Hid­den spa­ces

> Some beds are not only for sleep­ing but also as ad­di­tional stor­age for clothes and clut­ter

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE - BY RIYA PA­TEL

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.

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