If you're looking at investing in a new bed, you've probably been doing your research into the different types of bed frames that are out there. One of the most popular bed frames is an ottoman. From how they work to figuring out if they're the right bed for you, we've put together the ultimate guide to answer the question: what is an ottoman bed frame?

What is an ottoman bed frame?

An ottoman is a bed frame that uses a hydraulic system to lift up the top of the bed, revealing ample storage space underneath the mattress. While divan bed frames have drawers in the side of the frame, ottomans provide even more storage by allowing you to use the entire base of the bed frame, meaning there is not an inch of wasted space.

Ottoman frames are wooden beds made from sturdy, high-quality materials and finished with a choice of fabric, so it's easy to find an option to suit the decor of your bedroom. With our bespoke range of built-to-last ottoman beds, you have over 100 finish options to choose from, including premium faux leather, velvet and suede in an array of colours and shades.

How does an ottoman bed frame work?

Ottoman beds use a gas-lift hydraulic system to raise the base up from just below the mattress, making accessing the storage underneath quick and easy. They often come complete with an anti-slip material that ensures your mattress remains securely in place as you raise and lower it. The speed is controlled, so there's no need to worry about it popping up or dropping down too quickly. The frame remains firmly in place once it's up, so you can access your stored goods without worry.

Ottomans are easy to open, but despite the minimal effort, of course, not everyone will be able to easily open them. We also offer ottoman beds with a custom electric lift. Powered with a remote control, these electric lift ottomans make it completely effortless.

Some ottoman frames have a side lift, while others lift from the end, so can work even in the smallest of bedrooms. Just be sure to always pick the best option that suits the layout of your bedroom, for example, those with a sloping attic roof may find a side open ottoman more convenient for the space.

Side Lift Ottoman Base

 Product: Side Lift Ottoman Base in Custom Finish

Advantages of an ottoman bed frame

As the storage space covers the entire base of the bed, ottoman beds offer far more storage than any other bed frame.

Nowadays, new build houses are built to smaller specifications, so you don't always have the luxury of space for bedroom furniture. As you don't have to rely on space for pull out drawers, ottoman beds are an ideal solution for those with small bedrooms that are lacking effective storage solutions.

Store anything under your bed, including spare bedding, seasonal clothes, extra towels or anything you need to keep tucked away. Gone are the days of bursting wardrobes and over-flowing drawers, making your bedroom a clutter-free space of calm.

Are ottoman beds comfortable?

Just like any other bed frame, ottomans are designed with comfort and a good night's sleep in mind. A good quality ottoman will be sturdy and durable, offering comfort for years and years to come. While the frame itself does contribute to your levels of cosiness, to ensure that your ottoman bed meets your ideal level of comfort, you'll need to pick the correct mattress for it. From selecting the right level of firmness to choosing the mattress type that works for you, be sure to do your research. Although an ottoman bed will take any style of mattress, you may want to look at a lighter option for ease of lifting it up and down. Memory foam may be your best bet over a traditional metal spring mattress.

Does an ottoman bed come with a headboard?

Ottoman bed frames do come with a headboard in the fabric that matches the base. Just like other bed frame styles, you can customise the headboard to a design to suit your taste. Choosing a bespoke ottoman bed will enable you to select every single element, from colour and fabric to the headboard height and shape.

What sizes do ottoman beds come in?

Ottoman bed frames come in a variety of sizes, usually meeting the standard UK mattress sizes, starting at a small single and working right the way up to a super king size. This is ideal, as it means you can either pick a new mattress at the same time or select a bed the same size as your existing mattress.

How much do ottoman bed frames cost?

The cost of an ottoman bed frame can vary depending on the size you choose and how many customisable options you wish to add on. It's worth working out exactly what you want from your bed frame before looking at getting a price. While ottomans may not be the cheapest type of bed frame, they are an investment that will last and will save you money from having to purchase extra chests of drawers or countless storage boxes that fill up your space.

When it comes to choosing where to get your ottoman bed frame, look no further than Endurance Beds. With over 13 years of experience in beds, we specialise in bespoke, hand-crafted beds and made to measure mattresses. We are so confident in the quality of the beds we produce at our Norfolk HQ, we provide a 12-year guarantee on our frames. To discover more about our range of ottoman bed frames and our customisable options, feel free to get in touch with our expert team today.

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