A guide to space saving beds
Last updated: October 2023
A versatile space saving option for your guest room, home office or small bedroom, day beds feature dual functionality with a comfy seating area by day and a cosy bed come night-time. Not only that, but many of them come with an optional pull-out trundle that converts from a single to a double bed, perfect for guests or sleepovers.
Storage beds, as the name suggests, are built with compartments for you to store items under the bed or via drawers inside it. Storage beds aren’t any smaller than other beds, but they do create less clutter around the room with their storage options.
Having a bed frame with storage frees up lots of extra space in your wardrobes, cupboards and shelves elsewhere in your bedroom. It’s also the perfect spot to store seasonal items, like extra blankets, coats and warm clothes when the summer comes around, and vice versa. If you’re looking for more storage to save space in your bedroom see our Storage Beds Buying Guide for more information.
One of the best storage solutions for small bedrooms, ottoman beds are known and loved for the extra utility they offer a room without sacrificing style. Simply lift the lid on which the mattress sits to access a bed-sized box to tuck away any items. This offers slightly more storage space than a divan bed base, so if clutter is your problem, opt for an ottoman bed frame. These are available as a single bed with storage or a double bed with storage, depending on your available room. For more information please see our storage beds page.
If you’d like something a little more static than a guest bed, a divan bed base may be an option for you. As a double or single space saver bed, these beds with storage bases come with built in drawers. There are usually two, or even four, easily accessible drawers.
This is significantly better than a wooden or metal bed frame which only offers under bed storage. With a divan bed base you can store any clutter within your bed frame, making your bedroom appear and feel more spacious.
There are many types of guest beds for as many different situations, rooms and homes, which can make choosing which one is right for your needs a little tricky. Spending the time to consider if you want a fixed guest bed, a storage bed that can also serve as an occasional sleeping space, or something that needs to be put away when not in use before making the purchase is always a good idea. One of the main benefits to consider is their space saving utility as they can be moved out of the way when not in use.
Just like sofa beds they can double up as a piece of furniture, but guest beds can also be used as a normal bed. If you decide that a guest bed is what you need, have a look at our Guest Bed Buying Guide for more information. You can shop the full guest beds range here.
As a simple sofa during the day and a comfortable bed at night, sofa beds are the most useful space saving bed for adults and children. Their flexibility makes them great for more people, and they are very accommodating overall. So, if you regularly have multiple guests around this may be the best solution for you.
Air beds are another space saving guest bed, which, similarly to the folding bed, can be stored away when not in use. These beds simply inflate with air to offer a soft and cosy night’s rest. Deflating and storing airbeds is also very easy and can double your floor space in seconds.
Kids’ space saving beds
Children’s bedrooms are often hard to keep tidy as our little ones have so much to pack into such a small space. Plus, there may be some things you want to keep in their rooms that they may not use all the time, and there’s no other place to put them. If this is you as a parent, don’t despair - there are now some fantastic and ingenious ways to make the most of the limited space in the kids’ rooms.
Take a peek at our Kids’ Space Saving Beds Guide for information about how bunk beds, cabin beds, desk beds, high sleepers and mid sleepers and our kids’ beds page where you can find the answer to your space saving needs.
This range can be ideal for small bedrooms as well as guest rooms and children’s bedrooms. If you have a small bedroom and want other ways to maximise space, check out our Inspire Me post about how to make a small bedroom look bigger.
Want some more inspiration? Here’s more information on how space saving beds can really transform a room.