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What is the most common Word when referring to a bed? I.e., У меня есть две кровати? or is there a better word for the noun "bed"?

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    A better question is to explain the difference between, "кровать, постель"
    – VCH250
    Oct 13 '15 at 19:00
  • I don't agree - I have considered this question many times just as he put it: We know there are several words for BED, but the User, and I for that matter, want to know which ones are most commonly used. I couldn't tell you the difference between a hotdog and a frankfurter, but I COULD tell you that most people call it a hotdog! Upvote :)
    – CocoPop
    Oct 14 '15 at 13:01
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    @CocoPop Both кровать and постель are commonly used words.
    – Matt
    Oct 14 '15 at 13:46
  • Кровать. We say "постель" when we mean bed prepared for sleeping
    – user6151
    Oct 18 '15 at 6:50
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There are two different words in Russian:

  • Кровать is the piece of furniture
  • Постель is any place with the bedclothes lying on it (or even just the full set of bedclothes)

They are sometimes interchangeable though. "Я лежу в кровати" and "Я лежу в постели" mean the same.

There are also old words such as ложе or одр but you normally see them only in the books.

  • Ложе (cf. "лежать" = to lie; "положить" = to lay) is an outdated poetic word for bed; in common speech it's still in use meaning stream bed or gun stock
  • Одр is only usable as a part of the expression: на смертном одре = on deathbed
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There are three words that could match "bed" in English:

  • Кровать - bed as in wooden piece of furniture in everybody's home. Probably your case.
  • Постель - bed as in sheets and covers. Widely used for talking about a place where lovers have fun.
  • Ложе - archaic, don't use it.

Source: I am Russian.

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I'd say "кровать" is the most popular one.

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Постель is more official than кровать. Ложе or одр? No one says so. And you can't see it in modern books. I forgot when I met it last time. P.S. Trust me, I'm Russian.

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The most common word is кровать. You can use постель when you are talking about place prepared for sleep, as it was sayed above. Actually, as a native speaker, I can say that постель can sound a little bit too intimate, but this is my opinion, not the rule. Mostly these two words are interchangeable, for example, if yu say "Почему ты ещё в кровати, уже поздно?" it won't be a mistake, even if the person you are talking to is on the sofa.

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