Housing Guests in a One Bedroom Apartment

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Housing Guests in a One Bedroom Apartment

Staff Writer · Jun 16, 2010

Having guests over for a stay in a one bedroom apartment isn’t an impossible task. If you want to invite people to spend a few nights at your apartment, just invest in any of the following:

Hideaway Couch

The simplest way to turn your living room—probably the only other room in a one bedroom apartment besides the bedroom that has adequate space for your guests—into a comfortable bedding area when you need it is to invest in a hideaway couch. Although this may be the most expensive option, the investment may be worth it if you frequently have guests.

Hideaway couches are often nearly as comfortable as traditional beds. They also raise your guests off of the floor, which may help with their comfort. During the day and during the times when you don’t have guests, you simply fold away the bed and use the sofa for seating. These couches are often attractive and comfortable, so you won’t be sacrificing comfort for a bed that’s not always in use.

Air Mattress

If you’re already partial to your current couch or don’t like the cost of the hideaway couch, you can invest in an air mattress instead. These are highly convenient because they can be deflated when not in use and stored away in a closet or under your bed, wherever you have extra space in the one bedroom apartment. Air mattresses can often be as comfortable as traditional mattresses, particularly if you cover the plastic surface with a soft sheet. Even some traditional mattresses use air mattress technology for fast comfort adjustment.

There are a few caveats to the air mattress, though. Warn your guests to be careful of sitting down too quickly and potentially popping the mattress. If you or your guests have any animals in the apartment, try to keep the animals away, as they can unintentionally pop the mattress with their claws. Also, be aware that you will have to inflate the mattress. This will usually not entail blowing the entire mattress by mouth, as you probably won’t have the strength, but some sort of pump. If the pump is electrical, you can plug it in to fill up the mattress, but it will be noisy. If the pump is a foot pump, you’ll get a bit of a leg workout pumping up the mattress.

Sleeping Bags

Easily the cheapest option for housing guests in a one bedroom apartment, sleeping bags are also the easiest to set up and quite easy to store away. When not in use, roll up the sleeping bag and tuck it somewhere out of the way. When your guests arrive, unroll the sleeping bags wherever there’s room.

The biggest drawback of sleeping bags over other alternatives is comfort, particularly if you or your guests use it on the floor. Sleeping bags can be somewhat comfortable, but you’re likely to still feel the hard floor underneath.

Whether you choose to give up the sole bedroom in your one bedroom apartment to your guests while you sleep on the temporary bedding or have your guests take the temporary bedding, you can find a comfortable, convenient way to house your guests in your apartment. The key is to invest in temporary bedding you can easily put away when the guests have gone so that it doesn’t take up much space in your small apartment.

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