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divans vs bed frames

Is a divan better than a bedstead?

The question of whether a divan or bed frame is better is certainly a tricky one. Both have pros and cons which make it particularly difficult to understand which kind of bed has the upperhand. That’s exactly what we are going to go through, seeing if there’s a definite front runner out of the two. Firstly, we’ll kick of with…


We can probably all agree that the divan and bed frame exists for the same function: to support your mattress and hold it above the ground. Whilst there’s no debate over that, these beds do offer a large variance in comfort. Their bases are very different, generally, the divan offers a completely solid base for your mattress to go on. Overall, this makes your mattress feel more firm as there’s no bounce on the surface. Other divan models have pocket sprung surfaces but cost significantly more, as you’d expect.

A bed frame normally offers solid slats or sprung slats in its base. Solid slats run across the width of the bed frame without any shape to them. These provide a firmer support for your mattress. As for sprung slats, they are placed in a similar fashion to solid slats but arch upwards slightly. This curve provides the mattress with a more cushioned support, better for people who don’t particularly want firmer support.

On this basis, it really depends if you prefer firmer or more cushioned support. Certainly this is something that’s based on preference, so it would be unfair to place one of these as the front runner for now!


When it comes to divans, you don’t immediately think of style. Whilst there really isn’t much range in looks, they provide more neutral appearances that can go well in almost any bedroom. However, if you want a bed that really complements your other bedroom furniture rather than blending into the background, you’ll probably have more luck in finding a specific style in a bed frame.

Whether it’s wood, metal, fabric or leather, there are endless combinations of style when it comes to bed frames. The only real variation you can get in a divan is within the colour of the base and the headboard you choose. That being said, because there’s so much choice in style of bed frame, they are the clear winner in this attribute.


This is a difficult one. Everyone knows that divans are good for storage, as well as being able to choose the storage you want. You can choose to have anything up to 4 drawers, which can be super useful for storing extra bed linen, duvets, pillows or whatever you see fit.

Bed frames don’t offer this storage, but they can still offer a large amount of space underneath the bed, although not always. Depending on the frame you could have enough space to put your own storage boxes below the bed. However some frames may not offer any space at all, so it’s fairly hit and miss in this aspect. Unless you choose an ottoman bed of course, which offer plenty of storage

Therefore it would only be fair to give the divan this point, as you can be guaranteed storage with this bed!


Divans are designed to fit the mattress on perfectly which overall makes them fairly compact. In comparison, mattresses have to almost slot into a bed frame. This means that the frame is likely a few centimetres wider than a divan. On top of this, if the frame has a headboard and foot end, then it’s going to be larger lengthways too.

That being said, if you’ve got a small bedroom choosing a divan is the better space-saving option for you. But if space allows, then a bed frame really isn’t that much bigger. Therefore there’s no front runner here.


When you look at buying a divan base initially, it looks really cheap. However, the cost does build up when you want to incorporate drawers and a headboard to it.

The price of a bed frame can vary a lot, and generally cheaper frames mean lower quality. These cheaper bed frames would obviously trump divans on price, but it really depends on how much importance you place on quality. If you would prefer a higher quality frame, then the cost may not differ so much from a divan. This being said, a divan with maximum storage and a headboard is on par with a good quality bed frame.

So, we think it’s only fair that we call this one a draw, right?


One of the strong advantages of a divan base is that it comes in two halves. Not only does it mean that it’s fairly easy to maneuver if need be, it’s also made even more undemanding because the structures are usually really light. If you want a divan with drawers, simply take them out before the maneuver and away you go.

Bed frames normally need assembling if you get one. If the bed ever needs to be moved once it’s been assembled, it can be quite tricky if it’s to a new room or home entirely. Of course, this completely depends on the size, like a single bed should be pretty easy to move out of a home. However, with king sizes and super king sizes, it might prove difficult to move around with disassembling.

Therefore it’s only fair to place the divan as the front runner here, as you won’t have to go anywhere near it with a screwdriver!

So… who’s the winner?

Given all of the factors that we’ve discussed, it has evidently been a close call. With a lot of these attributes coming down to personal preference, we believe that neither one can be chosen on this basis. Overall, divans are very practical and can be a great storage space option, whereas bed frames can fit a specific style of a bedroom better.

What do you think of our verdict? It was certainly a tough call! What do you prefer, divan or bed frame? Let us know below…

Chloe Baxter

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