Whether home is a minimalist studio flat, or a packed-to-the-rafters house, storage space can be a precious commodity and something we never seem to have enough of.

Simply put, there will always be stuff to be stashed out of sight.

So, let’s salute the storage bed. This smart piece of bedroom furniture does two jobs for the price of one: it’s a place to sleep and a place to store everything from bed linen and wardrobe overspill, to luggage and last winter’s woolly scarves.

A storage bed usually comes in one of two forms. Some have big, deep drawers on one or both sides of the base, whereas the ottoman style has storage space in the bed hollow below the mattress – the lift-up mechanism of these beds uses pistons to ensure easy opening and to prevent it from snapping shut unsafely.

But as practical and sensible as storage beds can be, comfort and aesthetics should still be a priority.

As well as seeing how much stuff these clever beds could hold, we considered their shape and style when selecting the best buys.

These are the storage beds that impressed us on both fronts.

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Made Delia double bed with ottoman storage: £699, Made

Here’s a bed that’ll add old-school glamour to any bedroom, all while hiding a whole heap of things in its roomy ottoman belly. The Delia comes in plush velvet, with a curvy scalloped headboard and upholstered base. It’s available in a very opulent green but to make a real style statement, go for blush pink – the interiors shade of the year. You do have to put this bed together yourself, so carve out some time as the lift-up function adds an extra tricky dimension. As with most ottomans, the bed’s pistons may feel stiff on the few first lifts, but the mechanism does become smoother the more times you open and close it to store your things.
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John Lewis & Partners bow slated headboard frame with under bed storage: £549, House by John Lewis & Partners

This is a simple but stylish double bed that also allows you under-the-bed space to stash your stuff, should you need it. Pick the storage option of the Bow bed and it comes with two sturdy drawers on castors that slide in and out from under the frame. To have the maximum storage on both sides, we recommend you buy another two drawers that are available separately (£150 for two). With its warm oak wood, soft corners and turned legs, we loved the inviting look of this bed. It’s also part of a wider Bow range so there are more bedroom furniture pieces to match, and it comes in white too. The bed is self-assembled and it has straightforward instructions to follow, but if you’re willing to part with £29, John Lewis & Partners will put it together in your room.

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Silentnight pocket memory 2000 ottoman divan bed: £879.20, Silentnight

If you can’t decide whether to go for an ottoman or a base with drawers, Silentnight has the solution in the form of hybrid storage beds. A major plus here is that it comes with the mattress so you’ll make a saving if shopping for both. We tested the Pocket memory 2000 ottoman divan and found it well made and ultra-comfy, but the real appeal lies in Silentnight’s range of options. Start by deciding what comfort level of mattress you’d like and then pick a headboard, fabric and storage preferences to suit. We rated this half drawers/ half ottoman combo as it allows you to easily access every day essentials as well as pack away items that you don’t need often.

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M&S Arlo super storage bed: £439.20, M&S

The understated, light grey shade of the wood-effect Arlo bed will blend in with any bedroom decor. On each side of the bed, you’ll find two roomy drawers that offer good storage for clothes or heavier items. It’s worth noting though that you will have to forgo bedside tables so the head-end drawers can pull out fully. However, we particularly liked that there’s space for a book or two on the headboard shelf, you can easily attach a reading lamp, and it has hidey-holes that are perfectly sized for stashing phone chargers, earplugs, and other bedtime essentials. What’s more, you won’t find yourself wielding a screwdriver as M&S deliver and assemble this bed at no extra cost.

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Loaf woody double storage bed: £995, Loaf

This attractive hulk of timber has plenty of heart too – we loved that the Loaf woody bed is made from reclaimed fir wood recovered from old buildings. When it comes to credentials, this statement bed boasts a super-high base, a chunky headboard and features one drawer either side with a generous depth of 68cm – so that’s plenty of room for bulky belongings or stacks of bedding. The antique-look cup handles are a nice detail on the drawers and gave a solid grip when pulling out a heavy load. With this bed, there’s no self-assembly needed either as it gets installed on delivery. If you want more sleeping space, it comes in king or super king sizes too.

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Furl mirage storage bed: From £1,480, Furl

The mirage is as nifty as it is stylish and at first glance you might not even guess it’s a storage bed. For anyone not a fan of a bulky base, this unique design gives you a bed “on feet” but with a storage space depth of 32cm hidden under the slats. It’s a top-end spend for sure, but can be justified if the Mirage is to be your “forever bed”. High-end fabrics, a superior finish, and being able customise the design options and build the perfect bed, won us over. If you’re the ultimate hoarder, you might want to choose Furl’s Max bed instead, promising even more storage space in its cavernous base.

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Next Paris 2 drawers bedstead: £625, Next

A traditional tufted headboard tops this functional but luxurious-looking bed from Next. With only one good-sized storage drawer each side, it won’t house a lifetime’s load of belongings, but for everyday items it’s more than adequate and a well-priced option. We found the drawers slide in and out easily and the position comfortably allows for a bedside table. There’s a pick of fabrics – from plush velours and velvets, such as this one in dark teal, to a classic grey wool blend. King and super king sizes are available and if you’re hung up on having an ottoman, the Paris bed comes in that option too.

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Dwell notch double bed with drawers: £899, Dwell

We checked out Dwell’s notch bed in all of its three finishes, including white and stone gloss, and our favourite by far was the handsome walnut veneer. This modern-shaped storage bed will appeal to most tastes and there’s plenty of room to tidy away bedroom clutter into two ample-sized drawers on both sides of the frame – positioned to allow for side tables too. Like to coordinate your room furniture? There’s wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables in the notch range too. Note, Dwell’s furniture arrives unassembled so you can look forward to a bit of flat-pack fun.

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Habitat ottori white leather double bed frame with storage: £1,500, Habitat

With a sleek, sophisticated design that has a definite five star feel, this storage bed delivers on the wow factor. The low-slung leather cushioned frame and headboard screams class, but it’s not all style over substance. Lift up the slats and you’ll find a swathe of storage space within the wide-edged base. Putting it together yourself feels a little less glamorous, but Habitat’s follow-by-numbers instructions make it manageable. If you love the shape but can’t quite justify the spend, the bed also comes in stylish grey wool or velvet upholstery to shave some off the price tag.

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The verdict: Storage beds

Made’s Delia bed gets our best buy stamp for being a fabulous and functional bit of bedroom furniture with generous storage space in its base. Silentnight’s ottoman divan bed gets a thumbs-up ­– it’s a good-value option when buying a mattress too, and although it’s big budget, the Furl mirage bed stands out for offering brilliant bespoke options and almost “secret” storage.

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