When living space is at a premium and you have neither the room nor the budget to consider a guest bed, there are still great options for when overnight guests come a knockin’ or a relative just happens to show up and claims he or she will stay for “just a day or two.”
In this situation some people go for the traditional futon, and while that certainly has its advantages, you should definitely read on to discover why a portable memory foam mattress might be an even better answer.
Zinus is a bed and mattress manufacturer whose mission is to provide customers with ecologically friendly and comfortable sleeping solutions. They apply this philosophy to king-size beds and floor mattresses alike, this 4-inch one being a luxurious example.
Anyone who values a good night’s rest and doesn’t particularly care that they aren’t getting it by lying in a bed will find this mattress to be a blessing. It will make college students, people who’ve just bought their starter home and other space-starved individuals very happy due to its small form factor.
Lastly, camping enthusiasts who are sick of roughing it and have the room to bring a camp bed frame to put the mattress on will be able to enjoy starry nights out in the open in unprecedented comfort.
The mattress arrives neatly folded up inside protective packaging which is vacuum sealed. It may take up to an hour after unpacking for the mattress to assume its original shape and dimensions, while the characteristic smell may take longer to dissipate. Apart from the mattress itself, you get a surprisingly resilient jacquard cover which zips up over the mattress, is machine washable and keeps the mattress safe from tears, scratches, and the like.
This mattress’ unquestionable highlight is the superb blend of materials used to make up its innards. Zinus has hit the nail on the head as far as proportions are concerned. On the bottom there’s a 1-inch thick base of foam that acts as the first line of defense against the unforgiving stiffness of a bare floor.
Next comes two inches of responsive foam that helps the mattress retain its original shape after prolonged use and serves as the main padding. The top-most layer consists of an additional inch of memory foam. This gives the mattress a softer finish which adapts itself to your body’s contours, allowing for deeper rest in a more natural position, but being thin enough not to impact the mattress’ overall firmness.
As you’ll probably be using the mattress in cramped conditions, it’s important that it can fold up and be stored away quickly and efficiently. This is done by folding the mattress up into three equal layers. In this state, the mattress looks like a somewhat flattened cube and is considerably easier to store. Even if you don’t have a closet to put it in, the additional space you’ll gain during the day are worth it.
An aspect of the mattress you’ll want to pay particular attention to is the stitching which connects each subsection. Sadly, this isn’t as well-made as the rest of its components and is prone to ripping if handled roughly. If and when it does rip, the mattress remains perfectly usable, but you’ll need to be extra careful when handling it to not make the gap wider.
Always be sure to use the mattress with its protective cover or replace that with a futon cover if you find that its own isn’t rugged enough. To help the foam retain its shape longer, rotate the mattress every couple of weeks. Air it out every three months or so to get rid of any smells.
Four inches might not provide as much comfort for everyone. Heavy-set people in particular might not find that it cushions their body well enough, so a thicker alternative is in order. Millard offers a 6-inch memory foam mattress that’s quite similar to this one. If you don’t mind the added cost, you should check it out as well.
Zinus’ memory foam mattress is a reasonably priced, compact and comfortable solution to your sleeping needs, or those of your guests. Provided you’re mindful during handling, it should last a good long while before you notice any changes in its firm yet inviting structure.
Spacious enough for you to comfortably stretch out on, as well as being well-padded and tough enough to be used on any kind of indoor flooring without impairing your sleep, it gives the traditional futon a run for its money and may just make you forget what sleeping in a bed feels like.