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Which are the best storage beds?


If you’re looking for a storage bed you’re clearly wanting more storage, so it’s worth thinking about which type would suite you best. Broadly speaking there are ottoman beds, which lift up to give you storage under the mattress, and beds with large drawers in the divan.

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Ottoman storage beds use a mechanism to lift the mattress to around head height giving access to the storage area inside. Ours use powerful gas pistons to easily raise and lower the mattress. The pistons also hold the bed open until you’re ready to close it, which is great if you’re loading or unloading lots of things.

Ottomans are great where space is tight. Ours can open from either the side or end or the whole mattress can lift with the fantastic Alto mechanism.

Beds with drawers for under bed storage are more widely available – and often cheaper. They will give you extra storage, but in reality they’re often not that easy to use and lots of space is wasted. The drawers are large – which is good for space obviously – but the downside is that when full they’re often too heavy to open and close. In fact even when they’re empty they can be awkward because of their size – one side goes in, the other gets stuck and needs jiggling to free it and so it goes on.

It’s not only how easy or otherwise they are to use that separates ottoman beds and those with underneath storage drawers. Ottoman beds have around forty percent more storage then those of a similar size with drawers. Under-bed drawers may look large but they’re often obstructed by part of the bed frame, so can’t actually be filled.

Durability is a question too. Our ottoman beds have been designed to last many years (and come with a full five year warranty – see the Warranty page for details). The mechanisms have been fully tested for daily use plus the storage base is supported on all sides and with a hidden central foot. Conversely, under-bed drawers are rarely strong enough to take the weight so before long the bases sag and collapse.

So, both ottoman beds and divans with drawers will give you extra storage. And I know I’m bias but I truly believe that ottoman style are by far the best. In terms of how accessible the storage is and the amount they hold they can’t be beaten.

One word of caution though. Not all ottoman beds are the same. Like many things in life you get what you pay for. Each one of ours is hand made using the highest quality materials. They’ve been carefully designed too to maximise storage while maintaining comfort. Cheaper versions often don’t offer the same amount of storage (because the storage area is divided), and are rarely supported in the centre so can collapse. Their mechanisms too are often weaker and won’t stand up to daily use.

We love ottoman beds. Over the years we’ve seen so many happy customers and so many bedrooms transformed. What more could we ask for?

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Customer Reviews

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459 Reviews

Karen Rotchford

really comfortable bed and sofa. love the extra storage slots. excellent delivery. expensive but probably worth it

Posted 5 days ago


This has been a great shopping experience. David opened-up his showroom for us when we showed up without any notice. The full range of storage-bed was on display. We made our choice and the bed was delivered couple weeks later. We then realised that the model we had chosen did not fit our bedroom (much too big in term of volume - something we did not foresee in the full-of-space showroom), David was very kind in proposing the exchange into a lower bed frame. We now have the perfect bed we were looking for and it fits our room perfectly! Bed base and bed mattress are of high quality, the opening mechanism is robust and easy to manipulate. I did set-up the bed myself and it was very easy. Also, the nice delivery men from FURL gave me lots of tips that were very useful! We have been very satisfied of our entire shopping experience with FURL.

Posted 5 days ago


Wonderfull wall bed with a glass mirror front. Looks beutifull and works perfectly. Have had many friends who have seen it and now are getting their own😊

Posted 6 days ago

Keiran Carney

The item I purchased/ had made was beyond any expectation that I had. Although I had stated the specifics that I wanted the sofa bed itself was superb. I could not have wanted more.

Posted 1 week ago

Richard Blackett

Excellent bed, well made, looks terrific and has plenty of storage that is pretty well dust-proof. Installers were careful, friendly and efficient. The leather is fine quality and comfortable to lean against for reading. Overall 10 out of 10!

Posted 1 week ago

Michael Khouri

Great selection, fantastic product. Well worth the money. The single showroom makes it difficult but that is really the only drawback. Installation was easy and quick.

Posted 1 week ago

pauline Davis

Fantastic sofa, beautifully made , comfortable to sit on and the most amazing nights sleep ever. So happy that I chose your company to make this.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Arietta Bortot

Amazing bed. A bit more expensive than your average storage bed but this is no average bed! I would highly recommend.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anne Leete

Bought an ottoman/blanket box and delighted with it. Delivered on time. Furl very efficient and buying process smooth. I'd had recommendation on Furl from friend and wasn't disappointed.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Diana Downing

Outstanding service and follow-up!! The team relocated my existing Furl bed and installed a new one. Very happy!

Posted 2 weeks ago

Helen Lederer

What a fantastic company. The bed is great...ingenious and well made. The mattress is wonderful I am so pleased with the whole thing I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. And that's not something I would always do. But in truth...they are a+ perfect. I would recommend you go to their showroom if you can. It's much better to see the actual quality which is very high..but also they have more fabric options available. A British triumph...

Posted 2 weeks ago

Amanda Angel

A fantastic service from start to finish and a wonderful product. Thank you.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Caroline Bobby

I am such a satisfied customer! The bed I purchased from you is the very first bed I've owned. Even though I'm well and truly middle aged, I've spent my life sleeping on mattresses on the floor and futon bases. I decided I deserved a beautiful bed. And, that it would make sense to get a storage bed, as I have a rather minimalist aesthetic. My research led me to Furl. I mean, there are a lot of much cheaper options, but I really wanted to have a beautiful and beautifully made storage bed. To be honest, the cost of my bed is above my pay scale, but I am so happy that I stretched and didn't settle for less. I've been sleeping in my new bed for the last 4 months and am completely in love with it. I spend a lot of time on my bed, not only for sleeping, but working on the laptop (I'm here now!) reading and watching TV. I don't have a sofa. BedWorld holds a lot of my life. Me, and my dog, Leonard, are very happy and very grateful. And, it was a super shopping experience: from going to the showroom for my one to one bed consult, through to the lovely men who came and built the bed in my room. Flawless. And a really nice feeling of a smaller business, that value the personal touch.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Andrew Morgan

The sofa bed was exactly what it said it would be. Exceptionally well made, extremely comfortable to allow for every "night" use. The delivery was exactly in time and the bed was assembled and demonstrated fully before the installation team left. I would have no hesitation in recommending of purchasing from Furl in the future.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Mairi Berryman

Excellent service even though I had to change delivery a couple of times, wasn't a problem. Great product, lots of choice, well worth the price tag.

Posted 2 weeks ago

emma lancaster

Fantastic, rarely do you get this kind of service and great quality. Would highly recommend.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Tony Burke

Excellent quality. Completely satisfied. Highly recommended.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Alison Felstead

Brilliant through from ordering to delivery. The delivery was fantastic. They arrived and had my lovely bed assembled really quickly and took all the packaging away. I am delighted with it. The leather is just as I expected and the storage is brilliant. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend FURL. Thank you.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Andrea Mac-Fall

Brilliant technology, choice, detail and service. What more could you want? It's the second product I have bought from Furl. Both clients were delighted. Red Studio Ltd.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Phyllis Creme

We needed a sofa bed fast so went for one immediately available - and was so pleased I could get one. It was a bit bigger than we wanted but actually our guests loved it. I was very pleased with the prompt and friendly service and very pleased with the sofabed for very frequent guests - I needed a good mattress. The ('Play') sofa looks good and takes up not too much space, so it suited us. We do find the opening mechanism a bit heavy and stiff but its also partly a knack and I'm hoping it will ease up a bit (I'm quite elderly so not as storng as I once was!) Its perfectly doable though.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Rachael Lowe

Great sofa bed. Fantastic quality. Polite and efficient delivery and installation.

Posted 2 weeks ago

William Swinburn

I am delighted with my bed from FURL. Not only did I get to design it from the floor up, when the delivery came and there was something not quite right, the owner came around to my place and fixed it personally. Bed's are important, you spend a lot of time in them. Choose wisely.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Nicola Abel-Hirsch

I have bought four storage beds from Furl. One with a white linen cover that seems to float in the room and stays remarkably clean, a beautiful wood one and both a white and black one. All our 'stuff' is now hidden. The quality of the beds is high as is the service - the beds that went to the holiday flat had to be taken up 8 floors in an extremely small lift.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Anthony Nash

We researched for months different companies for a good quality sofa bed. We were disappointed by the quality, comfort and price of so many. The mattresses were either too thin or too short and often the sofas themselves were not comfortable. What a relief when we discovered Furl! Fantastic service and great quality. We visited the showroom twice and on the second visit we bought a sofa bed and a bed with storage. Both were delivered within 12 weeks. Several guests have slept on the sofa bed and they have all stated how comfortable it is. Thank you Furl!

Posted 1 month ago

Emma Yarwood

Brilliant design - extremely well thought through space saving sofa bed. Comfortable to sleep on and to sit on, and easy to transform. Love the pockets for pillows to be stored in when its in sofa mode.

Posted 1 month ago

Linda Pinson

I purchased a single with side 'opening'. I wish I had chosen an integral headboard, but as it's for the spare bedroom, it's no problem. Visitors say it's an amazingly comfortable bed. Top marks, and worth the cost - cheaper beds do not have this quality.

Posted 1 month ago

Beryl Woodland

We think the sofa bed is brilliant. A very smart piece of furniture and so easy to use. The quality is superb and the men who delivered it were brilliant. Thanks.

Posted 1 month ago

Gaye Blain

Great service and great quality product. Would highly recommend.

Posted 1 month ago

Duncan Field

We liked both their innovative designs and the space-saving we've already benefitted from. We have a table and an ottoman bed. The bed in particular was very easy to customise with the features we'd need.

Posted 1 month ago

Colin Read

My Max double bed with Lines headboard, plus the Luxury 1500 mattress were delivered 11months ago, so I have had many very comfortable nights on them. The whole process of looking at beds at the showroom, reviewing material samples posted to me, ordering what I wanted, and then delivery and speedy assembly, was really painless and easy. The amount of storage is quite amazing, and has made such a difference to the available space in my apartment. The only problem I have had is that the M&S flat double sheets that I bought are slightly too small because of the thickness of the mattress, and I will order the next size up in future. My son stayed at my house for a couple of nights, and I let him sleep in the bed while I used the spare bed, and he loved the comfort so much that I've promised to buy him a furl bed when he gets married next year. The furl beds are well worth the price to guarantee many years of comfortable sleep, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Posted 2 months ago

Demetri Goritsas

We love the storage bed that was put together for us. FURL was so helpful with explaining all the options and keeping us posted with the bed being assembled and delivered. Even at one point when it appeared there might be complications getting the mattress through our narrow door frames and hallways, a quick call to FURL and they were able to sort out the problem. Definitely recommend them and their furniture.

Posted 2 months ago

Tom Sams

Great quality -- fab storage space and, most importantly, VERY comfortable. On-time delivery with helpful installation team. All around a great experience!

Posted 2 months ago

Ranwa Sarkis

We bought a storage bed from furl 5 years ago and loved it so much that we bought another one for the guest room this year. The beds are nice quality, look good, and provide some much needed storage space.

Posted 3 months ago

Nicky Plant

We were immediately pleased with the sofa bed, it was exactly as described. The mechanism is efficient and easy to use. The mattress (pocket spring) is comfortable. The delivery guys were polite, friendly and helpful. A very good experience all around.

Posted 3 months ago

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