What do you do if you have more guests descending on you than beds? Or even Sofas? Where do they sleep? How about if you are visiting friends or relatives and have had more than just one too many drinks to drive? Where do you sleep if they have no spare beds? Easy!!
You Sleep on the Floor!!
Wow! Great idea, but what if you don’t fancy the idea of sleeping on a hard floor – or if you have a bad back or any other medical problem that makes sleeping on the floor not the best idea? The answer is simple: get a cab!! OR:
Use a floor mattress: But not just any old floor mattress! You need to use a mattress that has been designed to lie on a floor rather than on a regular bed frame. Yep – there are such things, and these are what we are reviewing here.
In fact, some people prefer sleeping on the floor than on a bed. So what are the best floor mattresses in 2018 – and what is the best mattress for sleeping on the floor? Before answering that question let’s look at why people want to sleep on the floor. It’s not exactly the recommended place to sleep in your home – far from it. However, we shall assume that this is what you want to do, and try to the answer the questions you may have.
Best Floor Mattresses Table of Contents
Why You Should Not Sleep on the Floor
First, why you should not sleep on the floor. It would be remiss of us not point these facts out to you before we recommend how best to do it!
Foam mattresses can grow mold on the side lying on the floor. In fact, any mattress can develop mold and even bacterial colonies if it is lying on an impervious floor surface and unable to breathe. Any moisture getting into your mattress from your breath or your sweat when in bed will tend to make its way down to the base of the mattress. This retained moisture can breed bacteria and molds and be a hazard to your health.
That said, if you use a floor mattress that has been designed and constructed to lie on a floor, then you should not have such issues. You can keep one or two of these in a cupboard for use by unexpected guests. You could also keep one in your car in case you are the unexpected guest – such as having one too many to drink! You never know when you might need an emergency bed!
Here are our best 10 mattresses for sleeping on the floor. These are the best floor mattresses for 2018.
- S: Single
- T: Twin
- TXL: Twin extra large
- F: Full
- FXL: Full extra large
- Q: Queen
Note: The weight of the mattress is included in the above table because folding and rolling mattresses are often carried by hand. Also, a lighter-weight mattress might not have the support of heavier alternatives – but it also may be smaller. Read our reviews below for this type of information.
1. Best Price Mattress – Tri Fold
This Best Price tri-fold mattress is made using a 1.5” layer of memory foam on a 2.5” layer of high density base foam. The memory foam is infused with ActivFRESH charcoal to absorb odors and keep this floor mattress fresh. It also comes with a black carry and storage bag to keep out dust when not in use. The mattress is protected with a zippered poly-Jacquard cover that can be removed and machine washed. It is great for floors, camping, sleepovers and unexpected guests. Folded dimensions are 25″ x 33″ x 12″.
The Best Price tri-fold mattress is also certified to CertiPUR-US standards. This means that it is environmentally friendly and does not contain ozone depleters, dangerous types of flame retardant, phthalates or toxic heavy metals. CertiPUR-US certified polyurethane foams also contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – below 0.5 parts per million (below 0.00005%).
Editor’s Comments: This is a highly rated folding mattress suitable for a number of uses. In addition to being a good floor and camping mattress, it can also me used as a regular mattress topper. The 1.5 inches of memory foam give a small experience of the memory foam action. The Best Price tri-fold mattress can be used on any flat surface for futon-style sleeping or as an emergency bed to be brought out when needed. Its machine-washable cover and storage bag keep it clean until needed.
2. Milliard 6-Inch Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress
This mattress enables you to sleep no matter where you are. You can unfold it in a tent, a van, a mobile home or on any floor in your home. Come morning, it is easily folded and stored away for when it is needed next. It’s great for unexpected visitors or guests and also when traveling.
Memory foam provides a high level of comfort, particularly if you have arthritis or any other orthopedic issue. The Millard memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress is ventilated to keep you cool and is extremely comfortable to lie on. You certainly don’t need a box spring support with this floor mattress!
The twin size folding floor mattress measures 38 x 26 x 18 inches when folded, and 78 x 38 x 6 inches when flat. It weighs 28.4 lb and so is fairly light to carry. The Queen size is 58” x 26” x 15”folded and when flat out is 78” x 58” x 6” – so folding also does not change the width of the mattress. The 6” of height provides an excellent level of comfort.
Editor’s Notes: This Millard tri-fold mattress is easy to transport, and can be used on any flat surface. It is equally suitable for a standard bed base and a flat surface such as floor, dry ground when camping or any other flat surface. Like all such mattresses do not expect total luxury, but it’s a great unexpected guest bed or for a kids’ sleepover.
3. Magshion Futon Furniture – Tri Fold Bed
This floor mattress can be used anywhere. You can use it in a trailer, in a tent, in your home, or anywhere else you need to lay your head down. You can fold it up and keep it in your closet, or you can keep it in your car wherever you go.
The Magshion Futon Furniture Tri Fold Bed is available in Single, Twin, Full or Queen size. The single is popular, with dimensions of 75” x 27” x 4”. In chair formation, it is 25 inches long, 27 wide and 12 high.
Editor’s Note: This is an excellent futon for the price – and it doubles as a chair. You can use it to make the most effective use possible of your living space. If you have little room in your apartment or bedsit, this can double for seating and sleeping accommodation. It has multiple uses in multiple rooms – or in a tent, trailer or patio.
4. D&D Futon Furniture – Japanese
This floor bed from D&D Futon Furniture is a traditional Japanese futon. It is filled with a layer of foam, a layer of polyester and a layer of white cotton. It lays flat on the floor and can be rolled up for storage after use. Futons are not true mattresses, but they offer a good solution to a quick need for a bed. Its 3-inch thickness offers a good level of comfort while sleeping.
Editor’s Notes: This is not a tradition mattress. It is a futon, which is a relatively thin sleeping surface. It is great in an emergency, and at 3-inches thick this is not the thinnest futon around. It’s good for what it is described as: an emergency sleeping surface and is easy to carry or transport in your car. It could be a bit heavy for manual carrying at 14 lb, although its weight indicates the density of the 3” thick foam.
5. Sproutwise Kids – Folding Pack n Play Mattress
Graco Pack n Play is a well respected brand that offers a number of playing and sleeping options for young children, from baby to toddler age. The Sproutwise Kids folding Pack n Play mattress is highly suitable for Graco cribs, but it is also good for traveling.
You can use this Sproutwise Kids folding Pack n Play mattress as a travel bed for babies and young children. After all, your Pack n Play folds up – so it makes sense to have a folding mattress to go with it. Apart from the crib, this folding mattress can be used on the floor by itself. Its dimensions are 38” long by 25” wide – so check the dimensions of your pack-n-play fold-up.
Editor’s Notes: Note that this mattress is for children of at least 6 months of age. Otherwise, it appears to be a good solution if you are looking for a foldable mattress for your child – particularly if you use Graco Pack n Play products. Even you have never heard of Graco, the Sproutwise Kids Pack n Play Folding Mattress is an excellent choice of mattress for your children when travelling. You can use it in a caravan or trailer, in a holiday home and even on your own floor.
6. LUCID 4 Inch Folding Mattress
The Lucid 4” folding mattress is fitted with handles for ease of carrying. It can be used in a tent or even outdoor in good weather. It provides a comfortable sleeping surface and is an excellent alternative to a sofa bed, or even a sofa, for emergency sleeping accommodation.
You can carry this around with you in your car, or use it in your home as emergency sleeping accommodation. Because it folds, it can also be used as a chair or sofa during the day. It is made from latex foam that has the CertiPUR-US certification that is resistant to mites, bed bugs and bacteria. It comes with a washable zippered cover.
Editor’s Notes: This is good quality mattress for using on the floor or any other hard surface. It is highly portable and can travel with you in your car. It doubles as a sofa-chair when needed, then can be laid out flat for sleeping. You cannot compare such mattresses with top quality regular mattresses. However, the Lucid 4” folding mattress is a superb example of a folding floor mattress.
7. D&D Futon Furniture – Tri Fold
The D&D Trifold Futon is also known as a shikibuton. You can use it on any floor in your home, patio, trailer, mobile home, and even outside on a dry, warm night. If you have just a narrow space to sleep in, then the D&D tri-fold futon would be ideal. It is just 27” wide. It is also 75” long, enough for most tall people, and 3” thick. It is made from 100% polyester.
Editor’s Notes: This seems to be an excellent spare bed solution for people with limited bedrooms. The D&D Trifold Futon can be used on any surface, including a hard floor, the floor in a trailer, caravan, tent or even in your yard or a pickup truck on a warm night. Most futons are suitable for such uses, this being particularly suitable because it is a trifold with intrinsically higher density than a rollup.
8. Magshion Furniture – Tatami Floor Mat
Thais Tatami floor mat is made to order by Magshion Furniture in Chino, California. It is a single size (80” x 27” x 3”) and rolls up for easy storage or transport. The mat comes with ties to keep the mattress secure when rolled up. It is filled with cotton batting with a 0.5” layer of foam in the middle. The cover is 100% polyester, and can be spot washed only.
This mattress is versatile, and can be use as a spare emergency bed, for relaxing on during the day, for occasional naps or even as your main bed if you prefer futon-style sleeping. It seems a bit thin at 3 inches, although it gets 86% top ratings.
Editor’s Notes: This appears to be a good example of a rollup floor mattress. The vast majority who liked it found it comfortable. It can also be used as a premium mattress topper. A few who found it too thin for their liking found it excellent when placed on another futon mat. It is a good all-purpose roll-up mattress.
9. Zinus Sleepmaster – Tri Fold
The Zinus Sleepmaster memory foam tri-fold mattress consists of a 1-inch layer of memory foam on top of 2-inches of Viscoelastic Responsive foam. These sit on a 1-inch layer of high-density support foam. This is good combination which provides comfort on top with support below – just what you need!
This 4-inch thick mattress, fashioned totally with foam, is easy to roll up for travelling. You can use this twin-size mattress anywhere. Its design enables it to be used on a flat surface, such as floor. In fact, most mattresses can be used on a floor – modern mattresses do not need a box spring base. They work perfectly well on a floor as on a solid bed base.
Editors Notes: Available only in twin size – but who wants a king, or even a queen, in a mattress intended for floor sleeping or carrying around the country as a camp bed.
10. LUCID Sofa Mattress
The Lucid Sofa Mattress differs from the 4-inch folding mattress above in its design. You still get the comfort and the style, and can also use it when camping or on the floor of a trailer. Its construction separates you from the discomfort of most surfaces. It can be used outdoors and anywhere else there is a flat surface to sleep on. Simply place this floor mattress between you and that surface for a great night’s sleep. It consists of a half-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam on 3.5 inches of high density base foam.
Unlike the Lucid 4” folding mattress, the sofa mattress doubles up as a sofa – as its name suggests. Some floor beds can also be used a chair – but this is a sofa when not used for sleeping. You don’t need trundle beds, futons or even bunk beds for emergency sleeping accommodation if you have the Lucid Sofa Mattress.
It comes in Twin, Twin XL and Queen size. It doubles as a sofa-style floor chair to provide comfortable seating and a convenient guest mattress in one. It can easily sleep 2-3 children on a sleepover! Get one of these and you have no more excuses for not allowing sleepovers!
Editor’s Notes: If you are looking for a spare bed for occasional use, or even spare seating for a party or family get-together, then this is it! The Lucid Sofa Mattress is available in three sizes, and is a great option for your children. It does not cost a lot, and would make a great gift for your child who would like the occasional sleepover but doesn’t have enough sleeping accommodation. It would also be a wonderful settee or couch for your family – one that can double up as a bed big enough to sleep three children or more!
It should be noted that these 10 have been chosen from dozens reviewed. A rating of 10 on our list does not mean that the mattress is bad. On the contrary, it means that it is still a wonderful mattress. It takes a lot to reach our top 10!
Best Floor Mattresses: Buyers Guide
People normally place their mattresses on a platform or base at around about sitting height. This keeps their mattress off the floor when they are sleeping, and also easy to crawl into at night. People have their own reasons for sleeping off the floor: creepy crawlies, dust, mold spores, easier to stand up from a sitting position and so on.
Others like the idea of sleeping on the floor. Others do so only when camping or travelling in a van. You can pack a lot of stuff into a van when on vacation, but taking your bed with you is a bit of a stretch! However, if you have a folding bed or a rolling bed then life is a lot easier. It beats having to find a motel or guest house when traveling.
Let’s say you like the idea and set out to buy a floor mattress. What should you be looking for? Here is our guide to choosing a folding mattress or one that rolls up for traveling.
Folding or Rolling?
First, do you want a folding mattress or a rolling mattress? Both can be comfortable, are both are easily transportable and can be stored away in a cupboard when not in use. Try that with a regular mattress! It is just not feasible to store a regular mattress away for incidental use. Let’s look at both – most of the comments below apply to both folding and rolling mattresses.
Dimensions of Floor Mattresses
The first decision to make is what size of mattress you want. Much depends on its ultimate use. If it is to be used by just one person then a single would be good. An average of 75” long and about 27” – 35” wide would do for a single person. The narrower the better for camping, and a lot would depend on the space available to you.
Rolling mattresses are usually singles, although it is possible to find a rollup mattress suitable for a couple. The problem with both types of mattress is that they retain their width when ready for storage or transport. We cannot offer any guidance here, because the size of a mattress is a personal choice.
The Best Price Tri Fold Mattress is 75” x 33” x 4” for sleeping, while when folded it measures 25” x 33” x 12”. This retains its width when folded. The Millard 6” memory foam queen size folding mattress measures 78” x 58” x 6” when flat and 26” x 58” x 18” inches when folded. So folding mattresses retain their width when carried just as rolling mattresses do.
Floor Mattress Thickness
Generally, the thicker the better! However, there is a limit, particularly for rolling mattresses. Folding mattress commonly come in 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch thicknesses. The thicker it is, the more comfortable you would expect a mattress to be – but also the heavier and the pricier.
The thicker the mattress, the more foam, and also the capacity to consist of multiple types of foam. For example, a thicker mattress can consist of a reasonable depth of memory foam on top of a good thickness of high-density base foam. The heavier your weight, then the thicker the folding mattress you should consider.
It is a good idea to offset the cost of a thicker mattress against its longer life. The thicker the mattress the longer it will last – in addition to being more comfortable. The choice is yours to take, but it is also there for you to make if you wish.
A thicker mattress will more than likely cost more than a thinner equivalent.
You can weigh the cost of a thicker mattress against its benefits, and consider what the mattress will be used for and how often it will be used. An 8-inch folding mattress will likely be higher quality and last longer than a 4-inch folding mattress.
With rolling mattresses, you may not have as much choice of thickness, since mats must be thin in order for them to be rolled. That’s why many people prefer tri-fold mattresses to rolling mattresses. However, rolling mattresses and futons also have their advocates. They are easy to roll up and put in a car trunk or a van.
Type of Mattress Foam
Most folding mattresses are filled with foam. Many rolling mattresses are also foam, but just as many are made from cotton or some other type of filling. The best folding mattresses contain memory foam. This conforms to your natural body shape, which is best for support if you have an orthopedic problem. Lower-prices mattresses are made using latex or normal polyurethane foam.
Memory foam is denser than normal polyurethane foam and many people find it better for sleeping on. However, you also need a layer of high-density latex foam as a base. This is denser than memory foam and provides good overall support. You may sink too far into a 6-inch mattress all of memory foam. Half and half would be better: 50% memory foam for comfort and 50% high density foam for overall support.
Rolling mattresses sometimes use foam and sometimes cotton batting – some, such as the Magshion Tatami Floor Mat contains cotton batting with a half-inch of foam in the middle of the 3” thick mat. The D&D futon contains a layer each of polyester fiber, cotton and foam in its 3 inches. This type of structure combines comfort with insulation.
Check the Mattress Cover
The cover of any mattress is important. The cover protects the important part of the mattress – the inside. It also helps keep it clean and free from contamination. All mattresses are subject to attack by bedbugs, and also tend to contain a lot of human skin along with the dust mites that feed on it. The cover helps prevent this along with the allergic reactions that dust can lead to – and it protects the mattress from molds.
Some of the best mattresses have removable covers than can be unzipped for washing. Others are fixed permanently. A removable cover is best. Waterproof covers are good for the kids when little accidents can happen. They are also good for camping when the mattress can get wet. Also, keep in mind that such mattresses are often slept on without sheets between you and the mattress. That means the cover must be comfortable enough to lie on, unless you intend using a sheet or a mattress topper.
You will likely be transporting your folding or rolling mattress. That’s one of their main attractions: you can fold or roll them and take them with you. Some folding mattresses are easy to transport while others are not. Keep that in mind when buying one.
Check the way it folds and what its dimensions are when folded. Keep in mind that a tri-fold mattress will treble its thickness when folded, the length will be reduced by up a third of the original but the width will stay the same. So the mattress will be shorter, but will be bulkier in thickness. So, where you might get a thin mattress into your space, you won’t necessarily be able to fit a tri-fold there.
With a rolling mattress, its width will be the largest dimension when rolled up. The diameter of the roll will depend on the thickness of the mattress and also its length – the longer it is, the more layers in the roll.
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Floor Mattress FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions we have been frequently asked about futons and floor mattresses.
Best Floor Mattress – Conclusion
The best floor mattress of 2018 to you is the one you choose! You can use our list or our Buyer’s Guide to assist you in your choice, but ultimately that choice is yours. You can base it on price, type (folding or rolling) or how it is constructed.
However, the best way to choose a floor mattress is to use the factors that are most important to you. These may be related to dimensions when flat and made ready for transport or storage, to the way the mattress is constructed or what you are using it for. Choose what is most important to you, and check out what is available that meets your criteria. Compare your short-list and then select the one you like best. Job done!
- Best Price Mattress - Tri Fold
- Milliard Memory Foam Tri-fold Mattress
- Magshion Futon Furniture Tri Fold Bed
- D&D Futon Furniture - Japanese
- Sproutwise Kids folding Pack n Play
- LUCID 4 Inch Folding Mattress
- D&D Futon Furniture - Tri Fold
- D&D Futon Furniture - Tri Fold
- Zinus Sleepmaster memory foam tri-fold
- Lucid Sofa Mattress
We can help with that with our list of the 10 best floor mattresses. We have checked them over, searched for comments and reviews and have finally come up with this list. There might be others, but these are what we have decided to include in our list. Right up to #10 they are all great floor mattresses or futons, and every one of these will serve you well.