What is a Trundle Bed and Who Can Use One?
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You may have heard the term “trundle bed” in your mattress searches and wondered exactly what it is. Well, this article will clear that up and also show you where you can get your hands on one, if a trundle bed is truly for you!
Also known as truckle beds, trumple beds and hurly-beds, trundle beds are a pair of beds with one bed being able to be stored underneath the other, normally mounted on rollers or casters so that it can slide out when it is required. The “stored” bed will not have a mattress and will be just the frame/base of the bed; the mattress will need to be added. The main bed will usually be a twin size and the one underneath slightly smaller so that it can be neatly stored.
Trundle beds, like bunk beds, air mattresses or futon beds, fall into the broad category of space-saving and temporary bedding solutions, as they allow for a second bed to be made as needed, without taking up any floor-space normally. However, they are probably the least popular out of all the types of temporary bedding mentioned there.
Cheap trundle beds are an idea for a guest room that is pushed for space and is normally meant to host one guest, but occasionally needs bedding for a second guest. Sometimes the lower trundle bed can even “pop up” to the same height as the main twin bed, forming one double bed. Again this is a good feature in a guest room that may sometimes need to provide bedding for a couple but is not large enough to have a permanent double bed set up.
Another space-saving feature of the trundle bed is that the lower bed, because it has no mattress, can be used as storage drawer when it is not in use as a bed – a good feature for small apartments where every space-saving idea is to be welcomed.
Sometimes nowadays day-beds double up as trundle beds. A good example of these types of beds can be found at the Ikea online store where there are several model available in the Hemnes, Meldal and Tromso ranges. The high-end model sells for around $500 and is a solid pine bed that can be used as a sofa, a single bed, a bed for two or a storage area, depending on preferences.
At other specialist online stores you can buy trundle beds in many other designs. As well as those already mentioned they have bunk beds which are also trundle beds (so 3 beds in all), full size trundle beds and trundle beds made especially for girls. Prices vary greatly depending on the design and materials you choose – from a couple of hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars, so it’s difficult to generalize.