Which Storage Bed Is Best?

Are you tired of clutter in your bedroom? Having a clear and tidy bedroom has been proven to help create a relaxing sleep environment, so it is well worth investing in a storage bed. Like many things in life, not all storage beds are the same, so it’s important to find a solution that suits your needs and your bedroom.

In this article, we will explore the different types of storage beds, comparing beds with drawers to storage solutions such as ottoman beds and Hideaway™ beds (the latter, exclusive to our manufacturer, Hypnos), to help you decide which storage bed is best for your needs.

Ottoman storage bed with lid open to see storage space

Storage Beds: A Brief Overview

Storage beds, as the name suggests, are beds equipped with built-in storage compartments underneath the mattress. These beds are designed to maximize space in your bedroom while keeping it tidy and organized. The main benefits of storage beds include:


1. Clutter Control

Storage beds help you make the most of your space by offering hidden storage solutions. You can neatly tuck away extra bedding, clothing, shoes, or any other items you want to keep out of sight.


2. Space Optimization

For smaller bedrooms or apartments with limited space, storage beds are a game-changer. They eliminate the need for bulky dressers or extra shelving, freeing up valuable floor space.


3. Aesthetic Appeal

Storage beds come in various styles and designs to complement your bedroom decor. We find the most popular to be upholstered storage divan beds.  


Questions to ask yourself:

  • What types of things do I want to store? How heavy are they? If heavy, bear in mind weight limits on drawers.

  • How frequently will I want to access the items? Consider ease of access if it's frequent.

  • How do I want to access the items? Consider space in the room.

  • How heavy is my mattress? Double check that there are no weight restrictions on any Ottoman divan beds.

  • Are you looking for an overall softer feel from your bed? If so, you might benefit from a sprung divan surface with drawers.


Now, let's delve deeper into the three most popular types of storage beds: beds with drawers, ottoman beds and Hideaway™ beds.


Beds with Drawers

Divan bases with drawers are a classic choice when it comes to storage beds. They offer straightforward and easily accessible storage solutions across all sizes.

Divan beds with drawer storage are known for their simplicity and functionality. They consist of a divan base with built-in drawers, providing an efficient storage solution without compromising on comfort. The benefit of this bed storage solution is that you can still have maximum comfort by opting for a pocket spring divan base. Other storage bed solutions that we review will use a solid platform top divan base, providing a firm foundation for the mattress, so if you’re looking for maximum softness, opt for a sprung divan base with drawers.

Drawer Configuration Options:

  • 2 standard drawers

  • 4 standard drawers (available in double sizes and above)

  • 2 + 2 drawers - 2 continental drawers at the head end plus 2 standard drawers at the foot end. Place your bedside table next to your bed without restricting the opening of the drawers

  • End Drawer (available with Vispring Divan Bases for Double and King size beds)

Beds with drawers are great for those who don’t want to compromise on comfort and who have the space to pull out drawers. However, if you're looking for maximum bed storage, we would suggest considering an Ottoman Bed or a Hideaway™ Bed. 

Top tip to consider when buying a Divan Base with Drawers: make sure you assess the size of bed in the room and the available space around the bed to be able to pull out the drawers, without hitting the wall or other furniture. 

Vispring Divan Bed in cream fabric showing drawer storage

Ottoman Beds: Lift and Store

Ottoman beds are a contemporary storage bed solution that offer maximum storage - essentially storage underneath the entire footprint of your mattress.  These beds have a hinged mattress platform that can be easily lifted, even with the mattress in place (thanks to hydraulic springs), revealing a spacious storage area beneath. 

Here's why ottoman beds are a very popular choice:

1. Ample Storage Space: Ottoman beds provide a vast and open storage space, making it easy to store large items like suitcases, seasonal clothing, or even sports equipment.

2. Ease of Access: Unlike drawers or a Hideaway™ Divan Base, which require you to bend down and pull the drawers out or lift the valance, Ottoman beds offer a more accessible way to store and retrieve your belongings. Simply lift the mattress platform to access your items from a birds eye view, this means you get complete visibility over what you are storing.

3. Versatility: Ottoman beds come in various styles, including fabric or leather upholstery, so you can choose one that matches your bedroom decor. They also work well in smaller spaces since there are no protruding drawers.

4. Height: Ottoman beds are a good choice for people who like a tall bed.

Top tip to consider when buying an Ottoman Divan Base: Double size Ottoman bases and above will come in two pieces (split north/south) so be sure to check the individual dimensions of the bases as the extra height of an Ottoman divan base can make it harder to deliver if there are tight corners.

Hypnos Ottoman Divan Bed in grey fabric with Eleanor headboard

Hypnos Hideaway™ Bed:

A Hideaway™ divan base, exclusive to our manufacturer Hypnos, is a type of bed base that offers storage under the complete void of the mattress, concealing stored items behind a valance curtain, hence the term "Hideaway™."  

Here are some key features and characteristics of a Hideaway™ divan base:

Space Optimization: These beds are popular in smaller bedrooms or rooms with limited space aorund the bed. They provide a practical way to maximize the use of space in your bedroom.

Solid sleeping surface: They are made with a solid platform top for your mattress to sit on, this provides and overall firmer feel to any mattress, so great option for people who like a firm feel.

Cost-effective: They are a less expensive option compared to an ottoman bed (the compromise is having to bend down to see what you have stored, rather than being able to look down from above)

Upholstered Design: Choose from a wide range of fabrics to complement your bedroom decor and provide a comfortable and stylish appearance.


Hypnos Hideaway Divan Base with valance curtain open to show storage space

Overall Benefits of Owning a Storage Bed

In summary, owning a storage bed, whether it's a bed with drawers or an ottoman bed, will help you declutter and make the most of your bedroom space.

All of our storage beds are available in various sizes: for Hideaway™ and Ottoman Beds you can choose from the following standard sizes: single, double, king and super king. Divan Beds with Drawers are available in many more sizes such as Continental King and Emperor sizes. You can then select the fabric and divan leg of your choice to ensure it fits seamlessly into your existing bedroom décor.

Ultimately, the best storage bed for you will depend on your personal preferences and space requirements. Consider your bedroom layout, the amount of storage you need, and your design preferences when making your decision. With the right storage bed, you can transform your bedroom into an organized and snug environment.

If you would like any help in selecting your storage bed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we’ll be delighted to guide you through the options. Our 5-star service also includes free delivery to the room of choice, so you won’t have to battle the weight up the stairs. We can also install your divan bed for a small additional fee.

Happy Shopping!


Storage Beds

Posted by Charlotte Symondson
1st January 2024

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