8 of the best double beds 2018

Whether space is on the small side or you’re a single sleeper with a tendency to starfish, we’re here to clue you in to the best double beds to give your bedroom a super stylish edge

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Finding the right bed frame in your bedroom is important. Whether you’re a traditionalist looking for a bed with a beautiful wooden slatted or spindle headboard or a fabric aficionado lusting after the right combination of colour and texture, choosing the right double bed frame can be a fine art, especially when you’re trying to blend it in with your existing decor. 

Sitting slap-bang in between a single bed and a king-sized bed, a double bed is the ideal solution for single sleepers craving for more room and couples who don’t quite have the space for anything bigger. There’s often a lot more choice when it comes to choosing a frame for double beds, with its W135 x L190 mattress sizing giving designers more scope to come up with something extra special. 

Double bed frames come in various different shapes; with footed and unfooted bases, solid or slatted headboards and open, solid or sleigh styles being the most common stylistic variations. 

Those who want their bed to be a dramatic centerpiece may want to take a look at our top pick, which features a dark wood finish and sleigh-like design, while those who sleep in bedrooms with limited light may want to go for an open bed with a slatted headboard like our Laura Ashley pick, as they allow for natural light flow and give the illusion of more space. Those who are desperate for more bedroom storage space may want to consider a bed with storage

We’ve scoured our favourite retailers to bring you the best double beds. Featuring a range of products from the likes of John Lewis, unique items from Made and faithfuls from Furniture Village, you can rely on our list for inspiration, and sleep easy knowing that choosing your next double bed is sorted. 

Dark wood sleigh bed with scrolled edges from Willis and Gambier

1. Willis and Gambier Antoinette Bed Frame

A majestic sleigh-style bed for a grand statement

Specifications
Best for: Grand statement
Dimensions: H110cmxW148cmxD215cm
Material: Solid Hevea Wood with Prima Vera Veneers
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Dark wood
Reasons to buy
+ Statement sleigh bed with rustic French design + Matching furniture is available 
Reasons to avoid
- Could be dark and too imposing for some rooms 

Made from solid dark Hevea wood, this is the frame you need if you are looking for a your bed to take centre stage. With details including a scrolled headboard and footboard, rich beading detailing and bracket feet, this French-inspired bed is fit for Le Roi himself. Those looking to completely redecorate will be pleased to learn that there’s a range of matching furniture, however due to its solid sleigh style design and dark wood finish, those with dark rooms may find this bed frame (and its matching furniture) too opposing. 

Solid oak bed with under-bed storage drawers and slatted headboard

2. John Lewis Montreal Storage Bed

A solid wood bed with handy storage features

Specifications
Best for: Storage solution
Dimensions: H100cmxW147.2cmxD202cm
Material: Oak and oak veneers
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Oak
Reasons to buy
+ 2 drawers for additional storage space + Solid oak frame 
Reasons to avoid
- 2 drawers don’t make full use of the under cavity 

Oak is a people pleaser. Being medium in colour, it’s suitable for rooms that may not receive as much natural light as others, and it’s durable so it’s well worth spending that bit extra on it over pine. This oak and oak veneer bed frame is solid without being imposing, and features a slatted headboard for natural flow of light. With 2 drawers either side of the bed, you have somewhere out of the way to store content from overflowing cupboards. This bed, too, pairs with a range of matching furniture, so giving your bedroom a refresh has never been easier.  

Pale grey distressed wood bed with detailing on headboard

3. Willis and Gambier Camille Bed Frame

Another statement piece from French inspired favourites Willis and Gambier

Specifications
Best for: Elegant and decorative
Dimensions: H120cmxW159cmxD210cm
Material: Oak and oak veneers
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Silver
Reasons to buy
+ Traditional and elegant + Antique finish 
Reasons to avoid
- Only available silver stained 

Subtly decorative, this French inspired bed features plenty of elegant detail to give your room a traditional edge. With a silver, slimline silver oak wooden frame, this bed is decorative without being intrusive, and thanks to the colouring of the wood, it’ll help to create the illusion of light – great if your bedroom doesn’t receive much natural sunlight. The upholstered headboard provides a comfortable surface on which to lean back while reading a book, and with a range of matching furniture available, creating your ideal bedroom should be straightforward.  

Copper-finish metal bed frame with spindled headboard

4. Alana Copper Bed Frame

This on-trend copper bed blends traditional with modern for a stylish failsafe

Specifications
Best for: Minimalist
Dimensions: H110cmxW143cmxD206cm
Material: Metal
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Copper
Reasons to buy
+ Simple yet elegant + On-trend colour 
Reasons to avoid
- No support on headrest 

Simple yet elegant, this double bed frame is certainly an all-rounder. It’s appearance is very traditional, yet it plays with angles and shapes to give it a completely modern twist. This frame itself is very minimalist, and with its light, reflective copper colouring, should give the illusion of more space and light. The only downside to this bed frame is the metal headrest, which will require strategic positioning of pillows to provide any level of comfort.  

Pale grey slubby-finish upholstered sleigh bed with natural wood feet

5. West Elm Upholstered Sleigh Bed

This light, elegant sleigh bed is a great alternative to our first pick

Specifications
Best for: Modern sleigh bed
Dimensions: H115cmxW145cmxD233cm
Material: Solid wood and linen weave
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Bulky yet elegant + Comfortable headboard 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps for larger rooms 

If you like the idea of a sleigh bed, but don’t believe you have the space, you can still create the illusion of your room being light and airy by investing in the right style of furniture. While it retains the bulky character of a sleigh bed, it’s light grey exterior and subtle lines make it feel far less intrusive, making it the perfect pick if you’re set on a sleigh style double bed for your smaller bedroom. Featuring a supportive, comfortable headrest, this sleigh bed is also ideal for the avid bedtime reader.   

Bed frame with warm-toned pewter finish and spindled headboard and footboard

6. Laura Ashley Hastings Pewter Double Bed Frame

A traditional Victorian-style metal bed frame for a classic look

Specifications
Best for: Traditional metal
Dimensions: H115cmxW146cmxD205cm
Material: Metal
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Gold
Reasons to buy
+ Elegant and stylish + Creates the illusion of light and space 
Reasons to avoid
- Metal will collect dust 

If you like the idea of a metal bed frame but you drift more towards traditional style, this Victorian inspired number may be more to your taste. With subtle ornate detailing and a slim, elegant frame, this Victorian-style bed frame creates the illusion of more light and space, which makes it a great choice for darker bedrooms or tighter spaces. With its slimline style, metallic gold colouring, sweeping top frame and shell design detail, this beautiful bed frame retains many classic features that would make it a pleasing addition to any bedroom.  

Upholstered sleigh bed with button-detail headboard and scrolled-end footboard in dark grey

7. Aurora Bed Frame

A luxurious- looking sleigh bed for those with opulent taste

Specifications
Best for: Opulence
Dimensions: H121cmxW150cmxD260cm
Material: Wood and soft velvet
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Dark grey
Reasons to buy
+ Lavish detailing + Great value 
Reasons to avoid
- Fabric could fade in sunlight 

Opulence doesn’t have to be in the form of a dark wood sleigh bed. If you prefer the idea of an upholstered bed frame, this dark grey, velvet number from Furniture Village could be a great alternative. As a statement piece with a deeply button headboard and footboard with vertical fluting, this bed frame needs to take centre stage, with larger rooms benefiting from its luxurious appearance. Featuring well-sprung slats, Furniture Village promise that this bed will provide you with a comfortable night’s sleep -so for under a thousand pounds, you can’t really go wrong.  

Solid oak bed frame with spindled headboard

8. Ercol Teramo Bed Frame

Combining solid oak with subtle detailing, this high quality bed emanates quality

Specifications
Best for: Quality
Dimensions: H110cmxW150cmxD204cm
Material: Solid pale oak
Built in headboard: Yes
Colour: Oak
Reasons to buy
+ Shaped spindle detailing + Matched grain and colour 
Reasons to avoid
- Spindle headboard rather than slats may not be as comfortable 

While it’s easy for a wooden bed frame to adopt a straight laced, regimented appearance, this number from Ercol has been given plenty of character and charm to make it a great addition to any bedroom. Made from quality light oak with matching grains and textures, this bed emanates quality and superior design. Part of the charm is its shapely spindle headboard, although some people may find they prefer slats rather over thinner bars. There’s also a range of matching furniture to give your room a Scandi-esque appearance.