Christmas shopping: find the perfect guest bed

Find sleeping space for family and friends this Christmas with our festive edit of guest beds

Expecting a houseful of guests this Christmas? Be prepared when family or friends come to stay…we’ve got a solution for even the smallest of spaces.

Sofa beds
If you often have guests to stay but don’t have the luxury of a spare room, a sofabed is a good option.

  • Sofabeds feel firmer to sit on than standard sofas due to the extra padding between the frame and the seat.
  • Designed for occasional, but not everyday sleeping, comfort depends on the quality of the mattress.
  • Metal-folding frame mechanisms with sprung mattresses are a more robust and comfortable choice – the frame unfolds so that the mattress is the same height as the seating.
  • Click-clack sofabeds simply fold out flat so that the foam upholstery becomes the sleeping surface, while some beds pull out from under the sofa, with the seating cushions folding down flat to form the mattress.

Flip two-seater sofabed (click-clack style), £299, DFS

Aissa two-seater sofabed (metal folding mechanism), from £1370, Sofa.com

Sonoma II corner sofabed (metal folding mechanism), £1599, Next

Hideaway beds
If your children have friends over regularly or your guest room is on the small side, why not consider a hideaway bed or day bed?

  • Truckle-style hideaway beds have a second bed underneath the main one which rolls out on wheels – a great choice for a child’s room.
  • Some hideaway beds have an underbed with folded legs that raise the second mattress to the level of the main bed – a good option for adult guests.
  • Not all beds come with mattresses. If the pull-out bed isn’t used very often, don’t splash out on a high-quality mattress – save that for the main bed.

Columbus underbed truckle bed, £250, Great Little Trading Company

Charterhouse day bed with trundle, £795, Aspace

Two Pack day bed, £875, Loaf

Hemnes day bed, £229, Ikea

Space-saving beds

If lack of space is the big issue, consider a bed that can be stowed out of sight in a cupboard or the loft when not in use.

  • Inflatable air beds are the ultimate space-saving solution. Many come with air pumps or self-inflation devices that take a minute or two to blow it up.
  • Folding guest beds range from the basic camp bed style to the more sophisticated bed-in-a-footstool design.
  • Folding mattresses are a great sleepover option for children’s rooms. Choose from unfolding foam Z-beds or cubes to roll-up mattresses that pack up into an easy-to-stow storage bag.

Jaybe Emperor single guest bed, £99, Very

Globe Trotter Z bed, £99, Little Home at John Lewis

Platinum raised kingsize airbed, £279.99, AeroBed

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Outwell Caress double air bed, £129.99, John Lewis

Boutique Roll Up bed, £95, Boutique Camping

Bed in a bag, £110, Great Little Trading Company

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