Trundle beds are additional beds that are stored under a main bed. They can be pulled out to provide an additional guest bed (especially valuable for a kids room or guest room). In this article we discuss several topics related to background knowledge, trouble shooting, choosing a good trundle bed, shopping and testing beds, etc. Take a look at the table of contents below and determine the topics you would like to read.
A trundle bed (also known as a truckle bed) is an additional bed that is stored under a normal one. The goal is to provide an additional sleeping space for when guests come or if you have kids (very similar to bunk beds). The main advantage of a trundle bed is that it doesn’t need any extra space beyond what your normal bed might look like because the trundle is located underneath the main bed. The bottom bed tends to be smaller than the main bed. It’s usually placed on rollers or casters so that it’s easy to moveout from the bottom of the main bed. Some of these trundle beds stay at lower level than the main bed when they are pulled out and others pop up so that they are at the same height as the main bed. Trundle bed mattresses tend to be thinner than their main bed counterparts because they need to fit under the main bed. A trundle bed can be pulled out and trundle mattress can be removed so that the space under the main bed is used for storage. Note: Neither the main bed nor the trundle bed will have box springs because of the space limitations. Instead they’re more like platform bed frames.
Like most other bed frames, trundle beds can have metal, wood, or upholstered frames. The material that you choose will depend on the interior décor of your room and the style that you are going for. Frame styles also have differences in durability, maintenance requirements, and squeakiness/creakiness. Take a look at our detailed guide on platform mattresses which also discusses the pros and cons of metal vs. leather vs. wood frames for beds (including trundle beds).
Here are some examples of trundle beds that we like on Amazon:
- A metal framed daybed with a trundle
- A wooden twin bed with a trundle. Looks amazing with that cherry wood!
- An upholstered day bed trundle. The navy color goes well with any room.
The purpose of a trundle bed is to have an extra bed without the hassle of taking up extra space in your room. By hiding the extra mattress under your bed, you are not taking up any space until a visitor needs to sleep, or in the case of kids’ rooms, when both your kids are ready to go to bed. Trundle beds are useful for teenagers or children sharing the same room (as an alternative to bunkbeds).
One of the primary targets of trundle beds manufactures are kids, so that’s big yes! Kids have a lot of sleepovers, they love to invite their friends to stick around and play videogames all night long. That’s where trundle beds are perfect. When your kids are playing games, they can utilize the full space in their room. Then, when it’s time for bed, pull out the trundle, get a pillow and blanket from the storage boxes below the trundle, and the children are good to go! We’ve put together a list of our favorite trundle beds here.
Is it bad to give kids their own beds? What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving kids their own beds or rooms?
There used to be a time when families used to have more kids and all the kids shared the same room, and even the same bed. With fewer children nowadays, children tend to have their own rooms.
The benefits of having separate beds for each child include:
- The kids won’t end up fighting as much while sleeping because they both have plenty of space to sprawl out
- Each child can work on his or her own hobbies in bed
- Each child can have his or her own bedding. This is especially important when the children have different tastes. One may be a cold sleeper and the other may be a warm sleeper. There’s also the issue with bed wedding and nightmares which will be especially problematic when the children are of different ages. For such cases, having two separate beds is valuable. Children who wet their bed require bedding that can help keep them clean and prevent diseases. Here are a few waterproof mattress protectors that we recommend.
The disadvantages of providing each child his or her own bed include:
- Studies show that children who sleep with their siblings are closer
- For especially young children, sleeping with their older siblings may help them with anxiety
- Trundle beds are an interesting in-between. Allowing both children to sleep in close proximity but still in separate overall beds. Perhaps these are the ideal kids’ beds? Here are a few trundle beds that we really like.
In general, yes, trundle beds are separate from the main bed. Here’s atypical upholstered bed with trundle. Even though this model might look as if the trundle is attached, there is nothing holding it on the main frame. Instead, it’s free to roll around. For a simpler design, take a look at this trundle bed from DHP. This is a day bed with a trundle that’s free-standing. Being able to pullout the trundle completely means that you can wheel it out to another room for a guest to sleep in. Or, if you are placing this in your kids’ room, you can allow both your children to sleep with some separation in between them. At night, this means that the child on the main bed will not step on the trundle accidentally (or on purpose). Having a separate trundle bed also means that it’s easier to vacuum and clean under the main bed when necessary.
Note that typically pop-up trundles are separate from the main bed as well. You will be hard-pressed to find a trundle bed that has an attached trundle.
Yes! You can purchase just a trundle bed under-bed. However, they are rarely purchased because people typically match the main bed to the underbed and purchase them as kits. Here’s a search on Amazon for trundle bed under-beds. You can see that they have several options. Trundle beds are also very durable, in general, so you don’t have to worry about replacing your under-bed very often.
When you have limited space you have to do the best with what you have. Trundle beds are comfortable for kids and adults as long as you get a good mattress. Don’t be frugal when it comes to spending on your trundle mattress. You need to ensure that the thickness of the mattress matches the space within your under-bed. Many times, you might find trundle bed mattress sets which are not comfortable because they are made of low quality materials (remember that a trundle bed’s thickness is less than a normal bed). Go for memory foam mattresses and maximize the thickness that you can purchase while still fitting inside the trundle bed frame. You can also consider getting a normal mattress + a memory foam mattress topper like this one. This combination ends up being a bit cheaper. I really like this mattress because I can select the thickness and tailor it for my under-bed + my upper bed – the signature sleep memoir.
Trundle beds are an especially comfortable option for kids’ rooms. Imagine having a younger son…wouldn’t it be great to stay with him in the room and read books before putting him to sleep? With a trundle bed, you have the option of “lying in bed” with your child but also easily leaving without disturbing the child because the trundle and the main bed have enough separation. Then, later on, when you have 2 children, the trundle bed
serves as a great way to allow your children to grow up together while also giving each his or her own personal space. See the section on the advantages and disadvantages of providing each child his own bed.
Modern trundle beds come with a bed frame that has an under-bed which rolls out (on rollers or casters). This under-bed can then popup or stay lower than the original. To keep this under-bed from moving, or in some cases, from separating from the daybed, you have several options.
You can add locking wheels to the under bed. Whenever you roll out the bed and set it up, just flip the lever on the side of the casters and have them lock into place. Most newer trundle beds have locking casters, but in case yours doesn’t, just get some new ones and upgrade your bed. Make sure that the wheel and the shaft match the caster…or just buy a set. Here are some locking casters on Amazon.
Another option is to use rubber bands or zip ties as a temporary means of immobilizing your bed. Depending on the design of your casters, you might be able to wrap a robber band or zip tie around the wheel and lock the wheel in place. When you’re ready to move again, just cut the zip tie. I’m sure you can figure out a clever way to engineer the zip tie/rubber band to engage and disengage though!
There are also large straps like this one which wrap around the entire under-bed and can prevent it from moving away from the day bed. On the other side of the under-bed you can add a sponge or stick so that the under-bed is locked in place. When you’re ready to pack up again, just remove the stick and the strap. It’s crude but effective. Also, if this is a pop-up trundle, then you can get a nice memory foam mattress topper and lay that on top to minimize the separation gap in between the beds. Guests can then sleep across or in the same direction as the seam however, sleeping across will mean that the bed may not be long enough for them.
Let’s first start this discussion by noting that there are pop-up trundles and normal pull-out trundle beds. Each of them has a list of pros and cons.
In general, trundle beds provide both space and cost savings. Normal platform beds and their associated mattresses tend to be much more expensive whereas you can get a decent trundle bed combination under $500. Adults as well as children can easily use both types of trundle beds and, depending on the model that you purchase, you can even get a trundle bed that has the above sleeping features + storage options underneath (here’s an excellent trundle with storage).
Now, specifically discussing roll out trundle beds, you definitely get space and cost savings but they’re incredibly hard out get out of. Imagine that there is someone sleeping in the top day bed and the bottom trundle. If your bed is next to a wall, you’ll have to squeeze through a corner of the bed while your partner is sleeping in the trundle. Now imagine the same thing at night…you might end up stepping on your partner or tripping over the corner as you try to get in and out of the bed. Additionally, to match the styles of your trundle bed to the day bed (aesthetically as well as practically through measurements) you need to buy them both at the same time. So, you
lose a bit of the flexibility of shopping and end up paying up-front for the cost of the trundle bed. Finally,
you should also consider that it’s not practical for older people because they will not be able to get in and out of the traditional trundle bed…it’s so low to the ground.
The pop-up trundle solves the above issues since the pop-up and the main bed will be at the same height once you fully deploy the popup. This works well when you have a twin or twin xl popup + a day bed because you can deploy them to make a full king bed. Take a look at the section below on how a pop-up works if this seems confusing. However, pop-ups also have their share of challenges. For one, the trundle and the day bed will have mattresses with different thicknesses.
So, when you pop-up the bed, the mattresses will not align, and you’ll have a center division. To get around this, people tend to put in bridge pads for trundle beds in the middle of their pop-up and daybed. A third issue that might come up is that your beds might separate. Because the pop-up might be on casters or rollers. To get around this, see our question above about“ How do I keep my trundle bed from separating”. The key is to either strap your beds together using trundle straps or have locking casters installed on your bed.
Note: If you are looking for a platform bed, we’ve got answers to all your platform bed questions.
Cons for Traditional Trundle
Cons for Pop-up Trundle
|Space savings||Have to match trundle to main bed (buy all at once)||Mattresses have different thicknesses so you need a bridge|
|Cost savings||Getting in and out is challenging (especially when the lights are off)||Beds might separate so you need locking casters or a strap|
|Storage options available||Not practical for seniors/older people|
|Can create a king bed with a pop-up||Vacuuming under the trundle very hard to do|
|Plenty of sleeping space||You cannot have a rug under the trundle because it might get caught|
|Can be quite comfortable!|
|Useful for all ages: baby? Use the trundle. 2 children? Trundle and day bed help them stay close. Kids too old? Use the trundle space as storage.|
|When your kid is sick, you can sleep next to him or her in the trundle|
As with all such topics, the answer is “it depends”. Take a look at the pros and cons list above to see if you think trundle beds are worth it. I really like trundle beds because they are great for every situation and they scale with time. Initially you might buy a trundle bed for guests or for your kids in a small side room. As time marches on, you might then decide that your kids have outgrown the trundle and they each want their own separate room. You might also have more rooms available. At this point, use the trundle bed as a normal bed and store stuff beneath in the trundle space. Once you have even more space, you can convert the trundle into a couch by adding in some side rails.
It’s an incredibly flexible piece of furniture that grows with you as you progress through life – transitioning from a small house to a big house, from young kids to older kids, and from being a bed to being a couch. If you think you’re ready to purchase, perhaps you’d like to see our list of trundle bed favorites.
Trundle beds are easy to find. IKEA, Wayfair, Amazon, all have a variety of different beds for you to peruse. I prefer Amazon because they have a lot more reviews than most of the other stores. With verified purchasers offering their reviews, it’s one of the best places to search. Take a look at Amazon’s list of trundle beds here.
All the answers to these types of questions are similar – buy online via Amazon, IKEA, Wayfair, or other sources. Here’s an example of a trundle bed with a fabric headboard that you can purchase on Amazon.
As we said in the above question. All the answers to these types of questions are similar – buy online via Amazon, IKEA, Wayfair, or other sources. Here’s an example of a trundle bed with a wooden headboard that you can purchase on Amazon.
Amazon and other vendors ship beds and other large items like mattresses in similar ways. You get everything in one or many large boxes which you will need to move into your house by yourself (unless of course you are using their in-home delivery service, or you are lucky enough to be home when they deliver).
Make sure you really want to return the item! Once you’ve made up your mind, contact the seller and let them know. They might have suggestions on how to fix your challenges with the product. For the case of “defective” products, you should not be charged are stocking fee or any shipping. The manufacturer will have to absorb the entire cost.
Amazon provides the following information for large item returns on this page.
We contact UPS and arrange for them to pick up your package from the address it was originally shipped to. This is ideal for large or heavy items that are hard to carry, and if you select this option before 9:00p.m. Pacific time, UPS will attempt pickup on the next business day. This option allows you to track your package on its way back to us.
However, there is still the issue of packaging. You need to package your item before shipping it back. Ideally you will have the original packaging that the product came in. With this original packaging, it’s easy. Log in to your account on the amazon website and select your recent orders. Then you can click the buttons that help you return your recent order (and either get a refund or a replacement).
If you don’t have the original packaging, UPS will not package an item for you upon pickup. This is especially challenging in the case of mattresses, which might even have inflated and will not return to the original shipping size. Don’t worry about it. Initiate the same process as above and let amazon customer service know about the inflated mattress. Their large item pickup team will then get in touch with you. In case you need it, their phone number is 1-866-216-1072.
If this is not possible, then buy some packing materials from Amazon or from some other local store like Home Depot. If you get a replacement, you can simply use the container that the replacement came in to ship back your old one. There is a free “haul away” service that’s mentioned by Amazon on this page.
Trundle beds can range in price. At the upper end (~$2000) you can find products like the Columbia bunk bed (full over full) with a full size trundle bed underneath. This kind of a product is designed for kids’ rooms where you not only have space for 2 children, but also 1 trundle bed underneath in case you have a sleepover. The bunk bed also has a staircase so it’s easy to climb up to the top bunk without using a ladder (which may be uncomfortable and a little unsafe fora child to climb up). And of course, it’s nicely designed with a hardwood, a durable finish. However, even at this price you would need to buy a mattress separately. In the case of this Columbia bed, the manufacturer suggests that you buy an 8-inch coil mattress such as this one on amazon.
At the lower end (for ~$150), you’ll find products like this platform bed with a roll out trundle. This one is made from a metal frame but you can also find some with wooden frames. Since this is a platform bed, you don’t need any box spring along with your mattress (the mattress rests on 7 slats). It’s not a low-quality bed but it doesn’t support multiple uses that the above Columbia bunk bed has (3 children vs + 1 guest). Additionally, reviews suggest that it might squeak over time because it is metal with metal
screws (which can get stripped). Note: You can buy just the trundle bed if you’d like, at a lower price (~$60) for this Kings Brand Twin trundle.
Take a look at Amazon’s list of trundle beds here. You can also find trundle beds at other stores such as IKEA, Wayfair,etc. Also, you will need to purchase a separate mattress with your bed so make sure to explore the list of available trundle bed mattresses.
A trundle bed rests under an upper-bed (these tend to be a platform bed style day beds). If you have any questions on platform beds, here’s a comprehensive platform bed guide. So, when discussing the dimensions of a trundle bed, we need to discuss the dimensions of the upper-bed as well. Let’s take a look at a couple different trundle bed combinations and discuss their sizes.
- Here’s a twin metal daybed with a trundle . Fits 1 twin mattress on the day bed (upper-bed) with a max 8-inch thickness. One twin mattress fits on the trundle (under-bed) with a max thickness of 6 inches. Assembled product dimensions (L x W x H) 77.50 x 41.50 x 41.50 inches. Daybed weight limit 400 lb. and Trundle weight limit 225 lb. Item shipping weight of 62 lbs.
- Here’s an upholstered backless day bed with a trundle (twin over twin) designed like a platform bed so it doesn’t need any box spring. It has high arm rests on each side and almost looks like a couch (but without a backrest). Fits 1 twin on the upper bed and 1 twin on the trundle. Mattress thickness for day bed is 8” whereas the trundle requires a 7” mattress or less. Weight limits are 400 lbs. and 225 lbs., respectively for day bed and trundle. Product dimensions are (L x W x H) 83.5 x 42.5 x 35.5 inches. Item shipping weight of 94 lbs.
So, on average between these two twin trundle beds, the dimensions of a trundle bed are approximately (L x W x H) of 80 x 42 x 37 inches with a weight of approximately 77 lbs shipping weight. Of course, everything changes when you look at queen or full trundle beds which will have larger sizes. I suggest you just peruse amazon’s list of trundle beds and analyze the range of their dimensions here.
Also, take a look at the next section discussing trundle bed mattress sizes.
What are different trundle bed mattress sizes that are available?
As stated earlier, trundle beds are designed to make the most out of the space available, so they come in several sizes. Normally, you will see trundle beds available in full and twin sizes because these are the smallest sizes that comfortably account for 1 adult or 1 child + 1 guest. However, any mattress can be part of a trundle bed, you just have to watch out for the thickness! Remember that the trundle mattress can’t be too thick because it would be difficult to wheel out (there is limited space under the upper-bed).Generally, the lower mattresses are around 6-8 inches thick. The upper-mattress also sometimes has restrictions, but I’m not sure why. I believe restrictions exist because the top of a pop-up trundle bed +mattress will need to match the height of the upper-bed.
Now, let’s explore the difference trundle bed mattress sizes available. Note: There are no differences between trundle bed mattresses and normal mattresses.
Mattress dimensions depend on the country. In the case of the US, a trundle single mattress is sized at 39 x 74 in. Don’t buy into the assumption that single and twin beds have different dimensions…they are actually the same. Single size trundle beds, as you can guess by the name, are designed to fit one adult.
Trundle bed queen mattress size dimensions are 60 x 80 in. They might be enough for two grown adults to sleep in. However, this is statement is entirely subjective. There are couples who like to snuggle and some who don’t…so if you are the kind of person who needs some extra space when sleeping, having two people on a queen will be very uncomfortable.Nonetheless, if you’d like a queen bed with a trundle based on your room dimensions (and most likely because you are planning for a baby to sleep with you), then consider beds like this queen daybed with a twin trundle. It is not easy to find queen beds with trundles.
Twin mattresses are the same size as single mattresses. There is a common misconception that twin and single both have different dimensions, but they are exactly the same. As an example, here’s a twin metal daybed with a trundle.
Twin XL mattresses are 39 inches width and 80 inches in length. Compared to a twin, a twin XL is longer but the same width. You might also notice that two twin XL mattresses can be combined to make a king mattress. This is one of the key advantages of having a pop-up trundle bed with a twinXL-over-twinXL configuration. With such a trundle bed design, you can have a king-sized bed for when guest couples visit. And, when you just have an empty room or a single visitor, keep the bed as a TwinXL while storing the popup underneath. Here’s an example of a Trundle bed with a twin popup (not XL).
Full size trundle beds, which are also known as double beds, are design for two people. Generally, the trundle will not have a full-size mattress, but the upper-bed will. Despite the design, full size beds are only comfortable for two children (not two adults). Each child (or adult) would have a 27-inch wide sleeping space. I struggle to comfortably sleep on my queen mattress with my wife, so the I cannot imagine how uncomfortable a full bed would be for 2 adults. Here’s an example of a full-over-twin trundle bed frame.
Different variants of trundle beds
Trundle beds are an interesting product because they usually come with unique features. Storage, desks, bed and couch combo, you name it! Trundle beds are a really practical and flexible product, so they are able to quickly adjust to whatever your needs regarding space are. Let’s talk about the multiple variants of the trundle bed so you can explore which one you desire the most.
One of the most popular variants of trundle beds is a trundle bed with storage. On top of the normal bed that you can wheel out whenever you please, this trundle bed variant also has a set of drawers where you can store items. Consider the reasons to buy and trundle bed and why this is the most popular trundle bed style.
If you are using a trundle bed in your kids’ room, having a trundle bed with storage will allow you to provide sleeping space for your children along with any sleepover guests. The additional storage space that comes with the trundle bed can then be used for storing toys, blankets, bedding, and pillows for when those guests come over. Here’s an excellent kids trundle bed with storage.
If you are using a trundle bed in your guest room, having the trundle bed with storage will not only help you provide sleeping space for multiple guests, but you can also store all the required bedding (blankets, covers, pillows, heater, etc.) under your trundle bed. In fact, in our house we also store things like extra tooth brushes and towels for guests to use. This trundle bed variant is incredibly practical. Here’s a great day bed with trundle and storage for your guest room.
You may ask yourself how much you can store in these beds. This amount depends on the model that you purchase. On average, a trundle bed with storage will provide you 6 drawers that combine to form the same dimensions as your trundle bed. So, a king size bed would also have the most amount of under-bed storage available.
Like all trundle bed combos, a trundle bed with desk combo is designed to save you space by providing a lot of features in one package. However, what you think is a trundle bed and desk combo, may not be exactly what you get. On Amazon, for instance, you can find a daybed with drawers, trundle, desk, hutch and more. However, this combination includes all the pieces separately. The day bed has a trundle and several drawers, but the desk is a separate piece of furniture. The goal, when buying such a combination, is to match the style of the room for aesthetics and for saving space.
However, perhaps what you imagine might be a trundle bed that tucks under a desk like in the image below. Here, the goal is to provide a lot of space saving features in one package. It’s not really meant for the consumer who is trying to maximize aesthetics. So, this kind of a design is more for a kid’s room where you are limited by space but still want to offer your children 2 beds + a desk for their books and computers. Your goal should be to provide storage, functionality and commodity at the same time while foregoing the aesthetics.
How might you maximize aesthetics as well as the functionality of a trundle bed?
Get some simple laptop desks like this one. By providing both your children with these large laptop trays, you can provide them the utility of a desk for their studies as well as a tray for eating. Then, when they are tired, they can retire their foldable laptop trays and go to bed in their trundle bed.
Trundle couch combos are a great when you want space for sitting as well as sleeping. During the day time, this combination will provide you space to watch tv and entertain your guests. When night time rolls around, simply pull out the trundle and provide sleeping space for your guests. It’s very practical. However, trundle bed-couch combos are less comfortable than larger dedicated trundle beds and individual couches (without trundles underneath).
The reason that trundle beds with couches are less comfortable than dedicated trundle beds, is because of limited space. For example, it’s not possible to get a queen trundle bed with couch combination. So, you are limited to only providing a twin bed to your guests. If you have multiple guests, then you are out-of-space for them.
Compared to a dedicated couch, you might notice that the trundle bed couch combination looks very odd. It’s very deep and the arm rests are lower than with a normal couch. So, while you can use it like a couch, your guests may sit in an awkward position. Here’s a highly rated daybed/couch with trundle combination. As you can see in the reviews, the depth of the “couch” is the same as a twin mattress (~40 inches). Whereas, a futon sofa bed is 34 inches deep in the seating position, and 43 inches deep in the sleeping position. A normal “couch” such as this one is 29 inches deep. With a full 11-inch difference, your guests will need to lean back a lot more to reach the backrest.
How do you solve the depth problems of a trundle bed with couch combination? Get a futon sofa bed like this convertible futon sofa bed.
Trundle bed pop up are a more flexible variation of a trundle bed where the under-bed “pops up” to match the height of the upper-bed. You can then position both beds side by side and get a large sleeping space. Then, when you are done sleeping, simply collapse the trundle bed back under the main bed. It’s certainly an interesting invention but, in my opinion, it’s only limited to a few situations. If you plan on having guest couples come over to the house (such as your grandparents), then this kind of a bed is valuable. For such situations, I would recommend a trundle bed pop up such as this one from 2K designs.
However, in terms of durability, regular trundle beds like this one will have a longer lifetime. As you can expect, there are more moving parts involved in the lever system that “pops up” a pop-up trundle bed. So, once the levers wear out, you won’t be able to pop the bed up any more. Additionally, as you’ve read above, trundle bed mattresses tend to be thinner than their upper-bed counterparts. So, when you pop-up your trundle bed, the mattresses may still not align. Ensure that you get the right kind of pop-up trundle and follow the manufacturers specifications so that the two mattresses match in height upon deployment. A third issue that you might run into is that your popup keeps separating from the main bed. Read the section above on “ how do I keep my trundle bed from separating”. It will provide you suggestions on straps and rollers that will ensure your guest-couples stay together at night.
Refer to your trundle bed manufacturer’s instructions for precise information. In general, here’s how you can adjust the height of a pop-up trundle bed.
- Place the bed in an area where you will be able to easily pull it out and then up. The trundle will initially be below your main bed, so you will need enough horizontal clearance to bring it out. For a twin bed frame, you will need approximately 44 inches for the bed itself along with 3-4 feet for yourself (since you will be pulling it out while bending). So, we recommend a total of 92 inches of horizontal space next to your main bed.
- Slide the trundle bed out from underneath the main bed by using the handle on the center-side of the trundle bed frame. You need to pull this towards you. Some beds will automatically rise, and others will need you to pull them upward in the next step. If your guests don’t need to sleep next to each other, or if you don’t think there is any need for the two beds to be side-by-side, then leave the trundle bed in the lowered position. Here is a popup trundle bed with springsthat pops up and then has “gravity locks” to ensure that the bed stays in the up-position.
- Lift the bed gently using the same handle on the side of the pop-up trundle bed frame. In some beds, there will be an additional latch that will lock the legs in position here. In others, this is the natural resting state, so you don’t need to do anything more.
- Add on your covers and bedding on to the pop-up trundle bed
- To lower the pop-up trundle bed: you need to disengage the latch (if you had one in step 3). Remove the bedding from the trundle bed. Then lower the bed while making sure that nothing will get trapped in the frame while it is being collapsed. Move the bed back underneath the main bed.
No, in general, you cannot get a pop-up trundle bed with storage drawers because the pop-up trundle bed is stored under the main bed. It takes up all the space under the main bed with little to no room for any storage drawers. If you did have some space for storage, they would likely be included in the space below the arm rests. Why not consider a platform bed instead? You’d get all the storage you require while also having a nice, sturdy, bed. I understand that you might not be able to collapse the bed to minimize space used in the room however you do have to compromise somewhere. Here’s a comprehensive platform bed guide in case you are curious.
Trundle bed accessories
Trundle beds need different accessories depending of the mattress and the model that was acquired. Maybe you need some good-looking couch pillows for your awesome daybed with a trundle, or slats or Bunkie boards. Maybe you don’t have a clue about the accessories I am talking about and it’s important that you know them, so you can pick the best choice for you. So let’s break them down:
Slats are planks of wood which serve as support for your mattress. They are great for trundle beds because they are simple to install, cheap, and light. Here’s an example of a trundle bed with slats. Note that pop-up trundle beds do not typically use slats. They have wireframe meshes instead and this may lead to differences in durability and
product life. In general, your goal with a bed foundation is to provide your mattress a firm, flat surface, on which it won’t flex or sag. Slats provide such a surface for your mattress, as long as they are the right dimensions. Try to aim for slats that are at least 3 inches wide and a maximum of 3.5-4 inches apart from each other. Once you increase the slat-to-slat distance to 4.25 inches, the mattress will start sagging in between the slats because it isn’t completely supported. This is especially challenging for some latex mattresses which have larger pore sizes and hence are “softer” & less rigid. Slats are also valuable because they help distribute the weight of the mattress. They can come in different materials, but you will commonly see them made with wood or metal. Note that as slats get older, they might move, fall out, or start creaking. This is a classic reason to change out your slats.
Sometimes you might end up with a bed that has an odd design like in the picture below. Here, two sets of slats rest side by side. They will start slipping and might fall out because of the large gap in the middle, as shown.
- You can try to get slats that cover the full width of the bed. This might actually be a cheaper alternative but it’s a DIY project since large slats like this are not sold
- A Bunkie board would also replace your slats effectively. Take a look at this queen bed Bunkie board.
- You can try to get more slats, so you can reduce the spacing between slats and prevent slippage between the left and right sets of slats. This would reduce creaking as well. However, make sure you continue to have some space in between slats. You do not want your mattress to stop breathing because it will become very hot and might attract mold since it will also hold on to sweat.
- You could also replace your slats with an adjustable support system like an X bar ( here is a great one on Amazon). This is a cheap and easy way to replace your slats.
- You could add cardboard or something else to reduce the spacing in the middle between the left and right slats. This would force your slats to snugly fit the sides of the bed and provide very little wiggle room for them to fall out.
- You could replace or supplement the slats with a chip board sheet. This is relatively easy to screw into the top of the slats. Remember to allow your mattress to breathe!
Just buy a new set. It’s not worth the time and effort to create your own DIY replacement since a set of slats is only about $40 (take a look at these cheap and effective slats). Slats are designed to work together to redistribute your mattresses weight onto the bed frame. Once they start breaking, you might be at the point where your slats are old and have lost their durability. If you absolutely want to make your own slats, there are plenty of online tutorials.
If you are looking to improve your room’s aesthetics, then couch pillows like these ones are a great way to get started. By themselves, trundle beds look a bit disproportional because a lot of the storage space below the upper bed is taken up by the trundle. Couch pillows can help distract visitors and have them focus on what’s on top of the main bed instead. Beyond decoration, couch pillows can also be useful when you need extra support for back pain. However, couch pillows also have their disadvantages. Every time you want to sit, you need to move them out of the way or just “throw” them somewhere. You’ll also need to arrange them every time you make your bed. It’s just an additional step. And, as we all know, children will wreak havoc on a room by tossing throw pillows around. Maybe that’s also an advantage? They’re great for pillow fights!
Absolutely not! They’re mostly for decoration. In fact, they are probably more valuable for your couch than for your bed. Consider getting couch pillows for your sofa instead. Here’s a nice decorative throw pillow that’s elongated.
A Bunkie board is a piece of plywood that’s placed under the mattress. Here’s an example of a Bunkie board. This is especially valuable for a newer mattress which is dense and heavy(like memory foam). Choosing to go with a Bunkie board or a set of bed slats is dependent on what your mattress manufacturer says. Read your manufacturer’s instructions and choose a base that they know will work with their mattress. If you don’t want to follow their recommendations, read the section discussing your mattress’ warranty and what kinds of things will void your warranty. It’s possible that your mattress manufacturer will not support you if you choose the wrong base.
Any non-flexing, rigid, support surface should work, but the difference between slats and a Bunkie board is the height. Bunkie boards and slats will both be the same length and width of the mattresses they support, but a Bunkie board will be 1.5 – 3 inches tall, whereas slats will be approximately 1 inch tall. This difference in height needs to be taken into consideration when deciding your bed frame and your mattress height because you may not want a combination that’s too tall or too low.
If a Bunkie board is not slatted but rather a large flat sheet, then ventilation might be an issue for your mattress. The mattress will sleep you warmer, and your sweat will get trapped. Eventually, you may get some mold, mildew, and dust mites. This also depends on the mattress (so make sure you read the manufacturer’s recommendations). Here’s a highly-rated slatted Bunkie board.
Trundle beds typically tuck under the main bed. You don’t need any special sheets for them – simple bed sheets like these will work well. Bed sheets for your trundle bed mattress are just based on the thickness and dimensions of your trundle bed mattress. You also don’t have to worry about aesthetics as much because the trundle bed will be pulled out, used, and then tucked back under the main bed. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun!
Consider getting some ruffled bed skirts like these for your main bed so that it hides the trundle bed underneath. Bed skirts will brighten up your design and add some cute ruffles to your bed. When you need to reach underneath for the trundle, just trap your bed skirt under the mattress, pull out the trundle, and then let the bed skirt loose again. You might run into some issues with pop up trundle beds if they end up trapping your bed skirt so be careful when you collapse and lift your pop-up bed.
Of course, with kids, it’s more challenging to make your bed. Ether the kids will need to make the bed, or you will need to take care of it – while they aren’t playing on it. A quick tip with trundle beds and kids is to have a separate basket like this collapsible hamper, where you keep the bed sheets for the trundle bed (along with pillows). This way, you don’t need to store the sheets for the trundle bed on top of the main bed and risk having your kids play with the sheets. It’s also a great way to save some time instead of making the bed multiple times per day while your kids are playing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Trundle beds are flexible pieces of furniture and as such there are a ton of questions about them. To ensure that you know all there is to know about trundle beds, and so you don’t leave us with doubts swirling around in your head, let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding trundle beds.
Trundle beds are suited well for guest beds and for kids’ rooms. The purpose of the trundle bed is having an extra bed whenever you need one. Typically, you need extra beds when:
- Your parents or grandparents visit
- Your children have a sleepover
- You have limited space for all family members and need a bed that’s collapsible
- You throw parties and have frequent visitors
However, trundle beds are also really great for kids’ rooms because they allow siblings to sleep close together. Trundle beds with twin sized mattresses are the perfect size for kids until they get to high school or late middle-school age. You can keep the trundle bed close to the main bed or roll it far away, so kids have plenty of space for themselves (if the room is big enough). In fact, your young children might actually fight to sleep on the bottom bed! From a child’s perspective, it’s fun and unique. Here’s a list of our favorite trundle beds.
Due to their weight and size restrictions trundle beds are not designed for larger or heavier people. For higher weight limits, I’d suggest a platform bed. We have a comprehensive platform bed guide here.
Trundle beds are designed to save space. So, the ideal room for a trundle bed, would have limited space for a larger platform bed but still enough for you to pull out the trundle (when necessary). Trundle beds are also unique since you can separate 2 sleepers (since trundle beds are detachable) or you can have both of them sleep close together (get a pop-up trundle). Based on these reasons, and all the other analyses we’ve done in this article, a trundle bed can work in almost any room (even if you have space to spare). Hence, this is more of a subjective question, so I’ll leave you to determine how much space you want around your bed and whether a trundle bed would be the ideal solution. We’ve presented a lot of pros and cons in this article so I hope you feel well informed.
Note:If you have carpet in your room, remove your trundle bed casters so the bed can slide easily. The ideal room would be hardwood (if you have casters on your trundle bed).
This is a pretty common situation: you have 2 kids and 2 bedrooms, 1 foreach of them. You and your wife have inhabited the third bedroom. How can you quickly convert from a kid’s room to a guest room and then back? When you have no guests, each kid can have their own room. When you have guests, the two kids need to share a bedroom. Can you minimize fights between them while still providing a nice, comfortable king-sized bed for your guests?
Yes! But there are several strategies.
Strategy 1 is to get a bunk bed with a removable top in one room, and a normal bunkbed in the other. If you can remove the top bunk and move it down, then you can make an ad-hoc king bed for your guests. However, bunk beds only support 6” mattresses so they may not be comfortable for everyone(especially older people). Here’s a detachable bunk bed where the top can be detached.
Strategy 2 is to have a sofa bed or futon in both rooms. This could expand into a large bed, but comfort is a challenge. Sofa beds just are not comfortable! Also, when the kids are so close together they may end up fighting. Here’s comfortable sofa bed option that’s available.
Strategy 3 is to have 2 pop-up trundle beds, one in each room. When you have guests, have both kids in one room and pull out the pop-up trundle. You can keep them separate so that both children have their own comfortable beds. In the guest room, you can bring the pop-up trundle close to the main bed. Add in a bridge pad so that there’s no gap in between the two beds, and use a large mattress strap like this one to keep them from moving apart. You’re done! It’s a comfortable king-sized bed.
Do you see how flexible trundle beds are? That’s what makes them really valuable for any home. Even if you don’t plan on having guests, I’m sure your children will have sleep overs, or you’ll want to re-arrange furniture
in your house to give yourself a gym or office space. Trundle beds are adaptable to many room configurations.
There are also other strategies out there, but they aren’t as common. For instance, you could just have one queen bed and one twin bed in your kids’ rooms. When guests come, the child with the twin bed moves to a sleeping bag or shares the queen bed with the sibling. However, this is bound to lead to arguments between your children. And it doesn’t really grow along with the age of the child (imagine having two high school age children share a room). Another strategy might be to have a spare mattress instead of the sleeping bag. But that’s still not as comfortable for the child.
Based on the topic of this post, I think can guess it…get a trundle bed! They are affordable, space-saving, allow siblings to be close to each other and develop fond memories, and can be used for guest rooms later on after the kids grow up. Look at the question above about the pros and cons of trundle beds.
Alternatives to trundle beds
Loft beds or Bunk beds are similar to trundle beds because they both provide you sleeping space for two people within a small footprint. However, whereas a trundle bed needs to be extended horizontally, a loft bed uses the height of your room instead. That’s the major advantage of using a loft bed in a room that’s narrow and tall. Take a look at some of our favorite loft beds here.
When comparing Bunk beds vs. Trundle beds, there are several factors to consider. Durability is about the same among the two beds as long as you are willing to spend enough to get a high-quality frame. In terms of how easy they are to maintain, bunk beds have space for the quilt+ sheets at all times whereas trundle beds typically don’t have much space. So, you have to store the quilt on the main-bed while the trundle only has the sheets on it. Otherwise, bedding will get all bunched up when the trundle is rolled underneath. Another advantage of bunk beds is that many of them can be unbunked (like this bunk bed) so they can become two normal sturdy beds. Similar to trundle beds, this can be an argument for their longevity and adaptability. On the other hand, some moms actually prefer trundle beds to loft beds because they can train the kids to fold their own sheets and make their own beds. They don’t need to climb the ladder to make the bed every day. Also, to fit the sheet to the bottom bunk, you need to bend and strain yourself (so that you don’t hit the top bunk with your head). This can be quite a workout. And an additional benefit of the trundle bed is that you can roll the trundle out and use it in a different room. So, it’s a much more flexible and adaptable piece of furniture compared to a bunk bed (which is mostly designed for 1 room). Also, don’t forget, young kids who are playing around can easily fall off the top bunk.
If you are thinking of air mattresses as an alternative to trundle beds, you are probably thinking about having guests over. This is not a solution for long-term use for your children. So, assuming this is the case, let’s discuss the pros and cons of air mattresses vs. trundle beds.
Air mattresses can be compressed and stored away when they are not in use. This frees up your room completely when you don’t have guests. Trundle beds, on the other hand, still require some space. They are also significantly cheaper – compare $200 for an air mattress vs. several hundred for a quality trundle bed with an upper bed. On the other hand, air mattresses can deflate over night or over a longer time period and become uncomfortable. Ensure that you get an air mattress that’s of very high quality (which also means higher cost)since it will have a longer life time. Here’s a great air mattress that has a long product life (it comes with an internal pump, which is useful, so you don’t have to store an external pump separately…however, if it breaks you’ll need to make use of the warranty). Air mattresses also tend to be softer.This can be challenging for some sleepers who prefer firm mattresses.
Trundle beds, on the other hand, allow you a larger selection of mattresses and hence you can decide how firm you’d like them to be. Trundle beds are also more durable and longer lasting than air mattresses (however, this depends a lot on how often you have guests over).
Futon sofa beds like this one are also excellent alternatives to Trundle beds. Look at our discussion above on trundle couch combos to see the advantages of a futon over a trundle. However, note that futons are also very user dependent. Some people are ok with harder beds (which futons tend to be) whereas others find them very uncomfortable. Sofa beds tend to be softer and need some additional plywood to really be firm enough to enjoy. Here’s an example of a faux leather sofa bed.
Trundle beds can support plenty of weightand adults can sleep without any issues. See below for common weight limits and how much a human sleeper can weigh based on the weight limits. The heavier person should sleep on the main bed and the lighter person should sleep on the trundle. On amazon, the available pop-up trundle beds support more weight than the trundle beds that stay close to the ground. Take a look at this one (weight limit more than 200 lbs).
The only issue is when you need to leave the main bed while the trundle is on the floor next to you. It’s tricky to navigate around the bottom trundle and avoid stepping on its inhabitant. Also, if you don’t have a pop-up trundle, older people will have a hard time getting in and out of a lowered trundle bed.
Of course, the weight limit of a trundle bed depends on its design.Make sure you look at the features of your trundle bed to make sure it can support enough weight for you and any guests you plan on having. And… read the reviews, especially for cheaper trundle beds. In some cheaper trundle beds, the reviews will note that even though 400 lbs is the maximum supported weight, the actual supported weight might be lower. If you are worried about being comfortable while sleeping, make sure you invest in a good mattress. Don’t buy a cheap trundle bed or a low-quality mattress (especially since trundle mattresses are thinner than other mattresses due to the 6”-8” thickness limit).
A typical trundle bed frame like this one will have a weight limit of 400 lbs for the main bed and 225 lbs for the trundle bed. This may not be enough since you will be adding a lot of additional items on top of your bed. These will include a mattress + sheets+ a blanket on top of your bed frame. So, here are some common weights.
|8” Twin memory foam mattress||30 lbs|
|Microfiber twin bed sheet||2.6 lbs|
|Shredded memory foam pillow||3.5 lbs|
|Fleece blanket||4.55 lbs|
|Total additional weight (stuff)||~40 lbs|
|Day Bed Weight Limit||400 lbs|
|Human max weight (Weight limit –stuff)||360 lbs|
|Trundle bed weight limit||225 lbs|
|Human max weight for trundle (Weight limit –stuff)||185 lbs|
They are quite different! A daybed comes with a head board and a footboard, but also a third panel which is along a side. This makes it look more like a couch and it’s ideal for lounging or sitting. A trundle bed, as you have read in this article is any bed frame that is stored under a main bed. Typically, these roll on casters but can also just be slid in and out. This may also be referred to as a “trundle drawer” because the bed is being placed inside the same area where there are usually storage drawers.
Here is a day bed. Notice how there are 3 sides which are raised, so that it looks like a couch.
Here is a trundle bed. Notice how the trundle bed seems bare. It doesn’t look like a stand-alone piece of furniture. This is because it is designed to tuck under another bed like a day bed and only brought out temporarily. Read the section above about the pros and cons of trundle beds.
Here is a day bed with a trundle bed underneath. This is a really popular combination because it can be a couch for 2 or abed for 2. And, it’s easy to change between the 2 designs.
Many daybeds (which looks like couch and bed hybrids) have a storage drawer underneath which can hold a twin mattress. This is a trundle day bed. The advantages are that these trundle day beds can be used like a couch or love seat for 2 people during the day time. Then, at night time, the trundle can be pulled out and the day bed can also be used as a sleeper. This will provide enough sleeping space for 2 adults. This is especially valuable for children’s rooms when they have sleepovers or in guest rooms. When you have limited space, you can also have this in your living room as an option.
As written before, here is a day bed with a trundle bed underneath. This is a really popular combination because it can be a couch for 2 or abed for 2. And, it’s easy to change between the 2 designs. Read the section above about the pros and cons of a couch trundle bed combination.
Certainly! But it depends on the kind of combination you purchase. Here’s avery comfortable trundle couch combo. Trundle couch combos (also known as daybed with trundle) are comfortable and practical. During the day time, you can use a trundle couch combination to lounge, watch tv, and chat with friends. At night, you can wheel out the
trundle and sleep. It provides more comfort than a typical futon bed because each version(the couch or the trundle) is designed for one task whereas a futon has to be a hybrid for 2 tasks. That’s why it can’t provide the same level of comfort as a trundle couch combination. Compared to sofa beds, the trundle couch combination wins again due to comfort. A good, comfortable, sofa bed is hard to find. Sofa bed manufacturers tend to focus on the couch and the mattress is a secondary thought. Note: you should try to get the best mattress possible for your day bed. For example, this Zinus twin mattressis incredibly comfortable when used in a twin day bed. Day bed manufacturers tend to focus on the design of the frame more than the mattress. Hence, take the mattress that you get with the day bed and donate it, if you think it’s not comfortable.
However, trundle couch combos tend to be a taller and deeper than other couches. So, you have to sit “up” on them rather than just falling “down” on them. To get around this, consider getting mattresses that are a bit less thick than normal to offset the height increase a little bit. Read the section above on trundle couch combination advantages and disadvantagesto make your own decision. I would have a bunch of couch pillows or body pillows around on your day bed so that you can adjust how far into the day bed you sit by using the pillows to prop you up. Remember that a daybed is designed for a twin-size mattress so it’s going to be deeper than a normal couch. We did a comparison of the depth of different furniture pieces above.
Trundle beds are not designed for very young children. They are a bit too high off the ground and they don’t have any walls to protect your child from falling. However, if you insist on having your child sleep on a tall bed, consider getting a bed guard like this one. If, instead, you are willing to explore toddler bedsyou can relax knowing that your child can sleep in a toddler bed till they are 5-6 (as long as they fit). Once your child gets older, a standard twin trundle bed like this one will be your next best option. The reason we picked this bed is because it has no side wall, but it can be placed next to a wall. While the child is still learning not to fall off, placing the bed next to a wall will help prevent a child from falling. After some time, you can move the bed away from the wall and continue to use it (so the child learns to sleep on a normal adult bed). Trundle beds are especially valuable if you are considering having another child. Take a look at our section above comparing trundle beds vs. loft beds (or bunk beds) to determine what kind of a bed would be a good next step for you.
For adults, the main challenges with trundle beds are that you can easily stub your toe or trap your fingers while pulling out the trundle. If you are worried about stubbing your toe, you can get padding for your bed. To prevent trapping your fingers while pulling out the trundle, a simple solution is to replace the handle with rope. This makes it easy to pull out and rope is also easy to tuck away when the bed is being stored (so it’s not unsightly).
For seniors, the challenge with normal trundle beds might be getting in and out of them. We’ve discussed this above in the section on the pros and cons of trundle beds. Also, trundle beds that do not pop-up are very close to the ground, so they might make it hard to get in and out of bed for seniors. Pop-up trundle beds like this oneare more viable for seniors.
Regarding toddlers, I’ve always been afraid of having a child near a pop-up trundle bed. The spring-loaded mechanism and the hinge seem like an invitation for trouble because you can trap your finger in there. Even pull-out trundle beds can be hazards for children (when they are spring-loaded). One particular story horrifies me. There was a baby who climbed into the trundle and then it shut close because it was spring loaded. The baby’s head then got trapped between the bed and the trundle such that it suffocated.
So, if you have a young child, be careful of having them around your spring-loaded trundle. Manual trundle beds tend to be much safer alternatives, but they require more effort from the user to get them set up.
When asking this question, I assume that you are not only looking for a mattress for your trundle bed, but also for the main-bed that comes with it. Very few shoppers purchase a trundle bed alone. So, let’s discuss both the mattress for the main bed as well as the trundle bed mattress underneath.
Many trundle beds come with a day bed as a combination. When choosing a mattress for the day bed, you need to determine if you plan on sitting on it, sleeping on it, or both. If you choose a mattress that’s too tall (more than 8-inch thickness),then your day bed will become too tall as well. You’ll need to sit “up” on it. If you plan on sitting more than sleeping, then consider getting a firmer mattress. For both sitting and sleeping purposes, I lean towards a latex/polyfoam hybrid with 2-3 inches of Dunlop on top ( here’s a great option and here’s the topper). For a softer feel, go for a talalay topper instead of the Dunlop. Dunlop doesn’t compress as much and hence it is firmer than talalay. A high quality polyfoam below will provide you firm support. Polyfoam is stiffer and not as elastic as latex. Note that softer mattresses are also better at pressure relief.
For the trundle, you are limited in choices because of thickness. Most trundles will only allow you to choose a mattress between 6” and 8” thickness. Because of this limitation, you’ll need to have a firmer mattress. A soft mattress material, with such a low thickness, would compress and you’ll feel the slats underneath. For choosing a firm mattress, consider the ILD or indentation load deflection value of the mattress. 40 ILD is a very firm mattress because this means it takes 50 pounds of pressure to indent 4inches of the foam by 25% using a 50 square inch indentation. 35/36 is a medium firmness rating and 25-29 is a softer rating for mattresses. Your individual taste will determine how firm a bed you want. I would suggest that you order a 35/36 mattress from amazon and then determine if you want to go firmer or softer than that (after testing it for yourself). Don’t worry! We have a section above describing how you can return large items easily. Here are some options to consider: Soft mattress, 25 ILD; Firm-Med Firm 36 ILD topper;
You should note that a latex mattress doesn’t work well with a wire frame trundle bed. Pure latex foam rubber would likely sag and produce a hammock effect. You could remedy this by putting a piece of plywood with adequate holes (for ventilation) in between the wire frame and the latex mattress but then you might hit the limit of your mattresses’ thickness. Latex mattresses also tend to be heavier. This twin size latex mattress from Lucid is 49 lbs.
Most people who are looking for an organic trundle mattress are more concerned about safety than about having an “organic” certification for their bed. Dunlop latex and other such materials are perfectly safe. Some mattresses like this one also claim to be hypoallergenic, if that’s what you are interested in. However, an “organic” trundle mattress is unnecessary. Of course, if you have personal reasons for finding an organic mattress for your child, then here are a few tips.
When choosing an organic mattress, be aware that there are many “organic” mattresses that aren’t truly organic. For example, would you consider a mattress that has some organic components to be “organic” ? No. What if a mattress had an organic cover only? Is that considered organic? No. To be truly organic, we need a mattress that has all components certified along with the entire production process used to make the bed. Based on this, are you really looking for an organic mattress? Or are you just looking for a safe mattress that’s not going to have any chemicals?
So, what you should look for is a mattress that has minimal chemical additives. This would be a good goal and there are plenty of them around. Take a look at these “eco” products which can all help you with your “organic” requirements. Some of these are covers only and others are more expensive mattresses. I, personally, just go for mattresses with minimal volatile organic content and with very few additives when being manufactured.
From your question, I assume that you want a trundle bed because it allows your special needs child to stay close to the ground. For this reason, there isn’t any “mattress” that will add any additional comfort for your child. However, I can certainly help you decide if you have any of these requirements.
- If you want an organic mattress then take a look at the question above. You should also consider an organic topper instead of an organic mattress (to save some money).
- If you plan on having cuddle time with your child then consider getting a larger mattress so that you and your child can both comfortably relax in bed. A queen mattress might be a good choice because it will fit both of you now and in the future your child might enjoy having the extra space as they grow up into teenagers.
- If you plan on having a bouncier mattress for fun, then consider an innerspring mattress like this one or latex mattress. Memory foam would be the opposite mattress material for your needs.
- If you are thinking about what firmness is best for your child, I would tend towards a firmer mattress than a softer one. The reason is that adults have more curves than children. So, pressure points are less of an issue for them. They are perfectly comfortable in a firm/medium firm mattress and these beds will also have more durability because of their construction.
When your office chair breaks, you know it’s time to replace it with another one. Similarly, when your microwave grill becomes too rusty, you can easily get a brand new one. But when do you know it’s time to purchase a new bed? For a vast majority of people, as long as they’re able to fall asleep, buying a new bed will never cross their minds. Regardless of whether they get quality sleep or not. Some people will even endure the occasional sagging of their mattresses…all because they don’t consider beds as items that require replacements. At least, not until their bed is severely broken to the extent it can’t hold up any weight. Don’t wait until something terrible like this happens. A properly functioning bed is a must-have if you want to sleep peacefully and soundly. We’re glad that you’re looking into platform beds and hope that this guide will answer all the questions that you have.
Here’s what we cover in this extensive guide
A platform bed uses solid wood pieces (commonly known as slats) to support the mattress as opposed to a normal bed frame which requires a box spring on top before adding on a mattress. A box spring consists of wood pieces curved up in a frame along with springs for support. You can see the differences between these two types of beds in the figures below. Most reviews on Amazon indicate no major differences in the comfort provided by the two styles of beds. Platform beds, however, do not cause any significant damage to the mattress whereas an old coil box spring can start poking into a mattress and causing it some damage. If you are looking for the best platform bed, we’ve got a guide for that. Take a look at this platform bed buying guide .
Wood is beautiful and provides a lot of great aesthetic value. It can also be treated to provide more durability. Wooden platform beds tend to be stylish and less creaky than metal. You can imagine this being a nuisance during “fun” times. Also, over time, wooden screws will need to be re-screwed into the wood for a tight bond. Do this every few years and you shouldn’t have any issues. Ideally, you will also get a couple of custom-made struts under the central bed support to avoid creaking over time (from your planks). This Zinus platform bed is a really nice wooden bed example that doesn’t need a box spring.
Metal, by definition, is more durable than wood. It supports a higher weight limit and can last a long time without any treatment. You don’t have to repaint or restain a metal bed over time. Metal frames also last a lot longer when you have pets in comparison to wooden platform bed frames. Cats, especially, can tend to claw at wood. However, the creakiness becomes evident with metal screws inside metal frames. As time goes on, a metal screw can get stripped by metal-on-metal grinding. Here’s an example of a metal platform bed .
Leather divan beds tend to be a bit more expensive but also don’t look as cheap as metallic or wooden platform bed frames. Also, the leather helps protect you from hitting your bed and stubbing your toe. Especially if you have kids running around, a leather platform bed can be a safer alternative to consider. Here is an example of a high quality divan platform bed based on the reviews and price.
Advantages and Key Features of Platform Beds
Platform beds tend to have a lower profile than normal beds. This is because normal beds require a frame, a box spring, and a mattress whereas the platform bed doesn’t need the additional height of the box spring. You can also chose the height of your platform bed depending on where you buy it. A typical, normal bed frame, combination would include 12 inches for the frame, 9 inches for the box spring, and then 12 inches for a memory foam mattress. This totals up to 34 inches as the height of a normal bed with a box spring. A platform bed, on the other hand, can shave a few inches (in the case of high profile platform bed) or several feet (in the case of a low profile platform bed). Here’s an example of an extra high bed frame along with a a 9 inch box spring .
A typical low profile bed frame will have a height of 6 inches. Along with a 12 inch memory foam mattress this can end up being total height of about 18 inches. Low profile platform beds are more modern, cool, and minimalist whereas in a high profile platform bed you or your children may fall out and get injured. I know this is uncommon for an adult, but certainly you can imagine your child falling out. You also don’t need to worry about getting bed skirts for low profile platform beds…in fact they won’t even fit! Here’s a great low profile platform bed on Amazon .
High profile platform beds are much easier to get in and out of but they also take a lot more space. A high profile platform bed frame will have a height of 18 inches. Along with the mattress you can account for a total height of 30 inches. Wake up and you can just roll out of bed rather than doing a squat like you would have to do with a low profile platform bed. They also have more storage so you hide away all those small items that you don’t have space for in closets. I think this might actually be a disadvantage because I tend to store junk when I have too much storage. But perhaps, for you, it’s an advantage. And finally, a high profile platform bed will have more ground clearance for you germaphobes out there. Here’s an example of a high profile platform bed on Amazon that I would purchase.
For an average platform bed (not especially low or high profile), the off-the-floor storage space is about 14 inches from the bed’s lower frame to the floor. Regular beds do not come with any inbuilt storage space provisions beneath their frames. For regular bed frames you would need to purchase risers ( here are some bed risers on Amazon ) that lift the bed up and give you some space underneath. And, to further complicate it, this is only possible if the regular bed frame is open and has legs on which to attach the risers. Platform beds, on the other hand, can be purchased with pre-fitted storage compartments and shelves at the base of the bed, or you would just need to buy some along with your platform bed.
There are a ton of interesting organizational ideas for under-the-bed storage. You could:
– Create a his and hers side like the pictures show. This means you are storing personal items like diaries, headphones, books, etc. under your bed.
– Store your old off-season clothes under your bed. You won’t need them until the next season anyway so why clutter up your closet? Use an organizer (costs only about $16).
– Music and books are also great to store underneath because you don’t look at your library that often. Especially after you have already read a book or listened to an album several times.
– Shoes and boots can also be stuffed away below your platform bed in storage. Sometimes you just don’t need all your shoes all the time. So, why not hide them underneath until you’re ready to take them out next time? (Even sports equipment like ski boots can be stored, tucked away, under your bed). Under-bed shoe storage containers like this one might help you.
To maximize your space, I suggest that you get a nice organizer for items under your bed. Here’s one bed organizer from amazon .
Cheap Platform Beds are especially good value-for-money because you don’t need extra pieces of furniture or longer sheets etc.
It’s hard to do an apples to apples comparison of prices between normal beds (with box spring + frame + mattress) vs. a platform bed. There are just so many different variations of beds, frames, and box springs available! But, as you can imagine, the costs add up depending on the number of items that you purchase. Here’s an example comparison of the prices between normal beds and platform beds.
|Normal Beds||Platform Beds|
|Zinus 9 inch smart box spring : ~$124||Zinus low profile platform bed – 6inch: ~$116|
|Zinus compact bed frame for box springs and mattresses : ~$53|
|Total: $187||Total: $116|
Platform beds come with a flat platform, or at times, a set of slats that serve to support your mattress. Therefore, you will not need to purchase extra box springs nor any other foundations that are required when assembling regular beds. All those extra dollars saved can go towards buying a higher end mattress .
In addition to needing more furniture pieces, regular beds require much more bedding than platforms beds. Why? To hide the bed’s box springs! You will need to use a cloth or a wrap to conceal the springs completely. The picture below shows bed skirts which can be used to conceal your box spring . If you don’t buy one of these, the bed appears poorly decorated. Platform beds, on the other hand, only need sheets and a comforter. There is no need for a bed skirt. Plus, platform beds are stylish given their distinct lines and smaller profiles (size, height, bulk, etc.) compared to regular beds (which are bulky). So, you might end up seeing some more Asian style platform beds on the market while you search around. Here’s a tatami platform bed , as an example.
The modern and minimalist look of the platform bed perfectly fits into your existing décor without the need for much alteration. There isn’t an additional box spring, so the bed is closer to the ground, and gives more of a spacious feel. Furthermore, you can choose to purchase a platform bed that is more generic and therefore it works with any room…or you can go for something more tailor-made to your room.
Here’s a minimalist platform bed that blends into the room. With a wood frame, and low profile, it works well with any décor.
What are the differences between platform bed sizes?
A king platform bed frame can handle a mattress that’s 76 inches by 80 inches whereas a cal king platform bed frame can handle a 72 x 84 mattress. For these mattress sizes, the platform bed itself has dimensions of 78 x 84 and 74 x 86 respectively. King beds have a lot of space for 2 adults to sleep comfortably and roll around. Here’s an example of a great king sized platform bed . Cal king frames are harder to find but still available on amazon. Here’s an example .
A queen platform bed can handle a mattress that’s 60 x 80 inches. The queen platform bed, itself, normally has dimensions of 63 by 84. As you might notice, there is some additional width to the bed, beyond the mattress. This is enough for 2 adults to sleep comfortably but there isn’t a lot of extra space left for rolling around.
A full platform bed can handle a mattress that’s 54 x 74 inches. The bed frame itself has dimensions of 57 by 80. Sleeping two adults on this bed is tough, but doable if you absolutely must use that frame.
A twin platform bed can handle a mattress that’s 39 x 74 inches. The bed frame itself has dimensions of 40 by 75. This is designed for 1 adult. Surprisingly few of these are available on amazon. People tend to purchase full beds more often. Here’s a highly reviewed twin platform bed .
Certainly! You can sleep directly on a mattress on the floor. But, you have to be prepared for the consequences. Some of the consequences of sleeping on a mattress directly on the floor are:
– Easier to get bed bugs, germs, and dust on your sleeping surface
– When you have a mattress that’s on the ground, you need to bend a lot more to enter and exit your bed. Obviously, this isn’t great for older people or those who are injured or pregnant.
– Mattresses were designed for platforms or box springs. Their “firmness” depends on the support provided underneath. So, a floor, which has almost no elasticity, will make your mattress seem firmer as well.
– There’s no air circulation when you keep your mattress on the floor unlike a platform bed with slats. Especially for mattresses such as this mattress with “air flow foam” , you’d be losing out on the benefits of sleeping cooler because you didn’t provide an appropriate breathable surface (ie. slats).
On the other hand, box springs, or foundations, will help support your mattress and add a bit to the comfort. Similarly, having a firm, flat, platform bed, with a little bit of elasticity will help. When comparing floor-sleeping vs. sleeping on a box spring or platform, it’s likely that you won’t feel too much of a difference in the short term. However, we’re pretty sure you will notice it in the long term. It is noteworthy that you definitely shouldn’t place a modern mattress on an old coil or torsion foundation because they tend to flex and sag over time. You need something strong and firm (with central support) to help your mattress maintain its shape. Perhaps you should consider a thicker mattress if you plan on sleeping on the floor directly. Take a look at this zinus green tea guide we wrote.
Box Springs Vs. Platform Beds
You may have a hard time trying to decide whether to choose a box spring bed or a platform bed. Let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of bed before you settle on one based on your sleeping preferences.
With a platform bed you don’t need to spend money on box springs and the money saved can be used to purchase a mattress that is of very good quality. Most mattresses work well with platform beds but you can opt for memory foam mattresses that are perfect for platforms (and tend to be a bit more expensive). This is because platform beds provide a uniform solid surface that the memory foam mattresses require. With platform beds, wooden slats not only support memory foam mattress, or any other mattress of your choice, but they also provide optimal air circulation. It also reduces any possible chances of growth of mold and the development of mildew.
Platform beds are aesthetically preferable when compared to regular beds. They have a contemporary design that seamlessly blends in with your décor. Low profile platform beds also tend to be more stable than regular beds because they are closer to the floor and cause less creaking. And finally, you can directly purchase a platform bed that houses extra storage space beneath the bed in the form of drawers, shelves and cabinets. You can easily stow away off-season clothing, boots, electronics and more, in these handy little storage spaces. Excited? Take a look at our recommended platform beds here .
As we stated earlier, platform beds are closer to the floor than other regular beds. These beds may not be a very good option for people with back and knee complications . You will also need to consider this if you have a family member who has a disability…it might be difficult for them to get on to the bed and climb out. Especially if you are thinking about your guest room, you should consider a higher profile platform bed for you older guests.
Two minor disadvantages of platform beds are related to moving them. With a bed frame + box spring + mattress combination, you can quickly disassemble the layers and slide them out of your room. However, with a platform bed
you might have a headboard or footboard which you need to disassemble before you can tilt the bed and move it through your door frame. You might also have some stored items under your bed which you will need to clean up and move out before you move your actual bed. Did we change your mind? Perhaps you want to look at our box spring shopping guide .
At the furniture store, you can easily spot the common box spring + bed frame by its height. People who haven’t yet discovered platform beds might actually prefer these taller beds! With the additional height, you can use the bed like a couch so you don’t need additional furniture in your room. Yes, some people don’t want strangers to sit on their bed, so perhaps this is a moot advantage. Also, it looks luxurious having a bed where you are so far off the ground. Note: the market is shifting away from common box springs to focus more on box foundations. Very few brands use coil springs any more and these tend to be higher-end eight-way hand-tied coil products, if they have any coils at all. The difference is that foundations don’t have any springs and instead might have a thin layer of foam on top (or they are just bare and offer a firm surface!). Here’s a box foundation which is meant to be a box-spring replacement.
Similar to platform beds, box springs are built to support a lot of weight by evenly distributing it across the bed’s foundation. The springs inside also provide some shock-absorption from the weight of your body. This way the mattress doesn’t bear the full weight…your spring helps it up as well. This prevents your mattress from sagging. Consequently, the longevity of your mattress is extended due to the additional support from the box spring or foundation. We’ve gone through a reviewed a few box springs. Take a look at our top 5 box springs here .
Cost! We did a comparison above, but here it is again. You will need to spend extra money for the mattress, the frame, the rails, together with the headboard and the footboard. Plus you will need to purchase skirts in case your box spring peeks out from under your covers.
|Normal Beds||Platform Beds|
|Zinus 9 inch smart box spring : ~$124||Zinus low profile platform bed – 6inch: ~$116|
|Zinus compact bed frame for box springs and mattresses : ~$53|
|Total: $187||Total: $116|
Another big disadvantage (or advantage of if you think of it that way!) is that there is little to no space available for storage below the box spring as they use up most of the space. You’d need some nice bed risers to give you enough space under your frame to be useful. Here are some interesting bed risers which have adjustable heights depending on your needs.
And finally, don’t forget that box springs have springs on the inside which can lose durability over time. So be prepared to switch out your box spring after 10 or so years when the springs wear out and the bed is no longer comfortable.
Most of the time you don’t need a box spring along with a platform bed. The goal is to provide your mattress with support so that it doesn’t sag….and a platform bed with slats does this really well by itself (and so does a box spring or foundation combination). However, in the rare case that you need a bed with a certain height, perhaps because you have a guest who is old or disabled, then you can use a box spring along with a platform bed to get the right height. You might also be considering casters or rollers with your bed. In this case, certain box spring + platform bed combinations can allow that. However, I would recommend using normal bed frames and not platform frames because that’s what casters and rollers are designed to fit! You might consider these casters or bed frame + caster combination if you want a roll-able bed.
It’s not the bed that’s going to affect your back as much as the mattress will…along with your sleeping position. If you are sleeping on your stomach, then that’s not aligning your spine properly for lower back pain relief. You might want to consider using a support pillow for stomach sleepers like this one . In terms of mattresses, orthopedic mattresses are medium-firm and provide the right amount of support for your back. As opposed to softer mattresses which are designed for “comfort” a “support” mattress is firm and designed to position you properly with enough resistance so that you don’t sink into the mattress. The underlying platform bed or box spring will have very limited impact on the firmness of your mattress. You might also consider using high density memory foam mattresses rather than normal memory foam or gel foam, because it provides more resistance (especially if you and/or your partner are heavy). For your guidance, we’ve explored some orthopedic mattresses here . Remember: it’s ok to buy a mattress and return it if it doesn’t help your back pain. Try to use several different mattresses and see if they provide the support you need. Risk-free trials help with this so perhaps you should search for those!
Here’s a research article on the effect of mattresses on back pain. Radwan, Ahmed; Fess, Philip; James, Darcy; Murphy, John; Myers, Joseph; Rooney, Michelle; Taylor, Jason; Torii, Alissa. “Effect of different mattress designs on promoting sleep quality, pain reduction, and spinal alignment in adults with or without back pain; systematic review of controlled trials” . Sleep Health. 1 (4): 257-267.
For a memory foam mattress, all you need is a firm flat surface. A platform bed does well and so do box springs. The reason is that you don’t want the mattress to sag over time because of a lack of support for the mattress. If you just have a modern foundation that has a flat surface, no holes or anything, then that should do the trick.
Having slats in a platform bed helps provide more air flow but you need to make sure the slats aren’t too wide apart. As a good ball park figure, 4.25″ is too far apart for a platform bed with slats because the mattress might end up creeping through the middle of the slats. However, a platform bed with 3″ between slats is a good amount of support for a memory foam mattress. Latex foam mattresses will have the most trouble with a wide slat spacing because the pore structure of the bed has much larger holes. You might have considered just covering your slats with plywood if they are too far apart, but don’t do it! You should just buy some new slats because the plywood won’t allow the mattress to breathe properly. Slats are available on amazon and are very affordable. Just make sure they fit the dimensions of your bed frame.
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are designed to go along with the Tempur-Pedic foundation on your bed. You’ve just spent $3500 on a mattress…don’t skimp out on the rest of your bed. With the Tempur-UP foundation , you’ll be able to raise your head as well as your legs and enjoy the full range of features that your bed offers.
However, the answer is Yes. The standard tempurpedic foundation is similar to a platform bed but much more expensive so I understand why you would want to just use your platform bed. With the standard tempur-pedic foundation you will need 2 twin XL for one split-king bed, so that’s almost $500 for just your foundation. On the flip side if you already have a platform bed frame and you absolutely don’t want to get rid of it…you can choose to keep it and use it with your tempur-pedic mattress. Ensure that the wooden slats are 3 inches wide and 4 inches apart. Also make sure there is no “flex” in your bed frame because that will degrade your tempur-pedic mattress faster. In fact, any flat foundation will work well with your tempur-pedic, but once again, why skimp out now after you’ve already spent $3500!?
Yes they do. Sleep Number also sells their own modular base but it has a lot of issues from durability to weight limits. A good platform bed, or even a box spring, will work just fine with the sleep number mattress. Go for a bed frame that isn’t made of plastic because that will fail over time (just like the modular bed frame that sleep number has). Instead, a wood or metal frame will last a lot longer. For the wood frame, ensure that there is a central support bar or retro-fit it with a support bar because that’s the main area that will tend to sag over time. A metal frame should have no issues. We have a nice article on the best platform beds that we’ve found .
Yes and no. A platform bed just needs a mattress and a mattress cover whereas a box spring needs it’s own bed skirt. A bed skirt is a piece of decorative cloth that’s placed between the box spring and the mattress so that you can hide the box spring. Otherwise you end up with a bed that looks unsightly because it has so many layers. Bed skirts are also called dust ruffles and valances. Another reason to have a bed skirt is to collect dust and prevent it from floating further up to the mattress/mattress cover.
As a follow-up, this might prompt an interesting question. Why doesn’t a platform bed have a skirt when it’s actually lower to the ground? I have no idea! You could certainly just use a bed skirt from a box spring, hem it, and then use it as your platform bed skirt .
Modifications of Platform Beds
No, platform beds absolutely do not need headboards. However, you might still consider getting one because of all the advantages that headboards have. Let’s think of both aesthetics and practicality.
Practically, a headboard provides you space to rest your back while you are sitting in bed and working on your phone/laptop. You need some place where your pillows will rest…without a headboard that place is going to be the wall that’s adjoining your bed.
The secondary benefit of the headboard is that pillows don’t get stuck between your bed and the wall. In my home, the mattress slides a bit on the platform bed so when I lean against the wall and sit on the mattress, my pillows will eventually sink into the space between my mattress and the wall. This is quite annoying and a fixed headboard with a platform that holds the mattress in place will help a lot. Convinced? Here’s a platform bed with a headboard .
Aesthetically, a headboard also makes your bed grander . In ancient Egypt, pharaohs had headboards made in gold or ebony. Later on, headboards and footboards were used to block drafts of air from windows (during the greeek and roman times). Once canopy beds and poster beds became popular during mideval times, headboards became a status symbol of the rich. And this idea continues on today. A prominent headboard is usually a center piece of your bed room and provides that feeling of grandeur. It can also be used to add an accent to your bedroom.
Some platform beds offer you extra storage space in your bedroom. Underneath the platform’s frame, you will find a chest of drawers located just below the side rails. Other drawers are located in the platform’s footboard. Some types of platform beds even provide extra storage options around the headboard area, for deep storage purposes. However, if you like minimalism, then you might prefer and a platform without a headboard as well.
Certainly! You can get a simple platform bed and then attach a headboard onto it later on using headboard mounting brackets like these ones . The headboard can be bought separately from the main platform bed. Here’s an example of an upholstered headboard that you can buy after-market.
Attaching a headboard to a bed isn’t that challenging. Here’s a pretty nice tutorial on attaching a headboard to a wall behind your bed.
A headboard can be bought separately from the main platform bed frame and attached after-market using mounting brackets.
No, most platform beds come with slats because that’s what provides the most support and airflow for your mattress. We’ve seen platform beds with MDF (medium density fiberboard) but really they just have slats underneath the MDF layer.
What’s your reason for wanting a platform bed without slats? Let us know and maybe we can brainstorm some ideas?
There’s a ton of space under a platform bed and in many cases you can simply purchase a platform bed with storage boxes that slide out. However, platform bed lifts offer an additional option. Take a look at the image below and you’ll see how a lift allows you to raise the platform bed to reveal all the storage space inside the frame. These lifts tend to be hydraulic or spring loaded so that they don’t just come crashing down when you release them.
You’ll find lifts that simply raise the bed from the foot, and you’ll find others that allow you to combine the lifting motion with a lateral motion so that the mattress doesn’t hit the wall. You’ll want to make sure that the lift platform is compatible with your style of bed (whether you have just a mattress on top of your platform, or if you have one with a box spring + a mattress). This compatibility is important because you need to determine if the bed will hit the wall when it is raised or if it will have too much space and hence all your layers might fall out.
Note that attaching a lift does take some time and cost quite a bit as well. Here’s a gas hydraulic bed lift for ~$125 . You’ll notice that it has several components and is designed for use with a thick innerspring mattress.
Dust and accessibility. You’ll avoid covering all your stored items with dust and they’ll be much easier to access than crawling around on all-fours underneath.
Are you looking to increase the storage space under your platform bed? That’s what you would need a riser for. Risers are designed to increase the distance from the bottom of the mattress to the floor. If you just want to raise the height of the top of the mattress, add a box spring or get a thicker mattress.
Also note that risers are designed for platform beds with legs. In these cases, the weight of the platform bed is spread evenly across all the legs and therefore adding in risers on each leg can be done. If you have a platform bed without legs then adding traditional risers is not recommended because these platform beds spread the weight along the entire perimeter. Here you need to get a custom solution from a carpenter or do your own quick DIY work.
To add a 1.5″ riser to a platform bed without legs, get some 2″ x 4″ planks and some no-slip double-stick carpet tape. Cut the planks into the right size, color them similarly to your platform bed, and put them under your platform. They won’t move with the aid of the double stick tape. For a more stable option you might also consider getting some dowels as pegs between the wood and the frame and then laminating the entire platform perimeter so as to cover any joints. You can read more about this here .
Definitely! However, make sure you differentiate between a platform bed without legs and a platform bed that stays on the floor. If you have a platform bed without legs, you can still store items under it. However, the platform bed that sits directly on the floor is designed for minimal storage, if any. You should look for low-profile and minimalist platform beds like this Japanese platform bed . The advantage of both these types of beds is that they are closer to the floor and hence more stable. They also give the feeling of space in the room. With Japanese platform beds, you can still get all the benefits of platform beds (storage, space, and support) while satisfying your requirement of a bed that stays on the floor. Take a look at the discussion of high profile vs. low profile platform beds above to understand these points further.
We spend almost a third of our lifetimes in bed and therefore choosing the right bed is not something to take for granted. In case you decide that a platform bed is the best option, ensure that you chose a model with a long life span that will support your mattress and go well with your room’s décor. We’ve listed our favorites in this platform bed shopping guide . Good luck on your research and let us know in the comments if you want any questions answered.
Nothing beats the simple pleasure of snuggling into your favorite blanket with a book. On a cold winter night.
Created as a lightweight alternative to wool, fleece blankets have been around for some time and are made of cotton or polyester. Soft, light and deliciously warm, the right fleece blanket will have you ensconced in soft luxurious warmth. On the other hand, the wrong fleece blanket will turn into a shrunken mess right after the first wash or shed over the whole house. Choosing the perfect fleece blanket could be a daunting task. The key features to look out for include softness, weight, thickness, and the ability to retain size and texture after several washes. I have compared several blankets and selected the best fleece blanket based on analysis of each product. I hope you enjoy this guide! If you are also in the market for mattress protectors, a loft bed for your kids, or a new high-support orthopedic mattress for yourself, then take a look at my linked guides.
What’s the best fleece blanket available on Amazon
This fleece blanket arrived in a nice package. I had it washed before trying it out and was pleasantly surprised to find very little or no balls of lint from the blanket. It felt very soft, fluffy and cozy; definitely high quality. With the 100% polyester, 350 GSM, I found it to be plush and super soft. You won’t believe how comfortable this thing is…and what suprises me is that all the amazon reviews are 5 stats. Could that be because it’s a good product? Nobody had any issues with it? Well, I certainly didn’t! The lightweight nature of this blanket makes it easy to carry and store. It comes in 4 sizes- king, queen, twin and travel which makes it suited for sleeping, sofa, camping, in car, backpacking and travelling. I like how it has all the options available because getting a king size fleece blanket is pretty rare (for our bed). For you people who like making your bed room fancy, this fleece blanket is available in 9 colors – camel, green, ivory, grey, sky blue, dark grey, royal blue, and purple to match all tastes and décor.
It’s made with high quality materials and offered me a comfortable sleeping experience. It was a bit warm to use in summer in California, but it’s definitely great for winter! I was snug, warm, and still felt like the blanket was pretty light. For me, its combination of great features and a very affordable price place it at number one on my list and make it the best fleece blanket. I literally could not think of anything bad about this blanket.
What we liked
- 100% microfibre polyester, 350 GSM
- Durable, no fading and no shedding
- Easy care
- Suitable for any situation
- Super soft and lightweight
- Breathable and anti-static
- Great value for money
What we did not like
- About the only thing bad about it might be the color (according to amazon reviews). I got a dark grey one and it looked fine but one of the amazon reviewers thought that the color didn’t match what was in the picture.
I usually love my blankets generously sized. The Queen Polar-Fleece blanket is big at 90 x 90 inches. Made from 100% polyester, it certainly kept me warm and cozy through the “chilly” California nights. Yes, I know, California is probably not cold compared to your state, but we also don’t run our heaters that often inside the house.The fabric is 2 side brushed which gives it that extra soft texture and plush feel. It’s pretty lightweight and easy to fold and store. This makes it easy to carry in a backpack. you can choose from any of the available four colors- gray, navy, tan, and chocolate to match your room. It also comes in 3 sizes- twin, full/queen, and king.
I thought this blanket wasn’t as warm as the #1 best fleece blanket above. It’s also a bit lighter weight and so I didn’t feel as snug in it. However, this polar fleece blanket is still decently comfortable and made with good quality materials. It’s also about average in terms of price compared to other blankets, breaking the bank. This puts it at the number 2 position on my list.
What we liked and why this is the #2 best fleece blanket we know
- Super soft and comfortable.
- Easy to care fabric.
- Cozy and warm
- Lightweight and easy to store
What we did not like
- It’s not breathable
- A little bit of lint found on the blanket
- It’s a little bit less warm than some of the others. Totally depends on the person using it though…some people are cold sleepers and others are warm.
What we liked
- 2 sided silky-soft and fluffy textures for a luxurious feel.
- 100% microfiber polyester fabric
- Easy care.
What we did not like and why it’s not our #1 best fleece blanket
- Tends to shed microfibre
- Too thin for freezing weather
I really liked the blend of luxurious coziness and attractive color choices. You should however keep in mind that it’s a much warmer blanket so that may decide whether you buy it. Based on my criteria, and how comfortable I found it in California, this places it 4th on my list compared to the best fleece blanket above.
What we liked
- The double-sides reversible design offers you two available colors. This adds a nice accent to your bedding and room.
- 460 GSM or 460 grams per square meter for ultra-soft, warmer feel. It’s also a bit heavier and thus makes you feel more snug.
- Easy care. I didn’t have any issues washing / drying it.
What we did not like
- Some other customers reported that it was slippery. I didn’t think it was any more or less slippery.
- Warmth and snugness depend on the user! So if you want something really really warm and heavy then maybe go for 1000+ gsm
This is an interesting blanket made of sherpa fleece with a 2-inch hem. It’s not the usual fleece blanket which looks like fleece on both sides. Sherpa fleece has fleece on one side and the other side looks like the inside of a fuzzy home slipper. It’s lighter weight than normal fleece blankets of similar warmth and makes you feel really warm and cozy. I think the air that gets trapped in the giant spaces between the polymer.It’s reversible which means I can use both sides and they are equally comfortable. I think the white side with the sherpa fleece might be a bit warmer because of trapped air like I mentioned above. The hems are sewn with twofold needle sewing for added durability. Its available in 2 colors- grey and navy blue, and 4 sizes- king, queen, twin and throw. I like how it is priced below similar blankets in its class. Compared to the #1 best fleece blanket above, I gave this product a #5 because it’s lighter so it doesn’t “feel” as cozy compared to the heavier blankets. I know it’s very dependent on the person so take this with a grain of salt. I would definitely order it and give it a try though. It’s easy to return through amazon.
What we liked
- Durable and wrinkle resistant. I didn’t notice any issues with it while cleaning it or just letting it sit on the bed after drying. Then again, I don’t care about wrinkles on my fleece blanket…so perhaps if you care about the wrinkles this feature would be valuable to you.
- Soft and very warm
- Quite affordable
What we did not like and why it is rated as the #5 best fleece blanket on this list
- It’s not as warm as wool even though it looks similar. I know this is not really a con because it’s a perception issue, but I thought it was worth mentioning for people looking for wool or heated blankets.
- Thinner so it doesn’t feel as cozy as the heavy blankets
- No king size? Ugh.
Fleece blankets are an essential component of your closet throughout every season. Yes, in California there is less reason to have a warm blanket in summer but perhaps in your state things will be different. Fleece is known for softness and warmth, it’s lightweight, comfortable, and depending on which blanket you get it’s easy to care for. Make sure you select the right blanket based on your budget and preference for warmth, texture, comfort, ease of use and durability. If you are looking for other bedding such as waterproof mattress protectors or bunkie boards, definitely check out the related guides. I’ll see you next time!
We have all seen people on flights with a neck pillow. The most common one is a U-shaped microfiber based pillow. People with neck pillows just look so happy. Generally they are sleeping, or leaning against the side of the their seat wall to look out the window. They just look so tag=mnut-20able! For a person that has to travel around for work or someone who simply adores long trips, a neck pillow is a wise idea. It protects your neck, supports it, provides warmth, and tag=mnut-20. Products are also generally cheap and portable so you should give them a try. Here’s what we found to be the best neck pillow based on our exploration of products. Let’s take a peek at the pros and cons, features and benefits, and more related to each product on our list. Also, if you are interested in more traditional memory foam pillows , body pillows, or lumbar support pillows (for sitting in an office or long commuting trips), you can take a the guides we’ve written for those as well. Now then, if you are on board with buying yourself a nice and new neck pillow, let’s take a peek to see what are the best neck pillow available online.
Summary of Neck Pillows That We Explored
|Name of the product||# of reviews||# of stars||Read Reviews||Amazon Promotions|
|Trtl Super Soft Neck Pillow||6278||4/5||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow||1958||4.5/5||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|Qingta Neck Pillow||83||5/5||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|Physport Neck Pillow||61||4.9/5||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|Simpletravel Neck Pillow||57||5/5||See Reviews||See Promotions|
What’s the Best Neck Pillow available online ?
When talking about travel neck pillows, we usually think about the traditional u-shaped memory foam one. It’s the most popular because it has everything we normally describe – tag=mnut-20, portability, warmth. However, what if I told you there was another contestant? A rival that dares to say it’s even better than the traditional neck pillow? The Trtl Pillow shown here is actually an excellent rival for the spot of the best next pillow. It’s a really interesting and original design because it’s essentially a super soft sheet that wraps around your neck and holds it in an ergonomic position. Within the sheet they have this neck support brace on the left side which holds your neck up. Because of the fleece cloth on top, the sheet tends to hold it’s shape by friction between adjacent surfaces. They call this the “hammock effect”. Plus it’s incredibly easy to pack and move with because it’s just a sheet + brace. When I tried it, it really helped keep my neck stable and warm. It’s just so simple and elegant, so I think it deserves the spot as the best neck pillow available. Plus, take a look at all those reviews and high ratings…I’m not alone in my analysis.
What we liked:
- Simple and effective product
- Very nice and warm
- Easy to pack
- Good for your neck
What we didn’t like:
- Some people have a hard time sleeping in the position that the neck pillow provides
- It may not fit to your neck size – shorter people tend to have a more difficult time using this pillow
- Beware of cheap knock offs available online!
It may be surprising to many of you that traditional u-shaped travel pillows didn’t get the top spots on this list of the best neck pillow available. That’s because the market has evolved to have several competitors like this Bcozzy chin supporting pillow. This pillow is the second best neck pillow on our list because it has a similar design to the u-shaped pillow but then goes a step further with a small tweak. When you think of the u-shaped pillow, you wonder, what happens if your neck is a bit longer than the height of the pillow? Wouldn’t it provide almost no support? Well you’d be right. However, the Bcozzy shown here wraps around the neck and then stacks in front like you see in the picture. That tweak makes it so support your chin better than a u-shaped pillow regardless of the length of your neck. I thought this made perfect sense as to why this pillow now has a ton of reviews and high ratings. However, this design is also harder to pack than the Trtl above, so I gave it a lower rating. A flat sheet is just too simple and efficient in comparison to this lump.
What we liked:
- Clever design.
- Solves a neck pillow problem that hadn’t been taken care of.
- Incredibly tag=mnut-20able. Out of those 1900 reviews almost every single one (even the low ratings) gave the pillow a 5/5 for tag=mnut-20.
What we didn’t like and why it’s the #2 best neck pillow on this list:
- The materials could be better. I could see how the stitching could come apart and then the stuffing would come out. Mine didn’t get affected but some other customers have found this to be an issue.
- If you wash it a lot, you can damage pillow rather quickly.
- Harder to pack than the #1 best neck pillow above
The Qingta neck pillow is an interesting product. The manufacturers basically took the original u-shaped neck pillow, expanded the height/thickness of the pillow, and then added on a hood. You might think this is just a cheap rip off, but something interesting happens when you add the hood….you get shade from light. This combination makes the neck pillow incredibly tag=mnut-20able and provides it new utility compared to our #1 and #2 pillows above. Also, the hood prevents some of the noise of the airplane or car cabin from bothering you while you try to get some sleep. Once again, it’s just a simple tweak on the original u-shaped pillow but it offers several large advantages. One might even say that this looks “stylish” because of the hood + neck pillow combination. But I don’t care about the style as long as it is efficiently supporting my neck and allowing me to sleep. So, on the basis of support and warmth we give this a high rating. For the ability to pack and wash, we don’t give it a high rating. All those cords can get tangled in a drier and the weird shape of u-shaped pillows also prevents it from packing tightly into a backpack or suitcase. It’s a great #3 for our list of the best neck pillow available in retail.
What we liked:
- Has a nice looking hood to prevent sound and light from affecting your sleep
- Looks stylish
- Quite warm and tag=mnut-20able! I got some nice shut-eye with this product.
What we didn’t like:
- Cords can get tangled while washing / drying
- Not easy to pack compared to our #1 best neck pillow above
- On top of the hood, this product has little new to offer compared to a traditional u-shaped pillow
The Physport travel neck pillow is pretty tag=mnut-20able and a great alternative to a u-shaped neck pillow. The main difference here is that it comes with a pouch for storing your phone and wallet. Why did the manufacturer think that this was useful? I have no idea. Are they afraid that people will come by and steal your wallet while you are sleeping on an airplane? Perhaps. But, regardless of their poor customer studies, the pillow itself is really tag=mnut-20able and far better than other blow-up u-shaped neck pillows that I’ve used. The memory foam on the inside supports well and it doesn’t sleep too hot (just warm enough to be tag=mnut-20able). The cover can easily be taken off for washing so you don’t have to worry about it getting dirty. And it’s reasonably easy to store in carry on luggage. Since this pillow is so close in feature sets to a standard u-neck pillow, I decided to rank it #4 on this list of competitors to the best neck pillow.
What we liked:
- Classic u-shaped design
- High quality soft memory foam.
- tag=mnut-20able, easy to store.
What we didn’t like:
- Your head may fall forward when you are sleeping.
- Lacks in originality and innovation.
- The pouch for carrying phones etc. is a very odd product feature. I didn’t find it useful but perhaps you might.
Simpletravel brings a new design to the table rather than the classic u-shaped travel pillow. At first you might think that this is a very weird looking pillow because it almost looks like a bullet proof vest. But then you see how people use it and it all makes sense. The idea is to inflate this pillow on a plane, and then use it to either: a) sleep by leaning back and using it as a vest, b) sleep forward by putting your head into appropriate hole in the front, or c) sleep on the pull out tray table by resting your head and using it like a regular pillow. It’s a very innovative design. However, the surface material and the air on the inside aren’t nearly as tag=mnut-20able as some of the other pillows on our list which conform to your neck (via memory foam or cloth). It’s also not very warm because that’s not what it is designed for. And, when you need to inflate/deflate something so large you can expect there to be some annoyance (not only because of funny air sounds but also because it’s not very easy to pack and take along something so large). So, if your goal is to get sleep with support in any sleeping position, go for this pillow. If you also need warmth or contoured tag=mnut-20 around your neck/chin, then perhaps try our #1 best neck pillow above. I think this product definitely deserves to be on our list, but it’s very user dependent.
What we liked:
- Bigger in size for all the different ways you could sleep
- Unique design.
- Excellent firmness and support.
What we didn’t like:
- Inflating and deflating might become a nuisance for some people.
- It’s so large so packing it is tough
- Not warm or snug. It’s designed for different sleep positions.
- Not very soft in comparison to other pillows on the market
We hope that you enjoyed reading about the different neck pillows available and what we consider to be the best neck pillow in retail. When you’re evaluating pillows, think about how easy they will be to pack, to inflate/deflate (if necessary), how warm they will be and whether they will provide you the right amount of tag=mnut-20 (depending on your neck/chin and any ailments that you have). These are all factors that will affect whether the neck pillow will be right for you and if it will help you enjoy your trip. I’d also recommend taking a look at lumbar pillows which are great for commuting and office work but can play double-duty for travel as well. And, ofcourse, if you are in the market for some memory foam pillows or minimalist furniture like trundle beds, you should take a look at those articles. Good luck!
Lumbar support is way more important in facilitating overall health of the back than most people realize. If you talk to anyone who has been diagnosed with chronic lower back pain, they’re likely to give you an account of how the condition feels like paralysis. This is not surprising, since even the tiniest pain in your lower back can make your mobility challenging. It is for this reason that you should invest in only the best lumbar pillow. In this overview, we will highlight the best lumbar pillow on the market along with some great alternatives.
What are Lumbar Pillows?
Let’s start by looking at what lumbar pillows are. At their core, lumbar pillows are are versatile cushions designed to support your lower back. Often, these pillows are attached to an office chair or car seat. They are relatively cheap and feature a curved profile, which complements the natural curve of your spine. There is a wide range of lumbar pillows, but they all have subtle differences between them.
Who Should Get a Lumbar Pillow?
If your job necessitates that you sit in your office chair for prolonged hours, then you should be looking into getting a lumbar pillow…especially if your seat offers minimal lumbar support. Based on research studies, the majority of people who get diagnosed with lower back pain, are ones who sit at a desk all day every day, hunched over their computers. Adding a simple lumbar cushion to your office chair enables you to position the support in the best way to provide your back with optimal comfort. However, if you already have a supportive office chair, a lumbar pillow is not necessary. A supportive chair should provide you with a good posture, whereby your ears and shoulders align squarely over your hips.
What’s the Best Lumbar Pillow available?
This lumbar pillow is rated as a Best seller on Amazon. It’s made of high-quality memory foam which enables the pillow to conform to the contours of your spinal system and helps in keeping your lower back supported. By forcing you to sit up straight, any pressure points along your spine are alleviated. Similar to tempurpedic pillows, the memory foam used in making this lumbar pillow is responsive to your pressure and body heat. Where there is a lot of contact with your body, the pillow becomes softer and more pliable. Where there is less contact, it’s a bit more rigid. This makes it conform to your body. Moreover, this pillow is great at resuming its original shape once the pressure is taken off. This aspect makes the Everlasting Comfort lumbar pillow suitable for persons with different body shapes and weights.
Another thing we like about this lumbar cushion is its mesh cover which provides excellent air flow and prevents sweat from accumulating. The pillow’s material is also hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for persons with allergies.
What we like and why we rated it as the best lumbar pillow available
- A well thought out design
- The memory foam construction easily conforms to an individual’s contours
- Has dual straps to provide a secure fit
- Manufacturer offers lifetime warranty
What we do not like
- Some people find the memory foam too firm
- There have been a few cases of broken straps so the pillow is hard to attach to a chair backing
If you don’t feel comfortable using our top pick, your next best lunbar pillow alternative is this lumbar support cushion by LoveHome. It has nearly the same features as the Everlasting lumbar pillow, the same design, the same shape and a memory foam construction. What sets this lumbar pillow apart is the fact that it does not sag even if it’s used for a prolonged period. However, this lumbar pillow only has a single strap, which is positioned at the back. Unfortunately, this makes it lack the secure positioning you’d get with a dual strap design of our best lumbar pillow above by Everlasting Comfort. This lumbar cushion also has an extension strap so it can attach to thicker and wider chairs and car seats. Thanks to the mesh cover on this pillow, your back remains cool throughout your use. And the best part is, it’s removable and machine washable. Perhaps the biggest advantages of using the Love Home lumbar support cushion is the extra thickness and wider base. The additional thickness makes it compatible for using with bigger chairs, which are associated with low-quality lumbar support. The wider base enables the pillow to fit well on any seat.
What we like and why its the best lumbar pillow alternative based on our analysis
- Memory foam design
- Cover is antibacterial, removable and washable
- Thicker and wider than most lumbar pillows
What we do not like
- Shorter warranty of just 60 days
- Single strap construction is not as secure as a dual one so it tends to move around easily on the chair
Sweet Relief has not been left out in this quest for high-quality lumbar pillows. We found that it’s a pretty comparable product (in terms of support) to the other products on this list of the best lumbar pillow alternatives. Its memory foam back cushion makes an excellent addition to office chairs and car seats. Also, similar to other pillows it has an ergonomic design and it’s pretty breathable. The cushion ensures that your back is aligned properly by cutting back on any stress and strain and according to the manufacturer, it is recommended the most (compared to other lumbar pillows) by physicians. However, what sets this product apart is that it comes with the mesh cover that you can see in the picture. The mesh cover is designed to facilitate breathability and increase support and it can be used together with the cushion or on its own. That’s pretty useful, right? So, depending on whether you want the additional support only, or if you want both support + memory foam contouring to your body, you can choose. On warm summer days, you might really like this feature! Furthermore, the Sweet Relief lumbar cushion is travel-friendly…but not the mesh support because it doesn’t collapse and pack away easily. You can carry the pillow to your workplace, add it to your car seat or even travel on a plane with it. If for some reason, you receive the mesh support with defects, you can always return it and receive a full reimbursement with their life time warranty.
What we like and why it’s #3 among our list of the best lumbar pillow alternatives
- The mesh support makes the pillow versatile
- Has a lifetime warranty
- Premium-grade memory foam construction
What we do not like
- Single strap design for fastening not secure enough
- A few quality control issues which you might have to deal with…luckily they have a lifetime warranty
- Comfortable but the mesh support makes it hard to pack this product for travel
This product takes a different approach to the conventional flat design of lumbar cushions. The McKenzie’s lumbar pillow, which features a cylindrical shape, goes for only about $22. OPTP, which is short form for Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products, is a company that specializes in making round lumbar cushions. This particular pillow has a foam construction, allowing it to conform to your back’s contour. Depending on your taste, you can choose between the firm and standard density. McKenzie lumbar roll is designed to rest along your spinal curve, hence keeping your back upright. I’m not sure how much I like the roll design though. It’s easy for it to get positioned incorrectly and to move. Plus, it doesn’t pack as well as a flatter cushion.
The roll pattern causes the cushion to be much smaller than the typical large, flat lumbar pillows that we’re used to. Another thing you’ll notice is that it has a single strap, which you use to fasten the roll around your waist. So it’s nt designed to attach to your chair but rather to you. The cover is fabricated from polyester, which enables it to withstand standard wear and tear. It’s pretty cool to my back and wicks away sweat well.
What we like and why we listed it here as part of the best lumbar pillow alternatives list
- Has a round design and small dimensions, making it portable
- Available in choices of firm or standard density foam
- Cover is removable for easy washing
What we do not like
- No warranty or limited trial period are provided by the manufacturer
- Harder to pack than the flat design pillows
- Positioning it so it doesn’t move is difficult as you would expect from the round design
The last lumbar pillow that is worth looking into is this memory foam cushion by Coop Home Goods. The key highlight of this cushion is its “charcoal-infused” memory foam construction. I’m not sure how useful this is since it feels just like other alternatives on this best lumbar pillow list. This pillow is easy to attach to a car seat or office chair, and is mostly recommended for persons looking to eliminate lower back pain or improve their posture. It comes with a belt, allowing you to fasten it around your body. This makes it less stable and versatile because you can’t leave your chair without removing it (it’s not very stylish to have a pillow stuck to you). I would almost use the charcoal color against the pillow because you can tell there’s something attached to your body (a pure black pillow is less unsightly). However, it is exceptionally breathable because of how the cushion is drilled with several holes. It’s moisture-wicking and sits very cool.
What we like (#5 on our list of best lumbar pillow alternatives)
- It supports your entire back and not just the lumbar section
- Infused with bamboo charcoal, which prevents it from getting stinky
- Sits extremely cool because of the air holes
What we do not like
- Not suitable for small people since it’s big
- May turn out to be too thick for some people
- A bit unsightly when you attach it to your body instead of to the chair
If you sit in your office chair for prolonged hours or have a long commute, you should ensure that the seats you use facilitate proper spinal alignment. Your spine is the core framework around which the inner organs function. The spine is also responsible for keeping your body vertical and holding your head up straight. Maintaining good posture enables the spine to perform these roles efficiently. We highly recommend that you invest in quality lumbar pillows like the ones highlighted in our review. Look out for how easily you can strap them to your chair or to yourself, how breathable they are, and how comfortable they are. If you are also looking for some tempurpedic pillows, or for a new waterproof mattress protector, take a look at the appropriate guide.
Let’s be honest, nothing beats the happiness that comes with eating in bed. It’s a symbol of comfort that everyone enjoys! And, for those of us who have kids, there are other reasons why we might need a waterproof mattress protector – especially when the child is young. So, because it’s easy to make a mess on your bed with fluids of different kinds (haha), we need a solution that prevents us from sleeping in something yucky, protects our mattress, and is easy to clean. Waterproof mattress protectors prevent fluids from staining the mattress so buying one means you will be able to eat and drink without worrying. In this article we discuss the best waterproof mattress protectors and help you pick the one that suits your needs! Make sure you also check out our other guides on mattresses, futon beds, loft beds, trundle beds, and platform beds based on the kind of bedroom you are trying to build.
Table of Waterproof Mattress Protectors
|Name of the product||# of reviews||Avg. star ratings||Price||Reviews||Promotions|
|#1 Pure Protector Waterproof Terry Mattress Protector||33||5/5||~$22||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|#2 Monjura Premium Waterproof Mattress Protector||172||4.9/5||~$24||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|#3 Homfy Premium Waterproof Protector||135||4.9/5||~$30||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|#4 Leisure Town Waterproof Protector for Mattresses||37||5/5||~$100||See Reviews||See Promotions|
|#5 CushyNeds Waterproof Mattress Cover||512||4/5||~$42||See Reviews||See Promotions|
What are the Best Waterproof Mattress Protectors ?
Pure Protector has one objective in mind; comfort. And they do a great job on accomplishing it. With a natural soft terry surface, you won’t feel that it’s even there, that’s how soft it is. We also like that it makes very little noise because there isn’t any plastic on the outside. I toss and turn every night but with this mattress protector I don’t wake up my wife. Furthermore, the product is designed to cover a wide-range of mattress sizes (just make sure you buy the right version). This product might not be the cheapest on the list, but it definitely has the most value for money. On amazon it has nothing but 5 star ratings. With all the features that it offers, paying 2 bucks more for this mattress protector vs. some of the other really cheap products available online, won’t kill you! This is why we rated it as #1 on the list of the best waterproof mattress protectors.
What we liked:
- Empathizes comfort and it’s breathable.
- Secure design which won’t allow any fluids or bed bugs to stick around.
- Fits almost any mattress
- 10 year warranty
What we didn’t like:
- Can’t think of any downsides besides that it’s thin so it won’t provide a lot of padding
You should certainly consider this product when looking through our list of the best waterproof mattress protectors. It works like a charm and offers the features that an ideal mattress protector should have! First of all, it does an outstanding job preventing fluids from penetrating the layer of the mattress. It’s also pretty breathable so I didn’t get very hot while sleeping on it. It’s not quite as soft as the terry protector above, and it definitely makes some noise while moving around. However, it’s economic and uses materials of great quality. We didn’t give it the top place because of the noise, and because it’s a bit smaller than other protectors so it gets untucked more often.
What we liked and why it’s #2 on our list of the best waterproof mattress protectors:
- Outstanding water proofing
- TPU membrane layer that protects the mattress while still allowing it to breathe.
- Great price for value.
What we didn’t like:
- It’s rather thin.
- Main focus on protecting the mattress from water but not anything else.
- The water proofing is only on top, not on the sides. So it’s more like a cover rather than an encasement
A common issue of waterproof mattress protectors is that they aren’t as soft because they need specific materials to prevent fluids from penetrating the mattress. You end up with something that feels like plastic even though you spent a ton of money on your mattress. Homfy recognizes the importance of the comfort that a mattress protector should deliver and that’s why they’ve designed this waterproof mattress protector that still feels soft and comfortable. Similar to our #1 contender above, this product protects the mattress from not only fluids, but bed bugs, allergens, pet dander, odors and much more. However, it weirdly collects hair and dandruff/small particles. This may be a deal breaker for you even though it’s super comfortable. So, it doesn’t seem as clean and hygenic as some of the others and thus its #3 on our list of the best waterproof mattress protectors. I think it’s because of the porosity of the waterproofing material, but I’m not totally sure.
What we liked:
- Deep pocket design which helps it snugly fit to the mattress. It’s doesn’t get unhooked very easily.
- Easy to care for…we just throw it into the laundry machine.
- Stretchy material.
What we didn’t like…making it rank lower on our list of the best waterproof mattress protectors:
- Collects hairs and any little particles.
- Not completely noiseless.
When talking about top notch materials, this Leisure Town mattress protector has to be mentioned. This product does a great job at protecting the mattress from any fluid and just like #1 above, it has a terry cloth that makes it noise-less. It works well and adapts to multiple bed sizes. Similar to other products on our list it’s still breathable and doesn’t sleep hot. The company has been offering it at 80% off for a long time so, with that discount, it’s the cheapest one on our list of the best waterproof mattress protectors. However, if you go off list price, it’s far more expensive than any other protector we know of. We didn’t get to test whether the mattress protector could prevent dust mites and bed bugs, so that’s left up to you for testing purposes. In the product features, the manufacturer doesn’t say anything about bed bug resistance. Based on list price, we decided this product deserved the fourth spot but its still among the best waterproof mattress protectors.
What we liked:
- Protects the mattress perfectly from any fluid.
- Extremely soft and noiseless.
- HNN proofing + Cotton top layer that absorbs any leakages. Works well for kids.
- Materials of premium quality.
What we didn’t like:
- Focuses on protecting you from fluids but not from anything else (there are more reasons to use a mattress protector)
- Pricey based on list price…you might get it on 80% discount like it had when we were writing this review
This product ranks as the lowest of our list because it doesn’t bring anything new to the table but it’s the most expensive item on the list (assuming the #4 item above still has its 80% off discount). It’s not a bad product, it offers everything a waterproof mattress protector should have (waterproofing, noiseless, nice airflow, hypoallergenic) but it doesn’t go any further. It doesn’t offer anything that separates it from the rest as the other ones have.
What we liked:
- Not a chance of getting a stain on your mattress, 100% waterproof.
- No crinkling because it has the terry cloth + some pores which prevent it from making that plastic-like sound when you move around.
- Lifetime warranty so the manufacturer really believes in their product
What we didn’t like:
- Stretches out easily (which could be good and bad). Over time you might notice some more stretching of the fabric but that also makes it easy to fit on your mattress. Good fitted sheets are FAR more important for making sure your protector and other layers don’t move around.
- Some people have found that the waterproof plastic layer comes off with repeated washes. I think this might be a out of box failure and you can just use the life time warranty to get a replacement.
To have a great night’s sleep there are so many variables. You need a nice mattress, a bed frame that fits the room, box springs and bunkie boards to ensure your mattress has the proper height and isn’t too hard, pillows that ensure your neck and back are well aligned, sheets, mattress protectors, night lights, and more. We’ve compiled this list of the best waterproof mattress protectors to help with the many decisions you are going to be making. Make sure you also check out some of the other guides that we have written so that you are well informed when you shop online. Ofcourse, you can always return your items so there isn’t too much to worry about.
What is the one thing in the world that everybody needs? It’s sleep! Young or old, you need rest if you want to be fit enough to go about your routine activities. More specifically, failing to get proper sleep can impact your overall health adversely. A good bed can make the difference between a productive day and a completely useless day where you are just day dreaming and being unproductive (although, sometimes that happens even after good sleep for me. haha). A platform bed is a bed frame consisting of a headboard, footboard, and wooden slats for supporting the mattress. Platform beds vary from traditional beds in that they allow for the mattress to be placed on top of them directly. It means that you don’t need to add any foundation or box spring. Most platform beds sit lower to the ground than conventional bed frames. As such, you should consider your optimal bed height before going for a platform bed. Here we review the best platform bed available for purchase along with its competitors. If you are looking for a great mattress to go along with your bed, or pillows, you should consider some of our other guides (linked as part of the text).
What’s the best platform bed?
The Zinus Upholstered Platform Bed is a naturally-simple platform bed featuring a classic design, which we don’t think will go out of style anytime soon. The dark grey upholstery helps to add a soft-to-touch appeal to the already elegant piece. To help you save on cost, this platform bed comes with a headboard, frame and ten wooden slats, which provide an excellent mattress support system. Zinus also gives you an option of a matching footboard for just $20. But this footboard is more of a luxury item that keeps your bed looking neat by allowing you to tuck in your bed sheets….it’s not a necessity. This platform comes in a twin, full, queen and king sizes. As a bonus, the king-sized one sits 14 inches off the surface, allowing you some extra storage space under the bed. With other frames, the bed sits 8 inches off the ground.
We love how simple it is to set up this platform bed. One particular buyer remarked that it’s not easy to get such a quality bed for less than $300. Another thing you’ll notice about Zinus platform bed is that it’s noticeably quiet and it doesn’t creak when you move around at night. These are the reasons why we rated this as the #1 best platform bed on our list.
Things we like
- Sturdy construction
- Enables your mattress to last longer
- Easy assembly
- Reasonable pricing
Things we do not like
- The middle support system is not the best
- Poor shipping can result in damaged parts
If you’re looking for a platform bed that has an exceptional, elegant leather look but is still affordable, the DHP Dakota faux leather platform bed fits that bill. Similar to the Zinus above, this platform bed comes in a range of size options: twin, queen and full sizes. You can also choose from brown, black or white faux leather. We like that it has a faux leather padding on the headboard and side rails. This upholstery gives the bed a premium look and feel. You will also find metal rails, which add to the overall stability and durability of this platform bed. Another key highlight of this bed are the 24 wooden slats that guarantee optimal comfort without having to purchase a box spring. There’s very little spacing between the slats for a mattress to push through so this adds to your comfort.Thanks to the leather construction, this platform bed is easy to clean. DHP recommends using memory foam and coil mattresses with this bed, although that doesn’t mean that other mattresses won’t work well. Even though this platform bed looks really classy it doesn’t break the bank. The faux leather upholstery is detailed, featuring button tufts and padding that give it a chic look. If your bedroom looks a bit plain, this platform bed will help transform it. Based on these multiple reasons, we thought that it deserves the #2 spot on our list of the best platform bed available online.
Things we like
- Comes with a headboard
- Classy design
Things we do not like
- The assembly is slightly difficult
- Some people have reported having the headboard break off or the bed completely collapse. This might be because they didn’t assemble the platform bed properly or because they received some defective units. We had no issues with our bed.
- Durability seems lacking in some units that are shipped from DHP
The Fujian is the perfect platform bed for young families that have kids. The reason for this is that it can accommodate up to three sleepers because it has a ton of space. The bed frame is made from solid high-quality oak which is durable and long lasting. They’ve added a wood veneer finish to the wood to make it look high end and also to increase the product’s life so that it lasts you for several years. The veneer finish also helps dampen any creaking noises and it increases the wood’s resistance to insects that can end up damaging it.
Along with the platform bed, you get two free night stands which you can detach at any time if you don’t plan to use them. We really like these because they match the platform bed and it looks like a complete set in the bed room. Plus it’s a nice location for a few lamps and for storing books, alarm clocks, etc….. whatever you’d like. I know it’s more of a novelty to use these night stands along with the main bed, but why not attach them? Unless ofcourse if you have space limitations. And that might actually be the one reason not to purchase this platform bed…it only comes in a king size. You can’t get anything larger or smaller than the king.
I’m suprised at how few reviews the Fujian has on amazon, but nonetheless it’s a great bed – no creaking, plenty of space, offers a very grand look to your bed room.
Things we like and why this was rated #3 on our list of the best platform bed competitors
- Great aesthetics
- Fitted with night stands
Things we do not like
- Only comes in a king size and with the night stands it takes up the whole room so make sure you have plenty of space.
- Slightly bulky- it weighs 350 lbs because it is made of solid wood
You might be wondering what this picture is showing even though we are describing a platform bed. Well, some of the most exciting features of this platform are the attached lights that come along with the bed. The two-tone headboard is fitted with two night lights, which come in handy when you want to get up in the middle of the night. They’re beautiful and also extremely useful. You don’t need additional lamps in the room to move around at night because these are bright enough.
For a platform bed to serve its intended purpose, it should be strong, durable, and resilient. Although pricey, the Impera platform bed features a reliable, premium-grade construction. The headboard is metallic and that makes it pretty durable…you don’t need to worry about it falling over. The metal finish also gives the bed a sleek, modern look. The bed is made from solid wood and coated using a lacquer material. Lacquer is great for preventing any moisture from being absorbed into the wood and it also prevents dampening/rotting. Plus, it’s resistant to termites and other wood-burrowing pests.
In addition to the platform bed, you also get storage units located underneath the bed. And, you get a walk-on platform which makes it really easy to get in and out of bed. As you can imagine, this is a pretty high end bed and it looks grand, sleek, and modern.
On the flipside, the Impera platform bed costs a lot. It’s a high-end platform bed, featuring a state-of-the-art design and tons of attachments, which explain its high price tag. Of course, this also means that the customer service is amazing and since this is a one-off investment (the bed will last for years) we thought that it deserved the 4th spot on our list of the best platform bed.
Things we like and why this is included in our list of the best platform bed online
- Multipurpose- comes with night lights and storage drawers
- Makes efficient use of space
- Stylish design
- Platform to walk-on to your bed
Things we do not like
- It’s heavy (>600 lbs). This makes it challenging to install because everything will be shipped to you in boxes and you’ll need to move them into your bed room.
- Incredibly expensive
If you’re not looking to spend too much, the Murray platform bed by Leggett & Platt Home Textiles is also an excellent option. At #5 on our list of the best platform bed competitors, we added this one because it has everything you really need without any of the additional features of the more expensive beds above. It’s made of eco-friendly plantation hardwood, which is complemented with a 7-step finish of two material options: mahogany or black. We really like the minimalist design of the Murray platform bed. Although some shoppers may not like this, the design helps it to blend nicely with a range of room styles. By minimalist, I mean that this platform bed is not meant to be used with a headboard, so it looks simple. I think it will appeal to shoppers looking to minimize clutter in their bedroom. In my case, it gives me much more room to throw about my clothes…so I’m not sure how much de-cluttering it actually helped with, haha. We also really like that the wood colors on this bed bring out a nice homey feeling.
Nonetheless, despite its minimalist design, the Murray platform bed is fully capable of supporting you and your mattress. This is thanks to the side rails, center rail and cross slats. The bed is also a great option if you have room accents that restrict you from using certain bed setups. For example, if your rooms have low-profile windows, which are blocked by high bed frames, this bed will be the only thing that works for you because it doesn’t have a tall headboard that comes with it.
Things we like
- Fits well in all rooms…even oddly-designed rooms
- Easy to put together
Things we do not like
- Get some slip resistant mats because the bed will slide on hardwood
- Works better with thick mattresses. Due to the height of the frame, the bed won’t allow a mattress + box spring.
- There isn’t much space between the floor and the bed so you can’t store much underneath
The type of bed that you use can make or break the entire look of your bedroom. Some bed frames are designed to make rooms feel cozy while others feature a bold and modern style. Platform beds come in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors, so they can be fit to any room design. Depending on whether you choose the Zinus above (the best platform bed according to us), or one of its competitors, you might get a completely different look in your bedroom. And the best part is, you don’t have to invest in box springs or other mattress foundations as these beds have their own support system. We hope that you’ll consider the beds from our review of the best platform bed online. Also note that these beds don’t come with any mattress. So we highly recommend that you take a look at our mattress and pillow guides.
Having a sleeping setup is more than just picking the right mattress, there are other things that interact with a bed to make your sleep experience more comfortable. One of these invisible heroes is the bunkie board which synergizes well with mattresses that need a solid surface or an extra support to get the most out of their properties. When shopping for bunkie boards, it can get a bit overwhelming because you might not know which would be the best pick for you and that’s what this article is all about – aiding you to pick the best product that best fit your needs. So, without much further ado, here’s our list of the best bunkie boards available in online retail, their pros/cons, and their features/benefits. And, if you are looking for some help picking a mattress, then our mattress guide might help. Also, we can help you choose your pillows (via this pillow guide) and box spring.
Note: Bunkie boards are typically used along with trundle beds. We’ve gone through and tested several of those as well! Click here for a trundle bed guide.
What are the Best Bunkie Boards ?
We all hate a creaky or weak foundation, with this Zinus bunkie board, you won’t have to deal with any of that. It has a sturdy frame and a quick lock construction to speed up the assembly process. One of the best features of this bunkie board is the added padded tape to the steel frame which ensures that there is very little creaking at night. And, because of this padding, there is no unwanted movement of the board since it is attached to the frame. Since this board is sturdy, easy to assemble and it has the Zinus customer service backing it…we think it deserves the #1 spot on our list of the best bunkie boards available.
What we liked and why we rated it as the #1 best bunkie board on our list:
- Quick and easy assembly.
- Additional support for hybrid and memory foam mattresses.
- Padded tape to minimize noises and unwanted movement.
What we didn’t like:
- Some reviewers have stated that this bunkie board is shorter than expected and couldn’t fit their mattresses in it. You may need to return this board if it doesn’t fit your frame and / or your mattress.
- You’ll want to take a look at the reviews by clicking the button below in order to see if anyone reported shipping problems or mattress/frame fitting issues with your particular bed frame and mattress combination.
If you have a platform bed, bunk or daybed with supporting slat system then this bunkie board is highly recommended. At #2 on our list of the best bunkie boards, we believe this is a great alternative to the Zinus above (especially if you have fitting issues or non-standard frames / mattresses). Don’t you worry about the kind of mattress you are picking, it will work with anything and has a supreme quality metal frame and an included polyester fabric that covers it. While the picture doesn’t really show what it’s like, the product is basically a rectangular metal frame with a metal mesh running through the middle to help with supporting the mattress. All of this is then covered in the polyester cloth. The price is a bit higher than other bunkie boards, however, the quality more than makes up for this price hike. Ofcrouse, if you don’t like it, you can always return it! What we liked about this bunkie board was that the assembly took just two minutes and the board seems like it will last us for a long time. It’s pretty outstanding in that sense. However, after a while, there is some notable creaking and without the padded tape that the Zinus has, you may not enjoy the noise this bunkie board makes. Also, note that if you are using this bunkie board for your child’s bed, then you shouldn’t also buy a traditional box spring. The combination of the two will make the bed too high for your child.
What we liked:
- Premium quality metal frame.
- Provides outstanding support.
- Short assembly time.
- Great value for price.
What we didn’t like:
- Reportedly creaks after a while.
- May not fit all frames / mattresses
- May start sagging after some time for heavier users (weight >180 lbs)
A traditional wooden bunkie board that comes with a perk: no assembly required. The product is basically plywood along with a wood framework, wrapped in polyester cloth. Assembly times of bunkie boards vary depending on the person’s skill but it usually doesn’t take very long, however, a product that doesn’t have any setup whatsoever is certainly attractive! It doesn’t bring any extra cool features as the top 2 best bunkie boards do, but it saves you the nuisance of assembling. Additionally, this is a nice and reliable product. Plus, it’s the cheapest item in our list so that deserves some points as well.
What we liked and why this is #3 on our list of the best bunkie boards:
- No assembly required.
- Cheapest item on the list.
What we didn’t like:
- Simplicity, nothing outstanding.
- Not many reviews on amazon because most people tend to go for something with more features. However, considering value for money, this is a great product.
Spinal solution products tend to be great for the average consumer. If you wish to get rid off your box spring, this bunkie board might be a nice solution. It consists of 2 inch, sturdy, north american lumber slats, covered in high quality quilted cloth fabric. With an average price, this is a great product for someone shopping for bunkie boards on a budget. Because it doesn’t bring anything new to the table and its durability is lacking it gets such a low spot on our list of the best bunkie boards available. Also, surprisingly, it has no reviews on Amazon.
What we liked:
- Standard bunkie board at a nice price.
- Great for thinner memory foam mattresses.
What we didn’t like and why it’s so low on our list:
- Not as durable as the other items in the list.
- So few reviews online! You’ll just have to try it and then return it if you don’t think it’s a good fit for you.
A simple but effective product. Wolf’s bunkie board is basically a wood frame wrapped in gray cloth. However, even though it’s just a straight forward product, it has everything you need in a bunkie board – it provides stability and support for your mattress. It might not be as sturdy or effective as the other 4 bunkie boards on this list, but it’s good enough. However, we rated it #5 on our list of the best bunkie boards because of its price – it cost more than the Zinus above but it’s clearly inferior. It’s not a bad product, but there are better bunkie boards you can spend your money on.
What we liked:
- Nice and sturdy.
- Thin enough to avoid raising the mattress. Great for toddlers.
What we didn’t like:
- Why is it so costly? It’s such a simple product!
- It’s cardboard over several slats so it doesn’t work well with thin mattresses or memory foam because the bed might sneak between slats. Consider the other products on this list before this one considering the value for money…however this is still a decent product overall.
We’ve hoping that after reading the descriptions above, you no longer think that all bunkie boards are the same. Each one has different perks and prices that will suit you depending on your mattress and bed frame. If you are asking yourself if you should get a bunkie board, just consider if you have a memory foam mattress, a bunk bed or a daybed. If you do, then you should get one! That extra support will be worth all the hardship at the end of the day. However, be wary of the size of the bunkie board and the thickness because that will change your bed’s height. Also, if you move a lot at night, get the Zinus bunkie board above to avoid creaking at night.