Well, the good news is that you are in luck. If you hate folding beds and would not be caught dead with one in your house (trust us, we understand) but still need a guest bed from time to time, there are options. What option you choose is going to depend on your budget, available storage space, your personal decorative style and your pre-conceived conceptions. Because make no mistake about it – few of these choices will take the place of a regular bed for an extended period of time. All of them are a compromise. Yes, some people love some of these choices and swear they are just as good as their regular bed. Everybody has their favorite, or their least hated, but this is not about what I think is the best, or what we here at The Right Bedding think is the best. It is about options. So here are some options.
Next up is the fold able mattress or Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon . Why a fold able mattress? Because the smaller ones can be rolled up in a very small space and yet provide a measure of comfort for occasionally guests. Not truly a guest bed, they do work quite well if the person sleeping on it does not object to the concept. Some customers have told us that it is much more comfortable to sleep on then a rollaway bed. If you can accept the fact that many cultures have slept on the floor of the house for thousands of years, then this might be a good option.
Another option is a modern air bed. Able to be blown up in a matter of minutes due to high-powered blowers, some external, some internal, air mattresses, or inflatable beds as they are often called, promise airy comfort for a good price and a relatively compact storage footprint. Again, similar to the fold able mattress and other folding bed options in general, inflatable beds have a less than stellar reputation. Many modern manufacturers have worked hard to correct this problem and while we can not recommend all inflatable mattresses, The Right Bedding does think that they are a very viable option and one that should be explored.