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The Best Divan Beds in the UK – Our Top 6 Pick

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Written by Alex Petrović

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5 February 2024 4 min read

If you're looking for a new bed, a solid divan bed base paired with the appropriate mattress is sure to put all of your worries to bed! So, let's find the best divan beds (and divan bed sets) in the UK!

Divan bed bases are simple yet effective. They commonly have storage space options, from drawers to an ottoman divan bed, a simple yet elegant design, and the option of a headboard. The bed frame itself usually sticks pretty close to the ground and can come in an array of different upholstery options.

So, we're going to highlight the best divan beds we could find and the bundles they're usually sold in. In other words, the perfect combination of a divan bed frame and a mattress that you can get for cheaper than if you bought them separately.

And later on, we'll cover some of the general information you'll need when searching for the perfect bed frame or bed set. With all of that out of the way, let's highlight some of our favourites!

Our picks for the best divan beds

Do note that some of these divan beds come with a mattress included and some don't. Generally, getting a bed set will lower the overall price and make your life a lot easier, as the bed frame and mattress were literally created to be the perfect combination. Nevertheless, we will also feature a few divan bed frames that don't include a mattress. Just keep these things in mind, especially when it comes to the price.
    Bed Frames 1
    Product image of the The Emma Divan Bed
    The Emma Divan Bed
    Best Overall
    Bed Frames 2
    Product image of the Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed
    Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed
    Best Value
    Bed Frames 3
    Product image of the Staples and Co Artisan Deluxe Divan Bed
    Staples and Co Artisan Deluxe Divan Bed
    Best for Side Sleepers
    Bed Frames 4
    Product image of the The Nectar Grand Divan Bed
    The Nectar Grand Divan Bed
    Best Luxury
    Bed Frames 5
    Product image of the Maypole Ortho Backcare Divan Bed Set
    Maypole Ortho Backcare Divan Bed Set
    Best for Back Pain
    Bed Frames 6
    Product image of the Natural Comfort Adjustable Divan Bed
    Natural Comfort Adjustable Divan Bed
    Best Adjustable

Best Overall: The Emma Divan Bed

For our number one pick, we've decided to go with the Emma Divan Bed, as it has something for everyone!
Best Overall
Product image of the The Emma Divan Bed

The Emma Divan Bed base keeps things rather simple and elegant. You can choose between beige or dark grey upholstery and you can even get an upholstered headboard included – although it does come at an extra cost.

The divan bed is made from Scandinavian softwood, which both works well with the overall colour palette and ensures the bed frame will stay in good shape for a few years. And as far as Emma is concerned, it's guaranteed to last for at least 2 years! Plus, you get a 200-night trial (or 30 days if you go for the drawer divan option).

As far as storage options are concerned, Emma is offering two or four storage drawers. They're easy to assemble but they do also hike up the price a bit.

Lastly, we have to point out that Emma does offer quite a few fantastic divan bed bundles.

So, if you also need a new mattress, check out our review of the Emma Sleep bundles right here.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Double, King, Super King
  • Build material: Scandinavian softwood
  • Upholstery material: Polyester
  • Drawers: None/2/4
  • Mattress included: Sold separately or in a bundle
  • Headboard included: Costs extra

Advantages

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You have options
You can get just the divan bed base or a bundle, with no drawers or up to four.
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Easy to assemble
You won't need any extra tools to assemble the divan bed.
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Decent trial period
You don't always get a trial when buying a divan bed.

Disadvantages

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No ottoman bed option
This means you can't get the maximum storage space.
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A bit pricey
If you don't care about quality too much, you can get an entire bed for this price.
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No single size
Those looking for single divan beds will be disappointed.

Best Value: Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed

Offering both a high-quality divan base and a pocket-sprung mattress for a very reasonable price, the Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed easily wins our best-value category.
Best Value
Product image of the Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed

The first thing we want to point out about the Comfort Pocket 1400 Ortho Divan Bed is how many options you get. Sure, you get the standard choice between a few colours and sizes. But when it comes to the storage compartment, this divan bed is unbeatable.

It offers both drawers and an ottoman-style opening. On top of that, it also offers a half-ottoman approach. So, when it comes to extra storage, this divan bed can get the job done in quite a few ways.

On top of that, the bed frame itself is quite sturdy, with a whopping 5-year warranty and a 60-night trial. So, as far as bed brands go, Silentnight is standing out when it comes to coverage.

Lastly, the mattress itself is a pocket-sprung, firm mattress that's sure to delight stomach sleepers, back sleepers, and even slightly heavier side sleepers. However, if you do want a medium-feel mattress, you can just get a memory foam mattress topper to put on top.

The only major downside is that the headboard comes with a high extra cost. So, if the best divan bed in your head has a headboard, the best value title goes out the window in this case. Also, we found it difficult to find any information about the actual divan bed frame.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
  • Build material: Wood
  • Upholstery material: N/A
  • Drawers: None/2/4/Ottoman/Half-Ottoman
  • Mattress included: Yes
  • Headboard included: Sold separately

Advantages

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Great value
Considering you get a high-quality mattress, the price is more than reasonable.
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Plenty of storage options
7 different storage options or no storage at all.
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Good warranty and trial
You get a 5-year warranty and a 60-night trial.

Disadvantages

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Not for everyone
Lighter side sleepers will need a softer mattress or a mattress topper.
An icon depicting a money bag indicating an expensive product
Expensive headboard
If you want a headboard, it will cost a pretty penny.

Best for Side Sleepers: Staples and Co Artisan Deluxe Divan Bed

If you're a side sleeper and suffer from back pain, this divan set might be the answer to all your problems!
Best for Side Sleepers
Product image of the Staples and Co Artisan Deluxe Divan Bed

It's no secret that side sleepers rule the bedding world (at around 75%). So, we've found a divan bed that's going to make a lot of people happy!

Side sleepers generally need a softer mattress, which is why we chose the lowest firmness option. This will ensure that your hip and shoulder can properly sink into the mattress and keep your spine healthy. However, if you're a combination sleeper or are of a bigger frame, you can easily switch to a medium-firm mattress with a single click!

Plus, with a whopping 4000 pocket springs, you can rest easy knowing that every part of your body is getting the support it needs. And the combination of wool, cotton, and hemp is going to stop any overheating incidents from happening.

The divan base is also made out of sturdy timber, meaning that it's going to stick around for quite a while. And given how you're getting a 10-year guarantee, this is a lot more than an empty promise.

However, we will note that while there are plenty of colour options, you can only choose between two drawers or an ottoman storage system. So, if you're looking for four pull-out drawers, this bed frame isn't ideal.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Double, King, Super King
  • Build material: Timber
  • Upholstery material: N/A
  • Drawers: 2/Ottoman
  • Mattress included: Yes
  • Headboard included: Sold separately

Advantages

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Very soft
The soft comfort rating is ideal for lighter side sleepers.
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Pocket springs
The mattress features 4000 high-quality pocket springs.
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Amazing warranty
You get a 10-year guarantee.

Disadvantages

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Not many storage options
You can choose between two drawers or an ottoman.
An icon depicting a money bag indicating an expensive product
A bit pricey
This isn't the most budget-friendly option.

Best Luxury: The Nectar Grand Divan Bed

If your bedroom space is missing a luxurious and elegant centrepiece, this bed base is for you!
Best Luxury
Product image of the The Nectar Grand Divan Bed

The Nectar Grand Divan Bed stands out in a few ways. For one, it not only has a luxurious headboard but also a foot end, which is quite rare. And aside from just looking snazzy, this will make sure that your mattress will stay in place regardless of how much you toss and turn at night.

But having a matching headboard and foot end also hikes up the price quite a bit.

However, the bed frame is also really well-built. It has an anti-entrapment mechanism if you decide to go for the ottoman storage. And the deep drawers can handle up to 12kg thanks to the metal runners. So, if you plan to stash something heavier than a pillow or duvet, this is a huge plus.

The drawers also come pre-fitted, meaning that assembly is as easy as it gets. And if you do decide to get a mattress to go along with the divan bed base, you'll be in for quite a nice surprise. Not only does Nectar offer some of the best mattresses on the market, the Nectar Hybrid being our favourite, but you also get them at a 20% discounted price.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Double, King, Super King
  • Build material: Timber
  • Upholstery material: N/A
  • Drawers: 2/4/Ottoman Side
  • Mattress included: No
  • Headboard included: Yes

Advantages

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Great design
The headboard and foot end look very elegant.
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Can handle a lot of weight
The drawers can handle up to 12kg.
mechanism-pro
Easy assembly
The drawers are pre-fitted.

Disadvantages

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Not too many storage options
There are only 3 storage options.
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Shorter warranty than expected
While the mattresses have a lifetime warranty, the bed base only has a 1-year warranty.

Best for Back Pain: Maypole Ortho Backcare Divan Bed Set

While it's often overlooked, a good bed base is also helpful when it comes to dealing with back pain. And when you also have an extra firm mattress, your back-aching days should be behind you!
Best for Back Pain
Product image of the Maypole Ortho Backcare Divan Bed Set

Given how this divan set has the word backcare in the title, you shouldn't be surprised to learn that it's ideal for those suffering from back pain. The mattress is hand-tufted, with extra edge support, and 1000 pocket springs to keep your spine in line.

The mattress is also two-sided, with different materials on each side. This means that you can sleep on the cooling side during the summer and the warmer, cosy side during the winter.

The divan base is also quite sturdy, with a 5-year warranty to back it up. It also features castors that make moving the entire bed a lot easier. It also gives you plenty of options, being one of the few divan beds with a Single size, as well as a few drawer options.

Lastly, the entire divan set is quite affordable. And since it also caters to a lot of people, it's a very safe pick.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Single, Double, King, Super King
  • Build material: Wood
  • Upholstery material: N/A
  • Drawers: 2/4/Frontal Ottoman
  • Mattress included: Yes
  • Headboard included: No

Advantages

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Lots of options
The divan bed comes in 5 sizes and with 4 storage options.
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Affordable
The entire bed set is cheaper than some divan beds.
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Great for back pain
The extra firm mattress is bound to help stomach and back sleepers with back pain.

Disadvantages

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Not for everyone
Lighter side sleepers might need a softer mattress.

Best Adjustable: Natural Comfort Adjustable Divan Bed

If you're looking for an adjustable divan base and mattress, this is the perfect pick for you!
Best Adjustable
Product image of the Natural Comfort Adjustable Divan Bed

If you're looking for a mattress to help with back pain, an adjustable bed might be perfect. After all, you can fine-tune the exact angle at which you sleep, alleviating pressure on your back and joints. And as far as divan bases are concerned, the Natural Comfort Adjustable Divan Bed is among the best.

For one, the mattress is not only adjustable but rather luxurious as well. It utilises memory foam, pocket springs, and natural materials like silk to create the perfect sleeping experience. And let us tell you, finding a solid adjustable hybrid mattress is a lot tougher than you'd think!

And the divan base is also no pushover! With the longer warranty we've had so far, at 20 years, it's obvious this bed was made to last. You can also choose to have integrated drawers and you get a nifty handheld device to change the angle at which you sleep!

Plus, it has one of the more rare bed sizes, a Small Single, which could be perfect for those with limited space. With that being said, this bed doesn't come in a Double size, which is a bummer.

KEY FEATURES:
  • Size: Small Single, Single, King, Super King
  • Build material: Wood
  • Upholstery material: N/A
  • Drawers: None/2/4
  • Mattress included: Yes
  • Headboard included: Added cost

Advantages

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High-quality materials
The mattress is a hybrid and uses natural materials like silk.
Back-support-pro
Great for back pain
Having an adjustable bed can help with back pain quite a bit.
An icon depicting a medal indicating a warranty
Amazing warranty
With a 20-year warranty, you don't have to worry about the bed's durability.

Disadvantages

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Expensive
An adjustable divan bed is always going to be more expensive than a regular divan base.
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No Double size
You have to either get a Single or smaller or a King or bigger.

What to consider when buying the best divan beds

Now that we've gone over our favourite divan beds, let's talk about what makes some divan beds better than others. After all, if you're buying a full divan set, the price can be quite high. So, you want to make sure that you're getting the best deal possible.

After all, what's the point of getting divan storage beds if you don't need extra storage? Or a divan with a headboard if you don't like how it looks? And how can you ensure that your divan bed fits your sleeping style? After all, these aren't hotel beds – you're stuck with them for a decade or so.

We'll get into all of this and more!

What's included and what's paid extra?

If you've looked at any of the divan beds we've featured so far, you might have noticed that the price can be a bit deceptive. And that's because features such as hidden storage, the number of drawers, and the headboard are almost always not included.

So, the price can balloon by 50% or more once you have all of these features selected!

Likewise, just because there's a mattress in the picture, doesn't always mean the mattress is included in the price. So, make sure to carefully read the product description and see what exactly you're getting.

What kind of bed do you need?

Depending on your sleeping position and your weight, different bed bases and mattresses will be more or less comfortable. For example, a mattress for a front sleeper is going to be a lot firmer than a mattress for a side sleeper.

And if you're of a larger build, you'll need a firmer mattress than someone who's of a smaller build. This all has to do with how our body sinks into the mattress and handles the pressure of our weight. And yes, a bad mattress can cause back pain.

The same principle applies to the bed frame. Some bed frames are made to have less give so that the mattress can be completely firm. On the other hand, some bed frames have springy slats that make your sleeping surface feel a lot softer.

So, check out the table below and see what type of mattress would be best for you.

An infographic showcasing different mattress firmness levels

Do you need a headboard?

An image of a divan bed with a headboard

Traditionally, divan beds don't come with a headboard. This is because divans tend to lean towards the minimalistic side.

However, as you've probably seen, most divan beds do offer a headboard if you want one. But since it usually costs extra, it's important to make a decision whether you want one.

From a practical standpoint, a headboard doesn't do too much. When it's paired with a footboard, it helps keep your mattress in place. However, since most beds are against a wall, a headboard by itself won't do much.

With that being said, a lot of people like having a headboard for the aesthetic. After all, it makes your bed look a bit more grandiose. And if it's a nice, tufted headboard, it looks quite elegant as well, which is why it's not uncommon to see a luxury divan bed with an equally impressive headboard.

So, if you're an interior designer at heart, it could be worth the extra cost.

Do you need extra storage?

Another staple of divan beds is that they typically offer some sort of storage. This usually comes in the form of extra drawers or an ottoman-style mechanism. And just like the headboard, these will cost extra.

This all boils down to how much storage room you have. If you live in a small flat, having a divan bed with drawers can be a lifesaver! On the other hand, if you have multiple closets already, bed bases with storage space will just be an extra cost with very little gain.

Bonus tip 1: If you want to maximise your storage space, make sure to use vacuum sealed bags to compress your bedding or clothes.

Bonus tip 2: Make sure to look into proper ottoman beds as well, since they usually have a better opening mechanism than an ottoman divan bed.

Conclusion

Whether you're moving into a new house or have had enough of your old rickety bed, getting a proper new divan bed can change your life for the better! While they're usually quite simple by design, most divan bed bases can be customised with added storage and/or a headboard.

And since most divans also feature a mattress that's both perfect for that bed base and offers a discount, getting a full set is also quite an attractive option. But let us know what you think in the comments! And if there's anything we've missed out on when it comes to finding the best divan beds, feel free to get in touch.

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About the author

Alex Petrović
Sleep Consultant
A CPD certified Sleep Consultant with more than 2000 hours of research into all the different ways we can get a great night's sleep. As a former insomniac, I know how difficult life can be without a nightly recovery and I love that I get to share everything I've learned with you all. So hopefully we can all sleep soundly!

Divan Bed FAQs

Lastly, let's go over some of the most common questions people tend to have when it comes to divan beds.

Is a divan bed better for your back?

There is no one bed frame that's meant for dealing with back pain, except for an adjustable bed. Any bed frame can help with your back if you pair it up with an appropriate mattress.

What does a divan bed mean?

A divan bed is typically made of wood with an upholstered cover fabric and it's made to the measurement of the mattress it's used with. It also typically doesn't have a headboard or storage drawers but these features can be added to the divan base in most cases.

What size is a divan bed?

Divan beds usually come in a Double, King, or Super King size. However, you can find a Single or even a Small Single divan bed as well.

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