What is a Trundle Bed?
A trundle bed (or truckle bed) is a low, wheeled bed that is stored under a normal bed and can be rolled out for use by visitors or as just another bed.
A pop-up trundle bed can be raised to meet the height of the normal bed, effectively creating a wider sleeping surface when positioned side-by-side.
Here are a few of our favourite things about these ingenious, space-saving beds…
1. Sometimes bunk beds take up too much room and pose the risk of your child falling out of bed from a greater height. A good solution to this issue is a trundle bed. This method maximizes both floor and wall space. Since it slides right underneath the bed, it doesn’t take up any more space in the room when not in use, leaving lots of space for dancing, playing or studying.
2. Trundle beds are mainly used by children and are great for fun sleepovers. A trundle bed makes it easier for visiting family and friends who are sleeping over, or for two children who share a room.
3. It’s a well-known fact that when a child is sick they just want their mum. A trundle bed provides the perfect solution for a parent needing to sleep in the same room at any point in time. Being nearby can make a sick child feel more secure and more likely to sleep through the night.
4. Use a trundle bed as a backup bed for when an emergency mattress is required. You can hide the extra mattress underneath the bed frame during the day, but then pull it out when it is needed.
5. They double up as a giant storage drawer – because what child doesn’t need extra storage?
6. Most of our trundles can be pulled out fully from the bed, and then positioned anywhere in a room.
Different Types Of Trundle Beds
Single beds with a trundle bed underneath or a pop-up trundle bed that stores away neatly is one of the most favoured options in the Nest range. Perfect for ore spontaneous the next time you have friends to stay!
Day beds are bed frames that have three sides, so that they look similar to a couch or lounging area. These beds typically look nicer when placed along long walls, and tend to look very elegant. We have even seen some day bed models being used as sofas in living areas; just add pillows and bedding when you’re ready to sleep. Trundle Beds can be added to Day beds when there is space underneath the bed frame for another mattress to hide. Typically, you see day beds in a single size, but it is not entirely uncommon to find them in a full or queen size too.
Our Pennington Extendable Bed is a truly versatile all rounder, suitable for any child’s room. This flexible design means that the 90 x 200 cm lying surface can be easily extended up to 180 x 200 cm, therefore cleverly expanding the sleeping area as required. So it can be used either as a single bed, double bed or as comfortable seating – the perfect spot for relaxing and lounging about during the day. If extra space is required, you also have the option to add an Underbed Drawer. This drawer rolls easily out and in (thanks to hidden castors) to provide a spacious storage compartment for toys or for storing additional bedding for when the bed is fully extended.
Cabin or Midsleeper beds utilize space by providing ample storage capabilities in the form of drawers, cupboards or shelves that fit underneath. These types of beds are great for smaller rooms.
Bunk beds that incorporate a trundle can sleep the most people, especially if you find a double size option. The bunk that we love that was sourced exclusively for the Nest range in South Africa, features two full sized extra length adult sized beds, a large pull-out desk with plenty of handy storage in between plus an underbed drawer that can also be used as a third additional bed. This bed is perfect for the ultimate sleepover for your kids.
So, as you can see, trundle beds are very valuable pieces of furniture for anyone with kids, looking to maximize space.
IMPORTANT TIP: The lower mattress will have limitations as to its thickness, so it is important to check the prerequisites. It needs an easy fit under the upper bed. A good option here is a memory foam mattress since it doesn’t need a box spring. The main mattress used on top shouldn’t have as much limitation.
Keep in mind that if you’re thinking about purchasing a bed with an added trundle, expect to pay a little more than you would for a single, three-quarter or double bed, because essentially you’re buying a bed frame that has two places to sleep instead of one and obviously, you’ll also need another mattress to fill this space.
We’d like to welcome you to Nest’s largest ever range of children’s beds and mattresses; whether you’re looking for space-saving cabin, midsleeper and high sleeper beds, child-friendly bunk beds, toddler beds, or classic single beds, they’re all here and don’t forget because safety is paramount to us, they have all been tested to the correct standard for children’s furniture plus they all include a warranty.