Consistently our most popular bed here at Natural Bed Company, the Kyoto has surged further ahead in recent weeks with a flurry of new orders. As a result, I couldn’t think of a better time to take a look at a perennial favourite in our range.
Simple and stylish, the Japanese style Kyoto bed frame is the perfect choice for a contemporary, minimal aesthetic. Available both with and without a headboard (we’ll get to how to make that choice later!) this bed frame can take pride of place in any bedroom.

The most popular timber and stain choice for the Kyoto is the wenge stained pine, creating the complete Japanese look when matched to the minimalist bed frame. However, the bed is available in all our hardwood timbers if you decide to move away from a more traditional option.

When making your timber choice with this frame, it is important to consider how much of the timber you will actually see, once duvet covers, pillows and throws have been added into the mix. Without a headboard, you may only see glimpses of the timber at the footboard end and beneath the assorted bedding. As a result I would recommend (where the dimensions of the room permit) that when choosing a hardwood timber, that a headboard is added. This way, the dramatic grain and beautiful tones of cherry or walnut for example could still be seen, whilst keeping the overall minimalist design.

With the Kyoto, more so than with many other beds in our range, it is important to consider mattress depth, as changes cannot be made to the design to accommodate deeper mattresses. The mattresses that make up our range are between 16 and 20cm in depth, any deeper than this and you would run the risk of completely obscuring the headboard panel when pillows are added. This is an important point to consider if you are going to use an existing mattress of purchase one elsewhere.

If you decide to add bedside tables to your Kyoto order, we have a couple of options available that tie in well to the design of the bed frame. Our low Cube, part of the incredibly popular Cube range of tables matches closely to the height of the frame gives good storage options in both the drawer and shelf beneath. You may have noticed that the Cube is not available in pine as standard on our website; however, if you have decided on wenge pine (or any other pine stain) just get in touch and we will quote a price for the tables in this timber.

The most obvious choice to match the Kyoto would of course be our Kyoto shelf and drawer tables, designed specifically with this bed frame in mind and available in all timber options as standard. Please see a comparison of the dimensions of the Cube and Kyoto tables below, to help with the decision making process:

Low Cube Bedside Table: W 50 x D 35 x H 33cm
Kyoto Shelf or Drawer Table: W 50 x D 32 x H36cm

For additional storage options take a look at our Kyoto under-bed drawers. It is possible to fit up to four storage boxes underneath any base in a standard double size (135x190cm) upwards. As the drawers are not as deep as the bed frame itself when pushed into the middle of the bed it is possible to use the under-bed drawers with the base, without them being visible and as a result still keep the integrity of the minimal Japanese design.

Please see below for an overview of the Kyoto bed dimensions:
Overall length: (non headboard version) 2m (for 2.00m long mattress)
(with headboard version) 2.04m (for a 2.00m long mattress)
Overall width: Same as nominal size i.e a 1.50m Kyoto is 1.50m wide
Height to top of bed slats: 26.5cm
Height to top of headboard: 61.5cm
Height from slats to top of headboard: 35.5cm
Clearance underneath bed (from floor to bottom of side rail): 19.5cm

The approximate assembly time: 20 minutes

If you find you would prefer a lower version of this bed, we recommend you take a look at our Kobe and Kumo beds. Our previous blog about our Ultra Low Beds Collection will cover all your options.

As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions that were not answered in this blog, either on the phone on 0114 272 1984 or via email at [email protected]. Additionally, if timber samples would be helpful in making your decision on which wood to choose, just let us know the best delivery address and we will arrange for them to be sent out, first class.

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