Ottoman beds have been around for a while (centuries, actually) and – it’s fair to say – they’re having a moment as one of the latest furniture must-haves. While modern ottoman beds are infinitely more stylish than their 18th-century counterparts, their defining feature remains the same. Namely, they have a whole lot of storage.
Look around: are you surrounded by ~stuff~ that you can’t seem to find a home for? We get it, there’s so much to consider when making your bedroom feel like a sanctuary. Whether it’s finding the perfect duvet cover or trialling silk pillowcases, we’ve never been so spoilt for choice when it comes to interiors. Still, that can mean we end up getting ever-so-slightly overwhelmed when it comes to finding a space for everything (and no, that chair you keep all your dirty clothes on is not a sustainable storage solution).
Of course, there are plenty of innovative storage options out there. But the great thing about ottoman beds – as you may have gathered – is that they provide acres of extra space, which you can literally sleep on.
If you’re ready to upgrade your bedroom with an ottoman bed frame, we’ve got the lowdown on what you need to know about the latest furniture trend, including the GLAMOUR team’s round-up of the very best ottoman beds on offer.
What is an ottoman bed frame?
In short, an ottoman bed uses gas-lift hydraulics to lift the base of the bed (mattress and all) to reveal an enormous built-in storage space.
What does gas-lift hydraulics mean? I hear you cry. Well, it’s basically the same mechanism used for car boots: to open most car boots, all you need to do is pull a handle, which triggers the boot to lift up at a slow, steady pace. Likewise, for most ottoman beds, releasing the safety straps will trigger the upward motion of the mechanism, causing the mattress to lift up and revealing all that lovely extra space.
There tend to be two types of ottoman beds, which differ based on how you can access the hidden storage space. There are those that lift from the side and those that lift from the foot of the bed – it’s recommended to think about where in your room you will position your ottoman bed before buying. For example, if the foot of your bed is directly against a wall, it would probably be sensible to opt for a side-lift ottoman bed.
Are ottoman beds a good idea?
There are several main benefits of opting for an ottoman bed. Yes, there’s the hidden storage space (the average ottoman bed can store four times more than a divan bed), which will be a lifesaver. But the gas-hydraulic mechanisms mean you’re also going to be less likely to injure yourself when accessing your storage. The days of balancing tenuously on a step-ladder while rooting around in a pitch-black loft are over, finito.
What’s more, ottoman beds are just so damn chic – not to mention available in a range of aesthetics, from millennial pink to minimalist retro. It’s honestly no wonder all our favourite interiors influencers have incorporated ottoman beds into their designs (and Insta posts).
The price point of an ottoman bed will vary on a number of things: where you choose to buy from, which size you opt for, and delivery costs. For most ottoman beds, you can expect to pay upwards of £400, which may seem hefty at first glance, but just remember: we spend at least 50% of our lives in bed. If that’s not worth investing in, we don’t know what is.
Are ottoman beds easy to lift?
First things first: if you’re using the ottoman bed correctly, you should never have to lift the weight of your mattress. The exception, of course, is when you’re putting the mattress on for the first time.
For day-to-day use, the gas hydraulics of the ottoman bed will slowly raise the mattress to reveal the storage space for you. They also slow the mattress down when you’re closing the mechanism, preventing any sudden movements (and injured fingers).
Most ottoman beds hold the mattress in place with a sprung slat bed base or a non-slip top, meaning you don’t need to worry about lifting the mattress every time you want to access your storage. Pretty convenient, if you ask us.
How much weight can an ottoman bed hold?
It’s mega-important to ensure you go for a good-quality ottoman bed (even if it’s more on the expensive side). It’s simply not worth buying a cheaper option if it means it’s going to collapse within a week and – more importantly – it can be dangerous.
Before buying, always research the maximum weight of the bed (if it doesn’t say, that’s a major red flag) and consider whether it will be enough to hold you and your mattress.
You may also want to take into account other considerations, such as whether you intend to share the bed with a partner (or a dog). And if you’ve got little ones who love to play ‘bouncy castle’ on your bed, we’d recommend going for the highest weight allowance.
Best ottoman beds at a glance:
After more sleep content? We’ve got you covered. Once you’ve decided on a bed frame, whether it’s rattan bed frames or a low platform bed frame, it’s time to choose the best mattress, followed by the chicest weighted blankets, mattress toppers, and duvets. Ready to accessorize? This way for pillows (anti-allergy and cooling options available), silk bedding and silk pillowcases. Add some pillow spray for the final flourish.