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The Best Folding Beds for Hosting Guests in Small Spaces

Folding beds are a great way to transform small spaces into guest rooms in no time. Here are the best convertible beds to fit any home and budget.

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Buying a Folding Bed

A folding bed is an easy and affordable way to convert tight spaces into comfy bedrooms for your overnight guests. Many fold-out beds are lightweight and feature rolling casters for easy moveability. Others can be tucked away into a carrying case to take with you on the road.

Before buying a folding bed, it’s good to know which size you might need: a double bed to host adults and couples, or a twin for kids and teens? It’s also important to consider the amount of square footage you have available to store the bed.

Choose from frame-only models or ones that include plush Memory Foam mattresses. Some even come with USB charging ports built right in.

Here are some of the top-rated folding beds to quickly create a makeshift bedroom almost anywhere in your home.

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Best Rollaway Folding Bed

The incredibly popular LUCID Rollaway Guest Bed with Memory Foam Mattress ($240) is a cot-style folding bed that’s not only compact but insanely comfortable too. The dual-locking casters provide a smooth and quiet roll, then lock tight into place so the bed won’t scoot around during the night. No back-breaking crossbar here — a steel frame with hammock-style suspension supports the soft Memory Foam mattress, and its breathable rayon cover keeps you cool all night long.

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Best Queen Folding Bed

Among fold-up portable mattresses, this queen size is the king. As versatile as it is comfortable, the Compact Technologies Comfy Travel & Camp Queen Guest Mattress ($299) is made of six-inch memory foam that pleats neatly into thirds for easy storage and transport in its own case.

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Best Frame-Only Folding Bed

For the setup-challenged, there’s the AmazonBasics Platform Bed Frame ($63). Features include tool-free assembly and no box spring requirement — just toss on a cushion or air mattress and you’re good to go. Once your guests have skedaddled, the frame folds almost completely flat to store under a couch or in other tight spaces. Made of hard-core steel, the frame supports sleepers up to 250 lbs. and comes in a variety of sizes.

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Most Durable Folding Bed

Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or throwing a slumber party in the family room, the Coleman ComfortSmart Cot ($80) is built to take a beating. Made of durable materials to withstand the elements (or anything a tween can throw at it), this fold-and-go bed comes with a thick foam sleeping pad and fits into most car trunks.

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Most Portable Folding Bed

The Trifold Folding Mattress with Carry and Storage Case ($133) offers the convenience and mobility of an air mattress without all the hassle of pumps or worries about deflation in the middle of the night. Just fold up the high-density foam mattress and tuck it into the handy carrying case for travel or stain-free storage. This unique “bed in a bag” has a removable cover that’s machine washable. It’s much easier than cleaning a regular mattress.

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Best Splurge Folding Bed

Make the most of your limited space by installing this handsome piece of multitasking furniture. The chest-style Stellar Home Wall Bed ($1,290) is a major space-saver that earns extra raves for its ample storage capacity, gel-infused memory foam mattress and built-in USB charging ports.

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Best Dual Purpose Folding Bed

Besides its retro-inspired design, Ikea’s contemporary sofa, Balkarp ($139), is a cushy single bed in disguise. One minute it’s a stylish yet practical couch, and the next it’s ready for overnight guests. All you have to do is adjust the back from sit to recline to lie down. It’s available in two classic, modern colors: black and grey.

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Best Toddler Folding Bed

For parents on the go, this folding toddler bed is a dream. The Regalo My Cot Bed ($29) is not only child’s play to put up and take down, it ingeniously collapses small enough to pack into a suitcase. Now for the fun stuff: It comes in pink, royal blue and grey, and includes a fitted sheet, a removable pillow (with a kitty design) and a tote. The deluxe model has a sleeping bag.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.