If you’re shopping for a guest bed, you’ve probably heard the term “trundle bed”. What is it, and is it the right option for your home?

By definition, a trundle bed includes a second lower bed on wheels that can be rolled underneath the ‘main’ bed. This secondary mattress can be rolled out to accommodate a second sleeper on ground level, or can sometimes even be raised up to create a larger sized single bed. When not in use, the secondary mattress can be rolled underneath the main mattress, and the whole unit looks like a regular bed. They can come in word or wire frames.

Trundle bed pros:

  • 2 beds in the space of one
  • Stylish piece of furniture when not in use
  • Some models come with under-bed storage so you can keep your guest room tidy
  • Safer for kids than a bunk bed (no climbing required) 

Trundle bed cons: 

  • Takes up as much space as a regular bed when not in use
  • Secondary bed must be smaller to fit under the main mattress, so it needs a specially-sized mattresses and sheets
  • It’s inconvenient to pull the secondary mattress out
  • Difficult to get in and out of the top bed without disturbing the sleeper on the ground

Trundle Bed Overview

To sum it all up, a trundle bed is a great option if you want to have a spare mattress underneath your regular bed for the occasional sleepover. It would also work well in dedicated guest bedroom where you don’t need a lot of floor space, however, it’s not a great solution if you only have one spare room, which you want to use for more than one purpose (i.e.: home office and guest room). The trundle bed is also not an ideal permanent sleeping solution because making the beds is time-consuming and stepping around the sleeper on the lower mattress is inconvenient. Furthermore, you would need multiple sets of specially-sized sheets for the secondary mattress. 

Looking for the perfect spare bed?

Wallbeds “n” More’s Mobile Bed may be the solution for you. This bed is portable (it rolls on casters), folds away to take up much less floor space when not in use, and is available in Full or Queen to suit your bedroom sizes.

Watch how easy it is to use a mobile bed!

Want to read more about guest bed options? Check out our overview of different guest bed options here!