Modern vs Traditional Beds

Your bed is the gateway to a good night’s sleep, so you can wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready to ‘win at life’.

Traditional styles of bed can include a scroll back head and footboard, deep button upholstery and ornate details, all of which you’ll find in our fabulous emporium (have I mentioned our fabulous emporium before? :)).

However, we’re also rather partial to modern beds, with features such as smart tech, customisation and contemporary clean lines.

Here to help you find your ‘dream’ bed (naturally!), the eight beds shortlisted below are just some we recommend to add some unique aesthetic appeal as well as practicality to any bedroom.

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1. Recharge You and Your Phone’s Batteries

Koble Nodd Smart Bed in Charcoal with Wireless Charging

Not only does this smart charcoal upholstered bed look like something out of a boutique hotel room, but you’ll also benefit from the two built-in charging pockets for wireless compatible phones.

Even non-wireless charging phones can ‘recharge their batteries’ overnight thanks to the USB charging points in each side rail. This means no more waking up to a flat battery – simply grab your fully charged phone in the morning and enjoy the day!

Anything but a high-tech gimmick, this stunning bed frame also has a sprung slatted base and solid wood legs. So, you can rest knowing you’ve chosen a quality bed frame. Alternative blue velvet and light grey colourways mean more people can find the Koble bed of their dreams.

2. ‘Modern’ Doesn’t Always Mean Minimalist

Vox 4 You King 4 Poster Bed with Storage & Shelves in White

Another modern classic in the making, the Vox 4 You four-poster bed is practically a room in itself.

With a place for everything you may need behind you, or on the lower shelves, this is one bed you may never want to leave (sorry, not sorry!). And, just when you thought you couldn’t store anything else, you can upgrade this bed into an easily-raised Ottoman design – ideal for placing spare bedding under the mattress.

Similarly, top and side ladders (not included) are available as add-on extras. The perfect place to display macrame plant hangers, wall decor and even a projector screen (sold separately), you can transform your bedroom into a cinema for two.

3. Experiment with Industrial Finishes

Woood Kingsize Black Metal Four Poster Bed

This uber-contemporary bed from Woood is another modern ‘take’ on the traditionally ornate four-poster bed.

Manufactured from steel with a sleek black powder-coated finish, it will adorn a range of different bedroom decors and themes. Drape some string lights over the chic frame for a romantic ambience – we’re loving the curved upper corners that soften this striking bed. There’s also a single version available for younger members of the family, should they want their own version.

Add a ‘marshmallowy’ mattress and memory foam bamboo mattress topper (sold separately) for an improved sleeping experience.

4. Select a Two-tone Bed for a Style Refresh

Vox 4 You Bed with Raised Mattress Mechanism in White

No matter the size of your bedroom, it can soon appear cluttered with books, clothes and knick-knacks.

This Vox bed is a stylish solution that makes the most of the space under your bed. Now, you won’t have to part with any fond paperbacks, out-of-season outfits or housewarming gifts. Pop in the coordinating oak finish storage boxes (sold separately) for an on-trend two-tone addition.

Made from white laminated board, this contemporary bed also has a ‘secret’ raised mechanism. This means you can arrange your prized possessions in the outer ‘pockets’, as well as use the footprint of your mattress for epic storage potential. That’s some serious storage – whether you buy the Small Double or European King option.

5. Tastefully Traditional

Lucinda Upholstered Side Ottoman Bed by Flair Furnishings

You’ll be forgiven for wanting to ‘sleep in’ when your bed looks as good as this!

Hailing from UK designers at Flair Furnishings, you’ll appreciate the refined features and tactile touch of this Ottoman bed from your very first night in it.

We adore the scroll back head and footboard, stud detailing and exquisite deep button neutral upholstery – also available in sophisticated ‘Silver’ – which are sure to create a luxurious master or guest bedroom.

Feeling tempted? We’ve not even covered the left/right opening ottoman sprung slatted base, powered by powerful hydraulic pistons, yet. What will you store in this (concealed) 26cm deep ‘pocket’, stretching the width and length of the double or king-sized mattress?

6. Choose Superb Craftsmanship

Beatnik Four Poster Bed in Black

Bohemian and reassuringly substantial, this dreamy bed is a traditional four-poster design that’ll invite you and your partner to slumber each and every night.

Whether you choose the King or Super King size, you’ll benefit from the 100% Mango hardwood frame that’s both sustainable and durable. Its intricately carved headboard and footboard panels offer a seductive pattern that’ll help you achieve a boho boutique you won’t want to leave. The striking black frame – also available in a cosy ‘Brown’ option – will make a grand style statement and is reminiscent of exotic lands.

Finally, the sprung slatted base provides a durable base for your mattress (not included) and could extend its life by absorbing movement.

7. Not so Shabby Chic

Julian Bowen Camille Bed

Looking for a French ‘chateau chic’ makeover? The splendid Camille bed from Julian Bowen will help you create a ‘not so shabby chic’ aesthetic.

There’s no doubting this beautiful bed has je ne sais quoi – just note the subtle limed oak effect, sophisticated scalloped footboard, curved linen headboard and subtle colour palette. Sure to be at home in most bedrooms given the neutral tones, it’s these small design elements that’ll transform a bedroom – in any style and age of property – into your very own Chambre.

The only slight dilemma is knowing whether to recline in double or king-sized splendour.

8. A Bed that’s Classic in Nature

Vox Nature Bed with Solid Headboard

Designing furniture since 1989, the Polish brand Vox has a pedigree of over 30 years. That’s why they’ve given this classic Scandi-style Nature bed the attention to detail you deserve – created using solid wood and laminated board.

They’ve not stood still in terms of modern living, however -instead, they’ve innovated with an angled headboard. This helps you to sit up in bed to watch tv, read or have a sneaky midnight snack in comfort.

Clean lines, besides minimalist oak legs and edges, also add a cool fuss-free style to your sanctuary. Accessorise with greenery and you’ll bring the ‘outdoors in’ whichever of the four sizes you choose.

Are you ‘Team Modern’ or ‘Team Traditonal’ when Choosing a New Bed?

Each of these eight-bed frames has something to offer you and your bedroom. Go on … explore them in more detail (we dare you!). Learn more about these beautiful products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or send us an email. As always, we’re happy to help advise you.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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