It’s pretty easy to forget about the guest room and what mattress they should get when you have your own to worry about. So why even care about the guest mattress?
Sometimes the guest bed can become your bed for several reasons. Your partner could get the common cold and to avoid catching it you have to sleep in the guest room. Or maybe you get in a fight and become banned from your bed, would you want to sleep on a “second-thought” mattress? No, you want the most comfortable guest bed you can get.
Cost was a significant factor
When we researched for the best guest mattress, we knew the cost would be the biggest factor. No one is going to buy a mattress that is better than the one they sleep on regularly.
Also getting a guest bed is usually not a time sensitive thing, so you don’t need one the same day.
With cost and time being a factor we only looked at mattresses you can buy online. The mattress you buy online are more affordable than the retail store ones, and plus it’s a guest bed so you don’t want to deal with the annoying sales people.
What type of mattress should I get?
There are several types of mattresses, but I only consider 3 of them. You have spring, memory foam, and latex. You can avoid the latex as that is the most expensive and most comfortable mattress you can get. Latex should be what you sleep on for your daily mattress.
We’re going to avoid Spring mattresses because they don’t give the comfort and don’t last as long as memory foam. If the price is the number one and only issue, then consider a Spring Mattress like this one instead of memory foam.
The best type of mattress for a guest room would have to be memory foam. We chose memory foam because they are very affordable and the thought of “if I have to sleep on this bed” I would want a memory foam mattress. Who knows, fire or water leaks could happen where it kicks you out of your bedroom and forces you to sleep in the guest bed. If this does happen you’ll be grateful you got the memory foam!
What size mattress?
You better not be thinking of going with a “double” size mattress. That can be mean if you have a couple over, a double bed can be very hard for two grown people to sleep on.
Don’t consider the King size either. I love the people that come over, but a King size mattress is just too much on price.
The correct one to get would be a Queen size mattress. Since Queen size mattresses are much more in demand manufacturing them drives prices down – it’s a win-win for customers.
So, what should I buy?
From all this, we have found that a Queen size Memory Foam Mattress will make for the perfect guest bed.
This also so happens to be one of the most modern style and sizes of mattresses made, so you got a lot to choose from.
There is only 3 that we consider a good buy from our research.
- Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress
- Signature Sleep Memoir 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress
- Olee Sleep 10 Inch Gel Infused Layer Top Memory Foam Mattress Blue
How we found these mattresses was based on cost, comfort, durability, features, cooling, and customer satisfaction.
Out of the 3 mattresses, we’re the biggest fan of the Zinus Green Tea. The comfort of this mattress is just incredible. We’re not the only ones who like it, the reviews on it are good too!
What bed frame you buy is merely up to your design of the room. Memory foam doesn’t need a box spring and works the best with a platform bed frame. You have several styles to choose from.
We have a list of the bed frames that we think are the best here. We even talk about one that folds up nice and neat if you plan on storing the guest bed in a closet.
What am I forgetting?
A Mattress Protector is what you’re forgetting. You just bought a new mattress, and you don’t want to have to buy a new one anytime soon. No one is perfect, who knows what your guest will do in your bed. Having a good Mattress Protector can help prolong the life of the mattress and protect it from liquids.
It only makes sense to buy a Mattress Protector, plus it’s cheaper to replace a protector than a whole mattress. Trust me on this one.
You’ll also need to let the mattress expand before you let someone sleep on it. It’s normal to have to wait 2 days to let your memory foam mattress get to full thickness before you let someone sleep on it. This should not be a big deal if you plan on letting it be the guest bed. I talk more about letting your bed expand when you first get it here.
Folding guest bed?
I left this part towards the end of the post. I for one would not like to be stuck sleeping on a rollaway bed. I know it maybe the only option for some but I have an idea.
Instead of getting a rollaway bed you could get a folding bed frame like this one and then get a regular mattress like the Zinus Green Tea and store them in a closet when you don’t need them. Even if it were the smaller Twin size, this would be a better sleep then those rollaway beds.
If a rollaway bed is the only option, then the LUCID Rollaway Guest Bed with Memory Foam Mattress is a good choice. It’s still a memory foam and made by LUCID. You only get 4 inches of thickness with this thing, so I recommend getting a GEL Memory Foam Topper to give you more support.
4 inches is not much of mattress, especially if you’re over 180 pounds. Look at getting at least a 2 inch topper, this will be enough for a normal size person.