Beds Glossary: A - Z of Beds

Beds terminology can be confusing. Have you ever ventured into the world of beds and felt overwhelmed? Uncertain about a host of terms you've seldom used? If so, you're not alone. With so many different elements blending together to describe beds or an entire bedroom suite, it's no wonder we're left a little confused. Given the importance of buying beds however, understanding industry language is imperitive. At Forty Winks, we've assembled a glossary to assist with your knowledge. From Armoire to Ottoman and everything in between, you'll never feel lost again.



A free-standing bedroom cabinet utilised as storage for clothes and other valuables, similar to a wardrobe. Made from wood, an Armoire will generally feature two doors opening outwards with extra storage compartments inside.


Bed Dimensions:

This is the length, width, and height of the Bed and all its parts.


Refers to the all materials on the bed including linens, sheets, doonas, blankets and pillows. In certain circumstances, the mattress itself can be included as bedding.

Bed Frames:

The entire supporting framework of the bed. The bed frame secures the headboard and footboard in place while supporting the mattress and/or bed-base.

Bedroom Furniture:

Furniture placed in the bedroom, as a set, or individual pieces including the bed itself, tallboys, dressers and bedside tables. Bedroom furniture is available in a host of different styles and designs including contemporary, traditional and antique.

Bedroom Set:

An entire matching furniture collection including bed, chests, benches, mirrors, dressers and bedside tables combining to create a unified theme and meet any and all storage needs.


The bed's supporting framework.


Also known as a 'Trunk', the bedroom bench sits at the end of the bed for storage and decorative purposes.

Bolster Pillows:

The generally decorative Bolster Pillow is most commonly used to accentuate and complement daybeds and futons.

Box Springs Beds:

Designed to support the mattress and often referred to as the 'Bed Base', the Box Spring is the cloth covered, sturdy wooden frame upon which the softer mattress sits.

Box Top Beds:

The top layer of the mattress designed to increase comfort.

Bunk Beds:

Generally used in children's bedrooms, Bunk Beds function as two individual beds, stacked one on top of the other to create space in the bedroom.

Bunkie Board Beds:

Similar to a slatted deck and used on bunk beds or daybeds, the Bunkie Board is a two-inch thick wooden slat system supporting the mattress on bunk beds or daybeds.


Similar to the 'Dresser', the Bureau is a chest of drawers for the bedroom.

Bycast Leather / PU leather:

A synthetic, man-made upholstery product consisting of a thick polyurethane layer.


Canopy Beds:

Four-poster beds connected together by rods at the top, Canopy Beds are generally available in either iron or wood and allow fabrics to be draped over the bed.

Center Glide:

A center track that a drawer glides on.

Chaise Lounge:

An elongated chair, sofa or daybed designed for reclining, the Chaise Lounge can include a single arm-rest and back support.


Designed to store precious belongings and valuables and add to the existing décor, Chests are available in a host of finishes and styles.

Contemporary Beds:

A contemporary style includes clean, modern, understated lines and promotes a relaxed, casual environment.

Country Beds:

A country style is derived from classic American and European country designs and often includes hand-made, rustic pieces crafted from solid timbers.



Generally the size of a twin or single bed and including sides, a back and, at times, storage space underneath, Daybeds are a practical alternative which can be situated both inside and outside the home.

Daybed back:

Providing support when the Daybed is being used for traditional seating, the large, ornate back piece is what separates the Daybed from other contemporary furniture.

Daybed Mattress:

Designed specifically for use with the Daybed, the Daybed Mattress is typically thinner and lighter than traditional twin mattresses and can be lifted with ease to access storage space beneath.

Daybed sides:

Daybed sides provide support for the Daybed back.


The deck can be either a link spring deck, poly deck or slatted deck and is designed to support the mattress of the Daybed.

Double Bed:

Also known as a Full Bed. A 53" x 75" Mattress fits this Bed. The Double Bed is not necessarily suitable for tall people, as the length remains standard.

Double Ended Frame:

Bed frame that supports both a Headboard and Footboard.


Storage for clothes and other belongings; typically designed to complement existing bedroom décor.


Engineered Bed Frame:

Strong Metal Bed frames supporting Mattress and Bed Base.

Entertainment Center:

A shelving unit designed to support a television, stereo or other audio-visual equipment.


Faux Leather Beds:

Beds created with artificial leather

Flat Packed:

Designed for easy transportation and for the buyer to assemble at home, flat-packed furniture is supplied in a ready-to-assemble kit and includes all parts and fastening tools.

Four Poster Bed:

A bed with four posts, created from iron or wood.


Using self locking devices at each corner, the frame connects the headboard, footboard and bedposts together to serve as the structural support of the entire bed mattress system.

Futon Beds:

Comprising the futon base and mattress, the Futon is a sturdy, low-lying piece of furniture functioning as both couch and bed, where required. Futons are crafted from a host of materials and available in most sizes.

Futon Covers:

The Futon cover, similar to a regular bed sheet, covers the entire surface of the futon mattress but is generally more resilient due to the Futon's increased susceptibility to wear and tear.

Futon Frame:

The mechanism enabling the Futon to switch between bed and couch.

Futon Mattress:

The mattress designed specifically to suit the Futon.