May 08, 2019 2 min read

Divan Beds and Bedsteads, What's The Difference?

Divan beds and bedsteads are two distinct and different types of beds. However, many people haven't got a scooby what the actual differences are. After all a bed is just a bed isn't it? Not quite...indeed not all beds are equal. In fact, divan beds and bedsteads have quite a few differences that you need to consider when you are looking to purchase a new bed. Apart from this blog the sleep council is a fantastic place to garner more information about buying a bed.

Divan Beds – The Low Down

A base and a mattress makes up a divan bed. The base usually comes pre constructed in two half's . Essentially each half looks like a box and once in the bedroom of your choice the two halves can be joined together. A wooden frame makes up the base. Fabric then covers the base. Often divan beds come with castors or gliders as feet which allows for easy maneuverability. This means there is no excuse for not hoovering under the bed!

Divan beds used to have a bit of bad reputation in the world of interior design. Indeed divan beds used to be synonymous with valance sheets which have a rather dowdy reputation. However these beds evolved quite dramatically and they are fast becoming a desired item of furniture. Bases are now upholstered in fabric that you want to show off to your friends and family. Indeed there has been a massive surge in the popularity of fabric beds and divan beds fit the bill perfectly.

Furthermore these classic beds often come with multiple storage options. So not only do they look bang on trend but they're uber practical too. You can purchase them with variable draw options or if you really want to maximise on storage space you can invest in an Ottoman bed

These beds are easily customisable as you can attach a wide range of different headboards to suit your taste. To create a new look for your bed you can easily just change the headboard. This a a highly cost effective way of ringing the changes.


Bedsteads – The Low Down

Essentially bedsteads have a headboard and a footboard which are attached to bed side panels. Indeed bedsteads offer a much wider choice in terms of looks and style. Until divan beds got a makeover, bedsteads where the go to choice for those looking to inject style into their bedroom.

Bedsteads come in a vast array of materials from cast iron to wood and aluminium. Another advantage of bedsteads is that they come flat pack which makes for easy manoeuvrability. This can be particularly advantageous if you are trying to get a bed into a tight space such as a loft conversion.

Furthermore bedsteads have a tendency to last a lot longer than a divan bed. So if you like to invest in your furniture then this might be the best option for you. Initially bedsteads cost more.However they last a lot longer. Well made bedsteads can in fact last a lifetime.