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.

Guest Bed

The 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, the Guest bed features an additional mattress that slides underneath the main frame when it is no longer required.

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.

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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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 glides, and drawers are often built into the base to provide underbed storage. A headboard is then required to complete the 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).

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Ottoman Bed

The Ottoman, available in a leather or wooden frame, 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. The base can be lifted with ease due to the helpful gas struts and the space below can be used to store 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 scarp the drawers and use the Ottoman as a sole storage space.

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Sleigh Bed

The Sleigh bed has been adapted in recent years to work within a contemporary design scheme. Sleigh beds 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.

Sleigh beds rarely include storage space as 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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Mid Sleeper Bed

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

The height and material of Mid Sleepers can vary and lower beds are recommended for younger children.

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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.

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 separate single beds: a great money saver for families when their children grow up and require separate rooms and beds.

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Cabin Bed

Cabin beds are in the same family as Bunk beds and Mid Sleepers. The frame raises the mattress off the floor, but no ladder is 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.

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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 frame on three sides. Frames of wood or metal are usually used, and tend to vary greatly in design.

Some Day bed designs also feature an additional mattress underneath the slatted base for extra sleeping space.

This multifunctional design is ideal for small homes. Once decorated with a range of throws and cushions, it wouldn’t look out of place in a living room or den.

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Wooden Bed

Known for being robust and long-lasting, the wooden bed tends to be a popular choice for many. A timeless material, wooden beds are made in countless styles and finishes.

Solid oak, pine, ash rubberwood and mahogany are frequently used for bed frames. 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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Upholstered Bed

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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TV Bed

The TV bed discreetly houses an LED screen inside the footboard, which 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.

TV beds can help save on bedroom space and prevent the bedroom design being disturbed by fixing the need to attach a TV onto the wall.

In premium TV bed designs, speaker systems can 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.

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Antique Style Bed

Antique style beds add a vintage feel and a touch of elegance to the room. Classic, period designs in brass, rattan, oak and metal are made to withstand the test of time. For a hint of sophistication, opt for a metal frame with slender curves and intricate detailing. Choose a distressed wooden frame to achieve a rustic, rural look. Antique beds vary in design and are often inspired by the Victorian era or the French Romantic period. Victorian designs feature clean, simplistic lines and headboards and foot-ends with curved rails. Metals are available in brass, nickel and golden hues and are commonly painted white too. French-inspired beds tend to be made from wood and feature ornate detailing and swooping, curved edges.

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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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