If you find yourself with two separate beds and would prefer to have the room and intimacy of a double, you will be glad to know it is possible and affordable to connect two separate beds together.
Why Connect Two Single Beds?
One answer is the cost. Single beds are usually less expensive than a double or king size. Also, if you are moving in with your partner and both of you already have single beds you might not want the cost of buying a new larger bed.
Another reason might be you have friends coming to stay but your guest room only has twin beds and you would like to provide the option of a double or king.
Lastly, it could be that you and your partner have very different needs from your mattress. For example, one of you might need a firm or orthopaedic mattress, while the other wants a softer and more responsive sleeping experience.
Manufacturers do have mattresses that can be tailored to accommodate such different sleeping needs, but they can come with a high price tag. Finding a more budget-friendly way to marry two different mattresses together might be desirable.
Why Can’t You Just Push Two Single Beds Together?
We’ve probably all heard jokes about partners pushing their single beds together to enjoy a night sharing the same bed. Unfortunately, if you really want to enjoy the full surface of the mattress, this rarely works out for a comfortable night’s sleep.
The main problem is the gap between the mattresses and how, through the course of the night, we can find ourselves sinking into that gap. This can lead not just to broken sleep but potentially aching and stiff joints, or even back pain.
Bridging Two Mattresses is Easier than it Sounds
There are a number of products on the market to join two single beds together. However, you will need two mattresses with the same dimensions. Then comes your mattress bridge. There are a number of mattress bridge styles but they all tend to work in similar ways.
First of all, a bed bridge will have a piece of foam that will slot between the two mattresses and overlap them both to create a seamless transition.
This piece of foam creates the “bridge” that will allow you and your partner to enjoy the two single beds as though they are one mattress. If the bridge is well constructed, the wedge on the underside will taper so it fills the gap between the mattresses without bulging.
While this neatly puts two mattresses together, we might also worry about them staying together. What happens if our movements cause the beds to drift apart in the night?
Never fear, most quality bridging systems have a way of dealing with this problem.
One solution is to install clips and other linking components on the bed bases that keep the units together. This is a more complex solution but offers a reliable addition to the bridging method. It is an approach that is traditionally used in bridging divan beds.
Other bridging systems come with elastic straps that wrap around the edge of the mattresses and clip together. While the elastic can slacken over time and result in slippage, this is a good option if you don’t want to make any permanent changes to your bed bases.
To give better comfort and stability, some bed bridges also come as part of a thin layer of memory foam with the wedge built to its underside. This acts as a mattress topper and could give a more even sleeping experience that is less likely to move through the night.
Joining Two Single Beds: Affordable and Easy
Not only is it possible to take two single beds and put them together to make a larger sleeping area, but it is also fairly easy to do so.
While this cannot completely replace the style or comfort of a larger bed, with bed bridging kits as low as £30 or less, this is also a cost-effective way of boosting your mattress size without boosting the price tag.