The Different Types of Fold Up Beds
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Fold Up beds are something you may consider for a temporary bedding solution where space is at a premium – like in a small apartment for example. Usually apartment living means that you don’t have a spare room, so if you want to host overnight guests then you need a way to provide a temporary bed without it taking up floor-space. There are a few options available for you.
Probably the most common space-saving beds in this situation are futon sofa-beds and air mattresses – not really fold-up beds – but saving space by acting as a sofa or chair in the case of a futon and being able to be packed away in a cupboard in the case of an air mattress.
A true fold up bed, on the other hand, can be in the form of a simple army-style canvas bed on a metal frame – usually a single/twin size for one person; an ottoman bed that stacks joined cushions into an ottoman stool when not being used as a folded-out bed – again, usually a one-person size; a wall bed or “Murphy bed” as it’s known in the US, that completely hides in the wall and then folds out – this may be a full, queen or king size unit and is a very high end solution; or, most commonly a fold-up bed may be in the same form that a hotel or hospital will use for an extra guest in a room – these will fold a metal frame and mattress in half, so that it can be stored neatly in a cupboard or storage room, taking up no floor-space. Many of these will be mounted on caster wheels for extra portability and may be called “rollaway beds.”
If you are looking for any of these types of folding bed units to keep tucked away in your apartment the best place to shop is online. Most bricks and mortar stores may have very limited ranges of these types of specialist beds but online there are stores that are designed with these fold up beds and other temporary bedding solutions in mind. There will be more choice and the prices will be more competitive. Of course you need to check brands and quality, but it’s less important for you to check personal comfort levels as it will only be used occasionally and temporarily, not every night like a bed in the master bedroom.
For example, a cheap fold up hotel-style bed, on wheels, can be bought for around $150 online. Higher-end, heavy duty models with sturdier frames and plusher mattresses may be up to $500 or $600, but there are plenty of designs to choose from between these two extremes.