Not Just for Kids: The Trundle May Be the Answer to Your Small Space Woes

Growing up, I slept on a twin-sized iron daybed with a roll-out, pop-up trundle. While I often begrudged it because my bedding options were much more limited (the amount of awful granny looking bed-in-a-bags my mom and I had to shuffle through to land on anything that felt age appropriate still haunts me), it was sleepover headquarters at my house. Having a trundle meant I had a built-in guest bed and none of my friends ever had to bring over a sleeping bag (or cram into my tiny twin with me uncomfortably). Now, as an adult, I can also see their value not just for a kid/teen’s bedroom, but as a fantastic small space solution for studios. No matter your needs, read on to see our top 10 picks for trundle beds.


The most affordable option on our list, this twin bed frame with roll-out trundle (mattresses sold separately) is a real steal of a deal.

This bed (in white) reminds me so much of the bed I grew up with. Mine was a little more ornate with a higher curved back, but this was the gist. Reviews note that it’s easy to put together and looks much better in person which is always a win.

This chic, upholstered twin works equally as a regular bed or a daybed and I love the nailhead trim detail. The wheeled trundle is not attached to the bed so you could move it to another space to give each sleeper more privacy.

I love the simple white modern frame of this daybed. Slight cutouts make rolling the trundle out easy without worrying about slamming your fingers.

If the daybed look isn’t for you, or you already have a bed you want to use, Land of Nod sells a separate trundle you can retrofit (as long as there’s enough clearance). Add a twin mattress to use as a guest bed or do without and use it as a giant drawer for under-bed storage.

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Also available in pink and white, this daybed is sweet enough to work in a kids room but also grown-up enough to live in a guest bedroom or office.

Trundle daybeds that look like a sofa are a fantastic solution for studios, small spaces and discreet guest rooms. During the day, use it as a sofa for lounging and at night, use it as a normal bed (above or below or both!).

A backless Chesterfield is a super posh way (without the bulk) to add extra guest quarters in any room of your home. It would also be lovely in a living room.

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Twill upholstery on an engineered wood frame makes this West Elm daybed sturdy (plus the listing mentions it’s contract grade, which makes it can likely take a beating). The price includes both mattresses, which makes this bed far more affordable than the price tag suggests.

The trellis frame on the Elsie daybed is classic yet contemporary at the same time. Bonus points for coming in a twin and full size.

The priciest option on the list (though arguably the best looking), Annika’s velvet upholstery and beautiful silhouette is grown up and super chic. Make sure to check out all the other colors it’s available in.



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