How to Use a Metal Pop-Up Daybed Trundle

Corey M. Mackenzie

A pop-up daybed trundle provides the space-saving convenience of a daybed with an additional bed that lies hidden when not in use. Many trundle beds have metal framework, although materials and styles will differ from brand to brand.

New owners of these beds should become familiar with how to use them easily and safely.


If you must reach beneath the bed to pull the bed legs out, keep your hands away from pinch points as you bring the bed to the upright position.

  1. Place the bed combo in an area where you will be able to easily pull out the pop-up bed. You'll need clearance on one side of the bed equal to the amount of space a twin mattress takes up; other furniture or doors should not be in this area.

  2. Slide the pop-up bed from beneath the daybed by grasping the center of the side framework and pulling toward you. If you are having two guests who don’t wish to sleep side by side, just leave the pop-up bed in the lowered position if the model allows. Some beds will automatically rise when you pull them out from under the other bed.

  3. Lift the pup-up bed up to access the metal legs, if applicable to the model. Some models have latches for unlocking and locking the legs; you must first push a button or unlatch a latch to release the legs.

  4. Lift the bed gently to help the metal legs release down and out. When the legs are fully extended in securely in place, cover the bed with double or queen-size bedding.

  5. Remove bedding before lowering the bed and sliding it back beneath the daybed. You may keep twin-size bedding on the lower bed if you choose. Most models require you to push a button or latch to release the legs from the locked position.