What on earth is a shabby chic bed?

A quick internet search tells you that "shabby chic" is a style of interior design where furniture is chosen specifically for its age or signs of wear and tear, or new furniture is distressed to look like an antique. This is nicely put, but we don't think this has to apply to every shabby chic bed or bedroom.

"Why's that?" you ask. Well, we reckon the idea of distressing a newly made bed to get the shabby chic look isn't exactly authentic and can end up looking a bit tacky. It defeats the object of a shabby chic bed in the first place. After all, shouldn't a shabby chic bedroom be created from a combination of carefree pieces with character rather than cheap, mass-produced distressed furniture?

Why blow our shabby chic bed trumpet?

We think that a shabby chic bedroom doesn't have to be a passing fad that disappears along with skinny jeans. Beautiful furniture and interior decor can look good for decades providing you're not disingenuous. And by this, we mean embracing the actual spirit of shabby chic, so you can enjoy the beauty of imperfection and history. In short, installing a newly distressed bedstead does not a happy shabby chic bed make.

But the problem with genuine shabby chic beds is that they are often not fit for purpose. Lovely old turn-of-the-century brass beds invariably squeak like mad, while traditional French beds are in extremely short supply and expensive to alter.

We think the answer is to buy something new that doesn't try to look too obviously like a shabby chic bed. Instead, we think it's stylish to go for something like our sturdy Antoinette French bed or solid Amazing Base bed and then add other choice pieces of old furniture or bed linen to get the shabby chic look.

Given that you spend around a third of your life in bed, it makes sense not to compromise on quality for the sake of getting a bed that's in the shabby chic style.

If you're looking online for beds, we hope that our offering whets your appetite. We don't claim to have the biggest range in the world; instead we only offer beds we would be happy to have in our own homes. We strive to keep everything in stock, so you receive your bed a few days after placing your order. And if buying your bed online isn't your thing (though we do have a full money back, free returns policy if you don't love your bed as much as we do), then you can always pop into our showroom and try our beds in person.