What is a Divan Bed?

CEO Khai Intela
Divan beds have become a popular choice for many people due to their practicality and customization options. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of divan beds, the different types of divan...

Divan beds have become a popular choice for many people due to their practicality and customization options. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of divan beds, the different types of divan bed bases, the various storage options available, and how to assemble a divan bed. So, let's dive in!

Pros & Cons of Divan Beds

Divan beds offer several advantages over more simplistic bed frames. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of divan beds:


Most divan beds come with built-in storage, such as drawers, making it easy to keep your bedroom clutter-free. You can store items like bedding and clothes, ensuring your space remains organized.

Plenty of Choice

The variety of divan beds available has significantly increased over the years. You now have a wide range of colors, fabrics, headboards, footboards, and storage options to choose from. Customizing your divan bed to suit your needs and decor has never been easier.

Easy to Assemble

Unlike some bed frames that require extensive DIY skills, divan bases typically come in two separate blocks that fit together easily. You don't have to be a DIY expert to assemble them.


Platform-top divan bases can make your mattress feel firmer and more supportive, contributing to a comfortable sleep experience.

While divan beds have many benefits, there are a few cons to consider:

Reduced Under-Bed Space

Although divan beds offer hidden storage, the drawer system does limit the available space compared to simply stuffing items under a bed. However, this can be solved by choosing alternative storage options.

Tricky to Hoover Underneath

Due to their closeness to the floor, vacuuming underneath divan beds can be a bit challenging. However, since many bases are on castors, it is effortless to move the bed to access the floor for cleaning.

May Be More Expensive

Divan beds are considered luxury options, which means they may come with a higher price tag compared to standard bed frames. However, there are divan bases available for any budget, making it possible to find the perfect one without breaking the bank.

Types of Divan Bed Bases

Divans come with different support systems that contribute to overall support and firmness. The two main types of divan bed bases are:

Platform Top Divan Base

A platform top divan base is constructed from a wooden frame with a solid panel top. This type of base offers firm support and a sturdy, solid foundation for your mattress. It is an excellent option if you prefer a firmer feel.

Sprung Divan Base

Made from a built-in spring unit, sprung divan bases offer more flexible and gentle support. They slightly soften the feel of even the firmest mattress, providing a cushioned level of comfort. This type of base is ideal if you prefer a softer feel.

A sprung divan includes springs for more gentle support, whereas a platform top is more solid and supportive Left: Sprung divan base | Right: Platform top divan base

Divan Bed Storage Options

One of the significant advantages of divan beds is the variety of storage options available. Whether you need quick and easy access or prefer to store bulkier items, divan beds have got you covered. Let's explore the different storage options:

Drawer Storage

If you need regular access to your under-bed storage, choosing a divan bed with drawer storage is the way to go. Drawer storage is perfect for keeping items like clothes and toys organized and easily accessible.

The Silentnight Bloomsbury comes with the choice of 2 or 4 drawers.

Ottoman Storage

Ottoman storage is perfect for storing larger items that you don't need to access frequently. It provides ample space for belongings like out-of-season clothes. Ottoman beds are designed to hold bulkier items and keep your bedroom tidy.

The Silentnight Essentials gives you the option of drawers, ottoman storage, or both!

If you can't decide between drawer or ottoman storage, some divan bed models offer both options!

Does My Divan Bed Come with a Mattress?

The decision to purchase a divan bed with or without a mattress is entirely up to you. Most divans are sold without a mattress, giving you the flexibility to choose any mattress that suits your preferences. However, if you prefer the convenience of a divan and mattress set, there are collections available from top brands to choose from. Rest assured that divan bases are specifically designed to enhance the comfort of your mattress.

How to Assemble a Divan Bed

Assembling a divan bed is a straightforward process. Your bed will arrive in two base halves (or one whole piece for single-sized beds) with legs and, sometimes, a headboard. If you have assembly instructions, follow the guide included. If not, you can follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Turn the two base halves upside down and attach the legs.
  2. Flip the bases over and push them together, securing them with the locking clips on either side.
  3. If you've chosen a headboard, attach it using the pre-drilled sockets found at both ends of the bed.
  4. Be careful not to damage the base during assembly to avoid affecting the warranty or the feel of your mattress.

To see how to assemble a divan base, check out the helpful video below:

How to assemble a divan base

Attaching a headboard to a divan bed is a simple process. Just follow these basic steps:

  1. Locate the pre-drilled sockets on the end of the bed, covered by fabric and marked with a sticker.
  2. Create a small hole by piercing the fabric with a screwdriver.
  3. Screw the bolts into the holes, leaving around 3-4cm of the thread exposed.
  4. Slide your headboard onto the exposed thread.
  5. Tighten the bolts to secure the headboard.
  6. To adjust the height, loosen the bolts slightly, move the headboard, and re-tighten.

To see how to attach a full-length headboard to your divan bed, watch the video below:

How to assemble a full-length headboard

Divan Beds: Best Sellers

If you're still unsure which divan bed to choose, we've gathered a list of our best-selling divan beds to provide you with some inspiration. Check them out!

So, whether you're looking for a plush and supportive bed with built-in storage or a customizable option to fit your needs, divan beds offer a wide range of choices. If you need assistance in making your decision, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Sweet dreams!