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Floor mattresses are a portable, inexpensive alternative to standard beds. As the name implies, floor mattresses may be used without a box spring, base, or foundation. This makes them ideal for guest room accommodations. Floor mattresses may also be used for camping or sleeping in trailers, as well as for non-sleeping activities such as yoga.
Most floor mattresses are foldable or rollable, allowing them to be stored easily. They generally range between 3″ and 6″ thick, and are usually made from polyfoam, memory foam, and or fiber padding. Many are designed with non-slip bases, which prevent unnecessary sliding during the night, and removable covers that can be washed and dried in conventional machines. Prices vary by brand, but most fall between $60 and $160 – making them much cheaper than standard mattress models.
Read on to learn more about floor mattresses in terms of construction, features, and performance. Below you’ll find our top picks for the best floor mattresses made today. Our choices are based on a combination of verified customer and owner experiences and intensive product research and analysis.
Best Floor Mattresses
Editor’s Pick – Milliard Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress
Best Value – Zinus Tri-Fold Comfort Mat
Best Value – Better Habitat Memory Foam Floor Mattress
Best Convertible Floor Mattress – Lucid Folding Mattress and Sofa
Best Traditional Floor Mattress – D&D Futon Rolling Mattress
Our Editor’s Pick is the Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress from Milliard, which is a standout floor mattress for several reasons. It is constructed with a top layer of medium-density memory foam reinforced with a high-density polyfoam base. These materials offer a balanced ‘Medium Firm’ feel and moderate yet consistent conforming with minimal sagging; as a result, the mattress provides more pressure relief and better spinal alignment than most competing models. With a 6″ profile, the Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress is thicker-than-average as well.
A no-slip bottom prevents excessive sliding during the night. The foam layers are also ventilated, which helps air circulate and allows the mattress to sleep fairly cool. The Memory Foam Tri-Fold Mattress weighs about 25 pounds and measures 18″ thick when stored. It is available in Twin, Full, and Queen sizes.
Our Best Value Floor Mattress, the Zinus Memory Foam Comfort Mat, is made with layers of Biofoam memory foam, which integrates naturally breathable components in order to reduce odor potential and help the mattress sleep cooler. The mattress, which measures 5″ thich, also has a high-density polyfoam base for sag-free support and better-than-average longevity. It has a ‘Firm’ feel that is optimal for heavier back and stomach sleepers.
The bed’s tri-fold design allows for easy storage; it measures 15″ thick when stacked properly. It is widely available for less than $100, making it more affordable than most competing tri-fold models. Customers qualify for free shipping via UPS or FedEx anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The Memory Foam Comfort Mat is also backed by a 5-year warranty, which is longer-than-average compared to other floor mattresses. It is available in a Twin size only.
The Better Habitat Memory Foam Floor Mattress is a rollable model that measures 3″ thick. It is padded with plush memory foam, allowing it to conform more closely and alleviate pressure better than most rollable floor mattresses with cotton/fiber padding. The bed also comes with a hypoallergenic cover that reduces the risk of dust mite infestation and bacteria and mold growth.
When completely unrolled, the bed does not have any creases that make the surface feel uneven. It has built-in tie straps for easier storage and comes with a travel bag for added convenience. Kids and Twin sizes are available. The Better Habitat Memory Foam Floor Mattress is backed by a 1-year warranty.
The innovative Folding Mattress and Sofa from Lucid is a convertible model that offers great versatility. When completely unfolded, it functions as a mattress with a 4″ profile; a plush gel memory foam layer reinforced with high-density foam provides a balanced, ‘Medium’ feel and strong support with minimal sagging. The mattress can also be folded into a padded sofa seat with a backrest, as well.
A washable fabric cover makes cleaning quick and painless. The bed’s gel memory foam layer also sleeps relatively cool, making the Folding Mattress and Sofa suitable for those who usually sleep hot on foam beds. It weighs less than 18 pounds, making it fairly lightweight compared to other multi-fold floor mattresses. Unlike other floor mattresses, it is also available in six sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. Lucid backs this bed with a 5-year warranty, which is longer than average.
Traditional futon floor mattresses trace their origins to Japan, Thailand, and other areas of East Asia. These models are typically thin and padded with fibers. The D&D Futon Rolling Mattress offers a balance of classic style and modern construction with mostly cotton padding – which is softer and more breathable than most synthetic fabrics – along with additional polyester fill and a foam layer for extra cushioning.
The 3″ profile allows sleepers to remain close to the floor, but the foam component ensures good back support and fewer aches and pains. The mattress has two built-in tie straps for convenient, easy storage. At 15 pounds, it is also exceptionally lightweight even by rollable floor mattress standards. Considered a high-value pick, this mattress is widely available for less than $85.
Floor mattresses can be a great investment for homeowners – particularly those who frequently host overnight guests. They are lightweight and portable, making them relatively easy to store, and most are available at low price-points compared to standard mattresses. This buying guide will discuss the different types of floor mattresses and their common characteristics, and answer some frequently asked questions about floor mattresses.
Most floor mattresses sold today fall into one of two categories based on how they are stored.
Foldable and rollable floor mattresses each have distinct characteristics and features. The table below illustrates some of the key differences between these two product types.
|Criteria||Foldable Floor Mattresses||Rollable Floor Mattresses|
|Padding materials||Most foldable floor mattresses have multiple foam layers, and many include a conforming memory foam layer.||Rollable floor mattresses typically have one foam layer at the most. Cotton and synthetic fiber padding make up the remainder of the fill.|
|Cover materials||Most foldable mattresses have removable covers made of cotton, polyester, and other natural/synthetic fabrics.||Rollable floor mattresses usually have fabric covers, as well, but they may not be removable.|
|Base||Bi-fold and tri-fold mattresses often have no-slip bases made of textured rubber and other materials that provide extra resistance and prevent the mattress from sliding.||No-slip bases are less common with rollable floor mattresses, but some thicker models feature them.|
|Average thickness||Foldable mattresses may measure anywhere from 2″ to 8″ thick, but most fall between 3″ and 6″ thick.||Rollable mattresses are usually thinner than foldable mattresses; most measure between 2″ and 4″ thick.|
|Average weight||The average foldable floor mattress weighs between 18 and 30 lbs.||The average rollable floor mattress weighs between 12 and 20 lbs.|
|Cleaning||In most cases, owners can remove the cover and wash/dry it in a machine; foam layers are spot clean only.||Some rollable mattresses have removable covers that can be washed/dried in machines; others have non-removable covers and are spot clean only.|
|Versatility||Folding floor mattresses can double as yoga mats or children’s play mats. Additionally, some can be folded into seats with backrests.||Rollable floor mattresses may provide the necessary padding for yoga mats, but foldable mattresses tend to be the thicker, better option.|
|Storage||The mattress can be folded along the creases, which allows for neat stacking. They take up more space compared to rollable mattresses.||Rollable mattresses can be rolled and bundled into compact cylinders; built-in tie straps offer secure fastening. They take up less space compared to foldable mattresses.|
|Travel-friendly?||Most foldable mattresses do not fit into suitcases or travel bags, but many can be stored in the back compartment of motor vehicles. This makes them suitable for road trips and car camping.||Many rollable mattresses come with travel cases – and some have integrated bags in their design. Because they are so lightweight and compact, rollable mattresses are optimal for air and train travel.|
|Average price range||$90 to $160||$60 to $100|
Floor mattresses are distinct from mattress pads and mattress toppers. While floor mattresses are designed to be complete bedding surfaces, pads and toppers are individual layers of cushioning that should be used on top of an existing mattress. Pads and toppers may be used with floor mattresses but they are typically too thin (4″ max) to serve as a standalone bed.
Because floor mattresses are significantly thinner than standard mattresses, many sleepers find them to be firmer than average. Some are made with softer foam layers that counteract the firmness to an extent; however, sleepers often find that a softer topper used with a floor mattress creates a comfortable balance of softness and firmness.
Some sleepers take issue with foldable floor mattresses because they can feel the creases, creating an uneven surface that may lead to aches and pains. Using a pillow or blanket to pad the creases can mitigate this issue to a noticeable extent. Rollable floor mattresses do not have this problem because they are not creased.
Generally speaking, thicker bi-fold or tri-fold floor mattresses are the best options for sleepers with chronic pain in their neck, shoulders, back, and other sensitive areas. These mattresses usually have conforming memory foam layers reinforced with a high-density polyfoam base, which supports the sleeper and prevents sagging. However, those with severe pain often find that floor mattresses of any kind do not alleviate their discomfort to a noticeable extent.
While floor mattresses can be very handy in a number of situations, there are some health risks associated with sleeping near to or directly on a floor. These include the following:
To mitigate these issues, we recommend thoroughly cleaning a floor mattress after each use or visit. This will prevent bacteria and dust from building up. Cleaning the surrounding floors will also minimize the risk of insects and other pests. Additionally, be sure to store floor mattresses in cool, dry places where they won’t be exposed to extreme heat or humidity (which can also cause mold growth).
In addition to the factors detailed above, sleepers should take the following variables into account when selecting a new floor mattress.
Sizing: Floor mattress models are designed to accommodate one person in an Extra Small, Single, Twin, or Twin XL size. Larger Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes may also be available for couples; however, many couples find that sleeping on separate single-person floor mattresses tends to be most comfortable. The following table lists the most common sizes for floor mattresses made today:
|Size||Dimensions (Width x Length)||# of Sleepers|
|Extra Small (XS)||25W”x 75L”||1|
|Small or Single||30-33W” x 75-80L”||1|
|Twin||38-39W” x 75L”||1|
|Twin Extra Long (XL)||38-39W” x 80L”||1|
|Full||53-54W” x 75L”||1-2|
|Queen||60W” x 80L”||2|
|King||76W” x 80L”||2|
|California King||72W” x 84L”||2|
Firmness: Mattress firmness is calculated using a 1-10 scale. Most floor mattresses fall between ‘Medium’ (5) and ‘Firm’ (8), leaving limited options for those who prefer softer mattress surfaces.
Temperature neutrality: Sleeping close to the floor often results in cool, comfortable sleep. For some, floor mattresses sleep excessively cold. Placing a blanket of thin pad beneath the mattress can increase temperatures to more comfortable levels.
Sex: Floor mattresses offer little to no responsiveness; as a result, many couples find they are not comfortable or springy enough for sex.
Durability: Because most floor mattresses are not used on a nightly basis, they often perform for five to six years before they need to be replaced. How they are stored usually plays a role in product longevity.
Sleep trial: The vast majority of floor mattresses do not come with any sort of sleep trial allowing customers to test out the mattress and return it for a refund if they are not satisfied with the product. In contrast, most standard mattresses come with a sleep trial of at least 90 nights.
Warranty coverage: Most floor mattress warranties span five years or less; comparatively, standard mattresses usually come with a warranty of at least 10 years. Select floor mattresses do not come with any sort of warranty.
The most common questions among floor mattress shoppers include the following:
The average foldable floor mattress costs between $90 and $160, while the average rollable floor mattress costs between $60 and $100.
This decision usually comes down to personal preference. Foldable mattresses tend to be thicker with multiple foam layers, providing more comfort and support for sleepers, but many have creases that cause the surface to feel uneven and they are more cumbersome to store. Rollable mattresses tend to be lighter and thinner, making them easier to store, and they typically cost less than foldable mattresses. However, they are thinner and do not provide as much support.
If you experience frequent aches and pains in your lower back and other areas, then a thicker foldable floor mattress with memory foam and high-density base materials is probably the best option. A minimum height of 4″ to 5″ should suffice. If you don’t have major discomfort issues and don’t mind sleeping close to the floor, then a rollable floor mattress should be fine; these models usually measure 2″ to 3″ thick.
A topper or pad is designed to provide extra cushioning (and possibly adjust the firmness) of an existing mattress surface. Floor mattresses – unlike toppers and pads – function as standalone beds, but many sleepers find toppers and/or pads can make floor mattresses feel softer and more comfortable.
Floor mattresses are suitable for most sleepers, even those with light to moderate pain issues. Using a topper or pad in tandem with a floor mattress can help sleepers with chronic pain symptoms. However, those with severe pain may find that floor mattresses do not provide enough comfort.
Sleeping near the floor can expose sleepers to bacteria and mold, dust mites, and insects. These organisms can transmit disease, trigger allergies, and cause health complications for sleepers with certain medical conditions. Properly cleaning and storing a floor mattress is essential for minimizing these risks. If sleeping on someone else’s floor mattress, be sure to ask your host about its hygienic state before using it.
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