Flexibility. It’s great to know that we always have options, and bed configuration can be one of them!
Whether you own a boutique Bed & Breakfast, Ski chalet or hotel you’re bound to come up against the practicality of needing to separate and re-link beds to suit your guests. Even your guest bedroom at home can benefit from being able to ‘mix it up’ from time to time. The question is – How do you make that look good and create a great first impression?
Browse our workshop snaps to see which headboards our customers are using for Zip & Link beds:
Take a look at the stylish and creative solutions that people needing flexible sleeping spaces are very glad they found!
Whilst you’re shopping for a bed that can split and then join together, it’s important to consider these basic elements:
- A zip and link mattress – Your key to success! Quickly separate and join mattresses. Convenient and made for the job.
- Easy to move – not too heavy yet substantial enough not to move about when being used! Look for handy glides on the bases.
- Good looking on all sides – Think about how the beds will look individually and together from all angles.
- Potential wear and tear – You’ll get the quality that you pay for. Ask for solid sides and platform bases for longevity and brilliant build quality.
Making it Look Good
Pairing a bigger headboard with your bed is the perfect way to frame the bed when it is pushed together. Each bed uses their own side of the headboard when pulled apart. Leaving just enough room to fit a small bedside table in between them and enough space to define each bed as singular.
Choose a floor standing headboard to achieve this look, and access to the room should be considered if you need something very large or tall. A favourite for this task is the Emperor Jura Headboard (pictured) with it’s striking border that reaches the floor with a bordered effect. In fact, any headboard from the The Headboard Workshop can be made floor standing on request!
The lovely border detail on this Jura Headboard from The Headboard Workshop gives the impression that this arrangement was ‘meant to be’ and is designed as a beautiful bespoke solution.
The Coll Bed
Another noteworthy approach is the more traditional and classic Superking Coll Bed arrangement. The Coll Bed acts as a one stop solution using independent headboards attached to their own divan bases (on glides) to make a very neat and smart finish.
Take note of the rounded corners of the divan base where the two bed bases meet when the bed is together – this is so that when the beds are apart, the don’t look like one bed split into two. As a result, your Coll Bed sends a message of luxury and attention to detail.
Customise this brilliant bed to match your colour scheme in over 150 different fabrics. Both the headboards and the divan bases can match each other, or contrast depending on your preferences.
Add a zip and link mattress to the Coll Bed and you’ve nailed it!
How do the mattresses join together, then?
Finally, the zip and link mattress is a basic requirement of all multi function beds. Using a strong zip to secure the two halves of the mattress together provides convenience and security when together, and an easy way to split them again.
A zip and link mattress can also help where access is limited as it can be moved into the room in two halves also and set up once inside.
Generally speaking, this style of mattress comes in Superking size at 6ft wide to give two 3ft singles when parted.
Pairing two singles with their own headboards.
The Headboard Workshop are able to advise on which of their standard single headboards work well pushed together and apart and have some detail. This makes a very attractive display without looking like it’s ‘trying too hard’.
Models that are rectangle are best suited to this. The Single Jura Headboard pictured below is a lovely example of this. Ordering two single headboards gives you the flexibility and a range of styles. Each are fixed to their own bed via strong plywood moulded struts and can be paired with a zip and link mattress.