11 solutions when you don't have a spare bed for guests

Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored
Sat February 23, 2019

In three weeks, your very best friend from college is coming to your city! (Not that you're counting or anything.) The only issue? While your home is modern, stylish and affordable, it doesn't have space for a second bed.

This poses a tricky situation for many homeowners and renters: You want your visitors to be comfortable when they're in town, andt you need to give them a space to rest that face you love so much. To make that #ReunitedAndItFeelsSoGood also include a good night's rest, you need to find solutions that work for your space.

To the rescue are air mattresses, bean bag chairs, futons and even Japanese-inspired sleeping arrangements that provide quality and care and, of course, keep your pal cozy.

We've rounded up 11 picks for you to consider.

Nia Pin Tufted Convertible Sofa ($330.99, originally $360.99; allmodern.com)

In your living room, this smart-looking buy with its clean lines serves as a great canvas for accent pillows and throws. Made with manufactured wood and velvet upholstery and available in a variety of shades, it's ideal for watching Netflix. But then, it folds out to a full-size bed to make space for chilling. Its foam fill and springs will add support for sleepy time. We like its digestible size for small spaces, and the fact you only need to add some sheets, a pillow and a blanket to get it ready for your guest to slumber.

Novogratz Brittany Sleeper Sofa Bed ($646.09, originally $819.94; amazon.com)

This is one of the highest-rated sleeper-sofa beds available on Amazon. You'll be in awe of the contemporary aesthetic, featuring handsome linen upholstery. The piping adds character and charm, allowing this buy to become a statement piece in your living room or office. You can pick between blue, dark grey, mustard and green. But the magic is actually found inside, where a memory foam mattress is cleverly hidden. It'll contour to your guests' bodies and distribute body weight evenly, even if you're hosting two folks. Fold it up fast to get your room back in order, and repeat for as many guests as come your way.

CordaRoy's Chenille Bean Bag Chair ($259.99; cordaroys.com)

As a kiddo, you loved jumping into a beanbag from the sofa. Even in college — or at Instagram-worthy workspaces now — beanbags are a welcomed home accessory. With this fun pick from CordaRoy, you add seating to your living room or playtime to your child's room and get an extra bed in the process. This multitasking, win-win purchase can fold out into a full- or queen-size bed, depending on your space and needs. As a bonus, the microfiber cover is machine-washable, so if any accidents or spills happen after too many bottles of wine as you catch up, it's easy to clean.

Simmons Beautyrest Hi-Loft Inflatable Air Mattress ($73.40, originally $89.61; amazon.com)

As Consumer Reports' top-rated double-height air mattress, this is not only an affordable option — under $75! — but one that makes the chaos of inflating a temporary bed less intense. You never want to pick an air mattress without an internal pump (unless you have superhuman lungs), and this one takes only three minutes to reach 100% firmness. In the a.m., when you're ready to deflate and get going with your day, you only need three minutes for it to flatten. For safekeeping, this model comes with a storage bag to put it under your real bed or in the closet.

Aerobed Classic Inflatable ($56, originally $79.99; amazon.com)

Also a Consumer Reports favorite, this smaller option from Aerobed rises to 11 inches. However, it offers an even faster setup of two minutes to inflate and deflate, giving you more time to spend with your guests rather than preparing their sleeping arrangements. Though it does tend to be bulkier than other options, many Amazon reviewers are impressed with the comfort and the rest it provides. And for $56, not a bad investment!

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with Insta III Pump ($86.27, originally $99.95; amazon.com)

Sure, no air mattress will ever beat your standard one that you spend countless hours researching before you ordered, but this one could come close. At under $90, this queen-size pick holds air throughout the night and takes less than five minutes to inflate. One reviewer who said he weighed 200 pounds sang the praises of this air mattress, saying it held him all night long without problems.

CouchBed ($299.99; amazon.com)

It's a couch — and a bed! But not a futon. Okay, stick with us: CouchBed is made of a comfortable, cooling gel memory foam but can be situated to stand up like a couch, or lie flat like a bed. You can order a twin or a queen in a variety of colors from blue and charcoal to limestone. Though it'll be a bit on the harder side, this is actually a good thing for your back support while you're sitting upright or sleeping. The fabric is removable, so you can wash away pet dander or stains in a snap.

Kodiak Best Futon Lounger ($299; amazon.com)

When we talk about "small spaces" -- you actually would describe your place as tiny. Teeny-tiny, even. The idea of a futon is overwhelming for your living room, but this cute buy won't be. It'll only fold out to a twin-size bed, but it does adjust to three positions -- sit, lounge or sleep. It's also extra plush for sitting and reading during the day. And hey, even if nobody is staying over, we'd say it's just about perfect for adult nap time.

Rolling Bed Traditional Japanese Floor Futon Mattress ($70.71; amazon.com)

If you've never been to Japan, here's a quick guide to their sleeping traditions: They nod off on the floor. No, really! When you book a traditional hotel, known as a ryokan, you won't be given a bed, but a rollout pad with pillows. It might sound uncomfortable, but this highly rated floor futon mattress tells a different story. In fact, many reviewers say it's ideal for back pain and for those who have little to no room for guests. That might take some convincing for your mom — but we bet your kid sister will be on board.

DHP Upholstered Linen Daybed ($317.56; amazon.com)

In the corner of your home office, that's small to begin with, you have space for a couch. However, you want it to push up against the wall to provide more room for all that pacing you do while on a phone call. Enter this pretty, simple linen daybed. Available in blue, tan and gray, this multipurpose couch-and-bed combo allows you to put your feet up when you're brainstorming, and later give your family a place to crash. Keep in mind the twin mattress is sold separately, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Sofa Sack Microsuede Furniture ($267.38; amazon.com)

If asked to describe your home, you would say you prioritize comfort over anything else. You want everything to be plush, welcoming and soft, much like this microsuede pick. Though it's slightly on the larger side, if you use this as your couch or as the decor in your kid's room, it works just fine. You can select from 14 colors, ranging from red and yellow to orange and blue. Throw a sheet over it, hand over a blanket and your guests will drift off to sleep.