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Trundle Bed Guide: What Is a Trundle Bed?

Double the comfort – without taking up any extra floor space – with a trundle bed!

What Is a Trundle Bed?

In short? It's a two-in-one design.
trundle kids bed In a trundle bed, one bed is kept underneath another for space-saving storage – and can be pulled out at any time when extra sleep space is needed.
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A trundle is often a Twin-sized frame that is low to the ground and on wheels, but Full-sized trundles are also not uncommon.

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In a trundle bed, in order to ensure easy storage and pull-out mechanisms, the lower mattress is usually thinner than that of a standard mattress.

Is a Trundle Bed Right for Me?

Because of their streamlined designs, trundle beds are a common fixture among studio apartments, guest rooms, kids bedrooms and other small spaces.

Due to their limited sizes, thinner mattresses and low-to-the-ground stature, the trundle portion of the bed is often reserved for children, teens and young adults who may have an easier time climbing in and out of the trundle (compared to older visitors). Trundle beds are also commonly placed in bedrooms of children or teens who regularly host friends for sleepovers – and in guest rooms of households that often receive overnight or extended visits from out-of-town family and friends.

If you need the extra sleep space but want to save on floor space, then go with a trundle!

What Are the Types of Trundle Beds?

When it comes to trundle beds, there are several different configurations in terms of size, style and storage options.
For instance, in a small child's bedroom, a standard-sized Twin bed with a Twin trundle may be sufficient. In a guest bedroom that will house both adults and children, a Queen over Twin trundle may be a better option.

In spaces like studio apartments, where space and storage are often limited, a captain's bed with a trundle may be more sufficient due to the added storage drawers affixed to the trundle frame. In other frames, like daybeds and bunk beds, Twin over Twin or Twin over Full sizes are also popular options for use with a standard trundle or a popup trundle.

Likewise, the materials used for construction will also vary. Depending on the existing décor in your home, you may opt for a traditional upholstered trundle bed – or one made entirely of wood for a country appeal. Or, for more of a rustic finish, you may choose to go with a more robust wrought-iron frame.

Whichever your preferred choice of trundle bed frame style, trundle beds are one of the most versatile and useful pieces of furniture and a timeless staple for any space – no matter its size!

Whether a guest bedroom, child's room or studio apartment, accommodating additional guests on a whim is as simple as pulling out the trundle – and, when the frame is no longer in use or space is needed for other purposes, clearing the trundle is as simple as tucking it back in place.

What’s the Difference Between a Trundle Bed and a Daybed?

A trundle bed is a 2-in-1 bed design, meaning that a trundle is designed to hold two separate Twin mattresses and sleep two people. A daybed, on the other hand, is a type of sofa that is spacious enough and designed in a way that it can be used for both sitting and sleeping. Unlike a trundle, a daybed can only sleep one person.

History of the Trundle Bed

Medieval times saw the beginnings of the standardization of bedrooms. During these times, a bed would often include another bed underneath – the first trundle. Often used for personal maids or servants, trundles helped to save space – and keep help close by.

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