Sleigh beds have a distinctive style of their own. These ornate beds feature a high curved headboard with a low profile footboard, attached by low side rails and resemble the elegance of a horse-drawn sleigh. Also known as "French beds", sleigh beds have a rich history that dates back as far back as the Roman era. Napoleon Bonaparte is best known as the military and political leader of France, but he also influenced the popularity of the sleigh bed. As different styles and trends come and go the sleigh bed remains as a timeless and classic addition to any bedroom.
Celebrity moms like Halle Berry and Samantha Harris bought cribs designed in the sleigh bed fashion for their daughter's nurseries.
Types of Sleigh Beds
- Typically constructed from wood; oak, pine, cherry, etc.
- Recent styles feature leather upholstered headboards.
- Sleigh beds are also being constructed from metal, iron, brass, steel and aluminum.
- Modern sleigh beds feature taller headboards than traditional sleigh beds and curve outward instead of the inward curving of traditional sleigh beds.
- Available in sizes ranging from Full to King size.
- Designed with a platform frame or as a regular box-spring bed.
Known for its regal presentation, the sleigh bed is still popular some 300 years later. These beds continue to offer a sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere to any bedroom. The added bonus of sleigh beds is that they can be used in both contemporary and traditionally styled bedrooms.