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Where do you buy a ‘small double bed?”

73 replies

oldfatandtired1 · 12/06/2019 21:14

Finally getting round to sorting out my guest room which presently has a single bed with a sort of trundle mattress under it which converts to a double. The room isn’t used that often but both my sons visit with their partners so I want to buy a double bed. The room is small so I’d rather get a small double than a full size double. But I have no idea where to buy one! Any ideas? I don’t want to spend more than I have to but money isn’t really an issue.

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maidenover · 12/06/2019 21:16
BertieBotts · 12/06/2019 21:16

I wouldn't get a small double if it's meant for two adults to share. We have a king size bed at home (I think a lot of people do these days) and find a normal double to be small/cramped so a small double would be unbearable.

gothicsprout · 12/06/2019 21:16

If you don’t mind doing some assembly, the amusingly named I have a kingsize 4 poster from here, but they do all sizes and custom too

ILikeYourLittleHat · 12/06/2019 21:17

um... John Lewis? M&S? Argos? google 'small double bed'?

BalloonSlayer · 12/06/2019 21:18

I got them for 2 of the DCs from the local Harveys. Just went in and said "which of these come in a 4'?" Not all did but some. If was not as difficult as I anticipated.

ILikeYourLittleHat · 12/06/2019 21:18

agree re double beds seeming small though. I could cope with one or two nights but my dh wouldn't sleep comfortably.

PickAChew · 12/06/2019 21:19

I owuld have thought the beds you already have are a better arrangement - take up less space when not in use and provide more space when they are.

Hotterthanahotthing · 12/06/2019 21:22

We thought a small double too small for guests.We got an IKEA day bed which pulls out to a good sized double and allows us to put in useful sized chest of drawers and all the unfolded laundry until I get around to sorting it.

oldfatandtired1 · 12/06/2019 21:22

bertie I know what you mean, I have a king size in my own room and there’s only me! Trouble is the guest room is very small and even a normal double would dominate it. The bed really won’t be used often and normally just for one or two nights at a time.

Thanks for the links, I’ll have a look. Didn’t realise Ikea did them.

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Hotterthanahotthing · 12/06/2019 21:24

Forgot,it has 3 large drawers on the bottom so pillows,duvet and sheets stein 2 of the drawers.

CakeEquality · 12/06/2019 21:37

IL's have a single with a trundle under that converts to a 'double', my parents have a small double. Without a doubt the two singles next to each other are far more comfortable than the small double. If you've a weight difference between the two, the lighter one has to sleep on a slope all night, rolling into DP because there isn't enough width of mattress to even it out. At my parents one of us always ends up sleeping on the floor!

BlueSkiesLies · 12/06/2019 22:18

Can you really not fit a standard double bed? It isn’t very welcoming haven’t a tiny bed that two adults will struggle to fit in properly!

Would something like the Ikea day beds not be better? Single when folded away but a double when out? Or even a sofa bed?

BlueSkiesLies · 12/06/2019 22:19

Or one of those really cool Fill double sized Desk beds?

DonttouchthatLarry · 12/06/2019 22:19

We can just fit a double into one of our spare rooms due to built in furniture but it's not a big room and we seldom have guests so I wanted to get a single with trundle. It was lucky I measured as I found out it was two 3' singles so actually becomes a king size and wouldn't have fitted.

We're used to a king size bed and find a double small now, let alone a 4' small double which we had to put up with in a caravan recently.

I'd keep what you have - save money and make your guests more comfortable.

Ohyesiam · 12/06/2019 22:21

I think a double that isn’t a kingsze or bigger is called a small double now.

oldfatandtired1 · 12/06/2019 22:22

I’m beginning to think my current single with the trundle under might be best after all! More space when room not being used, more comfy for guests. I think I just thought a small double would “look nice”. Will have a think. Thanks for all the advice Smile

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bbcessex · 12/06/2019 22:27

We've had a couple of 'small doubles' OP

Got them new via eBay sellers.

Put a kingside duvet on and they are absolutely fine for overnight guests. No starfishing!! But not horrible or uncomfortable as a guest bed.

stringbean · 12/06/2019 22:29

We bought one for our daughter at 'Just4FtBeds' here

PatriciaHolm · 12/06/2019 22:33

My kids both have a small double from John Lewis (and I have the king size version!)

KenDoddsDadsDog · 12/06/2019 22:34

Next have loads , we’ve just bought one for DD. We have a bigger duvet on it though .

INeedNewShoes · 12/06/2019 22:38

I bought a basic but nice solid pine small double from Bristol beds in 2007 and it's still great. Guests (and yes, this includes couples) always comment on how comfortable the bed is.

I think unless you're hosting particularly large guests, then a small double is fine for a couple of nights.

Most important thing is to buy a relatively decent mattress.

Solasum · 12/06/2019 22:42

I have the arrangement you describe, with two decent mattresses then a good quality mattress topper too. It is a very comfortable bed, and I can fold it away if needed. Look into toppers? If you don’t like the look of an uneven base, you could get a valance sheet?

Celebelly · 12/06/2019 22:50

We have an Ikea day bed that can be used as a single but also folds out into a bed that's slightly bigger than a double. Might be worth a look. This is ours:

We got Ikea mattresses for it too that are super comfy! I'm sleeping on it at the moment as it's comfier than our bed Blush

BalloonSlayer · 13/06/2019 07:15

I have slept in small doubles in the past and never had a problem. DH and I only have an "ordinary" double now.

Mind you, I slept with DS2 in his cot bed many a night and was absolutely fine. Grin

LittleGinBigGin · 13/06/2019 07:22

We got one from next.

It’s a nice bed and big enough for what we need it for I’m not sure it would comfortably fit 2 adults tho.

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