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- Best foldable bed that transitions into a couch: IKEA BALKARP Sleeper Sofa
- Best sturdy foldable bed: LUCID Rollaway Folding Bed
- Best portable foldable bed: Inofia Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress
- Best lightweight foldable bed: Cushy Form Tri-Fold Folding Mattress
- Best hideaway foldable bed: Night & Day Furniture Murphy Cube Cabinet Bed
- Best gel memory foam foldable bed: Rest Haven Suspension Rollaway Bed
- Best rollaway foldable bed: Milliard Diplomat Folding Bed
When you think of foldable beds, your mind might automatically go to dingy, springy, uncomfortable mattresses.
While that might have been accurate in the past, the mattress game has certainly changed in recent years.
Here, we’re highlighting foldable beds that are durable, easy to store, and designed for comfort.
Here’s what we kept in mind while picking the best foldable beds:
- Customer reviews. We chose foldable beds with the highest customer ratings and satisfaction.
- Durability. Given the compact nature of foldable beds, we wanted to make sure our choices were rated well for durability and weight limits.
- Ease of storage. One of the biggest reasons for purchasing a foldable bed is the small size and how easy it is to, well, fold it away. We looked at beds that stay true to this characteristic.
- Size. Most foldable beds come in various sizes (cot or twin). Our list highlights a variety of sizes, no matter your need.
- Extra features. Although this wasn’t a deal-breaker, we still took note of which foldable beds offered something special, like a good warranty.
- $ = under $200
- $$ = $200–$300
- $$$ = over $300
Best foldable bed that transitions into a couch
IKEA BALKARP Sleeper Sofa
- Price: $
- Weight: 80 pounds
- Size: 39 W × 67 L inches
IKEA has a variety of sleeper sofas available, but we chose this one due to its size and price. It’s a cheaper option (some IKEA sleeper sofas run over $300), and it has the most (and best) ratings and reviews.
Customers cite the comfort of this bed as well as its sleek, compact size. It’s slightly shorter than a standard 38 × 75 inch twin bed. This makes it ideal for a guest bedroom or small apartment.
The adjustable back allows you to sit, lean, or tilt slightly. Or you can release it to lay flat.
The BALKARP comes in black or gray.
Best sturdy foldable bed
LUCID Rollaway Folding Bed
- Price: $$–$$$
- Weight: 53 pounds
- Sizes: Twin, twin XL, and cot
According to reviewers, these layers of foam help with sleeping comfort. Reviewers also note the easy installation process.
Due to the rollaway nature, the bed is easy to store. However, you can also lock the wheels in place, so you don’t have to worry about it rolling around at night.
LUCID’s rollaway folding guest bed collection comes in multiple sizes: twin, twin XL, and cot. The foldable bed frame, which can hold up to 350 pounds (making it the sturdiest on our list), has a hammock-style suspension.
The bed also comes with a 10-year warranty.
Best portable foldable bed
Inofia Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress
- Price: $–$$
- Weight: 28 pounds
- Sizes: Twin, full, and queen
The sides of the mattress are a mesh-like material designed to allow for breathability and cool sleeping. The bamboo mattress cover features a non-slip bottom, and you can remove it for washing.
Guests of any age or size can find comfort on this foldable bed, and the portability makes it that much easier to store away when you’re done.
The mattress has a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
Best lightweight foldable bed
Cushy Form Tri-Fold Folding Mattress
- Price: $
- Weight: 16 pounds
- Size: 25 W × 75 L inches
This foldable bed is perfect for small spaces, studio apartments, or dorm rooms. And, due to its weight, it’s super portable.
Still, at 75 inches long, a lot of reviewers comment on how pleasantly surprised they were by the length.
The mattress is made with 4 inches of CertiPUR-US certified foam.
The mattress comes with a free carrying case, a removable, washable cover, and a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
Best hideaway foldable bed
Night & Day Furniture Murphy Cube Cabinet Bed
- Price: $$$
- Weight: 172 pounds
- Size: Queen
We couldn’t make a list of foldable beds without including an option that hides a bed from view — in plain sight.
This cube foldable bed has features of a classic Murphy bed, but it comes in the shape of a wooden cabinet. The cabinet takes up roughly 10 square feet when closed. The mattress has 6 inches of gel memory foam.
Best gel memory foam foldable bed
Rest Haven Suspension Rollaway Bed
- Price: $–$$
- Weight: 47.5 pounds
- Sizes: Twin, twin XL, or cot
Rest Haven’s Suspension Rollaway Bed gets its name from the bed’s suspension-style support system (say that five times fast!), which eliminates the need for metal bars.
Reviewers love the bed frame’s comfort. The mattress itself has 1 inch of temperature-regulating gel memory foam and 3 inches of base support foam.
The mattress comes with a bamboo cover, a material that’s often praised for its cooling ability and breathability.
Reviewers also note how easily (and quietly) the bed can be rolled around, although the dual locking wheels prevent rolling during use.
Given the tall height of the frame, guests can store their belongings underneath the bed. The frame comes with a 10-year warranty.
Best rollaway foldable bed
Milliard Diplomat Folding Bed
- Price: $$
- Weight: 57 pounds
- Size: Twin
Reviewers of this folding bed praise plenty of its features. Some note the sturdiness of the bed frame, which is made from reinforced steel and is said to hold up to 300 pounds. Others comment on the comfort of the mattress and how well they slept on it.
The medium-firm mattress has a nonslip bottom, layers of support foam, and a 1-inch top layer of memory foam. The mattress cover is removable and machine washable.
Like most rollaway beds, this one has locking wheels for peace of mind while sleeping. It’s 14 inches thick when folded, making it compact for storage.
Much like with any purchase you’re buying for the long-haul, it’s a good idea to weigh your options.
Here are a few things to consider when looking for a foldable bed:
- Customer reviews. No matter if the foldable bed you’re thinking of purchasing comes with a warranty or money-back guarantee, it’s always a good idea to check out what reviewers say. See if you can pinpoint common themes in the praise or criticism.
- Size. This factor is also linked to the amount of space you have available for storage. Are you looking for something you can fit into a closet, behind a door, or under a bed? Check out the foldable bed’s dimensions when it’s closed and secure. The size of the bed also determines the bedding. If you opt for a unique size, you might not be able to find bedding as easily.
- Materials and construction. What is the foldable bed made of, and how sturdy is it?
- Mattress. There are so many types of mattresses out there, and not every mattress will feel comfortable to every sleeper. Most of the mattresses featured in this list are made of memory foam.
When searching for a sturdy, easy-to-store, comfortable place for guests to sleep, a foldable bed can prove a worthy alternative to an air mattress. (And it’s probably better than the couch or floor!)
Before purchasing your foldable bed, keep in mind the amount of space you have, the type of mattress you’re looking for, and what customers say.
Alexandra Shimalla grew up writing princess stories on her family’s laptop in their makeshift laundry room/office. She’s now a freelance journalist based in Georgia. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and enjoys writing about health and wellness, gluten-free living, and higher education. Her writing has appeared in print and digital publications, such as Paste and Georgia Magazine. If she’s not at her computer, then she’s at the gym. Learn more about Alexandra by visiting her website (www.alexshimalla.com).