The Benefits of Divan Beds

Posted by Sarah Harris - Head of Design and Development on 23rd Mar 2022

The Benefits of Divan Beds

Divan bed bases are a popular choice for bedrooms given that they boast so many different benefits.

Discover the benefits of divan bases and why this type of bed could be the ideal option for your bedroom.

Why choose a divan base rather than a frame?

There are many reasons why you may want to opt for a divan rather than a bed frame:

You can buy divan beds with storage

There are so many different options available when buying a divan bed with storage from Bensons for Beds:

  • For maximum drawer space, go for a four-drawer divan with the four standard drawer sizes available. This type of divan bed with storage is perfect if you have space to spare at either side of your bed.
  • If you’ve bedside cabinets, you can still enjoy the benefits of storage - simply opt to have two drawers either side at the foot of the divan bed base. You can even go for what we call the 2+2 drawer combination, which allows you to have two larger drawers at the foot of the bed and two smaller drawers near the head. The smaller drawers are positioned further down the head of the bed so having a divan bed with storage doesn’t interfere with your bedside tables.
  • A single bed with storage is ideal for keeping your child’s bits and bobs tidied away. Again, there are assorted storage options to choose from, making it easy to select a single divan bed with storage that suits your family’s needs.
  • Another fantastic choice of bed with storage is the ottoman bed. This can be a full front or side opening ottoman for maximum storage, or a half ottoman with just the foot of the bed providing storage.

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Silentnight Sleep Healthy Eco 2000 Divan Bed Set

Divan beds are easy to assemble

Should you need a bed that requires minimal assembly, a divan bed is a great choice.

A traditional double, king size, or super king divan bed base comprises just two parts. Assembly is very simple as all you need to do is link the two parts of the divan base with the clips provided.

How low can you go?

One of the many great things about divan beds is that you have the option to change the height. Depending on whether you use glides, legs, or castors, you can set the height of your divan bed for your own comfort.

For example, if you love nothing more than cuddling up with your favourite four-legged friend, make sure they can hop on your bed easily by keeping your divan bed low on castors or glides.

If the last thing you want is your hyperactive doggo disturbing your sleep, keep them deterred by placing your divan bed base on legs to raise the height.

A lower divan bed may also assist those who have difficulty getting onto higher beds or with certain mobility needs. Mattresses can differ in depth dramatically, and so it’s helpful to be able to adjust the height of your divan bed accordingly depending on the depth of your mattress.

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So many style options with a divan bed

In the 1960’s and 70’s divan beds were designed to match the mattress. Divan sets were available in all kinds of weird and wonderful styles. Many people would use valances to disguise the divan base if the particular style didn’t suit their tastes. In fact, divan beds still use the same standard depth measurements needed to incorporate a valance, despite the decline of this particular bed accessory.

Vintage bedroom with retro divan and mattress

A vintage divan bed set as displayed in the Myers catalogue

A vintage revamp for divan beds

Although mattresses may no longer be designed to match the divan base, there is a definite trend towards the return of colourful divan bases.

Divan beds have come a long way since they were first created, and now there is a wide range of colours and fabrics available. Gone are the days of garish fabrics, and now you can choose from assorted upholstery-grade fabrics, which are resilient and robust materials in a variety of textures and colours. You can enjoy choosing from materials such as wool-effect and leather-effect fabrics, as well as plush velvet, and tweed materials.

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Head over heels for headboards on divans

Of course, there are many beautiful styles of bed frames available, but another benefit of a divan bed is that you can change the style of the bed simply by changing the headboard. This is perfect for those that like to change decor often or if you just want to update your current headboard or bed to meet the current trends.

Swapping headboards is made even easier by the fact that all headboard fittings are universal.

It’s not only assorted colours that are available, headboards also come in all different kinds of wonderful designs.

To learn more on the benefits of headboards, check out our dedicated "What are the benefits of a headboard?" blog post.

Headboard sizes

Just as divan beds are available in different sizes, so are headboards. At Bensons for Beds we provide beautiful headboards for small single beds, single beds, small double beds, double beds, king size beds, and super king size beds. In other words, we have all the sizes you need to choose a headboard for your divan bed.

A headboard can set the style of your room and is easily attached to your divan bed base.

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Winged headboards for divan bases

Nestled among our beautiful Staples & Co Collection, discover the Belgravia headboard, which is available in 22 different colours and an assortment of textures. Winged headboards provide the most contemporary of style statements and add more than a touch of sophistication to a divan bed base. This headboard design can be used with divan base storage options, but it’s important to note that they aren’t compatible with divan beds that have four full size drawers.

Staples Belgravia Buttoned Headboard

Classic headboards with a twist

Team your divan bed base with a classically stylish headboard to add flare to your bedroom. The assorted designs available mean you can choose one to suit your own personal style and taste. Whether you prefer the chic simplicity of the Sandford Headboard, or the more ornate design of the Staples & Co Belgravia buttoned full length headboard.

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Help choosing your new divan bed

Now you’ve discovered the benefits of divan beds, browse our collection to select the perfect bed base and mattress for you. And, so that we can cater to all your shopping preferences you can browse our divan beds both online, and at your local Bensons for Beds store.

Should you need a little help deciding which divan bed or divan bed set is for you, contact our helpful customer services team today. You can contact us online or order directly via ‘phone, by calling 0808 144 6160.

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Sarah Harris
Head of design and development
Sarah has worked at Bensons for Beds for 16 years. As Head of Design & Development, Sarah uses her wealth of experience in design to ensure that Bensons for Beds' products use the latest innovation in technologies to deliver maximum quality products that really help customers' everyday sleep issues.
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