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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.
Key specs: Size: 217x143x115cm
Customisable: yes, four colours available
Assembly required: no
If you absolutely love catching up on your favourite shows from the comfort of your bed, but there’s nowhere to put a TV in your bedroom, this is the dream choice for you.
Not just a stylish grey velvet double bed, this option comes with an integrated foot end with a mount for a 32” TV, with a snazzy gas lift mechanism to boot. 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.
And if the luxurious soft upholstery and integrated telly weren’t enough, it also lifts up to provide loads of ottoman storage underneath. A fabulous all-rounder.
Guarantee: 1 year
Made from sturdy metal frame with stylish fabric upholstery in a black, brown or grey finish, this bed will make a great addition to any bedroom.
The ottoman base is front opening which allow you to easily access the storage space so you can quickly grab the things you need.
Priced from £229 to £259, according to size.
Guarantee: 1 year
Why we like it: Great price, simple styling
Key specs: 146cm x L 207cm x H 88cm
This bunk bed has a drawer and trundle, and is the ideal solution for people who need functionality but don’t want to compromise on design.
The trundle bed, built-in ladder and drawers are all included. Guardrails are also included too so you can be sure your children will be safe as they sleep.
There are six bed frame colours to choose from, including grey, white and pine, so you can match the bed to any room aesthetic.
Was £438.88, now £283.88
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,
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
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