The Bedstar Guest Beds Buying Guide

Ever had guests called you up at the last minute telling you they’re in town and looking for somewhere to sleep over, but you only have a sofa available or a mattress on the floor? It’s not a particularly amazing feeling.

That’s why you might want to buy a guest bed for your home. These simple beds offer a convenient way to accommodate your guests. You can provide them with a comfortable bed and not eat up lots of floor space in a spare bedroom, living room, or other rooms of your home when they leave.

If you’d like to buy a guest bed but aren’t sure how to choose one, this Bedstar Guest Beds Buying Guide is for you. We look at the different guest beds, guest bed sizes, and what you should consider when choosing a guest bed. First, however, we start by looking at what a guest bed is and how one can help you.

What are guest beds?

A guest bed normally consists of the main bed and a secondary bed, a trundle bed, which slides out from underneath the main bed. Some guest beds are highly versatile and serve as an extension of the main bed, as two separate beds or even just as the main bed itself.

These aren’t the only types of guest beds around, however. Some are single beds that you can fold away when your visitor has finished using the bed. Others, such as day beds, function as pieces of furniture but fold out into a bed.

In both cases, these guest beds are an excellent way to help you host visitors comfortably if you don’t have much space. They’re handy for children’s sleepovers, too.

Different types of guest beds

At Bedstar, we offer several different types of guest beds:

3-in-1 guest beds

Three-in-one guest beds are highly flexible options that allow you to keep the bed as the main bed, extend the guest bed to form part of the main bed or transform the guest bed into two separate beds.

Wooden guest beds

Wooden guest beds look right at home in a more traditional setting, as well as offering you the practicality of a guest bed. You can form two separate beds or bring the bed up to sit level with the main bed.

Guest Beds.
Flintshire Halkyn 3-In-1 Wooden Guest Bed – Oak

Metal guest beds

Metal guest beds can fit in with contemporary décor or a more traditional aesthetic, depending on their design. 

Fold up Guest Beds.
Jay-be Royal Single Folding Bed

Folding guest beds

Folding guest beds work well for occasional use. You can fold them away when your guest has left, so they’re convenient if you don’t even have a spare room. Our collection of folding beds comes with the mattress, too, so that you can offer your guest the appropriate level of comfort.

Fold up Jay-Be Guest Bed.
Jay-be Jubilee Single Folding Bed

Divan guest beds

Divan guest beds are your chance to show some design flair, as well as enjoy a little practicality. You can choose a colour that suits you and possibly even a headboard, too, depending on the stock the retailer has available. The spare bed rolls out from under the main one, the castors making this much easier. In some cases, the guest bed has legs instead, and you bring it up to level with the main bed.

Trundle Guest Bed.
Shire Beds Luxury 3FT Single Divan Guest Bed

Pull-out guest beds

Pull-out guest beds are useful because you can have them ready in an instant for your guest. You pull the bed out, and your guest is good to use it. You may also see these beds referred to as “trundle beds.”

Trundle Guest Bed.
Julian Bowen Maine Bookcase Pull Out Guest Bed – Grey

Day beds

Day beds serve as a cross between guest beds and furniture. These elegant beds look superb in spare rooms or guest rooms. Like sofa beds, you can sit up straight on them as if they were a sofa and can then pull out the mattress to form the bed. The difference between day beds and sofa beds is that day beds often have a headboard and a footboard, giving them more of a bed-type appearance.

Pull out Guest Bed.
Milan Bed Company Madrid Day Bed & Underbed – Natural

Guest beds and space-saving sizes

Of course, guest beds save space, and we have several options so you can choose a bed that suits your (spare) room and accommodates your guest(s) comfortably. The bed’s right side will depend on the size of the guest room and how you use the room when you don’t have guests. We offer space-saving guest beds in the sizes below:

  • Small single (75 x 190 cm / 2 ft 6”). These beds’ compact size makes them great for small spaces, small rooms, and box rooms. They suit adult solo sleepers and accommodate children who are too big for a children’s bed but don’t need a large, adult-sized bed. 
  • Single (90 x 190 cm / 3 ft). Single guest beds are terrific space savers, and you can push them up against a wall to make the most of the floor space. They work best in households that won’t be hosting more than one person at a time. If you have more than one guest staying with you, you can place a folding bed alongside a single bed more easily than with a larger bed.
  • Small double (120 x 190 cm / 4 ft). These beds work well for households that have a bedroom as a guest room the whole year-round. They’re smaller than regular double beds, and two grown adults can sleep in them comfortably.
  • Double (135 x 190 cm / 4 ft 6”). Double beds are large enough for two people. If you choose two single beds, you’d have to create space for each person to climb in and out of bed so that a double bed may be more convenient.

If space really is at a premium, you may just prefer a folding bed. 

What to look for when buying a new guest bed?

Remember that you won’t be sleeping in the guest bed, so you need to think slightly differently than when you’re buying a permanent bed. Here are the things to consider below:


The first thing to do is work out how much space you have for the guest bed, so measure the room. When you’ve got the measurements, consider whether you have enough space when the bed is in an upright, seated position (if you’ve gone for a sofa bed) and also when you fold it out.

If the bed has a pull-out feature, does it leave enough room around the bed for your guest(s) to move comfortably? If it has a clic-clac feature (typical of sofa beds), does the bed have enough space behind it to open out fully?


How often are people going to use the bed? Is your visitor staying just one night or several nights? If they’re going to stay for more than one night, you may prefer to buy a day bed. If they’re only staying for one night, a foldaway bed may be more convenient.

Think, too, about how you use the guest room when you don’t have guests. Is your partner a noisy sleeper, and do you end up sleeping in the spare room? Do you turn the room into a sleepover room when the children have their friends over? You may prefer a more permanent style of the guest bed.

The person(s) who will be using the bed

Different people have different needs. Who will be using the bed? An older adult may have trouble climbing in and out of bed, so the bed shouldn’t be too high for them in case they have a fall. Note, too, that older adults tend to sit on the edge of their beds more so they can put their shoes on.

Elderly woman putting on shoes.
An older adult may have trouble climbing in and out of bed, so the bed shouldn’t be too high for them.

Choosing the best mattress

When choosing your guest bed, you should also think about the mattress (although some beds will already come with the mattress). It may be a guest bed and for occasional use, but the mattress is still going to endure some wear and tear. Keep an eye on the mattress, take care of it, and check that it’s still fit for use. In general, you should replace a mattress every 6 to 10 years, depending on the mattress’s quality.

Which mattress is best?

The chances are different people are going to stay with you, so you should choose a mattress that’s comfortable for most people. 

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are a good universal choice for guest beds—the foam moulds to the shape of the person’s body, offering real comfort. Note, however, these mattresses can get quite warm and might be less comfortable in summer or in a stuffy bedroom.

Pocket sprung mattresses

Pocket sprung mattresses are another reliable option. The mattress springs operate individually and allow even weight distribution, which results in excellent support. A mattress can be too firm or too soft. The spring count will determine this. A spring count of 1,400 would be right for the average person.

Choosing the right firmness

A mattress that’s too soft or too firm could be uncomfortable for your guests. A medium firmness could be the most suitable, offering a balance between the two. Note that a medium firmness could be too firm for children. If a child is a regular guest, a softer mattress could be more comfortable for them, or you could consider buying a mattress topper.

Safety issues

Perhaps you have some safety concerns around your guest bed. Below are a few safety considerations when choosing your guest bed:

Day beds, trundle beds and safety issues

Trundle beds are generally safe to use when a person has grown out of a cot or toddler bed. That’s usually around 18 to 36 months or onwards. In the case of day beds, a child can graduate to a low single bed.

Can you use these beds long-term? Trundle beds are designed for occasional use, so we wouldn’t recommend using them as the main bed despite the sturdy base of the bed.

A good guest bed will be structurally safe if you put it together correctly. Always read the instructions carefully. Check regularly that the fixings are secure and that there’s no damage to the bed. If you think a part needs replacing, contact the retailer and avoid using any parts that aren’t designed for the bed.

Folding beds, safety and comfort

If you’re moving into a new home, you might be tempted actually to use folding beds in all of your bedrooms. This wouldn’t be practical, however, and would also be absurd. Folding beds are designed for short-term use and, despite the comfort they offer, they’re less comfortable than a standard permanent bed.

Large people can sleep safely on a folding bed since folding beds are sturdy enough to handle the weight as long as the bed isn’t designed with only children in mind. A large adult person should also take care not to jump onto the bed itself as well.

To ensure your guest is comfortable, the bed frame must be strong, and the mattress should be at least 5 inches thick and of good quality. Make sure the dimensions of the bed are suitable, too. If the bed frame is too big for the room, your guest might not sleep as comfortably as you’d like them to.

A few final words on guest beds

Guest’s beds are affordable and highly useful when you have visitors but not a lot of space to accommodate them. They come in wooden frames or metal ones, allowing you to choose a guest bed that matches your décor. Some types of bed, such as day beds, serve well as furniture, but guest beds are designed with short-term use in mind as beds. If you’re thinking of buying a bed to use in the long term, a standard bed is more suitable.

At the same time, you should take care of your guest bed and the mattress so that they serve you and your guest(s) as long as possible. It may only be a temporary bed, but it still needs looking after. Cleaning the bed and regularly checking that it’s safe to use and that the mattress is in good condition is important. The last thing you want is for your guest to have an injury.

We’ll leave you now so you can get on with hosting! If you’ve visited our guest beds page and have any questions about the beds on our site, please contact us for more details. In the meantime, we wish you happy hosting!

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