstered in a stone-colored twill, rises at an angle, so you'll be perfectly comfortable while reading a book or watching TV in bed. You can use a box spring if you want more height, but the bed also has beechwood slats if you’d prefer to simply toss your mattress on top for a more streamlined look.
Horchow Patterson Tufted Platform Bed
The comfort of a tufted headboard meets the luxury of tobacco-hued faux leather upholstery in the Patterson Tufted Platform Bed, creating a perfect blend of feminine and masculine styles. It has a modern yet laidback style, with a low-profile wingback headboard and gunmetal base that'll look good with just about any décor scheme.
Though the leather makes a statement, the bed's form is quite simple and streamlined. Depending on how you style it, this bed could be a focal point in the bedroom or a blank canvas for other elements of the room to take center stage. Pair it with white bedding and wood furniture for a rustic look, or go bold with bright accents to create a contemporary vibe. No matter what, this bed is a winner.
Crate & Barrel Ava Bed
Calling all Art Deco lovers: Crate & Barrel’s Ava Bed is the epitome of 1930s glam. Upholstered in luxe velvet in your choice of four colors (including pink!), this bed has a rounded headboard that curves around your mattress, offering both comfort and design flair. The velvet continues around the rail, which sits on brassy metal feet for an all-around luxe vibe.
If you're not feeling pink, this bed also comes in gray, baby blue, and emerald green. No matter which hue you go with, you’ll be sure to create a boutique hotel look in your bedroom—especially if you finish off the look with luxury sheets!
Birch Lane Brockville Upholstered Panel Bed
For a more classic profile, there’s the Brockville Upholstered Panel Bed from Birch Lane. It has a tall wingback headboard upholstered with diamond tufted velvet that comes in 11 colors, including a statement-making yellow, a head-turning purple, and a slew of neutrals.
Style this traditional piece of furniture with French country or farmhouse décor—it works beautifully with both frilly bedding and simple crisp white sheets. Note that this bed requires a box frame, as it doesn’t have wood slats inside the frame.
Blu Dot Dodu Bed
Blu Dot’s Dodu Bed is quite striking. Its blocky base extends a few inches beyond the mattress in all directions, sitting so low to the ground on barely-there legs that it looks as if it sits flush to the floor. Then attached to the back of the base is an extra thick (and we mean extra thick) rectangular headboard, upholstered in a felt-like wool blend.
Essentially, it’s a sculptural platform for your mattress. It's a major statement-making piece that's perfectly suited for contemporary, eclectic bedrooms, and comes in four cool colors, including charcoal and marine blue.
Lulu and Georgia Aliya Bed
Art Deco meets mid-century style in Lulu and Georgia’s Aliya Bed, which features a rectangular cushioned headboard with vertical channels upholstered in earthy green velvet. All things considered, this bed is delightfully plush and luxe, though it can certainly be dressed down with linen bedding in natural colors or dressed up with punchy metallic details.
It’s also a surprisingly versatile piece of furniture—and that includes sizing, which goes up to California King. However, it's important to note that the Aliya Bed is designed to be used with a nine-inch box spring and a 10-inch mattress, so plan accordingly.
CB2 Drommen Acacia Queen Bed with Leather Headboard
Designed by German designer Jannis Ellenberger, the Drommen Acacia Bed with Leather Headboard has a modern style with handcrafted quality. The bed comprises a thin wood platform made from sustainably-sourced acacia and a cushioned headboard with full-grain leather upholstery supported by angular wood beams. Even with these sculptural details, the bed feels classic and timeless, working well with everything from mid-century modern to rustic spaces.
Minimalists will be delighted by Saatva's Santorini bed, which, like the architecture found on its namesake Greek island, is defined by simple, clean lines. This sophisticated piece has a straightforward rectangular profile with ever so slightly rounded edges, and sits on four barely-there metal legs that almost produce the illusion that the bed is floating.
Made from sturdy kiln-dried wood, this bed comes upholstered in smooth and luxurious vintage velvet in Taupe or Graphite, as well as highly textured Natural Linen for a more laidback look. It comes with plywood slats, so no box spring is necessary.
Article Tessu Bed
With an uncomplicated rectangular silhouette, Article's Tessu Bed delivers a modern look that’s charmingly cozy, thanks to its linen-blend upholstery (which, by the way, has a Martindale rating of 50,000 rubs—it’s incredibly durable). The bed rests on four tapered wood legs that are set quite far in from the edge of the frame, creating a cool floating illusion.
The bed comes in five different colors: cool Caspian Blue, pale Clay Taupe, warm Glaze Grey, earthy Olio Green, and bold Solidago Yellow. And best of all, this bed is quite modest in price compared to similar models.
One Kings Lane Harvey Tufted Bed, Emerald Velvet
If you’ve dreamed of having a dramatic tufted headboard in your bedroom, allow us to introduce you to the Harvey Tufted Bed from One Kings Lane. With an elegant arched headboard that’ll instantly become the focal point of your bedroom—not to mention the opulent, vibrant green velvet upholstery—this bed packs quite a visual punch.
But ultimately, the Harvey Tufted Bed is all about comfort. The cushioning on the headboard means it’s not just pretty to look at, but it’s also a delight to lean on when you’re sitting up in bed.