Shopping Edit: 9 sleek single beds for solo sleepers

These best single beds are compact, cosy, and useful in kids’ rooms, small homes and guest bedrooms. Our top picks are simple, sleek and sophisticated...

John Lewis & Partners Wilton Child Compliant Single Bed Frame
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On the hunt for the best single bed that you can buy? There's no one-size-fits-all with single beds as much like all other furniture as it's down to personal style. Rest assured though that we can help you find something to suit your home decor style –and also the size of your room. Whether it's something for a modern home or a Scandi-style bedroom, or perhaps you're going for a boho look? Either way, we've got a range of styles for teeny bedrooms, larger spaces, smaller children, adults and even a few single beds that double as savvy storage.

Think grown-up options for teenagers, elegant sleeping spots for solo sleepers, plus playful kid-friendly designs. In other words: there are more single bed options on the market than you might expect. To make this choice simple, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best single beds from some of our favourite retailers. We've listed them below, so get browsing now and choose wisely. 

Searching for a different size bed? See our best beds guide for more stylish recommendations. If you're redecorating, head over to our bedroom ideas hub page for some design inspiration.

The best single beds out there

1. La Redoute Jimi Platform Shelved Bed

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La Redoute Jimi Platform Shelved Bed inside dark coloured nursery

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La Redoute Jimi Platform Shelved Bed inside dark coloured nursery

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2. Made Roscoe Single Bed

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Made Roscoe Single Bed in kids' bedroom with cloud duvet and grey rug

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Made Roscoe Single Bed in kids' bedroom with cloud duvet and grey rug

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3. Versailles Day Bed

Julian Bowen Versailles Metal Frame Day Bed

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4. Habitat Platform Single Bed Frame

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Habitat Platform Single Bed Frame

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Habitat Platform Single Bed Frame

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5. La Redoute Katsuki Child's Rattan Bed with Base

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La Redoute Katsuki Child's Rattan Bed with Base in pink bedroom with bamboo furniture and jute rug

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La Redoute Katsuki Child's Rattan Bed with Base in pink bedroom with bamboo furniture and jute rug

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6. Habitat Pandora Single Ottoman Bed Frame

Habitat Pandora Single Ottoman Bed Frame

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7. Furniture123 Arlo White Teepee Bed Frame with Pull Out Storage Drawers

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Furniture123 Arlo White Teepee Bed Frame with Pull Out Storage Drawers

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Furniture123 Arlo White Teepee Bed Frame with Pull Out Storage Drawers

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8. Nox Aspen Single Bed

Nox Aspen Single Bed in white and green in kids bedroom

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9. John Lewis & Partners Wilton Child Compliant Bed Frame

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John Lewis & Partners Wilton Child Compliant Bed Frame

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John Lewis & Partners Wilton Child Compliant Bed Frame

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What to consider when buying a single bed?

Size
An obvious first step is to make sure you have enough space for your bed. Bear with us, though, as this doesn't just mean widthwise and lengthwise. While the standard single bed measures 3 feet wide by 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. 

Also be sure to bear in mind if you want one or two bedside tables – and if these will fit inside your room along with the single bed you like. Opt for a single bed with no footboard to give the illusion of more space, and if you really are tight on floor space you could go for a headboard-less bed, too.

Sleeping two in one room? Browse our best bunk beds shopping edit for some space-savvy inspiraiton.

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 are 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. 


Where to buy a single bed?

Still searching for the single bed of your dreams? Click below to shop more of the best single beds, by retailer. There are plenty of options out there.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...

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