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How To Choose a Guest Bed | Temporary Bed

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What You Need To Know To Choose a Good Guest Bed

Most of us are familiar with the feeling of panic and rush that inevitably follows welcoming guests for a weekend sleepover, especially if it's people who are visiting for the first time. Suitcases are being unpacked, shouts ring around the previously quiet apartment, requests are made and questions asked, and you are stuck in the middle of the chaos, trying desperately to make sense of it all. 

Guests Arriving!

The pressure is amplifiedas night approaches and you find yourself responsible for providing your guests with a comfortable bed to sleep on. Let's face it – the majority of us cannot afford a big house with a couple of guest rooms included, and finding a sleeping solution for a few extra people in a tiny apartment is far from easy. That is where a portable bed comes in – as long as it is chosen carefully, it might very well put your overstressed hosting mind to rest.

Advantages of portable beds against regular beds

The most expensive commodity in a cramped apartment is, undoubtedly, space.

Sometimes purchasing a regular bed is simply not an option – even a simple futon can be out of the question. A portable bed, on the other hand, solves the issue in an instant.

Whether it is an air mattress, a folding cot or a sleeping pad, you can comfortably fold it and store it pretty much anywhere during the times when it is not needed. Your guests will also have some freedom in deciding where they want a portable bed to be placed. Do they prefer sleeping next to a window or further away from it?

Grey Portable Futon to the rescue!

Would they like to sleep next to a wall?

They might even wish to have the bed placed in your bedroom instead of a living room if they have not seen you for a long time and have missed those drowsy bedtime chats. A regular bed does not offer the same level of flexibility.

Not to mention that, as weird as that might sound, a quality portable bed can be even more comfortable than a typical one – a good air mattress, for example, will allow your guests to have a much better rest than on an old spring-mattressed sofa. The options are a legion and you approach the task right you might even get a kick out of it – looking at some of the unusual and creative solutions that are out there.

3 BEST TEMP BEDS 

1. 

Coleman SupportRest Double High Airbed

Features:

  • Extra-high design makes getting in and out of bed easier and offers extra cushioning
  • Soft plush top with Support Lock reinforced construction for added stability
  • AirTight system and Double Lock valve help prevent leaks
  • Approximate inflated dimensions: 78 x 60 x 18 inches; fits standard queen-size sheets
  • Supports up to 600 pounds; designed for indoor or outdoor use
  • AirTight system is factory-tested to be leak-free
  • Wrap 'N' Roll built-in storage system – just fold, roll and store
  • Support Lock reinforced construction lets you enjoy a more stable sleeping surface
  • ComfortStrong coil system provides better support for all-night comfort
  • Double Lock valve is dual-sealed to be leak-free
  • Double-high height makes getting in and out of bed easier
  • Soft plush top creates a velvet-like sleep surface for more comfort
  • For use outdoors while camping or indoors as an extra bed
  • Fits standard queen size sheets
  • Supports up to 600 lbs
  • Approximate Inflated Dimensions: 78 x 60 x 18 in
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Coleman 120V or Rechargeable pump recommended (sold separately)

2. 

SoundAsleep Camping Series Air Mattress

Features:

  • SoundAsleep ComfortCoil Technology with I-Beam Air Coils and proprietary Eco-Friendly PVC (TM) specifically designed for durability during outdoor use. Perfect for those wilderness camp-outs, or for weekends away with friends and family.
  • Patented, external pump is include for easy inflation / deflation. The pump features a heavy duty rechargable battery, which can be charged either at home in advance of your trip or with a car charger on the road.
  • The Outdoor Camping mattress reaches full inflation and firmness in under 3 minutes and can be topped off quickly and easily. The Camping Series has been designed specially for outdoor use and is made with extra thick material to better withstand objects normally found in an outdoor setting.
  • Available in Queen OR Twin Sized Mattresses. Purchase either size you need
  • Carry bag included for easy transport to your car or campsite! SoundAsleep's consumer friendly, 1-year limited warranty. Call or email any time for support

3. 

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress with Never Flat Pump

Features:

  • Two pumps in one bed. The patented never FLAT pump system silently keeps your airbed inflated all night. Guaranteed
  • Primary pump automatically inflates and deflates your airbed in less than 4 minutes. Never flat pump monitors and maintains the air pressure to your comfort level while you sleep
  • 35 circular coils on the Queen size and 21 circular coils on the twin size create a strong, supportive, and level sleep surface
  • 18 inch raised height makes getting into and out of bed easier; included carry bag for convenient storage and travel
  • Queen size inflated dimensions are 80"x 60"x 18"
  • KINDLY NOTE : Please refer the USER MANUAL attached below for reference

Types of portable beds

The main types of portable beds available on the market are air mattresses and folding cots and futons. The first two are the safest choices, mainly because of the sheer variety of sizes and designs on offer.

Air beds offer a degree of flexibility that can hardly be matched by any other type of bed out there – they can be inflated or deflated to suit the individual needs of different guests, they can be as big as a California-king-sized bed or as small as a single one and they come in a variety of heights.

A folding cot/futon, on the other hand, may not be as flexible, but it is able to mimic a traditional bed in a way that most air mattresses cannot. When we say that we mean that most postable futons are made of foam and sleeping on foam, even if it's low quality like in most portable futons, feels more familiar than sleeping on inflatable bed.

Basics of choosing a good inflatable bed

First of all, decide which size will best fit within the free space available in your apartment. There are a wide range of sizes for you to choose from, beginning with standard twin mattresses and ending with luxurious California Kings.

In 99% of cases a good Twin or Queen size air mattress will do.

Twin and Queen Air Mattress

Twin size air mattress, if it's true to size and most of the best ones are, are the same size as your regular twin bed (39x74"). Their capacity is in the range of 400-500 lbs, making them a solid choice for two peopl to sleep on.

If the bed will sleep two people who are on the heavier side or you simply want the added comfort of that extra few inches, a Queen size air bed will be the way to go. The capacity of the better one is in the range of 500-700 lbs.

Consider the pump

Most inflatable beds for home use come with a built in pump with adjustble firmness settings (usually 3 or more pre-sets).

On the higher end, you'll will the inflatables with aheftier price tag that include what's called a Never Flat or a "Smart" pump. This pump is designed not to allow changes in pressure – to put it simply, the beds cannot deflate because the pump keeps adding air if the air bed starts losing it (air, that is).

Don't experiment

If you're choosing for yourself, it might be OK to go with a model because you like the color. If it's for guests, we would advise again experimenting and going with some of the reputable and trusted brands.

Over the last few years, one brand that's been trumping competition in user reviews is SoundAsleep. Their two most popular models are the Dream Series and the more advanced (and more expensive) Cloud 9. In most cases, the former will do just fine.

Choosing a good folding bed

Size is the main consideration for those of you who prefer a folding bed as well. The sizing of the latter is not as varied and usually consists of a small, a medium and a large bed. You can also find extra-wide folding cots that measure up to 40 inches across and are able to support heavier weights.

Foldaway Beds 

The Best Folding Beds

It's also a good idea to pay attention to the frame and support structure of a folding bed. Choose an aluminium frame if you need a lighter, more flexible cot, or a steel frame for more durability.

As far as support structure is concerned, it is usually characterised by three types of different leg styles: a vertical one, a crossed X-shaped design or legs that are connected by a horizontal C-shaped bar. The first two are generally considered to be more reliable and, 9 times out of 10, the choice will be between those two options and the aforementioned air bed.

Don't overthink

As long as you are aware of the different options that are available on the market, purchasing a temporary guest bed that is right for your needs is not at all difficult.

If you go through this guide and the bed you have your eye on ticks all the boxes, chances of making a mistake are slim to none.


Now take a look at options for temporary beds on Amazon.​

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Comments

editor on Monday, 14 August 2017 11:46

They look really chunky and cool- I bet they are also good for camping applications.

They look really chunky and cool- I bet they are also good for camping applications. :D
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Guest - André (website) on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:18

I think it's hard to beat a futon in this space- they are great as couches too. And I kind of don't mind the hardness of a stiff bed.

I think it's hard to beat a futon in this space- they are great as couches too. And I kind of don't mind the hardness of a stiff bed.:p
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