Ottoman beds provide great lift-up storage, so key to them working well is the mechanism. Ours are gas powered so the mattress lifts smoothly with minimal effort. It then stays open too until you’re ready for it to close. Again this is all very simple and controlled — there’ll never be a problem with it crashing down and taking you with it or trapping your fingers. The mechanism on a high-quality storage bed will also raise the mattress to above head height so even everything at the back is easy to get to.
Another way to judge whether or not an ottoman bed is well made is to look inside the storage base. Does it have a base to keep your prescious possessions off the floor and away from dust? And if it’s wooden is the base supported in the middle? If it isn’t not only will it sag and eventually break, but everything inside will shift towards the middle.
When it comes to how an ottoman bed looks, the quality of the fabric or leather is vital, as is the way it’s upholstered. Quality fabrics will be hard wearing with a lovely, even finish (we offer a free sample service through our Fabrics page for our customers so you can see and feel the quality for yourself). The upholstery and stitching should be smooth with no wrinkles or obvious stretching.
Obviously an ottoman bed needs to be practical for sleeping as well as storage. Therefore the base that supports the mattress must be strong and well made. Ours have high quality individual beech slats to ensure the weight is evenly distributed. The mattress is very important too of course. It should be high quality and thick and carefully chosen to suit you. Furl® offers a range – have a look on the Mattresses page.
Any company selling quality ottoman beds will be more than happy for you to see and try before you buy. There is nothing like trying something for yourself and examining it in details to determine the quality. We encourage you to visit us at our workshops in Nottingham, simply Contact Us first to make an appointment.
Quality runs deeper than just the ottoman bed. You’ll also want to know that if there’s a problem it will be quickly dealt with without any fuss or drama. We will do exactly that – through our Furl five year guarantee. For us great customer service is important too… So, if you have any questions, get in touch. We’re happy to talk.