Greatest Hits 2022: 10 Easy Pieces: Grown-Up Guest Beds

I moved from New York to a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco a while back, and the list of friends that I’ve said “come and stay!” to has been growing and growing. The problem is I don’t like sleeper sofas—and while an air mattress is perfectly fine, there’s something very dorm-like about them. It’s a sad image: Our guest—a parent or sibling or best friend—standing over me with a pillow in hand as I unfurl the plastic and start up the blower. That’s not the kind of host I strive to be. Instead, I’d rather have a grown-up guest bed: a wood daybed in the corner of the room that expands into a proper bed for the night—and gets put back together in the morning. No air blower needed.

martina bautier guest bed 0 Above: Designed by Martina Bautier, Guest Bed is a convertible daybed made of solid oak. The bed slides out from a daybed into a double bed and the top mattress flips over onto the frame; €3,750 at Bautier.
cb2 lubi silver grey sleeper daybed 1 Above: The Lubi Silver Grey Sleeper Daybed is $1,099 at CB2.
serena & lily capistrano outdoor daybed dune 2 Above: The Capistrano Outdoor Daybed from Serena & Lily is hand-wrapped in an all-weather resin that mimics rattan. Modeled after a 1940s French design, the frame is shown here in natural; white is also available. The mattress is included and comes in 14 fabric options; tufted Sunbrella white canvas, shown, starts at $3,698. For more see our post 7 Favorites: The New Rattan Daybed.
the hansen family remix night couch 3 Above: The Remix Night Couch is designed by Gesa Hansen, founder of the Hansen Family. It’s handmade with a solid oak frame, comes in any textile from the Hansen Family or Kvadrat lines, and folds out flat into a platform bed. Prices start at $2,950. For more on Gesa, see our post A Scandi Furniture Designer at Home in Paris.
rolf heide bunk bed comfort model 4 Above: The Stackable Heide Bunk Bed Comfort Model designed by German cabinet maker Rolf Heide is €779 for each section at Manufactum in Germany. For more, see Stackable Guest Beds for Small Spaces: Rolf Heide’s Stapelliege.
studio oink washington dc temp file 5 Above: Seen here in a Studio Oink-designed guest bedroom in Washington, DC, Urban Green Furniture’s Thompson Trundle Bed can be pained to match any interior (here, it’s painted in Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin). It can be found via second-hand sites like AptDeco ($392).
softline design team duet daybed 6 Above: The Softline Design Team’s Duet Daybed in Pumice (shown) and Fog for $1,895 at Design Within Reach.
donald judd furniture single day bed 32 7 Above: The ultimate in guest beds is the Donald Judd Single Day Bed 32, still available through the Judd Foundation. It comes in a range of wood options and fits a twin mattress. Price upon request.
lolotoe convertible daybed with mattress 8 Above: The Frohna Upholstered Daybed folds down and opens into a queen; $969.99 at Wayfair.
serena & lily presidio daybed 9 Above: The Serena & Lily Presidio Daybed, shown in Brushed Cotton Canvas; $3,298 at Serena & Lily.
room & board oxford pop up platform sleeper daybed 10 Above: The Room & Board Oxford Pop-Up Platform Sleeper Daybed has a lower bed that pulls out and pops up to meet the upper making the twin size daybed into a queen; $2,999 at Room & Board.
west elm mid century daybed white 11 Above: The West Elm Midcentury Daybed in white is currently $1,049.

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N.B.: This post is a rerun; the original story ran on February 20, 2019 and has been updated with new prices and information.

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