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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]

Two characters have to share a room for the night. Every room is occupied, but fortunately there is one last room available.

There's just one problem — there's only one bed, and the characters aren't comfortable sharing it.

A source of embarrassment, Unresolved Sexual Tension, or at the very least fuel for 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 she will almost always end up with the bed, either because the woman forces the poor guy to sleep on the floor, or because the Nice Guy volunteers to do so.

A common complication is that one person goes to sleep on the floor or couch, but then ends up in the only bed anyway. Maybe they get a chill, or fall off the couch, or feel incredibly uncomfortable— but for whatever reason, despite being resolved not to share the bed, by morning they end up together anyway.

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

See also Sleep Cute. Contrast with Sleeping Single. If one of them Sleeps in the Nude, expect this trope to be Played for Laughs. See Exiled to the Couch for when married or romantic couples kick someone out as punishment, possibly for Blanket Tug O' War (which also affects non-romantic couples as well).

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Early in Akame ga Kill!, Esdeath keeps Tatsumi captive in her bedroom. While he feebly suggests that could sleep on the couch, she orders him to join her in bed. He ends up not being able to sleep thanks to her spooning him the whole night.
  • Enforced in Ayakashi Triangle when Matsuri sleeps over at Suzu's house. Suzu doesn't just have Matsuri stay in her room, but turns down her mother's offer to get out a futon, and calls him to her bed. Since Matsuri is currently female, her parents don't suspect anything.
  • Koyuki and Maho (LOTS of UST there) of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad share a single bed in an episode where she crashes at his house, but nothing ends up happening between them.
  • Parodied in Candy☆Boy, when Sakuya imagines a king sized bed for what would happen in Spring if she and Kanade shared a room, in which Sakuya custom designed. Kanade replies, to herself, with "Wait, why is there only one bed?" with an obviously annoyed look on her face.
  • Conan and Ran in Case Closed. 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; Conan is distracted enough by it to not be able to focus on the case. And in a subversion, this saves Ran's life, as she had been targeted by the killer of the case and he attacked them right after they went to bed; since Conan was still awake, he managed to push Ran aside so she wouldn't be hit by said killer's axe, and this woke up Ran and allowed her to repel the killer's following attack.
  • In Cat Planet Cuties, 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.
  • As Touma of A Certain Magical Index lives in a single-bedroom apartment, he sleeps in the bathroom tub while allowing Index to sleep in the actual bed.
  • Subverted two ways in Code Geass. In "The Princess And The Witch", C.C. shows up unexpectedly and enters Pretty Freeloaders 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 Lelouch doesn't even treat C.C. like a human being (let alone a woman), and C.C.'s too jaded by her past to really care. And it's a big bed, so they don't exactly have to spoon.
  • Creo the Crimson Crises has 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.
  • Double Arts: Since the male and female leads must remain in constant physical contact at all times or she will die, they naturally have to share a bed. They tie their hands together to make sure they don't separate in their sleep, and Elraine usually insists on putting a curtain or other barrier between them.
  • By a third party's intervention in Dual, Kazuki and Mitsuki are not only forced to spend a night together, but also nude. It doesn't help that of the Unwanted Harem, she's the least active in looking for his affection.
  • In The Familiar of Zero, 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.
  • In Fatal Fury: the Motion Picture, 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. Andy then sleeps on the couch just to spite her advances.
  • In one of the later episodes of Free! Eternal Summer, Rin takes Haruka to Australia with him. When they check into a hotel the night after they go see Rin's transfer parents, it turns out the hotel gave them a room with just one bed. Played for Laughs when Haru, who has never been outside of Japan, wonders if things like that are probably common in Australia, only to be told by Rin that it's not. Come the actual sharing-the-bed scene, there's a crazy amount of Ship Tease.
  • Fushigi Yuugi has this happen twice in the manga. In the first instance, Miaka and Tamahome are fresh into the relationship but were placed in a single bed to get some battle injuries healed (it's not 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 Virgin Power 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.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex provides us with an episode in 2nd Gig where the 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 when the kid asks if cyborgs can have sex, Motoko half-jokingly offers, and he refuses. Stupid kid...
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Kyon and Mikuru have to share a futon when having Yuki send them back to their own time (by time-freezing the room they're in for three years), leading to much freaking out on both their parts. From their perspective though, they only had to share for a few seconds before Yuki opened the door again and they were back in the present. The anime adaptation changes this to each of them having their own futon... but still freaking out for some reason.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, 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).
  • Hitomi-chan Is Shy with Strangers: A thunderstorm strands Hitomi and Yuu in the city with no way to get home, so Hitomi's brother reserves them a hotel room to spend the night in. Of course, there's only one bed, which makes things very awkward.
  • Amnesiac Makoto in 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 really, really sad.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Goes from awful to absolute worst in the Midori Days 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.
  • My Monster Secret: Due to a series of improbable events (helped by the principal using her powers to put them in a position to bang because she thinks it's funny), Asahi and Youko end up trapped in her bedroom at night. First she suggests he take the bed, which he refuses. She refuses as well, and gets halfway through suggesting they share it before she realizes what she's saying. They both end up sleeping on the floor.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion'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.
  • In Patlabor Kiichi Gotoh and Shinobu Nagumo are driving through a major storm on their way back from a conference. The only place they find to stay for the night is a medieval love hotel, which only has a single bed. Being a chivalrous guy, Gotoh offers to sleep on the couch, giving Nagumo the bed. whereupon she points out there's only one blanket. The situation is complicated by Gotoh's blatant crush on Nagumo, with hints that she cares for him as well.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Nagisa and Honoka from Futari wa Pretty Cure, to the delight of yuri shippers everywhere. This happens when Nagisa stays overnight.
    • Yes! Pretty Cure 5 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 Doki Doki Pretty Cure, 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.
      • Les Yay when Mana sleeps together with Regina in one bed, holding hands with each other. The following events make it tragic...
  • In Ranma ½, 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.
  • In one arc of Shugo Chara!, 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.
  • Lina and Gourry from Slayers have to share a room in a tavern. Lina insists that Gourry takes the bed because of the circumstances leading to such a situation (and because being Lina. she's embarrassed), but at the end they both sleep on the floor, since Gourry thinks it's not chivalrous to sleep comfortably while she's not.
  • Symphogear:
    • Hibiki and Miku are roommates in their school and they share one bed. It's not that they are not two beds in their room. Actually, they do have a bunk bed, but they decide to sleep on the top bunk for whatever reason. When they have their relationship crisis, Miku decides to sleep on the bottom bunk to avoid Hibiki.
    • A gag OVA from the second season eventually reveals that since their original dorm room was a tad too small for them, they were using the bottom bed as a makeshift storage room. After the school is destroyed at the end of season 1 they move to a much bigger room... but keep sleeping in the same bed anyway, because Hibiki reflexively unpacked all their stuff in the new bottom bunk and Miku didn't really want to correct her.
  • Ran and Midori from Telepathy Shoujo Ran share a bed on several occasions.
  • One episode of Trigun has resident Chivalrous Pervert 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 the manga version of The Vision of Escaflowne, Van and Hitomi are in a room with only one bed. Van says to her that he can't stand brats like her, but he won't mind sharing the bed. Hitomi punches him and demands that he sleeps on the floor.
  • We Never Learn: In the season 1 finale, Yuiga and Fumino miss the last train after the summer festival and spend the night at an inn, where there's only one room and one bed left. It's awkward at first, but they eventually bond over some stargazing.

    Comic Books 
  • Circles: The bed in Taye and Marty's bedroom. They initially share it platonically (and without clothes on), but it becomes their bed when they become a couple. Made even funnier when after they become a couple, it is revealed that Taye arranged to have there be only one bed.
  • Zigzagged in Belgian 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 falls on one bed, exhausted. Berenice asks how they will deal with this, and the answer is off-panel. Notice that Alexia and Berenice are Ambiguously Gay, but Berenice is much more extroverted (she's the one who invited Alexia to go sunbathing naked).
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
    • 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."
    • Later, it happens again with only Quartermain and Murray. This time, Quartermain refuses to sleep elsewhere... and Murray asks him to loosen her dress. Coitus ensues, and is interrupted when Quartermain sees Murray's bite marks (which look more like burn scars). The next morning, Quartermain manages to tell Murray he wasn't horrified, it's just that one of his wives had very similar scars and he was surprised and not horrified.
  • There's a gag to this effect in the erotic comedy series Red Ears. A Catholic priest and nun are traveling towards the same convention and become acquainted on the journey, but are forced to share the same hotel room, which turns out to have only one bed. Before they go to bed, the nun grabs a handful of snow from outside and puts it up to her crotch, claiming that it's to "freeze her abstinence". The priest does the same with a small crucifix and similar religious regalia, claiming that he's "putting on his snow chains".
  • In the Runaways story "It's Not Lupus", Molly and Klara are seen sharing a bed, presumably because, living in a vacation house meant for a family of three with four other housemates, beds are at a premium.
  • Scott Pilgrim 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.
  • Vanity and his Mirror Self in The Smurfs comic book story "The Hundredth Smurf" (and its Animated Adaptation) shared a single bed, which they didn't mind at first, but eventually found uncomfortable as they had to deal with each other tossing and turning in mirror-reversed sync.
  • In one of the Superman/Batman annuals, Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, both ignorant of the other's secret identity, are forced to share a room with a single bed. They weren't very happy about it.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Aladdin does this in the original version. He falls for the Sultan's daughter, who has just been married to another man: he sends his genie to bring the princess and her bed to him but leave the poor bridegroom in the latrines. (He shares the bed with the princess but puts a sword between them to protect her virtue). After a few nights of this, the bridegroom calls off the marriage, giving Aladdin a chance to swoop in.
  • Played for Drama in "The Two Brothers" as recorded by The Brothers Grimm. The one twin with his entourage of animals gets the Standard Hero Reward 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 Bed Trick on her. After he rescues his brother, this sword proves rather important to establishing his continued chastity and faithfulness to the purity of his brother's marriage.

    Fan Works 
  • Deliberately invoked by Dawn in AAML: Diamond and Pearl Version during Chapter 9. The group only has two rooms to stay at a hotel, so she quickly takes Brock to share one, leaving Ash and Misty with the other, which only has a single bed. Ash decides to let Misty sleep in it while he takes his sleeping bag to sleep on the floor, but she wakes up later and noticing he's rather cold and uncomfortable, she willingly lets him share the bed with her.
  • Justified in Beyond The Storm. The reservations at the hotel in San Francisco were made before Chloe decided to join Max, so she and Max share a room, and a Model United Nations conference has taken all of the rooms with double beds. Max and Chloe, as in canon, are perfectly happy to share a bed. Of course, they then get a Relationship Upgrade almost immediately.
  • Cinderella And Prince Charming: Salem offers to invoke this. She notes that if Jaune's bed is destroyed in an "accident," Cinder will surely be willing to share. Jaune politely declines.
  • In The Delinquent and His Lover, Akira has to spend the night at Makoto's apartment because of a thunderstorm. Akira offers to sleep on the couch, but Makoto doesn't want to risk Sae coming home and getting the wrong idea. Since Sae's room is no better in that regard, he ends up sharing Makoto's bed. And while she puts up a partition of pillows between them, they end up getting much closer when he has to comfort her because of the storm triggering memories of when her father died.
  • Displaced (The Legend of Zelda)
    • When Zelda and Link first return to Link's house in Hateno, Zelda has about half a second of embarrassment that they will have to share a bed before they both collapse in exhaustion. From then on, it's not mentioned again, and despite all the improvements Zelda makes to the house she never suggests a second bed.
    • It's implied that Link and Zelda share a bed when they sleep at inns, but when the Goron inn gets overcrowded and all that's left is a single hammock, she's hesitant. Link just thinks the hammock is awesome.
      Link removes his boots and clambers into the hammock. For a second, she's convinced that it's going to spit him out onto the floor, but he manages to get settled. He's beaming like this is the best thing that's ever happened to him, and Zelda swears if he tries to get one for their house, he's sleeping in it alone and she's claiming his bed as her own.
  • Fairy Without Wings:
    • Lelouch and Erza do a variant of this with a hammock, though initially the trope doesn't come into play because Erza chooses to keep an eye on Lelouch while he sleeps. Lelouch, being a gentleman, refuses to let Erza sleep on the ground. Solution? After figuring out that the hammock will support their weight and girth, Erza throws Lelouch onto the hammock and cuddles up with him for the night.
    • Happens again with an overlap of Bedmate Reveal when Gray spends the night of what he knew would be one of many in Gildarts summer home only to find that Juvia had snuck under the covers in the middle of the night. Juvia actually quotes this trope verbatim.
  • In Fear The Superhero, Shirou assumed he would be living alone and so only bought a one-bedroom apartment. Karasuba then turned up. The second mattress Shirou orders takes a surprisingly long time to arrive, for some reason.
  • Guys Being Dudes: Spark and Arlo end up sharing a bed at Team GO Rocket HQ when the former needs somewhere to stay after his Luxray destroys his bed and all of the team headquarters are full in preparation for the Go Fest kickoff.
  • In The Goblin Emperor fanfic, The Honourable Thing, Beshelar ends up in such a situation and does, rather surprisingly, not volunteer to sleep on the floor. To be fair, he is married to the woman in question. They awkwardly sleep next to each other, with no funny business, prompting the woman's mother to suspect he is gay. While his sexual orientation is not confirmed either way, it seems probable that Beshelar can avoid funny business by willpower alone.
  • This is one of many Kim Possible slash fic cliches parodied in In the Hands of a Hack:
    "I'm going to confirm the wood supply for the stove is inadequate and that we have a single bed and single blanket. You know where this is going, don't you?"
  • In the Laverne & Shirley fanfiction The Bed, Laverne and Shirley have to share a bed in a hotel and they end up falling in love.
  • In A Long Time Ago Harry and Salazar Slytherin have to share a bed in a small inn. Slytherin states that it's not an uncommon practice for total strangers.
  • The short Josie And The Pussycats comic Of Dumb Dumbs and Pussycats revolves around this. Alexandra and Melody end up sharing a bed while at a hotel. Due to their Unresolved Sexual Tension, it leads into sex.
  • In The Party Incident and Other Embarrassing Anecdotes, Reader has brought Sans along to a friend's wedding as her "boyfriend" so as to avoid being paired up with someone else. Unfortunately, the bride was the one reserving hotel rooms for guests, and decided that, as a couple, they would likely only need a single bed. Sans and Reader awkwardly agree to treat it as a sleepover.
  • In one chapter of Pokémon Crossing, the boys are stuck sharing a bed in a Slateport City hotel. At first they sleep in different areas of the room, but end up sharing the bed anyways. Later chapters have the boys perfectly fine with sharing said bed.
  • In Princess Celestia Is In Your Bed, Princess Celestia from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic goes into the human world and insists on sleeping in a human named Steve's bed in exchange for being cuddled (like a puppy).
  • The Codename: Kids Next Door fanfic Sleep Tight is a Wally/Kuki fanfic revolving around this trope. In this story, after the Delightful Children attack the treehouse, Wally and Kuki's rooms are destroyed, and they need a place to rest.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic The Space Between Us, Marinette and Adrien are forced to share a motel room while delayed on a road trip to Megève, and each stubbornly refuses to let the other take the much less comfortable couch, which Plagg eventually takes at the last minute. The two end up sharing the bed by putting up a pillow fence between them, but after Adrien falls into a particularly restless sleep, from a combination of his growing pains and his unconscious fear of the thunderstorm outside, Marinette chooses to remove the pillows and move over to try to calm him down by singing "Au Clair de la Lune". It works, and she ends up falling asleep on his chest with his arms around her. The next morning is pretty awkward, but Adrien later notes it was the best sleep he'd had in a long time.
  • Subverted in Still Running. Weiss and Blake stay in a room with only one bed. Instead of sleeping together, Blake decides that the bed is too small and it'd be more comfortable if she slept on the couch.
  • In The Unchosen One, Twilight and Trixie ends up having to share Twilight's old bed in her old room at the castle. (They're not a couple... yet.) Trixie offers to sleep on the floor, but Twilight refuses, and insists that the bed is big enough for both of them. (It's not.)
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic Walking in Circles, it's played for drama when Evelyn and Solas share a room after their escape from Ostwick. Evelyn is a Tranquil so she doesn't see the act of sharing a bed as anything special despite her partner's protest, but at the same time, even with her state there's still enough of her in there to want to comfort him to the point that she mimic her old self's habit of holding his hand. After that experience, Solas avoids sleeping next to her and only touches her when he needs to since the pain of seeing her like that is just too much. He still arranges for her to sleep in the same room with him, though, to take care of her better.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): Invoked. When Blake and Ren stay at her family's Big Fancy House with plenty of spare bedrooms, Blake's mother puts them both in the same room, and even swaps out the tiny single bed for a queen. Blake and Ren just put up a barrier of pillows between them and are fine, but Blake takes pains to make absolutely sure Nora never finds out.

    Films — Animation 
  • Chicken Run has Rocky and Fowler forced to bunk together and share a bed, as the only roosters on the chicken farm. Neither of them are very happy about the arrangement.
    Fowler: Absolutely outrageous! Asking a senior officer to share his quarters, and with a non-commissioned Yank, no less! Huh, why back in my day, I'd never...
    Rocky: Hey! You weren't exactly my first choice either. And scoot over, your wing's on my side of the bunk.
    Fowler: Your side of the bunk?! The whole bunk is my side of the bunk!
  • In The Illusionist (2010), by Sylvain Chomet, there's only one bed in the room that Tatischeff and Alice stay in. Tatischeff opts to sleep on the sofa.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Happened in Alex & Emma. Well, initially. They ended up having sex, but originally they were just going to share the bed.
  • In Anger Management, 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 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, before Ms. Kensington showed any attraction to Austin. She made him sleep on the couch.
  • In Bandits they did the sheet thing on a double bed, but it didn't last very long.
  • Subverted in 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.
  • A variant in Brokeback Mountain: Jack and Ennis are camping outside but have only one tent. Ennis initially sleeps outside the tent but when the night becomes too cold for him to bear, Jack insists that he sleep inside the tent with him. Cue their Unresolved Sexual Tension being resolved.
  • Carry On Behind: The uptight Professor Roland Crump is appalled by the idea of sharing a caravan with his colleague Professor Anna Vooshka. They sleep at opposite ends of the caravan, with a blanket tied across the caravan so they have some privacy.
  • In one scene in Elle, Michéle and her best friend/business partner Anne share a bed, look longingly into each other's eyes, and come close to kissing.
  • 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 argument 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.
  • Happens in Gozu. The hero leaves the hotel bed to his love interest, but not without getting a good look at her in her undies.
  • I Think I Do (1997): When Sterling passes out in his and Bob's room, locking Bob out, Bob is forced to spend the night in the bridal suite with the others, which means sharing the sofa bed with Brendan, for whom he's had feelings for years. They have sex.
  • In 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.
  • In It Happened One Night (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 Wall of Jericho." This is probably where anything similar comes from.
  • In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 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.
  • Leap Year 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.
  • In Mel Brooks' Life Stinks, the protagonist and the love interest, being both homeless, share... a cardboard box. A knife is used as wall between the two.
  • Lolita (1997). Humbert arranges for him and Dolores to stay in the same hotel room, as he's planning on 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 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.
    • And in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation, Humbert has to arrange for a cot to be sent up to the room to keep up appearances. Hilarity Ensues thanks to the cot being a Murphy's Bed.
  • Mortal Engines. After being rescued by the Scuttlebug, Tom and Hester are put up for the night in an extremely sparse compartment with a single bunk with no mattress and a hard metal floor. Tom turns away from the door (where he's just been pointing out to his host that Hester is not his girlfriend) saying he'll take the bunk only to find Hester is already asleep on it. There's a reason for the lack of amenities; turns out they've been 'rescued' by slavers and they're actually in a cell.
  • It initially shows up in MouseHunt. When an attempt to flip for it ends with the coin standing on its side, it cuts to the brothers sharing the bed, though Lars uses an old rug for a sheet as Ernie hogged all the others.
  • Played straight (so to speak) in Mulholland Dr., 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.
  • My Night at Maud's: Maud does this deliberately, inviting the protagonist to stay the night and then revealing that oops, she doesn't have a guest room.
  • This happened in No Holds Barred, a 1989 Hulk Hogan vehicle. They share the bed after Hulk's character puts up a barrier.
  • North By Northwest - 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.
  • In October Baby, Hannah and Jason check into a hotel, only to find out there's only one bed. Jason ends up on the floor, before they both leave the room to sleep on the couch in the lobby.
  • French movie 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 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.
  • The Pink Panther (2006). There's no actual UST, but Clouseau keeps saying exactly the wrong thing.
  • In Plan B, Bruno ends up sleeping in the same bed as Pablo during many nights after the key to Pablo's guest room gets stolen. According to the director, this is a normal thing in Argentinean culture for men to do to prove that they're completely secure in their heterosexuality... though here, it's implied that the men involved are not quite as heterosexual as they believe they are.
  • In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Neal and Del have to stay in a hotel room with only one bed. Hilarity Ensues 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 Professional (International Cut). After Léon turns down the Fille Fatale Mathilda's offer to 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 the US cut they just wake up in bed together with no explanation.
  • The Proposal: 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 Psych-Out, Jenny moves into a pad crowded with hippies where the only place to sleep is in Stoney's tiny room. Jenny finds sleeping next to him very uncomfortable, especially when he brings in other women. Although they have sex eventually.
  • In Shish O Besh, there is only one bedroom in the stolen apartment. Sami is not happy about how much Davood snores.
  • In Sunburn (1979), Jake and Ellie rent a house with one bed as part of their Fake Relationship. At first Jake agrees to sleep in another room and let Ellie have the bed. When a man breaks into the house and starts rummaging through the drawers, Ellie is so frightened that she makes Jake move into a very uncomfortable chair in the bedroom. He moves into her bed after they have sex.
  • In Superman II when Lois and Clark are trying to bust a honeymoon racket in Niagara 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!
  • The Sure Thing uses this bit three times. Only once, though, do both characters make it through the night in the bed.
  • In Wanda Nevada, Beau and Wanda stay in motel rooms with one bed and no sofa. At first Beau makes Wanda sleep on the floor, but he lets her have the bed when she gives him the bag of gold with the Treasure Map.
  • In The Wolverine, 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 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, presumably his version of taking a cold shower.
  • Wonder Woman (2017) contains a variation in which the "bed" in question is simply a slightly more comfortable portion of the small sailing vessel. Diana doesn't understand Trevor's Nice Guy-inspired reluctance to sleep alongside her. Played for Laughs as he attempts to explain the concepts of marriage and commitment and what they have to do with sleeping alongside someone of the opposite gender, to a woman who has grown up on an all-women hidden island. He eventually gives up trying to explain it and accepts her offer for him to sleep next to her.

  • Two traveling salesmen have to share a hotel room for the night. After the lights go out, there is silence, then the bed starts shaking and squeaking. One man says to the other:
    "Are you jerking off?"
    "Yeah, so what? It's a perfectly normal and healthy habit, it keeps me faithful, it-"
    "That's not the problem!"
    "Then why do you bring it up?"
    "Because if you're going to jerk off, I'd much rather your hands stay on your own side!"

  • Crops up twice in the Amaranthine Saga:
    • In Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, during their stay at Smythe Manor, Tsumiko insists the (still-recovering from injury) Argent stay in her suite so she can tend him. When he stiffly points out there is only one bed, she points out that they previously (platonically) shared a bed at Stately House during his convalescence. She wins the argument. Extra points for Tsumiko assuring Argent she'll "protect his virtue"... which eventually, she does.
    • In Tamiko and the Two Janitors, Kip falls asleep on Joe's bed following a late-night meeting in Joe's room. Joe awkwardly camps out on the floor, but Kip wakes up to realize he has rudely commandeered Joe's bed, and insists Joe sleep in. Once Joe gets in, so does Kip. Eventually, Joe overcomes the awkwardness and it becomes a usual arrangement for them.
  • Noah and Joy are forced to do this in Las Vegas in Back When You Were Easier To Love.
  • In 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 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.
  • Bloody Rose: Tam and Cura have Unresolved Sexual Tension for the entire book, and the night before the final battle they have to share a room. The room has two perfectly fine beds... until Cura strips all the sheets off one bed and throws them out the window.
    Tam: [smiling] I guess we'll have to share.
  • Book of the New Sun: 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.)
  • 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 1940s. This causes problems whenever Dasha's Love Interest Alexander stays overnight, as Tatiana is 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 move away from her sister should she find out the truth.
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the poverty-stricken Bucket family can only afford to have one large bed in their little house, which is shared by the four grandparents in the family; the paternal grandparents on one end, and the maternal grandparents on the other. Charlie and his parents must sleep upon mats on the floor.
  • The Curse of the Blue Figurine: Late in The Secret of the Underground Room (book 8 of the series), there's a case of "there are only two beds" and three people. Johnny Dixon offers Father Higgins his bed in the room of their inn after rescuing him, but Father Higgins declines, stating that "I slept on rocks and roots in the jungles during the Second World War, and that floor looks very inviting to me. Wake me about noon tomorrow, if you would be so kind." He promptly throws himself down on the rough boards and is asleep in seconds.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In the book "Dog Days", Greg and Rowley stay at a condo on the beach and they have to share a bed because the only other bed is the one Rowley's parents are sleeping in. Eventually, Rowley goes to sleep in his parents' bed so Greg takes the bed.
  • In Dragon Blood, Ward carries an injured female guest to his own bed to recover. As the building he's living in is still under construction, this may be the only proper bed he has to offer, as he is the highest person in rank, and therefore the most likely to have a bed. It's a very nice bed, too. As events conspire to remove him from the place, we don't get to see where he would have slept if he had stayed the night.
  • Played with in Everworld—there are two beds but four people, three male and one female. Jalil winds up sharing with April, noting that he's apparently deemed the "safe" arrangement in the group's interpersonal politics. He rather pointedly tries to ignore the fact that she's close enough for him to feel her body heat.
  • Justified and Played for Laughs in The Falling Kingdoms Series; while visiting a noble, Prince Magnus and Princess Cleiona are given a room with one bed, as they're married...against their will. As soon as they're in it, Magnus immediately offers Cleo the floor.
  • Field Grey: Played straight. Bernie and luscious young Melba, whom he is escorting out of Cuba, get a hotel room for the night. Bernie says that he'll sleep on the floor, but Melba says the bed is comfortable "and there's room for two." Sex follows.
  • Invoked in The Golden Feather when the main character has a sleepover with his friend/crush Isaac, going as far as stabbing the inflatable bed Isaac was going to sleep in just so he could carry this trope out. It works.
  • Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji in Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi are faced with the issue of sharing a room with just the one bed when they stop by an inn in Yunping City. While it's something they've been doing for a while during their travels due to shenanigans, Wei Wuxian feels more self-conscious about the situation this time since he denied Jiang Cheng's accusations earlier about his and Lan Wangji's relationship.
  • Toyed with in the Mark Greaney novel Gunmetal Gray - two paranoid spies wind up sharing a room, but due to their odd habits it turns into There Is Only One Closet. They wind up sleeping on either side of the bed rather than share the closet.
  • The Han Solo Trilogy has Han and Bria come to a room with only one bed in it, and Han offers to flip a coin to decide.
  • Harry Potter: 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.
  • In the Jeeves and Wooster novel Thank You, Jeeves, one of these situations is involved in setting off the main conflict. Two of Bertie's friends, Pauline and Chuffy, are in love, but the former ends up at Bertie's cottage wanting to spend the night there before moving on to Chuffy's place in the morning (since she has just swum ashore from her father's yacht and doesn't want to show up at Chuffy's stately manor in the middle of the night in a swimsuit). There's no question of a gentleman like Bertie not surrendering the bed, and as the cottage has no other suitable furniture, he eventually retreats to a pile of sacking in a shed. Unfortunately, his unorthodox sleeping arrangements result in the local police mistaking him for drunk and summoning Chuffy to help him home. Chuffy therefore discovers his love interest in Bertie's bed, wearing Bertie's pajamas. Bertie is quick to establish that nothing actually happened, and Chuffy more-or-less accepts it, but the argument about it still causes Chuffy and Pauline to break off relations.
    Bertie: What you want on an occasion like this, Chuffy, old man, is simple faith. The poet Tennyson tells us...
    Chuffy: Shut up.
    Pauline: [angry] Oh! So that's what you think?
    Chuffy: I don't think anything of the kind. I know that Bertie has been...
    Bertie: [suggesting] Scrupulously correct in his behaviour throughout.
    Chuffy: ...sleeping in a potting shed. That's not the point.
  • Happened in Lolita, just before the couple first had sex in a hotel at the beginning of their infamous road trip.
  • Moby-Dick has Ishmael and Queequeg forced to share a bed at the beginning, which starts the Ho Yay 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.
  • C. J. Cherryh's Morgaine Cycle 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.
  • In the Night Huntress 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.
  • In the No. 6 novels, it is expressly stated that Nezumi and Sion share a bed at night.
  • 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 slept with a nigger."
  • 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.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • 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 as he's only twelve.
    • Averted when Daenerys shares a bed with her handmaidens Irri and Jhiqui, after her husband Khal Drogo dies. They all sleep nude too. Eventually Dany ends up having sex with Irri.
    • Invoked in-universe when Jon Snow is undercover and trying not to break his chastity oath while camping with a woman who is trying to seduce him. He makes his pet direwolf sleep between them.
  • In Spice and Wolf, 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.
  • TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy-: At one point, Mio has to share a room with Makoto while Tomoe is away, and she's naturally excited about the prospect. However, their room has two beds, so she decides to invoke this trope destroying one of them so they have to share the other. Unfortunately, Makoto enters the room and is so tired he quickly drops himself on the other bed, and Mio laments not destroying it quickly enough.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle:
    • In a side story, the main characters are staying in an inn room with multiple beds, but the number of beds is one fewer than the number of people. Krulcifer suggests that each of the girls take one bed and can choose to share with Lux if he asks. Lux ends up deciding to sleep on the sofa, but in the morning it turns out that Philuffy has moved to the sofa as well. She claims that this is because she went to the bathroom and mistook her bed on the way back.
    • The trope gets taken to its logical conclusion in the seventh book, where there's again one room but with just two beds. Lux again proposes sleeping on the sofa but Krulcifer shoots this down, as nights in the country they're in are too cold for this. They end up pushing the two beds together and all sleeping together.
  • In Wicked, Elphaba and Glinda are forced to share sleeping spaces on their way to the Emerald City. It's one of the more Ship Teasey scenes between the two:
    In a single lumpy bed, they huddled together for warmth and encouragement and, Glinda told herself, protection.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock:
    • In season 7 episode "Florida", perpetually platonic lead characters Jack and Liz must share a bed when Jack visits his mother's home in Florida. Throughout the series, hopeful fans asked Will They or Won't They? and despite Word of God explicitly stating 'never, ever' the show enjoyed Lampshading this several times throughout the series, usually ending with a reaffirmation that it would just be awkward for everyone.
    • In this episode, Jack's mother's live-in caretaker remarks how much they look and sound like a married couple, despite Jack's insistence that they are, at best, Platonic Life-Partners , 'if Plato had an elderly shut-in aunt'. At bedtime, Liz and Jack, both equally stubborn, refuse to compromise and insist that nothing will happen if they share a bed. Cue Five-Second Foreshadowing comment about the bed having an old mattress and, of course, they roll comically into each other's faces.
  • Happened in The 4400 episode "Life Interrupted" (the Happy Place 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."
  • Never actually shown on The Amazing Race, but frequently talked about, especially when teams spend the night in a remote location.
  • Hilariously averted in 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.
  • The catalyst for Jean and Lionel rekindling their romance in As Time Goes By is when Jean, out of pride, convinces her sister-in-law that her relationship with Lionel is not old-timers' companionship so much that her sister-in-law insists on giving up the master bedroom to them. Rather than spend an uncomfortable night in the chair, Lionel suggests they share the bed and not get hung up on any immature implications... and once they're settled, he and Jean lock eyes.
  • A variant in The Big Bang Theory. 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).
  • An episode of The Bob Newhart Show has Bob and Jerry spending the weekend in Peoria to watch a blacked-out football game, and discovering this in their motel room.
  • Miller and Hardy have to share a double bed in season two of Broadchurch. Especially awkward since their relationship is not only a rather frigid one, they've just been accused of having an affair. Hardy immediately offers to sleep in the car, but Miller won't let him, since she knows about his heart problems. They eventually settle for Miller sleeping under the spread while Hardy sleeps on top of it.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • 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.
    • In the final episode of the show, Buffy comes down to the basement where Spike is staying, noting that Faith is using her bed and that she has nowhere else to sleep. Given that he's still annoyed that she'd kissed Angel recently, he initially refutes her but caves as soon as she turns away to sadly go back upstairs, offering to share his cot with her. Cue the Sleep Cute.
  • In 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. Lampshaded 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 one bed.
  • Daredevil (2015): Matt Murdock puts Karen Page up in his apartment for a few nights until her name is cleared. Matt only has one bedroom and Karen offers to sleep on the couch, but reconsiders once he points out the giant neon billboard across the street that shines into the living room at night. Ultimately, Karen takes the bed, while Matt takes the couch, since as a blind man, the billboard isn't distracting to him. It also is a tactical strategy, as Matt realizes during their conversation that Karen is lying about not having a copy of the Union Allied pension fund and is likely going to try and retrieve it. Because of the way Matt's apartment is laid out, she ends up having to sneak past him to slip out the door...and sure enough Matt follows her after donning his black mask and vigilante garb.
  • In Dawson's Creek, Pacey and Joey are forced to share the same bed while staying at Dawson’s aunt’s house in the episode “Stolen Kisses”. You can guess what that leads to.
  • Designing Women:
    • In one episode, 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "The Shakespeare Code", the Doctor and Martha end up in an inn with only a double bed, which they have to share. The Doctor doesn't see anything risqué about this, but Martha finds it an excuse to flirt... which the Doctor in all his obliviousness promptly ruins by lamenting about Rose.
    • In the mini-episode "Clara and the TARDIS", Clara finds her bedroom in the TARDIS has vanished. Numerous temporal duplicates of her then appear, finished off by a pair of her flirtatiously saying that they have to share a bed.
  • Family Matters 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 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 runs back out and unloads on Laura for essentially being a total bitch to him.
    Steve: NO! (thunderclap) 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."
  • The episode of Frasier where owing to overbooking, Frasier and Roz 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. Roz takes the couch while Frasier ends up sharing the bed with his snoring boss.
  • In an episode of General Hospital, 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.
  • One episode of 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 Hilarity Ensues. Link
  • Good Times: JJ and his younger brother Michael share a bed which is the family's living room pull out sofa. Dudes don't even have a private room to themselves.
  • An episode of Happy Days in which Joanie and Chachi check into a motel, only to discover that the only room available is the honeymoon suite. Chachi suggests they can share the bed if they keep one foot on the floor, like in the movies. Then Fonzie turns up and assumes the worst.
    Chachi: We asked for separate rooms!
    Fonzie: Tell me another one!
    Chachi: We kept one foot on the floor!
    Fonzie: I was kidding about telling me another one!
  • Arguably played for laughs at the end of Hawaii Five-0 episode Ka I'o, although it is massive ship fodder: after Steve's mother's death, Danny flies out to Washington to meet him and take him home - only they have to spend the night there first, and Steve's hotel room only has one bed. Danny tries to convince Steve to let him sleep in the bed with him, Steve refuses (fairly unconvincingly, given how often they refuse/contradict each other just for the sake of bickering), and the episode fades to black as Danny says, "I'm not taking the couch," with the clear implication that they will in fact end up sharing the bed.
  • 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 it's unlikely 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.
  • At the very beginning of the first season of The Joe Schmo Show, a parody of reality shows in which everyone other than the chosen schmo is an actor with a script, Matt, the season's schmo, discovers that he has to share a room with two of the other "contestants," Earl and Dr. Pat, and there is only one bed. One of the early plotlines involves the fact that Matt will do whatever it takes to get his own room with his own bed, even if it means purposely losing a competition and accepting the "punishment" of a small closet room. The show quickly arranges a plotline of him winning use of a luxury suite in order to make it easier to keep track of him.
  • The infamous "Ghost" episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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 Fandom-Specific Plot for the folks who ship them. This scene was deliberately written to Ship Tease, as the producers are very much aware of the Les Yay. As are the actresses, who, luckily, are friends in real life.
  • Happens in Lois & Clark 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.
  • In Season 2 Luther has to bring a teenaged prostitute back to his apartment after she's threatened by gangsters. He's had a very long day, and tells her that he'll bring in a second bed tomorrow but tonight she's sleeping on the couch. After she makes a cup of tea, she comes out of the kitchen to find Luther sleeping on the couch instead.
  • Subverted in the second season of Mad Men. During their first separation, Don and Betty are visiting the home of Betty's father. Rather than tell him their problems, they take a room with one bed and Don agrees to sleep on the floor. They end up having sex in the bed, but it does nothing to solve their marital disputes.
  • Million Yen Women: By the end, Shin is living alone in a place only really big enough for one person, as opposed to the house that had enough bedrooms for each of the women to have their own as long as he slept on the couch. When Hitomi decides to move in with him, he points out that the only sleeping space available is his own bed. The problem is only really brief because Hitomi is coming back to start a proper romantic relationship with him.
  • Morecambe and Wise 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 Unfortunate Implications, 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 Goodness Gracious Me 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 My Name Is Earl, the reason Earl and Randy share a bed is that 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.
  • NCIS:
    • In "Jet Lag", Tony and Ziva spend a few days in Paris and their room only has one bed. Tony tells a witness that 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.
    • In "Borderland", 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.
  • There is an amusing example of this in Nobuta Wo Produce, 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. Ho Yay Galore.
  • In one episode of The O.C., 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 Double Standard 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 that they're spooning.
    Seth: [at a breakfast place] Should we have just left them there like that?
    Summer: Oh, but they looked so cute! It would have been a shame to wake them.
  • In Penny Dreadful, this occurs twice in the episode "Above the Vaulted Sky":
    • Vanessa sleeps in Ethan's room after she (possibly) hallucinates the witches in her room. Ethan sleeps on the couch.
    • Lily gets scared by a thunderstorm and runs to Victor's bed. They have sex shortly after.
  • Person of Interest. When John Reese and Joss Carter have to stay in a tiny hotel room, he volunteers to sleep in the tub, but there's only a shower (the case gets wrapped up before they need to sleep anyway). When Reese and Sameen Shaw have to stay in a hotel together, neither wants to compromise, so they both end up sleeping on the floor, leaving the bed for their extensive array of weaponry. The trope is played straight in "Bury the Lede", where Reese chooses the couch despite an obvious chance for Sex for Solace with the Victim of the Week.
  • In the first series of Poirot, Hastings goes to stay at an inn. Unfortunately the inn is full so he has to share a bed with Chief Inspector Japp. He complains the next morning that Japp talks in his sleep.
  • A variation becomes one of The Professionals infamous Ho Yay moments. In "The Ojuka Situation", Bodie and Doyle are able to book adjourning hotel rooms but are told there's only one bath available. "So if you don't mind sharing?" (Bodie and Doyle exchange an amused look)
  • In Reaper, this is used as an excuse for Sock to have sex with his (step) sister. Of course, as it turned out, there WAS another bed provided by the time they got to the room, which Sock hastily tossed out of the window.
  • Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung: In Episode 6, Goo Hae-ryung brings Prince Dowon to her house since he can't get back into the palace after dark. Her servant Seol-geum immediately assumes that they're sleeping together, and claims that all the servants' rooms are full of drying pumpkins, so the only place he can sleep is in Hae-ryung's room. They end up sleeping on opposite sides of a screen.
  • In Scarecrow and Mrs. King first season episode "Weekend", Lee and Amanda are sent to a resort as a married couple. After giving Amanda a hard time about how junior agents have to take the couch, Lee explains he will be staking out the room of a potential kidnapping target all night.
  • Scrubs: When Carla got pissed off at Turk in the second season premiere, he and JD had to share a bed. This leads to a conversation quite similar to the 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.
  • Seinfeld:
    • In addition to the aforementioned 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 sleeps in Jerry's bed with him, much to Jerry's annoyance.
    • When Frank and Estelle Costanza are briefly separated in Season 6, Frank moves in with George. In "The Doorman," George, with his parents about to reconcile, allows Jerry to take back the couch that Frank had been sleeping on, only for the couple to fall out again, leaving Frank stranded at George's with nowhere to sleep. The end credits gag shows George trying to get ready to go to sleep as his father eats a bowl of kasha in bed next to him.
  • Shadow and Bone: The Zemeni inn in the first episode of season 2 only provides "not-yet-dating" Alina and Mal one bed. Mal graciously offers it to Alina, but she goads him into laying down next to her. This leads into a brief makeout session on the bed before they set out for the day.
  • Silent Witness: "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 draws the obvious conclusion. Cunningham indignantly replies that he slept on the floor and took a cold shower. A very cold shower.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • While being secretly ferreted behind enemy lines in the episode "Unification 1", 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 in "Tapestry". 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 because he could.
  • Stranger Things: After Jonathan rescues Nancy from the Upside Down, Nancy goes to sleep in her own bed, while Jonathan sets up a sleeping bag at the foot of the bed for his own use, rather than join her. However, after a few minutes, Nancy, still scared from her experience, asks Jonathan to sleep next to her so she feels safe, which he obliges.
  • An episode of That Girl featured the lead, a young Marlo Thomas, and her boyfriend having to share a hotel room.
  • Titans (2018). In a flashback episode showing how vigilante Hawk (Hank Hall) met his future partner Dove (Dawn Granger), Hank asks Dawn to sleep over at his place, quickly adding that he will make up the couch for her. Dawn offers to help him, and opens a cupboard to get a pillow before Hank can stop her—and his vigilante costume falls out.
  • In an episode of The War at Home, 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 Pet Homosexual Kenny sleeping with neither Larry nor himself.
  • In The Windsors, William gets shot by Nicola Sturgeon (who's in her holiday persona of "Flame") and has to recooperate in her croft, which only has one bed. As she quickly gets infatuated with him, she insists they share it.
  • The X-Files:
    • In the 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.

  • The song S-S-S-Single Bed by '70s pop group Fox revolves around this trope. The singer's date (whom she's invited over to her place) apparently missed his train but she has to tell him "all I've got is a single bed". Though in context this could imply "I enjoy your company, but I don't want to sleep with you right now."

  • On The Ricky Gervais Show, 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.

  • Cabaret, "Perfectly Marvelous":
    Cliff: Besides, I've only got one narrow bed.
    Sally: We'll think of something.
  • A throwaway line in Henry V 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 Scrope has taken bribes from the French to assassinate the King.
  • In Mamma Mia!, Tanya and Rosie stay in Donna's room while visiting for Sophie's wedding. When they first enter her room, they notice a single bed (it is not clear if one would have to share the bed with Donna, or if Donna has her own bed offstage) and initially start to fight over it. Rosie pulls out a coin and they flip for it. Tanya calls heads and loses. As Rosie celebrates, she tosses Tanya a flat air mattress to sleep on. Tanya spends a great deal struggling to blow it up with her mouth.
    Rosie: Blow. Don't suck.
  • Peter Pan: In the Lost Boys' "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 Wendy won't let them turn over in bed unless a signal is given, at which point they all turn over at once.
  • A plot point in 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".
  • 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 usually played by a woman.

    Video Games 
  • This is what happens when Madoka invites Homura for a sleepover in the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Play Station Vita game, The Battle Pentagram. While focusing on being sweet and adorable, this scene is the most explicit portrayal of Pseudo-Romantic Friendship in any official media for the franchise so far.
  • GrimGrimoire has Lillet Blan more or less kidnapping/adopting/eloping with Amoretta Virgine the Homunculus, not least because she's 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 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 exile herself to the couch and leave Amoretta in the bed alone if Amoretta doesn't keep safe.
  • A variant happens at the beginning of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: There are plenty of beds for the mixed-gender party, but they're all in the same room. Given that one of the girls had only just gotten over a Thanks for the Mammary accident that happened in the prologue, this causes awkwardness. Later on the same party ends up having to share a tent, but by that point they'd all known each other for several months and they're much more comfortable with the idea.
  • Happens in 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.
  • Downplayed in Life Is Strange. Max and Chloe share a bed when Max spends the night in Episode 3. However, neither is uncomfortable with this as they routinely shared a bed during sleepovers when they were younger. The game doesn't even show them getting into bed, just cutting from them deciding to go back to Chloe's house to them waking up in bed together. The bed is also large enough for two.
  • Happens in the Neverwinter Nights 2 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.
  • Persona 5: During the Hawaii trip, Ann and Ryuji lose access to their hotel rooms and independently decide to crash with Joker and Mishima. Joker takes the couch, Ann takes one of the beds, and Ryuji sleeps on the floor after losing a game of cards. The other bed goes to Mishima, but he spends the whole night in the bathroom after drinking the tap water and getting sick.
  • Happens in 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 Tales of Phantasia 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.
  • In Stardew Valley, if you reach 10 hearts with Emily, the two of you decide to go camping in the nearby woods, and a passing bear forces you to hide in the tent. One of the sleeping bags gets left outside, and Emily doesn't want to go back out for it until the bear leaves. The tent shakes, and the scene fades to black...
  • Va 11 Hall A: In the Alma ending, Jill moves in to Alma's place, but they share the same bed. Jill is less okay with the circumstances.
  • In Wolfenstein: The New Order when BJ and Anya are traveling on the sleeper train they share a cabin with only one bed. Anya actually says the trope name before the scene cuts to show them having sex.

    Visual Novels 
  • Comically subverted in War: 13th Day. A gentleman and a lady share a bed but not because there's only one available:
    Ambrosia: Is there no other bedroom that’s been untouched by the fire aside from this one?
    Arsenik: There are plenty more. Only the second floor’s been incinerated. I suppose you would like me to move, but to be perfectly honest with you, I’m quite exhausted. You won’t mind if I rest here for a little while, do you?

  • Subverted in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: Cubi don't need to sleep to begin with.
  • Dangerously Chloe skips right to the result, on 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.
  • El Goonish Shive:
  • The Fox Sister: 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.
  • Said practically word for word by Tifa in Final Fantasy VII: The Sevening, talking about the cell she and Cloud have been thrown into.
  • During the "trip to E3" story arc in Full Frontal Nerdity, 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 "bed" for Lewis.
  • In General Protection Fault, 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 in an attempt to get Nick and Ki together.
  • 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 (yep). But on the second night, it's raining, so Winter agrees to come inside and take the couch...but an elephant wanders into the scene and eats the couch, leaving only the one bed.
  • Early on in It's Walky!, there were two beds...and four people.
  • Juvenile Diversion: In the "Chasing Jenny" arc, Team B (Chris, Julie, Corky and Missy) have one bed for four. It is shown two pages later to be anything but sexy, but another panel is less than SFW, so no link.
  • Misfile:
    • Guy-turned-girl Ash insists on giving up his bed for Emily to prove he is a chivalrous guy. She finds his Porn Stash under the bed, also gender-swapped. Emily returns the favor a few strips later by inviting Ash for a sleepover and insisting Ash take the bed, since he's the guest. This kind of leads to a bit of Fridge Logic 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 Rule of Funny.
    • Much later, Emily again stays over at Ash's house. They share the bed. Squee.
    • The situation comes up again in the fanfic Misfiled Dreams, 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 Fridge Logic 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.
  • The Monster of the Week strip based on "Arcadia" (see above), in keeping with the gag that they just decided to "film a fanfic", is given the Either/Or Title "And There Was Only One Bed (omg there was only one bed)", although it actually skips over that bit.
  • A Namir Deiter 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.
  • Penny Arcade offers a solution to the "who gets it" dilemma.
  • Realta: Ava mistakes Elowen and Amelia for a couple and prepares only one bed for them.
  • Romotan invokes this in The Renegade by giving Aspect and Frostbite a room with just one bed, to which Frostbite objects. Romotan exits and tells them they can't have a refund, leaving the other two to be embarrassed because while Aspect does like Frostbite, she doesn't reciprocate and had just had a He Is Not My Boyfriend moment — to Romotan. She does warm up to the idea of sharing the bed, however, so when it's actually time to turn in for the night, Frostbite asks to cuddle even though Aspect offers to sleep on the floor.
  • In Sabrina Online, Zig Zag deliberately sets up this scenario during a trip to a convention with Sabrina. It doesn't go as planned...
  • In Sluggy Freelance, this is played for Fanservice when the gang all share a tiny apartment, and Zoe and Gwynn have to "snuggle" in the only bed. Parodied when a later strip reveals Zoe was actually sleeping on the couch; Zoe and Gwynn sharing a bed was just how Torg liked to picture it.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent:
    • In the Just Before the End prologue, one of the sets of focus characters is a family of six that are deliberately having a boat trip during the outbreak to isolate themselves from the rest of the world. A panel shows the entire family huddled together in a single bed, wearing their winter clothes, presumably to keep warm during the night.
    • At the end of Chapter 10, Mikkel decided that he no longer wanted the Deep Sleep ridden Lalli sleeping under Tuuri's bunk, but on the out in the open part of the dormitory floor. The issue is that that part of the floor fits exactly two mattresses, that are nominally Mikkel and Reynir's. Mikkel is quite large, Lalli is quite thin, Reynir is somewhere between the two. Fitting the three on the two mattresses hence ends up with Reynir being forced to share with Lalli, with the bonus points that Lalli is not fond of Reynir at all when awake.
  • Used here in Wapsi Square with two characters who have known each other since grade school.

    Web Original 
  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: Subverted because while there is only one bed at Graham's department and the 12-year old street boy Jamie offers to share it with Graham — implying that sex is on the table too, as Jamie has survived in part by trading sex for a warm bed and food — Graham instead sleeps on his desk.
  • In Dead West, this crops up more than once. Our narrator, Gervas usually shares a room with the Porcelain Doctor, and more than once there was only one bed. The first time it happens, Gervas opts for the floor, but when there is a slight chance that Niall's going to have an "episode", sharing a bed it is. This result them being Mistaken for Gay, and if Gervas wouldn't be so careful, in his death.

    Web Videos 
  • In The Blackrock Chronicle the main characters have only one bed in their main base for a good while. Naturally, this provides plenty of awkward moments. And even after more beds are made, they still seem to wake up the same place, only adding more fuel to the shipping fire.
  • In Jill Bearup's series Fantasy Heroine, an author talks directly to her heroine about the various tropes she plans to use in the story, usually centered around the heroine's relationship with her hot enemy, while the heroine responds with Rage Against the Author. When the author claims that there's only one bed is historically a Justified Trope, the heroine calls out the Standard Fantasy Setting for being too anachronistic for real-world historical norms to hold any water here.
    Writer: It has come to my attention that in the medieval period it was typical to go to an inn and pay for a space in a bed, rather than a whole room. And so it's entirely justifiable—on nights you're staying in more modest accommodations—that you should be expecting to share a bed with your hot en—with Captian Collins.
    Heroine: Caroline...
    Writer: I mean, you denied he was your enemy but you never denied that he was hot.
    Heroine: You do recall that your haphazardly constructed world isn't actually representative of any particular historical period?
  • Double subverted in the music video "Nice Hotel", in which the two guests in the hotel room realise there is only one bed, but choose to flip a coin to decide who can have the bed to themselves. Unfortunately, the coin lands on its side, and they must both share as a result. "But it's okay, 'cause [they're] not telling. Anyone."
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Sonic and Tails in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog often sleep within close proximity of each other, and at one point do share a bed.
  • In the episode "Haunted House" of The Alvin Show, Dave and the Chipmunks have to share a bed since "Chesley Estate" only had one bed.
  • Only noticeable in the background but in Batman: The Animated Series when Harley and Ivy were hiding out in a small one room apartment 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.
  • Bob's Burgers - Dr. Yap, the family dentist, has the family (including Linda's sister Gayle) over to his time-share ski condo, and has it planned that he and Gayle will have to share a bed. It's complicated by Gayle's thinking she and Bob have something going on.
  • BoJack Horseman: Subverted in "Feel-Good Story" when Diane, now a traveling reporter for Girl Croosh, has to share a hotel with her cameraman Guy, but their hotel room has one bed. He apologizes profusely... and then Diane kisses him, and it becomes clear that they're dating and he was doing a bit. Later inverted when Diane has to get a hotel because Guy's kid is staying over at his place, and her room has two beds to emphasize how lonely she feels.
  • The Flintstones:
    • Somewhat averted in the episode "The House Guest" 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.
    • Subverted in "A Haunted House Is Not a Home" which involved Fred and Barney having to share a bed. After Barney complains about it, the bed is split in half.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 106, Mr. Cat buys too much stuff at a garage sale from Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack, so his bedroom gets too full and he can't get inside. He tries to invoke this trope by breaking into Kaeloo's bedroom and trying to sleep next to her, but it's subverted when she makes him sleep on the couch instead, to his disappointment.
  • In an early King of the Hill 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 shuts the door behind him.
  • The Legend of Korra: In "The Coronation," a hotel worker informs Creepy Twins Desna and Eska that they reserved a suite with only one bed. Despite the implications, Eska explains that Desna prefers sleeping in the bathtub.
  • In an episode of Liberty's Kids, John Adams and Ben Franklin share a bed in an inn. Truth in Television, 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 1776, but got cut for time and pacing issues)
  • Several Looney Tunes 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 the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.
  • The Simpsons: Homer, Marge, and Moe end up sharing a pre-booked hotel room. Marge takes the sofa, leaving Homer and Moe to awkwardly share the bed.
    Homer: Listen, I gotta tell you, I chew in my sleep.
    Moe: Yeah, well, I sweat blood.
  • In The Smurfs episode "Papa Smurf, Papa Smurf", the two Papa Smurfs realized that there was only one bed for them to sleep in and so offered each other the opportunity to sleep there while the other slept elsewhere. Both of them turned the offer down and slept elsewhere in the house.
  • 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 Word of God says that the most they see each other is Brother and Sister.
  • White and Billy in The Venture Bros. share a bed on vacation on Spanakos without complaint, although White looks mildly displeased that Billy acts out in real life a dream where White is a centaur he's riding. Incidentally, they seem to usually share a bedroom in their small trailer, although there are apparently two single beds.
  • Harry Boyle, the patron of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, is escorting a rather attractive female client to a meeting and they stop overnight at a hotel which has only one room with one bed available. Harry lets the client take the room while he sleeps in the car, much to the surprise of the hotel manager, who thought Harry would try to sneak in the hotel room. Naturally, his wife Alice thinks he's cheating on her.

    Real Life 
  • Happens frequently at conventions due to how expensive hotel rooms can be.
    • Frequent congoers find that sharing a bed with someone they have no sexual or romantic attraction to isn't the main problem so much as bedmates who snore with the volume of a rock concert, or try to have an unfair portion of the bed or blanket.
    • It also happens frequently when families with more than one child go on vacation, for the same reason.
  • The tradition of bundling. Sometimes it'd get really cold, and the couples would get together all warm and cozy, and sometimes there were ...babies!
  • 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 in 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.
  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, during their pre-fame days.
    • Referenced in Paul, where Graeme and Clive share a hotel room with one bed when they go to Comic-Con.
  • Rhett & Link talked about sharing hotel rooms and occasionally having to share the bed in an episode of Good Mythical Morning.
  • Reportedly, YouTubers Cosmodore and LSMark had to stay at a hotel to attend a Crush 40 concert in London. Cosmo, who had romantic feelings towards Mark, "accidentally" ordered one room with ONE king size bed. This made Mark uncomfortable, forcing Cosmo to begrudgingly sleep on the floor.
  • Benjamin Franklin and John Adams once had to share a bed at an inn, and spent pretty much the entire time arguing over whether to keep the window open, with Franklin in favor and Adams opposed. Franklin won on a technicality as Adams got bored by Franklin's explanations about how fresh air was good for the body and fell asleep.
  • When Richie Finger moved to Sydney and was looking for Drag Queen work, he shared a flat with a woman where there was only one bed. In his own words, "It was cold, so we started sharing the bed. It must have been very cold, because next thing you know I had a son." Richie, also known as Cindy Pastel, was the basis for the character of Tick in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
  • Common on school trips that involve hotel stays, which will often put four students (of the same gender, of course) in a room that has two beds. While girls don't seem to have much of a problem sharing, the boys are a different story.


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AJ and Rarity's bed fight

Applejack and Rarity argue over sharing a single bed.

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