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What is a divan bed?

A divan is a type of bed base primarily made of wood and fabric. They are generally simple in style, making them a good pick for most bedroom schemes. Typically, a divan will have a solid or platform base, but there are sprung-base divans as well. Some divans also have built-in storage, which is discreetly hidden away in the base.

Benefits of having a divan bed

All-in-one sleep solution

With many divan beds, the base, mattress and headboard are offered as a package. This saves you the trouble of having to buy each item separately. However, if you already own a mattress, there are lots of base-only divans to choose from.

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Bed base storage

One of the main advantages of having a divan bed is the storage options they provide. Unlike regular bed frames, divans can be built with drawers on one side, both sides or at the foot. Some types of divan beds also have ottoman bases. With these beds, the mattress flips up to reveal storage underneath.

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Other divan bed features

Space-savvy shape

Divan beds tend to work best in bedrooms where space is limited. This is because the base of the divan is only ever as wide and as long as the mattress it holds. So, unlike bulky bed frames, you can position them anywhere you like.

Fabric choice

Whether you’re searching for a classic look or something more distinctive, there are divans that will fit nicely. They can be upholstered in a range of fabrics and colours to match new or existing décor themes. And, if you want to be imaginative, you can attach a headboard as well.

Mattress choice

When choosing a divan bed, you’ll need to consider the type of mattress to go with it. There are a number of different mattress options you can opt for, from memory foam to pocket sprung, and from soft to firm.

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Range of bed sizes

Popular amongst many homeowners, divan beds are often preferred to wooden or metal-style bed frames. They are available in all standard bed sizes, from single through to super king.

Easy to assemble

Assembling a divan bed takes little effort. Usually, the base section is made up of 2 halves which lock together with clips. Once the base is in place, the feet can be added, then the mattress.

Divan base valances

What is a valance sheet?

Valance sheets give divan beds a more finished look. They fit under the mattress and cover the base of the bed with an almost floor length skirt. Often, these sheets have pleats, ruffles or split corners to add interest to the bed. Fitted valances are also available. These go over the top of the mattress and double as a fitted sheet.

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