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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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462 Reviews

Anonymous

It has taken a couple of months to get round to writing this review, but the Furl "Play" is the most comfortable sofa bed we have ever slept on. It's easy to open, close and move around and is comfortable to sit on. The small double is big enough for 2 but the standard double would give more room. However, as we have limited space we didn't have room for a standard double. The website measurements are exact - we have less than an inch to spare on length and the bed fits perfectly when opened out. The men who came to fit it were very efficient and helpful.

Posted 2 days ago

Muriel

I wanted to share how pleased I am with my bed and with my ottoman, they look beautiful and are very comfortable. In fact the bed has become the centrepiece of my bedroom and I finally had a good night sleep after months of sleeping with a mattress on the floor. I also want to say the team that came to do the installation were fantastic, efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. So I am one happy customer!

Posted 6 days ago

Rhoda Brown

The quality of the sofabed I bought is excellent. It is beautiful, the mechanism is easy to operate and the bed is extremely comfortable. The delivery went very smoothly. Not a cheap option but well worth it.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Karen Rotchford

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

Posted 1 month ago

Renaud POLLIOT

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 1 month ago

Georgie

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 1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

Diana Downing

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

Posted 1 month 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 1 month ago

Amanda Angel

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

Posted 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

emma lancaster

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

Posted 1 month ago

Tony Burke

Excellent quality. Completely satisfied. Highly recommended.

Posted 1 month 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 1 month ago

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