Redecorating a bedroom can be a huge task. Many people consider a bedroom to be their most intimate and private place; the room of the house with the most personal touches. Even with big shifts in home design and layout – including the open plan layout pioneered by mid-century architects – the bedroom has remained a private enclosure. Because of these things, performing a complete makeover of the bedroom may not happen often.
The bed is the cornerstone of a bedroom – it’s right there in the name. It’s a massive piece of furniture around which other smaller items must fit. Keeping a consistent style in a room with many pieces is important, but not easy if you make your living in something other than interior design. Luckily, mid-century designs have a way of working with other styles in an effortless manner. Young or old, man or woman, these designs find a way to unify us.
Alexander House bedroom 1957 © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Duo corner bed © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Bedroom in Racquet Club estate home 1958 © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Bedroom suite 1948 © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
The classic mid-century modern bed frames often featured slim, wood accents and large headboards. Mixing metal and wood was incredibly common across all furniture categories, and is attributed to mid mod to this day. Strength and beauty are the foundation of good design. Even though we no longer see beds with two separate mattresses, the frame designs themselves have stood the test of time.
Whether you want to go completely mid-century in style or you’re keeping it more eclectic, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect bed frame to bolster your room. It’s often the small and subtle details that make the biggest difference. You can always swap out your bed spread or duvet cover to suit the needs of the room and your current mood. Experiment with bold patterns, solid colors, or natural tones to figure out what works for you.
Read on to see our pick of the best mid-century inspired bed frames and find out why we love them.
Upholstered Navy Platform Bed Frame
A tall headboard can make an incredible accent piece for your mid mod bedroom, especially one as bold as this navy upholstered one. The fabric has a subtle woven texture to it that gives it a premium look and a single row of very shallow button tufting adds a layer of sophistication. No boxspring required!
Metal & Wood Slat Platform Bed
The ability to mix wood and metal was a common, but understated skill of mid-century designers. This bed is a great example of how to do it correctly. Appropriating accents from more modern and playful designs of the era, this frame would fit just as well in a young adult's room as it would in a high-end loft. We'd recommend this for a well lit or lightly colored room.
Natural Wood Platform Bed
Though the design may not be strictly inspired by mid-century modern, this bed – if paired with the right bedspread – could bolster some serious mid mod flair. Consider a bold pattern for a lightly colored room, or a primarily white or neutral set of bedding for a more heavily decorated or dark room. Think of it as a blank canvas.
Slatted Metal & Wood Platform Bed
While it may be more contemporary and industrial than mid-century modern, the mix of light wood and dark metal would not look out of place surrounded by the staples of mid mod design. The bed's light footprint is great for limited space, and no boxspring is required. Natural colors and light tones will work well for bedding.
Cherry Wood Platform Bed
With a more traditional tone of wood, this simple bed frame would fit in quite well with the darker stains of mid-century modern. While it may not be an authentic design from the era, it will make an excellent base for some mid mod bedding. You could even attach a headboard to the wall for a more integrated look.
Navy Metal & Wood Bed Frame
For the more adventurous and eclectic look, this frame boasts blue metal and a raw wood look. The style of the headboard, which many might consider to be oriental, was fairly common in mid-century design, and you can see more complex demonstrations of this in Frank Lloyd Wright's work.
Horizon Metal & Wood Platform Bed
Though it is on the more modern end of the mid-century spectrum, this bed is one of the more authentic designs featured here. The darker wood was most common for the era, and the black, rounded metal show the desire for integrity in construction. It is sparse yet attractive, modern yet conventional.
Walnut Finished Solid Wood Bed Frame
Featuring the inset, angled legs that have become such a signature of mid-century modern furniture design, this dark walnut bed frame is a perfect example of subtle beauty. Due to its understated form, you could get away with using any of a number of different bedding options: patterns, colors, textures, anything!
Fabric and Walnut Finished Wood Platform Bed
Fabric headboards were common throughout the 50's and 60's across the spectrum of style. Mid-century modern took this trend and adapted it to be sleek and low-profile. This bed features a beige headboard, outlined and supported by a dark, complimentary walnut.
Beige Fabric and Walnut Wood Platform Bed
A subtle button tufted headboard can give a bed a much more sophisticated look. This bed balances this with its simplicity so that, no matter your choice of bedding, it could suit almost any room. This simple design would fit just as well among an eclectic collection of furniture as it would authentic mid mod pieces.
2pc Platform Bed and Headboard
Large and wide-spanning, decorative headboards were not uncommon in the most modern of mid-century homes. This one in particular is a great example of the impact a simple arrangement of wood panels can have. It's clear this style is more an exercise in art and design than practicality.
Leyton Fabric Upholstered Platform Bed
Along with featuring plenty of mid-century inspired pieces, we occasionally like to push the boundaries. Introducing styles that may not be authentic to our namesake may seem blasphemous, but we think examples like this bed would work very well in a mid mod bedroom makeover, so why not include it?
Mid-century children’s rooms were incredibly neat. As seen above with the nesting metal beds, they often employed clever ways of maximizing space. We wanted to include just a couple of kids beds here to show that even if you’re young you can still sleep in style.
Steel Quick Lock Bunk Bed
Steel framed beds were incredibly common in children's bedrooms in the 50's and 60's. The thoughtful mix of thick and thin metal help this piece stand out without losing it's child-friendly aspects. This low-profile bed will also leave more space for toys and play time!
Nereida Modern Finished Wood Twin Bed
The very subtle angling of the head and footboard supports make all the difference on this mid-century inspired child's bed. Those five degrees of tilt are what differentiate this design from contemporary modern. The wood slats are also very reminiscent of the more playful designs of the age.
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