Top 10 Best Folding Beds 2018

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Model
Features
Jay-Be Value Folding Bed



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  • Measures 186cm length, 70cm in width, and stands 39cm off the ground with the legs extended
  • Weights under 10kg
  • Folds away quickly
Jay-Be Chatsworth Single


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  • Measures 192x82x39cm
  • Pocket sprung mattress
  • Easy to fold
Songmics Camping Guest Bed


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  • Classed as a camp bed as it has no mattress with it
  • Measures 183x63x36cm
  • Very light
Vesgantti Luxury Guest Single

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  • Bed measures 190x80x31cm when opened
  • Converts to a recliner
  • Has castors which makes it easy to move around
  • Sprung mattress
Gilda Jazz Sofabed


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  • Bed that measures 170cmx113cmx13cm
  • Not quite a full double, but bigger than a single
  • Easy to convert between a bed and sofa

It’s great when you have guests to stay. The house comes alive, everyone enjoys themselves, and you get to spend time with people you don’t always see. Whether you are expecting a visit from members of the family or from friends, with or without children, it’s a time when you need to make sure you have everything in place, and that means making sure your guests are well catered for and comfortable.

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Of course, not everyone has a large house in which to accommodate guests, but even in smaller homes you can make sure people have everything they need. When it comes to sleeping arrangements, however, things can get cramped and problematic. You will have your bedrooms suitably furnished for those who live in your house, and there may be limited space otherwise. If you are lucky enough to have a spare room then it may well be furnished, but if not, you might benefit from a folding bed.

Why are folding beds a good choice? They are compact, they can be tucked away out of use when not needed, and they are ready at a moments notice for use when you have visitors – so they’re great for short notice arrivals! They offer a decent level of comfort, and they are affordable, and we have taken a look at 10 of the very best models on the market for you, so you can choose the one that suits you at the right price. Before we go into detail, a little more about folding beds, why you need one, and what they do.

Best Folding Beds

1: Jay-Be Value Folding Bed


We begin with a model that is as basic as it gets – that’s no bad thing if all you want is a folding bed that you can bring out every now and again – and that comes in at a price that will fit any budget. From the Jay-Be brand, of which we feature more than one product, it is quite simply a metal bed frame that folds away when not in use, with a comfortable mattress for occasional use and a simple and effective folding mechanism. It’s not pretty, but it is practical, which is the purpose.

Like most of these it is designed for single-person use and, when opened for use, measures 186cm length, 70cm in width, and stands 39cm off the ground with the legs extended. It has a strong metal frame with a lifetime guarantee, meets all the required safety standards, and comes with a breathable fibre mattress that is thin for ease of storage. It weighs under 10kg and when folded away is a thin, small package that could be tucked in a wardrobe, and at less than £50 it’s certainly cheap.

Key Features
  • single bed
  • mattress
  • folds away quickly
  • life guarantee

2: Jay-Be Chatsworth Single


The second folding bed from Jay-Be is this one, the Chatsworth, and if the above is their simple and basic model, this one could perhaps be described as a luxury model. It is designed on the same principle as the above – it’s a folding frame that is compact and can be stored when not in use, but a single bed size – 192x82x39cm – when unfolded, and it has castors for ease of movement attached to a very strong metal frame.

Where this one wins over the above is that it has a very comfortable mattress. This mattress is pocket sprung for full comfort. While this is great for sleeping on, it does mean it takes up a little more room when not in use, but your guests will certainly appreciate it. We would recommend this bed for a single room with regular usage, or perhaps in a room that doubles as an office, perhaps, and it is good, but bear in mind you can buy three of the above for the price of one of these.

Key Features
  • Single bed
  • Folding frame
  • Pocket sprung mattress
  • Easy to fold

3: Songmics Camping Guest Bed


Among the cheaper and more basic models of folding bed is this one, and it is rightly described as a camping bed primarily. That’s because it has no mattress; you simply have a frame and a stretched fabric surface, which may be fine for a night, perhaps, but for more than one may leave your guests feeling a little underdone! However, if you have limited space and can’t fit a bed with a mattress in, there’s no reason this very cheap bed won’t do the job.

As a camping bed it is perfectly adequate, and will suit the bill well as it folds down to a very compact package for storage and transport. It measures 183x63x36cm when in use, and can handle up to 260kg in weight so that’s more than adequate, and it folds up and down in a matter of a few seconds. The frame is strong and durable, plus it is designed with a carry handle for ease of movement. If you want something for those last minute visitors, it is very cheap indeed.

Key Features
  • Fabric base
  • Folding camp bed
  • Light

4: Vesgantti Luxury Guest Single


Most of the folding guest beds we have reviewed here have been designed entirely with practicality in mind. This one, from Vesgantti, is entirely practical, but strangely for one of these is also rather stylish and attractive. Opened and ready for use, it has a notably minimalist look to it, and it is clearly intended to overcome the problem of ugly spare beds. It can be raised at the back too, so can also be used as a recliner chair, and you can set it in various stages.

The one reviewed is finished in a brown fabric – there are other colours – and the bed measures 190x80x31cm when opened so is a good-sized single. The frame is durable steel tubular construction, it folds easily into a compact package and has castors attached, and in addition to a thin breathable mattress, it also has a spring system for added comfort and support. If you’re bothered about how your folding guest bed looks, we recommend you give this one a second look, as while it’s far from the cheapest it is not expensive for a quality item.

Key Features
  • converts to a recliner
  • Sprung mattress

5: Gilda Jazz Sofabed


If you have room for a permanent fixture, and want a bed that turns into a sofa when not in use, then this is the sort of thing you should be looking at. This one is a very simple – yet rather attractive – design, and we appreciate the simplicity as it makes things a lot easier. With its rounded back and simple yet stylish overall look it will not be out of place in a contemporary spare room – or even a lounge – and yet it converts very neatly and very quickly into a handy bed.

As with all items of furniture we feature it conforms with the relevant safety regulations, and it folds out into a bed that measures 170cmx113cmx13cm. While that is not quite a full double, it is wider than a standard single by some way. The fact it is a chair and bed means that there is some level of comfort sacrificed, but it still makes a perfectly acceptable occasional bed, and what we like best about it is the price – it really is very cheap for a perfectly decent piece of furniture.

Key Features
  • Sofa and bed
  • Easy to convert
  • Neat design

6: Starry Night Deluxe Folding Guest Bed


This is one of the simple style of guest bed and comes from the Starry Night brand, who have a large selection of such items. It has the usual tubular metal frame that is simple to fold and unfold, and also has castors for moving it when it is folded. When in use it will measure 186x79x38cm, so is a perfectly acceptable single bed size, and when folded will easily tuck away in a cupboard out of harm’s way.

It’s not in any way intended for looks – this is an occasional bed designed with practicality to the fore – but it does have an added comfort advantage in that it comes with a 4-inch thick, fully padded mattress. It also has a slatted base for added support and comfort, and works very well indeed. This one is not the cheapest of these basic models – in fact for a simple folding bed it is among the most expensive – so bear that in mind, but it is certainly worthy of consideration.

Key Features
  • Folding bed
  • Strong frame
  • Slatted base
  • 4 inch thick mattress

7: CO-Z Sleeper Chair


This is another take on the bed-chair combination, and quite a clever one, too. When in its guise as a chair, this one is a very modern-look design with a circular polished steel base, and really would look great in a modern contemporary setting. It is finished in a brown leather-look style and has metal arms with plush covering; these, and the base, double as support for the bed when it is folded out into that use, and it is a clever piece of design overall.

The padding is environmentally friendly and provides plenty of comfort, the folding and unfolding process is not as simple as some but still relatively easy, and while it does need assembly it is not difficult. The backrest can be set at five different angles for added comfort and use, and as a chair it offers full swivel motion. It’s very neat, very nice and top quality, though you should be aware that it is more expensive by far than most on this list. If you want a stylish piece of furniture that doubles as an occasional bed, it’s worth looking at.

Key Features
  • swivel chair
  • comfortable single bed
  • neat design
  • angle settings

8: Gilda Kids Chair Bed


If you are looking for a chair bed combination for a kids room, or for when your kids have their mates to sleep over, this could be the one you are looking for. It’s cheap, its cheerful – finished in brightly coloured stripes – and it’s very simple, and there are no nasty metal parts to damage the kids! It is in fact a sort of big square set of cushions that folds out into a bed, or back up into a chair. As such, it’s a useful item to have around or for use in a nursery.

When in use as a bed you can fit a reasonably sized child on the 152x51x10cm dimensions, and while the mattress itself is not the most comfortable, you could easily add blankets or other soft coverings to make it more so. It folds into three sections to create the chair and is very easy to set up, and it does the job very well for what it is. With change – albeit a little – from thirty quid it’s worth looking at if you are looking for occasional kids sleeping quarters.

Key Features
  • Child size
  • Bright colours
  • Very simple

9: Ailime Mia Suite Camping Bed


This is one of the simple style of guest bed and as such is deserving of inclusion for those who want the basic idea. It has the usual tubular metal frame that is simple to fold and unfold, and also has castors for moving it when it is folded. When in use it will measure 186x79x38cm, so is a perfectly acceptable single bed size, and when folded will easily tuck away in a cupboard.

It’s not in any way intended for looks – this is an occasional bed designed with practicality to the fore – but it does have an added comfort advantage in that it comes with a 4-inch thick, fully padded mattress. It also has a slatted base for added support and comfort, and works very well indeed. This one is not the cheapest of these basic models – in fact for a simple folding bed it is among the most expensive – so bear that in mind, but it is certainly worthy of consideration.

Key Features
  • Folding bed
  • Strong frame
  • Slatted base
  • 4 inch thick mattress

10: Songmics GCB20H


Our final choice is another in the cap bed mode, and this one is as basic as it gets. That’s because you simply have a frame and a stretched fabric surface, which may be fine for a night, perhaps, but for more than one may leave your guests feeling a little underdone! There’s one difference with this in that you do get a mattress, although it is a thin one. If you have limited space there’s no reason this very cheap bed won’t do the job. Also, you do get a handy carry bag for the mattress.

As a camping bed it is perfectly adequate, and will suit the bill well as it folds down to a very compact package for storage and transport. It measures 200x74cm when in use, and can handle up to 260kg in weight so that’s more than adequate, and it folds up and down in a matter of a few seconds. The frame is strong and durable, plus it is designed with a carry handle for ease of movement. If you want something for those last minute visitors, it is very cheap indeed.

Key Features
  • fabric base
  • folding camp bed
  • light
  • tilt and swivel

That’s our choice of the 10 best folding beds on the market for you, with every type covered, and we feel sure that we have found one that will suit your budget and requirements, but which is the right one for you? Before we give you our verdict, let’s have a look at a few of the features you need to consider when you are buying one of these.

How It Works

You might think a folding bed to be a standard item, with every one being pretty much the same. We did, then we started looking more closely at what is available! We were quite surprised at the variety of designs, different styles and various types of folding bed we found, so we’ve got quite a selection for you to look at.

What we will say is that all of those selected offer the same benefits of portability and compactness, as well as being instantly available when needed. Some you will find are beds that fold away for storage; others become seating areas when folded, which is something you want to consider for, say, an occasional use room as it does mean you are permanently taking up space.

Important Features to Consider

Here are a few ideas as to what you should look for when choosing the best folding bed, although you may have other considerations you wish to make:

Size – all of those we have mentioned are single bed (with the exception of the child’s model) apart from one that may just squeeze a tight double, so you need to make sure you have adequate space in the room you intend to use it in. Likewise, they all fold away into compact packages – unless they are the sofa-bed or chair-bed style – for storage.

Type – whether you want a simple folding bed, a bed that converts into a sofa or a chair, or a camp bed we have you covered here, so take your time to check out all the possible options among those we have listed as there is certain to be one for you.

Ease of Use – if you are looking for a bed that is simple to erect and take down, you might prefer the very basic type of folding bed or even the camp bed options; if you are happy with a permanent item of furniture, there are a few on the list that make stylish chairs when not in use as a bed.

Mattress – none of these will have a mattress that is anywhere close to as comfortable as a regular bed, but some have better support than others, so check our descriptions and the manufacturers specifications carefully before you buy.

Cost – always an option, and there is considerable difference between the cheapest and the most expensive of these.

That’s our checklist for you, so which one suits you best? Let’s have a look!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Is there a best folding bed on this list for you? We think there should be, for we have covered all the bases with this selection of 10. So, which is right for you?

It’s not an easy question to answer as that depends upon your intended usage, so we’ll start by looking at what you should do if you want one for kids. There is a kids bed on here, and it’s cheap, cheerful and decent, but we recommend that you plump for one of the larger folding beds as kids do, after all, grow up!

For this reason, we recommend for children – and for if you want a basic, simple foldaway bed that will be tucked into a cupboard when not in use – the first one on the list from Jay-Be. It’s cheap, it’s simple and it does the job, and there are other very similar models on the list at higher prices.

If you want a little extra comfort in the form of a mattress then we suggest you check out the other Jay-Be model, no.2 on the list, as it is as above but with a much more comfortable mattress as standard, at a little extra cost.

If it is a bed that will become a chair you are looking for, there are two on the list that stand out; the first is the Co-Z Sleeper Chair, no.7, and it’s a very clever and stylish chair and bed combination, although it is a specific style so may not be to everyone’s taste. It’s also expensive, albeit of a very high level of quality. Instead, we would go for the very neat, clever and minimalist – yet very stylish – model from Vesgantti, no.4 in our selections, as it really is a clever and attractive item of furniture at a very sensible price.

That’s our round up of the best folding beds, so have fun searching, and make sure your guests have a good night’s sleep!