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10 Easy Pieces: Grown-Up Guest Beds


10 Easy Pieces: Grown-Up Guest Beds

August 30, 2023

This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular summer stories from the archives. Here’s one:

I moved from New York to a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco a while back, and the list of friends that I’ve said “come and stay!” to has been growing and growing. The problem is I don’t like sleeper sofas—and while an air mattress is perfectly fine, there’s something very dorm-like about them. It’s a sad image: Our guest—a parent or sibling or best friend—standing over me with a pillow in hand as I unfurl the plastic and start up the blower. That’s not the kind of host I strive to be. Instead, I’d rather have a grown-up guest bed: a wood daybed in the corner of the room that expands into a proper bed for the night—and gets put back together in the morning. No air blower needed.

designed by martina bautier, guest bed is a convertible daybed made of solid oa 17
Above: Designed by Martina Bautier, Guest Bed is a convertible daybed made of solid oak. The bed slides out from a daybed into a double bed and the top mattress flips over onto the frame; €3,750 at Bautier.
the lubi silver grey sleeper daybed is \$\1,099 at cb\2. 18
Above: The Lubi Silver Grey Sleeper Daybed is $1,099 at CB2.
the capistrano outdoor daybed from serena & lily is hand wrapped in an 19
Above: The Capistrano Outdoor Daybed from Serena & Lily is hand-wrapped in an all-weather resin that mimics rattan. Modeled after a 1940s French design, the frame is shown here in natural; white is also available. The mattress is included and comes in 14 fabric options; tufted Sunbrella white canvas, shown, starts at $3,698. For more see our post 7 Favorites: The New Rattan Daybed.
the remix night couch is designed by gesa hansen, founder of the hansen fa 20
Above: The Remix Night Couch is designed by Gesa Hansen, founder of the Hansen Family. It’s handmade with a solid oak frame, comes in any textile from the Hansen Family or Kvadrat lines, and folds out flat into a platform bed. Prices start at $2,950. For more on Gesa, see our post A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris.
the stackable heide bunk bed comfort model designed by german cabinet maker rol 21
Above: The Stackable Heide Bunk Bed Comfort Model designed by German cabinet maker Rolf Heide is €779 for each section at Manufactum in Germany. For more, see Stackable Guest Beds for Small Spaces: Rolf Heide’s Stapelliege.
seen here in a studio oink designed guest bedroom in washington, dc, urban gree 22
Above: Seen here in a Studio Oink-designed guest bedroom in Washington, DC, Urban Green Furniture’s Thompson Trundle Bed can be pained to match any interior (here, it’s painted in Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin). It can be found via second-hand sites like AptDeco ($392).
the softline design team&#8\2\17;s duet daybed in pumice (shown) and fog fo 23
Above: The Softline Design Team’s Duet Daybed in Pumice (shown) and Fog for $1,895 at Design Within Reach.
the ultimate in guest beds is the donald judd single day bed 3\2, still av 24
Above: The ultimate in guest beds is the Donald Judd Single Day Bed 32, still available through the Judd Foundation. It comes in a range of wood options and fits a twin mattress. Price upon request.
the frohna upholstered daybed folds down and opens into a queen; \$979.99 at wa 25
Above: The Frohna Upholstered Daybed folds down and opens into a queen; $979.99 at Wayfair.
the serena & lily presidio daybed, shown in brushed cotton canvas; \$3,\298 26
Above: The Serena & Lily Presidio Daybed, shown in Brushed Cotton Canvas; $3,298 at Serena & Lily.
the room & board oxford pop up platform sleeper daybed has a lower bed that 27
Above: The Room & Board Oxford Pop-Up Platform Sleeper Daybed has a lower bed that pulls out and pops up to meet the upper making the twin size daybed into a queen; $2,999 at Room & Board.
the west elm midcentury daybed in white is currently \$\1,049. 28
Above: The West Elm Midcentury Daybed in white is currently $1,049.

For more daybeds and sleeper sofas see our posts:

N.B.: This post is a rerun; the original story ran on February 20, 2019 and has been updated with new prices and information.

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Frequently asked questions

What are grown-up guest beds?

Grown-up guest beds refer to beds that are suitable for accommodating adult guests. These beds are typically larger and provide more comfort compared to traditional guest beds.

What are the benefits of grown-up guest beds?

Grown-up guest beds offer a comfortable sleeping option for adult guests, ensuring they have a restful night's sleep. These beds are designed with adult comfort in mind and often have better support and mattress quality.

What are some popular types of grown-up guest beds?

Some popular types of grown-up guest beds include daybeds, sleeper sofas, trundle beds, convertible futons, and folding beds. These options provide versatility and can easily be transformed into a comfortable sleeping surface.

Are grown-up guest beds easy to set up?

Yes, most grown-up guest beds are designed for easy setup. Many models feature simple folding mechanisms or can be assembled quickly without requiring extensive tools or complicated steps.

Can grown-up guest beds be used in small spaces?

Yes, there are several grown-up guest bed options available specifically designed for small spaces. These beds often have a compact footprint, allowing them to fit in tight areas without sacrificing comfort or functionality.

What is the recommended mattress size for grown-up guest beds?

The recommended mattress size for grown-up guest beds is typically a full/double or queen-size mattress. These sizes provide enough sleeping space for one or two adult guests comfortably.

How do I choose the right grown-up guest bed for my needs?

When selecting a grown-up guest bed, consider factors such as available space, desired comfort level, and overall aesthetic. Also, think about whether you prefer a permanent bed or a convertible option that can be used for other purposes when not in use as a guest bed.

What are some considerations for mattress quality in grown-up guest beds?

For grown-up guest beds, it is important to choose a mattress that provides adequate support and comfort. Look for mattresses with medium to firm levels of support and materials that promote airflow to keep guests cool throughout the night.

Can I use regular bed sheets on grown-up guest beds?

Yes, you can use regular bed sheets on most grown-up guest beds, as long as the mattress dimensions match the sheet size. However, if you have a specialized guest bed with non-standard dimensions, you may need to purchase sheets specifically made for that bed.

Are grown-up guest beds suitable for everyday use?

While some grown-up guest beds are designed for everyday use, most are intended for occasional use as guest accommodations. If you require a bed for frequent or long-term use, it may be advisable to invest in a dedicated bed rather than relying solely on a guest bed option.

Product summary  Item 6 161Item 7 162

hansen family night couch
The Hansen Family

Night Couch

$2,690.00 USD from The Hansen Family
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Beds & Headboards

Guest Bed

€3,750.00 EUR from Bautier Furniture
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Duet Daybed

$1,895.00 USD from Design Within Reach

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