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Should I Buy a Divan Bed Base or a Slatted Bed?

by Gillian Richardson 14 Mar 2024

Divan v Slatted Bed Base - 7 Differences to Keep in Mind

Buying a bed and making the right choice can be a tricky business, especially when there are so many different types of beds and mattresses available to buy.

You may have a bed style in mind to fit with your bedroom size or the décor. You will also need to think about the kind of mattress support you need and the base which will suit it.
The importance of the type of bed base you buy is key to not only your quality of sleep, but the life of your mattress as well.  So here are seven differences between a slatted bed base and divan base to keep in mind when making your purchase.  
Keeping that mattress fresh: A slatted bed base will give your mattress the amount of ventilation and air circulation it needs that a divan doesn’t offer. This helps to keep your mattress fresher and cooler, particularly during those warm summer months.
A divan base is less able to ventilate the underneath of the mattress due to its base structure being covered with fabric.  Mind you, if you fill the space underneath your bed frame with boxes of winter clothes that airy benefit is likely to reduce.
Benefit from additional bedroom space:  Believe it or not divan beds are actually smaller in size overall and have a smaller footprint, when compared to most standard bed frames with fitted slat bases.
Therefore, a benefit of investing in a divan is the extra bedroom space you gain, giving you even more space for furnishings and much more.
This is generally true but will depend on styles.  A metal framed slatted bed is likely to be smaller than a wooden framed bed of the same size.
Custom your divan to suit your style:  With a divan bed you’re able to alternate between different styles of headboard to suit your room décor as it changes over time.
Divan headboards can be quite decorous with a multitude of colour fabrics and plush velours.  You can choose from slatted headboards to full floor depth headboards with additional contours, padding and button details to add that extra flourish of luxury.
Different mattresses suit different bases:  It’s important to know that not all mattresses compliment every bed.  The bed base you choose can affect the life of your mattress and there are also mattresses that are only suitable for divans and slatted beds alike.
If you have a luxury mattress this will probably fair better on a divan base, giving the mattress that extra support on the edge and throughout the whole mattress surface.  This in turn will support you better.
Stylish Chrome Bedframe with slatted base by Time Living

Edward Chrome Bed Frame by Time Living

Additional storage: Divan beds have evolved over recent years from their original fairly simplistic design and style; therefore, they generally aren’t as aesthetically styled and tailored as a bed frame with a slatted base.
So, if you’re looking for a bed to suit a particular room style at home then a bed design with a slatted base maybe perfect for you. However, if you’re not too worried about visual style then a divan maybe the way to go, although divan headboards can be fairly stylish with plush coverings, button detail, full depth floor standing and some even add a touch of sparkle in the fabric!
This beautiful divan bed is from the Sanctum range by Highgrove Beds. Sanctum Regal Mattress on a Plush Pink Floor Standing Headboard and matching Divan Base
Room storage: Storage comes in extremely handy when it comes to storing away bits and bobs to keep your room a clutter free space. There are many different bed designs today that incorporate extra storage features to make full use of the bed’s space. However often more room is found with a slatted bed frame than a divan due to the divan’s structure.
In an ottoman storage divan bed the content is hidden away.  The base can rise from the bed foot end or the side for your convenience, using gas lift pistons.  You can even have an electric ottoman bed so that you don’t have to lift the base and the weight of your mattress as well.
Durability: In terms of durability slatted base beds can be subject to slat breakage from excessive weight applied to the bed or jumping causing the slats to crack. A divan bed base is more able to absorb weight placed upon it than a slatted base, therefore making it more durable.
However, bear in mind that most slats can be replaced with ease depending on their make and manufacture.
At the end of the day when you retreat to your bedroom you will want to be aesthetically pleased with your bed as well as refreshed when you wake the next morning.
More questions?  Why not talk to our bed experts in our Your Home Bed Centre?
Call us on 01636 859111 or email
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