What Types of Storage Beds are Available?

Storage beds are beds that include hidden compartments for additional storage in your bedroom. These beds are perfect for storing extra bedding, pillows and seasonal items! There are three main types of storage beds:

  1. Divan beds
  2. Ottoman bed frames
  3. Bed frames with drawers

The key difference between these beds is the type of storage available. The type of bed you should buy is the one that suits your storage needs the most. There are many different types of storage options, the table below outlines the different storage available.

Bed Storage Options
Drawers2 Drawersicon of a double divan bed with two drawers
4 Drawersicon of a double divan bed with four drawers
4 Drawers Continentalicon of a double divan bed with four continental drawers
End Drawersicon of a double divan bed with a front drawer
OttomanFull Ottomanicon of a double divan bed with a foot end lifting full ottoman
Half Ottomanicon of a double divan bed with a foot end lifting half ottoman

1. What is a divan bed?

A divan bed consists of a:

  1. divan base
  2. mattress

Because the divan base is the same dimensions as the mattress, this allows you to further maximise the space available in your bedroom.

Divan beds include a wide range of storage options to suit all of your needs. You can choose between drawer or ottoman storage options with a divan bed, or a combination of the two!

Please read our guide, what is a divan bed?, for more information about the different types of divan beds available.

Image of the Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Divan in blue with four continental drawers
Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign Divan - choose from full ottoman storage or drawers

2. What is an ottoman bed frame?

Ottoman bed frames are bed frames that offer a stylish design with hidden storage. Suited to small and large bedrooms, ottoman bed frames are the ideal storage solution:

  • the entire bed offers storage space
  • gas-lift hydraulics make it easy to open
  • no additional space needed beside the bed

Since ottoman beds are powered by gas-lift hydraulics, the bed stays open while accessing storage items - until you're ready to close it. Opening up from the foot end or side, you can find the one that's best suited to your bedroom.

Want to learn more about ottoman beds? Head over to our page, what is an ottoman bed? for more information and how you could benefit from investing in one.

Image of the GFW Regal Grey Fabric Ottoman Bed with ottoman open showing storage space
GFW Regal Grey Fabric Ottoman Bed - easy-to-lift ottoman storage under the full bed

3. What is a bed frame with drawers?

Bed frames with drawers are ideal if you want a trendy bed frame without giving up on storage. From fabric beds to wooden bunk beds, there is a bed frame with drawers for everyone.

Image of the GFW Colorado Faux Leather Storage Bed with end drawer and continental side drawer open
GFW Colorado Faux Leather Storage Bed - large drawers for underbed storage

These bed frames often feature two large drawers at either side of the bed, for easy-access storage. Whilst this is the most common type of drawer bed, we also offer end drawers with smaller side drawers and two drawers on one side of the bed.

Wooden bed frames with drawers were originally known as 'captain's beds'. First built on-board ships, captain's beds were made from wooden boxes full of drawers with a mattress placed on top. As the years progressed, these types of beds found their way into small houses where space was limited.

Storage beds: which one should I buy?

When it comes to finding the perfect storage bed for you, there are a few important things that you need to consider:

  1. how much room do you have?
  2. what do you want to store?
  3. how often do you want to access your items?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you decide which storage bed you should buy.

1. How much room do you have?

The right storage bed for you depends on how much space you have in your room. If you have a smaller bedroom:

  • an ottoman bed opens upwards, so no additional space beside your bed is required
  • a bed with drawer storage on one side, or at the end, may also be a good choice

2. What do you want to store?

Storing things underneath a bed is the easiest way to keep your bedroom clutter-free. Before you purchase a storage bed, you need to consider what you want to store inside it.

Storage beds often come with a weight restriction, so it's wise to check how much weight your bed can hold. Weight restrictions may vary per manufacturer. If you are unsure, give us a call and we'll be more than happy to help.

3. How often do you want to access your items?

When you are considering what storage bed you should buy, you should think about how often you want to use the items being stored.

  • Daily basis
    Drawer storage is great for storing extra clothing or everyday items. Individual drawers make it easy to organise your storage for easy access.
  • Monthly or yearly
    If you are storing large or seasonal items, ottoman storage is very useful. The large storage space and easy-lift top make it easy to access throughout the year.

Storage beds: best sellers

We offer a fantastic range of storage beds. Read on to discover our best sellers!

Image of the Sealy Nostromo Posturepedic Pocket 1400 Latex Divan in pewter with four drawers and matching headboard
1. Sealy Nostromo Posturepedic Pocket 1400 Latex Divan

  • Divan bed with your choice of storage
  • Mattress included
  • Awarded a Which? Best Buy
  • From only £719.95

Image of the Mattress Online Woburn Faux Leather Ottoman Bed in black with full ottoman open
2. Mattress Online Woburn Faux Leather Ottoman Bed

  • Full ottoman storage
  • Choose your own mattress
  • From only £349.95

Image of the Silentnight Vilana Limited Edition Miracoil Divan in beige with two drawers and matching headboard
3. Silentnight Vilana Limited Edition Miracoil Divan

  • Divan bed with your choice of storage
  • Mattress included
  • From only £257.14

Image of the Mattress Online Faux Leather Drawer Bed Frame in black with large side drawers
4. Mattress Online Faux Leather Drawer Bed Frame

  • Large drawers on both sides of the bed
  • Choose your own mattress
  • From only £309.95

This is just a small selection of our fantastic range of storage beds. If you're unsure which bed is best for you, simply give us a call and we'll be happy to help.

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