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No. Contrary to popular belief, trundle beds are most definitely not all the same.
A trundle is a two-in-one bed you'd often find in a children's room or a guest room. It's a space-saving wonder of a bed, and when used correctly, it can turn your small, spare room into a cosy bedroom for more than a couple of people.
Now, as you probably know, most of the time, a trundle bed frame comes in the form of a standard single bed frame. Because of it, a trundle became a popular choice solely for kids' rooms and guest rooms. Come to think of it – this has also made it so that people believe all trundle beds are the same. Not counting the design differences, obviously.
Well, we're here to tell you that's not entirely true. While it is pretty apparent that standard single trundle beds dominate the market, there are also some trundles that are a bit bigger. Namely, you could find a double or even a king-sized trundle with a single-sized pull-out bed stored underneath.
Furthermore, some trundles come with a bed and a separate storage unit where you can put your pillows, blankets, bedding, and other soft furnishings – but more on those later.
Space-saving, extra floor space, easy storage, spare bed – you name it. These are just some of the benefits you'd get from trundle beds.
But, as always, not every benefit holds the same weight, so we thought we'd delve into a few of the most vital ones for a moment. Sounds good?
First and foremost – trundles save space. A trundle can be a day bed during the day and a regular bed at night, without taking up the space of a regular bed during the day. Also, if you pull out the mattress, you might even get yourself some extra storage space.
You get two beds for the price of one – what more could you ask for? Sure, a trundle will be a bit more expensive than a regular single bed, but then again, it'll be more affordable than a double. And, seeing how it can sleep more than a single person – that's two for the price of one in our book.
A trundle bed is more comfortable than a couch or a sofa – if we're talking about sleeping. It is a lot comfier to sleep on a regular mattress than it is to sleep on a sofa or a couch.
On the other hand, if we're just talking about lounging, which is what some people do on the guest beds, then a trundle is not as comfortable as a couch or a sofa. It could be, but that would require a lot of pillows and cushions, and that just isn't worth the hassle.
We have already said that not all trundles are the same, but we only spoke of size. Now, let's check out some other kinds of beds that can also be trundles.
A bunk bed could also be a trundle. You'd either have a regular bunk bed, with the exception of the bottom one coming with a trundle. Or, you could have a sort of a cross-over between a bunk and a trundle, and you'd only have to climb a step or two to reach the top bunk.
Some single-sized trundles could double as daybeds. As long as they come with a side panel you could use as a backrest – they'd do. However, you'll probably want to throw in some pillows for comfort, too.
The bigger ones just don't fit the design or the size profile of a daybed, so they're out.
A drawer bed is also a kind of a trundle, but then again, if you pull out a mattress from any trundle, you'd make it a drawer bed, wouldn't you? All jokes aside, some larger trundles come with a separate drawer (or more) for additional storage space.
Now that we know all the benefits of a trundle bed and now that we've gotten familiar with some of the different types of this two-in-one bed – let's take a look at some of the alternatives.
An air mattress is a brilliant alternative if you're just looking for something to serve as a bed for when the guests come in. Air mattresses are very compact when they're not used, and they're also the most affordable kind of guest beds. All in all – a great alternative.
A sleeper sofa or a pull-out sofa is a good choice if you need a multi-purpose bed. Small apartment? Get a sleeper sofa. A guest bed that doubles as a daybed? Get a sleeper sofa. Want something that's comfy for both lounging and sleeping? Get a sleeper sofa. All in all – a worthy replacement.
A futon is another decent alternative to a trundle, although we wouldn't really pick it over a sofa or an actual trundle. It's good, convenient, comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but when it comes to comfort – it's not really in the same league as a trundle.
A murphy is a good alternative if you're just looking to save space. However, in other aspects, a murphy bed is not quite a replacement for a nice trundle. Sure, it's convenient if you live in a one-room apartment and you need room for the rest of the essential furniture, but other than that, we'd stick with a trundle bed.
We can't quite answer this question for you, but what we can do is ask you a series of questions that could help you come to a conclusion. Are you ready?
Do you lack floor space or do guests often pop over? Do you have kids, and do their friends come over for sleepovers? Or, do you need extra storage in the bedroom?
If the answer to any, or all of these questions is yes, then, sure – treat yourself to a trundle bed. You'll certainly benefit from it.