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Is a Drawer Storage Bed or Lift-up Storage Bed Better?

Castlery|Apr 24, 2024

Storage beds are a great option to have in your bedroom to keep items organised and out of sight. But, the battle between drawer storage beds and lift-up storage beds has long been debated. 

Drawer storage beds have traditionally held sway due to ease of use and organisation capabilities, but lift-up (also known as gas-lift or hydraulic-lift) storage beds offer a modern twist on functionality that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

In this article, we take a deeper look at two of our storage beds - the Dawson Storage Bed and the Dalton Storage Bed - and dive into the nuances of both options to help you make an informed decision for your bedroom.


One factor that many homeowners think about when deciding on built-in storage beds is the practicality and ease of use. With a lift-up storage bed, the initial lift to access the storage area may pose a challenge to individuals with limited strength. 

But, many modern lift-up beds like the Dawson Storage Bed feature a hydraulic gas lift mechanism that makes lifting the mattress effortless. The Dawson Storage Bed also has a soft closing mechanism​ and a safety lock for convenience. 

Drawer storage beds are praised for their user-friendly design. With easy-to-access drawers that slide in and out effortlessly, retrieving and stowing away items becomes a breeze. 

Dawson's Gas-lift Mechanism

See how @linenoaksinteriors's easily keeps the bedroom clutter-free with the Dawson Storage Bed!

Dalton's 3-Drawer Storage System

The Dalton Storage Bed provides ample storage space to store bulky items.


With a storage bed, you can easily access items by pulling out individual drawers. This is ideal for storing items you still need regularly like bedsheets as you wouldn’t have to lift the entire mattress. 

On the other hand, a lift-up storage bed would require the lifting of the entire mattress to access the storage space beneath. This can be less accessible if you want to retrieve frequently used items, and is ideal for seasonal items like winter coats. 

A person storing bedding away in a pull-out drawer of a storage bed.

@birdsong.design stores bulky items like bedding in the Dalton Storage Bed.

Storage capacity and organisation

When it comes to comparing the storage capacity, it’s not so much how much each storage bed can store - but more on what you plan to store in it that decides which is the better bed. 

Drawer storage beds are great for organisation thanks to their compartmentalised design. Each drawer offers a designated space for specific items like electronics, clothes, bedding, and more. 

In contrast, gaslift storage bed provides a larger storage area that allows you to store bulkier items and in larger quantities. These storage beds may require additional storage bins or dividers to create a more organised space within the storage area. 

Space utilisation

Lift-up beds are ideal for optimising space in smaller bedrooms or apartments where floor space is at a premium. Lift-up storage beds provide a large storage space beneath the mattress that allows you to keep bulky items out of sight. 

Furthermore, accessing the storage area means lifting up the mattress instead of pulling it out at the sides, which is great if you don’t have much excess space around the bed. 

On the other hand, drawer storage beds require more room as ample space is needed around the bed to pull out the drawers. This means that having bedside tables or other furniture beside your bed can restrict the drawers. 

However, you’re able to use the space within the storage bed more effectively as they have designated drawers, which means you probably can do away with additional dressers.

A lift-up storage bed opened to reveal bedding and cushions beneath.

The Dawson Storage Bed offers plenty of space for bulk items like bedding or cushions. 


Both drawer and lift-up storage beds offer sleek and stylish options to complement any bedroom decor. 

Drawer beds often feature visible drawer fronts that add visual interest and texture to the room. 

In contrast, lift-up beds present a clean and minimalist appearance, with the storage area hidden beneath the mattress. This minimalist design can create a sense of spaciousness in smaller bedrooms and allow for greater flexibility in decorating around the bed.

A storage bed with white bedsheets and beige throws and pillows.

The Dawson Storage Bed and Crescent 2-Drawer Bedside Tables

In the debate between drawer storage beds and lift-up storage beds, there's no clear winner as both options have their pros and cons.

Drawer storage beds like the Dalton Storage Bed offer unparalleled convenience and organisation, making them a favourite among many homeowners. 

However, lift-up storage beds like the Dawson Storage Bed provide a modern solution for maximising storage space and maintaining a sleek aesthetic. Lift-up beds have also become more accessible and user-friendly than ever before. 

Ultimately, the decision comes down to your priorities such as practicality, storage capacity, and aesthetics. Whichever option you choose, rest assured that both types of storage beds offer practical and stylish solutions for your bedroom!

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