folding bed rollaway bed small space furniture

Top 6 best folding beds 2021

Imagine having your family or friends over and you want to give them a nice sleep… Here is your solution – A folding bed (or a rollaway bed) makes a perfect guest bed.

A high-quality folding bed has a memory foam mattress and a sturdy frame that guarantees a good rest.

It’s compact, foldable, and easy to roll away into your wardrobe or hide under your bed – saves space!

What is a folding bed?

A folding bed (often also called a rollaway bed) is a portable bed that consists of a bed frame and a mattress that are foldable. The bed frame comes with wheels so you can easily roll it away into storage.

It’s compact, foldable, and easy to roll away into your wardrobe or hide under your bed – saves space! That’s why it makes a perfect guest bed.

As it’s focused on compactness, it’s certainly not as comfortable as a 12-inch memory foam mattress. But in this article, I will show you how to pick a good folding bed and recommend the best 6 beds.

Table of Contents

The NUM buying guide for the best folding bed​

Yes, it’s my NUM buying guide again.

I mentioned it in the previous post about best futon mattresses. But it is also applicable here.

N- Needs

Think about your needs for a second.

Do you want a comfortable bed for your guests who might have back pain problems?

If you want a comfortable rollaway bed, buy one with a thicker memory foam mattress and a sturdy metal frame.

Or do you want a cheap and very lightweight fold up bed for travelling so that you don’t sleep with ground bugs?

Lightweight folding beds often come with trade-offs such as comfort and spinal alignment. This is because of their thin mattresses and trampoline springs.

U - Usage Frequency​

If you want to sleep on the folding bed frequently, buy a high quality one with thicker mattress and a sturdy metal frame.

It helps with spinal alignment and pressure-point relief.

For light weight roll away beds, I don’t recommend frequent usage.

If just for one or two nights, it’s okay to sleep on them. However, the trampoline spring most likely does not give you the support that your body needs, unless it’s very firm and sturdy.

If the trampoline sags in the middle, that would suck for your spine posture.

M - Measurements

Consider your body length and weight. A thicker mattress and sturdier frame will be able to carry more weight.

If you want a bed for your little kid, a thinner mattress and trampoline spring are fine as long as it can support your kid’s weight.

If you are not sure which folding bed is good for your measurements, read the description of each product below.

Here we go!

Overview of the best folding beds​

Milliard Diplomat Folding Bed Mattress​​

folding bed rollaway bed small space furniture

Overall best

  • Soft, contouring support
  • Package includes: frame, mattress, strap
  • 75 x 38 x 17 inches. When folded, 14-inch thick
  • 57lbs. Supports up to 300lbs+
  • Polyester cover, memory foam, foam
  • Frame: metal
  • 360° wheels
  • 5-minute assembly
  • Double-boxed and bagged for protection

(Best design) Vonanda Folding Bed Chair with Pillow

Best design folding bed sleeper chair

Best design

  • Hard, firm
  • Package includes: Sleeper chair + a pillow
  • 71lbs. Supports up to 440lbs
  • Material: linen cover, foam
  • Frame: metal
  • No assembly
  • Delivery fulfilled by Amazon
  • 180-night trial, 3-year warranty

Inofia Folding, Rollaway Bed​

eco friendly folding bed

Eco friendly​

  • Contouring support
  • Cot size: 75 x 31 x 16.5 inches. When folded, 13.5 inch thick
  • 55lbs. Supports up to 300lbs
  • Material: Bamboo cover, a layer of memory foam, normal foam
  • Frame: metal
  • 360° wheels
  • Assembly time: 5 minutes
  • 100-night trial, 5-year limited warranty

(Overall Best) Milliard Diplomat Folding Bed Mattress

folding bed rollaway bed small space furniture
  • Soft, contouring support
  • 75 x 38 x 17 inches. When folded, 14-inch thick
  • 57lbs. Supports up to 300lbs+
  • Package includes: frame, mattress, wheels, and an adjustable buckle to strap the folded bed
  • The cover: Soft polyester removable, washable, fireproof fibreglass protection non-slip bottom
  • The foam structure: 1-inch memory foam + 4-inch foam base (2.5 density rating for soft contouring support)
  • Frame: metal
  • 360° wheels. When stationary, 2 wheels lock in place
  • Assembly: 5 minutes, just install the wheels and the ends. Tools and instruction included.
  • Double-boxed and bagged for protection

This folding bed is the best of the best considering sturdiness, comfort, and price. It is very comfortable, providing contouring support and can evidently support an adult that is 320lbs and 6″3 tall.

The metal frame with bars helps keep the mattress in shape over time, which will prevent you from having bad sleeping positions and, hence, back pain in the long run. This is because it helps keep your spine straight when sleeping.

Meanwhile, some other thinner and portable folding beds often use the trampoline string frame. The trampoline tends to sag in the middle, making your back or your waist curve in an awkward position that would cause lower back pain if prolonged.

Will you feel the bars of the frame when sleeping? Generally, you don’t have to worry about feeling the bars of the frame when sleeping on the provided 5-inch mattress at all. Maybe you will, if you’re very very very sensitive or heavily-built. But none of the Amazon customers have reported that.

Additionally, the bed is very sturdy with

  • High-quality steel tubing
  • Double reinforcements
  • Stabilizing legs

It is also double-packaged to make sure it comes to your hand undamaged.

  • Strong metal frame, no sagging
  • Great packaging to avoid damage during transit
  • Sturdy and comfortable, even for 300+ lb and 6″3 tall customer
  • Adjustable buckle for locking folded bed, meaning you can use your own mattress with different thickness
  • 4.6 out 5 stars, more than 1k ratings on Amazon
  • Heavy, not as portable as others

Want to protect your folding bed from dust, pollen, pet dander, etc?

The Milliard brand also sells a storage cover for their twin-sized folding bed, so that you can keep your bed like new as long as possible when not using it.

(Best design) Vonanda Folding Bed Chair with Pillow​

Best design folding bed sleeper chair
  • Firm, hard
  • As an ottoman 27 x 37 x 17 inches
  • As a sofa 47 x 37 x 32 inches
  • As a bed 74 x 37 x 17 inches
  • 71lbs. Supports up to 440lbs+
  • Package includes: the chair and a pillow
  • The cover: linen
  • The foam structure: high–density seating foam with zig zag spring
  • Frame: metal, with magnet at the corners to hold the fabric in place
  • Shipped by Amazon
  • Assembly: No assembly
  • 180-night free trial and 3 year-warranty

This folding bed is the best for its brilliant convertible design. It can be an ottoman or a sofa chair, which is perfect for your living room. All for the aesthetics!

If your guest wants to sleep over, you can easily turn this fold up bed chair into a bed or a lounger.

Not to mention the generous trial and warranty – 180-night free trial and 3-year warranty keeps you worry-free.

Plus, it is shipped by Amazon, which equals fast shipping and free return.

The whole sleeper chair looks sleek and neat thanks to the fabric that sticks to the frame by magnet.

In my opinion, the only downside beside the cost is that the cover is not removable. Therefore, you have to be careful not to stain the fabric.

  • Convertible into 4 pieces of furniture: bed, lounger, ottoman, sofa chair
  • Backrest can adjust to 5 angles
  • Aesthetic
  • No assembly
  • Support up to 440 lbs
  • 180-day free trial
  • 3 year warranty
  • Shipped by Amazon – fast shipping and free return
  • Is an investment
  • The cover is not removable

(Best for environment and customer service) Inofia Folding, Rollaway Bed

eco friendly folding bed
  • Contouring support
  • Cot size (a bit smaller than Twin size): 75 x 31 x 16.5 inches.
  • Folded dimension: 44 x 38 x 13.5 inches
  • 55lbs. Supports up to 440lbs+
  • Package includes: the frame, mattress, wheels
  • The cover: bamboo, removable and washable
  • The foam structure: 1.5-inche memory foam + 3.5-inch foam base
  • Frame: metal
  • 360° wheels. When stationary, 2 wheels lock in place
  • Shipped by Amazon
  • Assembly: 5 minutes
  • 100-night free trial, 5-year limited warranty

This rollaway bed really keeps customers and the environment in mind. It uses eco-friendly paint for the frame and bamboo cover for the mattress.

It is also very comfortable with a thicker memory foam layer, relieving pressure points.

And thanks to the sturdy metal frame, you don’t have to worry about the bed sagging, causing you bad sleeping posture or back pain in the long run. This frame’s benefit is similar to the first “Overall best” Milliard Diplomat folding bed above.

Best features are the 5-year limited warranty and a 100-night trial. Customer support will also respond to you within 24 hours. 

  • Good customer service:
    • 5-year limited warranty
    • 100-night trial
    • fast response (within 24 hours)
  • Comfortable
    • Generally thicker memory foam – 1.5 inch compared to 1 inch of most other folding-bed mattresses
    • Sturdy metal frame, no sagging
  • No sleep hot – thanks to the breathable & heat-dissipating mattress mesh sides
  • Environmentally conscious – eco-friendly paint and bamboo mattress cover
  • More expensive
  • Heavy, not as portable

Smile Back Folding Bed Rollaway Bed Twin Size​

smile back folding bed review
  • Contouring support
  • Twin size: 75 x 38 x 12 inches.
  • Folded: 14-inch thick
  • 55lbs. Supports up to 280lbs+
  • Package includes: frame, wheels, mattress, and adjustable buckle to strap the folded bed
  • The cover: removable and washable
  • The foam structure: 1.5-inche memory foam + 3.5-inch foam base
  • Frame: metal
  • 360° wheels. When stationary, 2 wheels lock in place
  • Assembly: 5 minutes
  • No trial or warranty, but replaces broken product for customer

This folding bed is a mix of the first and third bed, featuring the 1.5″ memory foam and adjustable buckle to allow you to use your own mattress or add a mattress topper.

Contouring support – It will give you a good sleep by providing contouring support.

CertiPur US – The outstanding point is the mattress is CertiPur US certified.

Weight support – The seller advises that this bed can hold 220lbs. However, a customer reviewed that they are 280lbs and 6″ tall and sleep on it comfortably.

Good customer service – The customer support is great. A customer received a damaged frame and complained. The company immediately sent out another bed frame.

Only rank 4th – Although it sounds like the better version of the first and third beds, it doesn’t have outstanding traits like free trial or warranty. And an undamaged product like the double-boxed Milliard bed is better than a customer service that will replace a broken one.

  • Comfortable
    • Generally thicker memory foam – 1.5 inch compared to 1 inch of most other folding-bed mattresses
    • Sturdy metal frame
  • Mattress CertiPur US certified
  • Good customer support
  • Adjustable buckle, meaning you can use your own mattress with different thickness
  • Heavy, not as portable

(Most portable) SpaceMaster iBED Cot Size Hideaway Folding Bed with 2 Inch Foam Mattress

portable folding bed rollaway bed small space furniture
  • Soft as the base is trampoline spring
  • Cot size: 74.5 x 32 x 13 inches
  • Package comes with: frame, mattress
  • 26lbs, supports up to 350lbs
  • Mattress: 2-inch memory foam
  • Frame: trampoline spring, steel frame
  • No assembly 

This folding bed is the most portable. Very light weight and compact. It is perfect for a camping trip where you don’t need to sleep on the ground with bugs.

At home, it can hide away under your bed or takes up little space in your wardrobe.

The seller advises that the bed can hold up to 350lbs. I have a little doubt for this claim because the frame does not seem that sturdy. But at least, a customer who is around 6″ tall and medium build could use this just fine.

4.4 out of 5 stars, 556 ratings

  • Very compact, folded to 5″ thick
  • Lightweight, portable
  • No assembly
  • Trampoline spring may sag, causing back pain in the long run

(Best for kids) LUCID Rollaway Folding Guest Bed with 4 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

Lucid folding bed
  • Some contouring support
  • Cot size: 73 x 31 x 15 inches
  • Folded: 48 x 34 x 12 inches
  • Package includes: frame, trampoline spring, mattress, wheels
  • 40lbs, supports up to 350lbs
  • Mattress: 1-inch memory foam + 3-inch foam. Certipur-US
  • Frame: trampoline spring, steel frame
  • 360° wheels. When stationary, 2 wheels lock in place
  • Assembly time: 5 minutes

This folding bed has an outstanding 10-year warranty. Its mattress is CertiPur US certified and uses bamboo cover.

It is the best option for your kids considering the safe materials and cheaper price.

A customer who is 6″ tall and 205lbs has slept on this bed comfortably.

4.2 out of 5 stars, 720 ratings

  • Provides contouring support thanks to the memory foam layer
  • 10 year warranty
  • CertiPur US certified mattress
  • Rayon from bamboo cover
  • Thinner mattress than the first 3 folding beds mentioned above
  • Trampoline spring frame may sag

What's my recommendation?​

The Vonanda folding bed chair (the 1st one) is the go-to if you care for the design of your living room. It is also very sturdy and lasts long.

The Milliard folding bed (the 1st in this article) is the best of the best in my opinion. It serves every purpose of a rollaway bed – saves space, provides comfort, gives you some flexibility with mattress, and sturdy. Additionally, it won’t cost you a fortune.

If you’re very environmentally conscious, go for the Inofia foldable bed.

The Lucid fold up bed makes the perfect bed for your kid.

Going camping? Consider the SpaceMaster iBed.

FAQ about folding bed​

Can I make my folding bed more comfortable?

Yes you can, just put a mattress topper on it. This pro tip can be used for futons or cheap mattresses too.

A mattress topper can be as cheap as $20 but will add an extra layer of softness to your rollaway bed.

A higher quality topper can give more support, which is good for back problems.

Comment below if you have suggestions for folding beds to help other readers!

If you have any questions about folding beds, ask away!

Related Posts

sleeper chair bed

Top 5 best sleeper chairs 2021

sleeper chair, chair bed, futon chair, bed chair, twin sleeper chair, convertible chair bed Sleeper chair (or a chair bed) is a convertible chair that