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Trundle beds are a space-efficient, cost-effective way to provide space for overnight guests. Visiting relatives, children sleeping over, and unexpected guests are all the perfect occasion to pull out your trundle.
Also called truckle beds, trundle beds consist of a bed frame on wheels which fits (with its mattress) beneath an ordinary bed, or beneath a specialized bed like a bunk bed or daybed. Trundle beds are usually twin-sized, and most keep a low-profile after being rolled out, though others “pop up” to become taller.
Below, you’ll find reviews of our favorite trundle beds, as well as a buyer’s guide where you can learn all you need to know to make a confident purchase. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive frame to use for sleepovers, or a luxurious, fully-upholstered all-in-one option, keep reading to learn more.
Priced lower than many single bed frames, the Zinus Suzanne Twin Daybed and Trundle Frame Set is our Editor’s Pick. This attractive daybed-style bed frame and trundle is the ideal choice for a teenager’s room, guest room, or even a living space. Steel is both durable and attractive, and the frame’s clean, modern lines and trendy wood accents ensure that it will fit in with almost any decor style.
Our testing team appreciated the solidity of this bed’s construction, as some easy-to-assemble frames can wobble or otherwise feel less stable than is desired. The bottom trundle fits 5 or 6-inch mattresses, but some reviewers who wanted more support found that they could remove the trundle wheels and easily slide the trundle on the floor. This product is backed by a five-year warranty.
If you already have a bed suited for use with a trundle, the VECELO Premium Trundle Twin Bed is an excellent value for the money. Due to its ultra low-profile design and straightforward, durable steel frame, this trundle bed is ready to slide under any bed with ten inches or more of clearance. You can also allow for a thicker mattress if you have a taller bed.
Steel is a very popular material for both bed frames and trundle bed frames due to its strength and attractive appearance. While some thin trundle beds can deform over time or under heavier weights, this trundle is incredibly solid and rated to withstand up to 300 lbs. The caster wheels make it easy to maneuver as well, while the two locking wheels prevent the trundle from accidentally sliding out, or moving while being slept on.
Our Best Luxury pick is the K27 Full Bed with Trundle from Best Quality Furniture. This sturdy model is upholstered in woven grey fabric for a sophisticated appearance that complements any indoor space. The Full-size bed also includes a headboard with stylish, tufted stitching and slats for added stability.
The trundle rolls out on locking caster wheels to prevent slippage during the night. Customers can assemble the bed themselves or opt for expert assembly, which costs roughly $160. Although the K27 has a relatively high price-point, its high durability and performance make it worth the investment.
Trundle-only designs are ideal if you already have a bed with enough height clearance to fit the trundle and a mattress. We love Zinus for their sturdy, affordable trundle bed options and have chosen the straightforward Zinus Eden Trundle Bed Frame as our trundle-only pick based on its classic simplicity and practical design. The frame is easy to put together without tools and is appropriate for both children and adults.
As with all trundle-only frames, the height of the mattress you can use depends on the clearance of your full frame. (Most trundle beds allow for 5-6 inches, but thicker mattresses are sometimes more comfortable.) Whatever you choose, solid steel slats will keep your guests comfortable and supported all night long. However, as the trundle lacks sides, our review team found that attaching your mattress with hooks or ties makes it easier to maneuver out from beneath the main bed.
Our pick for Best Trundle Bunk Bed is this resilient model from Max & Lily, which is crafted from premium New Zealand pine with a lovely medium finish. Metal support bars and wooden slats brace both beds, and a 14″ guard rail is included with the top bunk for added security. The bunks can also be broken down into two individual beds.
Each bed has a 400-lb. weight capacity, making them suitable for most children and adults. The trundle is extracted using a built-in drawer that hides the bed when not in use. Customers can choose from Twin/Twin, Twin/Full, or Full/Full designs. Expert assembly is also available for an added charge, but most owners can assemble the beds using tools provided with purchase.
Trundle beds have been in use since the 16th century for a very good reason: they’re cost and space-efficient, comfortable, and adaptable over time. They are still a popular way to accommodate overnight guests. If you need a spare bed, trundle beds come in a wide range of styles at affordable prices.
Of course, before you make a decision, it’s worth learning about the different types of trundle bed available. In the guide below, we cover the most popular trundle bed styles, features to look for, and trundle bed alternatives. By the end of this guide, you should feel confident shopping for and choosing the right trundle bed for you and your home.
The least expensive type of trundle bed, a trundle-only frame is an excellent addition if you already have a bed frame with enough clearance for the trundle. Most trundle frames are plain steel (with wheels, and slats to support a mattress) and a nice choice for children’s sleepovers or unexpected guests.
However, some inexpensive options have lower weight limits, so keep an eye on that factor if you plan to sleep adults on the trundle.
The trundle drawer is a classic style that can be attached to both standard bed frames or day and bunk beds. Instead of providing an open space below the bed with room for the trundle, the trundle itself is in a seamless ‘drawer’ below the primary bed.
Although this style is usually more expensive, it offers a clean appearance and prevents dust from gathering below the main bed. Most have as much room for a trundle mattress as other styles.
Daybeds are a combination of sofa and bed. Many are enclosed on three sides, with a high “back” which supports pillows when being used as a sofa. Popular both as occasional beds or full-time beds, daybeds can be very comfortable and come in many designs.
Adding a trundle to a daybed (or buying one with a trundle included) is a great way of fitting lots of function into a small space.
While bunk beds can be considered an alternative to a trundle bed, bunk beds with added trundles are a great way to fit sleep several people in a small space. This means your guests will share a room, but for children this is usually a lot of fun. Bunk beds paired with a trundle are also a good choice if you have two children who will be sharing the primary beds.
In general, solid wood frames are classic but can be expensive, while metal frames have a modern look and are often less expensive. For most people, choosing a material based on price point and their personal style works well, as both wooden and metal frames are very durable.
Other materials often used in trundle bed frames are plastic or other synthetic materials, or particle board. These are often inexpensive options, but tend to have shorter lifespans than solid wood or metal. Frames can also be upholstered for style and comfort; luxury daybed frames, for example, are often upholstered to look like a sofa when not being used as a bed.
Most trundle bed frames require you to purchase a mattress separately. While there are a wide range of trundle bed mattresses available, it’s well worth considering who is going to be using the trundle, and for how long.
Children, for example, rarely require an expensive mattress, particularly if they’ll only be staying over for one night at a time. If your trundle bed is primarily for sleepovers, consider a low-cost innerspring or foam mattress which will provide plenty of comfort and support in the short term.
However, if you’re going to be hosting adults, or anticipate guests staying for longer than a night, it might be worth investing in a high-quality memory foam option. Since trundle bed mattresses are usually thinner than the ordinary variety, choosing a high-quality mattress will make a significant difference for your guest’s comfort.
Like all forms of bedroom furniture, there are trundle beds available which will suit any aesthetic preference and budget. Contemporary or modern beds are often available at lower prices than other styles, but affordable classic, shabby chic, mid-century modern, and other styles of trundle bed can be found if you dig deeper.
While the look of a trundle bed is important, it’s crucial to ensure your bed is made of materials you like, and has the features you need.
Different trundle bed styles house the trundle in different ways, as outlined in the section above. The two primary methods are the trundle being loose in the space beneath the bed, or using a trundle drawer to hide it away. Some frames also feature additional drawers or cubby holes to add storage options for the trundle’s bedding.
Trundle beds aren’t perfect for everyone. Adults and the elderly can find the low profile of the trundle challenging to get in and out of, and frames that require thinner mattresses can be less comfortable than other options.
If you’re unsure whether a trundle bed will work for you, consider these excellent alternatives:
|Futon||Folds into a couch when not used as a bed Often inexpensive Widely available in a range of styles||The mattress is often thin and can be uncomfortable Children can pinch their fingers Not always durable|
|Air Mattress||Easy to store Very inexpensive compared to other options Adjustable to your firmness preference||Some people find it hard to sleep on air Leaks can be a problem Not always supportive|
|Bunk Beds||Extra space ideal for playing or lounging when not in use Always ready to use Wide range of styles and price||Separate sleepers must share the same room Take up more space High-quality frames can be expensive|
|Sleeper Sofa||Often more comfortable than a futon Fully collapsible Functions as an ordinary sofa||Very heavy Expensive Can be difficult or pricey to repair|
|Murphy Bed||Folds into a wall cabinet Has enough room for a full mattress Superb space-saver for dual-use rooms||Purchase & installation are expensive Requires room for the wall cabinet Can’t be moved|
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