What Is The Difference Between A Divan Base And Bed Frame?

So you’ve begun the hunt for a brand new bed, one thing’s for sure, you’ll be spoiled for choice. We have an amazing selection of both divan bases and bed frames available, but what’s the difference? Which one suits you best? Let’s dive straight in.


What Is a Divan Base?

Divan bases are manufactured using strong durable wood, this wooden frame is then covered with the fabric of your choice. Our divan bases are supplied with beautiful chrome glides, these add a touch of style and elegance to the divans. If you want a different style of feet, that's no problem. Just get in touch with our customer service team and they can talk you through the options. Divan bases are supplied in 1 solid piece in single and 2 pieces in double upwards.


Types Of Divan Base

As we manufacture divans in our factory, you can choose from a variety of options to find the perfect one to suit your requirements.


Reinforced Divan Base

Looking for something a little more heavy-duty? Our reinforced divan bases can support up to 24 stone in single and 48 stone in double upwards. With reinforced sides and a sturdy wooden top, our reinforced divan is super tough and durable.


Low Divan Base

Our low divan base is ideal if you have limited mobility or ceiling space. Our low divan bases are just 10” high, or 11.5” with the feet on. Our standard divans are 15.5” high.


High Divan base

Popular for those looking for a little extra height. A fantastic choice if you need your bed at a higher elevation. At 20” high they are perfect for reducing how far you need to bed down to get into bed. Our standard divans are 15.5” high.


Firm Edge Sprung Divan Base 

With its super soft feel, a firm edge base includes our top-quality springs. These help to enhance the comfort provided by your mattress. The firm edge helps give support when sitting on the end of your bed, this reduces the roll to the side of the bed.


Split Divan Base

One of our most popular divan bases, the split base means you can take your brand new divan up tighter staircases or through smaller doors. Single bases are split into 2 pieces and double upwards are split into 4 pieces. For more information on this check out the product specifications on each divan.


Divan Bed Storage Options

Not only can you choose your own fabric and type of base, but you can also choose your own storage options too. 


With a choice of 2 or 4 drawers, there's plenty of room to store bedding, extra pillows or even bits and bobs to tidy up your bedroom. On a single base you can have a maximum of 2 drawers, on a double upwards you can have 4 drawers.



If you’re looking for something with a little more height, the slider is perfect for storing suitcases and other larger items.



The ultimate discreet storage option. Ottoman bases open from the bottom of the bed using perfectly sized cutouts. With the quality gas pistons, it’s easy to open up your base and reveal a plethora of storage below. Our divan bases come with an internal storage depth of 26cm!


What Is A Bed Frame?

Bed frames are available in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Some come with headboards, footboards, charging ports and even built-in massagers! Most bed frames are manufactured using either wood or metal.

It’s usually more complicated to pick the perfect bed frame as you need to work out how much space you have in the bedroom, how tall you are, and are you up to the task of assembling it?


Types Of Bed Frame

Similar to divan bases, there are many different options when it comes to finding your perfect bed frame. We will run through some of the most popular options to help give you a better idea of which one may be best for you.


Wooden Bed Frames

Wooden bed frames provide a classical look, often available in a range of natural colours. With hints of wood grain and hand-carved features, what’s not to like?


Metal Bed Frames

Usually providing more modern styling, metal bed frames are available in a vast range of colour options and finishes.


Fabric Bed Frames

Probably the most popular of the 3 options we will look into. Fabric bed frames are available in all different styles, from crushed velvets to faux leathers. These are a great option if you need a bed to fit in with your current colour theme or styling.


So Which One Do I Choose?

To help you make your decision we will give you a short breakdown of the pros and cons of each type of bed. 

Divan Bases


  • Minimal assembly
  • Sturdy and hardwearing
  • Choice of storage options
  • Great range of fabrics
  • Top-quality UK Manufacturing
  • Small footprint (Often same size as your mattress)


  • Arrives in 1 or 2 large pieces (unless you select split divan)
  • Can be difficult to move when making use of storage


Bed Frames


  • Arrive flat packed
  • Excellent choice of styles
  • All-in-one frames are generally cheaper


  • Assembly can be complicated
  • Often not as sturdy as a divan base
  • Can take up a lot of floor space


Still Not Sure?

If you’re still unsure what type of bed to go for take a look at some of our latest divan beds or bed frames. Don’t forget we also offer FREE delivery on all orders over £99.