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 simple, sleek and sophisticated

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Whether you’re seeking a grown-up option for teenagers, designing a kid's room, or treating yourself to an elegant new sleeping spot, there are more single bed options on the market than you might expect. 

To make choosing the bed that's right for you as easy as possible, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best single beds from some of our favourite retailers.

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. 

An obvious first step is to make sure you have enough space for your bed. Bare with us, though, as this doesn't just mean widthwise and lengthwise. While the standard single bed measures in at 3 foot wide and 6 foot 3 inches long, don't assume this is the amount of space they'll take up.

A thicker headboard can mean the bed protrudes further into the room than you expected, so take time to ensure that your bed frame fits the space you have in mind for it. 

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; both have their individual considerations. 

Single bed frames come with one of two types of slats: static or solid, which remain as they ate and provide solid support or sprung slats which bend in response to weight being put on them, returning to form when weight is removed. 

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. This makes them a good space-saving solution for small rooms, especially those without a wardrobe or cupboard.

While it's important to think about how your bed will impact your sleep, it's important to remember that, 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.

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

Specifications
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. 

single bed with black frame by john lewis and partners

(Image: © John Lewis & Partners)

2. John Lewis & Partners Franklin Child Compliant Bed Frame

A child-friendly bed that will see them through to their teenage years

Specifications
Best for: Children
Dimensions: W98.5cm x H103cm x D197cm
Material: Powder coated steel
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+ Suitable for children (over the age of four)+ Stylish and sturdy design that will stand the test of time 
Reasons to avoid
- Self-assembly required

With a clean and minimalist finish, the Franklin Bedstead from John Lewis & Partners is a child friendly option that will successfully see your little ones through their childhood. Its strength is definitely in its simplicity, as bedding can be used to reflect tastes and interests as they grow. A suitable distance from the ground, this sturdy bed frame provides plenty of space for under-bed storage.

wooden bed with slats by made.com

(Image: © MADE)

3. MADE Essentials Kano

A sleek and simple design perfect for those with minimalist tastes

Specifications
Best for: Contemporary spaces
Dimensions: W110cm x H24.4cm x D210cm
Material: Wood
Built-in headboard?: No
Colour: Pine
Reasons to buy
+ Sleek, sturdy and durable wooden frame + Under-bed storage potential
Reasons to avoid
- No headboard

If your style is sleek and stripped back, the Made Essentials Kano bed – which has distinct Japanese influences – could be everything you've been looking for. Its sturdy pine base provides the perfect base for a fuss-free sleep set-up, though there is understated significance in its simple design. For those with a taste for all things Scandi and simple-silhouettes, it doesn't get more straightforward than this stylish bed frame. 

cream day bed by dunelm

(Image: © Dunelm)

4. Versailles Day Bed

A bed-come-sofa that's perfect for the guest room

Specifications
Best for: Guest rooms
Dimensions: W100cm x H115cm x D203cm
Material: Metal
Built-in headboard?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Doubles up as a stylish sofa+ Classic design that's perfect for a guest bedroom
Reasons to avoid
- Some have suggested their model arrived scratched 

If you're looking for a single bed that suits the needs of a spare room, but don't want to fork out for a sofa bed, a day bed can make a lovely alternative. Style with extra cushions and throws when not in use as a bed and this stylish bed is instantly transformed into a space to relax.

The best bit? The Versailles Day Bed can extend into a double bed, should you wish.

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

Specifications
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 if you're short on space and looking for bedroom storage, as it not only occupies a teensy footprint, but also 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 (secret) storage ideal for stowing away extra bedding, towels, out of season clothing and small suitcases. Its trendy grey finish and unfussy design ensures your guests will remain none the wiser. 

Find our selection of the 10 best guest beds in our buyer's guide.

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

Specifications
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 

if you love Mid-century modern design, you'll love this simple yet elegant Alana Copper Bed Frame from Made. With sleek tapered spindles and feet, for a look that's both retro and contemporary, and sprung slats designed to provide responsive support to fidgety sleepers, it doesn't get much better than this stylish single. The best bit? It's marvellously affordable.

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