The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Solid Wood Bed: Tips and Tricks

Solid Wooden Beds From Willen Rose


Maybe you're buying your first home, moving into a new home or perhaps it's just time to get a new bed - come along as we share the Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Solid wood bed. And with over 30 years in the furniture trade we've picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way...


If you've already decided to choose a solid wooden bed then you've made a good choice. Solid wood is always going to last longer than MDF or veneered chipboard and whilst they are more of an investment they will last. Look out for FSC sustainable wood, The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests. So when you buy FSC-approved timber you're doing your best for the planet too. Order a sample of the wood to get an idea of the quality. Willen Rose free furniture samples are free of charge and sent out on 3-5 working days. 

Solid Wood Bed With No Footend


Beds with a foot end have a more traditional look. If you prefer that timeless bedroom style, a bed with a foot end can enhance the overall aesthetic. A foot end can make the bed look more finished and complete. It defines the sleeping space within the room and can help keep blankets, duvets, and pillows in place, preventing them from slipping off the end of the bed in the middle of the night! If you like things neat then the foot end is perfect to tuck your duvet away when you make your bed each morning.

If you're tall then a bed with no foot end can give you some extra space to stretch out. Also, they can feel much less imposing in smaller spaces or if you're in a loft room.

If you have a small bedroom, a bed without a foot end can create a sense of openness and make the room feel less cramped. If your bedroom decor is more modern or contemporary, a bed without a foot end can align better with the clean lines and simplicity often found in minimalist or Skandi-inspired rooms.

Mortice And Tenon Joint


Once you've decided a solid wood bed is the right choice for you, start to look at how they are made. The sturdiest furniture is made with mortice and tenon joins. This is where the side rail itself is shaped to fit into the corresponding piece - giving unrivalled strength and stability. Flimsier designs will use a thin dowel or possibly just a bracket to hold the 2 pieces together. Willen Rose handmade beds are crafted with both a mortise and tenon and an 8-point 3mm steel L bracket. 


If you plan to use the space under the bed as storage with some underbed boxes or storage bags then make sure you check the measurement between the side rail and the floor. Under the bed can be a great spot to stash seasonal clothes or baby clothes and if you're tight on space it's a valuable area.


The choice between solid wood slats and sprung (also known as slatted) bases depends on personal preference, comfort requirements, and the type of mattress you have. Solid wood slats are sturdy and durable, providing support for your mattress and helping it to last longer. Solid slats don't move or create noise, providing a quiet sleeping environment. Solid slats do provide a firmer sleeping surface so keep this in mind if you prefer a softer feel. Willen Rose bed slats are 35MM thick, and made from solid pine slats - individually screwed into the side rail, giving unrivalled support and stability. They will not slip or slide out of place and won't squeak.

Handmade Solid Oak Four Poster Bed


If you'd like to learn more about Willen Rose solid wooden bed designs then head over to our solid wood beds page or order an oak or pine sample, sent out free of charge in 3-5 working days. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact owner maker David.

Buying A Solid Wood Bed