Popular Types of Beds in South Africa
There are many types of beds that are popular in South Africa. Below is a comprehensive list of the different varieties of beds with a brief explanation of each one:
Adjustable BedsThese beds have the ability to be either manualy or automatically adjusted into a number of different positions. A good example of this type of bed is the hospital bed.
Air BedsAir beds have an inflatable mattress and are often connected to an electric air pump. Portable versions of this bed are very popular with campers.
BassinetsThese types of beds are made to accommodate newborn and young infants. They are smaller and more portable than cots.
Brass BedsBrass beds are beds that have been constructed from brass. They are generally antique (or antique style) beds that and are not as popular as they were a few decades ago.
Bunk BedsThese are one of the most popular types of children's beds in South Africa. They are literally two or more beds built one on top of the other.
Loft BedsA loft bed is very similar to the bunk beds mentioned above. However there is no lower bunk found on a loft bed which leaves ample space underneath for storage or a play area.
Platform BedsAlso known as chest beds, cabin beds or captains beds, these types of beds have drawers or storage compartments built in underneath.
Read more about platform beds here.
Camp BedsThese are also sometimes referred to as cots and are portable beds used by military and aid organisations around the world as a temporary bed solution.
Four Poster BedsFour Poster beds are simply beds with four poster at each corner.
Canopy BedsSimilar to the four poster beds found above, these types of beds have four long posts draped with cloth. This cloth sometimes is used to enclose the bed.
DaybedsDaybeds are couches by day and beds by night. They are NOT fold down sleeper couches however as they do not have separate bed and couch formats.
FutonsThese traditional Japanese beds are now also available in larger Western styles.
Ottoman BedsOttoman beds have a storage area underneath the mattress base. Access to this storage area is via a hinged mattress frame. Here in South Africa they are more commonly known as storage beds.
WaterbedsThese are beds with a mattress that is full of water.
Metal BedsThese types of beds should be well known to a certain age group of South African males who would have had to sleep on them in the army. They are based on a simple design first used in the 1850's and are constructed out of iron and steel.
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