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    Need inexpensive bed idea for guests

    Out of the blue, we have guests coming for T'Giving. I need to come up with a bed for an older couple, one of whom is overweight. We have a good quality air mattress but am wondering if there is some sort of frame that it could be placed on so that it is more "bed-like" and would support their weight. We slept on it as is for several months but it bounces around a lot and sheets pop off of it so not exactly welcoming for guests. I could buy an inexpensive platform and mattress but don't anticipate a horde of visitors in the future and the room is actually DH's man cave so a permanent bed would eat up his space. And I have two weeks to figure this out. Any ideas appreciated!!

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    I would let them sleep in my bed and sleep on the couch before I would spend money on something.

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    In one of our guest bedrooms in Hermann we have a (free) futon, another gain From friends who moved. It is not comfortable, but it is there for the time being and u til weremodel this house. I think in the future we will get one of those high quality air mattresses.

    If I were you I woild offer what I have, tell them what it is, and then let them decide to stay with you or in a motel. There is peobably an air b and b near you, another option.

    Honestly, when we have guests at our city house, we give our best bedroom, our own, because it is easier than trying to shuffle guestbeds around. i sleep on the sofa or else go down the street to stay with a neighbor.

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    I have a double bed in my small office. I bought the mattress,box springs and frame when a store was having a huge sale. Less than 200 for everything. It probably gets used about 4-6 times a year. I like having a comfortable bed for guests.

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    I used to have that problem, and simply tied some cords under the air mattress to the sheets to keep them from popping off.

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    I agree with telling them the situation and see if they'd prefer a hotel. We are an older couple and I am overweight....might choose the air mattress but because of my dislike of staying at people's houses, I'd choose the hotel. Many others would disagree and choose the air mattress. I never give up our bedroom-

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    Truth be known, the whole basement is like a private guest suite with its own living area, separate bedroom and bathroom. It was being rented out when we bought the house. Logic tells me I should go ahead and fix it up with a proper bedroom...just hate spending the money for another mattress/bed since I don't anticipate having guests more than 2-3x a year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    Truth be known, the whole basement is like a private guest suite with its own living area, separate bedroom and bathroom. It was being rented out when we bought the house. Logic tells me I should go ahead and fix it up with a proper bedroom...just hate spending the money for another mattress/bed since I don't anticipate having guests more than 2-3x a year..
    Given that, I would definitely invest in another bed for the "guest suite." I think it sounds perfect for guests, and I'd outfit it appropriately. Check out craigslist and see what you can find.
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    Not sure what "out of the blue" caused this. My outlook:

    1. If I invited them I would go buy a decent bed setup for them.
    2. They invited themselves (but you sound cool with it), let them know the situation and see if they prefer a motel or your current air mattress on the floor.

    I would let them know ASAP rather than finding out last minute.

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    Check around: craigslist, Marketplace if you are on Facebook, NextDoor, for a bed. It always amazes me how many are for sale here, really inexpensively. Often times they will even deliver, as they are in the process of moving and have the availability of a truck.

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