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A Guide to Velvet Beds
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The bed is the centrepiece of the room and velvet is the ideal way to make it stand out. This high-quality fabric is classy, it’s comfortable and, today, it’s more affordable than ever, having come a long way since the days it was more a privilege of the rich. Just a small amount can have a big impact. The fabric oozes that inviting feel which a bedroom should offer you when you retire after a hard day.
Why choose velvet?
Velvet is versatile. It works subtly with the light and the colours take on real depth, adding warmth to a room. No matter what kind of style you opt for, velvet will fit right in, whether you have painted panelled walls or bare-brick ones. You can opt for a more traditional look or a more modern one and velvet will still work its magic. It’s a timeless fabric and although the years will roll by, velvet will always feel fresh rather than dated.
What’s crushed velvet?
There are several different types of velvet. Silk, plush velvet and cut are just a few, but one of the main types you’ll come across in velvet furniture offerings is crushed velvet. It’s a popular choice and is something of a hit with TV personalities. You might also hear some people refer to the material as ‘crinkle velvet’.
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As you’d imagine, crushed velvet has a crushed look. The fabric has an irregular pattern ― the nap of the material points in different directions ― and a crumpled kind of texture. Crushed velvet ― as does velvet, in general ― picks up the light, and takes on a shimmer and gorgeous visual texture that projects the feeling of glamour and luxury we associate with velvet. Manufacturers achieve this crushed effect by twisting the fabric while it is wet.
Velvet bed types and sizes
Think of velvet and you’ll think of luxury, automatically. Don’t jump to the conclusion that if you want a velvet bed frame, you have to go for a large bed. You don’t. You can order velvet beds from us in a range of sizes:
Ottoman velvet beds and TV beds ― comfort and practicality
You might think when it comes to choosing a velvet bed, you have to forego practicality in favour of style and comfort. You don’t. Velvet beds can be amazingly practical as well as luxurious. If you want to enjoy comfort and not sacrifice storage space, you can choose one of our ottoman beds. If you want to save yourself space, not to mention the trouble, too, of finding a separate TV unit, you could opt for one of our TV beds. Either way, the luxury and the comfort will be there.
How to choose a velvet bed
Serene Alexandra Velvet Bed
Our velvet beds come in different styles. You can go for the more stripped back style with a simple standard velvet, which has a real smooth look to it, or you could opt for the opulence of crushed velvet. The irregular patterned style of crushed velvet really captures the light, conveying serious glamour and drawing the eye immediately to it. As flexible as velvet is, this is something you’ll need to bear in mind when considering how the bed will work with other elements of the room, such as the decor.
Choosing a velvet bed frame
Bed frames offer the perfect opportunity to inject a major dash of style into your bedroom, which is one of the reasons why they’re so popular. Your frame should match the style of the room, which is a fairly straightforward ask, given the versatility of velvet.
Check the size of the mattress. It should be the right size for the frame. If you’re going to buy a bed frame with a slatted base (more below), you should check that the slats are no more than 7 centimetres apart. Wider than this can inflict undue wear and tear on your bed, and you’ll end up having to replace your mattress sooner.
You should also measure the size of your room and compare it to the size of the bed. The bed is the statement piece and if it’s too large for the room, you’ll lose that effect. The room should look inviting, not overwhelm you.
The height of your bed frame will be important, too. A higher one will convey a greater sense of space, whereas a lower bed frame infuses the room with an almost Zen-like sense of calm and is a little closer to the futon style of bed.
There are two different types of bed bases when it comes to our velvet beds:
Platform bases offer a firm base for your mattress, are aesthetic and have a simple design. These bases are low, flat and made of wooden. They’re also ventilated and have no wooden slats. They’re a good option if you’re looking to keep your costs low.
Sprung-slatted bases are a lot different. The design of these bases makes them mattress friendly. The curve of the slats causes them to bend as you either rest on the bed or get up off it, making the mattress more comfortable. They tend to be stronger than traditional base alternatives.
Headboards offer back support and help to keep your pillows in place while you sleep. They offer stellar opportunities to get creative and add some style to your room. You can buy headboards separately on our website, but headboards from part of our velvet beds already and in this case will come in three main styles:
If you go with the smooth option, it’s a step away from the more traditional style that goes with velvet. Since the job of a headboard is to support the back, you might also feel more comfortable when you’re leaning against it.
The buttoned velvet headboard manages to retain its elegance despite any marks it may acquire. The aesthetic design of the headboard can distract you from the marks. You might even forget all about them.
Serene Anastasia Velvet Bed
A panel-type pattern on the headboard offers flexibility when it comes to combining your velvet bed with other elements of the interior design. That said, on an ottoman velvet bed, which is closer to a divan bed, they have an especially timeless feel to them.
A footboard can give your bed a more conventional look and is a traditional finish. Not only that, the bed looks neat and tidy, and on a more practical note, your footboard helps to stop the mattress from slipping. Footboards also provide a stellar opportunity to get decorative.
When it comes to footboards, again you have two options:
Opt for a bed with a high footboard and you can really make your bed the focal point of the room. High footboards project a sense of grandeur and chic. There’s a tremendous cosiness about them as well because they give you a cocooned feeling when you combine them with high headboards.
If you’re trying to achieve a more contemporary feel and aesthetic in your room, then low footboards are the way forward. Their lower height works well, too, if you want your room to look more spacious.
Choosing a colour
Opt for a neutral tone such as grey and you’ll give the room a comfortable, pared back look that contributes to any sense of spaciousness you’ve wished to create. Note, of course, that you won’t be trading this in for elegance. Go for a steelier or silvery style of grey and you can seriously up the glam factor of your bed.
If you’re looking for something versatile, beige won’t let you down. It’s naturally warm and subtle. If you’ve gone for a refreshing teal or blue decor, beige will work wonderfully well. Darker beiges work terrific with red and if you’ve decorated in pink, they’ll match up well with the beige regardless of the tone. Alternatively, you can work tone on tone with your beige, producing a layering effect that infuse the room with a sense of calmness.
Brown is another generous colour when it comes to colour coordination and goes hand in hand with a material like velvet, thanks to its sense of timelessness. Combining brown velvet with green decor will give the room a fresh, organic feel. You can go for an extra luxurious touch in your room by introducing some gold accents into the arrangement.
Black is the colour of sophistication. If you’ve furnished your room in lighter colours, black offsets them superbly. It’s a mysterious colour and blends nicely with gold or silvery colours. There’s more to black than mere offsetting, though, since it’s a receding colour that conveys a sense of space in the room. Don’t forget, too, that any marks that appear on the fabric won’t show up as easily on black as they would on white or cream fabric.
How to clean your velvet bed
Velvet is soft and luxurious, and, as such a fabric, you should handle it with care. It’s more straightforward to maintain than you think. One important thing to know is the type of velvet fabric. You can clean polyester or cotton velvet at home, whereas silk and other materials are more delicate and would be best left to a professional cleaner.
Weekly maintenance is the best policy. You should hoover the velvet each week and brush away any debris with a soft brush. Remember to brush in the direction of the pile. If you spill something on your velvet bed, act right away, and get a clean, dry and absorbent cloth to blot the spillage. Then attack it with a small amount of soap and water, and blot the stain from the spillage further until it disappears. Always be sure to dab and not to rub, or you’ll make the stain even worse.
It’s important for velvet to dry fast when you clean it. To speed things up, you can go over it with a hair dryer. When the velvet is dry, brush over it in the direction of the pile to return it to its normal direction.
Should you spot a mark or dry stain somewhere and decide to tackle it yourself, test any cleaning agent you intend to use, even soap and water, on a small hidden spot first. You don’t want it to discolour the fabric. If everything looks in order, apply and blot.
There’s also a dry method, which is similar to the above. Once you’ve brushed away all the debris and blotted the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel, you should add a small amount of dry cleaning fluid to the stain and dab gently.
When to hire a professional cleaner
Stains such as blood, ink, paint, nail varnish or machine oil don’t come out easily. Trying to tackle these could really damage your velvet if you get things wrong. It would be better to hire a professional cleaner in these circumstances.
The above maintenance tips will help you to clean your velvet bed in the event of sporadic spillages and everyday cleaning. An item upholstered completely in velvet should be cleaned by professional cleaners from time to time to keep your bed in the very best condition
If you have any doubts regarding the material from which the velvet is made, contact a professional cleaning service. They’ll have special equipment that can clean the velvet without any damage to the fabric or to the bed itself.
Enjoy your velvet bed
Velvet is beautiful. Quite simply, beautiful. Make it a part of your bedroom and it spells luxury. Consider things such as the style of your room and what you want the velvet to achieve, as well the colour and style of the velvet and your purpose for these. Don’t forget more practical features of the bed, including the headboard, footboard and any storage opportunities, and any requirements these should meet, either in style or in practicality.
Then once you have it set up, take the very best care of it with some regular cleaning. Take no chances, however. Velvet is a high-quality fabric and if you have any qualms about how to clean it, hire a professional cleaning service and let them take care of it so you can get the very best out of your velvet.