Getting a mattress to put on your floor is a great way to save space or to help sleep more people when guests appear.
Either way, you’re going to want to get a comfortable one to sleep on right?
Well whether you’re after a z-bed, a Japanese futon, a camping bed or even a regular mattress that’s suitable for the floor I’ve got you covered.
Below are my top 5 choices of best floor mattress and I’ve linked each one through to Amazon or Mattress Next Day where you can order yours today.
Top 5 Best Floor Mattresses Reviewed
- Top Choice – Milliard 11.5cm Tri-Fold Foam Folding Mattress and Sofa Bed
- Best Japanese Floor Mattress – FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon (shikibuton) High-Grade Floor Mattress
- Best Folding Floor Mattress – Natalia Spzoo® Fold Out Guest Chair Z Bed
- Best Children’s Floor mattress – AONESY Camping Mattress Memory Foam Roll Up Mat With Pillow
- Best Regular Mattress for Floor – Studio by Silentnight Firmer Mattress
1. Top Choice – Milliard Tri-Fold Foam Folding Mattress
- Removable and washable cover
- High-density foam for longevity
- 10 cm thick
- 90 cm x 190 cm, Single bed size
Having an air bed for guests coming over is fine but they always deflate through the night. They certainly aren’t good for everyday use, but a foldable mattress? Perfect.
The high-density foam stops any sagging from happening and while it’s on the firm side it’s still comfortable to lie on and that works to stop any back pain people sometimes get sleeping on the floor. And you could always spruce it up with a mattress topper if you wanted the extra comfort.
As a chair, it’s much more suited to a kids room or playroom because it’s low but it’s not uncomfortable to curl up on with a book on the floor.
Ideal for kids rooms as an extra guest bed for sleepovers and light enough you could take with you if you’re going to stay somewhere else.
You’ll like that the cover is removable so you can wash it easily and because it’s made from foam it’s dust mite resistant so it stays clean.
It’s a tri-fold mattress so it folds up in three sections to a size of 90 x 64 x 34 cm making storing it much easier.
Overall an ideal floor mattress for guests but it’s comfortable enough that you could use it every day.
2. Best Japanese Floor Mattress – FULI Japanese Traditional Shiki Futon (shikibuton) Floor Mattress And Tatami
- Made in Japan
- Mattress and Tatami mat
- Easy storage
For those who don’t know a tatami is a tri-fold mat usually made of rush grass that you put down under the futon. Some people sleep only on these but for most people, it doesn’t provide enough comfort since there’s no padding to it.
But combine it with the Japanese futon mattress and you’re on to a winner.
It’s not the thickest floor mattress and since it’s a plush filling rather than a foam you can still feel the hard surface of the floor underneath you.
It’s also not washable so it’s worth getting a mattress protector to throw on top of it to keep it clean.
But, it is foldable and packs away much smaller than the above chair bed folding away close to flat to maximise space. It’ll take getting used to if you’re used to a western mattress because of its thinness but this is as good as it gets in terms of Japanese floor mattress.
High-quality materials, high-quality craftsmanship and a night of high-quality sleep.
3. Best Cheap Folding Floor Mattress – Natalia Spzoo Fold Out Guest Chair Z Bed
- 200 x 70 x 10 cm dimensions
- High-density foam
- Firm feel
- Folded Dimensions 50 x 70 x 60 cm
This is an excellent foam mattress for your floor, it’s a firm feel foam that’s a little longer than a regular single bed but it’s also not quite as wide.
What I like about this one over the top choice is that the seat part is a little higher at 30 cm instead of 20 cm making it more comfortable for adults. So if you’re going to have this in your living room at all times it can be used and be comfortable.
The cover is removable and washable to help keep the whole thing a little cleaner. Why isn’t it the top choice? the quality isn’t quite the same, long term use it’ll start to sag and degrade, but it’s a lot cheaper than the top choice so I thought it was worth including.
The feel is firm because of the high-density foam but that helps keep you supported and allows enough “squish” that you can lie comfortably without feeling the floor.
It’s a step up from an air mattress and one of the best prices you can get for a floor mattress.
4. Best Floor Mattress For Office – AONESY Camping Mattress Memory Foam Roll Up Mat With Pillow
- Stores easily with storage bag
- Waterproof and washable cover
This is the perfect floor mattress for your office, your living room, and for camping but I’ve got a separate article on camping beds. It rolls up and stores away in a bag easily so you can keep it tucked away in a cupboard and take it out when you need it.
It’s made up of two layers of foam, the memory foam provides extra comfort allowing for a good night’s sleep and the cover is waterproof so the foam inside will stay fresh and protected. And the bottom layer of foam provides base support to keep you up off the floor.
You can sleep happily for a few days but this isn’t a permanent bed which is why it’s great for the office, if you’re doing an all-nighter and need some kip you can get it nice and easy.
It comes with smell at first, that’s normal for memory foam and dissipates quickly, anywhere from a day to a few days of it being unrolled and the smell will start to disappear.
An ideal choice for floor sleeping, side sleeper and back sleepers alike.
5. Best Regular Mattress for Floor – Studio by Silentnight Firmer Mattress
- Medium-firm feel
- No bed frame required
- Recommended time and time again here at The Dozy Owl
I love the Studio by Silentnight mattresses, it comes up again and again as one of my best mattress recommendations and for good reason. It’s a mattress in a box so delivery is simple and getting it into position even easier, it’s a comfortable memory foam mattress and this one is a great medium-firm feel that everyone loves.
It’s ideal for using without a bed frame, it doesn’t need to be turned so the side on the floor always stays down and it’s hypoallergenic so will stay fresh while on the floor.
The cover is nice and soft and it’s available in a range of sizes so you can get the one you need. Also, the memory foam is great for back support allowing your spine to fully relax while you sleep for a deeper more blissful sleep.
But, it works great on any bed frame too, so if at a later date you want to get a bed frame you can get anyone you like.
Great for couples and singles alike and an ideal foam bed for the floor.
What Is a Floor Mattress?
Better clear this up so there’s no confusion, a floor mattress is a mattress that you can use on the floor! Generally, they aren’t normal mattresses you’d find on a bed but some sort of thinner mattress that rolls up or folds away so you can take it out when needed.
Some floor mattresses are meant for everyday use and others for occasional use, a Japanese futon is ideal for use as your permanent mattress if you need the floor space during the day, either university living or you’ve got a studio flat, maybe you’re crashing with someone more temporarily. Then you’ve got camping beds and Z bed chairs that are great for sleepovers for kids and grown-ups alike, perfect in a living room, a kids room.
I’ve also got an article on sofa beds if that’s of any use to you.
Types Of Floor Mattress
Japanese Futon – These are the most interesting, they’re a thin plush mattress that can be folded up into 3 and is often found lay on top of a tatami floor mat. These are a permanent bed but take some getting used to because they aren’t nearly as thick as mattresses you’ll be used to, your body will take some time to adjust so you might be a bit stiff for about a week before you wake up fresh.
Z bed – These are chair beds, they fold up into 3 or 4 pieces and you can use them as a very low chair. Not the most stylish but a great choice for a children’s bedroom when sleepovers happen. Often with a non-slip bottom so it stays in place through the night and generally firmer so you don’t feel the floor through them. More similar to a regular bed in terms of cushioning but not quite as comfortable.
Camping Bed – Camp beds are… Well, camp beds, either roll mats or slightly thicker rolling mattresses. Very versatile, lightweight and generally easy to store because they need to be packed tightly for easy transportation. I’ve included one in this list but I’ve got more in this article.
Air Bed – Air mattresses again do what they say on the tin, you blow them up with a pump and sleep on, they pack away the smallest because they can deflate but none have made the cut here but you can click this link to see all my air mattress reviews.
Can you use a floor mattress every day?
If you have a good one you can, if you’re on a cheap floor mattress or a floor mattress that’s too thin you’re going to run into problems. But you get people who sleep on a thin mat every night and get on fine so you’ll have to listen to your body and find out what it’s telling you.
Is it ok to sleep on a mattress on the floor?
Absolutely! It provides more pressure on your hips and shoulders so if you’re prone to joint ache or you’ve got arthritis of any kind then you’re not going to want to be on the floor. But most people and kids who are just on a floor mattress for a night or two at a sleepover are going to be fine.
Does sleeping on a mattress on the floor cause back pain?
It shouldn’t for most people. It should help un curve your spine and straighten it up allowing for a better nights sleep and less back pain.
Can you put any mattress on the floor?
More or less in that, you can but whether you should is a different matter. As a rule, if it’s a mattress that needs to be flipped then it shouldn’t go on the floor, you don’t want to flip the floor side up and be sleeping on that. You’ll also want to get a hypoallergenic mattress so no dust or dust mites get in the mattress.
I like memory foam mattresses because generally, they’re hypoallergenic and usually they don’t need to be flipped either because the memory foam layer tends to be on one side.
Other Floor Mattress Reviews
Best Floor Mattress For Guests – Beautissu Small Double Folding Mattress
- 120 x 195 cm small double bed size
- Easy to store
- Medium-hard foam
- Removable washable cover
This is ideal for guests because it’s a double size and you can fold it up and velcro it together for convenient storage, so you can just take it out when you need it and completely tidy it away when you don’t.
It’s a medium-firm feel so is good for most people who’ll be coming over and the cover is washable so you can clean it up when you’re done even if you don’t have a sheet to put on it. But I recommend you get a sheet, a couple of spare pillows, and a nice duvet and your guests will never have been comfier, even if they’re sleeping on the living room floor.
I should point out that it’s not quite a regular double size, it’s 15 cm shorter but it’s still big enough for two people who are happy to cosy up.
For the price of it, it’s a superb guest bed, you can take it out as needed, it’s comfortable enough and it’s only a little over £50 at the time of writing, what more could you want?
Best Floor Mattress For Back Pain – Milliard 15cm Thick Tri Folding Mattress
- Non-slip bottom
- Foam and memory foam hybrid
- Removable jacquard ultra-soft cover
For those wondering, jacquard is a type of textile production that gives texture and appearance to a material that improves its durability. Milliard has another superb floor mattress here, with a dual combo of regular high-density foam like their chair bed further up the list and memory foam for extra comfort and support.
It folds up in three pieces for easy storage under a regular bed and the cover is soft enough that you can use it without a sheet and just wash the cover if you wanted.
It’s not great for long term use because the foam needs time to settle and plush back up, but for on and off use it’s perfect, so if you need it for guests or sleepovers then it’s ideal. I’ve got more kids mattresses reviewed here by the way.
There’s a strange smell when you first open it but that’s normal of memory foam and will fade after a few days whether you’re using it or not.
It’s not the lightest either so portability isn’t great, but around the house, it’s fine.
And there you have it! I hope this article helped you find the floor mattresses you needed, I tried to include every type that you might want and every situation you might want one in but if I didn’t then please leave me a comment below and I can update the article if needs be!
So whether you’ve got children who have sleepovers or you’re going to have some guests coming and aren’t sure you’ve got enough space to fit everyone you’ll find the mattress you need here.