It's Christmas time and we all know what that means: sleigh beds. What is a sleigh bed? How can you make the most of your sleigh bed? Whether it be for kids or adults, there are many different uses for a sleigh bed. You can't help but feel cozy as you snuggle up under the warm blankets on this holiday-themed piece of furniture. This blog post will discuss what a sleigh bed is, and what makes a sleigh bed so wonderful.

What is a Sleigh Bed?

A sleigh bed is a type of bed that has a curved headboard and footboard. The name "sleigh" understandably, comes from the resemblance of the bed's curves to those on a sleigh. While some do have the exaggerated shape of a sleigh, others are more toned down and subtle in appearance.

Are Sleigh Beds Still in Style?

Sleigh beds have persevered because of their timeless design. They have adapted to become more modern and rustic. No longer are the headboards and footboards curved in an excessively gaudy way to mimic a sleigh. Now, there may only be a slight curve to the headboards, and different materials and fabrics to suit everyone's needs.

Types of Sleigh Beds

There are many different types of sleigh beds. Some have storage space underneath, while others do not. There are also variations to the curve in the headboards and footboards.

Traditional Wood Sleigh Beds

The traditional sleigh bed is made out of wood, and it has a curved headboard and footboard. This type of bed is often quite ornate, with carvings within the wood or other decorations. The type of wood they are made out of contributes to the overall aesthetic you may be seeking for your bedroom.

Traditional wood beds

Leewarden Queen Sleigh Bed by Signature Design by Ashley.

Darker woods like: cherry, walnut, or mahogany have an elegant and formal appeal.

dark wood bed

Carriage Court King Sleigh Bed by Samuel Frederick Furniture. This bed has a mahogany stain finish.


Lighter woods like: oak, maple, and pine, have a more rustic appeal.

oak beds

Grandpas Cabin King California Sleigh Bed by Samuel Frederick Furniture. This bed has an aged oak finish.


Contemporary Sleigh Beds

A contemporary sleigh bed is very similar to a traditional sleigh bed, but it has a more modern design. The curves in the headboard and footboard are not symmetrical. The curves in the headboard and footboard may be different on each side of the bed, or they may be the same on both sides.

contemporary upholstered bed

Cityscape Sleigh Bed by ART Furniture.

Storage Sleigh Beds

A storage sleigh bed is a type of sleigh bed that has storage space underneath the bed. This type of sleigh bed is perfect for people who need extra storage space in their bedroom. The storage area can be used to store clothing, bedding, or other bedroom items. Storage sleigh beds are perfect for creating a cozy retreat, while still having some extra storage space underneath. We have several options for storage sleigh beds in our stores as well.

nice bed with storage

Robbinsdale Queen Sleigh Bed with storage by Ashley Furniture.

Upholstered Sleigh Beds

Upholstered sleigh beds often have traditional or modern curves, but they also include upholstery on the headboard and footboard. Upholstered sleigh beds come in a variety of fabrics that can be chosen to fit your decorating style. Upholstered beds are a popular trend now, with people diy-ing them. You could cut some corners and just buy one already upholstered, but if the price tag scares you then consider getting crafty.

upholstered tufted bed

Summer Creek Upholstered Tufted Sleigh Bed.

How to Decorate a Sleigh Bed?

Adding a bed skirt, blankets, pillows, and other bedroom accessories is the best way to decorate your sleigh bed. Bedding and pillows in festive Christmas colors can help to create a cozy and festive feel in your bedroom. You can also add garlands, wreaths, or other Christmas decorations to really get into the holiday spirit. Of course, when not in the holiday season, there are other ways to decorate. A row of decorative pillows with a bolster pillow against the headboard looks striking and complements the curves of the headboard. A folded blanket widthwise across the foot of the bed would be a pleasant touch to the elegance of the sleigh bed.

As you can see from this article, there is more to sleigh beds than their name would suggest. Sleigh beds come in many different styles and sizes, making them suitable for anyone's home decorating needs. They're well-made pieces of furniture that are sure to last you years to come. So, if you're looking for a bed that will make you feel cozy and comfortable this Christmas season, consider investing in a sleigh bed.

Come check out The Furniture Mall, we have locations in Topeka, Olathe, and Austin and have several sleigh bed options. It's lovely weather for a sleigh bed together with you.


Written by Emily Holleran