The Ultimate Guide to Guest Beds

Welcoming guests for an overnight stay is easy if you have a comfy bed ready and waiting… it’s a bit more of a headache if you have to extract the blow up bed from the far corner of the loft, locate the foot pump (who knows why they’re never stored away together!), only to spend the remainder of the day trying to find and repair the puncture (again!). Which is why the guest bed, in my humble opinion, is a far more sensible, time saving sleep alternative! And also why I’m dedicating a little time this week to exploring all of its benefits.

If you have a dedicated guest bedroom, then shopping for a guest bed at Cuckooland is a breeze, whether you opt for a modern single bed or a roomier small double bed, you’re sure to find something that appeals and fits your spec. However, if you don’t have a spare bedroom (and let’s face it, that’s pretty much the majority of us!), or you’re looking for more of a sleepover type set up for your child, you may be left scratching your head to find the best guest bed solution.

In this ultimate guide to guest beds, I’m going to let you in on a little secret that will save you the headache (and aesthetic angst) of the dreaded air bed scenario and leaving you feeling relaxed, book (or glass) in hand, awaiting the arrival of your overnight visitors! What follows is a selection of space saving, multi-functional, pull out, hideaway beds that serve as the best guest beds… after all it’s their raison d’etre.

Pino Day Bed with Pull Out Bed

Put your Guests up on a Day Bed

If overnight guests in your home are as regular as London buses but you don’t have the luxury of a spare bedroom, a day bed is a great option. If you need to offer a level of privacy (for great aunt Gertrude) then day beds work best in a separate living room or office, rather than an open plan space.

Day beds are a multi-functional sleep solution, offering a place to relax and unwind during the day and a comfortable bed for the night. Some designs, as seen here with the Pino Day Bed even open up to offer a large sleeping area, perfect for couples.

If you’re looking for a sleepover set up, day beds work equally well in a child’s bedroom. Look for designs that incorporate a trundle bed, like the Vox Evolve Ottoman Day Bed, the optional trundle is easy to pull out, providing a comfy bed for your kiddo’s mate.

Day beds provide great comfort level as they can often be partnered with a full depth mattress. Check the individual product detail pages for specific information about mattress recommendations.

Vox Evolve Ottoman Day Bed

Play Hide & Seek with a Hideaway Bed

What’s that lurking under the bed… is it a monster… no, it’s a bed! Trundle beds are a brilliant space saving guest bed. Designed to neatly store away under the main bed when they’re not in use, these hideaway beds are perfect for offering up a comfortable bed for overnight guests.

Your kids will love the contemporary style of the Oeuf River Bed, with the option to add a trundle bed, it’s the perfect solution for when their friends stop over for a night, their guest bed will be set up in the blink of an eye.

The Vox Stige Kids Single Bed is a stylish looking bed, and with a pull out trundle, your kid’s chums will be queuing up to spend a night in this guest bed.

Trundle beds are a super guest bed idea, particularly for spontaneous sleepovers, they are quick and easy to set up and equally as quick and easy to put away!

Vox Stige Kids Single Bed with Trundle Drawer

Sofa Bed in a Box

Don’t have a separate guest room, but enjoy hosting? With a sofa bed, your living room can quickly transform into a comfortable guest space so friends and family can stay over anytime! So, if Auntie Gertrude has finished off the bottle of vino you were supposed to be sharing, simply pull-out the hidden mattress instead of calling for a taxi!

Handmade in the UK, pick a plush cushioned design like the Sofa in a Box Model 04 2 Seat Sofa Bed and enjoy the comfortable upholstery from day to night!

Sofa in a Box Model 04 2 Seat Sofa Bed with Pocket Sprung Mattress Included

Guest Bed with Storage

Sometimes guests linger on a little longer than a night! A guest bed with storage provides somewhere for them to pop their belongings.

Look for beds that offer integrated storage, like the Trasman Terrassa Day Bed and the Robin Day Bed, both come complete with a trundle bed and storage drawers and would make a brilliant space saving guest bed.

Robin Day Bed with Trundle and Drawers

Guest Bed for Small Spaces

Trying to squeeze an extra guest bed into a bedroom can present difficulties, particularly if it’s a small bedroom.

Beds with a trundle are a perfect space saving solution, providing a guest bed that can be pulled out when needed and popped away when the family have gone.

Some designs, as seen here with the Vox Nest Day Bed, offer an optional pop-up trundle, that can either be used as a floor bed, or raised up off the ground to meet the main bed. And when you’ve waved goodbye to guests, it neatly slots away, saving on floor space.

Vox Nest Day Bed in Larch Effect and Graphite

Are Guest Beds Comfortable?

Comfort level is generally guided by the mattress, therefore how comfortable a guest bed is will depend upon the accompanying mattress.

Trundle beds often require thinner mattresses due to the design of being stored under the main bed, however they’re often made from memory foam, so provide a surprising level of comfort.

As each guest bed will have different mattress recommendations, it is worth considering the level of use and who’s going to be using your guest bed when you’re looking to buy a guest bed; is the guest bed intended for regular use or occasional sleepovers? What is considered comfortable for a child, may not offer the same comfort for an adult.

Fraser Single Storage Bookcase Bed with Trundle Drawer

The selection of guest beds at Cuckooland offers up plenty of choice, whether you’re looking to kit out your spare bedroom or find the perfect space saving guest bed. Your guests will be comfy and cozy and hopefully leave feeling refreshed and revived after a great night’s sleep – let’s hope the same red carpet awaits you when you head off for your next sleepover!

If you need any further guest bed advice our dedicated team of bed experts are on hand to answer your questions, simply give us a call on +44 (0) 1305231231 or pop us an email.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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