by Theresa Leschmann
In a home with no designated guest room, providing a bed for guests can be challenging. There are a huge number of options that will fit your budget, decor and functionality. Choices abound for furniture that serves double duty, such as sleeper sofas and day beds. Other alternatives include bedding that is stored until needed, like Murphy beds, trundles and inflatable beds. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and is best selected by your individual wants and needs. Look below for the top 5 ideas for guest room beds.
Trundle beds: Trundle beds add a sleeping space to an existing bedroom without adding additional furniture. Stored under the main bed, trundle beds are always ready for use. Simply pull the additional bed on wheels out from under the existing bed for the added sleeping space. Trundles are available in standard sizes and slip easily back under the host bed when not in use.
Futons or daybeds: A futon or daybed serves as a sofa by day and a bed by night. It works by pulling the seating cushion forward, which pulls the back cushion along behind it into a flat position and provides a full-size bed. This option lets the room function as a den, study or living room for normal daily use, and converts it to sleeping quarters for guests.
Sleeper sofas: Sleeper sofas are typically available in full and queen sizes. Remove the seat cushions and pull the hidden bed out from inside the frame. Sleeper sofas work well in living rooms or family rooms and come in a variety of fabrics and colors.
Murphy beds: Similar to a pullout-style bed, the Murphy bed has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Built into a wall, the bed is pulled down when needed for guests. This means it does not take up any extra room in your living space until needed. The drawback is that you have to have a wall thick enough or a closet space to store the bed when closed. Depending on your room layout, you may have to move furniture to open the wall compartment.
Inflatable beds: Air mattresses are a convenient solution for accommodating guests. Most come with an electric pump for inflating the bed. They range from twin to king size. Inflatable beds are easily stored until needed, and standard-size linens will fit them.