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<b>MAX LONGIN FLOAT: </b><br/>An updated version of the water bed. Max Longin's Float moves when you move, so you do really feel as though you are sleeping on thin air (plus there's no danger of it leaking.) £4,080, max-longin.com

<b>MAX LONGIN FLOAT: </b><br/>An updated version of the water bed. Max Longin's Float moves when you move, so you do really feel as though you are sleeping on thin air (plus there's no danger of it leaking.) £4,080, max-longin.com

&lt;b&gt;CHARLOTTE FOUR POSTER: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;Four-poster beds are all heavy stained oak and billowing canopies, right? Well not this one, which is made of a light oak veneer and eschews the frilly canopy in favour of a simple square. £298, wilkinsonplus.com

<b>CHARLOTTE FOUR POSTER: </b><br/>Four-poster beds are all heavy stained oak and billowing canopies, right? Well not this one, which is made of a light oak veneer and eschews the frilly canopy in favour of a simple square. £298, wilkinsonplus.com

&lt;b&gt;LOFT:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; Bold without being brash, John Lewis's Loft bed is for the style-conscious sleeper. It's not all empty good looks, though: concealed within the walnut-veneer base are a wealth of handy push-release drawers. £650, johnlewis.com

<b>LOFT:</b><br/> Bold without being brash, John Lewis's Loft bed is for the style-conscious sleeper. It's not all empty good looks, though: concealed within the walnut-veneer base are a wealth of handy push-release drawers. £650, johnlewis.com

&lt;b&gt;POINTE:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; This solid oak bed, which was designed by award-winning designer Steuart Padwick, takes its name from a ballet move and is as nimble and lightly set as a prima ballerina. £975, conranshop.co.uk

<b>POINTE:</b><br/> This solid oak bed, which was designed by award-winning designer Steuart Padwick, takes its name from a ballet move and is as nimble and lightly set as a prima ballerina. £975, conranshop.co.uk

&lt;b&gt;KINGSLEY PADDED: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;The walnut-veneer Kingsley combines comfort and cool design to great effect. It has the low slung aesthetic of a Japanese platform bed but also comes with a large, squishy headboard. £699, dwell.co.uk

<b>KINGSLEY PADDED: </b><br/>The walnut-veneer Kingsley combines comfort and cool design to great effect. It has the low slung aesthetic of a Japanese platform bed but also comes with a large, squishy headboard. £699, dwell.co.uk

&lt;b&gt;WALNUT STORAGE:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; The Clark Kent of beds. This walnut number may look like any old bed, but at the press of a lever the mattress pivots up from the hollow base - giving you a great space to store spare quilts and sheets. £549, dwell.co.uk

<b>WALNUT STORAGE:</b><br/> The Clark Kent of beds. This walnut number may look like any old bed, but at the press of a lever the mattress pivots up from the hollow base - giving you a great space to store spare quilts and sheets. £549, dwell.co.uk

&lt;b&gt;BLYTH: &lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;It's Bedknobs and Broomsticks all the way with this ornate brass bed, which has been distressed to give it an antique look, though without the antique price tag. £869, obc-uk.net

<b>BLYTH: </b><br/>It's Bedknobs and Broomsticks all the way with this ornate brass bed, which has been distressed to give it an antique look, though without the antique price tag. £869, obc-uk.net

&lt;b&gt;KINGSTOWN:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; A clear contender for a family heirloom. The solid-mahogany Kingstown sleigh bed is a riot of well-crafted detail, coming with diamond-design inlay, scrolled ends and chunky square feet. £764, wooden-beds.com

<b>KINGSTOWN:</b><br/> A clear contender for a family heirloom. The solid-mahogany Kingstown sleigh bed is a riot of well-crafted detail, coming with diamond-design inlay, scrolled ends and chunky square feet. £764, wooden-beds.com

&lt;b&gt;IKEA BRIMNES:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; A large bed for very little money. The Brimnes has a chunky, masculine look which is nicely softened by its white-painted wood finish and can be paired with other, equally well-priced furniture from the Brimnes range. £182, ikea.com

<b>IKEA BRIMNES:</b><br/> A large bed for very little money. The Brimnes has a chunky, masculine look which is nicely softened by its white-painted wood finish and can be paired with other, equally well-priced furniture from the Brimnes range. £182, ikea.com

&lt;b&gt;ANGELICA:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt; Half chair, half bed, the Angelica has the look - and, crucially, all the comfiness - of an old-style winged-back armchair. Choose from a range of different fabrics and finishes. from £860, sofa.com

<b>ANGELICA:</b><br/> Half chair, half bed, the Angelica has the look - and, crucially, all the comfiness - of an old-style winged-back armchair. Choose from a range of different fabrics and finishes. from £860, sofa.com

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<b>MAX LONGIN FLOAT: </b><br/>An updated version of the water bed. Max Longin's Float moves when you move, so you do really feel as though you are sleeping on thin air (plus there's no danger of it leaking.) £4,080, max-longin.com

We spend an awfully long time in them, and not just sleeping. Make sure you choose a comfortable bed that reflects your style from these elegant examples...

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Source: Independent

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