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What are my options for putting up overnight guests?

We have probably all been there at some point in our lives; that occasion when we need to let someone stay in our home overnight. If you have a party which ends late, you have family to stay over the holiday season or a friend just needs a bed for the night, then you may be wondering what is the best way to arrange sleeping for the extra people.

Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, and Lara Stone photographed by Bruce Weber for W, July 2008 | sleeping

The truth is that you have a few options, including pointing people to some available floor space and leaving them to their own devices. This may happen a lot after parties, but it doesn’t exactly make you the best host in world. One of the options you may want to consider is air mattresses. You can read more about air mattresses here. We are going to take a look at using air mattresses and a couple of other options you may want to consider if you have overnight guests, and you have no actual beds to spare.

Using air mattresses

One of the major benefits of using air mattresses to accommodate overnight guests is that you can have them on hand all the time but you don’t need to inflate them until you actually need them. This means that they are really easy to store. Air mattresses do have a reputation for being uncomfortable but that does not have to be the case. There are ways that you can improve the comfort of the air mattress so that you guest gets a good night’s sleep.

Using a sofa bed

One of the major advantages of using a sofa bed is that you get the benefit of your investment all the time. If your accommodation is really small you can even have a sofa bed as your main form of seating. This means that you can accommodate a guest without needing a lot of floor space to do so. Sofa beds come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges so you will be able to find a product that best suits your individual needs.

Bed sharing

The cheapest option for accommodating a guest is to let them share your bed. This may not be the best solution if the guest is someone you don’t know well. It may also not be too well received by the guest themselves. If you do decide on the bed sharing option then you may need to be prepared for a certain amount of encroachment when people move in the night, and for annoying habits such as snoring. Often bed sharing comes in handy as an emergency option, if the overnight stay was unexpected and you don’t have any other facilities.

It’s probably best if you have some sort of facility for accommodating friends and family overnight. If you have a sofa bed or air mattress at the ready, then you are not going to be faced with the prospect of sharing your bed with your very drunk best mate when you have been socialising at the local pub and they can’t drive home.


  • Air mattresses are pretty nice but it is a little bit of a pain to inflate them, although if you don’t use it that often it’s not bad either way. I actually have a trundle which is really similar to a bunk bed but instead you have to pull the second bed from underneath the first. It’s really handy for saving room, and it has a mattress and everything so it’s pretty cool. Interesting post, Alyssa; the options you have are great 🙂

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  • Geri

    I have a ton of couches people can lounge on. easiest and fastest way. lol. I also have a ton of blankets so im covered. happy new year!



  • Really great post! I have places people can relax on and just enjoy their time over! Happy 2016 x

  • Air mattress is my go-to. Although I need to stock up on more pillows and blankets!

  • Great post and ideas!

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  • I say go for the air mattress!


  • Trang Do

    Air mattress is great idea!! Love this post!
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  • Deborah

    Great tips,thanks for sharing!


  • Air mattress seems pretty nice and you can share bed as well.
    Lovely tips you shared. Thanks my dear.

  • Great tips! Gemma xx

  • These tips are great, I have two sofa beds in my house that become real beds and I use those.

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  • I think that the first option is the best one, great tips 🙂

  • Air mattresses are a pretty good option! My family has one and it’s so easy to just plop down in the middle of the living room floor, lol. And once the guests leave, it folds up and deflates to a small size so it’s easy to store. A sofabed is a great option too, and I think that’s what I’m going to go with when I have my own place!

    becky ♡ star violet

  • cute post! i love having guests over! we ended up doing a guest room which has worked out great!

  • I love using sofa beds the most, but when I have one of my close friends over we usually share a bed. Great tips 🙂 Have a nice day!

    xo, Esther

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    What a great post! Love those great ideas!

    xo, Jane

  • We thankfully have a guest room which is definitely a life saver, but these are all great options that would be just as comfortable!

    Clothes & Quotes

  • Using a sofa bed is a really great idea – it doesn’t make them too settled (as in, wanting to stay longer than a night!), but still gives them something comfortable to sleep on for the night 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


  • My apartment is so tiny that I’ve never even considered having overnight guests! 😉

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This is a super helpful post, especially for those who play to host others. We don’t have quite enough room to host someone, but these are certainly helpful tips! xx,