12 best storage beds
Get a good night’s sleep and hide any clutter with a well made piece of furniture
Whether your home is large or small, the opportunity for added storage is always welcome. When choosing a bed with hidden storage, think about how frequently you need to access your things.
There are two main types of storage beds: those with a base that integrate drawers, and ottoman beds where the mattress can be lifted to reveal a large area for storage. The latter packs in three times as much as a three- or four-drawer bed. Ottoman beds usually have gas lift mechanisms that make light work of lifting the mattress and bedding to access the storage regularly. Those with a fully boarded storage area within (rather than just concealing a space on the floor) are popular for protecting your contents from damp and mould.
Built-in drawers (such as those in divan beds with a high base) are still a good option for things you need to access more regularly, and are usually the cheaper option. If you do go for one with side drawers, check you have the clearance to open and access them fully.
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Button & Sprung Poppy kingsize ottoman bed: £1,195
This luxury ottoman-style bed opens up to reveal a large boarded storage area beneath. Two pneumatic gas lift arms raise the mattress and frame, making access to the storage space easy. The arms can lift mattresses weighing between 35kg and 90kg. The bed itself is neat and not overly bulky, concealing a lot of storage in a beautifully upholstered design.
Muji Oak Storage Bed: £335.75
This budget oak and laminate bed from Muji combines three storage possibilities and is a real space saver for small apartments and bedrooms. As well as two side drawers for clothes and things you need every day, the slats under the mattress can be pulled up to reveal a compartment for items you need to access less frequently.
Finally, you can add low-level open storage for books and small boxes at the end of the bed (from £76.45). This bed comes in a smart walnut finish too.
Loaf Woody double storage bed: £995
Loaf’s hand-finished bed is made from chunky reclaimed fir – a feature that gives it a vintage look. At 40cm, the base of the bed is unusually high, making the two drawers either side extra spacious. The drawers are useful for blankets and clothes, but avoid storing anything too heavy, as it would make these large drawers hard to open. The bed comes in king and super-king versions.
John Lewis & Partners Non-Sprung Ortho divan kingsize storage bed: £550
The divan has been the traditional way to combine bed and storage, with drawers that fit subtly into a solid base. This practical kingsize version from John Lewis is well made from solid spruce and has a seven year guarantee. The grey fabric covering is made from a mix of cotton, viscose and polyester. The drawers have smooth runners, and metal castors that give the bed a final neat touch.
Happy Beds Mayfair: £464.99
A large buttoned and upholstered headboard gives this bed some real presence. The Mayfair bed has four drawers within its base that open out to a depth of 50cm each, but they are on the shallow side so better suited to clothes and thin blankets rather than spare duvets and pillows. It arrives flat-packed, and you can buy the bed frame only or add a choice of four mattress types.
Time4Sleep Serenity Upholstered Ottoman Double Storage Bed: £379
This is a great option for those seeking ottoman-style storage on a budget. The Serenity bed delivers the same package as most luxury lifting beds, but for half the price. The catch is it arrives flat packed and requires self-assembly, but there are major savings if you don’t mind the DIY. This version has a comfortable upholstered finish in neutral ‘mink’, a gas lift mechanism and a fully boarded storage area.
Lex double storage bed: £499, made.com
The Lex storage bed is ideal for smaller spaces. The slats lift from the end, which can make access easier in awkwardly sized rooms. This makes it a bit trickier to handle, especially if you have a heavy mattress. It has both comfort and modern looks, thanks to an upholstered frame and headboard with a quilted finish. The fabric is polyester with a foam filling that’s a pleasure to rest against. It’s reasonably priced but requires full self-assembly.
Feather & Black Olivia Storage Bed: £660
Four deep drawers provide the storage element of this traditional-style wooden bed from Feather and Black. The drawers are roomy and make a better option than ottoman beds for things you need to access frequently, although reaching items at the back of the drawers is a little difficult. It has a sprung slatted base which makes for a comfortable sleep, and the painted and panelled finish is well done. This style of bed puts the mattress quite high, which may not suit those who like a lower level.
Tempur Harrington Ottoman Bed: £1,015, And So To Bed
The Harrington is at the premium end of the ottoman bed market, designed to go with a range of pressure-relieving Tempur mattresses (although these are not included). The most luxurious element is the deep curving headboard that proves comfortable in a range of upholstery – from tweed to velvet. The metal frame is more substantial than others, but lifting is made easier by a gas lift mechanism. It has a 10 year guarantee.
Dwell Cavendish double storage bed: £1,199
You’ll need a big space for this grand bed, which has curving sides to the deep-cushioned headboard, giving it a glamorous profile. The velvet finish adds to the luxury of the design and picks out the buttoned detail, while there are also cheaper versions in standard grey fabric (£995) and off-white (£599). Inside, the metal frame and slats lift fairly easily with the help of pistons and a strap.
The frame has two supports down the middle which you’ll need to leave room for when packing the interior compartment. The upholstered bed frame is comfy but quite bulky compared to others, providing a bigger bed but no more storage. Something to consider, given the price.
Bronx Bed: £475-£575, Next
The Bronx bed has two drawers either side – a good option for those who need just a bit of added storage. The drawers fit seamlessly with the frame, which has a rustic oak effect in a choice of light or dark. The drawers are a bit difficult to open on thick carpets and rugs, and would suit wooden floors better. They also only have a thin metal pull.
This bed comes in a ‘small double’ version too, a welcome inclusion that makes it useful for guest bedrooms.
Dreams Wilson Upholstered Ottoman Double Bed Frame: £299
Another budget ottoman, the Wilson bed is popular for its low price, ease of assembly and roomy storage compartment. It opens from the side, rather than the end, which make it easier to access all of your stored items. It can also be set up to open from either side if you decide to move it later on. It’s surprisingly comfortable, with an upholstered, scrolled frame and sprung slats.
The Verdict: Best storage beds
The Poppy storage bed from Button and Sprung is a comfortable bed with a quality mechanism that can lift mattresses up to 90kg. Although it conceals a lot of storage space, it doesn’t look bulky and would be great for small spaces where drawers would be hard to access.
But the Muji oak bed is the best budget contender, combining three types of storage in one neat frame.
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