What is a Roll-away Bed?
Also known as a folding bed, a rollaway bed is a type of bed that is most commonly found in hotels. They are wheeled into a guests room when there are more sleepers than beds. Ex. 5 people in a room 2 queen beds.
The most common type of foldable bed is a metal frame hinged in the middle for easy folding, storage, and maneuvering through hallways and into elevators.
The best rollaway beds are designed with a folding mattress that stays on the bed frame while in the folded position, making it all the more convenient.
As I stated previously, roll-away beds are very common in hotels. They are also a very popular option for people who may have house guests or visiting family members from time to time and don’t want to dedicate the space in their homes permanently for visitors.
Are there cheap rollaway beds?
Price ranges on the best roll-away beds will vary greatly depending on the comfort level and convenience you are looking for.
Models can vary greatly from a simple camping cot all the way up to a super-luxurious model complete with wooden headboard and foot board.
As with most things, you get what you pay for with a rollaway bed. A decent middle of the road model could conceivably set you back $200 to $300 dollars.
The most comfortable rollaway beds have a price tag of about $495.
Here are a few models of the best rollaway beds compared side by side to give you an idea of the differences in the prices. Click on the images to learn more about these models or to see more options
A guest bed on stereoids!
This is quite possibly the coolest guest bed I have ever seen.
The bed sets itself up and takes itself down at the push of a button. No more fighting with a heavy bulky roll away guest bed. Simply hit the button and let the bed do the work.
The frame is engineered for durability and powder coated for long life.
The bed is rated to support a full 300 pounds and is long enough at 77.5″ to allow your adult guests to stretch out comfortably for a great night sleep. The SimplySleeper Hideaway Guest Bed comes in a twin size option and a queen size option.
When closed this Roll away guest bed is a mere 23.5″ x 14.5 x 20″. That’s less than 6 cubic feet! The compact size makes this a great choice for any size house or apartment. It weighs about 42 pounds, so the wheels come in very handy to move it from place to place.
As I stated before, not only does the bed self inflate, but it also deflates and retracts ready to be packed away into it’s own durable wheeled storage case.
The entire inflation process takes only 2 minutes.
This could come in hand for guests that arrive late at night.
The SimplySleeper Roll away guest bed won’t break the bank either. Both The Twin Size Bed and the Queen size are under $200. This prices the SuperSleeper less than some of the traditional, bulkier roll away guest beds.
If you are in the market for a roll away guest bed, you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at this innovative solution. Comparing overall size, cost, and storage options, this bed is on my “Best Bet” list for guest bed solutions.
Things to consider when looking for the right Rollaway bed:
How will the Mattress hold out in the long run?
Three things to keep in mind about mattresses:
- Mattresses are not meant to be folded.
- Mattresses are not meant to be folded and re folded.
- Mattresses are not meant to be folded for extended periods of time.
Rollaway beds do all three of these things to a mattress on a regular basis. So when you are buying your rollaway bed, Keep the mattress in mind.
You may want to go with a softer more flexible mattress to allow it to move. The firmer the mattress, the harder it will be to fold and store. Some rollaways come with an air mattress to allow the user to adjust the firmness and give it a smaller footprint.
Do I have a place to store it?
Some rollaway bed frames can be bulky and unsightly.
Make sure you have a spare closet or maybe a designated storage space for it in the basement when you aren’t using it. Sure, the bed folds up and out of the way when you are not using it, but that does not make it invisible.
Leaving it along the wall in a room is an OK short term plan for when the guests are there, but, Make sure you have a long term storage option before you make the purchase.
How difficult is it to operate?
Getting a rollaway bed into position for use should not cut into the operator’s sleeping time.
The better the bed, The simpler it will be to use. It should be as easy as unfolding and locking a few pieces into place. This is another feature that will be dictated by the price you pay.
The easier the setup, the more you will pay.
That is not to say that once you get the hang of cheap roll away bed, it won’t be quick to set up, but by the very nature of the thing, they are not used often and it is easy to forget how to operate if you don’t do it all the time.
How often will I be using it?
This point kind of goes with all of the previous sections. If you are going to be using the roll-away bed quite often and want the user to get a semi decent night sleep, the mattress on the bed will need to be of a better quality.
The more you put the bed up and take it down, the easier you will want it be to set up. If it is going to be used on a regular basis, storing it along the wall or leaving it set up for a while would not be as big of an issue for you.
Who will be using the bed the most?
Not to sound mean, but do you like the people that will be staying with you? How much? Enough to care about their comfort and the way they sleep?
Or are you afraid that if they get too comfortable they may just decide to stay?
Take into consideration the age of the user. Younger people can generally sleap on and through anything. They will be less likely to be affected by a lower quality mattress.
Older visitors may tend to be more affected by the quality of the rollaway bed. If they are already tough to get along with, you may want to splurge.
For the Ultimate in Luxury Check out this Extra Long 79″ Rollaway Bed with Super Comfortable Coil Spring Mattress for Your Overnight Guests!
The best rollaway beds are a very nice option for sleeping space when the need arises. Make sure you consider these factors before making your final decision. By doing your homework and researching your options, you will be happier with your rollaway bed purchase in the long run.
Most of the time when you look for or think about the best rollaway beds the majority of the selection are twin beds. So the question arises…Do they make queen rollaway beds? The answer is, yes. Although not as popular as a regular twin rollaway bed, due to their size and storage issues, queen rollaway beds do exist and are very much available for sale.
What is the Difference Between Twin and Queen Rollaway Beds?
To answer that question, we really first need to start with what is the difference between a normal twin and queen bed?
Obviously the main difference is going to be the size. Here is a bed size chart that will give you a comparison of all bed sizes. The chart lists general sizes. These are not hard and fast measurements.
- California King 72″ x 84″
- King 76″ x 80″
- Queen 60″ x 80″
- Full or double 53″ x 75″
- Twin or single 38″ x 75″
Why would I want a Queen Rollaway Bed?
Queen beds are larger for a reason. They are made for two people. So, if your newly married son brings his wife home, it might be nice to show your support for their marriage by having a rollaway queen bed ready for them.
Or, if your parents come to visit, a queen rollaway bed is a much nicer option than stacking them in the twins bunk beds.
Drawbacks of Queen Rollaway Beds
The big one. Size. Moving one of these monsters would be an issue in itself not to mention the setup and take down.
Storage also plays a big factor.
Are you going to have enough room for a rollaway queen bed folded in half. There are available options out there that work around this issue.
Recommeded Queen Rollaway Bed
This too goes along with size.
In most cases, you have to buy the queen rollaway bed frame and the mattress separately. Together, it would just be too large to ship to the store and to your home.
Although queen folding beds with mattresses are still available, the purchase will just require some additional planning.
Choosing a rollaway mattress that goes with your bed
Choosing the correct rollaway bed mattress is very tricky because most of the time the person buying the rollaway bed is not going to be the person sleeping in the rollaway bed unless it is for a cabin or a vacation home.
Most of the time the people sleeping on the rollaway bed mattress are going to be guests and visitors.
Not knowing the firmness that a person prefers makes it as a difficult process to choose the perfect mattress for every situation.
The most common choices for a rollaway bed mattress are: innerspring, memory foam, and air mattresses. Here are the differences in the three.
Memory Foam Mattress
Most memory foam rollaway bed mattresses are a visco-elastic material surrounding a standard, firmer foam core.
Memory foam mattresses are very good at relieving pressure on painful joints, and they are usually more expensive than a standard sprung rollaway bed mattress.
The firmness of a memory foam mattress is determined by the temperature. In a cooler bedroom, the memory foam mattress will be firmer. The bed then conforms to the sleeper’s body gradually based on body heat.
An inner spring rollaway bed mattress consists of three components: the core, the foundation and the upholstery layers.
The core supports the sleeper’s body. The core is made up of steel springs called coils. The firmness of the mattress is factored by the number of coils in the mattress and the gauge of the steel used in making the coils. The firmer a rollaway bed mattress, the more difficult it will be to fold and store.
The foundation, much like it sounds, is what the mattress rests upon. A boxspring is the most common foundation in a traditional mattress, but a rollaway bed mattress will typically have a grid-top foundation made from either steel and wood or all steel.
The upholstery layers are what covers the spring core and gives the rollaway bed mattress it’s cushioning and comfort. This layer can contain fiber batting, traditional foam, memory foam, felt, cotton fiber, egg crate foam and a number of other materials to form the comfort layer.
Air Mattresses are mattresses that contain one or more “bladders filled with air to provide support as opposed to coil springs.
The firmness of an air mattress can be adjusted by controlling the amount of air in the chamber. The more air, the firmer the mattress.
Care should be used when using an air mattress as a rollaway bed mattress as the foundation could puncture and deflate the mattress. Make sure when buying a rollaway bed frame that it is air mattress friendly.
I don't want a roll-away bed. What are my alternatives?
Due to size or cost or other factors, it may not be possible to obtain a rollaway bed for your guests. But much like Christams, Your guests are coming and there is nothing you can do to stop them.
So, What rollaway bed alternatives are out there to help you get your visitors a place to sleep? (short of giving up your own comfy bed)
3 Rollaway Bed Alternatives
Camping cots are usually a bit smaller than a standard twin bed, but can still be a great rollaway bed alternative. Cots usually don’t come with a mattress and the foundations are made of cloth.
The Frames can be made out of any material from wood to steel to fiberglass or aluminum. One nice advantage of a cot over a rollaway bed is the storage factor. A Cot folds up much smaller than a rollaway bed and can be placed almost anywhere.
Air mattresses used to be a big air bag that deflated as you slept. By morning you were sleeping most uncomfortably on a vinyl mat on the floor.
But the best air mattresses of today are much better.
There are self Inflatable mattresses, bed height mattresses, Mattresses on frames and air mattresses with individual pockets.
Have you heard of the sleep number bed? Guess what? It’s an air mattress.
Like a cot, They are very easy to store once deflated and can be put back up in a matter of minutes. As rollaway bed alternatives go, the air mattress is probably the most economical option as well.
Of the three rollaway bed alternatives in this article, this is probably my favorite option.
The hide-a-way bed. Couches with fold out beds have come a long way since I first slept on one back in the early eighties. Advances in mattress materials such as memory foam and more versatile framing materials have made the fold out couch a rollaway bed alternative that is almost as good as sleeping in a real bed…almost.
And it’s not just couches that that have fold away beds in them either. I slept on a fold away chair bed the night my oldest son was born, so if you are looking for space saving rollaway bed alternatives, look at couches and chairs.
Hey, you need those anyway why not get something that does double duty?
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- What is a Roll-away Bed?
- Are there cheap rollaway beds?
- Cheap Rollaway Beds (under $100)
- A guest bed on stereoids!
- Things to consider when looking for the right Rollaway bed:
- How will the Mattress hold out in the long run?
- Do I have a place to store it?
- How difficult is it to operate?
- How often will I be using it?
- Who will be using the bed the most?
- For the Ultimate in Luxury Check out this Extra Long 79″ Rollaway Bed with Super Comfortable Coil Spring Mattress for Your Overnight Guests!
- What is the Difference Between Twin and Queen Rollaway Beds?
- Recommeded Queen Rollaway Bed
- Choosing a rollaway mattress that goes with your bed
- Look at the Amazing price on this Memory Foam Mattress!
- Click Here to take a look at the Coleman Quickbed Air Mattress
- I don't want a roll-away bed. What are my alternatives?
- Take a Peek at some of the latest Air Beds on the Market
- Points to ponder before Renting Rollaway Beds
- Click Here to See Some of the Many Options Available in Rollaway Beds
- Check out the Affordable Sleep Master Folding Guest Bed at Amazon.com
- Rollaway Bed in Operation