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Room Therapy: A Bed For Our Guests

Hi, Casa!

I am at a loss, and I'm hoping you or other Sugar readers can help me out. I recently moved from a spacious apartment to a tiny townhouse. My husband and I decided to make the larger of the two bedrooms into a joint guest bedroom/office. The only problem is our guest bed is a queen! We are definitely tight for space in this room, and a pull-out sofa or futon seems like the ideal solution. We've started our search, but everything seems so expensive (after moving expenses, we really can't afford to go over $200 or so on an "optional" piece of furniture). What can we do? We crave our office space and I definitely cannot give up my bookshelves, but we still want friends and family to be able to visit and stay with us. Please advise!


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Hi Bethany21,

I can totally empathize with you! Moving costs are often exorbitant, and it's so nice of you to already be turning your attention to your guests' comfort. I'm sure that you're a popular household for friends and family to visit, given your outlook on entertaining.

First of all, I'd suggest donating or selling your current guest bed. A queen bed is huge, and it likely dominates the guest room/office. Since you say that you're also attached to your bookshelves, why not set up this second bedroom primarily as an office? For years I put guests up comfortably on a pillow-top full-size aerobed in a room that was primarily an office, and I think that this might be a good option for you as well. I recently slept on one for four nights when I visited a friend, and didn't have an ache or pain anywhere upon waking, so I can wholeheartedly recommend this product. And more importantly, you can deflate, roll up, and store this bed in a closet when you're not entertaining overnight guests. That way you and your husband can optimize the space as an office when guests aren't visiting, rather than as a huge bed-dominated second bedroom/office. I also spotted a Aerobed Peremier Pillowtop Inflatable Bed on sale for $124.95 at Sierra Traders, so that's well within your budget. And if you're absolutely opposed to an Aerobed, check out this morning's Good, Better, Best post for a wrought-iron daybed that's also in your budget.

Anyone else have a suggestion?


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Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
Check out this small sofa bed SOLSTA from ikea. I have the same problem and have been thinking about buying this. I don't know how comfortable it is though. Anyone got one of these? If yes, are you happy with it?
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Aerobeds are horrid. I say save the queen bed until you can afford to get a pullout couch. Or sell it to have a little more to spend.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Thanks for that link, sweetpeabrina! I totally love that sofa- we might have matching furniture!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
I kind of had the same problem. I live in a teensy 1 bedroom apartment (which I love) but I also have my sister who stays with me when she visits. I bought this for my living room. It folds out to a bed. It's a bit above your price range, but it may be worth it to save for. This is the least expensive that I could find that wasn't awful! I looked at some of the Ikea foldouts but they looked really cheap. I'm not advocating buying super expensive furniture but if you buy cheap, it'll look cheap.
Guenevere Guenevere 9 years
The aerobed sounds like the perfect solution - now, since you saved on the bed, maybe you'd like to spoil your guests with really good bedding when they come to stay? Don't know if the aerobeds need regular or special size sheets, but if they do you can find them at - they carry lots of hard-to-find bedding sizes and they have really good prices for this quality of bedding. Plus, the sales associates are very helpful if you have questions, and they will even send you a sample pillowcase so you can see what you are getting before you commit to an entire set. Your family and friends will love you for it.
lizs lizs 9 years
We have a similar situation and do the aerobed thing. Before we acquired this one (my boyfriend's mom likes to shop and was able to gift us her *extra* aerobed), we had a pull-out couch in the living room and an office that was just an office unless someone wanted to have an indoor camp-out.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 9 years
There are now some way-cool options for drop-down beds. The sides and often the bed part are bookshelves or units for electronics. It would be a cool way for you to have your space most of the time...and shrink down when company's over.
cfoley11 cfoley11 9 years
i have a great air bed that is as high as a boxspring and mattress combo. My boyfriend and i like it so much that we leave it up for a while after the company leaves. PS its cheap too 65 bucks at walmart it's made by colman
amanda02215 amanda02215 9 years
We have a twin futon in our apartment that folds into a chair, and with the cover on, you can't even tell it's a futon! We got it from IKEA, and a recent visitor told us that it was really comfortable! Obviously, the twin doesn't cut it when parents or couples are vising, but it works for a girls' weekend! Here's the link:
ISUjules ISUjules 9 years
My boyfriend has a stand for his regular air mattress that lifts it up the ground like Kimpossible mentioned. Its great because it doesn't feel like you're sleeping on the floor. He slept on that air mattress & stand for six months when he was in a temporary apartment and didn't have any problems - in fact I had to convince him it was time to buy a real bed when he moved. I haven't seen the specific Aerobed ones but I think that's a good option if you want the air mattress to be more bed-like.
calliemicks calliemicks 9 years
The aero bed is surprising comfortable. We slept on ours for about a week when we were waiting for our furniture to arrive. You can feel good about putting your guests on an aero. It's nice that you can deflate it, roll it up and put it away in about 5 minutes!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
They now also make stands or frames for aerobeds. I'm not sure of pricing, but even if you can't get one now, it's something to think about in the future. the stand or frame lifts the aerobed off the floor and puts it at more of a normal level as a regular bed and the frame folds up to store away in a closet. I've never had or tried one so I don't know of the stability of them but I hear they're very good.
bethany21 bethany21 9 years
Thanks! I am loving the idea of a daybed, but I think letting our office just be a cozy office and getting an aerobed is probably the way to go.
AlliePing AlliePing 9 years
What about a futon? They make decent beds for stay over guests and are functional for seating too. You can add a pillow top so it's not too hard. This one is $230, slightly over your budget. I bet you could find one on craigslist, at a used furniture store, or garage sale if you take a little time!
Dani820 Dani820 9 years
I live in a small 1 br apartment so I bought a futon for the living room (but dont worry, it looks like a chic couch and nothing like a futon!) I bought it at I think it retails for 300 but they had an ad on craigslist for 200. They have a lot of colors and its really comfortable both as a couch and bed. All you do is pull the back of the sofa down and it releases the shape so it can lay down into a bed. I've had it for about 2 years now and still love it! Plus its microfiber which is really easy to clean.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 9 years
I am going through the same situation at my house and I have decided to get a daybed. I have found some really cute daybeds on Craigslist that I plan on refurbishing a bit and then I plan on getting a new mattress. Just an idea.
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