Do you frequently entertain out-of-town friends and family but don't have a guest bedroom? Rather than roll out the sleeping bags or plump up the couch pillows, a hideaway bed could come to the rescue of any gracious host.
A hideaway bed is a mattress on springs or a platform that is stored away until it’s needed. The most common type of hideaway bed is one that folds up into a sofa or loveseat, also called a convertible couch or a pull-out couch. The bed stores away neatly so that when you put the cushions back, you won't notice any difference between a convertible couch and a regular couch. You might have heard nightmare stories of sleepless nights on pull-out couches from decades ago, but today's hideaway beds are far more comfortable, not to mention easier to convert.
The primary benefit of a hideaway bed is that you can make your guests feel comfortable when they stay in a way that won't make your living space uncomfortable after they leave. If you're not in the market for a new sofa, consider some of these other options.
Other types of hideaway beds
A Murphy bed is a patented design named after its creator, William Lawrence Murphy. This rather ingenious piece of furniture is a mattress on a platform; hinges on one side enable it to be stored vertically up against a wall behind closet or cabinet doors until it’s needed. When it's time for sleep, open the doors, reach up to grab the handle, and pull the bed down to the floor. After your guest has left, reverse the process, and close the cabinet doors once again.
A trundle bed is a low platform with a mattress that either slides or rolls out from underneath another bed, almost like a drawer in a dresser. Some versions of trundle beds are raised up to the height of the bed next to it. They can be kept apart as two separate twin or full beds -- perfect for kids having a sleepover -- or brought together to form one larger bed.
This is one of the more decorative hideaway bed options, likely because it's not hidden away at all. A day bed is typically a twin mattress that is situated parallel to a wall in a room with a headboard that extends along the length of the bed on one side. With some artfully placed throw pillows and a colorful blanket covering it, a day bed can double as a seating area during the day. While a day bed takes up as much room as a bed or a couch, the ability to use it as furniture when guests aren't sleeping on it is a major reason to consider it as an option. Another reason? A daybed can hold a regular twin or full mattress, so this is more supportive both for sleeping and sitting.
Unless you have a spacious home with bedrooms to spare, a hideaway bed is a great option to accommodate overnight guests. Leave the sleeping bags for camping and instead opt for a bed that you'll barely know is there.