Twin Peaks

Twin beds are having a moment in design circles.  No longer relegated to kids’ rooms only, designers are using them in various configurations or in pairs to maximize sleeping quarters in guest rooms and more.

“Twin beds are outgrowing youth bedroom typecasting,” says interior designer Lisa Sherry, owner of Lisa Sherry Interieurs who often specifies twin beds for guest rooms because of their versatility. “I love the symmetry of a pair of well-designed twinsets,” Sherry says. “It’s all about scale and proportion. Because a twin mattress is generally no more than 40-inches wide, a tall headboard is a fabulous juxtaposition.” Pillows, she adds, are a twin bed’s best friend.  “When company’s not coming, just add pillows and the twin bed doubles as a daybed for lounging, reading and relaxing.”

Cortney Henry of Newark-based Thibaut — a go-to source for high-end fabrics, furnishings and wallpaper — agrees. “When it comes to beds, sometimes two are better than one,” says Henry.  A classic choice for children’s rooms and guest suites, “twin beds are making a comeback,” she adds. “Traditional or modern, symmetrical twin beds can pull a room together in an instant.”

Here’s a look at some of the newest designs that offer a double dose of style.

Designer Chic

“Designers are so drawn to twin beds we show at furniture markets,” notes Kathy Devereux, a spokesperson for Mr. Brown Home, a maker of fine furniture, lighting and accessories. The company’s Belmont Twin Beds feature a clean modern design with corrugated zigzag carvings on a high-profile headboard and platform base. Photo Credit: Kenton Robertson


Inspired by a 1940s French Modern Chair and upholstered in an exclusive wisteria-ticking stripe, these Blythe Beds from Highland House generated a lot of “likes” at last spring’s High Point Market. The base has a simple carving and is available in any stain or paint.

One Profile, Three Looks

Thibaut showcases the design versatility of their Pagoda Headboard to suit a variety of design schemes. First up, Imperial Dragon, which highlights grand Chinoiserie dragons and florals in fashionable charcoal and yellow tones.


Coordinating patterns in varying scale and complementary hues from the Dynasty Collection make it easy to mix and match.


A white Prussia Quilt woven fabric and nickel nail-heads feels light, airy and modern: a perfect backdrop to the soothing gray and off-white tones of the Chestnut Hill Collection.

Catch a Wave

“Twin beds, especially in multiples or in bunk rooms are certainly a trend we are feeling,” says Whitney Childs, director of sales and marketing for Oomph, a made in America brand of furniture, lighting and accessories. The Wave Headboard keeps it casual and cool in this coastal setting.


Here a Wave Platform Bed takes an eye-catching turn in a hip navy and orange combo. All furnishings and accents from Oomph, with featured fabric by Brunschwig & Fils – Le Touches.

Heighten the Drama

If you want drama in the bedroom, Serena & Lily’s Pondicherry Headboard delivers for its regal scale and confident curves. Paired with the company’s sumptuous bedding and other accents.

Say It In Stripes

The Octavia is a beautiful go-to silhouette with simple lines and a sophisticated presence. Shown here in a classic Marine Panama Stripe. Furniture and accents from Serena & Lily.


Perfect for a sun porch or bedroom, the Coronado Bedswing from Imagine Home is covered in an organic cotton stripe with rope accents for a touch of coastal charm.

Go Natural

Rattan has the power to elevate things without a fuss. On the Balboa Bed, artisans start with a solid mahogany frame and achieve perfect texture by weaving the rattan to display beautiful variations in tone. Furnishings and accents from Serena & Lily.

Kids Quarters & Beyond

Ideal for a children’s bedroom or guest room, the Bali Hai twin headboard is made of leather wrapped bent rattan for a sophisticated, exotic look. New from Lexington’s Tommy Bahama Bali Hai Island Breeze Collection.


Marceline from Restoration Hardware offers a more feminine take on the simplicity and restraint of late 18-th century furnishings. Arched details and cabriole legs impart a sense of grace.