What is a Divan Bed [Meaning & Tips]

What is a Divan Bed?

What is a Divan Bed?

A divan bed is a bed consisting of two parts: a divan bed base, which is a strong wooden frame structure covered in fabric, and a matching mattress. Typically mounted on castor wheels and often includes storage in the form of drawers.



Divan Bed Pros

It can be very difficult to decide what type of bed to go for. So many questions, what does divan bed mean? Do you need a bed frame? Or that really pretty sleigh bed you seen on that Instagram influencer’s page? What type of mattress should you choose?

Below we have compiled some of the reasons why we believe you should choose a divan bed:

Support: Solid Platform Top

Divan beds have a hard platform top and are made from a solid timber frame, you can be assured of a very firm and supportive surface for any mattress you choose to pair with it.

Divan Beds Storage Options

Lets be honest, there is no such thing as having too much storage space. Fortunately, with most divan beds, you are able to add storage! (some people even refer to them as storage beds) We believe a divan with drawers is the best storage bed option for the majority of people.

With DFI divans you can up to 4 drawers depending on the bed size. This is perfect for customers who don’t have a lot of space in their rooms meaning even the smallest of bedrooms can benefit from the extra storage space and less clutter. So all those extra shoes or even the extra bed sheets have a new home, safely stored in the divan bed!

Divans are easy to move

Divans are very easy to move because they are much lighter than traditional bases. They are easy to get into your home and up stairs regardless of how tight the space is. DFI divan bases come in two sections in every size except single so you will have no trouble getting even a Super King divan bed into your home and bedroom.

Easy assembly

There is nothing worse than being excited about a new piece of furniture and it come in about 50 different pieces and needs multiple tools to assemble! Fortunately this is not the case with a divan bed. It is as easy as clipping the two divan bases together and placing the mattress on top. No tools required and takes just a few minutes. You will have your bed made up in no time, snuggled up with a glass of wine and the telly on.

Removable Headboards

One of the many benefits of a divan bed is the headboard. It is very easy to attach and detach the headboard to a divan base, which is ideal if you are an ever-changing decorator like myself! It gives you the option to change headboards easily meaning you aren’t stuck with the same headboard. When updating your bedroom décor you can simply buy a new headboard that fits in with the new style or colour theme.

A divan bed won’t break the bank

Unlike metal and wooden frames, a divan bed base is a reasonable and affordable price. All you need is a great mattress on top and you will be surprised how good your bed will look. The issues customers find with wooden and metal frames are the slats impact the mattress and tend to leave it imprinted on the mattress which ends up leading to buying a new mattress a year or two down the line. With divan base because it has the flat surface, it is not only benefiting your new mattress, increasing the beds life span, benefiting your sleep but ALSO benefiting your wallet.

Divan Bed Cons

Divan bases are fairly light but quite bulky. Due to the nature of the bases, which are essentially two wood and fabric boxes, it can be tricky to get them into tight spaces, for example a loft or a turn at the top of a very tight stairway.


Divan Bed FAQs

What is the difference between a divan bed and an ottoman bed?

Divan beds and ottoman beds are similar in the sense that they both come with storage options and are generally available in a wide range of colours, depending on the retailer.

The difference is the format in which the storage is accessed. Divan beds provide storage in the form of 2 to 4 drawers that are built into the base.

Ottoman beds, on the other hand, provide storage that is accessed with the assistance of gas lift struts which allow the mattress to be easily lifted up to access the storage space within the base itself. To find out more about Ottoman Beds visit our What is an Ottoman Bed? guide.

How many storage drawers does a divan bed have?

It depends on the size of the bed, divans usually have either two or four drawers in the base.

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