It's so easy to find yourself with too much stuff and nowhere to store it. Luckily, we have Ottoman beds, which feature a mattress that lifts to reveal hidden storage space underneath! They come in all kinds of sizes - single, small double and king-size, so you're sure to find a bed that fits your space. Did you know that you can even get ottoman beds with a secret TV section that lifts so that you can watch your favourite shows in comfort?
As there are many options to choose from, we've put together this buying guide to help you pick the best one. There are lots of considerations, including whether you want a side opening or front and which upholstery fabrics to choose, such as velvet or leather. Once you've read through, check out our ranking of the top 10 best ottoman beds in the UK - we've got some great choices from Argos, John Lewis and Amazon!
There are a few things to consider before choosing an ottoman bed. To help you decide which options are best, we've put together this guide containing tips and key information on things to look out for!
Ottoman beds open with a gas-lift mechanism either from the side or end to reveal the hidden storage space underneath. Which lift is best depends on where you want to position your bed. If you have a small space and want to place it near a wall, a side lift is the perfect option.
On the other hand, if you wish to position the bed in the middle of the room, pick one with an end lift. It'll open from the foot of the bed and give you easier access to the storage space from all directions. This style is particularly useful if you store things there that you regularly use.
Full ottomans, which open the whole way, are the most common design, as they offer the highest amount of storage space. However, you can also find half-ottomans, where only the lower part of the bed opens up. If you only need to store a few items, a half-ottoman is a great alternative.
The half-design is also better for small rooms with low ceilings, as they don't open up as high. They also come in handy if you display cushions or toys on the bed as only the bottom half moves, so they won't get knocked off when it lifts.
As well as the storage underneath, some ottomans have additional hidden compartments, such as space for devices. This allows you to keep them safe while they're not in use and easily reach them when needed. Look out for hidden shelves behind headboards, too, where you can neatly store medicines and other nighttime essentials.
Ottoman beds are often upholstered, although you can find some with a wood finish. It's a good idea to weigh up the benefits of the different fabrics used to find a suitable bed. We've listed the most common types below to help you choose.
Some beds are upholstered with simple woven fabrics such as linen. This type of fabric will last a long time and will be less susceptible to wear and tear, as it's thick and durable. It also doesn't need much maintenance making it super easy to look after.
Although they're hardwearing, woven fabrics aren't the most comfortable as they often feel slightly rough against the skin. If you find yourself often leaning back against the headboard to read or watch TV, a different fabric might be best.
If you're looking for a comfortable bed, pick velvet upholstery! The plush fabric feels soft to touch, and it also adds an element of luxury. You can even find crushed velvet beds that have a unique pattern and shine, adding that extra hint of glamour. Unfortunately, it can be hard to clean and is a little fragile.
Chenille is another soft fabric to look out for, which has a unique fuzzy texture. It's thicker and has better durability than velvet, making it less prone to damage through wear and tear. Chenille will also help you stay warm whilst you sleep, as it retains heat.
Leather is another popular choice as it's an easy material to clean. Simply wipe it down with leather wipes! If you often feel hot and sticky while you sleep, you might want to consider a leather bed. Where chenille locks heat in, leather is breathable.
If you're vegan or care about animal welfare, check if the bed is upholstered in faux leather. Even if you're not vegan, artificial leather still has some benefits. For instance, it's less likely to scratch or mark than animal leather, so it'll stay looking new for longer.
Some ottoman beds include high-tech features. If you want to watch movies and TV shows before sleep, select an ottoman bed with a built-in TV lift. Your TV stays hidden, but when you activate the electric lift mechanism, it automatically pops up. Sadly, they don't come with a TV, so you will have to install your own!
If you'd rather listen to music to help you drift off, you can also find ottoman beds with built-in Bluetooth speakers! They're a great solution if you like to listen to white noise to help you fall asleep. Furthermore, they often have a USB port to charge your phone and LED lights if you don't like to sleep in complete darkness.
We've searched far and wide to put together this list of the top 10 best ottoman beds available in the UK. We've got such a great selection, including a few fun finds, so you definitely won't want to miss it!
|Media||Bluetooth speakers, USB charging port, LED light|
|Size(s)||Single, double, king|
|Upholstery||Woven fabric (linen)|
|Size(s)||Single, small double, double, king|
|Additional Storage||Device space|
|Media||TV lift (up to 42 inch)|
|Size(s)||Double, king, super king|
|Additional Storage||Hidden shelves, device space|
|Media||TV lift (up to 43 inch)|
Cherry Tree Furniture
Kamco Direct Store
Jakob Double TV Ottoman Bed Frame
Ashby Ottoman Small Double Bed Frame
End Divan Ottoman Storage Bed
Phoenix Kingsize Ottoman Bed Frame
Dakota Ottoman Double Bed Frame
HAYDEN Crushed Velvet Storage Ottoman Bed
Fabric TV Ottoman Bed
Upholstered Single Bed
Bluetooth Music Ottoman Speaker Bed
Single Faux Leather Ottoman Storage Bed
Ingenious Design With Hidden Compartments
A Unique Curved Frame With Wooden Feet
A Half Ottoman, Ideal for Rooms With Low Ceilings
Sturdy Wooden Design With a Painted Finish
A Stylish Bed With a Statement Winged Headboard
Show Stopping Crushed Velvet With Sprung Slats
Watch Your Favourite Films and Shows in Bed
A Linen Upholstered Bed in a Wide Variety of Sizes
A Unique Find With Speakers and Lights
Breathable Faux Leather That’s Easy to Clean
|Additional Storage||Hidden shelves, device space||-||-||-||-||-||Device space||-||-||-|
|Upholstery||Woven fabric||Woven fabric||Woven fabric||-||Chenille||Crushed velvet||Woven fabric||Woven fabric (linen)||Leather||Faux leather|
|Media||TV lift (up to 43 inch)||-||-||-||-||-||TV lift (up to 42 inch)||-||Bluetooth speakers, USB charging port, LED light||-|
|Size(s)||Double||Small double||King||King||Double||Double, king||Double, king, super king||Single, small double, double, king||Single, double, king||Single|
If you're buying a new bed, why don't you get some new bedding to go with it? We've got plenty of articles to help you choose the best bed sheets, duvets and silk pillowcases. Nothing beats the comfortable feel of a brand new bed with fresh covers!
Ottoman beds are the perfect solution if you need extra room to store belongings. We hope you've found our guide useful and that our tips have helped you pick out a fancy new bed that you love. Whichever one you choose, we're sure you'll sleep soundly, knowing you've made a good purchase!
Author: Rosa Fairfield
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