Guest Bed And Guest Mattresses Buying Guide
You have guests staying over and you’ve all had a wonderful evening. It’s time to get some sleep, but what options do your guests have? An airbed on the floor or a fold-out sofa bed? A spacious spare bedroom with a comfortable double bed. Or a triple bunk bed that’s big enough for three?
If you regularly have family or friends staying with you, here are some helpful tips on how to make sure everyone has a comfortable night’s sleep.
What is a guest bed?
A guest bed can be anything from a cosy single, a spacious double bed, or a pull-out sofa bed. They come in all different styles and sizes, and any bed can become a guest bed with the right additions.
If your guest bedroom isn’t always in use to accommodate relatives or friends staying over, a temporary arrangement means that you can use the room for various activities. If, however, you have a guest bedroom that’s permanently dedicated to providing your visitors with somewhere to sleep, you can choose a more permanent option such as a divan bed.
How much should you spend on a guest mattress?
Before you start looking for a guest bed, it's important to consider your budget. Generally, there's no need to spend as much on your guest mattress as you would your own. Since it will be slept on less frequently, it won't deteriorate at the same rate as your own mattress would. Of course, if you plan to have guests staying over often, you might consider choosing a more long-wearing mattress.
A standard mattress needs to be replaced at least every eight years because of how much it's used. Guest mattresses, however, can last almost double that if they're used infrequently. Choosing a lower quality mattress for your spare room will require you to replace it sooner than opting for a high-quality one. So while you might spend more initially, choosing a good quality style would mean that you would need to replace it much later and save money in the long run. Ultimately, how much you spend depends on how frequently you plan to have guests over and how often you would need to replace it.
What type of guest beds are available?
Beds for guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes, from simple folding beds to divans. The type of bed you choose will depend on a lot of factors.
Divan beds are ideal if your guest bedroom is used frequently by family and friends. The divan drawers give you that additional space to store bedding and other objects that you may keep in the spare room. You can fit any kind of mattress to a divan bed (as long as it’s the correct size), and they last for years.
Folding beds and sofa beds
Folding beds, also known as ‘Z-beds’, come in all shapes and sizes. They’re strong and comfortable, and they can be folded away and stored. Therefore, the guest room can revert to its original use when your guests go home.
If space is at a premium, a sofa bed is a great option. You don’t have to buy a mattress to fit a sofa bed either. The cushions or foam construction create an instant mattress to sleep on. Once your guests go home, it instantly folds back up and can be used as a sofa again. This makes it an ideal choice if you have a small apartment but still want to provide a comfortable night’s sleep for your guests.
What are some space-saving guest bed options?
Guest bedrooms tend to smaller than an average bedroom and beds tend to be the largest piece of furniture. If you're limited for space in your guest room or need a guest bed to easily pop up in your living room, there's plenty of options available to suit you.
Small double bed
- Small double beds are smaller than the average double bed and double mattress, while still being able to accommodate two adults
- Perfect for smaller bedrooms
- Suitable for guest bedrooms that will be used as a bedroom year-round
- Small double mattress measures 4" x 6"3
- Single beds are ideal for smaller rooms and are able to be pushed against a wall allowing for more floor space
- Best for households where no more than one guest will be staying at one time
- Can be used alongside a folding bed to accommodate more guests
- Single mattresses measure 3" x 6"3. For extra space-saving, small singles measure 2"6 x 6"3.
- Sofa beds are ideal for particularly small bedrooms or for adding a bed to the living room
- Can be used as a normal sofa when guests aren't staying
- Allows the bedroom to be used as an office, gym or second sitting room when the bed isn't folded out
- Gives guests a comfortable place to sit and relax when staying for a long period of time
Folding bed (Z-bed)
- Can be used in a spare room of any size or living room
- Easy to pack down and store away when guests go home
- More comfortable than other store away beds like air beds
- Usually available in both single and double options
Divan beds & Ottoman beds
- Divan beds are perfect for spare rooms that need extra hidden storage space
- Storage options available in both under the bed drawers and under mattress storage
- Gives guests a space to store their belonging when staying
- Perfect for rooms that will be used as a bedroom year-round
- Available in single, double and king-size
- Trundle beds are a great space-saving solution to having two separate single beds
- Perfect for guests that would like separate beds when staying - a very popular choice for children
- Available in a single size (3" x 6"3)
How to choose the right guest mattress and bed
You’ll need to consider a few factors when choosing the right mattress and bed for your guest room.
- How often do you have guests staying over?
- Do you want to use the room for other things (such as a hobby room or study)
- How much space do you have?
- Are your guests usually younger or older?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Does your guest mattress and bed have to work in another room such as a living room?
What are the best guest mattresses?
Guest mattresses, as we’ve already mentioned, should fall into the medium category of firmness so that they suit almost any sleeper.
However, there are different options when it comes to the type of mattress available, including memory foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses, and pocketed spring mattresses. We think that these three tick all the right boxes when it comes to guest mattresses.
Pocketed springs: The Silentnight 2000 Mirapocket Luxury Mattress
The Silentnight 2000 Mirapocket Luxury Mattress is a top-quality medium-firm mattress that offers exceptional luxury and comfort.
- 2000 individually pocketed Mirapocket springs for total support and comfort
- Reinforced edges so a larger, more stable sleeping area
- Single-sided so it’s easy to care for with no need to flip and turn
- No roll together so it’s ideal for couples
Hybrid: SleepSoul Paradise Pocket Cool Gel Mattress
The SleepSoul Paradise Pocket Cool Gel Mattress is a premium quality hybrid mattress at a budget price. On top of the spring core are layers of memory foam and a 1cm CoolGel foam layer. This creates a cooler, more comfortable sleeping environment.
- Medium firmness rating suitable for most sleepers
- CoolGel foam layer regulates your body temperature for a fresher night’s sleep
- Individually pocketed springs in the core prevent roll together and provide support
- 25cm deep and easy to maintain, with no need to turn.
Memory foam: Dormeo Memory Plus Memory Foam Mattress
The Dormeo Memory Plus Memory Foam Mattress may only be 17cm deep. But it more than makes up for its slim profile with plenty of comfort and support. Made from a thick layer of memory foam combined with the unique Ecocell® 3-dimensional cellular structure, it’s an ideal choice for guest beds.
- Medium firmness is suitable for most types of sleepers, from young adults to heavier guests
- Memory foam moulds to the shape of your body for greater support and cushioned comfort
- Lightweight and easy to handle, with no need to flip and turn
- Anti-allergen carbon fibres prevent dust and mites for a healthier sleeping environment.