Guest beds and a new community over on, the website for Real Simple magazine, has two great things going on that I want to bring to your attention. First, the article “6 Great Guest Beds” features some wonderful options in guest accommodations.

My favorite is the one pictured here, the Fold-Up Sleeper Ottoman by

The second item I want to bring to your attention is the new community features on You can find it immediately to the right of the Real Simple logo near the top of the page.

By creating a username and password, you can save recipes, articles, and other online items to your account for easy retrieval. There are also discussion groups and other community features, but it’s the recipe saving that is my favorite aspect of the community so far. I’m a bit addicted to the current Cookie Recipe of the Day feature.

6 Comments for “Guest beds and a new community over on”

  1. posted by gypsy packer on

    If I could get one of these in twin bed size, rather than cot, I’d have it for personal use and build the dream treehouse or small rural hideaway, with folding and multi-functional furnishing and solar everything.

  2. posted by Another Deb on

    They sell a “double ottoman” on the site that might fit the bill! Only $299. plus $50.00 shipping.

  3. posted by Lindsay on

    I wonder why they don’t mention a futon. If you get a good mattress for it, it’s as comfortable as a full size bed.

  4. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    Real Simple recipes are the best! They usually turn out very tasty, and use fairly readily available ingredients, simple techniques, and don’t take a lot of time or effort.

    Martha Stewart and Good Housekeeping recipes usually seem bland, and so many of the fancier foodie mags’ recipes are just not practical for everyday, or ever (imho).

    The NYTimes also has practical recipes for tasty food, especially Mark Bittman’s the Minimalist.

    The Real Simple fettucine bolognese is to die for!

  5. posted by Anon on

    Erm…couldn’t we do this before the current redesign? I for one lost my recipe collection a while back. 🙁

  6. posted by Linda on

    I love seeing all the different guest bed options. Hopefully they are actually comfortable enough for a guest!

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