Best Portable Beds for Adults

Bed Reviews

Dec 19

Portable beds are a great way to accommodate unexpected guests or adult children who come home for the holidays.

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They can be tricky to pick out as adults have different needs than children. Some people prefer a bed that hides away so it’s of sight while not in use.

Others don’t mind a bed that folds up and doubles as a couch. To find out the right bed for you, keep reading this list of the 5 best portable beds for adults.

1. Corner Housewares iBED

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2. Millard Premium Folding Bed

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3. Twin Sized SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

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4. LUCID 4 Inch Folding Mattress and Sofa

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5. VIVO Cot & Fold up Bed

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The Corner Housewares iBED is a two-inch foam folding hideaway with a folding no-assembly-required spring bed frame and storage bag.

It measures 74.5"L x 31.5"W x 16"H when it is open, but it folds down to 36" x 31.5"W and 5.5"H in a matter of seconds.

It has a weight capacity of 275 pounds, and the bed itself weighs 26 pounds. The foundation comes in a black colored shell with white polka dots.

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    No assembly required. This bed comes fully assembled to your house upon delivery. It can be folded and hid in the closet or under another bed when it is not in use, making it ideal for apartments or guest rooms.
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    Flexible mesh bedding. The bed features an elastic mesh with a foam material that forms to your body for extra comfort. It also has leg locks so that the bed will stay in place.

Cons

  • Needs more padding. This bed could use a bit more padding, especially for heavier guests. It also tends to be stiff and doesn’t weigh a lot, so it’s not as supportive.

This bed is ideal for occasional guest sleepers but might not be the best fit for someone who wants to sleep on it every night. It arrives fully assembled and folds up so you can put it away, but it’s easy to get injured in the folding process if you’re not careful.

The Millard Premium Folding Bed comes with a sturdy frame for larger guests as well as a memory foam mattress.

There is no assembly required- just screw in the wheels, and the bed is ready for use. The mattress is 12 inches thick, and measures are 75 x 31.5 x 16 inches. The bed weighs 52.4 pounds and has a 300-pound weight limit.

Pros

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    Sturdy. The bed frame weighs more than other options, making it an excellent place to sleep for larger guests or college students. It also has a memory foam mattress for added comfort.
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    Safe. The bed is easy to set up and has legs that stabilize at each end to make sure it doesn’t move in the middle of the night.
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    Simple assembly. The bed frame comes fully assembled and does not require the use of additional tools. You just need to screw in the wheels, and the bed is ready.

Cons

  • Poorly constructed. The bed does appear to be poorly constructed

This bed is a good option for dorm rooms, attic spaces or family dens. It’s heavier and more supportive than other foundations, so it would make an ideal place to sleep for larger adults or college-aged kids. Because it’s heavier, it may be difficult to stow away for older adults with weaker upper body strength.

The Twin Sized SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress comes with a carry bay so you can easily transport it.

It weighs 13.5 pounds and measures 73" x 38" x 18" due to its raised "double-height" air bed with dual chamber feature.

Pros

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    Waterproof. The mattress is extra thick with a waterproof top and a multilayer material that’s puncture resistant, so you won’t have to worry about being too rough with it.
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    Durable. This bed features ComfortCoil technology complete with 21 internal air coils to aid with support. It allows the mattress to remain firm and flat for a better night’s rest. It also has a slip-guard to prevent the bed from sliding in the night.
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    Warranty included. The bed comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Cons

  • Assembly required. The bed does not come fully assembled, but it has a one-click internal pump to assist with inflation and deflation. The manufacturer claims it can be blown up to its full inflation in three minutes.

This bed is a good option for the adult who needs added support. It contains 21 internal air coils, which makes it a solid choice for those with back pain or who just prefer a firm mattress. It’s an ideal bed for a lighter adult who doesn’t mind sleeping on an air mattress.

The LUCID 4 Inch Folding Mattress and Sofa have a removable indoor and outdoor fabric cover that fits a queen size bed. It weighs 28.1 pounds and measures 60 x 80 x 4 inches.

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    Versatile. This bed has a machine washable indoor and outdoor cover. It can also be used as a bed or a sofa, making it an ideal option for a living room or dorm room.
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    Medium firm mattress. This bed features a half-inch layer of memory foam with gel infusion on top of a high-density base that measures 3.5 inches thick. It’s soft yet supportive to take the burden off of sleeping on the ground.
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    CertiPUR-US approved. This product is CertiPUR-US tested and approved for safe materials, environmental performance and guidelines. It also comes with a three-year warranty.

Cons

  • Makes an awkward couch. While the bed is ideal for sleeping, it folds into a couch with awkward spaces that make it uncomfortable to sit on.

This bed is a good mattress for someone who wants it to double as a bed and a sofa. It can be left in your living room or dorm room and folded up into a sofa when it’s not being used as a bed. The memory foam makes it comfortable to lay in but look for something more supportive if you have back pain.

The VIVO Cot & Fold up Bed is a military or camping style cot with steel legs that sits off the ground.

It weighs 12 pounds and measures 75” L, by 25” W and 16” off the ground. When it is folded up, the cot measures 36” x 7” x 4.” Included in the package are a VIVO Black Cot, a carrying bag with a shoulder strap, and an instruction manual.

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    Extra storage. Because this bed sits off the ground, you can store baggage or food underneath it on a camping trip.
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    Travels well. The bed is easily portable, so you can pack it up and take it with you on camping trips. Leave it in the car for easy access.
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    Reinforced bars. The cot comes with reinforced bars so it won’t move while you sleep on it.

Cons

  • Not supportive. Sleeping on a cot is not the same as sleeping on a bed. Don’t expect this cot to provide support or a soft mattress.

This cot is a good option for military participants or people who like to go camping and don’t want to sleep on the floor. It travels well and can double as a shelf for camping supplies when not in use. It is not recommended for sleepers who move around a lot as a person could easily fall off it.

Types of Portable Beds to Know

Portable beds have come a long way since they were first introduced. They are no longer as uncomfortable as they once were, thanks to advances in technology.

Folding beds

Folding beds are made of a metal or wooden frame. They can be folded in half and stored away. Most folding beds come with a folding mattress or you can buy one separately.

They tend to be cheaper than other beds and are easily portable. Disadvantages include lack of durability and unaesthetic. Do not confuse them with the murphy bed which can fold up into the wall.

Rollaway beds

Rollaway beds are similar in design. Wheels are incorporated into the frame for easy transportation throughout the home. They  lack the ability to be folded away or hidden when they are not in use, which can make them harder to store.

Blow-up or inflatable mattresses

Blow-up or inflatable mattresses are the closest thing to a normal bed (2). They are usually more durable due to multiple air chambers and are more firm than rollaway beds. 

You can buy an air mattress with a frame for more support, but these tend to be harder to store away. Along with a frame, you can also buy rails. Air mattresses are usually made out of memory foam or standard latex.