Sleep Tight: 12 of the Best Upholstered Beds

The modern take on the traditional upholstered headboard is anything but stuffy. Whether you prefer the classic buttoned and winged style of upholstered bed, or are looking for something uber-sleek and minimal for your bedroom, there are plenty of bed frames to suit.

Find those with elegant high-backed headboards for a sophisticated feel, such as the Cleo from Sofa.com, Penelope from Love Your Home or Rivas from Soho Home, to lower-slung models with relaxed, statement style, like the dramatic Xeni from Italian design firm, Gallotti & Radice or the Victoriano from Lema.

Lofty or low, the latest headboard designs are those with curved sides that gently cocoon you while you sleep. They make a sleek and stylish focal point too.

Looking for the best bedside tables? Check out our edit here.

Most of the beautiful beds in our edit can be upholstered in a wide choice of fabrics, from sumptuous velvets and soft wools to casual linens – and in some cases leather – so they can be covered to suit your scheme.

There are those with traditional divan bases if you need extra drawers for storing seasonal duvets and other bed linen, and others with slimline legs for a more modern appeal. Just make sure you have enough space for clearance if you're opting for a divan base.

See our edit of the best bedding sets.

So get ready to dive in with a modern, sculpturalpièce de résistance – these twelve favourites are anything but yourbasic bed backdrops.

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Camelia bed frame in Admiral soft wool, from £975, Button & Sprung

Camelia bed frame in Admiral soft wool, from £975, Button & Sprung

Inspired by the Regency era, this hand-made bed features a perfectly plump, winged headboard, beautifully detailed with deep-set buttons.

xeni bed frame in velvet, from £7,159, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice

xeni bed frame in velvet, from £7,159, Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice

Create a dramatic focal point with this low slung bed, which can be covered in fabric or leather.

Desdemone bed frame in Cacao Canvas, from £2,883, Ligne Roset

Desdemone bed frame in Cacao Canvas, from £2,883, Ligne Roset

Designers Nasrallah & Horner have created a cocoon-like bed that's a gorgeous refuge for the perfect night's sleep.

Desdemone bed frame in Cacao Canvas, from £2,883, Ligne Roset

Desdemone bed frame in Cacao Canvas, from £2,883, Ligne Roset

Designers Nasrallah & Horner have created a cocoon-like bed that's a gorgeous refuge for the perfect night's sleep.

Penelope bed frame in Studio Rich Nordic Green velvet, from £1,405, love your home

Penelope bed frame in Studio Rich Nordic Green velvet, from £1,405, love your home

The winged headboard add instant character to this bed, giving it a softer, more graceful profile. It's unbuttoned too, giving it modern, unfussy look.

Rivas Bedstead in Turmeric Velvet, from £1,795, Soho Home

Rivas Bedstead in Turmeric Velvet, from £1,795, Soho Home

This beautiful bed takes its influence from the Marina and Corner bedrooms in Soho House Barcelona, so you can bring its style to your own home.

Monroe headboard and divan base, from £1,949, heal's

Monroe headboard and divan base, from £1,949, heal's

This cocooning headboard has generation proportions and feminine sweeping lines combining a comfortable feel with statement style.

Show-Wood bed frame in Topaz pink, from £699, John Lewis & Partners

Show-Wood bed frame in Topaz pink, from £699, John Lewis & Partners

This upholstered bed has a fresh modern profile thanks to its curbed headboard and slimline legs.

Cleo bed frame in Sage Smart velvet, from £1,310, sofa.com

Cleo bed frame in Sage Smart velvet, from £1,310, sofa.com

The fluted back and subtle wing here will offer a glamorous focal point in your bedroom.

Amelia 01 bed, £15,570,Mandeep Dillon at Savoir Beds

Amelia 01 bed, £15,570,Mandeep Dillon at Savoir Beds

The bed's dusty pink wool finish gives it a delicate quality, while its tall, curved headboard creates a smooth silhouette. This style is complemented perfectly by Amelia’s brass angled legs and slim boxspring - providing a very contemporary edge and incredibly modern vibe.

Victoriano bed, from £5,865,Roberto Lazzeroni at Lema

Victoriano bed, from £5,865,Roberto Lazzeroni at Lema

This upholstered bed has a solid wood structure and is inspired by stylistic elements of the past but brought up to date with a contemporary twist. Its high headboard is slightly curved at the sides and connects to the bed frame in a continuous, gentle line, creating an elegant and refined result.

Bonham bed, from £699,Swoon Editions

Bonham bed, from £699,Swoon Editions

The Bonham is a great centrepiece for even the most compact of boudoirs. A neatly scrolled back and turned legs elevate its refined shape without making it bulky, for a contemporary bed with a touch of opulence.

Gent bed, from £3,333,Morten Georgsen at BoConcept

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Gent bed, from £3,333,Morten Georgsen at BoConcept

Defined by grandiose lines and an elegant look, this modern bed will transform any ordinary bedroom into a luxurious sanctuary. Fitted with a soft and oversized headboard, this bed further combines a welcoming touch with a lavish look.