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20 Chic Modern Bed Designs

Looking for a comfy place to crash after a long, hard day at work? There’s nothing more welcoming than a sturdy bed that happens to be stylish! Today we spotlight 20 amazing modern bed designs, complete with links to purchasing information should you choose to take the next step. Get ready for clean lines, thoughtful details and comfortable configurations that ensure each piece is truly inviting.

Whether you’re searching for a wooden, metal or upholstered bed, we’ve got you covered. Not to mention, a range of styles and price levels are represented. Finally, don’t forget to check out the daybed section at the end of the post, or the Silentnight website, for your guest bed or small space needs. Have fun browsing this season’s finest selections…

Wooden Beds

Wooden beds are solid and powerful. Many high-quality pieces showcase the beauty of wood’s intricate markings. Take the Horizon Bed from Roche Bobois, shown below. Modern legs are complemented by a rectangular headboard that evokes a curved presence, thanks to an opening in the middle of the piece.

A contemporary wooden bed

CB2’s andes walnut bed includes built-in nightstands with two layers of storage. Bring on the books, lamps and vases of greenery!

A modern wooden bed

The Akita Platform Bed from Leggett & Platt boasts geometric Asian flair, plus an abundance of clean lines and a gorgeous barley finish:

A modern wooden platform bed

Crate & Barrel’s Linea Bed manages to be earthy and modern at the same time, thanks to its sleek teak construction! As an added bonus, the piece is unfinished to highlight the texture of the wood.

An earthy modern teak bed

Metal Beds

Metal beds have a distinct look that can range from ultra modern to antique. But if you’re only picturing the ornamentation of a traditional wrought iron bed, think again. Edgy pieces like the 19th C. Keyhole Arch Metal Bed from Restoration Hardware are growing in popularity. This bed is truly unique, thanks to its metal take on an antique motif.

A metal bed with antique flair

For a similar look with a different shape, check out the 19th C. Keyhole Square Metal Bed from Restoration Hardware. Simple yet intriguing, this piece is the epitome of vintage-meets-modern style.

A modern metal bed with antique detailing

For a touch of European influence, take a look at the French Academie Iron Bed from Restoration Hardware, shown below. Add a couple of task lamps, and the industrial modern vibe is complete!

An industrial modern bed

We move to a contemporary take on the metal bed with the Chatham Bed from Leggett & Platt. A tubular design is polished off with a plated brushed satin finish, as shown in the next image.

A modern metal bed with a tubular design

Leggett & Platt certainly knows how to move in a geometric direction, as illustrated by their Camden Bed, which features a contemporary hexagonal motif. A bit Hollywood Regency, this bed boasts a golden frost finish that warms the piece’s silver undertones.

A contemporary bed with a hexagonal design

Sometimes metal just isn’t enough! Leggett & Platt’s Kendall Bed adds beechwood detailing, which is contrasted by metal with a black finish. Angular criss-cross designs are a nice complement to the bed’s slightly curved head- and footboards.

A contemporary metal and wooden bed

Ready for a showpiece? The Paravent screen-bed by Jean Paul Gaultier from Roche Bobois is a true designer bed! The headboard is upholstered in fabric, while the side panels are crafted of PMMA. Note the item’s aluminum anodized structure and chrome angled pieces. Like the look but not the pattern? Never fear–this bed is available in two other patterned possibilities.

A designer metal screen bed by Jean Paul Gaultier

Upholstered Beds and Headboards

There’s nothing more inviting than a cushy upholstered bed! In fact, upholstered pieces dominate many a niche in the bedroom furniture market, with companies like Restoration Hardware featuring an abundance of them. Below we see the Grid Tufted Headboard from West Elm, which combines a plush look with a modern sensibility.

A grid tufted headboard

ECHOES from Roche Bobois is a wooden bed with a leather upholstered headboard that can also be upholstered in fabric. Its neutral shade makes it an ideal choice for vibrant rooms like the sapphire blue space below.

A modern wooden and leather bed

Scandinavian style reigns with the peg leg bed from CB2, a white oak piece with a felted wool upholstered headboard. Gray fabric perfectly complements the wooden frame, ensuring that this piece works well in both warm- and cool-toned rooms.

A wooden and upholsterd bed

The Tate Bed from Crate & Barrel makes a Mid-Century statement with tapered legs and retro button tufting. Featuring a low platform, this piece can also be upholstered in chocolate leather or khaki fabric.

A Mid-Cenutry modern-style bed

The plush grey bed from CB2 is constructed of a hardwood frame, but all you see is grey. And four sleek pine legs peeking out from under this comfy piece! Ideal for ultra modern spaces, this bed can play up the softer side of contemporary design. At the same time, it mixes well with antique pieces and glamorous details like a crystal chandelier!

A modern upholstered plush bed

What do you get when you mix a camelback headboard, linen fabric, and brushed pewter nailhead trim? The Colette Bed from Crate & Barrel! There’s something grand about this piece, especially when mixed with bedding that makes a statement.

A modern upholstered linen bed


There’s a time and a place for a daybed. For some, these pieces are more for lounging than for sleeping. For others, they make great guest beds when company arrives. And still for others, they are the bed–especially for compact dwellings that can’t accommodate larger pieces, or rooms that necessitate a couch that doubles as a sleeping space.

But you’re in luck! Don’t think of a space-related challenge as a drawback. Use it as an excuse to be stylish. With a growing number of chic daybed selections, the sky is the limit. Below we see the Parsons Daybed from West Elm, which celebrates an iconic style while serving an important function.

A modern Parsons daybed

If you’re looking for a piece with Hollywood Regency flair, check out the Window Daybed from West Elm. Rectangles abound, connected by vertical and horizontal lines. This elegant, modern style is perfect for a smaller item that needs to pack a powerful punch!

A Hollywood Regency-style daybed

We end with the lubi graphite sleeper daybed from CB2, which features a stacked double mattress. In fact, one major highlight of the design is the ease with which you can remove one mattress and place it on the floor if extra sleeping space is desired!

A contemporary gray daybed

We hope today’s modern bed roundup has been helpful and fun. Maybe it sparked an idea or two?! As you can see, major trends in modern bed design include upholstered beds and headboards, nailhead trim, metal pieces with geometric flair, solid wooden selections, and even some quirky vintage touches thrown in. Because there’s something quite refreshing about style that’s unexpected! This helpful hint can come in handy when selecting bedding as well. Don’t underestimate the power of an unusual pillow or throw as a striking accent on your modern bed!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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