A Complete Guide to Trundle Beds

Settling on the best bed for a kid’s bedroom can get parents into more of a pickle than when they were choosing their baby’s name! One minute they’re set on one… then they sway to another… then back again… and again and again (and if you’re a procrastinator like me this could consume a fair chunk of your leisure time).

I fully empathise, it’s an important decision that you really want to get right, not only for your finances but also because buying and installing a new kids bed is quite a feat (assembling beds is not my strong point).

Parents usually begin the process by exploring the different types of kids beds available, often with an accompanying wish list from the children; little Jonny who loves to draw would love a bed with a desk or fashionista Poppy desperately needs a high sleeper bed with wardrobe for her bursting bedroom drawers. And then a curve ball gets thrown in… what about a kids trundle bed?!

In this complete guide to trundle beds I will talk you through everything there is to know about these space saving beds that are just perfect for any kid’s bedroom.

What is a Trundle Bed?

First up, let’s clarify what a trundle bed is. A trundle bed is a small bed that is stored underneath a main bed. Usually it is set on rollers or casters, so it can be easily moved in and out.

Trasman Terrassa Day Bed

Why buy a Trundle Bed?

The main selling feature of a trundle bed is that they provide a perfect guest bed, that can be set up in a matter of minutes. Yes, minutes! Now I’ve surely got your attention!

Another great feature of a trundle bed is that they are space saving, effectively offering two sleeping areas, however, for the majority of time they only occupy the footprint of a single bed.

Not limited to a kid’s bedroom, trundle beds are also ideal for guest bedrooms or even a home office.

Vox Evolve Ottoman Bed

Who are Trundle Beds most suitable for?

Trundle beds are best suited to younger children, teenagers and over-night guests. Because trundle beds need to fit underneath the main bed, they often have a thinner mattress, so would not be supportive and comfortable enough to be used as a main bed.

However, they are ideal for sleepovers and provide the perfect guest bed when your kiddo has friends to stay for the night.

Kids House Bed

Best Mattress for a Trundle Bed

Most trundle beds size up slightly smaller than the master bed (in order for them to neatly slot underneath) therefore they may need a special sized mattress. The manufacturer will specify the size of the mattress required and some will even provide a specific mattress option.

In order for the trundle to glide easily under the main bed, the trundle mattress needs to be thinner than a standard mattress. Memory foam mattresses are a popular choice for a trundle as they offer a good level of comfort and support even though they are not as thick as a sprung mattress.

Foam Trundle Mattress 90 x 190cm

Trundle Bed styles

Yes that’s right, there’s not just one style of trundle bed (that would be far too simple!). There are heaps to choose from! Which is brilliant, because even if you had your heart set firmly on a bunk bed… you can buy a bunk bed with trundle!

Let’s explore the different trundle bed styles;

Bunk Bed Trundle Beds

Bunk beds are a super choice for a kid’s bed, whether you have siblings sharing a bedroom or just want an extra bed for guests, they offer up multiple sleeping options, while taking up little space.

Opt for a bunk bed trundle like this Parisot Bibliobed Kids Bunk Bed, where you can either use the trundle as another bed by adding the trundle mattress or use it as one large storage drawer, perfect for stashing away spare bedding or clothes.

Parisot Bibliobed Kids Bunk Bed

Trundle Day Beds

Trundle day beds can appeal to older children and teenagers, providing a more grown up bed for their more grown up bedroom!

The sleek finish of the Dennis Day Bed by Woood is available in a choice of three neutral colours and comes with the option to add a trundle. Made from FSC pine, you have peace of mind this sustainable bed is doing its bit for the environment too.

Dennis Day Bed in Steel Grey with Optional Trundle Drawer by Woood

Trundle Bed with Storage

If adding more storage to your kid’s bedroom is a top priority, then a trundle bed with storage is surely an added bonus!

Thuka have a super range of kids beds and their Nordic range incorporates under bed storage as well as a trundle bed. As seen here with the Nordic Kids House Bed Frame in White, not only are you getting two beds, you’re getting ample storage too!

Flexa Nordic Kids House Bed Frame 2 in White

House Bed with Trundle

If you’re hankering after a themed bed for your kid’s bedroom, but can really appreciate the benefit of a trundle bed… you’re in for a treat! House beds with a trundle offer the perfect balance between fun and function.

You’ll also be pleased to hear that at Cuckooland we have a bed to suit all budgets, so whether your budget is ‘palatial palace’ or ‘first time buyer’, there’s a house trundle bed for you!

Lifetime have the most incredible range of children’s beds, while they are on the pricier side, when you invest in a Lifetime kid’s bed you are investing in so much more than just a bed. Their Adventure Hangout Kids Bed, as shown here, has the option to add a trundle and is handcrafted using 100% sustainable Scandinavian pine.

Cuckooland’s kids beds offer a collection of affordable children’s beds, including this 5 star rated Hideaway House Bed, with the option to add a trundle, either for storage or as a second bed, this is a super value trundle bed.

Lifetime Adventure Hangout Kids Bed

I think I’ve covered all bases and given you a taster of some of the space saving trundle beds that are on offer at Cuckooland. Even if you’ve already settled on a kid’s teepee bed or a simple children’s single bed, as I’ve highlighted, many of these styles give you the option to add a trundle… which, for a parent who has hosted many a sleepover, is an absolute godsend when friend’s descend for the night!

If you’d like to know more, our customer service dream team are ready and waiting to answer your trundle bed troubles, give us a call +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email if you prefer.


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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