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How Do I Choose the Best Wood Trundle Bed?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

If you have children or regularly accommodate guests, a wood trundle bed may be a good option for providing sleeping surfaces for more than one guest at a time. The trundle bed features a mattress that will hide underneath another mattress when not in use. When it is needed, it can be pulled out easily to provide a second sleeping surface, and in some cases, the lower mattress will pop up to a normal height for added comfort and convenience. Choosing the best wood trundle bed for your home starts with measuring the room in which it will be placed so you can determine the most appropriate size.

Most trundle beds feature twin size mattresses, though some do feature full size mattresses. Queen mattresses are not common on trundle beds and will be difficult to find. The size of the frame can dictate how well it will fit in a room, so before you purchase a wood trundle bed, it is important to consider the size of the frame while the lower mattress is stowed as well as the size of both beds when they are in use. Consider the height of the upper mattress as well; some trundle beds will bump the upper mattress up higher to accommodate the lower one as well as storage drawers built into the frame.

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Your wood trundle bed can be made from a variety of different types of woods. The best wood will depend on your budget, needs for durability, and aesthetic desires. Hardwoods such as oak and mahogany are best because they are naturally beautiful and exceptionally durable, but they will also be more expensive than softwoods. Softwoods tend to be more price-friendly, but they are also more susceptible to various types of damage, especially water damage and bug infestation. They are quite beautiful in most cases as well, though they generally need to be sealed or painted for protection.

The least expensive wood trundle bed option is particle board. This material is made from pressed particles of wood and, in some cases, other materials. If you are on a tight budget, a particle board wood trundle bed may be suitable, but keep in mind that this is the least durable option and it will be likely to break down fairly quickly over time. Expect to replace the bed frame after a few years of use, and also expect to treat this frame with care as it can be damaged easily.

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