Bed Buying Guide from snuginteriors

We all know sleep is essential to our health and outlook on life. But when you set out to buy a bed or mattress, do you ever think how long you are spending in it over a lifetime?

We spend a third of our lives sleeping so it’s vital to consider all the options when it comes to buying a new bed.

Questions about style, storage, sustainability and comfort are all essential in the bed buying process.

At snuginteriors, we’re bed experts, and can help you find the most comfortable, practical, sustainable and stylish bed that will suit your individual requirements.

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So, we’ve put together a comprehensive bed buying guide to make your search for the ultimate restful sleep easier.

Once you’ve finished reading, it’s time to shop!

We’ve done the hard work for you and brought together a concise range of high-quality beds and mattresses, handmade in Britain and using the finest materials, to deliver a deep and regenerative night’s sleep.

Browse our online range or visit our beautiful showroom to try our products for yourself!

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Our Bed Buying Guide

First things first, if you’re looking for ultimate comfort, the most supportive and luxurious feel will always be from a pocket sprung divan base.

A slatted base (be it solid or sprung) or a solid platform top base will always provide a firmer feel to your mattress, as there is little to no give. Whereas a sprung divan base works in unison with your mattress giving support from both the spring unit in your base and the mattress. A sprung divan base will allow your shoulders and hips (often the widest parts of the body) to nestle deeper into the mattress allowing the springs to better contour your whole body for increased support.

Our mattresses and divan bases work together to provide an exceptional level of comfort and support to ensure a restful and regenerative sleep.

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Bed Frames

All our bed frames come as standard with platform bases so once assembled you simply have to put your new or existing mattress on top.

Handmade in Wiltshire our bed frames come in 4 parts - head end, foot end and 2 side rails. They are assembled in your room of choice and can be upholstered in your chosen fabric.


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Divan Beds

At snuginteriors you can choose from a platform top divan base, sprung divan base, or an ottoman or hideaway base to meet your storage needs.

You can choose from a wide range of base types, heights and styles, storage options, fabric, legs, and size. With product guarantees of up to 30 years, you can choose your new bed with peace of mind.

Double beds and above are made in two pieces and linked in the centre. They can be split east or west (across the bed) which is most typical for double or king sizes. Or they can be split north or south down the centre of the bed, most commonly found with larger sizes.

Please note, splits can vary according to manufacturer and divan height. For example, King size and above can be zip and linked, meaning the divan base can be split into two stand alone single sizes or linked to create one larger bed.

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Types of Divan Base

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Pocket Spring

Our spring divan bases include highly adaptive and supportive pocket springing. These beds are seriously comfortable and supportive and are the perfect choice for those seeking a softer, more supportive and luxury feel.

Each pocket spring works independently, adapting to the weight that it receives, allowing the individual pocket springs to perfectly contour and support your body from head to toe.

Our pocket spring divan bases also include a range of different upholstery layers to increase the comfort.

Two of our partner brands have a wide range of pocket spring divan base option:

Hypnos offer a firm edge pocket spring base. These bases have a firm edge finish, with timber running round the edge of the base for extra support.

Vispring have a sprung edge finish with unique vanadium steel pocket springs running from edge to edge to maximise the sleeping area.

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Platform Top

A platform top divan base offers a solid sleeping surface for your mattress to sit upon. This is a perfect choice for someone looking to get a firm feel out of their bed while offering a contemporary bedstead look.

It is also one of the most cost-effective base options.

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Open Coil

These sprung divan bases use more traditional open coil springing. These bases are hardwearing and a less expensive option, offering a sprung surface for your mattress. They are a great option for people looking for a softer feel at a lower price.

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Storage Options

Once you’ve decided on the level of comfort you desire, it’s time to focus on the practicalities of your bed. Put your bed to work by using it as a storage option in your bedroom.

There are a range of storage options to choose from: drawers, hideaway storage (exclusive to Hypnos) or Ottoman Super Storage.


For all deep divan bases (excluding the Ottoman and Hideaway), you can choose from the following drawer options:

  • No drawers
  • 2 standard drawers
  • 4 standard drawers
  • 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
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Ottoman storage is the ultimate storage solution. Offering maximum storage space, it is easily accessible by lifting the lift - gas struts makes this easy - and you can have a bird’s eye view of all your belongings.

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The Hypnos Hideaway Divan Base, unique to Hypnos, offers maximum storage at the most cost-effective price. Store items across the entire length of your divan whilst concealing them behind an upholstered valance, in the fabric of your choice.

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Divan Base Heights

Our divan bases are available in a range of heights; from contemporary shallow divans with a choice of legs to classic deep divans on castors or a fixed foot.

The most common option is the classic deep divan on castors or feet to allow for storage. A shallow divan on legs creates a more modern bedstead look.

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Customise Your Personal Look

You can customise your new sofa, so why not your new bed? Some might say this is the most exciting part of your bed buying journey.

Each divan base can be customised and ordered in your choice of fabric (and colour), style of legs, and storage options - plus you can add a headboard.

We offer a wide range of fabric options. Choose from different colours, tones and patterns. Browse a variety of textures to suit your individual taste. Finally, choose from a wide range of leg styles. Comfort doesn’t mean compromising on style. Your new bed can look and feel the best at the same time.

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Sustainable Timber

As always, we strive to work with brands who put sustainability at the heart of what they do, and their divan bases are as eco-friendly as they come.

Vispring uses slow-grown Scandinavian softwood and hardwood to construct their timber frames, with no particle board or MDF. Every joint is glued and screwed for added strength and all timber has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation, guaranteeing sustainability and traceability.

All of the timber in Hypnos’ divan bases are from sustainably managed forests that are both FSC® and PEFC™ compliant.

All our featured divan bases are 100% recyclable at the end of their lives.

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Any more questions?

We hope we’ve helped you understand how to choose your perfect bed and this bed buying guide has been useful.

If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to call our expert bed team. They’re on hand to offer advice and help you find the right bed quickly and easily. You can also visit our snug showroom in Hampshire where our friendly bed expert team will be on hand to help you.

And don’t forget the next step in the bed buying journey - a new mattress! Check out our mattress buying guide for the best advice on choosing the perfect mattress for you.