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Types of bed

Once you've decided on the size of your new bed, your next step is to choose the right frame. Whether you need help decoding the difference between a divan and sleigh bed, or you're curious to learn more about which beds offer storage solutions, our handy guide will help you make the right decision.

When it comes to choosing a bed, there are many things to consider. Durability, size and storage space are top of many buyers’ lists. Design is just as important too, particularly when the bed is the main focus in the room.

Beds are one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home - people do spend approximately one third of their lives in them after all. Nothing affects your daily performance more than sleep, and we all know how difficult it can be to function after a restless night.

Before you rush straight into buying a mattress, make sure you take some time to pick the perfect frame first.

 

What is a guest bed?

A guest bed is a style of bed featuring a second mattress that can be neatly tucked away underneath the main frame. This allows you to use it as a single bed on a normal day, and simply pull out the additional mattress when guests come to stay. The second mattress sits in a bed frame, so there’s minimal fuss involved.

The highly practical bed features spring assisted legs, which enable the additional mattress to be raised and become level with the main bed. You can then extend it from a single to a double mattress if desired.

What are the benefits of a guest bed?

A guest bed is an ideal way to discreetly add more sleeping space to the home. Perfect for designated guest rooms or children who love to have sleepovers, they give you the versatility of hosting without compromising on comfort. Guests get the benefit of sleeping in a proper bed, and you don’t need to take up space in your home with an additional bed frame for occasional guests.

If you don’t have space for a permanent guest room in the home, fold-away guest beds are a great temporary sleeping solution. They may take up a little bit of cupboard room, but they’re an innovative space saver. Stand-alone, folding guest beds are compact and can be stored away easily until required. Sturdy support legs unfold automatically and the bed can be ready for guests to soundly sleep on within minutes.

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What is a divan bed?

One of the most popular and simplistic designs, a divan bed is essentially a base made of two parts that are joined together with a bracket. The base usually sits on castors or gliders, and drawers are often built into the base to provide underbed storage. A headboard is then required to complete the bed.

Divan beds are a versatile solution if you’re looking for a bed that also meets your storage needs. The good thing about divan beds compared to regular beds is that you can close the drawers to hide what’s kept underneath, keeping your room looking and feeling tidier.

Types of divan bed

Two types of divan base exist: the sprung edge and the platform top. The traditional divan bed has the sprung edge design, which is a base made up of coil or pocket springs that provide cushioned support for the mattress. This helps to minimise the wear on the mattress over time.

The platform top has a hard top and gives an overall firmer feel to the bed. The platform top is often the cheapest option, but despite the price is tends to work best with particular mattresses (such as non-sprung memory foam or solid latex).

As well as being a practical choice, divan beds are available in various different styles and colours. You can choose from a variety of sizes too – divan beds are available in as small a size as a compact single (2ft 6).

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What is an ottoman bed?

An ottoman is a style of bed that enables you to easily lift your mattress, without disturbing the covers or pillows, to reveal a hidden storage compartment underneath.

No matter the size or style, or the number of pillows or blankets you have, the bed’s gas struts make access simple. You can also keep the mattress lifted to free up your hands when putting items away.

Ottoman beds can come with either one large storage space, or a space that’s split into sections. Whichever you choose, the space is always accessible by lifting the mattress.

What are the benefits of an Ottoman bed?

Available in a leather or wooden frame, an ottoman is the ultimate bed for smart storage. With the bed placed directly on the floor, the entire space below the slatted base can be used to store your belongings. It can store just about anything, including extra pillows, bed linen and clothing.

The simple but stylish design of the Ottoman offers up to four times more storage space than the divan and provides a practical solution for smaller rooms struggling to fit everything in.

If lack of space in the bedroom is a major issue, an Ottoman could be a wise addition to a room. You could even scrap the drawers and use the Ottoman as a sole storage space.

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What is a sleigh bed?

A sleigh bed is a style of frame that can be likened to that of a traditional sleigh. They often feature a large, wide headboard that curves outwards at the top, and a footboard that’s larger than most, and follows the same curving design as the headboard.

The sides of the bed frame are also larger than most, and while the height of the bed is similar to standard, this means storage space is decreased to make space for the ‘sleigh-like’ side panels. Sleigh beds stand on four feet, and some may feature a gap big enough to store very small or flat items underneath, but most styles are very close to the floor.

Choosing a style of sleigh bed

The sleigh bed has been adapted in recent years to work within a contemporary design scheme. They have a sophisticated feel, with slender curves and statement headboards. Vintage designs often feature delicate carvings.

Traditional sleigh beds add an antique, French-inspired feel to the room. A range of wooden materials, including oak and mahogany, are frequently used as frames for classic designs. If you desire a modern update, upholstered and leather variations are available.

They’re designed to be the focal point of a room - the beds are often feature pieces, known for their size, grandeur and elegant design.

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What is a mid-sleeper bed?

A mid-sleeper bed is a happy medium between a standard single bed and a single high-sleeper bed. They give you the benefit of an increased amount of storage underneath the bed, and your children the novelty of having to climb a ladder into bed, without being above your head height.

The space underneath can be empty to be used for storage or additional features, such as desks and bookcases, can be built into the framework.

What are the benefits of a mid-sleeper?

Mid-Sleeper beds are perfect for children, particularly those aged six to ten. With a small, detachable ladder leading straight up to the mattress, the mid-sleeper doubles as a great space saver as well as a play area. The space underneath a mid-sleeper can also make an excellent castle or fort for those with a wild imagination.

The frame is designed with safety in mind, securely raised all the way around the mattress. Mid-sleepers vary in design, particularly below the bed. If storage isn’t on your priority list, you can even choose a mid-sleeper that has a tent underneath – it's great fun for little ones.

The height and material of mid-sleepers can vary and lower beds are recommended for younger children.

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What is a bunk bed?

Bunk beds are designed to accommodate two single mattresses, one placed above the other. Two frames support the mattresses and are connected with a ladder for access to the top bunk. The frames can be made from metal and wood, and designs range from the classic to the quirky and modern.

You still have the same amount of storage space as under a single bed with a bunk bed, but also the added benefit of being able to sleep two people, while only taking up the space of one.

What are the benefits of a bunk bed?

Ideal for young siblings sharing a room or children who love to have sleepovers, the bunk bed is designed to maximise floor space. It’s also guaranteed to be a hit with children, who will love being able to sleep up high and climb down the ladder. Bunk beds are also very practical for places with limited space.

Some bunk beds have the ability to come apart and separate into two single beds: a great money saver for families when their children grow up and require separate rooms and beds.

There are also a huge variety of styles to choose from. Including more traditional and simple structures, to those with padded and upholstered frames, or additional storage shelves built under the lower of the two beds.

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What is a cabin bed?

Cabin beds are in the same family as bunk beds and mid-sleepers. They’re higher than a single bed so the frame raises the mattress off the floor, but a ladder isn’t usually required to reach the bed. The height of cabin beds varies with the design, but the majority sit much lower than mid-sleepers.

The cabin bed differs from the mid-Sleeper as the space underneath the mattress is much smaller and it is not left empty. The space is used for built-in storage facilities, such as drawers and shelves, making it a great place to store toys and books at a level that is easily accessible to children.

What are the benefits of a cabin bed?

Cabin beds help you to keep your child’s bedroom neat and tidy, without having to take up more space than necessary. You also have more control over the type of storage you choose. Cabin beds can feature cupboards, pull-out drawers and open or enclosed shelves.

Incorporating fun storage options in your child’s bedroom can be a great way to encourage them to keep their room tidy themselves, taking pride in carefully storing away their toys and belongings.

They can also choose the colours they love most, whether to match their existing room style, or incorporate a pop of colour.

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What is a day bed?

Day beds have two identities. Primarily, they act as a sofa during the day and can be transformed into a bed at night – or whenever an extra sleeping space is required. The day bed typically features a single mattress which is often enclosed by a high top frame on three sides. Frames of wood or metal are usually used, and tend to vary greatly in design.

A selection of day bed designs also feature an additional mattress underneath the slatted base that can be pulled out to accommodate an extra person.

What are the benefits of a day bed?

The multifunctional design of a day bed is ideal for small homes. Having versatile furniture is a must when you’re limited on space, and a day bed meets that criteria in abundance.

Once decorated with a range of throws and cushions, day beds wouldn’t look out of place in a living room or den, making a more than comfortable seating option. They’re also perfect for a small bedroom, or upstairs room that needs to serve more purposes than sleeping.

Day beds that don’t incorporate a second mattress underneath have an open space under the bed which can be ideal for storing linens, clothing and other household items.

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What is a wooden bed?

‘Wooden beds’ is the term used to refer to a style of bed frame that’s made from solid pieces of wood. They come in a huge range of styles, from sleigh beds to vintage-looking French styles. Wooden beds are versatile, can be customised to suit your current style, and even accommodate a selection of storage needs.

What are the benefits of a wooden bed?

Known for being robust and long-lasting, wooden beds tend to be a popular choice for many. A timeless material, wooden beds are made in countless styles and finishes including solid oak, pine, ash rubberwood and mahogany.

Wood can be painted, stained lighter or darker, or left alone with its natural colour and simply finished with a matte or semi-gloss sheen. Painted frames add a modern, sleek touch but can also be distressed for a vintage, antique feel.

The wooden bedframes vary in design, from smooth panelling to the most ornate engraved designs. Wooden beds can be crafted into any form of bed frame, from Ottoman and divan to cabin beds and day beds.

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What is an upholstered bed?

An upholstered bed is, in essence, a bed frame that’s been covered in a soft, durable material, and often incorporates some form of cushioning. Upholstered beds and headboards can feature subtle style features such as seams or buttons that are fixed deep into the material, to create a more defined depth of texture and cushioning.

Upholstered beds require slightly more care and attention than a wooden bed might when it comes to maintenance, but offer a warmer and cosier feel in return.

What are the benefits of upholstered beds?

The upholstered bed focuses firmly on design, and the soft curves and plush headboards offer a much softer, romantic feel compared to wooden beds. Both chic and cosy, beds can be upholstered in a vast range of fabrics and colours.

From crushed velvet to sleek leather, in both neutral and bold hues, it should be easy to find a design that matches your style perfectly. The size of upholstered headboards varies greatly, from the very luxe and grand to smaller, more discreet designs.

The upholstered bed may symbolise luxury but you don’t need a huge home to enjoy the style. Many upholstered beds now come with ottoman storage or even drawers built into the base.

Upholstered headboards can also be purchased separately to give an existing bed an upgrade.

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What is a TV bed?

A TV bed appears like a normal bedframe with a high headboard, but with the addition of a higher than usual footboard that discreetly houses an LED screen inside. This means the footboard can vary in height and width depending on the model.

The footboard can either be operated manually on certain designs or opened at the push of a button. Electrical mechanisms built inside activate automatically, sliding the TV up and out of the frame. Designed specifically for the film and TV lover, some TV beds can be completely controlled with a remote control.

What are the benefits of a TV bed?

Not only is having a TV at the foot of your bed a real touch of luxury, this style of frame can also help to save on bedroom space, as they prevent the bedroom design being disturbed by the need to attach a TV onto the wall, or create enough surface space to appropriately host a TV.

In premium TV bed designs, speaker systems can also be built into the frame to provide surround sound. Many designs feature space underneath the mattress to house DVD players and games consoles, which tuck away neatly so there’s no need to worry about loose cables.

Whether you’re a soap-lover or simply like to catch the news while enjoying breakfast in bed, TV beds are ideal for those who love the idea of catching a show while tucked up under the duvet.

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What is an antique style bed?

An antique style bed refers to the type of bed frame that features ornate detailing and small intricacies that give it a more traditional, 18th century feel. Often made from solid wood or brass, this style is sturdy, reliable and ideal if you want your bed to be a feature in your room, as well as a functional piece of furniture.

Antique style beds are often best kept as stylish additions to a room, in a space that’s open and light enough to really show of their style.

Choosing an antique style bed

Antique style beds add a vintage feel and a touch of elegance to the room. They’re available in classic period designs made from rattan, oak and metal and are made to withstand the test of time. Metal frames are available in brass, nickel and golden hues and are commonly painted white too.

Antique beds vary in design and are often inspired by the Victorian era. This style features clean, simplistic lines and headboards and footboards with curved rails.

For a hint of sophistication, opt for a metal frame with slender curves and intricate touches, or choose a distressed wooden frame to achieve a more rustic, rural look.

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What is a French style bed?

French style beds are designed to become beautiful focal points in a bedroom. Their style can either be intricate or beautifully simplistic, and they tend to be made from wood.

Simple French-inspired styles often feature smooth, swooping curved edges and satisfying shapes, while more intricate designs incorporate rattan headboards, curling brass metalwork or sculpted embellishments on both the headboard and footboard.

Choosing a French style bed

French style beds work wonderfully alongside other period pieces, or against a neutral setting to really show off the style and sophistication of the bed.

They’re perhaps not one for those who need a good level of storage space in their bedrooms, but instead are ideal if you want to create a theme in your bedroom. They’re also an excellent option for creating stylish, welcoming and beautiful guest bedrooms.

Thanks to their intricate detailing, adding the finishing touches to a French style bed is easy. Let the frame be the focal point and add simple covers, blankets and plain cushions, and let that French style speak for itself.

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Chosen?

Do you now know which type of bed will work best for you and your home? Once you’ve chosen your ideal frame, make sure you head over to our beds section to view our full range of classic and contemporary beds.

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