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What is a TV bed?
Before we dive into the nitty gritty details, let's make sure we're all on the same page.
So, what is a TV bed? 🤔
A TV bed is a bed frame with a designated space for a TV built into its footboard.
Notably, some TV beds in the UK come with a TV, while others let you fit your own.
So you can get a TV bed with a TV built-in or not, whatever floats your boat! 🚣
We've got more on why you might (or not) want a TV bed with a TV in our 'How to choose a TV bed' section below.
Typically, the TV in a TV bed can be lifted to perch neatly above the footboard when it's showtime, giving you a prime view. 📺
And what about when you're not in a Netflix mood?
The TV should simply slide back into the footboard, keeping it safe and out of sight. 💤
Now we know what a TV bed is, let's get into how it works.
How do TV beds work?
TV beds support you and your mattress like any regular bed frame.
But these beds also contain your TV in the footboard.
Most of the best TV beds have a remote-controlled lifting mechanism that lets you reveal or hide your TV by simply pressing a button. 🪄
However, some cheaper TV beds have manual lifting mechanisms, meaning you must physically push and pull your TV into and out of its hiding place in the footboard.
The TV itself works exactly as normal, except the leads and wires are hidden in the bed frame.
You'll connect the TV to your mains and may need an extension cord for this. ⚡
TV bed features
There's more to TV beds than meets the eye. 👁️
Not all beds with a TV in the footboard are the same, so let's get into some of the different features you'll come across.
TV beds with TV included
When looking at TV beds, you'll come across 2 main options. 🤔
TV Beds with TV in the footboard.
TV Beds with space for a TV in the footboard.
A TV bed without the TV may be best if you already have a TV or want to pick it out yourself.
If you buy the bed frame and TV separately, you can ensure the TV has all the bells and whistles you want.
The Happy Beds Sherlock Ottoman TV Bed is one of our favourites whether you want to save money or simply prefer the freedom to hand-pick your own tech!
You'll need to do your homework and check measurements to ensure your TV will fit the bed.
Alternatively, while TV beds with the TV included are more expensive, a bed that comes with the TV can take the pressure off of finding a new telly, and it will definitely fit in your bed. 🥳
Those who don’t want the hassle can pay a little more for a TV bed with a TV built into the frame. 👍
The Dreams Drift Gaming TV Bed is stylish and stress-free, coming with a choice of TVs and the option of the Dreams team assembling it.
TV bed TV lifting mechanisms
While some cheap TV beds opt for the manual approach where you must physically pull your TV from its footboard home, most of the best TV beds on the market are kitted out with electric lift mechanisms.
Electric mechanisms are a crowd-pleaser because, let's face it, there's a certain magic in watching your TV rise and vanish with the flick of a remote. ✨
Beds with TV stands that are electronically managed, like the effortlessly controlled Happy Beds Thornberry TV Bed, are widely loved by customers.
TV bed with additional storage
Organisational lovers will be happy to know that many TV beds have specialised compartments.
These slots are ideal for tucking away your gaming console or DVD player, ensuring your entertainment setup remains sleek and streamlined. 🎮
But it's not just these smaller compartments that you can find in TV beds.
Some frames, like ottoman TV beds, carve out the entire bed base for the ultimate storage solution.
A TV ottoman bed is a game-changer for those who adore a tidy bedroom.
TV beds with storage help maximise functionality and storage while levelling up your bedroom cinematic experience. 🥷
Ottoman beds boast ample space within their base, making them perfect for stashing away bedding, clothes, and more.
Additionally, ottoman TV beds like the Happy Beds Sherlock Bed use gas-powered pistons to ensure lifting the lid of your bed storage is as easy as possible.
TV gaming beds
Gaming beds are similar to TV beds as they are both tech beds with the TV in the footboard.
Both beds may also have features like sound systems, lighting, or console compartments, though these are more often seen in gaming beds. 💡
For instance, the Dreams Drift Gaming TV Bed comes with blue or white mood lighting under the base, behind the headboard, and in the TV lift mechanism.
It also offers extra features like headset holders and USB-C ports.
TV bed adjustable bed frame
A relatively recent addition to the market is TV beds with adjustable frames.
Adjustable TV beds can help keep you comfortable, reduce pressure, and improve blood circulation while letting you enjoy your favourite TV shows in bed. 🤯
Given that adjustable TV beds aren't all that common, we were especially impressed with the glowing customer reviews of the Dreams Seoul Sleepmotion Adjustable TV Bed.
The cheaper 200i base has 2 adjustable areas for the back and feet, while the 400i base has 3 adjustable areas for the back, feet, and lumbar, and 2 massage points! 💆
This bed also has an optional 2.1 sound system upgrade (speakers, subwoofers, and 5.1 Bluetooth connectivity).
TV bed sizes
TV beds commonly come in a slightly smaller range of sizes than regular bed frames. 📏
However, you can find TV beds in most sizes if you know where to look.
These sizes include:
TV bed single.
TV bed small double.
TV bed double.
TV bed king-size.
TV bed super king.
The double TV bed and king-size TV bed are the most popular choices. 👑
For those wanting to truly stretch out, the super king TV bed is the luxurious go-to.
Unfortunately, small double and single TV beds are far rarer finds.
Most stores only stock double, king-size, and super-king TV beds.
You’ll find the widest range of sizes, including the elusive single TV bed, on online stores like Happy Beds.
TV bed delivery, trials, and returns
TV bed delivery, trials, and returns vary from brand to brand.
TV bed trials and guarantees
Unfortunately, most TV beds don’t have a trial period, which would let you test the product in the comfort of your own home.
However, most brands offer guarantees of 1 to 5 years.
Dreams allows customers to pay extra for an 8-year guarantee, though this only covers the frame - not the TV. 💸
If you notice any issues with your bed during this time, you can have the bed repaired free of charge.
TV bed delivery
If you shop at brands like Dreams and Happy Beds, you’ll also get to enjoy free delivery. 🚚
We’d suggest Dreams if you want to pay extra for their assembly service and don’t mind waiting a few weeks for your bed to be delivered.
However, if you want to get your new bed home faster, it’s worth checking out Happy Beds’ speedy delivery service.