Minimalist beds are characterized by sleek lines, plain but sumptuous fabrics, and an Eastern aesthetic.
People describe Minimalist Beds as simple, chic, and modern. The actual bed frame has clean lines and a simplified construction. A rectangular or wedge headboard and a plain box sit atop short, square legs. There is usually no foot board. Platform or other contemporary beds allow a single mattress, without a box spring, to sit low to the ground.
Some Minimalist Beds will have neither a headboard nor foot board, but sit on the ground without legs.
Popular materials for the Minimalist Beds frame are wood, steel, or iron. You will not find scrolls, cut-outs, inlay, wrought iron, carving, or elaborately stained wood on such a bed. Blonde and dark timber will be sealed with a clear coat to reveal their natural color. The joints will be rectilinear and straight-forward, without noticeable tenons.
The coverlet should be a neutral, muted, or rich color without distracting patterns or motifs. Often a bedspread will be textured, but not printed. Silk, organic cotton, ultrasuede, or hemp makes soft, comfortable covers. A good color palette would be undyed linen with a few blocks of lime green or velvety red. Such a design favors accessibility over opulence.
Truly avant garde minimalist beds would be a bamboo mat covered in a single sheet and blanket. During the day, you roll up the bed like a scroll and tuck it away to provide more floor space. At night, the unrolled mat gives a sleeping surface that is firm, cool, and good for posture. Futons, too, qualify as minimalist beds, as they combine a sheet with a mattress.