Having a daybed with a trundle is very convenient in a lot of ways, but they can also harbor allergens that could be making you or someone in your household sick. Most people don’t think about the space underneath their daybed, especially if there is a trundle blocking it from view. “Out of sight, out of mind” definitely comes into play here.
The trundle that simply slides under the bed appears to be snug, but in reality, there is a lot of open space there for dust and other allergens to accumulate. If you don’t clean that space regularly, you will have a hard time combatting allergies while you sleep.
If you have a daybed with a trundle design such as this, it is important that you do your best to keep allergens from building up beneath and in the crevices between. Cover the trundle mattress with a dust-proof cover that can be easily dusted and removed when the bed is needed.
You should also pull the trundle completely out from under the bed and clean all of the spaces underneath to the back of the wall, and dust all of the mechanisms under the bed, and attached to the trundle as well. If you have allergies, these precautions should really be taken at least once a month, more often during allergy seasons.
That seems like a lot of work – and it is. If you want to keep the convenience of a daybed and trundle but don’t want all of that extra work, you should look for a newer daybed design like 1SB furniture daybeds that hide the trundle under the bed completely.
Because the bed is stored completely enclosed, dust and allergens cannot become trapped underneath the daybed. If you use a hypoallergenic mattress and dust cover on the trundle’s mattress and keep it slid beneath the bed with a solid seal, you will not have to worry about dusting and such. You will also be able to make the bed look like it is just a platform day bed until the trundle is needed – Viola!
Even with these newer and more sophisticated daybed and trundle designs, you will still need to do some cleaning and maintenance. While mostly sealed from view, there is no way to create a completely air-tight seal on such a trundle. That means dust can still get down there, but the accumulation will be much slower.
You should still plan on cleaning the trundle, all its mechanical parts, and the space underneath at least once per month during allergy season and at least once per season the rest of the year. The better quality daybed and trundle you get, the better the trundle will be closed off. Don’t let that lull you into a sense of security. If you have a real problem with indoor allergies, you should always be diligent to make sure that you don’t have allergens in your bedroom.