When company comes to call, it’s nice to be able to offer a place for them to crash. If you have the space, setting up a guest room provides privacy for visitors, as well as a dual purpose room for you to use for storage, or even as an office.
Bed set-ups are surprisingly affordable as well. Platform bed choices are a budget friendly way to provide a place to sleep, and with the influx of online mattress companies, you can easily find a comfortable surface that doesn’t break the bank.
Your guest’s sleeping comfort should be important to you, but it’s important to remember that a guest mattress isn’t often going to see much use. It is going to hold up a lot longer than one you sleep on every night, and so spending a lot of money on a brand name might not be your best investment, especially with the many quality mattresses currently available on the market. We’ve reviewed many mattresses here at Sleep Buffs, and below I’m going to provide you with our top 5 choices to consider for your guest bedrooms.
Tuft and Needle Mattress
Loom and Leaf Mattress
Amerisleep Revere Mattress
Obviously you can’t anticipate the comfort needs of all your guests according to their sleep preferences. Buying a mattress that falls in a middle ground comfort range of firmness truly is your best bet in order to better meet the needs of everyone who may come to visit. Remember, most guests don’t visit for very extended lengths of time, and so meeting their short term needs is what your goal should be.
Side sleepers need a more conforming, plush surface to allow their hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress for better spinal alignment. Back and stomach sleepers need a more firm, uplifting support to keep their hips and shoulders from sinking, and so a medium to medium firm surface is often a popular guest room choice. This is especially true if you also take into account the mattress construction and materials being used.
Almost every mattress company boasts about their mattress construction and material use. Therefore it’s important to take note of material quality and differences so you know exactly what you are paying for. To make it simple, there are pretty much two types of construction material used in the mattress industry: Foam and Innerspring.
Foam mattresses are comprised of multiple layers of varying types of foams to create a supportive, but contouring sleeping surface. Memory and latex foam use is amongst the most popular foams in use. Mattresses made from these foams use them within the first few layers for surface comfort, and then are supported by more general poly foams for a base comfort and support.
Innerspring mattresses allow for a more uplifting support and more often than not provide weight distribution through pocket coils systems that move independently from one another. Many innersprings are hybridized and include a foam surface layer to provide contouring comfort without sacrificing overall support.
Even if you have some space restrictions, you should have at least a full size mattress for your visiting guests. This provides a spacious sleeping space for a single guest, and plenty of room for a couple, or even multiple children. It also allows you to be flexible with sleeping arrangements if you need to. For example, if something happens to your bed and you and your partner need an alternate arrangement. Or if you want to provide your bed to a guest, then you have a comfortable place to reside as well.
If a full sized or larger bed frame is problematic, you can always consider a Murphy Bed, or something similar that takes up very little space, but still allows for the needs of your guests. You may also want to consider an air mattress that you can store away when not in use but which also provides supportive comfort for short term visits.
As mentioned, guest mattresses get much less wear than your personal mattress, and so investing a lot of money into one to ensure longevity may not be the best use of your money. There are many mattresses on the market that are both considered good quality and comfortable that may not be what you stumble across on a showroom floor. Most showroom mattresses are proven brand names that have been around for awhile, but which also often carry the additional cost of middlemen, stocking, and commissioned markups.
The sleep industry has seen an influx of online, factory to front porch businesses that offer affordable, quality mattresses worth checking out. These mattresses often come with a sleep trial as well, so if you are concerned about comfort you can try them out to ensure you are providing your guests with a decent sleep surface.
When you are on the hunt for guest room comfort, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with the many choices you are faced with, as well as trying to anticipate the needs of your visitors. Ask yourself the following to help narrow down your choices:
If you have a small guest room you may be looking at choices such as Murphy beds, fold up beds, trundles, and bunk beds as well as more traditional frames. If so, then you need to consider the types of mattresses you but for each choice. Platform and bunk beds do not need a box spring, which lowers your cost, but bunk beds may need a lower profile mattress for the correct fit.Many Murphy beds may have a mattress thickness constraint as well, and if you have a fold up bed, then you need to consider if your mattress is capable of that type of usage.
Having a guest room setup can be helpful for more than when visitors come calling. Perhaps somebody has been ill and needs a different spot to rest and recovery, or simply due to cleaning purposes. Maybe you have considered taking on a housemate in the past as well, so this could become a more permanent sleeping space. It also may work well for those nights where you don’t want to disturb your partner after a late night of work.
Your mattress choices may be affected by how much company you expect. If you have only guest sporadically, then choosing a mattress may not be that big of a deal. But if you have a steady stream of visitors throughout the year, choosing something that is sure to hold up to varying body types through the years may be a better choice.
Does your guest room double as an office or playroom? If so, the type of bed you choose may, as mention, play into your product choices. Dual purpose guest rooms are the perfect solution for smaller houses, but you want to ensure that your choices allow for both uses to occur without one overwhelming the other. This is when air mattresses or even futons can become a good choice for visitors.
Don’t feel that creating a guest space is an impossibility due to budget constraints. Often the bed choices you have considered are affordable, but the mattress is what creates havoc with the finances. The important thing to remember is that you have many varied choices and taking your time to shop around and research what you are looking for will help you yield the results you need.
We have reviewed many mattresses here at Sleep Buffs, and although there are many to choose from, our top five rated choices that fit the above mentioned considerations are listed below:
When looking for a guest room mattress, you truly have a wide variety to choose from. But if you want a longer lasting, quality made product that won’t break the bank, these suggestions are amongst the best we have. Remember in your search for the best choice that the mattress most likely won’t see as much wear as your mattress, but does serve as more than just a guest bed when needed.
Of all the suggestions we’ve provided, my personal favorite is the Saatva Mattress due to the simple choices it provides, as well as the deep mattress and hybridization that brings in the best of memory foam and spring coiled action. Which would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below, as well as any questions you may have.
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