The ultimate bed buying guide

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There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep to leave you feeling refreshed and happy. It can shape your day ahead (and also the day of others if you’ve had a restless night and ‘got out of the wrong side of the bed’).

Of course there’s a long list of variables involved in creating a soothing, tranquil place to sleep, but the most important element is the bed itself and that’s why we’d advise you to buy the highest quality bed that you can afford. Think of it as a long-term investment: you’ll be spending a great deal of time under the covers so it’s worth taking the time to do research before you make your purchase. And it’s about health too, as the way you sleep has an impact on your joints and your overall well-being.

We are pretty confident that once you try an OKA bed, you won’t want to sleep on anything else. Here are just a few of the reasons why we believe that a bed from OKA is the very best choice for your bedroom:

Hand-made in Britain

All OKA divan beds are hand-made in Britain by a family firm in Yorkshire who have been making beds for over 30 years, so they know exactly what things are needed for a good night’s sleep.

Mattress included

All our divan beds include a thick, high-count pocket-sprung mattress sprung to medium firmness, which offers fantastic, even support from head to toe – no matter what position you sleep in.

Natural materials

A mattress made from natural materials will allow for better air and body heat circulation during the night. Our mattresses are made of high quality, natural fibres that are incredibly comfortable, resilient and breathable: layers of wool, horsehair and cotton, topped with rebound wool cotton and a bamboo pad to keep all the fibres in place.

Pocket sprung mattresses

The most superior type of mattress, a pocket sprung mattress is highly responsive thanks to its unique individual coil system. Each spring is hand-sewn into its own calico pocket then hand-nested into a honeycomb pattern. This means each spring moves independently, cradling each point of the body in contact with the mattress and distributing your weight evenly. A pocket-sprung mattress is also perfect if you share a bed – whether that’s with another person or your pets!

True edge pocket sprung divan base

A true edge pocket sprung base has a layer of pocket springs inset into the base frame plus reinforced edges to encase these springs, making it much easier to get in and out of bed as there is less ‘give’ around the edges. The extra spring layer helps to evenly distribute any strain and stress on the mattress, resulting in a bed that lasts much longer.

And if that wasn’t enough…

Speedy delivery

We see no reason why you should have to wait a long time for your bed. All our beds are in stock and ready to be delivered. What’s more, we will take away your old bed completely free of charge* (just let our Customer Services Team know when you place your order).

*Applies to promotional period only. After this time, removal will be £25 and available only within the M25.

OKA Beds: The vital statistics

We offer two types of divan beds – standard and deluxe – both offering exceptionally high levels of comfort and luxury at an excellent price.

Standard divan beds

An OKA best-seller and customer favourite, our standard divan beds are perfect for guest bedrooms and children’s bedrooms.

Mattress:

23cm thick

Medium firmness
High spring count

Super King – approx. 1,500

King – approx. 1,300

Double – approx. 1,100

Single – approx. 500

Covered in the finest quality 100% cotton ticking, sourced from traditional cotton mills, for a cooler and healthier sleeping environment (compared to its synthetic counterparts)
Twin layers of calico-covered pocket springs for superior support
Layers of high quality, natural fibres that are incredibly comfortable, resilient and breathable: wool, horsehair and cotton, topped with rebound wool cotton and a bamboo pad to keep the fibres in place
Single air vents for breathability
Handles on the sides for easy mattress rotation

Super King, King and Double – 6 (2 each side and 1 each end)

Single – 4 (2 each side)

Bolstered edges – The sides of each mattress features two rows of firmer springs to add extra support and stability when sitting on the edge and three rows of hand side-stitching, which helps the mattress keep its shape and prevents springs from popping out

Base:

Platform top base – For those who like their bed to be a little bit firmer
Solid frame – A sturdy, wooden-framed base made from Scandinavian Spruce, which has a strong, fine grain
Easy to move – There are castors on the bottom for effortless maneuvering and in the case of the larger beds, the base breaks down into two parts
Available with or without drawers

Super King, King and Double – 4 drawers

Single – 2 drawers

Deluxe divan beds

Our deluxe divan beds offer superior comfort and support thanks to their exceptionally high spring count.

Mattress:

28 cm thick

Medium firmness
Very high spring count

Super King – approx. 2,400

King – approx. 2,000

Double – approx. 1,800

Double – approx. 1,800

Covered in a soft white tufted wool Damask fabric for a cooler sleeping environment and luxurious finish
Twin layers of calico-covered pocket springs for superior support
Layers of high quality, natural fibres that are incredibly comfortable, resilient and breathable: wool, horsehair and cotton, topped with rebound wool cotton and a bamboo pad to keep the fibres in place
Double air vents for optimum breathability, resulting in a more comfortable night’s sleep
Handles for easy rotation

Super King, King and Double – 8 (2 each side and 2 each end)

Single – 6 (2 each side and 1 each end)

Bolstered edges – The sides of each mattress features two rows of firmer springs to add extra support and stability when sitting on the edge and three rows of hand side-stitching, which helps the mattress keep its shape and prevents springs from popping out

Base:

True Edge base – Extra support when getting in and out of bed
Solid frame – A sturdy, wooden-framed base made from Scandinavian Spruce, which has a strong, fine grain
Easy to move – There are castors on the bottom for effortless maneuvering and in the case of the larger beds, the base breaks down into two parts
Extra storage – All four sizes include drawers

Super King, King and Double – 4 drawers

Single – 2 drawers

Extras or essentials?

Drawers – Most of us suffer from the problem of not having enough storage, so our all our divan beds are available with drawers (if you do opt for drawers, make sure you have enough room either side of your bed to pull them out!). There are four drawers in the three larger beds, and two in the single bed, both of which provide enough room to store bedroom accessories such as spare bedding or towels.

Headboards – Some may class headboards as optional extras, but we would argue that they’re bedroom essentials; in fact, we’d go so far as to say a bed looks naked without them! Our headboards require no fixing to the bed – just stand them behind the mattress, flush against the wall. We offer wooden headboards, upholstered headboards (covered in linen or leather) and padded headboards (which can be dressed with a slip cover of your choice).

Valances – For the finished look, dress your divan base with a valance. Our simple box-pleated valances are perfect for an elegant, contemporary bedroom scheme, and come in either 100% cotton or linen, in a selection of neutral colours. Matching headboard slip covers are also available.

OKA Beds: Bed buying tips from the experts

Bigger is better – always get the biggest size that space will allow so you can move about in your sleep without disturbing your partner

Firmness isn’t everything – look at other factors beside firmness, different variables such as mattress thickness and spring count will have an effect on the way it supports your body

Two is the magic number – place equal importance on your divan base as well as your mattress, and buy both at the same time for the best result

Try before you buy – pop into our stores and see for yourself how comfortable our beds really are

Care advice for your new mattress

  • To keep your mattress in premium condition, rotate the mattress 180° after 3-4 weeks so the head becomes the foot, then 3-4 weeks later, flip the mattress so the bottom becomes the top
  • Repeat this cycle every 3-4 weeks
  • Replace your mattress every 8-10 years

Quick look comparison chart

 FeatureStandard Divan BedDeluxe Divan Bed
MatressThickness23cm28cm
 FirmnessMediumMedium
 Finish100% cotton ticking fabricDamask fabric
 TypePocket SprungPocket Sprung
 Spring count range500 – 1,5001,200 – 2,400
 Air ventsSingleDouble
 Handles4 (Single)
6 (Double, King, Super King)
6 (Single)
8 (Double, King, Super King)
BaseDrawersAvailable with or without drawersOnly available with drawers
 Finish100% cotton ticking fabricDamask fabric
 TypePlatform TopTrue Edge
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