Leather beds are one of our best selling bed types. I personally have one myself and have had no issues with it whatsoever for the past 2 years. However, there can be times when leather may not be best suited to you. Below I have listed some examples when to avoid leather beds and when they may not be best suited that we've encountered over the years.
Leather Beds are Low
As compared to Divan beds, leather beds are lower. This means that the height at which you sleep on the bed is lower and closer to the ground. Some people overcome this by using a thicker mattress, but if you have a sleigh bed with a high footboard then this is not practical as the mattress will look higher than the footboard and spoil the appearance of your bed. So if you like sleeping at a bit of distance up from the floor then a leather bed will not suit you. But if you struggle to get into bed at night and need a low bed then a leather bed will be good for you.
You are probably thinking what's my flooring got to do with a bed? But actually it plays an important part when it comes to leather beds. Because the main support bar is supported usually with 2 support legs that touch the floor, they can slip on wooden or laminate flooring if there is no grip. This will then cause the support bar to buckle and the slats will collapse. It's not a nice feeling if it happens in the middle of the night.... One way to overcome this issue is by placing small bits of carpet or anti-slip bags under the support legs to stop them from slipping.
Depending on the size of your room, leather beds may not fit. This is because the external dimensions tend to be a bit bigger than the size of the mattress. So, if you are struggling for space, a divan or metal bed may be more appropriate. Always check the dimensions of the bed that you are interested in before deciding to purchase. If you are interested in furniture arrangement guide for your bedroom then you may explore our other guides.
Sprung Wooden Slats
Some people like sleeping on a flat base. If this is the case then most leather beds will not be suitable for you as they tend to use sprung wooden slats so you need to avoid leather beds. Sprung slats curve up like rainbow shape. They are designed to give extra support to your mattress, hence providing better support to your back. However, some customers do not like this. If this is the case, you need to ensure that your bed has flat slats that go across the whole width of your bed.
We have had customers in the past who are allergic to leather. If this is the case, then you should definitely not buy a contemporary leather bed. If you are unsure about this and have never had an issue before, then you should be fine, as it is very rare for people to have this condition.
Pets and Children
If you have small children or pets like a cat, then you may want to avoid leather beds. We have had customers in the past who have called us to say they need a new part for their bed because their cat has scratched it to bits and has ruined their bed. Or their small child has accidentally spilt something and stained their bed and they don't know what to do now. Buying replacements parts is expensive and sometimes it may not be possible if the item has been discontinued.
I hope you find the above information helpful in your quest to possibly buying a leather bed. Feel free to contact us should you need any further help.