What is an Ottoman Bed?

What is an Ottoman Bed?


A tidy-looking bedroom with ample space for storage and the looks that match the aesthetics that a person prefers is a whole different mood.

Do you agree with me? Well, we all dream about having a specific type of bedroom for ourselves at some point in our lives. Be it a tiny bedroom or a big spacious one, the things that matter the most are:

  1. The design of the bedroom.
  2. The placement of certain things across the room.
  3. The style and lighting. 
  4. The composure and serenity of the place.

But imagine the scenario where your bedroom is a wreck. The bedsheets and pillows strewn all across your bedroom floor, things crammed up into the room, and the files thrown here and there due to all the ‘work from home’ jazz!

Ouch! Whether your room is small and you want a beautiful storage unit to store away certain things to free up space in your room, or maybe you want a more spacious bedroom in general, you need to consider 'Ottoman beds'

Ottoman beds? Yes!

Now, you might be asking a question, something along the lines of, ""Why would I want to buy ottoman beds and why not buy some cupboards and cabinets to stuff the extras away?"" That's because cupboards and cabinets only serve one purpose which is to get filled up with clothes, bedsheets and files as time flies. What more? They demand more space in your already cluttered room.

So, why not choose a dual-purpose ottoman bed which serves you both as a bed and a beautiful storage unit and doesn’t take much of your precious space. Excited to learn more? Keep reading.

What is an ottoman bed?


You now know that an ottoman bed is something that can solve your problem of decluttering and make your bedroom look spacious even if it is small. Now, let’s answer the most important question that might be running through your mind: ""What is an ottoman bed?""

Ottoman storage beds are simple yet sophisticated, which come with a built-in and hidden storage system placed behind the mattress. The bed comes with a gas-hydraulic lift system, which makes it easier to lift the bed from the foot-end or the side.

Also, unlike other bed frames, the ottoman beds with storage have no space underneath them. Instead, they come with baseless features that seamlessly blend into your room’s modern aesthetics and trends. Ottoman beds are both aesthetically pleasing and satisfy the functionality feature as well. Since they come accompanied by the built-in storage system, you can store away your bed sheets, pillows, and any seasonal extras, well hidden within the bed. 

And since the built-in storage system does not allow any dust particles to seep into it, your mattress and bed sheets or any extras that you need to store away are clean the next time you open it (probably when some guests arrive).

If the place is a limited option for you or if you are living in a small apartment which features small bedrooms, this is the type of bed you need to opt for. It works both as a sleeping bed and a storage unit without letting others know that it is a storage unit in the first place.

Doesn't it sound like a great idea? If your answer is Yes, and you want to know more about the ottoman storage beds, like their origins, the features, the advantages, and the disadvantages of owning an ottoman bed, keep scrolling.

How do ottoman storage beds lift?


As mentioned earlier, the ottoman beds use gas-lift hydraulics technology which makes the process easier. As Insideoutsidestore.com puts it down, ""A gas-lift bed uses hydraulic arms to allow you to easily pop open the entire underside of the bed in a similar way to how you open the hood of your car to inspect the engine.

This means the entire internal space of the bed is available for you to store things in. It also means you can access the things stored inside much easier than if you use drawers or simply shove things under a platform bed.""

Unlike traditional beds with no hidden built-up storage system or beds with drawers, a gas-lift hydraulic ottoman bed makes it effortless to access things that you store under the bed by making it smoother to pull the top of the bed completely to the ceiling.

Like in drawers, you do not have to fumble across things that you have kept at the complete back of the drawer, because ottoman beds allow you to see all the things which you have stored clearly and allows plenty of space to arrange and rearrange things.

One more thing to note is that, unlike ordinary platform beds which do not protect your storage items from dust, insects and spills, gas-lift hydraulic ottoman storage beds allow no dust particles to enter into their storage unit making it a much safer place for all your materials to be stored in.

So, overall the gas-lift hydraulic system present in the ottoman beds makes it uncomplicated and faster to access the hidden storage unit and provides a buttery smooth experience altogether.

Origin of ottoman bed – why is it called an ottoman bed?


Ottoman beds are not those types that steal your attention when you enter the room. It is the love of every interior design person. It is also for people who love simple and minimalistic looks all across their home.

To specify the beauty and gorgeousness of ottoman beds, we can compare them to salt in food. You never notice it, but it is there, and if it's not present, then surely you will not only notice it but will never complete the food.

And such is the presence of ottoman beds in a house, just like a drizzle of salt. It seamlessly fits into the overall ambience of your room and gives it a finishing touch.

So, what could be the history of these masterpieces? How did they come into origin? Of course, they are much popular in Europe and the USA, but their roots don't seem to flourish within these countries.

According to Britannica.com, the ottoman was introduced by Turkey to Europe in the late 18th century, which was during the rule of the ottoman empire, known for its amazingly beautiful fabrics, colours, and furnishings.

During the ottoman empire, ottoman (ottoman meaning low cushion-chair without a back, arm, or headboard) were simple furniture pieces draped with fabrics and piled with cushions to take it to the next step making it look and feel more luxurious and comfortable. 

The ottoman name originated from the ottoman empire itself. According to Thesleepstation.co ""the ottoman empire was a very long-running dynasty, ruling over huge swathes of the world for six hundred years! They are responsible for inventing many pieces of important surgical equipment; they also pioneered and contributed to many art forms like calligraphy and ceramics.""

Also, they contributed these amazingly structured dual-performing beds, which we are, of course, grateful for!

From the ottoman empire to the ottoman beds and ottoman boxes in 2021, the ottoman furniture pieces have travelled along the time. With the technology, the furniture and its aesthetics along with functionality have increased and it no longer remains as just a piece of wood.

From simple designs to colourful and holistic features, you can look up to this furniture to make your bedroom rock the look of your taste.

Opening of an ottoman bed


Foot-End opening

Foot-end opening mechanisms in the storage beds work by allowing the bed to open at the foot side of the bed. There are two types of storage beds in this mechanism, they are:

Full ottoman

Full ottoman beds open till the headboard, meaning they are hinged till the headboard. When you open this type of ottoman bed, it opens the foot of the bed to the ceiling, allowing you to have greater access across the storage unit.


  1. You will have more space in the storage unit to store things.
  2. You will have complete access to how you arrange the things around the storage unit.


Although there are no major disadvantages to consider, you can look over the below-mentioned disadvantages for your convenience.

  1. Since this bed comes with more storage units, it might be hard to assemble things around.
  2. And the second thing, of course, with more space, there comes more maintenance.

Half ottoman

A half ottoman bed doesn’t open till the headboard since it is hinged in the middle of the bed. When you open this type of bed, it only opens halfway through. It's a great option for people with apartments that have slanted ceilings. Also, you can maximize the storage potential of the bed by installing drawers across space where the storage unit of the bed remains unused.


  1. Considering the half-opening system it provides, it is easier to set up.
  2. And the less space, the more convenient it is to access or assemble things.


Once again, there are no major disadvantages other than that it provides less storage space which can be solved by installing drawers in the unutilized parts.

Ottoman Beds Side opening

Side opening mechanisms in the ottoman storage beds work by allowing the bed to open at one of the sides, giving you full access to the storage unit through one end. You can prefer ottoman beds side lift feature considering the space of your bedroom and the placement of the bed in your bedroom vicinity.

Why use an ottoman bed?

We are already through half of the article and have successfully managed to learn many of the benefits the ottoman beds offer along with lightweight frames and robust fittings.

The ottoman beds are designed in a great way to provide maximum support and comfort to your body. You can sleep peacefully without having to stress about waking up with a sore body the next day.

But that’s not the complete story. In this section of the article, let’s discuss the reasons why we need an ottoman bed in our apartment.

Comes in handy while decluttering the room

I know a fair number of people who cannot function when their space is all cluttered, unclean, and almost gives them anxiety. Also, a space filled with unwanted things or a room with files, baby toys, or towels scattered all across the floor reduces the productivity of a person to a certain level rendering them lazy.

With ottoman storage beds in your apartment bedroom, you can simply declutter your bedroom space with minimal effort.

How? You can simply fill the hidden storage space with all the towels, bedsheets, duvets, and pillows that you occasionally use and make your space tidy. You can also design the bedroom according to your interest to unwind after a long office day or even do not have to worry about cleaning your room when you have a zoom meeting the next hour.

Useful in enhancing the home decor

Ottoman storage beds are available in a lot of colours, touches, and finishes that will suit the needs and requirements of you and your home aesthetics. With all the variety available in the markets, you can easily design the decor of your home without much hassle.

Simply customize the standout bed and tweak it to meet your expectations. It's that easy.

How to use ottoman bedding?

Pair the ottoman beds with mattress that is comfortable and supportive

Although the most emphasis is given to the hidden built-in storage unit of the ottoman beds, it is also worth noticing that these beds are meant to be used in a supportive and comfortable manner.

The frame of the bed plays a vital role in determining the overall comfortability but the mattress plays an important role as well.

So, choosing a mattress for the bed must be done while considering certain factors like firmness and the material of the mattress. Also, you need to consider allergen-free variants if you are allergic to some materials.

The most recommended option is to buy a lightweight mattress that goes well with the lifting and other things of the ottoman bedding.

Use the ottoman bedding in smaller rooms

Not to say that these beds are not of much use in larger or spacious bedrooms, but these types of beds are specifically designed to meet the needs of a smaller room and to get rid of a cluttered space altogether.

The space provided underneath the ottoman storage beds specially serves this purpose and hence they can be utilized to store away things that are not needed right at the moment. The sole purpose of the ottoman beds is to look pleasing, blending seamlessly into the surrounding while also providing you with a space-saving option.

So, if you are looking for a bed that fits the aesthetics of your apartment and also helps you make more space in the room, these beds are perfect to muse your tastes.

What is the difference between ottoman beds and divan beds?

Storage options

Ottoman/Storage beds are designed to provide a complete storage facility to your room. However, the divan beds come with multiple options like drawers or ottoman storage, or even both.

Mattress options

Divan beds come as a complete package with the mattress included, but the ottoman beds don't include mattresses. It is ideal for people who are looking for bed options, although if you want a lightweight mattress, you can buy it separately and get the most comfort out of your ottoman beds. 

It is once again recommended that you go for a lightweight mattress option as it will aid in the gas-lifting process, unlike heavy mattresses which might cost you some effort to make the move, overall making it an unpleasant experience.


According to Mattressonline.co.uk ""Ottoman bed frames include sprung slats, for enhanced comfort and improved mattress longevity. As the slats are slightly curved, they offer greater flexibility and work in harmony with your mattress to provide more gentle support. In comparison, ottoman divan beds include a platform top base, which is a firmer, more supportive surface for your mattress.""

Space required

Ottoman beds do not require a lot of space since the storage option is hidden, built-in, and doesn’t require more space than what the bed already consumes.

Also, you can lift the top of the bed and the storage option is made available inside the bed, unlike drawers which you have to open at the sides of the bed which might consume more space.

Whereas a divan bed is made to the same dimensions as a mattress, and hence they are more compact than bed frames.


If you have made it all through the article, we just know that your next big decision is to buy an ottoman bed with sturdy and robust construction that offers greater storage capacities and can bear a maximum amount of weight.

What more, we are here to say that you are making the right decision and we are sure that you are going to thank us later. Because, with all the positive options available with these beds like the support and the comfortability, you do not need to think twice about investing in a good quality ottoman bed.

The ultimate goal of this article was to let you know about the advantages and disadvantages of an ottoman bed and the suitability it might provide to you. This dual-effective bed will come with a lot of benefits as mentioned above and also has a history that can be remembered once again. This historic piece of furniture has made our lives simple and has evolved a lot since its origin in Turkey.

And no doubt that this bed is going to lead the movement and become a global success (or is it already?), and people love this bed for its multipurpose.

We hope that we have conveyed the message properly about everything from the origin to the advantages of the bed and have aided in your buying process, while also educating you about the historic piece of furniture. If you think we did, we are thankful and proud of our efforts.


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