Simba Bed Review

Simba Bed Frame Review UK (2022)

Written by Nicky

Last updated: 25.07.2022

7 Min.

If you’re looking for a new bed, Simba may have your dream option.

Simba Sleep offers many high-quality bed frames to choose from to fit in with your home decor or spice up your bedroom. 🎨

We recently tried the Simba Orion bed to test Simba’s claims that it can be put together in under 10 minutes!

So what did we think?

Find out in our Simba bed review!

Let’s go. 🥳

Top features of the Simba bed frame

Customisable
Easy To Assemble
Free delivery & returns
Free Delivery
Made in the UK
Made In The UK
10-year guarantee
10-Year Guarantee

Advantages

  • Upholstered bed frame with a spill-resistant finish.
  • It is made from 100% recyclable materials and sustainably-sourced birch.
  • FlexiSlat system offers tailored support.
  • Super easy to assemble and perfect for people who don’t generally enjoy DIY.

Disadvantages

  • You may require some help putting the frame together.
  • Not the most space-savvy option.
  • No trial period.

What makes the Simba Orion bed frame special?

  • Elegant design with a spill-resistant finish.
  • Super easy to assemble.
  • Free delivery and a 10-year guarantee.

Different Simba bed frames

Before deep diving into the discussion on the Simba Orion bed, let’s quickly guide you through the Simba bed selection.

Currently, Simba Sleep UK offers three bed frames. 3️⃣

These are:

  • Simba Orion (£): A classic frame with linen effect and a five-buttoned headboard.
  • Simba Pegasus (££): A more centrepiece option with a winged headboard upholstered in a plush velour.
  • Simba Sirius (£££): A luxury bed frame with a button-backed headboard in a cotton-rich twill.

Each bed frame is available in three different colour options.

While each frame is slightly different, they are all handmade in the UK from 100% recyclable materials and sustainably-sourced birch.

They also all feature the same slat base system. 🔧

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We tested the Simba Orion bed frame, but many of the key points we’ll discuss further down will apply to all the Simba beds.

Simba bed frames:

Simba Orion bed frame design

The Simba Orion is a classically designed bed frame featuring a five-buttoned headboard and upholstered in a linen-feel fabric with a spill-resistant finish. 💦

It’s the least obtrusive frame of them all and well suited to smaller bedrooms or those not looking for much fluff and frill.

The Simba Orion is available in three different colours.

The colour options include:

  • Fossil (a slightly darker shade of grey)
  • Cloud (a lighter beige-grey)
  • Fern (a very light shade of green)

All choices are made in a practical stain-resistant finish with a linen feel that creates a barrier on the fabric to protect it from moisture and spillage.

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Simba Orion headboard
The Simba beds come in a stain-resistant finish.

The main fabric features linen from 61% recycled polyester and 39% BCI cotton.

The linen fabric has a needlefelt lining of 100% polypropylene.

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The frame also comes with tiny wooden legs made of 100% beech. 🌳

Simba bed frame sizes

There are a few measurements that become relevant when looking at bed frames. 📏

These include the length and width of the frame itself, the measurements from floor to slats where you place your mattress, under-bed clearance space, and the total height from the floor to the top of the headboard.

Simba Orion bed base with mattress
Simba bed frames are slightly larger than their mattress equivalent.

The exact dimensions of the Simba bed frame will differ depending on your bed size.

The Simba Orion frame is available in the following dimensions:

  • Simba Orion double bed: 147 x 231.5 cm (57.8 x 91.14 inches)
  • Simba Orion king: 162 x 241.5 cm (63.77 x 95.07 inches)
  • Simba Orion super king size: 192 x 241.5 cm (75.59 x 95.07 inches)

The height from floor to slats, under-bed space, and headboard height are the same for all sizes. 🤔

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The floor to slat and floor clearance measurements are also the same for all Simba bed frames.

Simba Orion bed base wooden legs
The bed legs are quite small.

This means that you can use the below to guide all of your Simba bed base purchasing decisions.

These are the dimensions:

  • Floor to slats: 29 cm (11.4 inches)
  • Floor clearance: 13 cm (5.11 inches)
  • Floor to top of headboard: 104 cm (40.9 inches)

You’ll notice that some of these figures are pretty low, which may or may not work for you.

A low-height feel

The Simba Orion measures only 29 cm (11.4 inches) from floor to slats.

This is the same for all Simba bed frames.

Your bed will undoubtedly feel relatively low unless you have a thick mattress.

We paired the Simba Orion bed with the low-height Simba Essential mattress (measuring 20 cm / 7.8 inches) and definitely felt that more height would be appreciated.

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Simba Orion bed base with mattress
The Simba Essential is a low-height mattress, resulting in an overall low-height bed.

That said, this is very much a matter of personal preference.

Low-height beds have a huge fanbase, so this may just be perfect for you.

But if you’re looking for a very my-bed-is-my-throne feel, the Simba Orion frame may not be best for you. 👑

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Unless, of course, you pair it with a thicker mattress like the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid or the Simba Hybrid Luxe.

Limited under-bed space

The biggest downfall, in our opinion, of the Simba Orion frame (and all other Simba bed frames, to be honest) is the limited under-bed space.

The clearance space underneath the bed only measures 13 cm (5.11 inches).

While aesthetically this is very pleasing and looks quite elegant, we consider the low clearance space a negative for two reasons:

  • Bedrooms in the UK aren’t very large, so the low under-bed clearance is a bit of wasted space as it can’t really be used for storage. We’ve searched for low-height under-bed storage solutions but haven’t found anything decent.
  • Dust is likely to accumulate, but getting under the bed with a broom or vacuum cleaner is almost impossible, making cleaning a bit cumbersome.

This won't be an issue if you have a large bedroom and ample storage space elsewhere. 🤷‍♀️

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Simba Orion clearance space
The Simba Orion bed sits quite low.

But if you want to maximise your space, you may be better off looking at a bed with storage space, like the Nectar Ottoman Storage Bed.

Wasted space behind the headboard

Another less-than-ideal dimension problem comes with the headboard. 😞

The headboard is slightly curved, which, again, is aesthetically quite pleasing and not a problem at all if you have a larger bedroom.

Even with the top of the headboard touching the wall, you’ll still have an additional gap of 13 cm (5.11 inches) between the wall and the rest of the bed frame.

This means you’ll lose an additional 13 cm (5.11 inches) of bedroom space - and be stuck with further cleaning dilemmas.

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Not ideal for UK-sized bedrooms. 🤦‍♀️

Simba Orion headboard against the wall
The top of the headboard may touch the wall, but your actual bed will sit 13 cm away from the wall.

But what the Simba bed frame lacks in space-savviness, it certainly makes up for in terms of the Simba-Flex slat system and ease of assembly.

Good storage bed frames:

The Simba-Flex slat system

Each Simba bed base comes with the Simba-Flex slat system. 💪

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From sleeping on the Simba bed, we can confidently say that this system works beautifully and offers good support.

The Simba-Flex slat system is engineered to offer tailored support, responding to your shoulder and lower back areas.

This slat system is more responsive than standard slats and offers much better pressure relief, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable sleep.

Simba-Flex slats
The Simba-Flex slats system is brilliant.

You’ll also find triple-cushioned, narrower slats around the shoulder area and firmer, extra-wide slats around the lumbar region, which requires more support.

In addition to the unique zoning system, the slats allow air to circulate easily between the base and mattress.

This enhances airflow and encourages breathability, meaning heat and moisture can escape your mattress. ❄️

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This keeps you cooler and more comfortable, even in hotter weather.

How to set up the Simba bed frame

The thought of putting together a large item of furniture will undoubtedly fill most of us with dread. 😳

Simba’s bed bases are straightforward to assemble.

While the brand proudly boasts you can put the whole frame together in 10 minutes without any tools, this claim isn’t entirely valid - in our experience, at least.

Simba bed boxes
The boxes the parts come in are all conveniently labelled.

But it’s still probably the easiest frame we’ve ever put together.

With two people taking on the task, it only took about 40 minutes from unpacking the boxes to being able to jump into bed!

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Simba bed frame parts
Putting all the pieces together is super easy.

And, indeed, you don’t need any tools - though a scissor or knife to cut open the cardboard boxes may come in handy. ✂️

So, how do you put a Simba bed frame together?

With no tools and an (almost) perfect design, the Simba Orion bed base really was a breeze to put together.

The parts all come delivered in several sturdy cardboard boxes, so we’d recommend starting by unpacking each box and placing the pieces roughly where they ought to be.

Simba bed frame box and slats
Knowing what goes where is half the battle.

Luckily, the slats are also already pre-assembled, and all you need to do is connect the two halves. 😅

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Here’s our step-by-step guide for putting together the Simba bed.

1. Click the sides of the bed frame together

This really is a breeze as long as you have someone to hold the sides up for you while you click them into place.

Assembly of Simba bed frame
Clicking the sides together is super easy.

2. Insert the wooden legs

Once the sides have been clicked into place, you can screw in the wooden legs to keep everything in place.

Simba Orion bed base wooden legs and click mechanism
Screw the wooden legs in to hold everything together.

3. Add the FlexiSlat grip & legs

Fasten the two FlexiSlat grid halves with the provided screw-and-leg piece, then position them onto the frame.

Simba Orion bed base screw-and-leg piece
These two parts keep the slats together and provide extra support.

4. Sleep

Add your mattress and bedding, and enjoy a good snooze. 💤

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Was it really that easy?

Clicking the sides together and adding the wooden legs was super easy. 👌

The only part we struggled with was fastening the two FlexiSlat grids together.

It worked all right where the slats are wider as the screw-and-leg piece fit easily, but getting it in the correct position where the slats are tighter was a bit of a struggle.

Simba bed frame close-up of slats
Getting the metal piece between these slats was quite a process.

This definitely required a bit of manoeuvring and some manpower.

If you’re a petite lady or elderly, we’d suggest getting a young lad with some muscle power to help with this part.

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Everything else was an absolute breeze, though. 💨

Simba Orion slats on the frame
The whole process, from unpacking to finish, took roughly 40 minutes.

The ease of assembling and dismantling the Simba bed is just about every reason you need to get this frame!

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What does the Simba bed frame cost?

Simba products aren’t the cheapest on the market.

You’ll find much cheaper options from competitor brands, like Emma beds.

Simba Orion wooden leg with protection.
Every part of the Simba bed is expertly crafted.

But, despite their often high price tag, these are high-quality products that are well worth the investment.

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Simba bed frame discounts

In addition, you’ll rarely have to pay full price for a Simba bed. 🎉

Simba Sleep offers frequent sales and promotions.

These can get you over 50% off your purchase.

People celebrating savings
You’ll always get a deal on a Simba bed.

If there are any Simba promotions currently running, they’ll be advertised throughout this page.

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Also, check out our discounts page for all UK promotions.

Try one of the Simba mattresses

No reasonable bed frame would be complete without one of the best mattresses on the market - and Simba is perfect for that!

We’re huge fans of the classic Simba Hybrid mattress.

But, the brand also offers other more budget and premium versions to suit anyone’s taste and budget.

They even have a brand-new memory foam option!

Our favourite Simba mattresses:

What else does Simba offer?

In addition to the bed frames and mattresses, Simba Sleep also offers a range of other five-star-rated sleep accessories. 🌟

These include:

  • Simba Hybrid duvet
  • Simba Hybrid mattress topper
  • Simba Hybrid pillow
  • Simba Orbit weighted blanket

We’ve included links to a few of our favourites below.

Our favourite Simba Sleep accessories:

Simba bed delivery

Simba bed frames all come with free delivery within the UK, generally within three business days. 🇬🇧

Expert Logistics delivered our frame, and there was excellent e-mail correspondence to communicate expected delivery times.

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Simba Orion box
The Simba Orion bed came in 4 total boxes.

Unfortunately, the time kept on being pushed out - probably due to the luck that is London traffic. 🚕🚙🚗

But, the bed still arrived within the given time frame.

The delivery team was also very kind, delivering the boxes straight to the room of our choice.

While contactless options are available, carrying the extra-large boxes can be quite cumbersome. 📦

 Simba Orion box with headboard

Simba Orion box with legs

We’d recommend letting the team carry the boxes to the required room.

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Simba bed return period

Simba beds, unlike the Simba mattress, don’t come with a trial period. 😩

If you change your mind, you can return the unopened boxes within 14 days of delivery for a full refund.

Once the boxes have been opened, you can no longer return the frame.

Should you buy the Simba bed?

We love our Simba bed frame.

The bed is beautiful and so easy to put together - an absolute dream!

The only thing we don’t like about the Simba bed is that it’s not the best in optimising space. 🤷‍♀️

If you have a very small bedroom, we’d recommend looking for a more space-savvy option.

But if you have an average-size or even larger bedroom, the Simba bed frames are a perfect fit for anyone looking for comfortable elegance.

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Contact Simba Sleep UK

Customer service: To contact Simba Sleep directly for complaints, support, or queries, please e-mail them at hello@simbasleep.com or visit their live online chat. The customer services team is available Monday to Friday, from 9 am - 5 pm., and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

Registered office: Simba Sleep, The Stable Yard, 60 Petty France, Westminster, London SW1H 9E

Frequently asked questions:

  • Where is the Simba bed made?


    Simba beds are manufactured in the UK.

  • Does the Simba bed frame come with a guarantee?


    All Simba beds have a 10-year guarantee to protect you from manufacturing faults.

    But, the bed frame’s fabric covering is only guaranteed for two years.

    The guarantee period begins with the date of delivery. 

  • How do I clean the Simba bed frame?


    All Simba bed frames have a spill-resistant finish, meaning you can simply wipe off dirt stains with a damp cloth.

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