The Ottoman Bed Buying Guide

Ottoman beds are a highly popular type of storage bed as they offer the most storage space out of any bed base. They differ from divan beds, which offer drawers as storage, with ottomans, the whole mattress base lifts to reveal the space underneath.

If you’re looking for a discreet storage solution in your bedroom to keep it clutter-free, an ottoman bed is an ideal choice. In this guide, we will explore how ottoman beds work as well as what to consider when selecting the right ottoman bed for you.

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What is an Ottoman Bed?

Ottoman beds are a renowned type of storage bed base. Although they appear to look like a normal bed, ottomans provide a hollow space underneath the bed allowing you to store many of your belongings. This space is accessible by simply lifting one end of the mattress. Because of the gas-lift hydraulic mechanism system that’s built in place, ottoman beds can be positioned against a wall, in an alcove or even between other bedroom furniture.

How does a gas lift ottoman bed work?

Ottoman beds feature two gas-lift hydraulics that act as hinges that allow the mattress to pivot into the air at a forty-five-degree angle. Similarly to how a car boot works, this mechanism allows you to lift the mattress with ease to access the storage space underneath. Ottoman beds are ideal for anyone at any age, however, they’re especially great for those with limited movement or back pain as there’s no need to lift anything heavy or bend down to pull out a drawer.

The benefits of an ottoman bed


Most storage space

Due to offering the whole bed base as space, ottomans offer the most storage out of all bed types.


Ease of access

Due to the gas lift mechanism, your storage space can be accessed without any strains or lifting.


Soft surfaces

Ottomans are often available in materials like faux leather, fabric and velvet, ensuring a plush sleeping surface.

Which Ottoman Bed is Best for Me?

There are two main considerations when it comes to this type of bed. First and foremost, how much storage you’re after and whether you’re on a budget.

The Best Ottoman Beds for Storage

The storage space underneath an ottoman bed will vary depending on what size bed frame you select. The bigger the bed, the better storage space. However always be sure to see what will fit in the space you have available.

Bedroom Measuring Guide

For those in smaller homes that want to maximise space, the storage within an ottoman can allow you to get away with less furniture. Opt for an ottoman that offers plenty of space without taking up too much room. Doubles or small double ottomans are perfect for this.

It’s also important to consider where your ottoman opens, the front or the side of the bed base. Side ottoman beds are ideal for compact spaces where the foot of the bed lines up with the wall.

The Best Ottoman Beds for Budget

Budget is also an important consideration. The cost of an ottoman bed will depend on a variety of factors, such as what material the bed frame is made from and the size bed you have selected. In general, fabric and faux leather options will be cheaper than velvet bases, so look for these options while shopping. We are proud to offer a range of ottoman beds to suit all budgets.

Ottoman Bed Storage Ideas

Ottoman beds offer a lot of freedom when it comes to storage space and are perfect for hiding various bits and bobs. If you like an organised space, consider storing these items in your ottoman to save room elsewhere.


Out of season

An ottoman is ideal for storing vacuum packed bags of clothing you’re not wearing at the moment.


Spare bedding
& throws

Ottomans with their large hollow storage space are perfect for storing bedding, towels, pillows or and blankets.


Shoes &

Rather than storing your shoes on an unsightly shoe rack, why not store them out of sight underneath the mattress.

Mattresses for an Ottoman Bed

Ottoman beds can be paired with any mattresses, as long as they’re the same size. Find the best mattress to accompany your new ottoman with our comfort guide.

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