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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SPACE SAVING BEDS


In cities it is difficult to have more than a two or three bedroom apartment. If you have growing kids or elderly parents or have overnight guests once in a while, don't panic. Invest in a space-saving bed like the ones described here. 

The advantages and usage of each type has been explained to help you decide on the one that suits you the most.

 


SOFA BED 
The  sofa bed is a convertible multi-functional piece of furniture that can be used as a seat during the day and reconfigured as a bed at night. therefore, it is also known as a sleeper sofa. The divan bed is also a sofa bed, but without arms at one end to enable comfortable sleep by longer people. 


ADVANTAGES OF A SOFA BED:


  • Multi-use: It can be used as a seat during the day and converted into a bed at night and can also be used for storage. Space saver: The Sofa bed fits neatly anywhere in your home, without taking up an excessive amount of space.
  • Extra bed: The sofa bed provides an extra bed in the living room in case you do not have a guest room.
  • Comfortable: Apart from looking nice, it is very comfortable.
  • Storing away: A sofa bed need not be folded and stored away when not in use, thus preventing the musty, dusty smell that clings to unused mattresses.
USAGE OF A SOFA BED:
It is probably one of the best space-saving beds, as it provides a simple means of making a spare bed available at short notice whilst also being functional during the daytime. Therefore, it is the most popular choice for accommodating overnight guests. The  sofa bed is a convertible multi-functional piece of furniture that can be used as a seat during the day and reconfigured as a bed at night. therefore, it is also known as a sleeper sofa. The divan bed is also a sofa bed, but without arms at one end to enable comfortable sleep by longer people.


FUTON BED
Futon is very similar to a sofa bed and plays the dual role of a sofa as well as a bed. Futon is an English word derived from the Japanese 'futon', a term referring to the traditional style of Japanese bedding consisting of a thin padded mattress that can be folded and stored away during the day, allowing the room to serve for purposes other than as a bedroom.



ADVANTAGES OF A FUTON BED:

  • Versatile: It can be used anywhere in the house, where you need an extra seating/sleeping area.
  • Space saver: It does not take up as much space as a bed or sofa.
  • Economic: A Futon bed is economical and can be bought by most people.
  • Multi-use: With a small motion, you can convert a comfortable couch to have an extra sleeping bed and then turn it back to a couch.
  • Easy to assemble: It is easy to assemble and dissemble. This is helpful as it can pass through a narrow or small entrance whereas already assembled cots can be difficult to get through many hallways.
  • Comfortable:  Nowadays, futon beds are thicker and more comfortable than their earlier counterparts.
  • Stylish:  It adds style and elegance to the room and you can change the look and feel of the entire room, just by changing the cover of the futon bed.
USAGE OF A FUTON BED:
Like a Sofa bed, Futon bed is a good space-saving bed as it makes a spare bed available at short notice whilst also being functional during the daytime. If you have limited accommodation or you are short of an extra room in your house, then the Futon Bed comes handy for accommodating overnight  guests.


TRUNDLE BED
Trundle Bed  is essentially a bed on wheels, rollers or casters that can be rolled out from beneath an upper bed. So, a trundle bed is a space saver that allows an extra bed to be made available when unexpected guests arrive.

ADVANTAGES OF TRUNDLE BEDS:

  • An extra bed: A Trundle bed is an easy way of providing a spare bed at the time of necessity, without blocking the space constantly.
  • A space saver: A  Trundle bed allows the room to be spacious during the day and provides an extra bed at night. Ideal for children’s ’sleepover’ parties.
  • Ideal for bigger families: In houses with few bedrooms but more inmates, the trundle bed comes in handy.
  • Better than a bunk bed in kids rooms: Easy to handle and simple to maintain, these beds are sturdy and safer than bunk beds.
  • A storage drawer: When a trundle bed is not used for sleeping, it can be used as a general storage drawer.
USAGE OF A TRUNDLE BED:
People often buy a trundle bed to provide extra bed space for overnight guests or for children’s “sleepover” parties. When a trundle bed is not used for sleeping, the mattress of the lower bed can be removed and it can be used as a general storage drawer.


BUNK BED
Bunk bed is essentially a two-in-one bed, with one bunk placed above the other and held apart by support struts. The top bed is surrounded by a railing to prevent the sleeper from falling out and accessed by a ladder or steps. 


ADVANTAGES OF A BUNK BED:

  • Durability:  The bunk bed is durable and can be used by your child from age three through college.
  • Sharing a bedroom:  A bunk bed allows two kids to share a small room without having to sleep in the same bed.
  • Space-saver:  It frees up valuable floor space for a desk and play area for your child.
  • Resale:  A good quality bunk bed can be sold later and you can get a good resale value for it.
  • Flexibility: Bunk beds are flexible, the top bunk can be removed and used like a regular single bed once the kids have grown up .
USAGE OF A BUNK BED:
By using vertical space, a bunk bed allows two people to sleep in the floor space of one. Therefore, it is popular in places where multiple people must sleep in a small space like children's bedrooms, dorms, hostels, prisons and summer holiday accommodation.


MURPHY BED

The Murphy Bed also known as wallbed, or fold away bed – was named after William Murphy who invented it in the beginning of the twentieth century to make more space in his one-bed apartment to entertain his friends. When not required, the bed folds away vertically into the wall or a closet, allowing the room to be used for other purposes and when required, it unfolds to transform the room into a bedroom.  


ADVANTAGES OF MURPHY BEDS:
  • Space saver: The biggest advantage of Murphy bed is that it can be easily folded away during the daytime, when not required and you can utilize the space for some other purposes.
  • Economical: Murphy beds are economical and pocket friendly. At times, the Murphy beds are found to be cheaper than the regular ones.
  • Usefulness:  Murphy beds can be used by anyone including pets!
USAGE OF MURPHY BED:
In recent times, the wallbed has not been so popular because of the availability of alternative, space-saving beds such as futons or trundle beds which are a lot more comfortable. However, as cities are getting crowded, the apartments are getting smaller and in such spaces, Murphy beds are the best alternative.

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