We spend half of our lives sleeping, so choosing a comfortable yet practical bed is one of the most important decisions we can make when shopping for new furniture. Small double beds are a popular option for one very big reason – they save on space. Spacious enough for two people yet compact enough to fit in a standard sized modern bedroom, a small double bed is the antidote to limited space, with 4ft beds being the most universally popular option.
It’s 2015 and many of us are living in flats in or semi-detached houses and our bedrooms are inevitably now much smaller than they were a century ago. As time has gone on and the population grown, our homes have become smaller and therefore the need for suitable furniture has skyrocketed. Research shows that the average modern home in Britain is now almost half the size they were in the 1920s. Today, the average home measures in at only 925 square feet; one hundred years ago they averaged at 1,647 square feet – a fairly dramatic difference.
It’s official, British houses are the smallest in Europe and thanks to our shrinking homes, space-saving furniture is more popular than ever. Of course, the most important room to consider when choosing new furniture to complement our smaller spaces is the bedroom – after all, we do spend a lot of time in there!
Across the UK, city dwellers and suburbanites alike require a compact and above all comfortable solution to ensure their precious sleep isn’t jeopardised due to lack of space. This is where small double beds come into the equation. Created to meet the demand for a comfortable yet practical solution to our generally compact bedrooms, these size beds have fast become a modern necessity.
Accommodating two average adults with room to spare, small double beds will often leave enough space for additional bedroom furniture including bedside tables and ottoman blanket boxes.
A 4ft bed may seem very compact at first glance but in fact they allow you to slumber in comfort without compromising on precious space. With so many different styles available, you needn’t compromise on style either, no matter what your personal taste! After all, a smaller bedroom doesn’t have to be a boring bedroom.
A traditional, wooden small double bed is perfect for a timelessly elegant look that suits virtually any décor. Choose from painted wooden bed frames, ash or birch finish even rich mahogany for a stunning vintage look.
Illustration: Ananke Small Double White Wooden Bed
Metal framed small double beds are a popular option thanks to the wide selection of headboard and footboard detailing available. Featuring styles that feature intricate, elegant finials through to sophisticated minimalist detail, metal framed beds are classic in design and robust in build.
An upholstered 4ft bed is a clean, contemporary option ideal for any smaller bedroom. Choose from leather, linen or fabric upholstery in a variety of shades to find the style perfect for your room.
Illustration: Leonardo Small Double Upholstered Bed
For a clever space –saving option, opt for a small double ottoman bed with hidden storage. To really save on space, these compact beds feature plenty of storage in the base. The bed simply flips up to reveal a hidden area perfect for storing your linens and other items, making them a small, stylish and ultimately practical option for any modern bedroom. Alternatively, a 4ft bed with inbuilt drawers in the base is ideal for saving on space.
Illustration: Reynolds Small Double Ottoman Bed
With the average bedroom now a fraction of the size it once was, the need for stylish, space saving beds is at an all-time high. With our small double beds there’s no need to compromise on space or style. Discover the extensive range today to find the ideal small double bed to complement your bedroom.