Living Space

Living Space: Twin beds a versatile choice for guests

Tribune Media ServicesJuly 12, 2013 

That extra twin bed you keep for young guests can double as a daybed the rest of the time.


If you think twin beds are an antiquated bedding choice or are just for kids, think again. They offer terrific versatility you might not notice at first glance.

Twin options

When family or friends visit, there’s not always a married couple staying in the spare bedroom. Often there’s a generational relationship among guests, such as father and son, siblings, grandmother and grandchild. That’s where twin beds offer a great option. Instead of relegating a teen to the living room sofa, now both father and son can sleep in the same room and each can have his own bed.

For a couple, twin beds can be moved together to create a single large bed. A foam bridge will create a single mattress feel for about $15 ( Cover both mattresses with a pad or foam topper, and no one would ever know they’re not sleeping on a single mattress. For the most attractive look, add padded headboards to twin beds. Then, when you want to move the beds together, the headboards will look uniform.

Consider using a shared console as a nightstand between the two beds. When the beds are pushed together, the console can be moved to one side or the other. A small table can stand in on the other side as a nightstand. Adding ottomans at the foot of each bed for guests to sit on and put on their shoes or to hold a suitcase makes a nice touch. Ottomans can also be pushed together to create a unified seating area at the foot of combined twin beds.

Other options

Another option for your guest room is sleeper chairs. Often, a home office or other spare room is used for guests. By outfitting the room with sleeper chairs, you can easily transform it into a guest room for two with a flip of a cushion.

Trundle beds are another choice. Most often used to accommodate young guests in a child’s room, a trundle can be used as a daybed or sofa the rest of the time. Guests can sleep on individual trundle beds, or push two together and add a foam bridge.

Two of a kind

Furnishing your guest room with twin beds doesn’t mean you have to leave them pushed apart. Pull a pair together and add a single headboard. Presto, you have a good-sized, comfortable bed for couples or singles, plus the flexibility to switch to two beds.


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