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Furl Storage Beds Buyers Guide

Choosing the right storage bed isn’t here. Let us help you; here’s Furl’s storage beds buyers guide.

How to choose the right storage bed?

Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture you’ll ever buy. It needs to look lovely, be right for the room and ⏤ perhaps above all ⏤ be comfortable to provide a great night’s sleep every night.

Storage beds are a great way of really maximizing the use of space. But sadly, they’re not all built the same. So here are a few things to consider when choosing your storage bed.

Furl Storage Beds Buyers Guide

We hope this storage beds buyers guide will help you pick the right storage bed.

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How big are Furl Storage Beds?

Check carefully the size of the bed frame itself. We think of beds as coming in standard sizes, but this often refers to the size of the mattresses. Many ottoman beds, also known as storage beds, have large frames to accommodate the mechanism needed to lift them, so the footprint is far larger than it needs to be.

Storage beds are meant to give you more room, not take it away.

We solved this problem by ensuring the frame doesn’t take space away. Our storage beds save space, making them ideal for smaller bedrooms. Most other storage beds are 165×210 cm for king size. Our King-size bed is 154 x 204; that’s a pretty huge space-saving, and it gives you storage, too.

How easy is it to get to the storage underneath a storage bed?

The storage area may be big, but how easy is it to get to the things kept at the back? Some storage beds don’t raise the mattress very high leaving you to reach into a narrow, dark space.

Look for a storage bed where the mattress lifts high and is fully supported when it’s open. If your storage bed needs to be against a wall or in an alcove, why not consider one with a side-opening mechanism?

Furl storage beds all come with side, end, and electronic (remote control) opening mechanisms.

How sturdy is the base and storage area?

A storage bed might come with loads of storage (Furl storage beds all come with loads of storage!) but will it be strong enough to take everything you want it to? Some storage beds have thin, unsupported bases, which will bend and bow when loaded. Or the space can be divided into two so it’s nothing like as usable.

The best storage beds are those with a strong, supported base. Consider also how the frame is supported when it’s closed, beware of corner blocks that don’t support the frame on all sides, this can cause the frame to bend out of shape.

Can you get the colour & size of storage bed you want?

Some storage bed brands only offer beds in two sizes and with just one storage depth. Others – particularly where the beds are made in the UK – have a full range, a choice of depths, and can make a bed in any size you need.

Many manufacturers make storage beds in bi-cast leather and only one colour option. But is that really what you want? There are beautiful fabrics and real leathers out there in hundreds of colours. If you’re buying online though remember that not all screens show colours accurately, so always ask for a real sample before you buy.

With Furl, you can pick from 100s of colours, fabrics, and even woods, and if you want your own fabric, we can custom-make any storage bed in any size according to your fabric of choice.

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Will it get up the stairs and into your bedroom?

Bedrooms are often upstairs and the access can be extremely tight. A bed that is supplied ready-made or in only one or two large pieces simply may not fit in. Consider too that if the bed is delivered by a courier they are unlikely to help you get it to its final position.

Do you have to assemble the bed yourself self or is a time-saving home assembly service offered? A new bed should last you many years. So check if it’s easy to take apart and put back together if you expect to move at any point.

Thankfully, Furl ensures everything we make will fit into almost any space (including tight stairways) and we build storage beds for you upon delivery.

What about headboards and accessories?

Many storage beds are supplied with an integrated headboard, which you may not want. Others can be made with or without – and a headboard can even be added at a later date. There may also be a choice of feet – castors are great if you need to move the bed around for example.

With Furl, you can have a storage bed with or without a headboard, and with any other accessories you want too (including a safe underneath and castor feet).

What if there are problems with our new storage bed?

Storage beds should be designed to be used every day and made to last many years. But very occasionally there can be a problem and your new storage bed should be guaranteed against manufacturing defects.

Consider too how and where it was made. For example, it’s much simpler to repair something that has been bolted rather than welded together. Likewise, parts are going to be more difficult to obtain for something made in China compared to something made here in the UK.

With Furl, you’ve got none of these worries: Every storage bed comes with a no-quibble refund guarantee, a 5-year warranty (2 years for fabrics) and we will always send out any spare parts you need if anything goes wrong.

Storage beds. Furl MIRAGE storage bed
Storage beds. Furl MIRAGE storage bed

Why do some storage beds cost more than others?

Furl storage beds may look similar to others on the market, but they are far from underneath! The quality of the materials and workmanship varies hugely. Beds made in China are often mass-produced to a cost, whereas others produced here are carefully handmade with enormous attention to detail.

If you choose an independent British company the chances are you’ll be carefully guided through the buying process and the after-sales care will be good too. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. There’s lots to think about. But get it right and it will be money very well spent, Furl storage beds truly do offer the best possible way to increase the storage in your home, and give you the best night’s sleep every night.

Furl storage bed with suitcases: All of them fit!
Furl storage bed with suitcases: All of them fit!

Why Buy Furl’s storage beds? 

  • Furl’s storage beds are designed for storage; they maximise every cm of available space under the bed. We hope this storage beds buyers guide will help you pick the right storage bed.
  • Double the storage capacity of most other brands. We can even custom-make them for smaller spaces or maxamise storage for even larger beds.
  • Storage can also come with a lockable safe and even lockable under-bed storage, making them perfect for keeping precious items safe, or if you’re an Airbnb host.
  • Our storage beds save space, making them ideal for smaller bedrooms. Most other storage beds are 165×210 cm for king size. Our King-size bed is 154 x 204; that’s a pretty huge space-saving, and it gives you storage, too.
  • Wood slats offer superior comfort and support for you and your mattress.
  • Mattresses and pillows to give you the best night’s sleep every night!
  • Furl’s storage beds and every other storage bed we make lifts higher than other beds. Lifting higher means better access to the storage area inside, especially at the back of the bed. Side, end, and electronic opening mechanisms are available.
  • Designed to NOT look like a storage bed (most are bulky and ugly). Stunning designs that offer loads of storage, and a great night’s sleep!
  • Headboards are optional. Even fabric is optional. You can have a storage bed delivered naked and then pick fabrics later.
  • We go above and beyond with delivery and installation. It’s one of the reasons for our 1300+ 4.9/5 star reviews. We deliver and install storage beds in your room – removing all the stress from worrying if it’s going to fit or how to build it. We take care of everything, including packaging and even recycling your old furniture.

Come and see Furl’s storage beds at any of our 3 London showrooms, and check out our range of storage beds online.