One of the many things the French are famous for is stylish décor. There are a wealth of different styles of French beds, ranging from the most decadent examples of opulent velvet beds with gold-painted details, to classically elegant linen upholstered beds, to the simplest rustic rattan beds in natural wood tones.

So what is a French bed? The answer is more nuanced than you might think. From the Renaissance, France and its rulers had a huge influence on the arts and design, and this was reflected in furniture styles, French beds, and décor in general. Each ruler wished to distinguish his reign from the previous, and to establish his own style motif to define his time.

A Short History of French Style

Louis XV defined the ‘rococo’ period with ornately carved motifs and a romantic, sensual, feminine look. Twirling acanthus leaves, floral and shell motifs inspired by the beauty of nature are captured in hand-carvings across all items of furniture throughout this period. Our Provencal Sassy White French Bed features everything necessary for it to be a traditional and quintessentially French bed.

Bonaparte introduced a Neoclassic style using light coloured woods, geometric detailing, and solid forms. With carved motifs of acanthus leaves, delicate floral garlands, and panelling, our Bonaparte French Bed is an elaborate and ornate piece crafted from solid mahogany. It is undoubtedly a bed fit for a king such as Napoleon Bonaparte, and his Empress Joséphine.

Louis XIV’s focus was opulence and excess. The furniture in his Palais de Versailles was grand, bold, and lavishly decorated in gold details and rich fabrics such as velvet and silk. Our carefully designed Palais de Versailles Sacre Bleu Velvet Bed has taken inspiration from the most decadent castles in the eighteenth century.  The combination of deeply buttoned upholstery in a rich and exuberant blue, paired with the opulence of the gold carved framework would certainly have had King Louis XV exclaiming ‘Sacré Bleu!’

Which style of French bed is right for you?

Upholstered Beds

A luxurious French-style upholstered bed is the ultimate in statement style. Whether your style is cool and contemporary or sumptuous and decadent, there is an upholstered bed for you. For a contemporary feel, choose a bed with clean lines and a low footboard to give you a cool, calm and collected feel. Muted colours like a neutral linen upholstery will allow you to add accent colours.

If your style is more statement, there’s nothing like a velvet bed, or a silk upholstery paired with a gold frame to instantly draw the eye. For a true maximalist style, pair it with a mix of patterns and a decadent French chandelier.

Rattan Beds

Rattan is incredibly versatile, adding that touch of bohemian relaxation or an air of effortless elegance when painted in neutral tones. Create a country French style that emits warmth and comfort with a natural rattan bed in a rustic finish. Alternatively, evoke a vintage elegance with painted rattan in neutral colours like an antique white or pale grey.

Read more about how to style a rattan bed and how to care for your rattan bed.

Emperor Beds

Stretch out, breathe, and relax in your vast emperor bed. Emperor beds provide a vast canvas of space for you to rest and get a rejuvenating night’s sleep, as well as adding a real flourish of grandeur to your bedroom.

Read about how to style your own bedroom sanctuary with an emperor bed.

Why we love French beds

We love all types of French-style beds; from luxurious upholstered beds to natural rattan beds, to glorious emperor beds and everything in between! It is our mission to help everyone build the French bedroom of their dreams with our luxury French-style furniture.

French Bedroom was created in 2006 by Georgia Metcalfe, interiors guru with a background in interior design and styling. She had been offered the gift of a French bed for her birthday, but she could not find one she liked in the UK. So she decided to do something about it.

Born out of a fascination of French designs, our collections of French beds are fun and feminine, crated with quality materials using artisanal methods. We consider our furniture to be legacy pieces that will last for generations to come – for your children, and your children’s children. As Georgia always says, “We are French at the fore, quality at the core.”

Now you understand what a French bed is, and which style of French bed is for you, show us your style! Email your pictures to [email protected] or tag us on social media with hashtag #myfbstyle.