There are practically more than ten types of beds that have been made and used for sleeping throughout human history, not including the prehistoric beds that our ancestors used to make for themselves of course. These beds are further broken down to multiple types however only the general types of beds will have their pros and cons weighed since the sub categories of beds share the pros and cons with the parent type.
Space Saving Beds
First of we have the bunk bed. These types of beds are commonly used for children’s bedrooms, that is why they are sometimes known as children’s bunk beds. These beds’ main feature is that it has the best space saving capability among all beds because of its ability to use vertical space. The only con with this type of bed is that it is sort of risky because the top bunk introduces the risk of falling from a significant height. Also the bottom bunk presents the risk of bumping the head on the top bunk.
Second, we have the sofa bed. The main pro of this bed is that it can double as a sofa and a bed. The only problem with this is that its major pro is also its major con. The fact that you can sit on it like you would do on a sofa means that you sit on it with the pants that you’ve been wearing all day long. These pants can be somewhat dirty because you wore them when you sat on many things all throughout the day. It is a bit unsanitary, for my taste.
Third we have the trundle bed. Trundle beds are known as pull-out beds as well because you can pull out another bed from another bed, it’s somewhat similar to bunk beds only that it still uses horizontal space. It’s pro is that it saves a bit of space when not pulled out and is a bit more safer than the bunk bed. The con is the maintenance. It is quite difficult to change the sheets of the pull-out bed actually.
Fourth, we have the futon. The idea has been derived from Japan. Since their floors are very clean because of their habits, Japanese people often sleep on the floor, only using pieces of thin mattress or even blankets to serve as mattresses. The pro is that it’s very affordable and economical. It saves quite a good amount of space, and it’s quite healthy for the back because the floor is very firm. You need not replace the foam every 3-7 years because of the health issues it poses against you back because the futon does not have a mattress. The major con to this one though is the fact that you sleep on the floor. It can be quite unsanitary to sleep on the floor, unless you adapt Japanese culture and habits.
Other Types of Beds
Other types of beds include the normal box type bed. It has a frame and a mattress. Some do not have frames but a sort of spring bottom. It’s the most common type of bed out there. The best part about these types of bed is that it is very staple and stable. It seldom poses any problems and are quite comfortable to sleep in. The pricing is just right as well for most non-luxurious types. The con is that it is quite more expensive than it’s alternatives and you have to change the mattress every 3 to 7 years. Some orthopedic mattresses even need to be switched sides every3 months to maintain its stability and consistency.
Another type of bed is the water bed. It’s just a normal frame with a mattress that’s filled with water. The pro is that it is quite cool to sleep on water and some water bed can even have the option of heating or cooling the water. The con to this is of course the handling. Improper handling can result to poor sleep.
Lastly we have the air mattress. Air mattresses, otherwise known as blow up mattresses, are quite good because of their portability and degree of comfort. The bad thing about air mattresses is that it’s not that stable if its not a frame. If it’s just on the floor, the bed moves very often because of its lightness causing an uncomfortable sleep.
In the end, you will still be faced with the decision of choosing the right bed based on the facts presented. But now, after being equipped with the knowledge of the pros and cons of each general type of bed, I’m quite certain you will make a much sounder choice for your overall well-being.