Divan beds are excellent for adding storage space, preserving your mattress and providing a sturdy bed base for home or commercial environments. But just what are divan beds made of?
They are highly adaptable and supremely practical, but they often go under the radar for organisations or individuals looking to buy new bed frames. In this guide, we'll explain all you need to know about divan beds, including why they are some of our top heavy-duty beds.
So, what are divan beds made of?
A divan bed base is an upholstered wooden box, built from sturdy, robust timber like MDF to ensure it is highly durable. Unlike most bed bases, which provide a single, solid unit for the mattress to sit on, divans are built in two or more sections. These sections sit next to each other to make up a single base, meaning they are very easy to manoeuvre.
You can choose to have built-in storage below the mattress, whether Ottoman-style or in the form of drawers around the bed. On the top, you can have extra-soft cushioning springs or firm padding - whatever complements the choice of mattress you go with. You can also choose the type of fabric your divan is upholstered with, rounding off the incredible versatility and customisability of the humble divan.
Is there any assembly required?
You will usually need to do a little work to assemble your divan. Most come flat-packed, so it will be up to you to put yours together. With easy-to-follow instructions, you will be guided through the process of connecting the divan sections together (and adding a headboard where applicable). Once this is done, your divan is ready to use.
What are the different types of divan?
As with commercial mattresses, which never live up to their full potential without the right bed base, there are different divans for different sleep preferences. The three main types are as follows:
1. Firm top divan
These bed bases are topped with a layer of padding for those who need a firm surface to sleep on. It works best with a mattress that also has a firmer feel, such as those made without springs.
2. Sprung top divan
The solid timber frame is finished with a shallow surface of pocket or open coil springs across the entire length of the bed. You can usually choose the depth of this layer. This layer operates like a second thin mattress, which can help increase the lifespan of a pocket sprung mattress. The feel is soft, which will complement a mattress with a similar feel.
3. Electric adjustable bases
The top is not fixed with these bases, so they are quite different. The top may consist of adjustable slats which can move into different positions at the touch of a button. It is all powered by a motorised mechanism and this is a great option for hospital beds and care home beds.
How does the storage space work?
If a divan bed base is raised on legs, it naturally opens up the option of storage space beneath the mattress. However, even upholstered divan bed bases can meet this need, with clever built-in drawers. These drawers can be placed all around the bed or just in certain parts - the choice is yours.
Alternatively, you can have the Ottoman option whereby the top of the bed lifts up to access the space underneath. This can involve the entire bed opening up or just half of it - again, the choice is yours. Other methods of accessing the storage include zip links and sliding doors, all aimed at making use of the space underneath the mattress.
Product: Heavy Duty Divan base
What sizes are available for divan beds?
Divan beds are available in a full spectrum of sizes. At Reinforced Beds, we offer the following size options:
- Small double
- Super king
We also offer a wide range of coloured fabrics. Choose from more than 65 fabric options covering virtually every colour requirement. If you need a bespoke colour then you can contact us to discuss it. We always go the extra mile to ensure our contract beds like care home beds meet the needs of our clients.
What are the benefits of Reinforced Beds divan bed bases?
1. We offer heavy-duty beds designed to help with a wide range of challenging behaviours.
2. With sprung and firm tops, our divan beds can help reduce wear and tear on your mattress whilst enhancing its comfort.
3. They are lightweight and manoeuvrable, yet they create a seamless, flat, fully supportive bed base.
4. There is a wide range of sizes, fabric options, colours and storage setups available, so they are very versatile.
5. They are easy to assemble with comprehensive instructions to ensure you have a robust bed foundation.
What about headboards?
You came to this guide with the question "What are divan beds made of?" The final piece of the puzzle is the headboard, and divan beds are usually sold without one. However, they include space for headboard bolts so you can buy one separately to install.
Determine whether the headboard will be attached for functionality or just for decoration. There are many headboard options available and some are more stylish than others. Choose the one that meets your needs most effectively.
Divan beds are versatile and highly practical, making them a great option for contract beds in a number of environments. Whether you are furnishing a mental health facility or some other environment, you should be considering the specific needs of the people that will be using the beds.
Reinforced Beds make divan bed bases for a wide range of applications. We have heavy-duty options, reinforced bed bases and more decorative choices to help create a positive environment for the user. Be sure to browse our collections and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.