->'''Jerry:''' Spent the night at James', did we?\\
'''Elaine:''' Yeah, but we reversed positions, so there was no funny business.\\
'''Jerry:''' Reversed positions?\\
'''Elaine:''' Yeah, you know, head to toe.\\
'''Jerry:''' So what? Your genitals are still lined up.\\
'''Elaine:''' No, because I slept with my back to him. ''(long pause)''
-->--''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''

Two characters have to share a room for the night. Just one problem -- there is only one bed, and the characters aren't in a relationship.

A source of embarrassment, UnresolvedSexualTension, or at the very least fuel for [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] everywhere, this is when two who aren't in a relationship (at the time) have to share a bed, for whatever reason.

It speaks to one's character if they insist on sleeping on the floor (or, in slightly more luxurious settings, the couch); often this will make the other upset that they then have to "owe" that person. It also speaks of their character if they demand the ''other'' person take the floor.

If one of the characters is a woman, then [[TheUnfairSex she will almost always end up with the bed]] due to one of two scenarios. The first is the woman forces the poor guy to sleep on the floor and the second is the NiceGuy volunteering to do so.

See also InnocentCohabitation, SleepCute. Contrast with SleepingSingle. See: ExiledToTheCouch for when married or romantic couples kick someone out as punishment, possibly for BlanketTugOWar (which also affects non-romantic couples as well).

Shows up in ''far'' too many fanfics to attempt documentation. Usually played for shipping purposes, but can occasionally be used for comedic value.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Koyuki and Maho (LOTS of {{UST}} there) of ''Manga/{{BECK}}: Mongolian Chop Squad'' share a single bed in an episode where she crashes at his house, but nothing ends up happening between them.
* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Amnesiac]] Makoto in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' insists on sleeping with Yuuichi because Pirozhki the cat is sleeping with him one night. It turns out there's another reason, and then we all get [[TearJerker really, really sad]].
* Conan and Ran in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Ran doesn't think anything of sleeping in the same bed as her little friend during one dangerous night, not knowing who he ''actually'' is; [[AccidentalPervert Conan]] is distracted enough by it to not be able to focus on the case. [[spoiler: And in a subversion, this ''saves Ran's life'', as she had been targeted by the killer of the case and he attacks them right after they go to bed; since Conan was still awake, he managed to push Ran aside so she won't be hit by said killer's axe, and this woke up Ran and allowed her to repel the killer's following attack.]]
* Since Nanoha and Fate's large room with large fluffy bed (Which at a casual glance appears to be large enough to comfortably sleep ''at least'' five people) in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' was specifically built with them in mind, [[ShipToShipCombat Nanoha/Yuuno and Nanoha/Fate fans]] argue whether they should fall under this trope or ShippingBedDeath.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', to the delight of yuri shippers everywhere.
** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' took it further with its expanded cast (five members). Much further. Further enough that shippers of all kinds decided it was probably best not to read any meaning into it.
** In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'', when Rikka spends nights with Mana, they sleep in two futons next to each other. The very close futons can be considered as one bed. Makoto spends a night with Mana, too. Also Alice spent some nights with Mana.
*** LesYay UpToEleven, when Mana sleeps together with [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Regina]]]] in one bed, holding hands each other. [[spoiler:The following events make it tragic...]]
* Lina and Gourry from ''TheSlayers'' have to share a room in a tavern. Lina insists that Gourry takes the bed, but at the end they ''both'' sleep on the floor, since Gourry thinks it's not chivalrous to sleep comfortably while she's not.
* Subverted two ways in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. When C.C. shows up [[BackFromTheDead unexpectedly]] and enters PrettyFreeloaders mode, she immediately takes over Lelouch's bed, remarking "A gentleman would sleep on the floor." A few episodes later they're sharing the bed, but there's absolutely no sexual tension because [[JerkassFacade Lelouch doesn't even treat C.C. like a human being (let alone a woman)]], and [[DeadpanSnarker C.C.'s too jaded to really care]]. And it's a big bed, so they don't exactly have to spoon.
** This actually became something of a RunningGag amongst {{Doujin}} writers, with C.C. often repeating the "a gentleman would take the floor" line and kicking Lelouch out of bed as soon as they're finished having sex.
* In ''{{Patlabor}}'' Gotoh and Shinobu get stuck in a major storm on their way back from a conference. The only place they find to stay is a [[LoveHotels love hotel]], which naturally only has a single bed. He offers to sleep on the couch, of course. The situation is complicated by Gotoh's blatant crush on Shinobu.
* In ''FatalFury: the Motion Picture'', [[MsFanservice Shiranui Mai]] is all a-twitter that the hotel room she and her boyfriend Andy Bogard are staying in only has one bed. Andy is often more focused on staying fit and prepared in case he finds himself having to fight someone more than indulging in his flirtatious girlfriend. [[GenreSavvy An]][[CelibateHero dy]] sleeps on the couch just to spite her advances.
* Ran and Midori from ''Anime/TelepathyShoujoRan'' share a bed on several occasions.
* Parodied in ''CandyBoy,'' when [[SchoolgirlLesbians Sakuya]] imagines a ''king sized'' bed for what what would happen in Spring ''if'' she and Kanade shared a room, in which Sakuya [[RichBitch custom]] designed. Kanade replies, to herself, with "Wait, why is there only one bed?" with an obviously annoyed look on her face.
* In one arc of ''Manga/ShugoChara'', Ikuto lives in Amu's room for while. Amu tries to make him sleep on the floor but Ikuto, being Ikuto, just crawls back in the bed.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', for reasons that make sense in context, Ranma and Akane have to pretend to be married. Which means to keep up the ruse, they have to share Akane's room for the night. The trope isn't played out, as Ranma sleeps on the floor.
* By a third party's intervention in ''[[ParallelTroubleAdventureDual Dual]]'', Kazuki and Mitsuki are not only forced to spend a night together, but also nude. It doesn't help that of the {{Harem}}, she's the least active in looking for his affection.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has this happen twice in the manga. In the first instance, Miaka and Tamahome are fresh into the relationship but were placed unconsciously in a single bed to get some battle injuries healed (it's not [[IntimateHealing that kind of healing]], but they still get bonus points for having been deprived entirely of clothes by Taiitsukun); the next time, Tamahome ends up on the floor due to VirginPower and all that, but after a tender little conversation, he goes up to Miaka's bed and promptly falls asleep before they get to third base. The anime only has the first instance.
* ''GhostInTheShell'' provides us with an episode in 2nd Gig where the [[MsFanservice Motoko]] goes to Taiwan to investigate a lead in the Individual Eleven case. She helps a young pickpocket get away from a local Triad gang and even lets him bunk in her hotel room for the night. The bed itself was large enough that both of them could spread eagle and not touch each other or the sides of the bed. Subverted in that [[SexBot when the kid asks if cyborgs can have sex]], [[MrsRobinson Motoko half-jokingly offers]], and he refuses. [[AllMenArePerverts Stupid kid...]]
* In the manga version of ''VisionOfEscaflowne'', Van and Hitomi are in a room with only one bed. Van says to her that he can't stand brats like her, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint but he won't mind sharing the bed]]. Hitomi punches him and demands that he sleeps on the floor.
* In ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo'' after Kio's house becomes the Catian Embassy and Aoi and Manami get drafted as its security detail, they end up sharing Kio's bed, having ejected Kio himself to the couch.
* In ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'', Holo teases Lawrence about saving money by taking a room with a single bed. It doesn't really matter, since they usually sleep together in a not-particularly spacious cart while traveling anyway.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', whether or not there is an extra bed at Germany's house we will never know, because Italy insists on sleeping in the same bed as him -- either naked (original comic) or in his undies (anime).
* Goes from awful to absolute worst in the ''MidoriDays'' manga. The class goes to a ski resort, and Seiji and Ayase get lost in a snowstorm. Freezing cold, they decide to spend the night in an awkwardly-placed love hotel, with one bed. Ayase divides the bed with a blanket - that doesn't stop things when they accidentally start up some of the... ''kinkier'' mechanics of the bed. ''And then the entire class finds them.''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s only episode with Kaworu shows him sharing his bedroom with Shinji. However, Shinji insists on sleeping on the floor since he asked Kaworu to let him spend the night there in the first place.
* ''{{No 6}}'': In the novels, it is expressly stated that [[HoYay Nezumi and Sion]] share a bed at night.
* ''Manga/CreoTheCrimsonCrises'' has [[TheVamp Creo]] use this as her excuse as to why she climbed into bed with Suou when she was asleep. Suou and her sister Akane don't buy it, and it probably wasn't helped by the fact that Creo was naked when she slept with Suou.
* One episode of ''{{Manga/Trigun}}'' has resident ChivalrousPervert Vash offering his services as a bodyguard to a pretty girl. She thinks that someone might be out to kill her, and he jumps at the opportunity to have a little fun. She books two hotel rooms for the night, one for each of them, but she secretly switches her room with Vash's just to play it safe. While Vash is laying on his bed, a grenade flies in through the window and blows the whole room apart, launching Vash and his bed outside into the street. Vash asks if he could then sleep in the same room as her, not caring if this trope is put into effect or not, but she denies his request by saying that he already has a bed...
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Louise made Saito sleep on the floor, but starting in season 2 let him share her bed. Much to Louise's chagrin, Siesta is assigned as Saito's maid and shares ''their'' bed. At one point in season 4, Tabitha joined their bed, and squeezed Louise out.
* As Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' lives in a single-bedroom apartment, he sleeps in the bathroom tub while allowing Index to sleep in the actual bed.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In one of the ComicBook/SupermanBatman annuals, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]], both ignorant of the other's secret identity, are [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1346854.html?#cutid1 forced to share a room]] with a single bed. [[http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p388/proteus_lives/Scan11181.jpg They weren't very happy about it]].
* ScottPilgrim and his gay roommate Wallace have to share a futon because their apartment is apparently too small for another bed. Or Scott being a total freeloader who doesn't want to spring for a bed of his own.
* In ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Quatermain and Murray visit a school, posing as a married couple, with Nemo as their servant. They are shown to their rooms: a big one with a huge luxurious bed for the "married couple", and a small one the size of a closet with a tiny cot for the "servant". Nemo imperiously informs Mina that "you will, of course, take the single room"... Cut to Quatermain and Nemo both squeezed into the servant's room, and Quatermain's sardonic comment of "Women" and Nemo's admission that women are "hardly my strong point."
* Zizaged in French comic "Les démons d'Alexia" (Alexia's demons). Alexia is actually surprised her assistant Berenice rented a room with two beds. Then the local correspondent enters the room, and fall on one bed, exhausted. Berenice asks how they will deal with this, and the answer is off-panel. Notice that Alexia and Berenice are AmbiguouslyGay, but Berenice is much more extrovert (she's the one who invited Alexia to go sunbathing naked).
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* PlayedForDrama in the "[[http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/grimm/bl-grimm-2brothers.htm The Twin Brothers]]" as recorded by the BrothersGrimm. The one twin with his entourage of animals gets the StandardHeroReward for slaying a dragon, marries the Princess and settles down with her. After this, however, he gets in trouble with a witch who turns him to stone. His identical twin brother, meanwhile, comes to town with his own entourage of animals (also perfectly identical twins to his brother's animals) and is immediately mistaken for his brother. When the young queen brings what she thinks is her husband to the royal bedchamber, the twin brother lays out a sharp double-edged sword between them to keep from pulling an adulterous BedTrick on her. After he rescues his brother, this [[ChekhovsGun sword proves rather important]] to establishing his continued chastity and faithfulness to the purity of his brother's marriage.
* Literature/{{Aladdin}} does this in the original version. Having ordered his genie to kidnap the princess he's fallen in love with (while she's in bed, so he just lifts up the bed and flies off), he gets in bed with her but puts a big sword between them in case case he gets any funny ideas. This continues until the poor princess finally confesses to the sultan, who starts looking for the mystery man.
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[[folder:Films]]
* In ''ItHappenedOneNight'' (1934), the couple, (who barely know each other) have to share a room with twin beds. They hang a sheet between the two beds and call it "The [[AnalogyBackfire Wall of Jericho]]." This is probably where anything similar comes from.
* In ''Film/{{Bandits}}'' they did the sheet thing on a double bed, but it didn't last very long.
* The new ''PinkPanther'' movie. There's no actual UST, but Clouseau keeps saying exactly the wrong thing.
* Happened in ''AlexAndEmma''. Well, initially. They ended up having sex, but originally they were just going to share the bed.
* It initially shows up in ''Film/MouseHunt''. We don't know about the brothers' sleeping arrangements afterwards.
* In ''AngerManagement'', it's highlighted with a funny exchange:
-->'''Buddy:''' You know, in Europe, it's not considered unusual for three or four men to share a bed.\\
'''Dave:''' That's why I'm proud to be an American.
* In Mel Brooks' ''Film/LifeStinks'', the protagonist and the love interest, being both homeless, share... a cardboard box. A knife is used as wall between the two.
* Subverted in ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'', where the eponymous Jason Bourne doesn't hesitate at all before preparing a space on the floor. Blink and you'll miss it.
* In the first ''AustinPowers'' movie, before Ms. Kensington showed any attraction to Austin. She made him [[ExiledToTheCouch sleep on the couch]].
* ''Film/TheSureThing'' uses this bit three times. Only once, though, do both characters make it through the night in the bed.
* Played straight (so to speak) in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', when Betty suggests to Rita that she needn't sleep on the couch, as the bed is big enough for two. As Rita disrobes and get into bed naked, Betty realizes she feels sexually attracted to her -- and as it soon appears, the feeling is mutual.
* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', Joe and Rita have to share the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House. Joe, naturally, takes the floor, even after Rita invites him into the bed. To add to the humor, Rita is a former prostitute.
* This happened in ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'', a 1989 Hulk Hogan vehicle. They share the bed after Hulk's character puts up a barrier.
* French movie ''Le Bossu'' (released in the U.S. as ''On Guard'') has a hilarious sequence when the Duc de Nevers is traveling to marry the woman he loves and needs to share a bed with his new friend Lagardére. As they get into bed, the Duc comments that his marriage will surprise a relative who "thinks I only like boys. Ever dabbled in sodomy?" The unnerved look on Lagardére's face is '''priceless'''. So is the way he clutches at the blankets.
* In ''Film/{{Outsourced}}'', a movie about an American guy training a call center in India, the main character and his romantic interest are forced to share a room at a Kama Sutra hotel since it's the last room / last hotel available and it's the honeymoon suite. They somehow end up consummating their romantic tension due to the circumstances. The movie is a bit of a cliche storm, albeit a cute one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist'', by Sylvain Chomet, there's only one bed in the room that Tatischeff and Alice stay in. Tatischeff opts to sleep on the sofa.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' (International Cut). After Léon turns down the FilleFatale Mathilda's offer to [[RescueSex sleep with him]], Mathilda insists that at the very least he share the bed with her and not sleep on the couch. Leon is justly cautious, but nothing untoward happens.
* In ''[[PlanesTrainsAndAutomobiles Planes, Trains & Automobiles]]'', [[SteveMartin Neal]] and [[JohnCandy Del]] have to stay in a hotel room with only one bed. HilarityEnsues when they wake up.
-->'''Neal:''' Del... Why did you kiss my ear?
-->'''Del:''' Why are you holding my hand?
-->'''Neal:''' Where's your other hand?
-->'''Del:''' Between two pillows...
-->'''Neal:''' Those aren't pillows!
* The movie ''LeapYear'' has one of these scenes, although it makes sense as the pair are staying in a religious bed and breakfast and are pretending to be married in order to wait out a storm there. Funny because at first Declan gets the bed (after tricking Anna in a coin toss) and then Anna gets the bed (after realizing she's been tricked like ten minutes later) and then Anna takes pity on Declan for having to sleep in the shower. They wake up to realize they've been snuggling.
* ''TheProposal'': Because the family thinks that they're engaged, they are given a room with only one bed. It goes without saying, in-universe, that Andrew takes the floor.
* In ''Far and Away'', when Shannon loses everything, Joseph and Shannon have to take up rent in a whorehouse for a long time. There's only one bed, which she gets, of course. However, after an arguement their first day there, he uses her pillow for the night and fluffs it up a little just to annoy her.
--> '''Shannon:''' Give me back my pillow.
--> '''Joseph:''' Not in a hundred years.
* In ''Film/SupermanII'' when Lois and Clark are trying to bust a honeymoon racket in Niagra Falls, Clark points out various "complimentary" things in their room (complimentary champagne, complimentary corsage) before trying to be suave (and failing spectacularly) and asking Lois about the "sleeping arrangements".
-->'''Lois:''' Mr. Smith...The complimentary couch.
-->'''Clark:''' Right!
* In ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', at one point Harmony takes Harry's bed (naked no less) and says that Harry can sleep in it too but it would only be sleeping, as long as that isn't too frustrating for him. He decides to find out. It is.
* PlayedForLaughs in classic comedies such as Creator/LaurelAndHardy and Film/TheThreeStooges.
* Happens in ''Film/{{Gozu}}''. The hero leaves the hotel bed to his love interest, but not without getting a good look at her in her undies.
* ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' - Roger hides out in Eve's room on a train ride to Chicago. As they make out passionately he observes there's only one bed, asking if she knows what that means. She knows - he's sleeping on the floor.
* ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' (1997). Humbert arranges for him and Dolores to stay in the same hotel room, as he's planning on [[DudeShesLikeInAComa taking advantage of her while she's asleep]]. When they arrive at the hotel, Humbert finds that the twin bed room has been given to someone else. Ironically [[FilleFatale Dolores]] is more comfortable with the sexual implications of this than he is.
-->'''Humbert:''' For all practical purposes I am your father and I'm responsible for your welfare. Now we're not rich, and so when we travel we-we may be thrown together... sometimes. Two people sharing the same hotel room are bound to enter into a...well how can I put it, into a kind of--
-->'''Dolores:''' The word is incest.
* ''Film/TheWolverine''. Logan and Mariko are on the run from Yakuza thugs when Logan suddenly declares they'll hold up in the nearest hotel. Unfortunately it turns out to be a [[LoveHotels love hotel]] and there aren't any empty rooms adjacent to each other. Mariko asks where he's going to sleep; Logan says curtly, "I won't" and stands outside in the rain, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar presumably his version of taking a cold shower]].
* There is only one bed in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' and the hero plans to sleep on the ground, but then his love interest offers to share the bed.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''MobyDick'' has Ishmael and Queequeg forced to share a bed at the beginning, which starts the HoYay between them. It should be remembered, though, that it was common practice for guests to share beds in inns at the time. Queequeg got to sleep alone because he frightened everyone.
* Similar to the above is the scene in ''BookOfTheNewSun'' where Severian manages to get a free bed in an inn on the condition that he share it with the two men who are currently staying there. (They haven't paid their bill for a couple of days, and Severian is a torturer by profession; he is by no means the sharpest knife in the box, but even he can figure out that he's serving as a human eviction notice.)
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/MorgaineCycle'' has Morgaine and Vanye given a room with a single bed in the first book, ''Gate of Ivrel''. Vanye offers to sleep on the floor, but Morgaine tells him not to be an idiot and waste the first comfortable bed they've had in ages. She puts the demon sword Changeling down the middle and tells him to deal with it.
* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. Tatiana and her sister Dasha share the same bed due to the restrictions on space in a Soviet family home of the 1940's. This causes problems whenever Dasha's LoveInterest Alexander stays overnight, as Tatiana is [[LoveTriangle secretly in love with him and vice versa]]. There's an additional problem with this too -- Alexander offers to break up with Sasha, and Tatiana has to keep pointing out that thanks to the housing shortage there's nowhere for her to [[WomanScorned move away from her sister should she find out the truth]].
* In the NightHuntress novels, Cat wakes up in Bones' bed with him after she passes out. In an inversion, she ends up sleeping on the floor, since Bones doesn't see why he should have to give up his bed just because she's being silly.
* ''On Wings of Eagles'', the non-fiction novel by Ken Follet. Two of Ross Perot's men are flying back to the States after escaping from Iran. There's a huge bed in the luxury airliner, and figuring there's room enough to two, the black member of the team flakes out next to his companion who's already on it.
-->''(alarmed)'' "What are you doing in bed with me?"
-->"Relax. Now you can tell all your friends you've [[NWordPrivileges slept with a nigger]]."
* Happened in ''{{Lolita}}'', just before the couple first had sex in a hotel at the beginning of their infamous road trip.
* In ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'', the female protagonist spends much of the book hiding a severely injured fugitive in the aftermath of an earthquake. There is only one bed, and there are some nights when it's too cold for her to sleep on the floor. Made even more awkward for her by the fact that he is wearing nothing but [[BandageBabe bandages]] and his underwear, since he's injured to the point of being barely able to move, and repeatedly dressing and undressing him would shift the bandages and aggravate his wounds.
* In ASongOfIceAndFire, there's a famous legend about a knight who ran into this problem while escorting a lady and solved it by putting his sword down the middle of the bed. Nimble Dick tries to talk Brienne into a similar arrangement while they're traveling, but it's clear that he's just making fun of her and/or hitting on her.
** Brienne however has no problem sharing a bed with her squire Podrick Payne, and it's not played for sexual tension at all. Averted however when Danys shares a bed with her handmaiden Irri, and eventually [[SituationalSexuality ends up having sex with her]].
* The French novel ''Le Père Goriot'': Our social-climbing hero is invited by his very rich girlfriend to the apartment she intends to keep him in (he's currently staying in an extremely run-down hotel) and notes that there's only one bed. She starts blushing.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Ron and Hermione see that there is only one couch in the room, but Ron takes the floor "in a fit of chivalry". When Harry sees them sleeping, they're still holding hands.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Shakespeare Code", the Doctor and Martha end up in a room with only a double bed, which they have to share. The Doctor doesn't see anything risque about this, but Martha finds it an excuse to flirt...which the Doctor in obliviousness promptly ruins by [[{{Wangst}} lamenting about Rose]].
* In ''{{lonelygirl15}}'', "Sleepover", Jonas and Bree wind up in a hotel with only a double bed. Jonas builds a "Great Wall of Jonas" out of pillows and sheets to separate the two of them, to reassure Daniel.
-->'''Bree''': Are you uncomfortable?\\
'''Jonas''': I wasn't, but now I am, 'cause you're not.
* ''Series/ICarly'': During iTake On Dingo, the trio+ Spencer share a 2 bed, tiny hotel room. The floor recently had a dead body on it, so I doubt anyone was sleeping on the floor. No matter who slept in what bed with who (although it's a good chance it was probably Sam+ Carly and Freddie+ Spencer), it would get shippers excited.
* ''MorecambeAndWise'' in many of their sketches, only without a trace of embarrassment. They treated it as something perfectly normal, and as a result so did the audience.
** Apparently Eric and Ernie objected to the original bed sketch precisely because of the UnfortunateImplications, but writer Eddie Braben convinced them on the grounds that their heroes Laurel and Hardy had done the same. Eric did, however, insist on smoking his pipe as a symbol of masculinity.
** Referenced in a sketch on ''GoodnessGraciousMe'' where a young man tries to explain to his parents that he is gay and a friend he brought home is actually his boyfriend. The parents are too oblivious to understand, and when he says he and his friend are sleeping together, his mother replies "Morecambe and Wise slept together!"
* In addition to the aforementioned ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' example, there was another episode where Kramer couldn't sleep in his apartment so he stays over at Jerry's. After lamenting that he can't fit on Jerry's couch, he, much to Jerry's annoyance, sleeps in Jerry's bed with him.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': When Carla got pissed off at Turk in the second season premiere, [[HeterosexualLifePartners he and JD]] had to share a bed. This leads to a conversation quite similar to the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' page quote. JD insists that they sleep head to toe. Turk claims it doesn't matter, as their genitals still line up, but JD says it makes it impossible for them to accidentally "lock in".
** JD is so uncomfortable in this position, that he goes to sleep in his work clothes.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' saw Urkel and Laura having to spend a night in a motel. Laura takes the bed, while Urkel tries to keep a roll-away folding bed to stay in place so he can sleep peacefully (it turns out [[HilarityEnsues the bed hates him with a passion]]). Laura, who spent the entire time making rude and sarcastic jabs at him, suggests he go sleep in the bathtub. After being in the bathroom about a second, he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome runs back out and unloads on Laura for essentially being a total bitch to him.]]
--> '''Steve''': ''NO!'' ''([[DramaticThunder thunderclap]])'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukH_g_HMonk I will NOT sleep in the bathtub. YOU'RE gonna sleep in the bathtub!]]
** They compromise, though; she sleeps under the covers, he sleeps on top of the covers. This is followed by a hilarious moment wherein Steve, trying to prove that his intentions are pure, says "If I've had one single impure thought, may God strike me dead." Immediately there is a loud thunderclap, after which he concedes, "Well, maybe ''one''."
* Happened in the ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' episode "Life Interrupted" (the HappyPlace episode) where Tom wakes up in an alternate reality where the 4400 were never abducted. The only person who is also aware of the change is a woman named Alana, who does not know him yet everyone claims they are married. When they turn in for the night, Tom suggests a number of alternate places for him to sleep yet Alana suggests they share the bed to keep up appearances and because "it's a large bed. We can maintain our sectors."
* In one episode of ''Series/TheOC'' Seth, Summer, Ryan and Marissa stay in a hotel where there is only one bed. Seth and Summer wind up sharing the bed (the usual DoubleStandard of this trope being subverted when Summer demands Seth take the floor, but he refuses) and Ryan and Marissa share the couch. Marissa and Ryan wake up to discover they're spooning.
-->'''Seth:''' ''[at a breakfast place]'' Should we have just left them there like that?\\
'''Summer:''' [[SleepCute Oh, but they looked so cute]]! It would have been a shame to wake them.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the first season episode "Angel," Buffy and Angel face this problem when Angel spends a night in Buffy's room. Buffy offers Angel her bed (because he's wounded) but he declines. Their first kiss occurs about 24 hours later.
** In the seventh season episode "Showtime," Kennedy tries to engineer this in order to seduce Willow.
* Hilariously averted in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' "Rm w/a Vu" when Cordy turns up at the apartment of a shirtless, dripping wet Angel desperate for a place to stay -- she talks right over Angel's objections and states he'll be the one sleeping on the sofa. The next day Angel is so desperate to get her out he agrees to fight a demon loan shark stalking Doyle if he finds Cordy a new apartment.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** While being secretly ferreted behind enemy lines in the episode "Unification", Picard and Data are shacked up in a shared quarters with a single bunk, setting up this trope, but since Data is an android (and therefore doesn't need sleep), it never comes to pass. The awkwardness of the situation is still in effect, however, with Data creepily ''watching'' Picard sleep...
** There's also the two times that Q decided to hop into bed with Picard. The first time, he does it to taunt and annoy Picard, but in the second, he pretends to be the woman Picard went to bed with the night before. There's no reason for him to do it, he just does, and after Picard gets over the shock of finding Q there, they have a civil conversation.
*** Oh, there was a reason for him to do it. But this being Q, the reason was [[ForTheLulz because he could]].
* In one episode of ''DesigningWomen'', Suzanne and Anthony share a motel room with only one bed. Initially, Anthony tries to sleep in the car (at Suzanne's insistence), but she relents after the temperature outside drops well below freezing.
** Another episode ("Julia and Suzanne's Big Adventure") cranked the discomfort up further. The Sugarbaker sisters were stuck sharing a Japanese capsule hotel room (think ''very'' tiny, the entire floor being the size of a single bed) with a man they had only recently met. Suzanne complains about a hand resting against her breast, and the guy reflexively apologizes. Julia stops him, says it's ''her'' hand and she has literally nowhere else to place it, so Suzanne's just going to have to put up with it.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Genius}}'' has Dave Gorman and guest Johnny Vegas testing a "conveyor duvet" designed to prevent duvet hogging. The test of course leads to them both sharing a bed, and HilarityEnsues. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOCLE6ru1jY Link]]
* There is an amusing example of this in ''Series/NobutaWoProduce'', when Akira unexpectedly arrives at Shuji's house for a sleepover. Despite Shuji's protest, Akira happily climbs into his bed, which is a single. HoYay Galore.
* In an episode of ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Lucky and Elizabeth have to share a hotel room that only has one bed. As usual, Lucky decides to sleep on the floor, but then Elizabeth decides to sleep next to him...on the floor.
* ''Series/SilentWitness'' "Finding Rachel". A young female Australian backpacker with no cash convinces a reluctant Dr Cunningham to let her stay the night in his hotel room. The next day Professor Dalton turns up and [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend draws the obvious conclusion]]. Cunningham indignantly replies that he slept on the floor and took a cold shower. A ''very'' cold shower.
* In ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', this is used as an excuse for Sock to have sex with his [[NotBloodSiblings (step)]] [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]]. Of course, as it turned out, there WAS another bed provided by the time they got to the room, which Sock [[RuleOfFunny hastily tossed out of the window.]]
* An episode of ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' has Bob and Jerry spending the weekend in Peoria to watch a blacked-out football game, and discovering this in their motel room.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** In one episode, Tony and Ziva spend a few days in Paris and their room only has one bed. Tony tells a witness Ziva took the couch. Ziva tells [=McGee=] that Tony took the couch. By the end of the episode it is revealed they shared the bed.
** Another example is when [=McGee=] and Abby are in Mexico and have to share a one-bed hotel room. The woman getting the bed is subverted when Abby sleeps in the room she is given for her class on solving cold cases after [=McGee=] uses tap water to brush his teeth.
* The infamous "Ghost" episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has the fact that There Is Only One Bed in the safe room Alex is staying in, while Olivia is sleeping in the same room, ostensibly to protect her, has become a FandomSpecificPlot for the folks who ship them. This scene was deliberately written to ShipTease, as the producers are very much aware of the LesYay. As are the actresses, who, luckily, are friends in real life.
* In an episode of ''TheWarAtHome'', Dave, Larry and Kenny stays in a motel room with only two beds. Dave ends up sleeping on the floor because he doesn't want PetHomosexual Kenny sleeping with neither Larry nor himself.
* Never actually shown on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', but frequently talked about, especially when teams spend the night in a remote location.
* An episode of ''That Girl'' featured the lead, a young Marlo Thomas, and her boyfriend having to share a hotel room.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Arcadia", Mulder and Scully go undercover as a married couple and have to deal with this. Mulder, of course, goes into innuendo overdrive, but it's more played for laughs than anything else and he ends up sleeping on the couch anyway.
** "Rain King": Mulder and Scully investigate a series of weird weather conditions. A tornado happens to crash a cow into Mulder's motel room. All the motel rooms are booked and since everybody assumes the agents are boyfriend and girlfriend, the motel manager just informs Scully that they moved Mulder's stuff into her room. Scully insists that they are partners and prefer separate rooms but she didn't have much of a choice apparently. However, there was no scene of them being in Scully's room together.
* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Chuck and Sarah go on the run at the end of season two, they end up staying in a motel with only one bed, which they share after Sarah refuses to let him sleep on the floor. This very nearly leads to them consummating their relationship. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when they are discussing how they're going to be locked up together because they broke the law, and Chuck mentions them sharing a two-bedroom cell. Sarah points they'll only need [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming one bed]].
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' the reason Earl and Randy share a bed is because the motel rooms with twin beds don't have a pool view (and are above a meth lab) so it's either not have a pool view (and deal with the occasional bullet coming through the floor) or share a bed.
* Happens in ''Series/LoisAndClark'' when the two are pretending to be married (in a hotel for honeymooners, no less!) in order to get a scoop. Lois forces Clark to take the couch.
* The episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' where owing to overbooking, Frasier and Ros end up sharing a hotel room with only one bed. Just as they are reconciling themselves to sharing the bed, their boss turns up, also roomless... Ros gets the bed, Frasier the couch, snoring boss gets a nest of cushions on the floor.
* A variant in TheBigBangTheory. The arrangements are Amy and Penny in a double, Bernadette and Howard (a couple) in a single, Raj in a single, and Leonard and Sheldon in a double. Which works until Bernadette and Howard have a fight leading Bernadette to take Penny's bed and Penny to have no choice but to climb into Amy's bed. Amy suffers from extreme night terrors (and bites), leading Penny to enter Leonard, her ex's, room. She can't climb into bed with Sheldon because with all of his quirks he'd end up killing her, so Leonard and Penny awkwardly share a bed. Sheldon leaves for Raj's room because "Penny and Leonard may or may not be having coitus". After Sheldon leaves Penny gets his bed to herself, but after talking with Leonard they decide they actually DO want to share a bed and be intimate with each other for the night. Except Sheldon's quirks drive Raj out of his room, leading to Raj hopping into the adjacent bed and Leonard and Penny sharing a bed being platonic (much to Leonard's chagrin).
* In ''ScarecrowAndMrsKing'' first season episode Weekend, Lee and Amanda are sent to a resort as a married couple. After giving Amanda a hard time about junior agents have to take the couch, Lee explains he will be staking out the room of a potential kidanpping target all night.
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* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'', "Perfectly Marvelous":
-->'''Cliff''': Besides, I've only got one narrow bed.\\
'''Sally''': We'll think of something.
* A throwaway line in ''Theatre/HenryV'' mentions that Lord Scrope had shared a bed with the King when they were boyhood friends. (Evidently, in fifteenth-century England, it was the boys rather than the girls that had sleepover parties.) This makes it all the more shocking that [[spoiler: Scrope has taken bribes from the French to assassinate the King.]]
* A plot point in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': for a while, Iago shares a bed with Cassio. He lies to Othello, claiming that Cassio fondled him in his sleep while calling him "Desdemona".
* ''PeterPan'': In the Lost Boy's "Home Under the Ground", all the boys share a bed except for Michael, who has his own cradle. That's eight boys sleeping in the same bed. This detail appears in the book as well, but it was probably originally added for the purpose of comic stage business: stage directions indicate that [[TeamMom Wendy]] won't let them turn over in bed unless a signal is given, at which point they all turn over at once.
* ''Sheer Luck Holmes''. Dr. Watson indignantly retorts, "But Holmes, we're both males!" when forced into this situation with Sherlock Holmes. {{Bromance}} jokes aside, as it's a {{pantomime}} Watson's part is [[DontExplainTheJoke usually played by a woman]].
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dJpdPyQtww This is what happens]] when Madoka invites Homura for a sleepover in the ''PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' PlayStationVita game, ''The Battle Pentagram''. While focusing on being sweet and adorable, this scene is the most explicit portrayal of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship in any official media for the franchise so far.
* ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' has Lillet Blan more or less kidnapping/adopting/eloping with Amoretta Virgine the [[ArtificialHuman Homunculus]], not least because she's [[SchoolgirlLesbians grown quite fond of Amoretta]], but more immediately to make sure she's safe. (This is a very real concern, considering what happened to her in [[GroundhogDayLoop previous time-loops]], sometimes of her own choice.) However, Lillet has only one bed. Neither of them mind, however -- Amoretta has only existed for 106 days, and has not had physical affection of any kind. She thus ''really'' enjoys snuggling, and is apparently so vigorous about it that, in her sleep, she knocks Lillet out of bed more than once. Lillet doesn't mind that either, but she does (in an amusing inversion) threaten to [[ExiledToTheCouch exile]] ''[[ExiledToTheCouch herself]]'' [[ExiledToTheCouch to the couch]] and leave Amoretta in the bed alone if Amoretta doesn't keep safe.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' when Cless and Mint first arrive in the past. They're both embarrassed by the situation, and it ends with Cless sleeping on the floor.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}} II'', when Ryo is invited to stay with Master Tao (Xiuying). He's quick to point out that she has only one bed, and she's even quicker in pointing out that he'll be taking the couch.
* Happens in ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia 2 Duel Sage]]'', due to one of the inn's rooms having a broken door, forcing Maya and Laang to sleep together. The player can have Laang either be bashful about sleeping with Maya, or have him jump at the chance.
* Happens in the NeverwinterNights2 parody mod ''The Sinister Series'', where an initial sign that Cordelia is warming up to the player is her insistence that he take the bed because she had been cold, rude, and standoffish since the two first met.
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-22 Tedd and Grace discuss Tedd's glasses]] whilst lying in the same bed for non-sexual reasons, although Tedd finds this disappointing, and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-25 his father seems suspicious]].
** At a hotel room [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-17 with two beds and three people]], Susan insists that Sarah share a bed with Grace. [[DefiedTrope Before Sarah can really argue, Grace cuts the discussion short]] by reminding everyone that [[VoluntaryShapeshifting she can turn into a squirrel]] and just sleep on a pillow.
*** DoubleSubverted. [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1106 Grace still shares with Sarah.]]
* Mild subversion in ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_539.php Cubi don't need to sleep to begin with]].
* In the ''LoadingReadyRun'' videos, Graham and Paul often sleep in the same bed as a light parody of children's cartoons characters that do so.
* Early on in ''ItsWalky'', there were two beds...and four people.
* [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=117 This]] ''QuestionableContent'' strip.
* A ''NamirDeiter'' storyline puts Tipper and Charles into this predicament, even though they've gone to a couples resort, ''engaged and in the midst of wedding preparations''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}},'' [[GenderBender guy-turned-girl]] Ash insists on giving up his bed for Emily to prove he is a chivalrous guy. She finds his PornStash under the bed, also gender swapped. Emily returns the favor a few strips later by inviting Ash for a sleep over and insisting Ash take the bed, since he's the guest.
** This kind of leads to a bit of FridgeLogic when you remember Ash's dad is out of town at the time and so Emily could've very well slept in his room. Though between the Porn Stash and the sheets thing, this can be excused by RuleOfFunny.
** Much later, Emily again stays over at Ash's house. [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2010-07-07 They share the bed.]] {{Squee}}.
** The situation comes up again in the fanfic ''FanFic/MisfiledDreams'', where a blizzard knocks out Ash's power and Ash and Rumi are more or less forced to spend the night at Emily's. Em gives Rumi her sleeping bag, and since it's too cold for anyone to sleep on the floor, she and Ash share her bed. The above-mentioned FridgeLogic is circumvented by Emily saying that her mom (away at the time) would kill her if anyone slept in the master bedroom. Yes, it ''does'' go somewhere, but if you want to know where, you'll have to read the story.
* In ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'', this is played for {{Fanservice}} when [[FiveManBand the gang]] all share a tiny apartment, and Zoe and Gwynn have to [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/080108 "snuggle" in the only bed]]. Parodied when [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080111 a later strip]] reveals Zoe was actually sleeping on the couch; Zoe and Gwynn sharing a bed was just how Torg [[GirlOnGirlIsHot liked to picture it]].
* Happens in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/02/07/episode-1092-the-rule-of-three/ this]] ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' episode, creating some rules for when this happens and isn't gay.
* In ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'', Zig Zag deliberately sets up this scenario during a trip to a convention with Sabrina.
* In ''GeneralProtectionFault'', Nick and Ki are forced to stay at a motel after a science fiction convention when Fooker leaves with their car. The only room available has only one bed, and Nick sleeps on the chair and Ki sleeps on the bed. It is implied that Fooker reserved the room [[ShipperOnDeck in an attempt to get Nick and Ki together]].
* PennyArcade offers a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/7/21/ solution]] to the "who gets it" dilemma.
* Used [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/12112002/ here]] in ''WapsiSquare'' with two characters who have known each other since grade school.
* During the "trip to [=E3=]" story arc in ''FullFrontalNerdity'', the hotel room ''had'' two beds ... but three occupants (not counting Shawn the webcam). Nelson solved the problem by scamming three large bags of promotional stress balls and piling them into a [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/ffn/index.php?date=2005-05-18 "bed"]] for Lewis.
* Subverted every which way in ''{{Girly}}''. At first, Winter doesn't need a bed, since she's willing to sleep standing up in Girly's front yard ([[CloudcuckooLander yep]]). But on the second night, its raining, so Winter agrees to come inside and take the couch...but ''[[DeusExMachina an elephant wanders into the scene and eats the couch]]'', leaving only the one bed.
* ''Webcomic/DangerouslyChloe'' skips right to the result, on [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/chapter_2 the chapter page]] under the technically true title "Demon In Bed". Of course. Because she was summoned and obviously had no other place to stop.
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': Alex insists on Yun Hee taking the bed while he sleeps on the floor when he invites her to stay at his place after the Kumiho turned her home into a crime scene.
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* On ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', Karl talks about having to sleep "tops and tails" with his longtime girlfriend Suzanne. Why? Because the relatives they were staying with had hacksawed a mattress in half to fit in into the tiny space where they were sleeping.
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* Sonic and Tails in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' often sleep within close proximity of each other, and at one point do share a bed.
* Only noticeable in the background but in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' when Harley and Ivy where hiding out in a small one room apartment [[LesYay there was only one bed]].
** Though this is justified, as it was to show that they had absolutely no money and could barely afford this empty room with a bed.
** And given the amount of LesYay in that partnership ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar more that you could ever expect from a children's show in the 90s]]), very deliberate.
* Somewhat adverted in ''TheFlintstones'', with the Rubbles staying at Fred's house for a few nights. The women sleep in the double bed without comment, but Fred and Barney keep quibbling over who gets the couch and who has to struggle lying across two side chairs.
* In an episode of ''LibertysKids'', John Adams and Ben Franklin share a bed in an inn.
** TruthInTelevision, on one Congressional trip (and not particularly unusual for men travelling together in that era). Led to an argument about whether the window should be opened or closed. (And this scene was supposed to appear in the musical ''SeventeenSeventySix'', but got cut for time and pacing issues)
* Several ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons did this with Porky and Daffy as a comedic setup. In one, they were business partners who roomed together, and in another, they were strangers at a packed hotel.
* Rarity and Applejack are forced to share a bed in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''Look Before You Sleep''. It's not ten seconds before they're kicking each other out of bed, stealing the sheets and engaging in hilariously childish bickering.
** [[FridgeLogic Why didn't they just sleep standing up?]]
* In the episode "Haunted House" of ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow'', Dave and the Chipmunks have to share a bed since "Chesley Estate" only had one bed.
* In episode 19 of ''{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}'', in the second motel that Lance and Ilana stay in, the room only appears to have one bed. However WordOfGod says that the most they see each other is Brother and Sister.
* In an early ''KingOfTheHill'' episode, Luanne angrily leaves the Hill home and stays at Boomhauer's. Knowing his reputation she nervously, haltingly lays down some ground rules, but as she's talking, he quietly gets some pillows and blankets, drops them on the couch, walks into his bedroom and [[ChivalrousPervert shuts the door behind him.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Happens frequently at conventions due to how expensive hotel rooms can be.
* The tradition of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundling_%28tradition%29 bundling]]. Sometimes it'd get really cold, and the couples would get together all warm and cozy, and sometimes there were ...babies!
** "And sometimes there were... [[SitchSexuality uncomfortable things to talk about in Confession on Sunday!]]"
* This scenario is often encountered in real life, in general. Some people choose to sleep on the floor rather than share a bed, though. Also, back in the old days, entire families would often sleep in the same bed, because beds and the soft stuff that goes on them were expensive and rare but also for the sake of not freezing to death in the night.
** Similarly some kings managed to get beds large enough to allow ''over a hundred people'' to sleep together. And apparently put them to use that way. To sleep, you know, not just...
** It was general practice in inns and such for quite a long time, too. Again, expense of beds and linens, and also of building and maintaining an inn large enough for everyone to have his own room.
* This was (and is) also common practice among Eskimo tribes, being that the alternative to cuddling up with a family member was freezing to death. Having two separate beds in an igloo would be impractical, and having two igloos for two people would be even ''more'' impractical.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAYbilKEsbk Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, during their pre-fame days.]]
** Referenced in ''Film/{{Paul}}'', where Graeme and Clive share a hotel room with one bed when they go to Comicon.
* RhettAndLink talked about sharing hotel rooms and occasionally having to share the bed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hboberlYplY an episode]] of Good Mythical Morning.
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