Bedroom décor is becoming more and more sleek, simple and exquisite in design, which fits so well with Asian platform beds. While the Asian influence has its traditional appeal, it also suits modern interior designer themes.
So why would you choose a platform bed and what are they? As the name suggests, the base of the bed is like a platform that supports the mattress, and is often designed as a solid piece or slats made from timber, bamboo or metal. The big advantage of the slats is that it allows your mattress to breathe and this is especially important if you have a natural fiber mattress such those made from wool, cotton or hemp materials.
Your mattress wicks away the moisture given off, while sleeping and if there is no proper ventilation then the mattress retains the moisture and becomes moldy inside, posing some serious health risks. Another big advantage of slats is that they are easier to manage when moving your bed, as they can be designed to lift in and out. This also means the bed is a lot lighter than a solid type base or platform.
You also have no need for a deep set base support that contains springs, and the only springs with a platform bed would be if you choose a spring mattress. A lot of people, who buy platform beds, do so, to avoid springs and metal in their bed. Some research suggests that metal in a bed can drain us of our electrical charge while we sleep. So a lot of people are choosing beds that don’t contain any metal.
In order to continue with this ‘no metal’ approach, they would then choose either a full latex, memory foam, woolen or other natural fiber mattress. Many people enjoy the full support that a platform bed provides and with some designs you have the option of storage space under your bed in the form of open space or drawers.
Traditionally Asian beds such as Japanese platform beds (aka Tatami platform beds) are low to the ground and often have an exotic look and feel with their beautiful and simple design. They will sometimes have an extended platform, that is wider than the mattress which makes a border or edge around you bed.
So what are some disadvantages with platform beds?
• If you are looking at the lower set Asian style and you have any mobility issues, getting up and down from a low position could be a problem.
• Some Low set designs have no room for storage underneath.
• If you have timber corners, particularly extended platform design, you can easily bump into it and cause bruising on your legs.
If none of these potential issues impact on you, then really there is no reason not to purchase an Asian style bed. Certainly for me, when choosing this type of bed I prefer the slatted platform base and I would consider design factors to minimize the risks of bumping into the corners. The modern designs would be hard to beat if you are looking for a sleek and simple piece of furniture for your bedroom. Choosing from the range of platform beds available with an Asian flair should suit perfectly for both visual appeal and functionality.