We don’t know about you, but a mid-summer bedroom revamp can be both cathartic and long-awaited. As we prepare to enter a new season, it is the perfect time to let go of old vibes, and clutter and introduce a fresh new style.
What is a storage bed?
Types of storage bedsBecause of the way each bed incorporates the storage space, there are different types of storage beds. This is useful to know when shopping for one as it will help you to work out which type works best for your room.
Ottoman bedsAn ottoman bed is one that typically utilises the entire space under the bed for storage. Rather than pulling the storage system out from underneath the bed, you lift up the bed base and mattress from either the side or the end of the bed. If you’re worried about this being heavy, fear not. This style of bed will usually have an integrated hydraulics system to support you to lift it up; perfect for storing anything you don’t need right away but want easy access to.
Full ottomanA full ottoman will offer the full space under the bed for storage. These are available in both side lift and end lift types, which is often a consideration depending on the space you have in the room.
Half ottomanA half-lift ottoman offers, well, half the space under the bed as storage. Why? Well, it’s actually the perfect compromise for rooms such as lofts where you may have slanted ceilings and struggle with the height needed to elevate the full base of the bed.
Divan beds with drawersDivan beds offer a nice sturdy base with traditionally built-in drawers that pull out. Typically, these will come with either 2 or 4 drawers. Which option you go for will depend on budget, storage needs and space around the bed.
Choose one for each of the kids and let them organise their little treasures with the addition of some smaller storage compartments to keep some sort of order.
What type of storage bed is best?It honestly really depends on your needs and which room it’s for. For example, if you were opting for an ottoman bed for your spare bedroom, you may choose a medium-price point bed (as you won’t be sleeping in it every night) but want full ottoman storage. This is best if you plan to store your winter wardrobe in there during the summer months.
Consider not just the size of the room it’s going in, but the fact you may also need less additional furniture for storage overall. Finally, you can get rid of that material wardrobe you’ve hated for years.
5 best storage bedsHere are our favourite storage beds that will help you dream of a clutter-free, luxury bedroom.
1. Four drawer velvet storage bed
It probably won’t be lost on you that grey has become one of the most popular colour schemes for your modern home. The velvet upholstered bed offers a soft, contemporary feel with its beautifully upholstered soft grey deep-panelled headboard. Not only does this bed look great, but it’s practical too with drawers on either side for extra storage solutions.
Frame the space by picking the perfect rug in a contrasting colour.
2. Solid pine storage bed
This blank canvas bed is perfect for a children’s bedroom or a small spare room that needs extra storage. It’s the bed that literally gives you it all - shelving, storage drawers and under-bed trundle for when your little one has a sleepover. Choose one for each of the kids and let them organise their little treasures with the addition of some smaller storage compartments to keep some sort of order.
3. Classic wooden full ottoman bedA country-style chic bed that comes with a gas piston system to easily swing up and access the under-bed storage compartment from the end of the bed. Perfect for those who have white-wood, clean and warm tones in their bedrooms. Re-create this gorgeous look by accessorising with a fur throw and scatter cushions.
4. Emerald full ottoman bed
Talk about a bed upgrade! Padded headboards are hugely popular now, and the Luna velvet bed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen takes you to a whole new level of comfort. With a luxurious diamond-scoring design. Constructed with deep foam padding, this headboard is perfect for sitting up in bed and reading.
Featuring another gas piston system to reveal the secret storage beneath, you can keep your clutter stored away with class. Just choose the perfect bedside lamp to set the mood.
5. Banero folding oak bed
Calling all space savers! If you are short on space, this unique, stylish and versatile wall bed is ideal. Simply fold it away against the wall during the day and unfold it again at night. It attaches to the wall and has a sleeping area of 90 x 190cm. The perfect solution for families with small spaces who may have children visiting over the weekend.
Think family occasions, sleepovers - you name it. Add some funky children's bedding to make the space even more inviting.
The benefits of storage beds
Clean and space-saving
Calm and clutter-free
Sneaky extra storage solutions
How to organise under-bed storage?
Consider choosing specific categories such as shoes, guest bed linen and towels, toys, or seasonal wardrobe items such as holiday clothing or winter coats and scarves.
Alternative under-bed storage ideas
Vacuum storage bags
Underbed storage baskets