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Your Guide To Buying a Folding Bed

By Sharon Lim

    Folding beds can come in handy on numerous occasions.  Many people live in small city apartments where space is extremely limited, and a bed that folds away in the daytime can make a world of difference. Others find themselves hosting guests frequently and need to keep comfortable, storable bed space on hand. High quality, affordable folding beds are widely available and come in a variety of models, sizes, and materials.  You'll notice that there are wall beds, that can be folded into other furniture. There are also sofa beds, that convert from a sofa into a bed. There are also futons, where the mattress is part of the sofa, instead of being a separate cushion. Then there are folding cots, which is a rollaway bed. Then there are travel cots, which can fold up into a travel bag. They are primarily for young children.

    To help you easily compare your folding bed options, we have put together this extensive guide with everything you need to differentiate between the various types of folding beds on the market and make a quick, smart buying decision. It'll help you:

    • Choose the right type of folding bed,

    • See useful tips about that type of folding bed,    

    • Read reviews of different brands of folding bed, and what customers are saying,

    • Select the right brand of folding bed, and

    • Compare prices and find the best deals.

    • Wall bed: Wall beds are especially useful in households that are extremely short on space. Although called “wall” beds, they can actually be folded and stowed into other items of furniture like cabinets or desks. By this virtue, wall beds have dual functionality and waste no space at all. An example of this is the iBed in a Box Hideaway Guest Bed. It folds down to 5.5" thick and can be easily stored away under a bed or in a closet. Its mattress is 2" thick, but is surprisingly comfortable, using flexible mesh instead of bars to support the mattress.

    • Sofa bed: Like wall beds, sofa beds are multi-functional. By day, they serve as sofas or loveseats. By night, they can be folded out into a full sized bed. These are also ideal candidates for a home short on space.

    • Futon: Futons, much like sofa beds, are used for seating while they are not pulled out into a bed. However, unlike sofa beds, there isn’t a separate mattress hidden inside of a sofa. Instead, the seating surface itself becomes the bed.

    • Folding cot: A folding cot is a simple rollaway bed that can be folded in half and stored away in a separate space. These beds are preferable to the above models if you want it to be removed from your space entirely when it is not in use. However, if you do not have storage space available for the folded bed, then this model is not ideal for your needs. Some folding cots can be used as a permanent bed, and have enough clearance under the bed to serve as storage space.

    • Travel cot:  The final type of folding bed is a travel cot. Travel cots are the simplest and lightest models of folding beds. They come in a range of forms, including inflatable airbeds and sleeping pads. These beds are designed for increased portability, which may come at the cost of comfort as compared to other types of folding beds.

     

    Based on all the consumers' reviews we've scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

    • Comfort: As you would expect, the most highly rated folding beds were the most comfortable. Many reviewers said that they would willingly choose to sleep on their folding bed as it offered nearly as much comfort as many regular beds. Some folding beds come with memory foam mattresses which users especially love, as memory foam removes the classically frustrating problem of an uncomfortable mattress-fold bump. The Jay-Be Inspire Folding Bed has a pocket spring mattress: there are 400 pocket springs in the mattress, that are padded for extra comfort and conformability to the person’s body.

    • Setup and Transport: Top rated folding beds were lauded for the simplicity of moving and setting them up. Folding beds are typically used for temporary purposes and users loved how easy their folding bed was to move, open, and store. Positive reviews noted how light and manageable their bed was, as well as the minimal time and effort it took to get from storage to being ready to use.

    • Size: Pleased customers ranked bed size as an important factor for two reasons in their reviews. Many of them liked that their folding bed was the size of a twin bed, rather than a cot. This allowed for both increased comfort and a more appealing look. In addition, beds that folded up into a compact, manageable shape and size were well-received. Your folding bed will probably spend a large portion of its life in storage so it is key that it does not take up too much room in its down time.

    • Durability: The most positive reviews commended the durable construction of their folding bed. Since folding beds are typically in a constant state of being stored, rolled in, opened, used, closed, and rolled back out, it is important that they can withstand the fatigue. In addition, many users commented that they were relieved by the sturdy quality of their folding bed so that guests of all sizes could comfortably and safely use the bed.

    • Mattress material: Folding beds come in a variety of mattress types. Memory foam, foam, fiber padding, and hammock-style are all commonly available for folding beds. Consider who will be using your bed and how often it will be used when determining which mattress type is right for you. If you intend to offer your folding bed to fully grown adults or will use it frequently, it would be wise to opt for the more expensive memory foam option. If the bed is going to be dedicated to holding your child’s sleepover guests from time to time, a more inexpensive hammock-style bed could be a better choice for you.

    • Size: Check out dimensions and reviews before choosing a folding bed. It is important to consider both your available storage space and size of the area where the bed will be in use when thinking about how large or small you want your folding bed to be. Also, the mattress sizes differ, according to your country. For example, the standard sizes in the United States will be: King (183 x 213 cm), Queen (152 x 203 cm), Double (also known as Full Size) (137 x 191 cm), Single (99 x 191 cm). Australian and British mattresses will differ slightly.

    • Aesthetics: Some folding beds are better looking than others. If you would like your folding bed to look more like a real bed, consider models that come with a thicker mattress and dust ruffle over a more basic model.

    • Mattress thickness: The thickness of the mattress is a big factor in comfort. The Milliard Mighty Rollaway Twin Bed with Foam Mattress has a folding 4” thick mattress. The fact that the mattress is composed of two parts allows it to fold together with the bed frame. This is more economical on space--you don’t have to worry about extra storage space for the mattress. On the other hand, the The iBed in a Box Hideaway Guest Bed has a mattress that is only 2” thick, but reviewers said that they still found it very comfortable. The only drawback is that the mattress itself is one solid piece of foam, which you must slip under the bed when folding the frame.

    • Weight limit: The strength of the frame determines how much weight can the bed withstand. Exceeding the limit can damage the frame. The Jay-Be Inspire Folding Bed can support a weight of 350 pounds.

    • Sprung slats in the frame versus rigid slats: Slats are wide, thin strips of wood slats that fit into the bed frame and support the mattress. The wood is typically flexible, so that the slats will bend when you lie down on the bed, but then spring back into position when you get off the bed. This is preferable to rigid slats, which don't bend (and can even snap) when pressure is applied. So try to purchase a frame that employs sprung slats.

    • Weight: Keep in mind who will be setting up your folding bed, as well as how far your storage area is from where the bed will be in use most often. You want to be sure to purchase a bed with a manageable carrying weight. For example, the Milliard Mighty Rollaway Twin Bed weighs only 54 pounds, but can support up to 400 pounds of weight.

    • Price: Folding beds are available in a wide price range from around $50-$300 and averages around $100. Think about your budget and needs when determining how much you are willing or able to spend on your new folding bed.

    • Wheels: Since many folding beds are intended to be portable, the frame will be on wheels. For example, the Jay-Be Inspire Folding Bed has caster wheels that can rotate a full 360 degrees, so that you can move the bed in any direction. Some have the wheels on the middle section of the frame, while others have the wheels at the head and foot of the frame. Although wheels help you move the bed from place to place, you want the bed to be stationary while sleeping. There are two solutions to this:

      • Locking caster wheels: Some bed frames have locking caster wheels on them. Each wheel can be locked in place by pushing down a tab on the wheel, to keep it from spinning.

      • Raised caster wheels: Some bed frames have the center section on wheels, for easy transport. But, when you unfold the frame, the center section raises off the ground. The weight of the bed is supported solely by the bed’s legs at the head and foot of the bed. Since the wheels are no longer in contact with the ground, the bed is essentially immobilized.

    • Headboard: Some folding beds come with a headboard. For example, the Milliard Mighty Rollaway Twin Bed with Foam Mattress has a headboard, which secures the mattress and the pillow in place. The Signature Sleep 4052419 Classic Folding Guest Bed has a guide at both the head and foot of the bed, to keep the mattress from slipping off the bed.

    • Closure: An important part of trying to put the bed away is the closure--it has to close securely, to occupy as little space as possible. The Milliard Mighty Rollaway Twin Bed with Foam Mattress has a buckle to lock the head and foot of the bed together, when folding it up. This is an alternative to the JAY-BE Inspire Folding Bed’s closing clip.

    Zinus was founded in 1979 as an outdoor products company specializing in comfort-oriented tents, sleeping bags, and portable furniture. In 2003, they shifted their focus to indoor comfort products. They now produce a wide variety of pillows and bed topper products. They pride themselves in creating the world’s finest sleep products.

     

    Serta began in 1931 when a number of independent mattress manufacturers decided to work together. They quickly gained a competitive edge against other national companies and set the standard for quality. Today, Serta is the top mattress manufacturer in the United States and one of the leading mattress manufacturers worldwide.

    ibed is a brand of Corner Housewares, specializing in folding guest beds. Corner Housewares makes furniture pieces such as tables and chairs, guest beds, kitchen carts, laundry items, and more. Established in 2010, they ship their goods from their New York warehouse.

    Linon Home Decor are makers of quality furnishings that are also stylish and elegant. They make indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as wall decor items: boutique mirrors, wood wall carvings, framed maps and more. They also sell area rugs. Their main office is located in Mineola, New York, and their president is Demetrios Ziozis.

    Jay-Be was founded in Yorkshire, England in 1982. They are experts in folding beds and sofa beds. They also have a choice of three mattresses that are especially for their bed frame. They make single and double folding beds, as well as sprung-base beds.

    Swascana are makers of home and garden furniture. They design affordable and convenient beds, as well as other home products. They were founded in 2016.

    Milliard are makers of bedding products. They make mattress toppers and protectors, folding beds and mattresses, beds for pets, pillows, and cushions. They were founded in 2009, and have their headquarters in Lakewood, New Jersey.