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What Guest Bed Should I Choose?

A practical solution if you're expecting visitors, guest beds are the perfect choice if you're looking for a place for your guests to sleep. When family or friends come to visit, finding somewhere for them to sleep can be hard - especially if you don't have a spare bedroom.

Guest beds:

  • provide your visitors with a comfortable place to sleep
  • can be set up in any room
  • are easily stored out of the way when not in use

Not sure which guest bed to choose? Read on to find the best guest bed for your needs.

What type of guest beds are available?

Guest beds have been specifically designed to fit into every room, no matter how big or small. There are many different types of guest beds available to choose from:

  1. folding bed
  2. sofa bed
  3. trundle bed
  4. futon bed
  5. divan guest bed

1. Folding bed

Folding beds, also known as Z-Beds, are suitable for all guests, children and adults alike. These beds are constructed with a sturdy, three-part metal structure, so they are suitable for regular use.

Ideal if you don't have a spare bedroom, these beds can be easily collapsed and folded away until your guests arrive. They're easy to manoeuvre too, since folding beds and Z-Beds often come with wheels.

If you are looking for the whole package, our range of folding guest beds come complete with a matching mattress. These mattresses have been specifically designed to fold away with your bed without reducing the quality!

Find yourself with unexpected guests arriving? There's no need to worry - all of our folding guest beds are available with Free Next Day Delivery.

A small double Jay-Be Impressions Memory Foam Folding Guest Bed with mattress
The Jay-Be Impression Memory Foam Folding Guest Bed folds away for easy storage until your guests arrive

2. Sofa bed

Sofa beds are sofas, complete with a pull-out bed for your guests. Sofa beds are easy to unfold and set up when your guests arrive. These beds come complete with their own mattress.

Perfect if you don't have a large room, sofa beds are designed to fit into smaller rooms and blend in with your furniture to create a stylish look. Sofa beds are multi-functional: when your guests have gone, you can fold away the bed and use it as a sofa!

The Buoyant Newry Sofa Bed, a two-seater sofa bed that sleeps two people
The Buoyant Newry Sofa Bed, a two-seater sofa with a pull-out mattress for when guests come to stay

3. Trundle bed

Trundle beds are children's beds with a spare bed underneath. These pull out to stand beside the bed, creating two beds instead of one!

As they are tucked away underneath your child's bed, trundle guest beds don't take up any extra bedroom space. When purchasing a mattress for your trundle bed, be sure to check the maximum mattress depth advised, as these vary per manufacturer.

The Mattress Online Lena Pine Guest Bed, a single wooden bed frame, complete with a single pull-out guest bed, stored underneath the bed
The Mattress Online Lena Pine Guest Bed pulls out to make two single beds - great for sleep overs!

4. Futon bed

Futon beds are a great addition to your spare bedroom, office or child's bedroom. These beds are often only available as a single bed, making them perfect for one extra guest. They're easy to set up too: simply unfold for the perfect guest bed.

These beds easily fit underneath a high sleeper bed, creating a comfy seating space for your child and an extra bed when guests arrive. Futon beds come complete with their own built-in mattress - so you don't have to worry about finding one that fits.

A Sweet Dreams futon bed that easily unfolds to become a single bed
A futon guest bed from Sweet Dreams - extra seating space in any room and a spare bed for your guests

5. Divan guest bed

Divan guest beds are best suited to small bedrooms as they take up less room than a standard trundle bed. When the guest bed is pulled out, it can be pushed flush with the divan bed to make room for two guests.

These easy-to-set-up beds come complete with matching mattresses for both the main and guest bed.

The Airsprung Ortho Sleep Guest Bed with guest bed pulled out to sleep two guests
The Airsprung Ortho Sleep Guest Bed, a space-saving guest bed ideal for one or two guests

Guest beds: which do I need?

When choosing your guest bed, you should consider:

  • how much space do you have?
  • who will be sleeping on the bed?

Answering these questions will help you decide which guest bed you should choose.

How much space do you have?

Where will you keep your guest bed? Perhaps in a spare room or the living room? We recommend the following for each guest bed:

Guest Bed TypeSuitable For
Folding bed
  • Bedroom - particularly small bedroom
  • Living room
  • Spare room
Sofa bed
  • Bedroom - particularly small bedroom
  • Living room
  • Spare room
Trundle bed
  • Bedroom - particularly small bedroom
  • Children's bedroom
  • Spare room
Futon bed
  • Bedroom - particularly small bedroom
  • Children's bedroom
  • Spare room
Divan guest bed
  • Bedroom - particularly small bedroom
  • Spare room

Who will be sleeping on the bed?

How many guests will be visiting? Perhaps just one, or do you have the whole family coming to stay? There's no need to worry: many of our guest beds sleep up to two guests! Whether you choose a divan guest bed or a folding bed, you can relax knowing there will be enough room for everyone.

Some guest beds, such as futons, can sleep one or two guests. Our folding guest beds are also available in Small Single and Single sizes, perfect for just one extra guest.

Guest beds: best sellers

Now that you know who you are buying for and how much room you have, it's time to discover the perfect guest bed. To make this a little easier, we've gathered a list of our best-selling guest beds:

The Jay-Be Jubilee Folding Guest Bed in double, complete with mattress
1. Jay-Be Jubilee Folding Guest Bed

  • Folding guest bed
  • Available in Small Single or Small Double sizes
  • Complete with mattress
  • From only £134.95

The Flintshire Pentre Hardwood Guest Bed in White with trundle bed pulled out
2. Flintshire Pentre Hardwood Guest Bed in White

  • Pull-out trundle guest bed
  • Available in Single - makes two beds when pulled out
  • Choose your own mattress
  • From only £339.95

The Jay-Be J-Bed Performance Folding Guest Bed in single, complete with mattress
3. Jay-Be J-Bed Performance Folding Guest Bed

  • Folding guest bed
  • Available in Single and Small Double sizes
  • Complete with mattress
  • From only £279.95

These beds are just a handful of the great range of guest beds and sofa beds the we offer. Can't find the guest bed you're looking for? Simply get in touch, and we'll be happy to help.

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