Ok, ok, so we all know that men can be a bit, well, gross… but a new survey has revealed some shocking facts the average single man changes his bed sheets just four times per year. Urgh, just writing this is making our stomachs turn! aren't just smelly and disgusting, they also contain thousands of dead skin cells, which in time can lead to allergies and even bed bugs.
Another benefit of a divan is that you can change the look with a new headboard without buying a new bed. When choosing a mattress, the traditional favourite is a sprung base. Pocket springs in individual casings deflecting independently to support the body is the best example, combined with padding made from natural wool, cotton or flax. Or consider synthetic visco elastic memory foam, which moulds to your shape, or latex, which is durable and resilient. Springs can also be combined with a layer of memory foam.
Low, wide drawers could even be used for shoes and handbags. But if floor space is limited, consider tall, narrow chests with lots of drawers perfect for smaller items such as T-shirts and lingerie. Freestanding wardrobes are less popular then they used to be, but they are still a good choice, especially in a period home with alcoves either side of a chimney breast. Here, a wardrobe positioned in each alcove with the bed opposite and a sturdy set of bedside drawers will cover most storage needs.
Go for an upholstered button-back headboard like this one from Made for a smart but soft look, then layer the bed with quilts in grey and charcoal to soften the look further with texture. A statement white light fitting looks stunning against a black wall. Try this one from Heal's. Accessorise with white photo frames from The White Company and flowers to complete the look.
Taking inspiration from classic French designs, this hand-carved bed features an oval motif and can be ordered with a caned or panelled headboard and in a range of paint colours, including antiqued finishes. Anton Elysian Middle bed, £5,878, Leporello.
Its frame has solid wood feet and comes in a choice of two shades, Duck Egg Blue and Natural, although the latter is actually closer to grey. Either would be perfect for relaxed, country-style homes and if you love the look, you might also want to invest in the matching Darcy chair, £249.99, and footstool, £149.99.