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Are you looking to spruce up your lounge or shared sitting area while adding to its overall functionality? If so, then you absolutely need to add a bed that doubles as more than just a bed to your furniture collection. The simplicity of these pieces of furniture hides their incredible versatility. They can be super stylish yet functional. There’s nothing you won’t love about them.

When it comes to these kinds of beds, they are the essence of breeze living. You can move them around, turn them from couches to beds in a matter of minutes, and save a ton of space when you have guests over. They will suit just about any space in your home.

One of the main advantages of having one of these is that you can convert any space into a sleeping space without having to dedicate an entire room to it. Another great thing about these beds is that they come in a number of different styles, so you can pick one based on your aesthetic preference. Read on to learn about some of the different kinds you can pick from.


A daybed is a hybrid of a bed and sofa. It doesn’t have any moving parts, but it comes with a twin mattress that either rests on a platform or on slats. These are designed specifically to provide stylish seating as well as additional sleeping space when required.

The daybed consists of the following parts: a frame, mattress support, and a trundle (optional). The frame consists of two side panels and one back panel, all of which can be made of wood, metal, or a combination of the two. The panels are typically designed to fit a twin-sized mattress. The mattress support can come in the form of link springs or slats; while the former offers more strength and stability, the latter is less common and less stable. These kinds of beds are best used with a spring mattress because using one made of memory foam might make it unsuitable to be used as a couch. The trundle is an optional piece that can be added and stored under the daybed and pulled out when needed for extra sleeping space.

Trundle Bed

This is a two-in-one bed where one of the mattresses is placed under the frame of another mattress. The mattress below can be pulled out as needed, which makes the trundle bed an excellent space-saving piece of furniture.

Trundle beds can either be roll-out ones or pull-out ones. Both offer expanded sleeping features.

Sofa Bed

A sofa bed is pretty similar to a daybed because it doubles as a couch and a bed. Unlike the daybed, however, it has moving parts that allow its surface to either lie flat to offer a sleeping space or angled to serve as a sitting space.

Sofa beds are excellent couches and are preferred as such over daybeds, which cannot be folded up. This also means that sofa beds are better for when you need to save space.


Futons are more simplistic versions of sofa beds. They can also be used as sofas and beds. When they are being used as sofas, one part of the mattress functions as the backrest of the sofa, while the remaining part serves as the seat. Alternatively, you can have the mattress lie flat so it can serve as a sleeping space.

Futons are available in metal frames as well as wooden frames, depending on your preference. The former material is typically stronger and offers greater stability and durability.

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