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How Do I Choose the Best Modern Trundle Bed?

B. Leslie Baird
B. Leslie Baird

A modern trundle bed offers an excellent solution for larger families or anyone with frequent overnight guests. Deciding on the best bed type typically depends on the owner's need, whether that is a need for an additional sleeping area or more storage space. One trundle bed design includes a main bed with a second bed that can be rolled out for sleeping. Other choices include beds with storage centers under the mattress frame or various day bed styles.

Large families may want to consider a modern trundle bed configuration that offers an additional mattress for sleeping. The second bed, on rollers or coasters, usually pulls out from under a main bed, allowing it to be stored out of the way during the day. Bunk beds are also available in a trundle bed style allowing for three separate sleeping areas that only require the space of one bed when not in use. These beds can also be beneficial for anyone that frequently hosts overnight guests, including grandchildren.

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If the desire is for more storage space, a modern trundle bed with drawers under the mattress area could be selected. In this design, the bed frame is similar to a low dresser. This style is sometimes referred to as a Captain's bed, and is likely named after similar beds found on old ships. The frame may only have storage drawers, or may have drawers with an additional pull-out bed at the bottom. For the greatest amount of sleeping and storage area, bunk beds can be purchased in this style.

A modern trundle bed can also be obtained in a day bed style. This is often chosen for its versatility because, when the bed is not being used for sleeping, it functions as a small sofa. Therefore, this style provides a solution for anyone lacking space for guests or living in a small, studio-type apartment. Day beds can also be used in home offices or living rooms. A bed in this style offers an alternative to a sofa bed, which may be difficult for some individuals to operate.

Several size choices are available for a modern trundle bed. Twin size beds tend to be the most common. These are typically 39 by 75 inches (99 by 190.5 cm), but trundle units can also be purchased in full size, which is usually 54 by 75 inches (137 by 190.5 cm). A queen size bed, measuring 60 by 80 inches (152.4 by 203.2 cm), is often also sold. Beds in the larger sizes can provide parents with an option of having a child sleep nearby. An additional variation in a modern trundle bed is a feature that can include a lower bed frame that can rise up to meet the height of the main bed, thereby doubling the overall bed size.

Antique trundle beds normally had a lower bed that could be rolled out from under the main bed frame. These older units did not commonly have drawer storage included. The bed frames were generally made from wood or iron. Sofas were also made with a trundle bed underneath, providing a more comfortable sleeping area for guests. While many contemporary models are made with these past features in mind, a modern trundle bed can also be custom-designed and built to match an individual’s unique needs.

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