Divan beds are incredibly practical and durable, but are often overlooked by those seeking to purchase new bed frames. In this article, we’ll answer the question 'how is a divan bed made?' and explore why they are amongst the most practical bedroom furniture choices on the market.
How is a divan bed made?
Divan beds consist of a specially-designed base covered in fabric, with a mattress that sits on top. The base is usually constructed from a sturdy wood, such as MDF, and the base will be supplied in two or more parts, which are assembled together before the base is placed in situ. Divan bases which comprise multiple sections are generally sturdier and more durable than single unit bases. They are also easier to transport and manoeuvre into a bedroom.
Are springs used in the construction of a divan bed?
Divan heavy-duty beds feature solid platform tops, and do not have any springs for mattress support. Instead, they are constructed with a rigid frame and topped with a non-sprung panel manufactured from hardboard. This is then upholstered with a layer of padding for comfort and durability.
Are divan beds made for heavier people?
Divan beds are generally a better option for overweight individuals or couples, as they allow weight to be distributed more evenly. Bed bases that feature slats are more likely to experience high pressure in certain areas, which can lead to weakening of the slats and eventual damage. Divan beds feature a solid surface area which means they are less likely to become damaged due to external pressure.
On average, a divan base should be able to cope with weight limits of around 50 stone based on two persons, or 30 stone based on an individual. Most divan beds are manufactured from durable woods like MDF, although other options are available. However, materials and wood finishes are not normally an aesthetic issue when it comes to divan beds, as they are wrapped in an upholstered fabric. There are a variety of fabrics and colours to choose from, ensuring there’s a divan bed to match almost all decorative schemes.
Does the construction of a divan bed cause it to creak?
A properly constructed and assembled divan bed should not have any creaking issues. If your divan bed is creaking, it may be because the base parts have been put together too loosely. It could also be the case that the sections have come loose over the years.
Externally, it could be a spring mattress which is causing creaking issues. The floorboards beneath the bed could also be a problem. To troubleshoot, you should try moving the bed to another position in the room, and flip the mattress to see if it helps alleviate the issue.
Assembling a divan bed at home or in a commercial space
Now that you understand how a divan bed is made, you may be wondering how to put your new heavy-duty bed together in the bedroom. At Reinforced Beds, we supply full instructions for each product. These instructions are legible and easy to understand - and the good news is that divan beds are generally simple to construct, even without instructions to hand. There is also very little physical strain involved in connecting the sections of a divan base together.
Adding a headboard to a divan
If you need to fit a headboard to your divan bed, simply unscrew the bolts situated at the back of the bed. Position the headboard in place with the screw holes, then screw the bolts firmly back into position.
Are divan beds suitable for storage?
Some divan beds are made with interior storage. These beds are perfect for compact bedrooms where space is at a premium, or for children’s rooms where toys tend to clutter up the bedroom floor.
Divan beds often feature pull-out drawers built into the base, and these can be used for storing clothing, shoes, or practically anything else you want. Some beds, known as ottoman beds, feature gas-lift hydraulics which allow the top platform of the divan (along with the mattress) to be lifted into the air at an angle. This reveals storage space underneath.
The benefits of heavy-duty reinforced divan beds
There are several benefits to owning a divan bed, including the following:
1) Greater choice
Divan beds are usually available in a wider range of size options. These can include 3 foot single divan beds, 4 foot small double divan beds, 4ft6 standard double divan beds, 5 foot king-size divan beds and 6 foot super king size divan beds.
In addition to size options, divan beds are also customisable. For example, you can choose to finish your divan with castors (for easy movement) or legs - it’s up to you.
Divan beds are sturdier than slatted beds, and can withstand greater pressure. At Reinforced Beds, our heavy-duty range of beds are designed for long-term use. They are also manufactured to withstand excess weight - so whether you’re looking for divan beds, adult bunk beds, care home beds or mattresses, you can rest assured that our products are designed for durability and longevity.
3) Compact space-saver
Divan beds are perfect for small spaces because they can be assembled on-site and snugly positioned into a corner. When you take storage into the equation, it’s easy to see why divan beds are so popular, particularly in spaces like hostels, as they provide visitors with a handy space to safely and securely store their belongings outside of public view.
4) Easy assembly
Assembling a divan bed could not be easier. Divan beds are also easy to transport and put into position. With clear, simple instructions, you can expect to have your durable divan bed in situ in a matter of minutes.
Find your perfect heavy-duty divan bed today
If you’re looking to source heavy duty reinforced divan beds for commercial or domestic purposes, why not check out the Reinforced Beds range of divan bases and heavy duty mattresses? Our products are ideal for the home, guest bedrooms, B&Bs, hotels, care homes, hospitals and more, and are designed to withstand heavy weights and pressure.
In addition to this, you can expect to enjoy trade prices, free delivery and first-class customer service from a family-run company. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements, and we’ll do our utmost to help.