Storage beds are a practical way to get the most out of the available space in a room. They are obtainable in a range of different finishes including leather and fabric with a large number of colours on offer. If you have a smallish bedroom then you should look at a storage bed as an option when purchasing your next bed. Here are a few tips to make the purchase of a storage bed easier. Size Matters Do check you can fit your chosen bed into your bedroom. Many storage beds, especially Ottoman types have a large base-larger than the standard sizes-so the mechanism can be housed comfortably. • Compare the available space you have now with the space you will have when the bed is in place. The whole point of buying a storage bed is to create more room not reduce it. • Bedrooms can be difficult to access sometimes, especially if they are upstairs. Ensure you will be able to get your bed to its location, so find out how the bed is going to be delivered. In one piece, two pieces etc. If access is difficult The best option may be to buy a self assembly bed , if that’s the case ask if your choice of bed is available for self assembly. Construction • Look for a storage bed where the actual storage space has been fully lined and the base is fully supported. • Avoid buying a bed where the base is thin and doesn’t have any support. This could lead to the base becoming warped when loaded with items for storage. • Ensure the bed will lift high enough to give full access to the storage space, so items can be easily stored and retrieved. • For ease of lifting look for a bed with a gas assisted lifting mechanisms. • Check the bed is easy to take apart. You may want to take it with you if you move house. • The actual depth of storage space can vary considerably between beds. • Your storage bed will probably be in use daily, it has to be sturdy enough to stand up to frequent use. Styles • Various styles of storage beds are available with finishes in Real and Faux leather, Wood and fabric the most common. There is an assortment of colours available and if you are after a particular colour and don’t see it in the showroom or online, ask for it. It is possible it can be sourced from the manufacturer for you. • Beds designed for storage come in all sizes from single up to king size, so there will be one appropriate for your needs. Price and Guarantees • Prices of storage beds do vary quite considerably. This is in part due to the materials used in construction and the mechanisms fitted. You should be able to buy one if you have a reasonable budget. With storage beds you do get what you pay for and the top of the range models are expensive, but are superbly finished and should last a lifetime. • Make sure your new storage bed comes with a guarantee against manufacturing faults. The purchase of a storage bed can ease the age old problem of lack of space in a bedroom. Of course the bed you choose has to be comfortable as well. It’s no use getting rid of the problem of a lack of space and replacing it with one where you aren’t getting a decent sleep. So do take comfort into consideration too, when making your decision to buy a storage bed.