Best Portable Guest Bed Solutions that Fold or Pack Away When You Don’t Need Them


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A portable guest bed is an ideal solution if you have limited space, but need to create an extra bed for visitors. Come the holidays, and last-minute sleepovers, these portable beds, and cots will create a sturdy and comfy spot for visitors to lay their heads.

These are the best portable guest bed solutions we found. The criteria for our selection of portable beds was comfort, durability, ease of use and neat storage capabilities. 

Even though these make-shift sleeping arrangements are quick and easy to set up, your guest will have a comfortable night rest.

Top Rated Folding, Rollaway and Inflatable Beds for Guests


1. Zinus Memory Foam Folding Guest Bed with Wheels

Zinus Memory Foam Resort Folding Guest Bed with Wheels, Standard Twin

Stylish and comfortable resort-style folding bed.

Zinus resort folding guest bed is a luxury solution to your temporary guest bed problem. It includes a comfortable 5 inch foam mattress of which the top layer is an inch of memory foam for additional comfort.

It folds in half and secures with a strap and hook and can be wheeled away into a storage cupboard when not in use. The bed skirt and mattress cover can both be removed for cleaning.

It is the heaviest of all the beds we selected but the wheels make it easy to move and the durable metal frame which makes up a large portion of the weight guarantees it’s solid and sturdy.

If you want the bed to look stylish and part of the room its setup in, this is the one for you. The extra detail and finish of the bed frill camouflage its temporary setup and make it complement any room.

Pros

  • Hotel standard finish
  • Sturdy metal frame
  • Wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Very easy to set up

Cons

  • Heavier than the standard folding bed

Specs

  • Folding Bed Dimensions: 38 x 75 x 19 inches
  • Mattress Size: Twin (Also available in “Cot” Size)
  • Mattress Thickness: 5 Inches Memory Foam
  • Weight: 60.2 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

2. LUCID Temporary Guest Bed with 4 Inch Mattress

LUCID Rollaway Folding Guest Bed with 4 Inch Memory Foam Mattress - Rolling Cot - Easy Storage - Twin XL

Comfortable and functional with extra weight capacity.

The LUCID Rollaway Guest Bed may not have the luxury look or 5 inch mattress of our favorite and comes, but it’s an excellent product that will outlast most. In fact, LUCID offer a 10 year guarantee on this folding bed and mattress.

It is lower to the ground than our other products, making it ideal for use by children as it makes it easy to get in and out of and it’s still more than enough space to store luggage under.

It required a bit of assembling but no tools are required and it will be done in no time at all.

If you are looking for a sturdy, reliable bed that can hold a little extra weight, then this is the one to order.

Pros

  • Sturdy metal frame
  • Wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Very easy to set up
  • 10 year warranty

Cons

  • A bit narrower than a standard twin so sheets fit a little loosely
  • Lower to the floor (12 inches)

Specs

  • Folding Bed Dimensions: 36 x 73 x 12 inches
  • Mattress Size: Just narrower than a standard twin (Also available in “Cot” and “Twin XL” Sizes)
  • Mattress Thickness: 4 Inches Memory Foam
  • Weight: 53 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 275 Pounds
  • Warranty: 10 Years (Yes, you read that correctly!)

3. Zinus Budget Folding Twin Cot

Zinus Traveler Premier Folding Twin Guest Bed, Plus Bonus Storage Bag

Lightweight, comfortable and affordable.

As with our first two folding bed selections, the Zinus twin, folding bed comes with a 4 inch mattress. (The top layer is 1 inch of pressure-relieving comfort foam and the base layer is 3 inch high-density support foam.) What we love about this design is how flat the metal frame folds, making it easy to store under a bed in its convenient carry bag.

It has 2 straps that hold the mattress and prevent it from moving around too much. The mattress is supported by a metal grid which prevents the mattress from sagging. It has a weight capacity of 250 pounds making it suitable for children and the average sized adult.

It doesn’t have wheels but its light enough to carry, fold open and set up.

This is great for you if you want a sturdy bed that is light and compact enough to stow under your regular bed. It can also be effectively used for camping trips.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact storage with storage bag
  • Standard twin mattress

Cons

  • Doesn’t have wheels

Specs

  • Folding Bed Dimensions: 35 x 75 x 18 inches
  • Mattress Size: Just narrower than a standard twin (Also available in “Cot” and “Twin XL” Sizes)
  • Mattress Thickness: 4 Inches Memory Foam
  • Weight: 33.4 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

4. Coleman Camping Cot and Air Mattress

Coleman Twin Airbed Folding Cot with Side Table and 4D Battery Pump

Portable air mattress, ideal for guests and camping.

This sturdy steel cot can hold up to 300 pounds of weight and is slightly wider than the usual twin mattress, measuring 40 inches compared to 38 inches.

It includes a convenient carry bag as well as the pump needed to inflate the mattress. A cool additional feature is the handy side table which is ideal for use in a camping setup.

It’s light and easy to pack in a car or store away in a cupboard when not in use.

Don’t be fooled by the slim appearance of the support legs. They are solid and sturdy and you will have next to no movement from the cot when getting in or turning in bed.

If you are looking for a reliable guest bed that can double up as a camping bed solution, the Coleman camping cot is perfect.

Pros

  • Can be used for both guests and camping
  • Lightweight and easy to setup
  • Convenient storage bag with handles
  • You can inflate the mattress to your preferred firmness

Cons

  • The standard pump provided may battle to inflate the mattress to extra firm

Specs

  • Collapsible Bed Dimensions: 40 x 74 x 23.5 inches
  • Mattress Size: Just wider than a standard twin (Also available in “Queen” Size)
  • Mattress Thickness: 6 Inch Air Mattress
  • Weight: 30 pounds
  • Weigh Capacity: 300 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

5. Foldable Twin Bed Frame for Under-Bed Storage

AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Platform Bed Frame for Under-Bed Storage - Tools-free Assembly, No Box Spring Needed - Twin

Strong, sturdy, flat-folding bed frame. Mattress not included.

This durable steel frame is simple yet functional and can support up to 250 pounds of weight.

A cross wire structure supports the mattress, preventing sagging and replacing the need for a box spring. It provides more than enough clearance, creating space to store items below. A box frill will give it the appearance of a standard bed and hide any storage.

It folds extremely flat so can be slipped under a bed or sofa when not in use.

You may find the mattress slides around after a night or two but this can easily be remedied by strapping the mattress to the base to avoid shifting.

If you already have a twin mattress but simply need a bed frame that can fold away easily, this foldable metal platform is all that you need and at a bargain price.

Pros

  • Folds flat for under-bed storage
  • Strong, noiseless frame

Cons

  • Mattress not included

Specs

NOTE: MATTRESS NOT INCLUDED

  • Frame sizes: Twin (Also available in Twin XL, Full, Queen, King & California King)
  • Folding Bed Dimensions: 39 x 75 x 14 inches
  • Weight: 26.3 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 250 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

6. King Koil Twin Luxury Air Mattress with Built-in Pump

King Koil Twin Air Mattress with Built-in Pump - Double High Elevated Raised Airbed for Guests with Comfortable Top ONLY Bed with 1-Year Guarantee

Self-inflating mattress with 20 inches high sleep surface.

The King Koil twin raised mattress looks like a normal bed when inflated, clearing the ground by 20 inches.

We just love that its self inflates in 90 seconds. The air filled support coils ensure the mattress offers superior support and guarantees a good night’s sleep without losing shape or firmness.

The air mattress is lined with comfortable soft material that is waterproof and easy to clean.

It is a bit tricky to pack away if you have not deflated it completely, so ensure you remove all the air and it will pack away compactly into its storage bag. This is by far the most compact guest bed to store.

If you are looking for an alternative to the standard folding bed that takes up next to no space when not in use, this easy to use inflatable bed is your match.

Pros

  • Built-in air pump
  • Inflates in 90 seconds
  • Comfortable
  • Fits standard twin bed covers and sheets
  • Available in 2 colors, black and beige

Cons

  • Must deflate completely to store optimally

Specs

  • Folding Bed Dimensions: 38 x 76 x 20 inches
  • Mattress Size: Just longer than a standard Twin (Also available in “Queen” and “California King”)
  • Weight: 16 pounds
  • Weigh Capacity: 300 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year

Buyers Guide

Best Value for Money

If you are looking for a traditional mattress and folding frame combo, then number 3, the Zinus cot, is the best value for the price. It includes both a mattress and the folding metal frame.

If you only need a foldable metal frame to support a mattress you already have at home, then the foldable twin bed frame is all you’ll need to complete your guest bed setup.

The inflatable beds are also very reasonably priced. The Coleman is the best cot for guests and offers the added bonus of being perfectly suited for your next camping trip. You’ll enjoy the same benefit from the King Koil at a slightly lower cost.

Quickest Setup Time

All of the reviewed convertible folding beds are “bed-ready” in incredibly short periods. The LUCID Guest Bed may take a few minutes to assemble when it arrives, but even that is too short a time to be a consideration.

Most Comfortable

Our number 1, the Zinus with the 5 inch memory foam mattress is our selection for the most comfortable but then again, this comes down to personal preference. If you prefer a firmer mattress then the Lucid and the Zinus folding cot would be better for you. Both the King Koil and the Coleman inflatable mattresses can be inflated to your preferred firmness. This would be the ideal option if it’s to be used by different people as they can adjust the firmness to their preference.

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Bianca Birgit

Bianca is the editor and product review curator at WellWorthLiving.com.  Having testes countless mattresses, furniture items, and home appliances, she is dedicated to finding the perfect balance between usability and affordability in her comprehensive, to-the-point articles.

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