Guide to Bed Storage


At Naturalmat, we understand the importance of keeping it natural, and since all our beds and bed bases are made by hand to order with nothing sitting in storage gathering dust, this gives you total control over styling your bed with your own fabric, matching what you already have in the room, or fitting in the space you have available.

Choosing a bed can be daunting with many factors to consider. To help you navigate some of the bed industry terminologies we have put a simple guide to bed storage. 

People choose between bed frames (otherwise known as bedsteads) and divan beds for different reasons. Bed frames tend to be chosen because of their aesthetic element and divan beds tend to be chosen because of the versatility of their various functional aspects and ability to customize them to your individual liking as well.

What is a divan bed?

Divan beds are great because they offer an unparalleled level of flexibility to fit the overall styling of your room and are still the most popular amongst our customers. Simply put, divan beds are divan bed bases with a mattress on top. The divan base is constructed from a sturdy wooden base which is encased in fabric. You can select one of our recommended fabrics in our fabric selection when customizing your bed, or opt for our free of charge service of upholstering your bed in the fabric of your choosing.

At Naturalmat, your go-to divan bed base is our Coco Bed Base, which boasts a deep wooden frame and layers of coir fibre and organic lambswool. It is an entirely natural solution - and a great base to build on.

What is an ottoman bed?

The term ottoman first became popular in Europe during the latter part of the 18th Century when this style of furniture made its entrance from the Ottoman Empire. The bed is framed in such a way as to utilise a platform upon which the mattress rests. An ottoman mattress base is a style of base that allows the platform top part, where the mattress sits, to be lifted up, which allows for far greater storage space than any other bed base type. When the mattress is lifted, the storage space underneath is revealed.

At Naturalmat, Ottoman Bed Base, which can be matched with any of our headboards for an entirely bespoke bed, done to your liking. The slatted bed base is fixed to a metal frame on gas struts which allows you to easily raise the whole mattress and access under bed storage.


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