Top 12 Best Rollaway Beds & Alternatives in 2020

Top 12 Best Rollaway Beds & Alternatives in 2020

Top 12 Best Rollaway Beds + Alternatives In 2020
My sister was in town last week because she wants to move back home closer to family and needs to find a place to rent. After offering her a place to stay while she visits, we realized that we had a problem. The frame broke on our existing daybed after 25 years of use.
 
If we had a comfortable sofa I would opt for her to sleep there. Unfortunately, we don’t. Ours is old and lumpy. So we started looking for the best rollaway beds possible. We needed it to ship quickly, stow away neatly, and treats guests with a high level of comfort.
 

Best Rollaway Bed Overall

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Best Runner Up

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Best Cot

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Best Rollaway Cot

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Best Oversized

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Best Budget

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Best Air Mattress

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Best Sofa Bed

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Best Trundle

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Best Futon

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Best Thai Mattress

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Best Shikibuton (Japanese Futon)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best rollaway bed?

The previous list makes up the best, most comfortable rollaway bed types that I could find. Here are better definitions of each and the types of user that they are good for.
 
Best rollaway beds have casters, are foldable, and usually accommodate a thicker mattress.
 
Cot beds are smaller. They do not have casters but are still foldable and ultra-portable and lightweight.
 
Taller and heavier sleepers should explore the XL or HD version of the rollaway bed.
 
Couples need an oversized rollaway bed option. They can also use a sofa bed or a traditional air mattress.
 
Trundles are stationary, nest one bed over another, and need two mattresses. They are best if you plan on having a dedicated guest room and expect frequent visitors. They also find great use in children’s bedrooms.
 
Sofa beds offer a multi-purpose solution. They are low to the ground and should match your interior design since they cannot stow away. They work well in living rooms, teenagers, and college students.
 
Futons achieve similar results but are higher off the ground which can be useful. They do well in home offices, guest rooms, and kids’ rooms.
 
Thai mattresses are great for fitness junkies and yogis. They are also multi-use and often spark conversation. I’ve even seen them be useful as a gaming chair!
 
Shikibutons or Japanese Futons are more comfortable than Thai mattresses. They are amazing space savers and provide users with a sense of zen and serendipity.

What is a rollaway bed?

The term roll away means that the unit is on some form of caster and can roll from place to place. These casters should have wheel locks to ensure safety. Now, rollaway beds come in different forms and known as different things.
 
You’ll see rollaway cots, folding mattresses, rollaway bed daybeds, and foldable sofas. Each of these help users achieve a similar and desirable function.
 
The best rollaway beds allow users to neatly stow away their bedding solution when not in use. All while providing comfortable sleep at home, while camping, or traveling.
 
They are an excellent substitute for air mattresses and couches.

What size is a rollaway bed mattress?

The size of your rollaway bed depends on its type and it is important to understand the differences. Let’s also go over various and related options.
 
Most rollaway beds are twin size and have an approximate frame length of 75” long x 38” wide when expanded and in use. 
 
The mattress should be about 2” shorter than the frame so that it collapses properly.
 
With rollaway beds, users rest 12”-15” from the floor plus the depth of your mattress. Most folding mattresses are roughly 5” in depth making the total distance from user to floor 17”-20”. 
 
When not in use, most units fold to approximately 44” tall x 38” wide x 14” deep. This is great because most options can stow away underneath your bed frame when not in use.
 
Cots save even more space and are approximately 27”-30” rather than 38” wide. This helps them fit inside of tents and tighter spaces. Before buying, grab a measuring tape and be sure that your guests will fit comfortably. For reference, a queen size pillow is 30” wide so run to your bed and compare!
 
XL and HD versions of the rollaway bed are generally longer and accommodate taller users. The mattresses are about 5” longer making them 78” rather than 73” long. Remember, the frame is 75” but the mattress needs to be a couple of inches shorter!
 
Trundle beds vary in size but typically run 78” in length, 40” in width, and 38” in height. They can accommodate thicker mattresses sometimes up to 10” but usually between 8” or 9”.
 
Futons can be had in many sizes and dimensions vary based on position. When your futon is in the sitting position, they are usually between 71” – 83” long x 36” – 40” deep x 28” – 38” high. Expand your futon for sleep and the dimensions change to approximately 71” – 75” long x 51” – 54” deep x 10” – 20” high.
 
Traditional air mattresses vary in size. They can range from your Twin to California King. Reference our mattress sizing guide below.
 
The Thai mattress has typical dimensions of 79” long x 31” wide x 3” high. When folded up, 31” long x 20” wide x 13” high.
 
Shikibutons or Japanese Futons also mirror mattress dimensions. They are usually only 3” – 4” thick.

How Much Does a rollaway bed cost?

The best rollaway beds cost between $100 – $300. There are more expensive options out there but most people will be happy spending less than $300. 
 
Opt for a smaller cot or folding mattress for the floor if you are on a budget and do not need anything fancy. This will help you save money without sacrificing functionality, portability, and portability. 
 
A queen size air mattress only costs $100 – $200, if you chose to go that route.

Where can i find rollaway beds?

There are countless online retailers that offer amazing deals on rollaway beds. If you need to shop in person, I’ve seen them offered at Walmart, Home Depot, Ashley Furniture, and Mattress Firm. Call the stores and confirm availability before running in. With the advent of online shopping, some of these items might not be in-store because they take up a lot of space.

Key Takeaways

When it comes to the best and most comfortable rollaway beds, you have options.
 
The best rollaway beds and cots are both comfortable and portable. Great alternatives include air mattresses, futons, and sofa beds. There are also more interesting choices like the Thai mattress and Japanese futon. They all serve similar but different purposes and it is up to you to determine which is best for you.
 

Questions you need to ask yourself include:

 

How important is portability? How much Space Do you have?

If you plan on traveling with this bed or do not have a lot of room, then. the rollaway bed, cot, and air mattress is perfect. You can even get away with the Thai mattress and Japanese futon since they stow away with ease.
How often will we be having visitors?
 

will use be frequent enough and do we have the extra space for a permanent guest bedroom?

If this is the case, then opt for a trundle bed, futon, sofa bed, or an actual bed frame.
 

How high from the ground does the mattress need to be?

If you expect older guests, the mattress should be higher. This limits your options to the classic rollaway bed, cot bed, and futon.
If you expect teenagers, your options can be lower. Options include the Thai mattress, Japanese futon, air mattress, and sofa bed.
If your guests are small children, then you want it to be lower. The Thai mattress and Japanese futon are perfect for this.
 

How many guests do you expect will visit?

If that number is high or if your guests plans on sharing a bed with someone, then you need a larger option. Chose an air mattress, oversized rollaway bed, sofa bed, or even the Japanese futon. These options all work well because they can accommodate more than one person.

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