Good Questions: Guest Sleeping Arrangements

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The eternal question. Through the ages and around the world, new parents have struggled with this problem: where will guests sleep when they come to see the new baby? Victoria and Michael are expecting their first child soon and wrote in for help: Does anyone out there have a viable guest sleeping solution for this space? (above)

Our first baby is on the way! With baby come well-intentioned house guests. Namely, mothers and grandmothers racing to come stay with us and help us with our little addition. The only problem is my husband and I would like to accommodate our "help" with a relatively comfortable sleeping arrangement. It's the least we can do. With the guest bedroom being converted into a nursery the only other room we have available for guests is this small office.

We just recently renovated the entire house and with the renovation lovingly and meticulously purchased every stick of furniture to specifically fit every corer, so we're not too anxious to get rid of or move the over-priced and overly elaborate couch just months after it arrived. We can probably find a different location for the filing cabinet, but are there any temporary sleeping solutions available that aren't such eye sores like army cots or the deflating and uncomfortable Aero beds? We're particularly trying to find something that can be folded up and cleverly concealed in the space when it is not used by guests.

The best option we've found is called a "Fu-Chest". Such a concept is perfect for us, but the price tags of $700 and up are way out of our reach for this particular purpose. Is anyone aware of any similar or other clever solutions on a more moderate budget?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Anxious parents-to-be,
Victoria & Michael

Here's a picture of the Fu-Chest so readers can get an idea:

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Although not cheaper than the Fu-Chest by leaps and bounds, the Eurohaus Milano Folding Bed-Sofa might be an option. This combo folds up pretty small, maybe even small enough to fit under your couch, in a large closet or a wardrobe.

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It folds out to a full-sized bed and sells for $515 (and, according to the website, has no sales tax and free shipping).

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AT:NY had a great post yesterday about a chair that could turn into a bed and several readers left links in the comments to ottomans that could do the same. The one below sells for only $400.

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While not a long-term solution, our final thought is to look for a place that rents rollaway beds like you would find in a hotel. We've seen them before at vendors that rent chairs and tables for weddings and parties. They're usually only about $25/week.

Okay intrepid readers, let's help them out. Have you seen a more affordable version of the Fu-Chest? Other ideas? How have you tackled this problem?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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