Sometimes it's fun to mix it up and think outside of the (air mattress) box. These alternative beds might come in handy for any number of occasions: summer slumber parties, a warm night that calls you to sleep in the fresh air, or last minute guests. And some of them are concepts to inspire you. The Camp Daybed above is by Austrian designer, Stephanie Hornig: "The camp daybed is a sleeping bag with legs, on which we can relax during the day and sleep at night. It has a very deep seat to provide ample space for sleeping....Like in a tent there are attached back pockets to store unused pillows or magazines." More choices below...
- Le Beanock - From $324
From Brit Tracy Herrtage, who starred on Dragon's Den and won investment for this creation, Le Beanock is part hammock and part beanbag. Able to carry 200 kilograms and soothe folks with special needs, this is a floating extra bed: "“The beauty of it” says Tracie, “is it’s simple, cool and extremely comfortable. I have found it is also a must for those with special needs. LE BEANOCK™ is womb-like, soft, secure & warm with no hard edges."
Want a bed made entirely out of buckwheat hulls? These folks have the solution for you with their inexpensive natural fabric tubes that you then fill with buckwheat and twist into this cool mattress. The buckwheat for a queen mattress will only cost you about $500 (for 210 lbs)! "The fabric used to make your New Twist Kit is made from 100% organic cotton yarns. This fabric has a lot of stretch without synthetic elastic. The stretch comes from how it is woven (in technical fabric terms, it is a knit)."
An art installation or a great piece of marketing or both, this bed by Linda Topic is a collaboration with Antonin Bachet for the French linen company, Descamps. The bed is made out of six eiderdowns stacked on a bedframe.
From Italian furniture company, Lago, the Colletto bed is like a turtleneck crossed with a bed. "Sleeping in the Colletto Bed is like being nestled in a soft visual and sound barrier. A ring of soft foam around the mattress creates a relaxing atmosphere that lets you escape your everyday routine. The ring is attached to the bed frame by a Velcro system and is also removable. The ‘neck’ of the bed can be rolled and unrolled like a turtleneck in three ways: open, semi-closed or completely closed, for a more intimate space."
- Mood Rocking Bed - $2,989
Want to rest your soul, love your lover and dream your dreams? Joe Manus designed the Mood Rocking Bed just for you. "Built for indoor slumber or stargazing in the backyard, the Rocking Bed comes with a rubber stop that allows you to lock the bed in place or let it rock freely. Like all of Shiner International’s pieces, this bed is built from up-cycled materials."
Designed for Poliform by Paola Navone, the Big Bed is meant to feel like an island you escape to, never to want to return.
Designed in Copenhagen, Thor Hoy says his bed is "for sleeping in...and...."
- The Feel Deluxe - $7,950
Technically a "seating solution" the Feel Deluxe is also a bed, for sure. Made of 120 soft balls that can be folded and gathered into many restful shapes. The price seems a bit high, but who knows? "The oversized dimensions gives plenty of room for singles, couples and families. The large dimensions offer plenty of room to sink into and drift away completely."
- The Floating Bed- From $3,595
If getting off the ground is your goal, this one is for you. A round, suspended bed that has a natural swinging motion that is meant to be healing, the Floating Bed is a bed, guest bed or suspended sofa in your living room. "Floating Beds are Versatile! Both indoor daybeds and outdoor daybeds were very popular in ancient times, for example in Greece and Rome. People frequently used them indoors for entertaining; they often slept in outdoor daybeds too. In fact the word “couch” comes from the word to sleep, and the sofa was also originally a bed."