> Some beds are not only for sleeping but also as additional storage for clothes and clutter
WHETHER your home is large or small, the opportunity for added storage is always welcome.
When choosing a bed with hidden storage, think about how frequently you need to access your things.
Built-in drawers can be great for everyday clothes; ottoman-style lifting beds give roomier storage but are less suited to frequent use.
Divan beds with a high base are the common way to add storage – if yours incorporates large side drawers, check to see if you have the clearance to open and access them fully.
Here’s a look at some beds with innovative storage design ideas.
John Lewis Divan storage bed The divan has been the traditional way to combine bed and storage, with drawers that fit subtly into a solid base.
This practical king-size version from John Lewis is well made from solid spruce, and has a sevenyear guarantee.
The grey fabric covering is made from a mix of cotton, viscose and polyester. The drawers have smooth runners, and metal castors give the bed a final neat touch.
Muji Oak storage bed This oak and laminate bed from Muji combines three storage possibilities, and is a real space-saver for small apartments and bedrooms.
Besides having two side drawers for clothes and things you need every day, the slats under the mattress can be pulled up to reveal a compartment for items you need to access less often.
Finally, the end of the bed has lowlevel open storage for books and small boxes.
Button & Sprung Poppy king-size ottoman bed This luxury ottoman-style bed opens up to reveal a large boarded storage area beneath. Two pneumatic gas-lift arms raise the mattress and frame, making access to the storage space easy. The arms can lift mattresses weighing between 35kg and 90kg.
The bed itself is neat and not overlybulky, concealing a lot of storage in a beautifully-upholstered design.
Made Rubens Double Bed with storage The wingback design of the Rubens bed sets it apart as something special; it looks particularly handsome when upholstered in toffee-brown leather.
The mattress lifts comfortably with a mechanism and fabric handle, and the frame is made of pine and plywood.
Delivery takes four to six weeks and assembly is required. This bed also comes in an upholstered grey version.
Heal’s Nest Storage Bed This grand bed from Heal’s comes with a large price tag, but delivers big on comfort too.
Both the padded cushioning along its frame and the two large cushions on the headboard come upholstered in a choice of neutral fabrics.