With just over six weeks until Christmas many of us are already in full planning mode. The festive season brings many challenges: what to get that certain someone who is particularly difficult to buy for, making that all important decision about whether it’s going to be turkey, goose or beef for Christmas day lunch, and of course, where is everyone going to sleep when family and friends come to stay?
Thankfully there is a great selection of guest bed solutions in the market these days – from guest beds to futons and sofa beds. Whether you have a spare bedroom or you require the use of an overnight bed occasionally, guest beds offer great potential when you have people staying.
When space is at a premium in our homes a guest bed, also known as a weekender bed or slide away bed, is a great alternative to the traditional double or king size bed. Folding out beds can make best use of small spaces, and with many guest beds offering extra storage they are an ideal choice for smaller bedrooms.
Many guest beds now comes with a smaller mattress neatly tucked away under the divan base like the Respa Symphony De Luxe Guest Bed Benefiting from Respa’s Spring Gauge Unit mattress, this model is available with castors or retractable Legs. What’s more, right now at Dalzell’s the Respa Symphony De Luxe Guest Bed is on special offer and is complete with a Hughes Paris Headboard (in a choice of colours) and a set of 2 Bedroom Couture Polycotton Hollowfibre Pillows all for the fantastic price of £399.00!
Featuring an ornate open rail design in the side and back panels and its cream painted metal finish, the Balmoral Swan 3′ Day Bed folds out to create extra sleeping space whilst doubling up as extra seating. Perfectly at home in a bedroom or living area this stylish day bed is ideal when space is tight.
Things to consider when choosing a sofa bed include its folding out mechanism, whether your room space allows for lengthways or sideways folding out, and the usage it will get. Foam foldout is ideal for children’s rooms or a spare room where it’s getting only occasional use. Push down models can give your room that contemporary edge but may not offer the same durability as a metal action design.
For regular use or when you have guests staying for a prolonged period, metal action sofa beds can be the most reliable type. Many of these models are supplied with a durable sprung mattress for extra comfort and support.
The Balmoral Chester Sofa Bed is a stylish and modern two seater sofa bed finished in a black pellisma leather. This bed settee folds out into a 4′ 6″ bed. This model is supplied with a sprung mattress and features buttoned detailing in the back and seat cushions to create a contemporary feel.
There are a number of key features to consider when buying a futon: the frame usually made from wood, metal, or a combination of both, the futon mattress, and the futon cover. When choosing the best futon for your needs determine how much room you have, and how often it will be used. The two main types of futons are trifold, which are folded twice and use the width of the mattress as the sofa, and a bifold which is folded once and uses the length of the mattress as a seating area.
The Annaghmore Porto Black Futon is a perfect space saving solution for overnight guests or as additional seating in the home. This robust and sturdy model combines a solid wood frame with a choice of black or beige cotton futon mattress. Comfortable as additional seating, this modern futon has an easy to convert mechanism to transform it into a small double bed.
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Retailing a large selection of guest divans, Armagh Beds.com stock some of the leading bed designers in the UK and Ireland including Annaghmore Agencies, Balmoral / Moffet & Sons and Kellett of Oldcastle’s Sleeptight and Respa bed brands. Visit our showroom at Dalzell’s of Markethill to view our extensive range of guest and storage beds. Located between Newry and Armagh, we’re just a short drive from Cookstown and Dungannon. With our rapid Free Delivery service across Northern Ireland and Counties Dublin, Louth and Monaghan in Ireland (daily services to Belfast and Dublin city) you won’t be waiting around for a good night’s sleep! What’s more, we provide competitive delivery rates across the rest of Ireland. We’ll even provide Free Collection and Recycling of your Old Bed (see delivery), set it up and dispose of all the packaging to help make changing your bed hassle free.