No matter how many clear outs, spring cleans and charity shop runs we do, our bedrooms do a wonderful job of accumulating stuff. Clothes, towels, cushions and laundry often find themselves in a heap on the bedroom floor, or draped across a chair, so if you're after an effortless tidying solution, a storage bed could do the trick.

What's the difference between a divan and an ottoman bed?

Divan and ottoman beds are both storage beds, but they differ in design. A divan bed's base features built-in drawers, whereas with an ottoman bed, the whole mattress lifts up. An ottoman bed therefore tends to offer more room for storage as you can use the entire space, with room for your bulkier items such as pillows and duvets. However you may prefer the simplicity of the divan drawers as you can easily access your belongings without lifting the whole bed up.

Ideal for storing items you don't necessarily use everyday, such as thick winter duvets or additional blankets for guests, storage beds are perfect for compact spaces and rooms lacking in built-in storage. They're also a worthwhile investment for those dedicated to their seasonal wardrobes!

We've put together a list of the best storage beds currently on the market. From statement velvet designs, to laid back daybeds, we've found a storage bed for all interior styles and budgets.

For more nifty storage solutions, check out the best ottomans.

Best storage beds for 2023

Bed Centre Velvet Divan Bed

Bed Centre Light Grey Plush Velvet Divan Bed

For an elegant storage bed that oozes sophistication, a plush velvety number can work a treat. This lovely design, available from Amazon for a very reasonable price, includes both the base and headboard. The diamond stitch detail and buttoned back add a touch of luxury, and the light grey fabric is sure to go with an array of colour schemes.

The divan base features four built-in drawers so you can divide your belongings into different categories and find what you're looking for with ease rather than having to rummage around.

This is the king size option, but there's also the option to go for the small double, double or super king.

Swoon Southwark Double

Green velvet storage bed

Of course we're going to include a beautiful velvet storage bed in our roundup! Swoon is renowned for its standout, on-trend sofas, and it turns out the popular brand designs beds too. This fern shade is unique without being too loud, ideal for creating a funky yet soothing space. We also love the curved headboard which adds a softness to the design.

Functional too, this ottoman bed lifts up to provide ample storage.

For a more laid back Scandi feel, check out this design in the alkali colour, stunning!

Emma Divan Bed

Grey divan bed

For a more timeless look, this storage bed from mattress specialists Emma is one to consider.

The Emma divan bed features two built-in drawers, and the headboard comes as part of the bed which saves you the hassle of having to find a matching headboard.

Ideal for pared back, natural interior, add this storage bed to your bedroom for a serene and relaxed feel. Pair with linen bedding and soft, muted colours, or burnt orange accessories, to complete your room's look.

On the lookout for a new mattress? Read our reviews of the Emma Original Mattress and the Simbatex Essential Foam Mattress.

Orthopaedic Divan Bed

Blue orthopaedic bed

If you're looking for additional back support, this divan bed base and firm mattress set could do the job nicely. The mattress features orthopaedic springs for a supportive night's sleep and you can choose between a two drawer and four drawer divan base, depending on your storage needs.

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We love the richness of the midnight blue linen base - a super addition to a beige bedroom - but there are lots of lovely colours to choose from. The sky plush velvet is another favourite of ours.

Why not dress up your divan bed with a gorgeous headboard?

Winslow Ottoman Bed Frame

Wooden ottoman bed

Keep it classic with this wooden ottoman bed frame from Dunelm.

We love the addition of the slatted wooden headboard - a nice look for a country chic farmhouse feel. The low footboard works well too, as it gives the bed a really solid look. At under £400, this ottoman bed frame is super value.

Not a fan of the dark grey? Check out the smoky grey, light oak and white designs.

Zebra Shallow Divan Bed Base

Zebra divan bed base

Looking for a printed storage bed to jazz up a plain bedroom wall? This zebra divan bed base from Dreams could work wonders for your space.

Contrast the grey with a vibrant peach or orange wall for a quirky and stylish room. Mismatched accessories and cushions would also look great paired with this fabulous find.

Choose between two or four drawers, and why not go all out and treat yourself to the matching headboard?

Fenton Pink Velvet Fabric Ottoman Bed

Happy Beds

Perfect for a light, sunny room, this velvet ottoman bed has got both style and practicality covered. This ottoman bed features a gas lift mechanism so you can effortlessly access whatever you've got stored away, and a chic velvet finish.

We love the headboard with its nod to art deco design, and elegant shape and lines. We're also a fan of its larger size too and reckon it would make a rather comfortable backdrop to a relaxed morning in bed with a book and a cuppa.

You've got the option to add a mattress with this buy, and the bed is also available in grey and blue.

Buy now and enjoy a huge saving of over £600 - a deal not to be missed!

For more pink interior inspiration, check out the best pink bedroom ideas.

Wooden Daybed

White wooden daybed

If you're tight on space, daybeds can work really well, and there's something rather charming about their relaxed, chilled out appearance. Ticking plenty of boxes, this daybed design is a sofa, storage solution and double bed all in one so it's bound to come in handy.

The bed pulls out, and sleeps up to two guests, but it's worth noting you can't fit a double mattress underneath the bed.

There's a drawer underneath so you can keep extra bedding nearby, and the drawer features castors for effortless access. Add fairy lights and a fluffy rug for a dreamy vibe.

Browse the best sofas for small spaces for more compact living solutions.

Memomad Storage Bed

Storage Bed

While most storage beds offer a neat, closed off design, this model has gone for a more open-plan approach.

With six drawers, four shelves, two compartments and two pull-out shelves, there's plenty of space for those beloved trinkets you've collected over the years. Plus, it's a nice way to have some of your more decorative belongings on display rather than tidying everything away.

The leather look drawer handles are an especially nice touch that help give this design a touch of antique charm.

You can also check out our guides to the best memory foam pillows, the best sustainable bedding and our favourite spring and summer duvet covers.


Rachel HowatsonDigital Writer

Rachel Howatson is a digital writer who works across Our Media’s home and craft brands. With a love of eclectic furniture and bold, statement decor, and an ability to scour out the best deals online, she’s got your interior and crafting needs covered.