Fabric Beds: Advantages and Maintenance Tips

December 14, 2021

Double Crushed Velvet Sleigh Bed Frame

Which room in your house is your favourite?

Is it the kitchen? Maybe because of all the scrumptious delicacies that emerge from there?

Or is it the bedroom?

Well, for many people, the bedroom is the throne room of their home. After all, people begin and end their day in bed. It is a place where they lay down their daily burdens, rest and recharge for another day on the grind.

As such, your bed should be a haven. When you are designing your bedroom, your bed should receive the most attention. It should—and rightly so—be extravagant and luxurious to be befitting of the throne room.

Fabric beds give you just that. They are lavish, elegant and ultra-versatile.

Black Crushed Velvet Sleigh Bed Frame Double
Black Crushed Velvet Sleigh Bed Frame Double

But what makes upholstered beds so unique? Let’s find out. 

Table of Contents

What Is a Fabric Bed?
Top Benefits of  Fabric Beds

Unsurpassable Comfort
Enhances Style: Fabrics and Colours to Enhance Your Style
Durable and Easy to Care For
You Can Customise Them to Give Them a Personal Touch
Environmentally-Friendly

Top Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Fabric Bed

Choose the Most Suitable Fabric
Protect Your Fabric Bed From Spills and Odours
Clean Often
Keep Away From Direct Sunlight
Treat Furniture Right

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are fabric beds better than wood beds?
How do you keep a fabric bed clean?
Do I need to have my fabric bed professionally cleaned?

Looking to Upgrade? There Are Many Options

What Is a Fabric Bed?

What is a fabric bed
Cavill Grey Fabric Double Bed Frame

Fabric beds (also known as upholstered beds) are types of beds that incorporate fabric covers or padding—they can be velvet, faux leather or other materials other than wood.

These fabric materials help cushion and assuage the edges of the baseboards, sideboards, and headboards. That means that a fabric bed’s edges are softer to the touch and generally more comfortable.

Over the last few years, bedroom interior design has leaned more on the minimalist side, and upholstered beds were not popular. However, this opinion has recently shifted toward a softer, warmer, and fluffier feel.

As a result, upholstered beds and beds with fabric headframes are quickly becoming a bedroom fashion statement.

Top Benefits of Fabric Beds

But who can you blame? In addition to being comfier, upholstered beds come with many advantages:

Unsurpassable Comfort

Unsurpassable comfort

Fabric on furniture has a way of working magic on your vision. Even the appearance spells comfort. An upholstered piece of furniture makes a big difference in a room—the room looks warmer, cosier, and more inviting.

See this review from a satisfied customer, for example: 

Customer testimonial for an otto fabric bed
Testimonial from Racheal T>

When you walk into a room with a fabric bed, you instantly feel invited to rest and relax. It is hard to get this same vibe with other types of beds.

In addition, compared to your old bed, the comfort from the mix of a soft mattress, bed frame, and cushioned headboards provide your body with the unrivalled comfort you require as you sleep.

Enhances Style: Fabrics and Colours to Enhance Your Style

There is style and class that a fabric bed brings into a room that you can’t get from minimalist beds. And the icing on the cake is there is something for everybody. Upholstered beds come in various styles, including contemporary, boho, mission and traditional.

There is a wide range of materials, designs and colours to choose from to match your interior design as well as your personal taste. You can even create a unique and exclusive look by mix-and-matching different materials or contrasting bed colours against your bedroom wall colour.

Durable and Easy to Care For

The solid part of the bed is usually made from superior hardwood, making the frames highly stable and long-lasting. In addition, the cushions act as insulation to safeguard the furniture from any impact that would otherwise cause it to get damaged.

Also, the materials used for upholstery have great endurance and will not tear easily. As such, your fabric bed is likely to serve you for a long, long time.

Apart from its durability, upholstered furniture is effortless to care for.  Dusting or vacuuming every so often and deep cleaning once in a while is enough to keep the furniture in pristine condition for a long time.

You Can Customise Them to Give Them a Personal Touch

Why buy a ready-made bed when you can customise it to your liking? Do you like a little boho-style or a modern interior design? Do you only like striking, bright colours to go with a starry ceiling?

Furniture upholstery gives you the luxury to pick and choose according to your desires. Nothing is impossible when it comes to fabric beds.

See this review from a satisfied customer. They love it,and so will you.

Testimonial from Meghan Scott

Top Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Fabric Bed

Choose the Most Suitable Fabric

The main charm of upholstered furniture is its versatility. You can customize your bed to match your taste and lifestyle.

However, it is essential to remember that choosing the right upholstery for your bed is much more than just selecting a colour that matches your interior decor.

Apart from the aesthetic appeal, there are other factors to consider when choosing fabric for your fabric bed. For example, before you settle on a particular design, first check the maintenance requirements.

Also, consider choosing a material made from microfibre fabric and hypoallergenic cushion if anyone in the family suffers from allergies.

 

Protect Your Fabric Bed From Spills and Odours

It would be unfortunate to get your beloved, pristine fabric bed besmirched by a glass of wine that you chose to enjoy in bed while reading the last chapter of your favourite book. Worse still, your pet had an ‘accident’ while snuggling you this morning because you were not quick enough to open the door.

Accidents happen all the time. So instead of waiting for it to happen, why not protect your fabric beforehand? One way to do this is to keep food and beverage away from the bedroom and lock out your kids and pets from coming into your room.

But where is the fun in that? So, why not consider pretreating your bed with an upholstery protector?

However, keep in mind that although fabric protection offers a certain level of defense, it’s not a stain-proof option unless you clean up spills immediately.

Clean Often 

Your fabric bed deserves the same cleaning attention you give to your sheets and pillowcases. Just like any other fabric item, your hair, pet hair, sweat, makeup, and dust can gradually accumulate on the fabric surface and make it look dirty. 

So just like your bedsheets and pillowcases, it is essential to clean your fabric bed often. Also, ensure to follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.  

Otherwise, the internet is filled with practical guides on cleaning your upholstered furniture, depending on the fabric. 

Keep Away From Direct Sunlight

We all love natural lighting in our homes. When there is enough light coming into your bedroom, it makes the room look more spacious and alive, allowing the colours of your decor to stand out.

Hence, you might be tempted to let as much sunlight into the room as possible. But this is not good for your brand-new upholstered bed. The UV rays from direct sunlight fade bright colours on fabric furniture and cause permanent discolouration with prolonged exposure.

In addition, the UV rays can cause damage to the fabric and the wood over time, causing premature wear and tear.

Hence, it is crucial to carefully consider where you place your bed in a room that receives plenty of natural light. Here are some tips:

  • Put it in the corner away from direct sunlight.
  • Add window film.
  • Hang curtains.
  • Consider solar blinds.

Treat Furniture Right

All said and done, it all boils down to treating your fabric bed right. For example, if you have pets, it can be very tempting to let them jump and hop on the bed while you are lying on it. This is all good until they start tearing it and leaving all kinds of spills and odours on it.

So instead of letting your pets run wild, give them a dedicated cushion and train them to sit on that instead of running around.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are fabric beds better than wood beds?

There is a reason upholstered beds are popular. They are soft, comfortable and elegant. Due to it being cushioned by fabric, it is cosy, warm and very inviting compared to the hard frame of a wooden bed.

An upholstered bed also gives you a chance to customise your bed according to your personal preferences—a luxury that a wooden bed does not provide.

How do you keep a fabric bed clean?

Make sure to clean your fabric bed regularly. A simple weekly rundown using an upholstery brush on a vacuum cleaner will take care of any dust and debris that might have accumulated. In addition, do a deep cleaning every once in a while to maintain the quality of the material.

Also, clean any spills immediately and strive to keep pets and kids away as much as possible. 

Looking to Upgrade? There Are Many Options

One of the main advantages of fabric beds is their versatility. There is something for everyone. Whether it is classic or more modern, more economical or the most lavish, you get to have your pick.

If you are wondering where to start the search for your dream fabric bed, we've got you. Our shop has a wide range of fabric bed designs for you to choose from.

But if nothing meets your standards, our designers are ready to listen and design something directly out of your dreams. We love to listen. Talk to us. 

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