These 9 Spaces Will Convince You Twin Beds Are Indeed for Adults
You don’t even have to be tight on space to try one.
Updated Jun 20, 2023 10:38 AM
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Given the choice between a twin bed and a full, we think it’s safe to say most people over 18 would choose the latter. But what if your space makes it impossible to fit anything larger than a mattress that’s roughly 38 inches wide and 75 inches long? Despite popular belief, single beds are not only for children and dorm rooms—twin beds are for adults, too. With the right color palette and eye for layering, you can sleep easy at night knowing you’re saving space and look good doing it. Ahead, we rounded up nine twin beds for adults that are, dare we say, chicer than most kings.
When the Morongo Valley sun begins to take its toll and tire out Denise Portmans and Sara Marlowe Hall, the mother-daughter duo behind the Santa Monica–based Merchant, this cozy twin bed is a welcome respite. Like all the bedrooms in their rural home, the mattress sits atop a low Japanese-inspired frame and is dressed with layers of linens sourced from France.
Twin beds are the perfect fit for a bedroom with awkward ceilings and protruding eaves but that doesn’t mean they can’t feel airy and welcoming. By wrapping all the surfaces in this English countryside home in a climbing vine wallpaper, designer Emma Ainscough brought a little magic to a less-than-ideal sleeping arrangement.
In her 800-square-foot guesthouse in New York’s Hudson Valley, designer Sheila Bridges embraced a palette inspired by the sea and the sky, and the rich colors trickle all the way down to this teeny room’s bedding. With a vintage kantha blanket serving as a dynamic base, Bridges kept the pattern mixing going by adding a floral lumbar pillow from Hammertown and a graphic throw pillow from Walter G.
All the Beige
Emily Henderson let the gallery wall be the focus of this nook and kept all the textiles (sourced through staging company The Platform Experiment) on the antique-style daybed from Lulu and Georgia on the sandy-toned side.
A Plaid Pal
Turn heads with a tall, upholstered headboard. This black and white plaid one was a fitting choice given the home’s surroundings (it’s a cozy cabin located in northeastern Georgia). To make it feel a little less stuffy, designers Hayes Little Studio finished off the foot of the bed with a marigold blanket.
Walk This Way
Previously this mezzanine used to be an elaborate shoe closet, but homeowner Nikki Lindman wanted to make better use of the space by swapping the midlevel shelving for a daybed, bolstered with an ikat-print headboard. The setup is actually a trundle that pulls out into a plush double (Lindman’s mom slept on it for three weeks and gave it a thumbs-up).
Forget for a moment that this twin bed is technically a kids’ twin bed and look at the bones: a dusty pink linen duvet, a heavy woven quilt, a trio of plush pillows that allow you to prop yourself up. What we’re really stealing from this space is the architectural bed frame. (Psst: You can find adult-size versions of the rattan piece at 1stDibs, West Elm, and Ballard Designs.)
Up in the Attic
Head- and footboards would only soak up precious real estate in tight quarters. In this cherry red nook, Angela Chrusciaki Blehm, a painter and amateur decorator, had platforms constructed for the mattresses, then framed them with easily removable bolster pillows.
This twin bed is doing double duty as a space-saving fixture and organizational tool. Lower drawers keep clutter out of sight and free up coveted wardrobe space—which, if you’re living in a small apartment, is definitely a necessity.