11 Best Space-Saving Beds
Want to make the most of your home's limited footprint? Here's a rundown of the best space-saving beds for small bedrooms and tiny living areas.
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Exuding classic style, the DHP Lina Daybed ($459) with roll-out trundle is the epitome of beauty and practicality. Perfect for small spaces where flexibility is key, the bed serves as an elegant loveseat by day and hosts up to two guests by night. Dress up the daybed/trundle combo with stylish bed linens or further punch up the look with an assortment of colorful throw pillows.
Cleverly concealed inside an unassuming footrest, the Designs4Comfort Folding Bed Ottoman ($199) lives a double life as a fold-out bed. Simply remove the soft blue cover and unfurl the frame to reveal a twin-size bed inside. In the morning, simply fold the bed back into place, slip on the cover and no one is the wiser.
The Intex Ultra Plush Inflatable Bed ($115) has a long list of impressive details. Among them: A built-in headboard to provide extra head and back support, Fiber-Tech construction for just the right firmness-to-softness ratio and an internal electric pump that inflates the bed in under five minutes. Once deflated, the bed can be stuffed into a carrying case to take camping or to Grandma’s house. Reviewers give it high marks for comfort and convenience.
Optimize every inch of space in a room without sacrificing comfort with the Lilak Storage Platform Bed ($420). A brilliant storage game-changer, the wooden platform bed has nine under-bed cubbies — three on each side — to keep items such as clothes, books, blankets and toys organized. Two wicker baskets are included and no box spring is required.
Best Modern Sleeper Sofa
Streamline your living space with the DHP Marley Sofa Sleeper ($459). Compact and modern, this mid-century-style convertible couch is ideal for a snug studio apartment or tiny home office. The sofa (with a quirky fold-down cup-holder tray) transforms into a twin-sized, guest-ready crash pad in seconds.
If you’re in the market for a lightweight and portable sleep option, the Zinus Roll Away Smart Guest Bed ($386) is an excellent choice. Weighing in at just under 44 lbs., the four-inch mattress is layered with three types of foam — comfort, Viscolatex and high-density support. It’s surrounded by a strong steel frame with scootable wheels.
Taking kids from primary school to the SATs, the Ikea Stuva/Fritids Loft Bed ($489) stands the test of time. The mother of all multi-tasking furniture, this loft bed/desk/storage shelf unit works overtime, yet only takes up 21-1/2 sq. ft. of floor space. You can’t get much more versatile than that!
Best Foam Fold-Up
An affordable addition to any area of the house, the Milliard Tri-Fold Mattress ($150) lets you create a cozy reading corner in a kid’s room or extra seating in a college dorm. It even works as a mini-sofa in a first apartment. It’s made of plush, 4-1/2-in. high-density foam. Unfold and it’s a floor mat for sleepovers, or a comfy spot for family movie night. Don’t fret about buttery popcorn fingers — the cover is removable and machine washable.
Best Bunk Bed
Imagination takes flight in Max & Lily Solid Wood Twin Low Bunk Bed with Slide ($468) — a squat, space-saving bunk bed designed with young kiddos in mind. The bottom bed sits only two inches off the ground and the top bunk has a 14-in. guardrail to help little ones stay safe and sound.
The bunk’s low profile also makes it an ideal option for homes with low ceilings. The easy-to-climb ladder and slide are reversible, removable and can be installed on either side. They have triple and slide-free versions, too.
The “Made in Japan” futon mattress is stuffed with a fluffy but firm poly filling and has a 100-percent eco-friendly cotton outer cover. Use it as an everyday bed or an easy guest option. Simply unroll the futon mattress onto the floor, carpet or traditional Igusa Tatami grass mat (sold separately) and say oyasumi (“goodnight” in Japanese).
Best DIY Murphy Bed Kit
When your budget is as tight as the space in your home, the Rockler Vertical Mount Deluxe Murphy Bed Hardware Kit ($299) lets you craft a custom pull-down bed in a spare room in your spare time, like this bed-desk. The DIY kit comes with almost everything you need to construct the Murphy Bed, including step-by-step instructions for how to build a custom cabinet and install the mechanical components. There’s even a toll-free number to call for help and advice. The kit is available in twin, full and queen sizes.
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