9 best double beds for a great night’s sleep
Whether wooden, brass or upholstered, find the bed frame of your dreams
As the old saying goes, invest in a good pair of shoes and a good bed because when you’re not in one you’re in the other.
When purchasing the latter, there are a number of factors to consider, not least aesthetics. If you’re after a double bed frame that will support your mattress while absorbing movement, look for sprung slats that give a bit of bounce – this style is best suited for the fidget-prone.
Otherwise, fixed slats will offer solid support to help you sleep soundly. Think about the height of your bed frame and don’t forget to include the depth of your mattress in your calculations. A standard UK double size is 4ft 6” wide and 6ft 3” long (137cm x 191cm).
We’ve slept on beds that are unnervingly high, inevitably leading to a poor night’s kip for fear of falling out. If your double bed’s for sharing, consider your partner’s wants and needs in terms of height, too.
For avid bed-time readers, a supportive headboard is a must, so plump for a bed frame that offers a tall and comfy bedhead that invites you to lean back, snuggle up, and get fully immersed in that thriller.
Our roundup of double beds comprises a variety of shapes and styles, from minimalist design-led frames in shiny brass to plush, upholstered and imposing pieces for hotel-like luxury.
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The Original Bed Co. Glenholm iron/metal bed frame: £549, The Original Bed Co.
If you’re in the market for a traditional iron frame that’s straight out of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Original Bed Co. offers vintage appeal with the reliable sturdiness of a brand new product. This frame is a beauty in powder-coated black and shiny brass but, as with any of its iron beds, it can be painted in a choice of colours at a small extra cost. The frame boasts pure brass fittings and sprung slats, while the base can be height adjusted to suit the depth of the mattress. Ingeniously, hidden drawers, suspended from the base so as not to interrupt the floor space underneath, can be added.
House by John Lewis bow slatted bed frame, oak: £399, John Lewis & Partners
Sleek and modern with an unmistakable Scandi influence, this simple wooden frame and headboard offers a calming presence in the bedroom. It’s fashioned from solid oak with oak veneers and boasts supportive sprung slats for comfort. We loved the park-bench style bedhead and the slim tapered legs that hint at mid-century style. Best is that its minimal frame makes smaller rooms look bigger – and who doesn’t hanker for extra floor space?
Dreams Wells upholstered bed frame: £599, Dreams
The height of cosy, this luxurious double bed boasts an enveloping sleigh shape that we couldn’t wait to dive into. Its oversized and gently curved headboard gives you the feeling of being pleasingly contained, as does the raised foot-end of the frame. Added to that is its soft grey fabric for extra comfort – and understated glamour. The classic buttoning offers a traditional look, while the size and shaping of the bed makes this an imposing furniture piece. Choose from sprung or solid slats on the base.
Swoon Soleil double bed frame, shiny antique brass: £449, Swoon
Swoon’s offering is an utterly elegant affair that mixes refined glamour with clean, minimalist lines. The simple bed frame is brass-plated, awarding it a rich finish that plays straight into our love of metallics in the home, while its slender shaping awards it a delicate, lightweight look. It is a sturdy furniture piece, though and comes with a discreet centre support. Keep the look effortlessly chic with only the whitest crisp cottons or relaxed linens.
Dunelm classic Chesterfield bed, taupe: From £303.20, Dunelm
What’s most impressive about this Chesterfield-style bed frame is its headboard height that allows even the tallest of bedtime readers to sit up and relax in comfort. Where it’s ornate and highly decorative at head and foot, it’s actually slimline at the sides, meaning it’ll give you that extra bit of space when stepping into your slippers. Boasting deep buttoning and a hand-sewn finish, this elegant double bed, upholstered in soft polyester fabric, is one for traditionalists.
Happy Beds Woodbury grey fabric 4 door storage bed frame: £379.99, Happy Beds
While some double beds with hidden storage require muscle work to get to our belongings, this clever design offers four easily accessible and generous drawers – two at either side and two at the foot of the bed. And you’ll want to keep your bedroom clutter-free to award this glamorous number pride of place. Its diamond-shaped upholstery in a soft velvety fabric awards it a classic aesthetic yet its simple shaping keeps the look contemporary-luxe. This bed has a solid slatted base for firmer mattress support.
Tikamoon Brooklyn recycled double bed: £949, Tikamoon
Our best eco buy is this recycled bed frame from Tikamoon. Channeling the Japandi trend (think modern-rustic Nordic fused with Japanese elegance), it is a truly striking furniture piece that focuses on the beauty of natural timber. In a pleasing mismatch of warm-toned wood, the sturdy frame and headboard offers a striped visual texture while the immovable slats on the base keep everything firmly in place. We loved the shaping of the contemporary angled legs. A pricey buy but one upon which you can sleep soundly knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment.
Button & Sprung willow double bed frame: From £745, Button & Sprung
Also available as a divan, this plush double from Button & Sprung, a one-stop-shop for top-notch beds and mattresses, caught our attention for its charming pillow-like headboard. It’s available in a selection of more than 100 fabrics, with four-foot finishes to choose from. Keep it simple with a contemporary plain texture in dove, or go full-on modern glamour with crushed velvet in sapphire (expect an added £200 for that one!). Whichever material you choose, the bed is handcrafted and finished to exacting standards.
Made Alana double bed, brushed brass: £399, Made
Another double bed that channels the metallics trend is this simple and stylish number from Made. It ticks all the right boxes for lovers of the soft-industrial look too, with its brushed brass finish and vintage hospital bed style headboard. The bed frame features sprung slats and offers extra solidity in the form of two centre supports, while the bedhead, despite its hard-edged and industrial design roots, is perfectly angled for comfort.
The verdict: Best double beds
The Original Bed Co.’s Glenholm iron/metal bed frame is a great mid-priced buy if you’re after a double that offers all the vintage charm of an antique bedstead, but one that’s sturdy and reliable in its newness. We loved the versatility that the company allows, with its choice of finishes, as well as the bed’s clever storage solution that doesn’t interfere with the lines of the frame. Also impressive was Swoon’s Soleil double bed frame in shiny antique brass for its understated elegance and effortless glamour.
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