10 best double beds
Find the frame of your dreams in our top pick
Nothing beats the feeling you get after a great night’s sleep. The desire for the perfect sleeping arrangement means there’s a huge market around mattresses and toppers, but you won’t feel the benefit of these unless the underlying frame is a good match for you too.
In the base, look for sprung slats, which have a slight rise to them and aren’t too far apart. The bounce in these gives your mattress good support and absorbs movement as you change your sleeping position. Some prefer fully flat bases which support the mattress over the whole surface and help you sleep more solidly.
Tall, solid headboards are good if you like to sit up and read in bed, or for piling soft cushions against. Victorian-style metal beds are still popular but the headboards are less comfortable, especially if they have large gaps between the struts that pillows can disappear into.
Mattresses aren’t usually included, but there may be a discount if you are buying one with your frame. Check the size, as European mattress sizes differ slightly to standard UK sizes.
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Ercol for John Lewis Shalstone Double Bed Frame: £899, John Lewis & Partners
The Shalstone bed is made from solid oak, veneers and poplar wood, with an exceptional quality of construction. Traditional dovetail and finger joints give the frame strength, angled struts on the headboard provide an interesting feature but still a good amount of support for sitting up. The sprung birch wood slats add a layer of comfort. This bed is an investment, but is well made and has a timeless style.
Happy Beds Bronte Cream Metal Bed: £234.99, Happy Beds
This is an affordable take on a Victorian-style metal bed, with authentic-looking details in a mix of cream and antique brass finishes. It’s strong and comfortable, with a sprung slat base. It arrives flat-packed for you to assemble, but this is fairly straightforward between two people. It comes in a black version too, and all bed styles have a five year guarantee. On antique-style beds, the mattress is quite high which may not suit everyone.
La Redoute Noya Vintage Bed: £454.30, La Redoute
A rattan headboard brings a tropical touch to this double bed. The unusual three-sided design encloses you securely and is also great for propping pillows against if you like to sit up. The rest of the bed frame is made of plywood, transformed with oak and walnut veneers to give it a more premium look. The feet are solid oak for stability and the base is slatted. A king-size is available too.
Heal’s Bardot Double Bed: £795, Heal’s
The handmade Bardot bed has mid-century style with a flared back and tapered legs. Both frame and headboard are upholstered in a choice of fabrics – two types of polyester mix, linen or velvet. These wear well and fit the foam filling snugly. This bed has the benefits of real wood over cheaper materials: the inside frame is made of sustainably-sourced timber, the legs are solid beech, and the base has beech sprung slats for comfort.
Dreams Jameson Natural Pine Wooden Frame: £449, Dreams
This wooden bed from Dreams feels very solid. The turned feet and frame are made from solid pine with an elegant natural finish that feels contemporary. The height of the headboard and foot end make this bed look a bit grander than the price would suggest. It comes with solid slats as standard, but there is the option to upgrade to sprung slats (an extra £59). It requires self-assembly, but Dreams does offer this as an additional service.
Littlewoods Dawson Bed: From £149, Littlewoods
Made from pine, MDF and plywood, this budget bed lacks sturdiness compared to others on the list. It is however still comfortable, with sprung slats as standard. It comes with the option of buying with a mattress (either memory foam or quilted) to make an overall saving. It’s simple in style, and the thinner frame might suit smaller spaces such as a guest or kids’ room.
Maisons du Monde Fergus Bed: From £459, Maisons du Monde
Upholstered beds usually come a lot more expensive than this, making the Fergus bed excellent value. The plump pillow-style headboard is a fun touch; it’s filled with foam and fibre for a firm yet soft feel. The bed itself is made from poplar plywood, with plywood slats. The covering is a linen cotton mix that comes in a grey version too. It requires self-assembly.
Made.com Starke Double Bed: £449, Made.com
Victorian-style metal beds are one of those pieces that don’t go out of style. They fit with period and contemporary décor, and have a touch of nostalgia to them too. This self-assembly version has wide dimensions, a lower base compared to other styles, and a warm copper finish. It has sprung slats and a high headboard for propping pillows against. The frame is steel, giving this bed some weight and sturdiness.
Camelia Double Bed Frame: £825, Button and Sprung
You can customise the Camelia bed to your tastes, with options for a divan base, lots of colours and fabrics, and four different wood types for the feet. This handmade bed has grand traditional style, with a high upholstered headboard. The wing shaped sides are a further luxurious touch that gives this bed a hotel feel. The base is flat rather than slatted, but you can choose a sprung base on the divan version for extra comfort. Button and Sprung’s beds have a ten year guarantee.
Time 4 Sleep Antoinette Upholstered Bed Frame: £299, Time 4 Sleep
A French-style bed is undoubtedly the most romantic choice, but most modern beds are either bad copies of antiques, or too fussy for most tastes. The Antoinette bed carries the profile of a French bed – with a scrolling top and scalloped edge to the foot end – but still has a contemporary look. It’s very well-priced for an upholstered bed, although the filling is thinner and the fabric is made to look like more expensive linen. It has a sprung slatted base. You can order with one of four mattress types for a discount.
The verdict: Double beds
A bed is an investment, and one type of furniture where spending a little bit more will deliver in the long term. The Shalstone bed is beautifully made by heritage British manufacturer, Ercol. Real solid wood makes a warm, strong bed that you can rely on for a good night’s sleep.
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