How Do I Choose the Best Twin Trundle Bed?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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Sometimes accommodating guests can be difficult, especially in smaller homes where guest bedrooms may not be available. A twin trundle bed is a great answer to this problem, as the spare bed is stowed underneath the primary twin bed in a bedroom when not in use. This ensures maximization of usable space when the spare bed is not necessary. Choosing the best twin trundle bed starts with measuring the room in which it will be placed; various designs of trundle beds can take up more space than others, even within the twin category, so be sure to take careful measurements to figure out which bed will be best for you.

You will also need to decide which frame material is best suited to the aesthetic of your room and the intended users of the twin trundle bed. If, for example, children will be using the twin trundle bed most often, it will be exceptionally important to buy a durable, sturdy frame that will withstand playtime and the occasional mattress jumping a child is likely to do. Wood frames are perhaps the most common option, though many metal frames are also available. Metal frames tend to be less expensive than many wood frames, and they are very sturdy and durable. They are likely to be the best option for children, though hardwood frames will also be suitable but more expensive.

The advantage of wood frames is also customization. Wood is relatively easy to manipulate, which means production costs can be low; the twin trundle bed may therefore feature more additional options such as headboards and footboards, or even storage shelves or drawers. It is also easier to create attractive designs or carvings, though such handiwork is likely to increase the cost of the unit.

Make sure the twin trundle bed is easy to use, and look for pop-up trundles. A pop-up trundle will allow you to raise the lower bed up to a normal height, which is exceptionally useful for guests who cannot bend easily. The frame will essentially pop up and lock into place for use, and then it will collapse quickly and easily for storage under the bed. The wheels, too, should be lockable to prevent the bed from moving while in use. The casters or wheels should be large enough to be able to roll easily over carpet, and soft enough that they will not scratch up hardwood floors.

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