Trundle beds are a great solution for e.g. the kid’s room.
It’s a great way to hide an extra bed, and besides that, you also get the drawers of storage space.
Pull Out Trundle Beds Below Stairs
We love ideas like hiding a trundle bed under a staircase or inside a platform.
These ideas are homemade and very unique solutions made to fit this house exactly. But they can definitely be copied and used in other spaces as well.
Notice how there are drawers with space to the right and a bed to the left. You will probably only be able to store a thin foam mattress inside these drawers but they are also fine for most young couples.
The next two solutions above are a little more extensive.
The floor has been raised 1.5 feet in order to make space for a twin bed and a lot of storage. Drawers hidden inside stairs are just amazing and works every time!
The last example above is great when you have a high ceiling. You need extra vertical space to pull this off but if you have that, this can be the best space saving idea you can use!
Pull Out Bed Under Platform Floor With Storage
You can also go all out and install a ton of storage inside a platform.
This design could easily be adjusted to include two twin beds or a queen size bed. You just pull out the beds when it’s bedtime and you are ready to go to sleep.
The pillows and the duvet can be stored in the other storage rooms.
It’s really amazing how much storage the designer has managed to hide in this clean and white living room.
With a room like this, you don’t need a separate bedroom.
You can also make it more like a relaxing area with a few stairs.
Platform Floor With Bed On Wheels (casters)
This bed can roll out from under the platform. It has small wheels mounted under the bed frame so you can easily pull it out over the floor.
The casters are mounted into the bed frame and you can roll it out with ease.
This is a great DIY idea that you can build if you have space with normal ceiling height. When you use the space on the platform for relaxing (sitting!) you don’t need a super high ceiling in order to hide the bed under a platform.
Here you can see how the construction can be made.
How To Build A Platform Floor With A Slide Out Bed
You first build up the wooden construction around the bed frame.
You can either have it as a stand-alone structure or you can choose to mount it into the floor or the wall. Either way is fine because the pressure is only downward toward the ground.
This example is a size between a twin bed and a queen size bed. If you want a deep/long bed you probably need more vertical support around the wooden bed frame.
As soon as you have this structure done you can start placing wooden panels on top of the platform and you can mount the bed frame on top of the pull-out structure.
You need to adjust measurements to your room so there’s no point in listing measurements here. It’s a DIY project that will take a couple of days unless you are skilled and used to doing DIY projects at this scale.
But the reward is obvious with the added space you will have.
You should consult a carpenter or an engineer if you are not sure about how much weight you can stress upon the structure.
Hidden Bed Underneath Raised Floor
This solution is made by Architect Juliena Bucet.
The idea is to utilize every square inch as the layout of this apartment is only 129 sq.ft. (12 m2). So there’s not any wiggle room for unused space as the owner wants to have everything:
- Living Space
The bed is completely hidden when it is tucked away under the raised floor.
As you pull out the bed you reveal a queen size bed with sheets and pillows. There’s plenty of sleeping space and the bed looks really comfortable with a spring mattress. The bed frame looks around
When you pull the bed out a little bit it becomes a sofa for 3-4 people. So it’s actually a pretty cool multi-function furniture piece.
The pillows are stored in a drawer to the right of the bed.
The bed is from a tiny apartment in Paris where the rent is sky high. So in order to make the most of this studio apartment, the owner worked with a space-optimizing architect and we love how they solved this space.
There are endless possibilities when you have the option to raise the floor. You can install a bed below and you can have built-in storage everywhere.
You can also do this with kids rooms.
Great Option For Kids Rooms
When you do this in a kids room you can better do this because they are not as tall as an adult.
When your kids are under 15 years they will typically enjoy a bed underneath a raised floor because they don’t use the vertical space anyway.
For kids, most rooms have a very high ceiling. They can stand up on the platform even if the ceiling is pretty low for an adult.
So they don’t mind having a raised floor.
This way you can get more sq. ft. out of the kid’s room and they will enjoy pulling out the bed when it’s bedtime. That will also teach them to tidy up the floor before they go to bed each night.
They have to in order to make the bed.
Murphy Chest Beds You Can Roll Out
Murphy Chest Beds are beds you can roll out from a small cabinet.
The mattress will be folded together inside the cabinet during the day and at night time you pull out the bed.
You can probably also build these yourself as a DIY project but it’s a bit more complicated. These beds are great for small rooms and for hiding a guest bed in the living room.
They are actually an old invention and the design is classic. You can also get models with an accordion type fold-out system. But normally the mattress will be stored in three layers you can fold out.
They are typically not intended for everyday use but more designed as a guest bed. But you can use them every day. They can be quite comfortable if you like sleeping on a foam mattress.
You cannot mount a spring mattress inside the chest bed design because it will not fold as the foam mattress.
This one is also from Amazon. We can find it here.
It’s a more minimalistic and white design that fits well in a modern home.
You can see how the furniture is extracted out with the wheel below the structure. You just lift up the top and you can pull out the bed part when you need to sleep.
Video With Unique Platform Bed Design
In this episode of “Small spaces – big design,” you’ll meet two Japanese girls living in Manhattan.
They have built-in lots of storage in platform beds. A great way to tuck away all your stuff, so it’s not visible at all. When you do bespoke solutions like this, you can maximize the storage space below the bed, and make sure you get the most out of every inch!
You can skip to 5:30 if you want to see the platform bed, but if you have the time you should definitely see the whole movie.
For a small apartment or tiny space in an area like Manhattan, London, Paris, Hong Kong, etc. where rent is sky-high, it’s always crucial to optimize everywhere, in order to get things out of sight. Otherwise, it can be hard to get space to relax and entertain your friends.
You can see many more trundle beds here if you are looking for other designs.
Beds With Drawers For Storage
They are also available without the extra mattress if you only need storage. These beds are normal height, so if you prefer not to sleep in a high bed, and you don’t need that extra mattress, it’s a good way to store your clothes.
Utilizing the extra storage you get from a high bed is a good idea when you live in a small space.
This model is quite stylish in a dark finish, and you can also store stuff you need on a daily basis directly below the bed, without having to pull out a drawer:
The Classic Trundle Bed
Here you can see a classic Trundle bed with 3 drawers under the bed, and a good box mattress, to make sure your guests will sleep comfortably all night:
Trundle Bed With Drawers For Storage
Or if you just want to have the extra sleeping space, and don’t need the storage, here’s a model without the drawers:
Trundle beds have been around for a long time, and they are also easy to make yourself. Basically, You just need to add small wheels below the extra mattress, and it will slide in nicely below the bed frame.
Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.