Finding the right bed isn't just crucial for your home decor, it’s your ticket to sweet dreams, good health and lazy Sundays spent under the duvet with a book and a cuppa.

If you're baffled by bed frames or dumbfounded by divans, you can clear things up with our simple bed buying guide. You’ll find fast facts on all the bedroom furniture you need and a handy bed dimensions guide designed to make sure you get a peaceful night's sleep.

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While each design in our selection has its own aesthetic appeal, there are many different practical considerations to make. Here's a summary of our most popular bed options.


Divan beds are simple, streamlined block shapes without a head or footboard. They come in two or more sections for easy transportation which join together to sit side-by-side on your floor. Each style can be upholstered with your choice of fabric. Choose between extra-soft cushioned springs or firmer padding to support your chosen mattress.

Additionally, divans often come with a variety of different storage solutions, which makes them ideal if space is at a premium. Built-in storage options include a single end drawer, two-drawer or sliding four-drawer set-up, perfect for storing additional bedding.

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Divans typically come in one of three styles:

  • Platform edge: A frame consisting of a solid top and base offers firm support to the mattress placed on top of it.
  • Sprung edge: An open coil sprung layer covers the strong, durable surface. This option provides a softening effect to the mattress placed above.
  • True edge: A pocket spring or open coil that's fully sprung, allowing the mattress and base springs to mould to the body. This style can improve mattress durability.

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Also known as bed frames, these offer a more derative approach thanks to their headboard and footboard. Frames support the mattress with one of two different types of slats: sprung or static. Sprung slats are more responsive, while static slats offer firm support.

Bed frames come in a wide range of styles. The main materials you’ll see are metal, wood and upholstered outers. These all have their benefits, so it's worth making an informed choice.

  • Wooden bed frames have been crafted to give you durability, strength and an attractive finish to suit your bedroom. From natural pine and oak to brightly painted contemporary bedsteads, there are plenty of versatile options to go with your existing decor.
  • Metal bed frames are modern and will fit perfectly into a minimalist bedroom. They generate a sleek look and withhold wear and tear well over time, so make a good long-term choice.
  • Upholstered bed frames come in leather or fabric, and bring textural appeal to a room. Solid bold frames are a punchy block of colour, while button-back styles add warmth and texture.

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Bed dimensions

Your bed and mattress are made to match up identically in size, so there shouldn't be any overlap or gaps where coins and socks can get lost. Consider the size of the room it will inhabit and how much wiggle room you need to sleep comfortably.

Here are the dimensions for each bed size from small single to super king:

  • Small single 75cm x 190cm (2'5" x 6'2")
  • Single 90cm x 190cm (3'0" x 6'2")
  • Small double 120cm x 190cm (4'0" x 6'2")
  • Double 135cm x 190cm (4'5" x 6'2")
  • Kingsize 150cm x 198cm (5'0" x 6'6")
  • Super King 150cm x 198cm (5'0" x 6'6")
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Try before you buy

Shop around and try out various options, making sure you mimic your natural sleeping positions to get the best idea of the right style for you.

Consider the whole package

Your divan or frame should work in conjunction with your mattress, pillows and bedding. The mattress is especially important as it needs to fit on your base, but it’s also worth considering whether your sheets and linen will suit your new bed.

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Take account of the bedroom

While you’re at it, consider whether your new addition will suit the bedroom itself. There’s the size to consider, but also the decor. Perhaps the new bed can be an excuse to redecorate?

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