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What is a Divan Bed

Are you seeking a comfortable, stylish and functional bed? Dive into this guide to discover the ins and outs of the divan bed, its unique features and how to make the most of it in your bedroom.

What is a divan bed base?

A divan bed base isn’t merely a base—it embodies craftsmanship, functionality and luxury. But what exactly constitutes a divan bed? At its core, a luxury divan bed from Winston’s Beds is a two-part ensemble. The lower part, the bed base, is a robust foundation crafted meticulously from premier British solid wood. This ensures longevity and a stable platform for your mattress.

Internally, the base is a marvel. It boasts premium pocket springs, which provide an even distribution of weight and enhance overall comfort. But it doesn’t stop there. The divan bed is a testament to nature’s finest with its plush fillings of coir, British fleece wool and cotton. These natural fibres, consciously chosen to exclude foam, offer a breathable, hypoallergenic and luxurious feel, ensuring every night is a restful retreat.

On the outside, the divan bed frame exudes elegance. Wrapped in the finest fabrics, it presents a sleek appearance that seamlessly blends with any bedroom decor. The feet, crafted from either wood or refined metal, add a touch of sophistication and provide elevation for ease of cleaning.

Functionality is at the heart of the divan bed design. With urban living spaces becoming increasingly compact, storage solutions are essential. Recognising this, many divan bed bases at Winston’s Beds come equipped with spacious drawers, offering a practical solution for storing bedding, clothing, or other essentials without compromising on space.

The cherry on top? The divan bed is the epitome of adaptability. Designed to accommodate any mattress of the right size, it ensures you don’t compromise on comfort. Whether you prefer a firm, medium, or soft mattress, the divan base is your perfect partner, promising a harmonious blend of support and relaxation.

In the world of beds, the divan stands out. It’s not just a bed; it’s an experience. With its blend of luxury, durability and practicality, the divan bed from Winston’s Beds promises to elevate your sleep and style quotient. So, why wait? Explore our range of luxury beds. It’s time to sleep in luxury.

What are the different types of divan bed bases?

When it comes to choosing a bed base, the sheer variety can be overwhelming. But understanding the different types of divan bed bases can help ensure a good night’s sleep. The right base not only enhances the mattress’s performance but also ensures optimal comfort and support.

At Winston’s, our high and low divans exclusively feature sprung edges, simply because we settle for nothing less than perfection.

Platform Top Divan Base

A platform top divan base, made from a wooden frame topped with a solid panel, offers a straightforward and budget-friendly option.


  • Cost-effective
  • Quick delivery due to speedy production
  • Robust construction ensures durability


  • Lacks the cushioning of sprung bases
  • Potentially less longevity than premium bases
  • Offers a firmer feel, which might not suit everyone
  • Limited adaptability to mattress movement
  • May not provide optimal ventilation for the mattress
  • Reduced shock absorption can lead to quicker mattress wear

Sprung Edge Divan Base

For those leaning towards a more cushioned foundation, the sprung edge divan base is a worthy contender. This design features a spring unit embedded atop the base, ensuring even the firmest mattresses have a softer undertone.

The construction of these bases sees springs providing flexibility across the entirety of the base. However, the sagging risk arises predominantly at the edges.

Why? Sprung divan bases have their springs layered atop a hardwood base. In contrast, a firm edge sprung divan base positions these springs within the wooden frame, offering more edge support. Curious about the mechanics behind this? Delve into our detailed article explaining the intricacies of a sprung divan base.


  • Delivers a plush comfort due to integrated springs
  • Extends the life of your mattress by evenly distributing weigh
  • Moulds to the sleeper’s shape for a tailored sleep experience


  • Might be too yielding for those preferring a firmer feel
  • Generally comes with a higher price tag compared to platform top bases
  • Necessitates periodic rotation to prevent uneven wear
  • Over extended use, springs may lose their resilience
  • Consistent firmness across the base may not be guaranteed
  • The spring design may reduce available storage space
  • The edges can exhibit sagging due to the springs’ placement on the hardwood base

Firm Edge Sprung Divan Base

For those with a discerning taste in sleep comfort, the firm edge sprung divan base emerges as the top choice. This design stands out with its unique construction: while it integrates springs for cushioning, its edges boast enhanced firmness. This blend ensures a harmonious mix of plushness and sturdiness, making it a superior alternative to the conventional sprung edge.


  • Achieves an optimal balance in comfort, ensuring it’s neither too plush nor too rigid
  • Guarantees uniform support throughout the base, preventing uneven dips
  • Prolongs the life of your mattress by minimising stress points
  • Versatile design suitable for various mattress preferences
  • Incorporates design features that promote better airflow, leading to a refreshing sleep environment
  • Constructed using premium-grade materials, ensuring lasting quality
  • Allows customers to choose from a range of spring firmness options – soft, medium, firm, or extra firm – to tailor the bed base to individual comfort needs


  • The only drawback? Its premium nature means a higher price tag. But for unparalleled comfort and quality, it’s an investment worth making.

Ready to transform your sleep experience? Discover the ideal luxurious divan bed frame and divan bed with storage options tailored to your needs at Winston’s. Dive into luxury today!

Choosing the right divan bed base for you

When it comes to choosing a bed, the divan bed frame stands out for its versatility and practicality. But is a divan bed the right choice for you? Let’s delve into the benefits and potential drawbacks of these popular bed bases.

Benefits of Divan Beds

Storage Solutions

  • One of the defining features of a divan bed is the built-in storage. Whether it’s drawers or an ottoman-style lift-up, a high divan bed with storage offers a handy solution for tidying away bedding, clothes, or other items, keeping your bedroom neat and organised.


  • Modern divan bed bases come in a plethora of designs, from various colours and fabrics to a range of headboards and footboards. You’re not just buying a bed; you’re selecting a piece of furniture that complements your room’s aesthetics.

Simple Assembly

  • No need for a toolbox or hours of puzzling over instructions. Divan beds typically split into two parts, making them straightforward to set up. And if you’re unsure, we’ve got a guide further down to help.

Enhanced Comfort

  • The sprung divan bed base offers additional support to your mattress, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. Unlike foam bases, ours are crafted using natural fibres like wool, cotton and coir, promising durability and comfort.

Considerations before purchasing a divan bed

Cleaning Challenges

  • Given their close proximity to the floor, divan beds can pose a slight challenge when vacuuming underneath. Thankfully, many divan bed bases are equipped with castors, making it easier to shift the bed and clean beneath.

Price Point

  • Quality comes at a price. Divan beds, with their luxurious features such as fabric upholstery, customisable headboards, support springs and storage options, might carry a heftier price tag compared to standard bed frames.

Ready to Make a Choice?

  • Are you convinced that a divan bed is the perfect addition to your bedroom? Or perhaps you’re still weighing your options? Whatever your decision, ensure you pick a bed that aligns with your needs and complements your space.

If a divan bed frame seems like the right fit, explore our range and find the perfect match for you. Remember, a good night’s sleep begins with the right bed base!

Divan bed storage options

Are you considering a divan bed for its blend of style and functionality? One of the primary benefits of choosing a divan bed frame is the array of divan bed with storage options it offers. Before delving into the specifics, let’s clarify: why is storage in a bed so sought after?

Having storage incorporated into your bed base can be a game-changer, especially if you’re pressed for space. It’s discreet, accessible and helps in keeping the room clutter-free.

Divan Bed with Storage Options

  • 1 Drawer (Left) – Ideal for solo users; an easy-access drawer on the left side
  • 1 Drawer (Right) – Perfect for those who prefer the right side; offers quick storage access
  • 2 Large Drawers (Left) – Double the space on the left for those bulkier items
  • 2 Large Drawers (Right) – Right-side users get ample space with two sizable drawers
  • 1 Large Drawer 1 Small Drawer (Left) – A mix of space; larger items go in the big drawer, while the smaller one can house knick-knacks
  • 1 Large Drawer 1 Small Drawer (Right) – Same mix, but tailored for right-side users
  • 2 Large Drawers (Footside) – Positioned at the bed’s foot, it’s great for items you don’t use daily
  • 2 Large 2 Small Drawers – A balance of big and small drawers, offering a versatile storage solution
  • 4 Large Drawers – Maximum storage for those with more to store; keep everything from blankets to books

Considering a divan bed for its sleek design and storage solutions? The divan bed frame isn’t just about comfort; it’s about maximising your bedroom’s functionality. But how do you decide between drawer and ottoman storage? Let’s break it down.

Which storage suits your needs?

The right divan bed base can transform your sleeping experience and bedroom organisation. Whether you lean towards drawer or ottoman storage, our collection offers a sprung divan bed base tailored to your needs. Make sure to maintain space and style; explore our range of luxry beds and find the perfect fit for your room.

Drawer Storage

  • If you have items you reach for frequently, drawer storage in your divan bed base is the way to go. With easy pull-out mechanisms, these drawers are perfect for everyday essentials, be it clothes, toys, or books. Their accessibility ensures you don’t have to move around too much to get what you need.

Ottoman Storage

  • Need space for bulkier items? The ottoman storage in a divan bed with storage is your answer. It’s the ideal spot for storing larger items, like out-of-season clothing or bedding. While you can open it whenever you wish, the design primarily caters to items you don’t need on a daily basis.

How to assemble a divan bed

While we proudly offer a complimentary assembly service for all our divan beds, we understand that some customers may prefer to set it up themselves. If you’ve chosen to forgo our expert assembly, no worries! Here are the straightforward instructions to guide you through the process.

Step-by-Step Divan Bed Assembly

  1. Preparation: Upon arrival, your divan bed will come in two base sections (or a single piece if you’ve opted for a single size). If you’ve chosen a headboard, that will be included too.
  2. Attach the Legs: Flip the base sections upside-down. Flat legs will come already attached. For added durability during transit, we usually avoid attaching castors or legs taller than 5cm.
  3. Position and Secure: Once the legs are in place, turn the bases right-side up. Align and fasten them securely using the provided locking clips on each side.

While you’re excited to set up your new bed, handle it carefully. Any damages to the base during self-assembly could impact the bed’s guarantee. Additionally, proper assembly ensures your mattress sits correctly, offering you optimal comfort.

How do I put a headboard on a divan bed?

Divan bed bases are designed to easily accommodate headboards, giving your bed that finished, polished look. Here’s a concise step-by-step guide to help you.

  1. Locate the Bolts: At the headend of your divan bed base, you’ll find pre-attached headboard bolts.
  2. Adjust the Bolts: Gently unscrew these bolts to create a gap of approximately 1.5 inches.
  3. Fit the Headboard: Carefully position and slide your headboard onto these extended bolts.

During the process, ensure you handle both the bed and headboard gently to prevent any damage, especially to the fabric.

Why choose Winston’s beds for your divan bed base?

At Winston’s Beds, we pride ourselves on delivering unparalleled quality, especially when it comes to our divan bed bases. Wondering what sets us apart? Here’s a breakdown of the exceptional features we offer, often unmatched at our competitive price point.

British Wood Frame

  • Our divan bases are constructed from solid British wood, ensuring durability and a premium feel.

Luxurious Support

  • Each base boasts a firm sprung edge, enhanced with luxury pocket springs for that added touch of opulence and comfort.

Natural and Premium Fillings

  • We don’t compromise on materials. Inside our bases, you’ll find natural fibres like horsehair, coir, British fleece wool, and cotton, ensuring a comfortable and eco-friendly bed base.

Piped Finish

  • Gone are the days of unsightly visible staples. Our divan bases come with a piped finish – a refined technique where the edges of the fabric are folded and sewn, giving a clean, polished appearance.

Quality Underneath

  • Instead of the standard black fabric found in many divan bases, we use natural hessian beneath our beds, adding an extra layer of quality and aesthetics.

Unbeatable Warranty

  • We stand by the craftsmanship of our products. That’s why we offer a 30-year guarantee on both our shallow and high divans, giving you peace of mind for decades to come.

Seeking a bed that offers both comfort and a modern aesthetic? Divan beds present a prime choice, combining plush support with integrated storage solutions. For any guidance or queries, we’re just a phone call away. Reach out to us at 0161 250 9200, and our team will be delighted to assist you in making the right choice for your bedroom.

Published: 31st October 2023 (Updated: 31st October 2023) | Isaah

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