Storage beds UK 2021: we pick the best beds with storage underneath to save space in your bedroom
Need a space to stash away clothes, books and bedroom clutter? Sleep on it - with one of these stylish storage beds
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Why choose a storage bed?
When you think about the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom, it seems logical to use what is potentially a huge, unused space underneath it for blankets, bedlinen, clothes or general bedroom mess.
Even the smallest room could work with a double bed that incorporates storage on the headboard too, since you then won’t have to introduce storage like chest of drawers or other bookcases.
What to look for
Always measure up first and consider whether the bed comes ready-made or has to be assembled in situ. The latter is obviously better if you haven’t much space to get bulky furniture upstairs to the bedroom.
All of the frames in our round up are in a standard double size – that’s 4’6’’ or 137cm, but you must factor in the surrounds of the frame, especially if it includes shelves or other storage.
What’s comfortable for you?
If you like a softer mattress style, it may pay to go for a traditional divan style base, with a sprung edge. This will mean you’re limited to drawers underneath rather than a lift-up ottoman style of storage bed, which usually come with sprung slats.
The combination of slats and a memory foam or orthopaedic mattress will please those who like a firmer bed.
Shop around for the right one for you – going in store is a must, even if you do order online later - choosing from a trad construction or something more modern like a gel-topped mattress or something in memory foam.
None of the bed frames we’ve listed here come with mattress included, so there’s unlimited scope to find the best combo of base and mattress for you. We’d advise a boxed mattress for convenience - these are the best around.
Waverley Grey Linen Ottoman Bed
This upholstered double bed looks a whole lot more expensive than its price tag, in a tasteful grey linen finish. The gas lift mechanism makes light work of lifting the sprung slatted base upwards, giving you the whole base area to stash your stuff.
Guarantee: 1 year
Why we like it: Great price, simple styling
Key specs: 201 x 144 x 87cm
Loki Day Bed with Pullout Drawers and Trundle Underbed
Noa and Nani have a superb range of storage beds for the younger members of the family and this useful model with trundle pull-out bed is just right for sleepovers, with its extra pull-out single.
What’s more there’s a row of drawers underneath store the extra bedlinen and midnight snacks.
Guarantee: 1 year
Why we like it: Practical and stylish, good quality
Key specs: 206x100x92cm
Bedmaster Fabio White Bed
This is a great option if you are working in a tight space.
Not only is there loads of storage on the headboard and base, but this painted wooden bed comes flat packed and so there’s no need to ‘pivot’ your way up a tight stairwell or squeeze through doors.
The drawers on the headboard are a nice touch, so less-glam bedside nick-nacks can stay out of sight.
Guarantee: 5 years
Why we like it: Great space saver, drawers and shelves selection
Key specs: 215x147x106cm
Langham Oatmeal Fabric Ottoman TV Bed
In a choice of four finishes, the Langham bed frame is chunky and solid feeling, with lots of storage under the pop=up base.
Just add your own 32” tv for the ultimate in weekend chilling – the smooth mechanism lowers the tv away in the foot base when it’s lights out.
Guarantee: 1 year
Why we like it: Great quality, hides telly clutter out of sight
Key specs: 217x143x115cm
Platsa Bed Frame with Storage
The Platsa bed system gives you a range of add-ons to sort out your storage problems once and for all.
Start with this entry-level base with open shelves and then you can choose anything from a full height wardrobe to a chest of drawers or open hanging unit to build around it.
As usual with IKEA there’s a bit of allen key action to get it together, but we found it all pretty straightforward to assemble.
Guarantee: 10 years
Why we like it: Genius additions, easy to assemble
Key specs: 142x244x43 cm,
Button Tufted Velvet Ottoman Storage Bed
The tufted velvet headboard made this bed a hit with our teenage tester, and the hideaway base was also just the ticket – so much so the bedroom ‘floordrobe’ of outfits was soon cleared and tidied.
We liked the soft plushness of the velvet on this model, which also comes in 12 different colourways.
Guarantee: 2 years
Why we like it: Unusual colourways, soft velvet, compact
Key specs: 112cm x 147cm x 209cm