The best single beds for solo sleepers

Compact and cosy, single beds make themselves useful in kids’ rooms, small homes and guest bedrooms, whether they’re packed with clever storage or simply sleek and sophisticated

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Whether you’re looking for a more grown-up option for a newly tweenaged or teenaged member of your household, designing a kid's room, or treating yourself to an elegant new sleeping spot, single beds might come in just one size, but there are still a lot of varieties to choose from. We’ve rounded up the best single beds from across some of our favourite retailers to help you find that perfect haven for your particular needs.

How to buy a bed online

While buying a bed online can feel a little risky, there’s so much information out there these days that so long as you keep an eye on the relevant specifications, it can be simpler than you think. First and foremost, and perhaps most obviously, make sure you have enough space. We don’t just mean widthwise and lengthwise – the standard single bed size is 3 feet wide by 6 feet 3 inches long, although some do vary slightly – but in terms of how far they sit away from the wall. A thicker headboard can mean the bed protrudes further into the room than you might comfortably have space for, so one that sits tight to the wall might be a better solution for small bedrooms.

Bed frame or divan base?

When it comes to buying a single bed, you have the choice between a bed frame and a divan base, and both have their individual considerations. Single bed frames come with one of two types of slats, namely static or solid slats, which remain as they are and as such are more supportive for those who need it, and sprung slats, which bend in response to weight being put on them and return to form when you disembark from dreamworld. Divans are a solid, legless platform that sits flush to the floor, and many include storage in the form of drawers or a lift-up platform that reveals a hollow base, making them a good space-saving solution for small rooms, especially those without a wardrobe or cupboard.

Of course, to an extent, any bed is only as good as the mattress you use with it. Take a look at our list of the best mattresses to find your perfect pairing. And, for the perfect finish, here are some great bedsheets for children's rooms.

Warm-toned pewter-finish bed frame with spindles

1. Laura Ashley Hastings Pewter Bed Frame

A delicate-looking yet practical piece of Victoriana for whimsical and period rooms

Best for: Style
Dimensions: W128cm x H96cm x D205cm
Material: Metal
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Colour: Pewter
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely details + Suitable for period properties 
Reasons to avoid
- Frame only suggested for children over 14 

Perfect for traditional style bedrooms, this gorgeous Victorian-style bed frame from Laura Ashley is, quite literally, such stuff as dreams are made on. It has a stately period feel thanks to an abundance of charming details like turned elements, dinky seashell motifs and four proper, considerable posts with sweeping curved rails, while the pewter-coloured finish keeps things light. The openwork design is a great alternative to a solid bed frame for smaller rooms, too, as it opens up the space and gives the illusion of more. Ideal for a dreamy bedroom, this beautifully designed bed is our number one pick. 

Taupe-coloured deep divan base with mattress

2. MiBed Adjustable 3 Newquay Bed

Ultimate adjustability for avid readers and those who need a little help getting up

Best for: Support and comfort
Dimensions: W90cm x H63.5cm x D200cm
Material: Wool, silk, cashgora, wood, fabric
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Colour: Taupe
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustable in five places + Comes with mattress 
Reasons to avoid
- Thick base but no storage 

This thick-bottomed single divan and mattress set offers more than just a supportive sleeping surface, it also conceals an adjustable base, making this is a superb choice for buyers with mobility problems, or those who just want a little bit of extra-luxurious comfort. You also won’t have to worry about what kind of mattress will go with it, as it all comes included, complete with pocket springs and layers of luxurious wool, silk and cashgora for natural temperature regulation. Plus, the five-way adjustability – courtesy of easy-to-read remote control – means you can bend yourself into all manner of shapes whether sleeping or kicking back. Bliss. 

White-painted panelled bed frame with under-bed storage drawers

3. Adorable Tots New Hampton Grooved Bed

A bed that looks good and encourages kids to tidy? Sounds good to us

Best for: Kids
Dimensions: W204cm x H112cm x D105.4cm
Material: Wood
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Colour: White, cream, blue, pink or grey
Reasons to buy
+ Sturdy and durable wooden frame + In-base storage drawers 
Reasons to avoid
- Not all kids love white (but other colours are available) 

This cute kids’ bed might be called New Hampton, but its looks are pure Cape Cod. Its all-white finish and grooved effect head and footboard look clean and fresh, and while a colour that seems to actively invite stains might not be the first thing you think of for a tot’s room, House of Fraser assures that the hand-painted finish is extra durable to guard against knocks and more. Perfect for small bedrooms, it has two under-bed storage drawers are especially useful for little ones to stow toys, games, or whatever they like in.

Deep divan in grey upholstery with under-bed drawers and bronze-toned wheels

4. Sealy Solo Luxury Divan Set

A small but sturdy divan from the big name in bed-making

Best for: Divan set
Dimensions: W90cm x H61cm x D190cm
Material: Wood, fabric
Built-in headboard?: Optional
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Comes with mattress + Attractive quilted fabric base 
Reasons to avoid
- Headboard isn’t the most exciting 

This bed might be small in stature, but it doesn’t compromise on a deep night’s sleep thanks to its combination of sturdy divan base and medium-firm pocket sprung ‘Posturepedic’ mattress, both of which conspire to offer even weight distribution and supreme comfort. The fabric upholstered base is a nice touch, with its tactile quilted effect meaning it can be shown off if you prefer not to go the valance route, and its two under-bed drawers providing much-needed hidden storage for smaller rooms. The headboard is optional too, meaning you can tailor the look of the bed to suit your space. Love this idea? See more storage beds.

Single divan storage bed in grey, with mattress, single pull tab and silver caster wheels

5. John Lewis Maxi Store Divan Storage Bed

Maxi storage that doesn’t go small on style either

Best for: Storage
Dimensions: W90cm x H40cm x D190cm
Material: Pine, viscose, cotton, polyester
Built-in headboard?: No
Colour: Grey
Reasons to buy
+ Entirety of base is storage space + Simple, modern design 
Reasons to avoid
- No headboard included 

This single storage bed is just the thing for small spaces in need of bedroom storage, as it not only occupies a teensy footprint, it works hard for the space it does take up. A perfect guest room bed, the top of the base lifts to reveal a deep well of storage ideal for stowing away extra bedding, towels, or whatever else your overnight guests might need. That deep base, while ample, looks smart and minimal thanks to its on-trend grey colour, unfussy design and simple pull tab, which allows the base to be lifted easily and safely to access the goodies underneath.

Copper-toned single bed frame with spindled headboard

6. Alana Copper Single Bed

Contemporary copper meets Mid-century styling in this gorgeous single bed frame

Best for: Style on a budget
Dimensions: W98cm x H100cm x D208cm
Material: Metal
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Colour: Copper
Reasons to buy
+ On-trend design + Makes a statement without taking up space 
Reasons to avoid
- A little stark 

Designers’ love affair with Mid-century modern design strikes again, this time in the form of this simple yet elegant copper bed frame, with sleek tapered spindles and feet for a look that’s at once retro and bang up to date. Its sprung slats are all set to provide responsive support to fidgety sleepers, and It’s also great value, so it’s no tragedy if your teen decides they suddenly prefer all-black everything (in which case it would make a gorgeous addition to the guest room). Inexpensive yet stylish, this is the ideal combination for anyone looking to move into their first unfurnished flat.

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