Chinese Beds

Chinese Beds

Chinese Beds

Beds are an essential piece of furniture in any home and when you consider that you’ll spend around 26 years of your life sleeping, why not choose a bed which is as beautiful as it is practical? One particular style of bed that has a rich cultural history and unique features is the Chinese bed. Chinese beds have been around for centuries, and they are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and intricate design details.

Here at Shimu we offer a wide range of stylish and elegant Chinese beds, from original antique pieces and day beds, through to newly made beds, handcrafted from reclaimed hardwood. Our beds are available for convenient UK-wide delivery, so why not browse through our range and turn bed time into something truly special?

Antique Chinese beds

Antique Chinese beds are particularly prized for their historical value and unique aesthetic. These beds were typically made from wood, with intricate carvings and ornate designs. Some of the most sought-after antique Chinese beds include the canopy bed, the platform bed, and the opium bed. The canopy bed, also known as the four-poster bed, was a popular style in ancient China. It featured a canopy supported by four posts and was often decorated with intricate carvings and ornate patterns. The platform bed, on the other hand, was a low-slung bed that was close to the ground. It was typically made from hardwood and featured intricate carvings on the headboard and footboard. The opium bed, as the name suggests, was a type of bed that was designed for opium use. It was low to the ground, with a wide flat surface that was perfect for lounging and resting.

Daybeds are another type of Chinese bed that are gaining popularity thanks to their versatility – they can also be used as sofas or low tables! Typically, low to the ground and with a simple design, some of the most popular types of daybeds include the Ming daybed, the platform daybed, and the roll-out daybed. The Ming daybed is a classic Chinese design that features clean lines and simple styling. The platform daybed is similar to the platform bed but is designed to function as a daybed. The roll-out daybed, on the other hand, is a space-saving design that can be rolled out from under another piece of furniture when needed.

Reproduction Chinese beds and furniture

At Shimu our range of Chinese furniture also includes a selection of newly made beds, many in designs which replicate those used in Chinese furniture making of the past. Our new furniture – including our popular Chinese Classical Furniture collection - is handmade for us in China from reclaimed hardwoods and using traditional joinery techniques.

Our newly made beds are available in a wide range of beautiful styles and finishes, from classically simple Ming carved beds available in warm elm or black lacquer, through to lattice beds in rich chocolate or natural elm wood.

Make room for a Chinese bed in your modern home

Chinese beds can be incorporated into modern interior design in several ways. One way to incorporate Chinese beds into contemporary homes is by using them as accent pieces. For example, an antique Chinese bed can be placed in a modern bedroom to add a touch of traditional elegance. Chinese daybeds can also be used as seating in a living room or family room. They can be paired with modern furniture pieces to create a unique and eclectic look.

Another way to incorporate Chinese beds into modern interior design is by using them as a focal point. For example, a large canopy bed can be the centrepiece of a bedroom, with other furniture pieces arranged around it. A platform daybed can also be the focal point of a living room, with chairs and tables arranged around it.

When incorporating Chinese beds into modern interior design, it is essential to pay attention to the overall design aesthetic. Chinese beds tend to have intricate details and ornate designs, so they may not work well in a minimalist or modernist space. However, they can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to traditional, eclectic, or bohemian interiors.

Shop for Chinese beds at Shimu

Our range of Chinese beds and day beds is available to order online for convenient UK-wide delivery. Alternatively, why not come and see our range at our light and airy showroom, located in Albion Mills, Greengates in West Yorkshire?


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